Family Fun

15 Fun Events With the Kids This April

Photo by Ben Gibbs/Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

As soon as the sun comes out, there’s suddenly so much to do with kids in Los Angeles. After you’ve had your beach day and your ice cream, here’s what you won’t want to miss with the younger ones this month. Our family-friendly picks are fun for the parents, too!

Performance

The Root Beer Bandits
This wild Western family show tells the story of the first and only woman to ever ride for the Pony Express, in a new brand of musical comedy. There will be a special sensory-sensitive performance on Friday, April 19, and an Easter egg hunt will take place after the matinee show on Sunday, April 21. April 4–28; Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 West Riverside Drive, Burbank

Puppet Festival
Now in its eighth year, the Skirball’s daylong celebration of creative storytelling through puppetry is a highlight of spring for L.A. families. Featuring puppeteers and troupes, both local and national, and animals (real and make-believe), this is a day of pure imagination and innovation. Sunday, April 28; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard

Food

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Photo courtesy of Clementine/Facebook

Grilled Cheese Month at Clementine
Chef Annie Miller is famous for her grilled cheese. At Clementine—the original in Century City and the Beverly Hills outpost—she celebrates all things cheesy for the 18th year in a row, with a month-long menu of special grilled cheese sandwiches, melts, and the goods that pair with them (i.e., tomato soup). For 2019, the theme is positively scholastic, a “cross-cultural grilled cheese study” at the University of Grilled Cheese, which includes a cheesy course catalog, pennants and other collegiate swag, “sandwich scholarship opportunities,” and the chance to earn a Ch.D.—doctorate of cheese. Through Saturday, April 13; 1751 Ensley Avenue

Immersive Experience

Egg House
Why do kids love eggs so much? Probably the same reason adults do: They’re just kind of magical. Egg House is a fantastical shrine to these wonders of nature, with multiple rooms of immersive installations and eggcellent interactive experiences. Must book in advance. Through Sunday, April 14; 708 North Croft Avenue

Outdoors

CicLAvia
There’s no way around it—Los Angeles is a city of cars. Except on days when CicLAvia happens and the streets in certain neighborhoods are closed to vehicles and open exclusively to those on bike and foot. Designed to connect families and individuals with a more recreational and carefree experience of the city, CicLAvia will open its 30th route: the historic neighborhood of Wilmington, L.A.’s only official port. Sunday, April 28; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; see website for route boundaries

Photo courtesy of Kids Obstacle Challenge

Kids Obstacle Challenge 2019
A great way to build self-confidence, bravery, perseverance, and bonds with friends and family, this adventure and obstacle course race series challenges kids ages 5–16 with creative activities at all difficulty levels. Note: Mud is definitely involved, so plan your ride home accordingly! Saturday, April 27; Prado Regional Park, 16700 Euclid Avenue, Chino

Bookworms

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Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
This major annual fest features hundreds of readings, workshops, discussions, and more, with dozens of events for the youngest of literary denizens on up through young adults. There’s something here for every kid, dabbling in themes of independence, consciousness, fantasy, mystery, love, identity, and, of course, lots of humor. There’s plenty of bilingual programming, too. Use the digital scheduler to make your itinerary. Note that all indoor events require tickets in advance, which are available Sunday, April 7. Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14; at locations throughout the University of Southern California campus

Nature Lovers

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Photo by Sarah M. Golonka/Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

Family Garden Workshop: Birdhouses, Bird Feeders, and Nesting Dispensers
Educators from the Garden School Foundation, which turns asphalt into ecosystems all around Los Angeles, lead a workshop encouraging our feathered friends to visit, and perhaps nest up, in backyards. Participants will leave with decorative birdhouses, feeders, nesting dispensers, and knowledge of the important role birds have in healthy ecosystems. This drop-in activity is free; however, reservations are recommended. Sunday, April 7; noon–3 p.m.; Hauser & Wirth, 901-909 East 3rd Street

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Photo by Javier Guillen/Courtesy of the Music Center

Earth Day at Grand Park
Express appreciation for the planet we call home with this daylong festival full of green living demos on sustainable landscaping, eco-friendly vehicles, yoga, and more. Plus, free trees are available to those who show up first and live within Los Angeles! Thursday, April 11; 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; Grand Park, 200 North Grand Avenue

Arts & Science

Kids Draw Architecture Day
As part of a more studious series for kids ages 4 to 11 to learn about architecture, today’s class is guided by an architect and focuses on the importance of the sketch. The aim is to foster more acute observational skills and a better appreciation for the structures around us. Presented by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles along with A+D Museum. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Wednesday, April 17; 10 a.m.–noon; A+D Museum, 900 East 4th Street

Photo courtesy of California Science Center

Dogs! A Science Tail
Pup-crazed kids—and anyone, really, who loves doggos—are in for a treat at this recently opened colorful, hands-on scientific exhibition on everything canine. Throughout April; California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive

Film

Dumbo at El Capitan Theatre
Dumbo is screening all over the city, but if you’re going to see it anywhere, make it Disney’s El Capitan Theatre. Blending a Spanish Colonial exterior with a lavish interior, Disney films just feel extra-special here, and are often accompanied by a preshow in line with the movie. Stop by the awesome Ghirardelli chocolate shop for a delicious hot fudge sundae after the show. Through Sunday, April 21; El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard

Easter Fun

Bunny Fun Day Easter Event
L.A.’s gorgeous and somewhat recently revamped megapark will be hopping with free Easter family fun, including arts and crafts, egg hunting, face painting, lawn games, raffle prizes, and more. Saturday, April 27; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; L.A. State Historic Park, 1245 North Spring Street

Springtime Easter Festival
Have some super-wholesome fun at this weeks-long festival on a working farm, with a bee barn, tractor-drawn wagon rides, labyrinths, egg-and-spoon racing, animal shows, and so much more. Through Monday, April 22; Underwood Family Farms Moorpark Farm Center, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark

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Photo courtesy of Descanso Gardens

Easter Brunch at Descanso Gardens
For those who like their Easter prim and proper, here’s your beautiful brunch in a pavilion surrounded by roses, prepared with whimsical flair, and accompanied by a harp performance and caricature portraits. Reservations are required, so make them soon, because last year’s event sold out quickly. Sunday, April 21; Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge