It’s SPRING BREAK! Well, for some of you. Others go next week. And some have a year round thing where they get off every 2nd Thursday for the rest of the year causing global chaos and parental madness. But whatever your schedule, there’s always a weekend, and always some fun and low cost ways to enjoy it with your kids.
Here are my top 5 LA picks:
Leonis Adobe Spring Event Calabasas
You can’t go wrong with an egg hunt this weekend, and although there are a ton of them all around LA, I would never forgive myself if I didn’t mention the Leonis Adobe Spring Event.
It’s taking place on Saturday, March 28th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Leonis Adobe Museum and will have all the fun features of the museum like live animals, ranch activities, crafts, and music, plus an egg hunt at 2pm! It’s $4 per person and you can visit their website for details.
It’s fun, cheap, and enclosed so your little ones can’t get far. A Valley Must-Do.
Bookfest at Grand Park Downtown LA
Book lovers, unite! There’s an event at Grand Park that will cause you to jump for actual joy.
Bookfest at Grand Park in Los Angeles is free and has an incredible lineup of book related fun. Activities include poem writing, book swaps, story circles, bookmaking, and of course some of Artizen Lab's (the online platform sponsoring the event) top ideas out for all to try.
Explore a crowd-sourced exhibit of photos and take your own with at The Community Camera; create your own five-word poem and add it to an installation in Grand Park at Fill the Well; paint with others and let your brushstrokes blend into one large sheet music that'll be interpreted and played in the moment by musicians at Los Angeles Sheet Music. You can get the details on their website.
*Actual Joy Included
Calabasas USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships Kids Day Calabasas
Love tennis? Or just love watching the pros do all the work while you sip a fizzy drink?
Either way the adult tennis fun gives way to a cool kid’s event on Saturday, March 28th, from 1:30-3:00 pm at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center.
Your kids can participate in drills and games in a carnival atmosphere, plus enjoy a Q & A with a Pro Circuit Player. It’s a free event that also gets you into the day session semi-finals and you can get the details here.
An event the whole family can enjoy-with or without fizzy drink.
Sundays in the Park Simi Valley
So there are a zillion things to do on Saturday, but what about the poor, neglected Sunday afternoon?
Give Sunday some sugar by attending the Sundays in the Park event in Simi at the Whizin Center for Continuing Education, Brandeis-Bardin Campus. Sunday, March 29th, between noon and 4pm you can play on the rock climbing wall, ropes tower, archery, games and sports, and more. It’s $5 for anyone 4 and over and everyone else is free. Visit here for tickets and details.
Basically it’s a giant, well-attended playground for all ages. I think that’s perfect for a Sunday!
Getty Family Spring Festival Sepulveda Pass
If you are looking for a Westside gathering that the whole family will enjoy, consider the Getty Family Spring Festival, aiming to celebrate play in all of it’s forms.
It’s Saturday, March 28th, from 10am-6pm at the Getty Center in the Sepulveda Pass and is free (besides parking) to attend.
Storytelling and music mix with pattycake, cat’s cradle, hopscotch, chess, cards, board games, pick up sticks, ping pong and even a Getty-wide scavenger hunt are all part of the festivities. Visit www.getty.edu for details.
If you are brave enough to take the 405, you will be rewarded, I promise.
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Laura Nickerson, Queen of cheap and local family activities, Momblogger of 2, Host of CTV's The Buzz and KHTS AM 1220's SCV Buzz, visit #buzzLA for daily tips.