Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day celebrations arrive in Los Angeles area

"Oceans," from Disneynature, opens at the El Capitan Theater on April 22.

Earth Day festivities kick off on Thursday, April 22. Here are a few things you can do in and around Los Angeles and at home.

* "Oceans" -- The El Capitan Theater in Hollywood is celebrating Earth Day with the opening of Disneynature film "Oceans." The Pierce Brosnan-narrated movie, which tells the story of a day in the life of our oceans, follows last year's nature documentary "Earth." In addition to the screening, El Cap audiences will be treated to a visit from exotic animals, courtesy of the Wildlife Learning Center. Buy a ticket during opening week, and Disneynature will make a contribution to save coral reefs.

* Aquarium of the Pacific -- This family-friendly Long Beach spot will celebrate its 10th annual Earth Day festivities this weekend, April 24-25. Earth-friendly organizations will have booths on hand at the Aquarium. There will also be hands-on demonstrations for visitors. Bring in any e-waste item for recycling and receive a coupon for $10 off adult admission.

* PBS Kids -- PBS Kids will honor Earth Day by airing 15 eco-friendly themed episodes of shows including "Curious George" (right), "Sesame Street" and "Super Why!" on April 22. The website will also feature an Earth Day channel on its online video player.

* Pottery Barn Kids -- PBK stores across the nation, including the one at The Grove, will celebrate April 22 by hosting Earth Day activities and stories. Kids will also, according to the website, receive a surprise they can plant at home.

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