•• Egg Hunt and Pictures with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, April 7th, Noon – 2:00 pm
Clearman’s NorthWoods Inn
7247 Rosemead Blvd, San Gabriel
Have some fun with an Egg decorating event and egg hunt in the north parking lot. Kids and tots up to 12 years old are welcome. Bring your cameras as there will be ample opportunity to have pictures taken with the bunny and you’ll receive a framed picture of the Easter Bunny and your child. FREE.
•• Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street
Saturday, April 7th, Noon – 5:00 pm
El Pueblo Historic Park at Olvera Street
Between Main and Alameda Streets, L.A
Bring your pet or simply observe as 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 .
•• Enchanting Passover Seder
First Seder: Friday, April 6th, 8:00 pm
Second Seder, Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 pm
Chabad of Pasadena
1090 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, 91106
Enjoy an in-depth Hebrew/English Passover experience,
with plenty of translation and an abundanc e of
commentary. Reservations: Adults $40 Children $25.
•• South Pasadena Spring Egg-Stravaganza
Saturday, April 7th, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Garfield Park, South Pasadena
Mission St. & Park Ave. (North Section)
Garfield park will become an egg-venture land with games, two carnival rides, arts and crafts, egg-hunts, entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, and much more. Keep an eye out (or a camera ready) for Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny as they hippity-hop through the park. There will also be a plethora of refreshment available for purchase. $5 per child. Bunny hop your way down to the Recreation office (815 Mission St.)
Call (626) 403-7380 to reserve your children’s spot in this eggstraordinary event.
•• Monrovia Spring Egg Hunt and Healthy Kids Day
Saturday, April 7th, 9:45 am – 1:00 pm
Recreation Park, Monrovia
20 S Shamrock Ave, Monrovia
Join in community fun with several egg hunts for infants,
kids and teens. Also enjoy arts & crafts, bunny photos, face painting, carnival games, wellness area, demonstrations, toddler activities, teen activities, musical entertainment,family activities, and refreshment area. Egg hunts are FREE. Registration from 9:45-10:00. Check website for more info and specific egg hunt times.
•• Easter Brunch at Descanso Gardens
Saturday April 7th Sat 10:00 am and noon
Sunday, April 8th, 10:00 am, 11:30 am and 1:00 pm
1418 Descanso Drive , La Canada 91011
1090 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, 91106
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. 44 members, $52 nonmembers; $19 children 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. Reservations required by April 3 at patinagroup.com/descanso
descansogardens.org, (818) 949-4200
•• Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
Sunday, April 15th – Sunday, May 13th
Free Shuttles from Rose Bowl, Lot 1
360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
Visit one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation. This year’s Showcase is a magnificent 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival estate, conceived by noted architect John Winford Byers, a serious self-trained architect who was fascinated with native California architecture and its Mexican and Spanish roots. Children under 12 not permitted. Flat shoes only, no large purses, no photography. $30-$35 advance, $35-$40 at the door.
PasadenaShowcase.org, (626) 578-8500
•• Arroyo’s Edge: Greene & Greene Interiors
Sunday, April 22nd, Noon – 5:00 pm
The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 91103
The Gamble House will present Arroyo’s Edge: Greene and Greene Interiors 2012, a rare opportunity to visit six privately-owned properties designed by Charles and Henry Greene between 1902 and 1915. Featuring acclaimed architectural features and design by the masters of the American Arts & Crafts movement, the five private homes and one private garden will be open for touring along Arroyo Terrace and North Grand Avenue in Pasadena, all within easy walking distance of The Gamble House. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Greene and Greene interiors that are rarely, if ever, opened to the public. $85 per person; $50 for children under 12.
gamblehouse.org, (626) 783-3334 x 16
•• Pasadena’s Historic Castle Green Spring Home Tour
April 22nd, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Castle Green
99 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena 91105
See inside the mysterious 1898 building that sits behind high gates in the middle of Old Pasadena. Tour the restored first floor and grounds, with the original sitting rooms and lobby. Our docents will guide you through the history and architecture of the building. View residents’ private apartments and penthouse opened to tour-goers on the upper floors, first converted in 1926 and now ranging from accurate period dwellings to contemporary post-modern innovations. $20 pp.
•• 23rd Annual Bungalow Heaven Historic Home Tour
Sunday, April 29th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tucked in the deep shade of the California Oaks that line its streets is a little bit of paradise, Bungalow Heaven residents say. Visitors can experience this pleasant neighborhood for themselves as they stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District, touring eight exquisite Arts & Crafts-era homes. The neighborhood was recently added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. $20.00-$25.00
bungalowheaven.org, (626) 585-2172
•• Santa Anita Derby Day and 5K
Saturday, April 7th
Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91007
At the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K, run alongside your favorite jockey on a beautiful course finishing at the Santa Anita finish line. Participants receive free parking, admission, race program, and a clubhouse pass for future admittance to the Great Race Place. After the run/walk, you can enjoy live music, healthy snacks, and vendors of all kinds, while you wait for the horse racing to begin. Be sure to stay and watch the “Gateway to the Triple Crown,” the Santa Anita Derby.
•• 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Friday-Sunday, April 13th-15th
300 East Ocean Blvd Long Beach 90802
The third round of the always exciting IZOD IndyCar Series, features auto racing stars such as Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and veteran Formula One ace, Rubens Barrichelo. A full weekend of racing action and fun includes American LeMans Series and Firestone Indy Lights races, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, drifting, the Pirelli World Challenge, a family fun zone, a concert featuring rock legends Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and more. Visit the website for more info and full schedule of events.
•• L.A.’s Shrine Circus: Acrobats, Animals and a Classic Midway
Friday-Sunday, April 13th-15th
665 W. Jefferson, Los Angeles, 90007
This favorite annual event for the whole family is packed with classic acts to entertain all ages, from electrifying acrobats and crazy contortionists to wacky clowns, amazing jugglers and awesome animals like horses, elephants and more. Check out the outdoor midway before the show for interactive fun, including rides, face painting, carnival games and sideshows, along with traditional treats.
•• 35th Occasional Doo Dah Parade
Saturday, April 28th, 11:00 am
New Location! East Pasadena
Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena and San Gabriel Boulevards)
Known as the twisted sister of its counterpart Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. The parade which has spawned numerous off-beat replicants across the country was named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die!