Spring has sprung and that means your kids want some face time with the Easter bunny, plenty of sweet treats and of course, an action-packed egg hunt. And you want them to have all that and more, especially to burn off that sugar high they will have from devouring their Easter candy. The perfect solution — take advantage of the wide range of egg-citing Easter activities going on around Los Angeles.
Bunny’s Spring Fling at the LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Kids can make bunny ears, pet bunnies and have their photo taken (for a fee) with Big Bunny and other cartoon characters at this three-day event at the LA Zoo. There will be crafts, face painting, music and more.
When: Easter Weekend, Fri-Sun 10 am – 4 pm
Where: the LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, in Griffith Park, off the I-5 and 134 Freeways
Cost: Check website
Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street
The Merchants of Olvera Street and a cow decorated with flowers lead a procession of gaily decorated animals past a priest delivering the blessing. The procession with Cardinal Roger Mahoney begins at 2 pm. Free pony rides and petting zoo. Animals and their owners assemble on the north side of the Plaza.
When: Saturday of Easter weekend, noon to 5 pm
Where: El Pueblo Historic Park at Olvera Street
Parking: For a fee in area lots
Info: www.elpueblo.lacity.org, (213) 625-7074, (213) 485-8372
Egg Scramble and Egg-spedition Egg Hunt at The LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
An Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids of all ages.
When: Saturday April 7, 2012, 10 am – 2 pm, Arboretum hours 9 am – 5 pm
Where: LA County Arboretum, 310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
Cost: General admission $8 adult, $6 students and seniors, $3 children 5-12, free under 5, plus $3 per child to participate in Easter event.
Info: www.arboretum.org, (626) 821-5897
Easter Tea at Descanso Gardens
The Patina chefs’ are preparing Easter Brunch at Descanso Gardens on both Saturday and Sunday. Children in attendance receive gift baskets with cookies to decorate.
When: April 7-8, 2012, Sat 10 and noon, Sun 10, 11:30 and 1:00. Garden hours 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive , La Canada CA , 91011
Cost: 44 members, $52 nonmembers; $19 children 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. Reservations required by April 3 at www.patinagroup.com/descanso.
Info: www.descansogardens.org, (818) 949-4200
St. Sophia Greek Easter Picnic
The Greek Easter celebration is a family event with Greek food, drinks and desserts, live Greek Music and dancing and activities for the kids.
When: April 15, 2012 – Noon – 7:00 pm
Where: Brookside Park, next to the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Cost: $10, Children 6-12 $3, Free for kids under 6
Info: www.stsophia.org , (323) 737-2424
Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch and Bunny Hunt
Join us for an Easter Feast, complete with Easter Egg Hunt, Marionnette Show and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Brunch will include delights such as King Crab Legs, Oystters, Mussels, Whole Poached Salmon, Pates & Smoked Salmon, Sushi, Prime Rib Carving Station, Pasta Station, Omelet Station, Crepe Station, Chocolate Fondue Fountains, and much more…
When: April 15, 2012 – Brunch 10am to 4pm. Dinner 4:30pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Cafe Sierra, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608
Cost: $46.00 per person for Adults
$23.00 per person for Children (3-10)
(Tax and Gratuity not included)
Info: For reservations, please contact Cafe Sierra at 818-509-2030 or WWW.CafeSierraHilton.com