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Easter Events in Los Angeles
The Passion Play at Shepherd of the Hills ChurchThis is not your typical local church production put on by the Sunday School class. Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, at the very northern edge of Los Angeles, stages a professional production with some major Hollywood talent. There will be plenty of children and teens in the cast of hundreds, but also expect stellar voices and acting performances. The tented outdoor theater will also host Easter services on Sunday.
When: March 21 - March 30, 2013
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Info: www.passionplaylive.com, (818) 831-7880
Note: A sign-language interpreter will be provided. Call the ticket office for seating for deaf patrons, and for wheelchair or group tickets.
Bunny's Spring Fling at the LA Zoo & Botanical GardensKids 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 StreetThe 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
Pershing Square Community Egg HuntCity of Los Angeles’ Park and Recreation hosts a free Pershing Square Community Egg Hunt, including prizes, poetry and storytelling, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment and inflatables. Egg hunts will run in shifts by age group. Check the website for times. Food is available for purchase.
When: Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Parking: Parking garage under Pershing Square
Downtown LA Easter Fest at Grand Hope ParkNew City Church hosts this free outdoor festival at Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets in Downtown LA. The event includes Easter arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, a bounce house, food and drink and an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs.
When: Easter Sunday, noon to 3 pm
Where: Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets
Parking: Street parking is free on Sunday
Easter at L.A. LiveLive Church LA, holds an Easter service on Nokia Plaza, followed by a family festival with Easter arts and crafts, face painting,and an Easter egg hunt.
When: Easter Sunday, 10 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live,
Parking: East Garage at L.A. Live
Easter Festival at the Orange County MarketplaceA treasure hunt, a puppet show, free face painting and free photos at this annual event.
When: Sunday, March 24, 2013, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Where: Orange County Market Place, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $2 or Free with coupon on the website, kids under 12 are free without a coupon
Info: www.ocmarketplace.com, (949) 723-6616
Egg Scramble and Egg-spedition Egg Hunt at The LA County Arboretum & Botanic GardenAn Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids of all ages.
When: Saturday MArch 30, 2013, 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 Brunch at Descanso GardensThe 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: March 30-31, 2013, Sat 10 am, Sun 10, 11:30 and 1:00. Garden hours 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive , La Canada CA , 91011
Cost: $47 members, $55 nonmembers; $19 children 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. Reservations required at www.patinagroup.com/descanso.
Info: www.descansogardens.org, (818) 949-4200
Easter Brunch at the Battleship IowaI'm not sure where they're actually feeding people, but the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is hosting a family Easter brunch including an on-board Easter egg hunt and ship tours.
When: March 31, 2013, 10:30 - 1:00
Where: Battleship IOWA, Berth 87, USS IOWA BB-61, 250 South Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
Cost: $45 18 and up, $35 17 and under
Info: www.pacificbattleship.com, Tickets
Note: The Iowa is NOT handicapped accessible.
St. Sophia Greek Easter Picnic
Greek Easter is on a different date than "Western" Easter.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: May 5, 2013 - Noon - 7:00 pm (check website to confirm details)
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
More ideas for Easter Brunch in LA. This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venues for the most current information.