Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coming Attractions: Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Spring Wing Ding, CicLAvia, Fabulous Fords Forever

(Photo credit: Gretchen Hampton)

* The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire (April 9-May 22, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.)

Bring your pint-sized knights and princesses to this family-friendly activity, kicking off Saturday, April 9 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. Moms, dads and the kiddos will be able to enjoy arts, crafts, quests, music, rides, games and food. And seriously, what child can turn down a Gnome Hunt?

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
15501 E. Arrow Highway
Irwindale, Ca 91706

Tickets: $25 (adults); $15 (children ages 5-12); children under 5 are free


* Spring Wing Ding Game Day (Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

For the past two years, Ian, CC and I have enjoyed this rollicking Hollywood festival. There are tons of things for the kiddos to do -- yay bounce houses and slides! -- as well as eat. CC also loves the games and prizes. Best of all? It's free!

First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood

1760 N. Gower St.
Hollywood, CA 90028


* CicLAvia (Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

This free, pedestrian-friendly event encourages Angelenos to get out enjoy the city al fresco. The second of its kind in Los Angeles (the first was last October), CicLAvia will open up 7.5 miles of downtown streets so L.A. denizens can walk, bike or otherwise socialize without the fear of being tossed aside by oncoming traffic. CicLAvia (translated from Spanish to English as "bike path") was inspired by ciclovia, the weekly street closure in Bogota, Colombia.


Downtown Los Angeles
Click here for map and directions


If you and the kiddos love cars -- and Fords specifically -- this is a great opportunity to check out classic and brand-new rides. Setting up shop in a lot adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm, the event is free to spectators who are eager to celebrate the anniversaries of such Ford cars as the Pinto, Bronco and Econoline. There will also be a limited number of discounted tickets to Knott's, priced at $30 (adults) and $21 (children and seniors).

Fabulous Fords Forever
Knott's Berry Farm (North & East sides of Independence Hall)
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Fabulous Fords Forever Tickets: Free for spectators

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