Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coming Attractions: 'The Ant and the Grasshopper,' Earth Day at the LA Zoo, YMCA Healthy Kids Day

"The Ant and the Grasshopper" at The Black Box Theater; photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Children's Theater.

There's a lot going on this weekend, so I'm packing three kid-friendly (and wallet-friendly) "Coming Attractions" into one post.

First off, The Los Angeles Children's Theater is presenting its final weekend performances at The Black Box Theater of "The Ant and the Grasshopper," based on the classic Aesop fable about an industrious ant who prepares for winter and a less-than-workaholic grasshopper who finds the cupboard bare come the first chill.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, but half-price tickets are available via the Web site ( Performances are April 17, 18 at 1:00 p.m.

The Black Box Theater
12420 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025


The Los Angeles Zoo is hosting Earth Day celebrations this weekend, April 17 and 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Activities will include recycled crafts, info booths and a visit from DJs from K-EARTH 101 FM. This year's celebration will also spotlight California wildlife, such as the California Condor, Island Foxes and Bighorn Sheep.

The event is free to Zoo members and with paid admission.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Griffith Park
Admission: Adults 13+ ($13); Children 2-12 ($8); Children under 2 years (Free)


The Culver-Palms YMCA is hosting a free Healthy Kids Day celebration on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

In addition to mingling with Culver City Fire Department and Police Department officers, who will be on hand to show off their cool rides and terrier mascot, kids will have the opportunity to play games, take part in arts and crafts and see a musical performance on stage.

Healthy snacks and drinks will be available courtesy of vendors, and parents can also learn tips about improving their child's health from local health representatives.

Culver-Palms YMCA
4500 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230

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