Easter is a great way to spend quality time with the family, whatever your faith. It’s a time to have some good-natured fun while celebrating each others company in a fun, sometimes even educational way. Some of the best Los Angeles Easter events for kids happening this year are the ones that let children learn about animals, plants and wildlife while on a goose chase for candy-filled Easter eggs.
OC Fair & Events Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
K-EARTH 101’s Bugstock 2013 K-EARTH 101’s Bugstock 2013 will take place Saturday, March 30, at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. It will be complete with music, games, food and a classic VW Car Show. Admission is just $2 or FREE with a canned food donation for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Big Bunny’s Spring Fling
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.lazoo.orgFor all-you-can-pet bunnies and lots of fun Easter activities for kids from face painting to bunny crafts, the Los Angeles Zoo has your ticket to Big Bunny’s Spring Fling. For the price of admission to the zoo, children ages 3 and up can enjoy a day filled with live musical entertainment and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Big Bunny gives families and children three days of rabbit fun while spending a day at the zoo.
Malibu Easter Hoppening
Malibu Bluffs Park
24250 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
www.malibucity.orgMalibu Bluffs Park hosts fun for the whole family with Easter egg hunts for children and adults. Those who are environmentally conscious would be happy to know that the Malibu Easter Hoppening uses biodegradable eggs, so there’s no need to worry if not all the eggs are found. Winners of the egg hunts win special prizes from gift cards and gift certificates to sports tickets. There is no fee to participate in the egg hunt, but do bring your A-game. Malibu Bluffs will also have bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts activities, food trucks and even a photo booth (Easter bunny not included).
5th Annual Downtown Easter Fest
Grand Hope Park
919 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
www.newcitychurchla.comAnother free Easter event open to the public is happening at Grand Hope Park with the 5th Annual Downtown Easter Fest. New City Church hosts the event and celebrates diversity in all its forms no matter the color of your skin, sexual orientation, educational background or how much money you make or don’t make. More than 700 people attended the event last year. In addition to the traditional Easter egg hunt, there will also be a pie-eating contest, free drinks and popcorn and a dozen games to play.
Kidspace Gardens Egg Hunt
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
www.kidspacemuseum.orgThe Kidspace Gardens Egg Hunt provides kids with a fun experience to learn about plants and wildlife. Kids will get to explore the five types of gardens as they search for candy-filled eggs. The event is for kids 10 and under with egg hunts starting at 11 a.m. for children 4 and under, 12:30 p.m. for 5 to 10-year-olds and 2 p.m. for all ages 10 and under. Online registration is required by March 30 and is $4 per child in addition to museum admission.
Easter Brunch at the Aquarium
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
www.aquariumofpacific.orgFor an alternative to traditional egg hunts and bunny-related activities, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers an annual Easter brunch which includes admission to the Aquarium. Families can enjoy a delicious gourmet brunch, as well as a cookie decorating station for kids, without the hassle of setting up or cleaning up. Afterwards, the whole family can hunt for rabbitfish, see real shark eggs and meet more than 11,000 animals. The cost of the brunch plus admission is $38 for children under 12 and $48 for adults. RSVPs are strongly recommended as holiday events tend to be the busiest days at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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