(Credit: Los Angeles Times)

(Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The return of the celebrated Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will bring out the book-lover in any Angelino. But this isn’t just a week for books. Opportunities abound for families including PicnicDTLA at Grand Park and Disney on Ice taking center stage in LA this week. Both sports fans, women playwrights, and famous musicians will all be celebrated this week, with an opportunity for guests to join in the fun. Let’s have a great week, Los Angeles.
Monday, April 13
Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends Evan Fournier #94 of the Denver Nuggets during the game at the Staple Center on April 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mel Blackmon/CBS)

Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends Evan Fournier #94 of the Denver Nuggets during the game at the Staple Center on April 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mel Blackmon/CBS)

Clippers vs. Nuggets
1111 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7100

Don’t miss Fan Appreciation Night tonight at the STAPLES Center as the Clippers take on the Denver Nuggets. Every fan in attendance will receive a cheering fan, and additional prizes and merchandise will be distributed throughout the game to various fans. Start the night early at the Fan Festival in the Star Plaza VIP area for games, face painting, and giveaways, including performances from the Clippers Spirit.

Tuesday, April 14
(credit: Courtesy of LA Children's Chorus)

(credit: Courtesy of LA Children’s Chorus)

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Gala Bel Canto
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
(626) 793-423

Join the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus as they honor Oscar and Grammy-winning “Frozen” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez tonight at the Gala Bel Canto at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand hall. Honored for their vast contributions to the arts and entertainment world, the event will include performances from the LACC choristers, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LACC’s artistic, educational, and scholarship programs for youth. $375.

Wednesday, April 15
(Credit: Disney on Ice/Feld Entertainment)

(Credit: Disney on Ice/Feld Entertainment)

Worlds of Fantasy, Disney on Ice
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
3939 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Bring the whole family out for a night of non-stop fun with Disney on Ice’s presentation of Worlds of Fantasy, presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. The action-packed show features stunning ice skating skills and showmanship while showcasing the beloved characters from Disney Pixar’s “Cars” and “Toy Story 3,” including some incredible on-ice stunt scenes, and Disney’s “Tinker Bell” and “The Little Mermaid.” Through April 19. 7:30 pm.

Thursday, April 16
(Credit: Ed Krieger)

(Credit: Ed Krieger)

“I and You”
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(323) 663-1525

Head to the Fountain Theater this week for their production of “I and You,” running now through June 14. The winner of the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and a finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, “I and You” follows two students as they analyze and discover the mystery behind a Walt Whitman poem. Written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Robin Larsen. Every Thursday evening, patrons can purchase a pay-what-you-can ticket.

Friday, April 17
(Credit: INK Fest/Hudson Theatre)

(Credit: INK Fest/Hudson Theatre)

INK Fest 2015
Hudson Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 856-4249

Back for its second exciting year, 2Cent’s Acting Out INK Fest returns bringing together over 100 playwrights, directors, actors, and street artists for the three-day event in Los Angeles celebrating the female playwright, art, and the city of Los Angeles. The festival kicks off today at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, with continual shows (over 20) throughout the course of the weekend. The one act plays presented include the L.A. premiere of “A Brief History of Mah Jongg,” by Faye Sholiton, “The Art of Forgetting,” by Cathleen Meredith, and “Birds,” by Meghan Brown, 2014 Ovation winning playwright. Single ticket and festival passes are available.

Saturday, April 18
(Credit: Grand Park)

(Credit: Grand Park)

Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080

Just in time for National Picnic Day (on April 23), celebrate with your friends at downtown’s Grand Park for PicnicDTLA, a giant picnic in the park celebrating the joys of outdoor picnicking. Pack your own picnic basket and join in the fun as you share recipes, create pop-up recipe books, and spend an afternoon relaxing in Grand Park’s lovely grounds.

Sunday, April 19
(Credit: Los Angeles Times)

(Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California
3551 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA 90089
University Park

This weekend, head to USC’s University Park Campus for the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Celebrated authors, live music, original works of art and photography, poetry, and culinary creations take center stage at the sprawling event that promises to reflect the diversity of the city of Los Angeles. “Bookchella” will include panels and conversations with celebrities as well as demonstrations with chefs and cookbook authors. Families will enjoy kid-friendly readings, crafts, activities, and up-close-and-personal dinosaur encounters presented by the Natural History Museum.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.