6 Fun Things To Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
This weekend there are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids. Help clean up the L.A. River, visit a national park, and attend a family-friendly museum workshop. Also, don’t forget to check out our list of fun ways to celebrate Easter!
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The Great L.A. River Clean-Up
Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex
6201 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
Do your part to help keep the L.A. River clean on Saturday, April 15th at the Great L.A. River Clean-Up. From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, families have the opportunity to participate in the largest river cleanup in America. Last year, 9,000 volunteers collected more than 70 tons of trash! To participate, you must pre-register online.
Spring Break Family Workshop
California African American Museum
600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037
Families are invited to stop by the California African American Museum Tuesday, April 11th through Friday, April 14th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for drop-in art activities. Museum educators will be available to assist children in art activities and other workshops. All activities are offered on a first-come, first served basis. You can reserve a spot online. (Admission and all activities are free).
Wake Up With the Waves
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
Start Saturday, April 15th with music near the ocean. Families are invited to “Wake Up with the Waves” at 10:30 am until 12:00 pm. This free special event is recommended for children two to twelve. The event is hosted by School of Rock’s Ryan Schiff and features interactive play, singing, and dancing. (And if you can’t make it this Saturday, Wake Up with the Waves will repeat each Saturday through May 20th).
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
As part of National Park Week (from April 15th to 23rd), every national park will offer free admission to all visitors. It’s the perfect time to re-visit a family favorite or explore a park you’ve always been meaning to visit. Some local favorites include Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and Cabrillo National Monument.
Kiddee Matinee: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The New Beverly Cinema will be showing the 1990 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th at 2:00 pm.The popular characters from comic books and cartoon shows made their way to the big screen in this family-friendly film. (It’s rated PG). All Kiddee Matinees include a free bag of popcorn for those 12 and younger. Tickets are $6 each and are available online. (And, don’t forget that one of the newest exhibits at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles is “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer.” You can read about it here as part of my post about the “Best Places to Learn About Science In and Around Los Angeles.”)
Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk + Bookies
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Combine reading with giving back to the community with Milk + Bookies on Saturday, April 15th. From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, families can attend the “Golden Ticket to Imagination,” a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed event. Special activities include story time, crafts, snacks, candy, and more. General admission tickets are $10 or VIP tickets are $25 (which include a children’s book and t-shirt). Tickets are available online. Milk + Bookies is a non-profit organization that works to “bring much needed books to the classrooms, after school programs, and home libraries of underserved children.”