Happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day dear planet, happy Earth Day to you. Friday is Earth Day, and the City of Los Angeles will be celebrating the preciousness of our globe and its resources with an all day, free event at Grand Park in DTLA. Take in the park’s sustainable landscaping and take home a free tree if you can prove that you live in the city of LA. There's plenty for the kids to do as well, including recycled art crafts.
Of course the best way to celebrate the earth is to appreciate its bounty. Monday is Free Entrance to National Parks Day, and on Tuesday two local gardens offer free admission: my favorite, Descanso, in La Cañada Flintridge and South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. Touring gardens has been a bit dreary this year with so many having turned brown in the drought; we're not out of the woods yet as far as water goes, but we’ve had enough rain for this spring to bring quite a bit of color to enjoy. Earth Day is a great excuse to spend the week exploring nature, talking to our children about the fragility of our planet, and taking a moment to contemplate our role in preserving it.
Speaking of climate change, it’s opening week of Dinosaurs Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo. Dig for fossils and experience life size animatronic dinos for an additional $5 when you are at the zoo.
Our Event Calendar and GoList offer many more options for fun, in and out of the elements. Our favorites are below.