Seasonal spring family fun

Spring Flings

Cover To Cover Book Festivals

Southern California book lovers rejoice at the arrival of April, when two major book festivals come to town. The 22nd Annual L.A. Times Festival of Books (www.latimes.com/FestivalofBooks) transforms the USC University Park campus into a bibliophile’s paradise from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23. As regular festival-goers know, the free event will be packed with author appearances, live entertainment, poetry readings and giveaways as well...

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What’s News At The L.A. Zoo?

There has been a lot going on at the L.A. Zoo, which is in the midst of its year-long 50th anniversary "ZooLAbration." The zoo recently announced that it is welcoming a female Sumatran tiger named Indah to the Tiger Plaza, which was already home to the 4-year-old male Sumatran tiger known as C.J. Over the course of several months, zookeepers and animal-care staff helped these two Sumatran tigers, an endangered...

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L.A. Citizen Scientists Called on For City Nature Challenge

After launching the first-ever City Nature Challenge in 2016, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) and San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences are hosting its second—and much larger—effort. This year’s City Nature Challenge will span 16 cities across the U.S. The multi-city event calls on current and aspiring citizen scientists, nature and science fans, and people of all ages and science backgrounds to observe and submit pictures...

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Shop Talk: Sing Into Spring

Whether you’re on the road again or simply out and about more often, having new tunes can make the trip that much sweeter. Listening at home as a family is fun as well. Visit www.NAPPAawards.com for more reviews of children’s and parenting products.

Where to Roll With Easter Egg Hunts in Los Angeles

April is an “egg”-citing time for egg-hunt lovers and Easter Bunny enthusiasts. But with dozens of egg hunts happening, it can be hard to know which one to pick. We have selected a quartet of egg hunts that look to be “egg”-specially “eggs”-traordinary and egg-stra big on their egg counts. Easter On The Farm, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 1-17, Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com. $6 Mon.-Fri.,...

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How to Do Earth Day in L.A.

Earth Day, which occurs on April 22, is a day to stop and smell the roses – and honor our beautiful, precious planet and work to protect it. In Southern California, we celebrate with events throughout the month. Be An Earth Star Get an early start on Earth Day at the Children’s Earth Day event hosted by Star ECO Station (10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City; www.ecostation.org) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m....

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6 Local Gardens For Families to Explore

Spring is upon us, and it’s a great time to get out and remember why we like the sun. It makes good things grow. Big Garden On Campus That’s true even in some of our most urban spaces. At the southeast edge of the sprawling UCLA campus in Westwood, for instance, lies the UCLA Life Sciences Mathias Botanical Garden. Occupying more than seven acres in a natural ravine, the garden has...

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Four Great Family Bike Trails

If your family's spring break is a "staycation" this year, make your time feel like a bona-fide getaway by slowing down the pace and enjoying a bike ride. Many of us have developed an intense spin class or other stationary riding habit in our day-to-day, but forget that biking outside – just for family fun – can be delightful. "You see a place in a totally different way when you...

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Six Local Farms That Welcome Families

We live in a state that is blessed with a year-round growing season, but spring is undeniably the best time to visit many of California’s small farms. Even here bountiful SoCal, many farms are closed to the public during the winter, and the summer months can be too hot and dusty to make for a pleasant outing. Spring, on the other hand – when goats are kidding, sheep are lambing...

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Meet L.A.’s Hummingbirds

Los Angeles is crammed with contradiction. We are plagued by some of the world’s ugliest traffic, yet Terry Masear, best-selling author of “Fastest Thing On Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood,” says we’re also home to more beautiful hummingbirds than any city on Earth. Angelenos’ increased sightings of these flying jewels are due in large part to the conservation efforts of hummingbird rehabbers like Masear. Locals who put up feeders for...

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