Like kids all over America, Los Angeles’ youth can hardly wait for Easter to come, especially for the chance to find baskets filled to the top with chocolate rabbits, candy eggs and other celebratory sweets. Beyond that experience designed to activate a major sugar rush, tots who live in the City of Angels will appreciate certain activities held outside of their homes and devoted to this special spring holiday. Consider the following events.
Los Angeles Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91107
Date: April 19, 2014, 9am to 1pm
At the very verdant Arboretum the day before Easter, it’s all about egg scrambles and egg-expeditions. While the latter is a romp around the premises looking for those round objects of everyone’s affection at this time of the year, the egg scrambles are somewhat mysterious (think egg throws and other egg-oriented activities). With this description as just a taste of what’s to come at this landmark botanical gardens, gear up to take part while enjoying a bunch of refreshments and expect to leave this celebration holding a handful of surprises.
Blessing of the Animals
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
532 Olivera St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Date: April 19, 2014, noon to 5pm
Make history once again by meeting up for this magical procession and invite your pet on a leash to join you. There are multiple events that occur at the Blessing of the Animals. A sweet cow wearing flowers and the people who run businesses on historical Olvera Street lead a procession of all kinds of animals, including family dogs and exotic newcomers like iguanas and such, all decked out in all sorts of regalia to take part in this centuries-old Catholic tradition. A priest will do the honors of blessing each (wo)man and beast and then afterwards, the younger humans participating will get to enjoy free pony rides while everyone will be privy to lots of live music, a petting zoo and other surprises.
American Girl Place Los Angeles
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Date: April 13, 2014 at 9am; April 19, 2014 at 9am
The Grove invites all American Girl lovers ages three and up to take part in a special Bunny Brunch. Not only is the grub good but this event also gives each participant the chance to meet the mall’s special Easter Bunny in person as well as get a picture to prove that meeting. Also on hand is a holiday brunch geared toward your tot who will be getting to know all of the other American girls around her.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Date: April 20, 2014, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Along with admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Easter Sunday, this special event is the chance to enjoy a celebratory mid-morning meal especially geared to kids and their parents. This brunch not only includes a cookie decorating station, but also the chance to tour the 11,000 animals who live at this seaworthy Long Beach retreat. Along the way, education of a watery kind is doled out by way of getting acquainted with non-humans at the Aquarium.
Grand Hope Park
919 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Date: April 20, 2014 at 2pm
The 6th annual Easter Fest, held on Easter Sunday in downtown Los Angeles at Hope Park, is free to all and features a host of fun activities especially geared toward the younger members of your household. Not only can the kids expect a requisite egg hunt, but they can also gear up for other activities such as a pie eating contest and face paintings. In addition, arts and crafts opportunities are in abundance as are a number of bouncy houses and munchies like popcorn and soft drinks.
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