April 22. Starbucks is offering a free freshly brewed coffee or tea when you bring in your own travel mug at participating locations!
April 22. 6 p.m. Free weekly jazz concerts at LACMA.This week: David Arnay Trio. Internationally renowned pianist and composer David Arnay has performed at clubs and festivals around the globe ranging from The Palladium to Madison Square Garden to the Beacon Theater. A collaborator with such artists as Bennie Maupin, David Torn, Alphonso Johnson, and Phil Upchurch, Arnay also serves on the faculty at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. BP Grand Entrance. No reservations needed.
April 22 - April 24. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Big Bunny’s Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo. This event features bunny related crafts and activities including the Be-A-Bunny Ear Craft and Funny Bunny Face Painting. Children can also pet bunnies and plant their own carrot seeds to take home. In addition (for a nominal fee), Big Bunny will be available for souvenir photos. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (323) 644-4200.
April 23. Lowe’s wants to help you pay it forward this Earth Day! They are giving away 1 million trees! Contact your local Lowe’s store for more details.
April 24. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. (Los Angles County Museum of Art). These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. This week: Members of the Capitol Ensemble, Phillip Levy (violin), Julie Gigante (violin), Victoria Miskolczy (viola), Andrew Duckles (viola), and David Low (cello) perform Schubert: String Trio in B-flat major D. 581 and Mozart: String Quintet in G minor K. 516.. If you don’t make it there, you can also listen online for free at: http://www.lacma.org/programs/SundaysLive.aspx#audio
April 26. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall.
April 27. 5-10 p.m. 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins! Baskin-Robbins will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents and create an opportunity for customers to donate to local fire charities. You can get up to 3 scoops. Yummy!
April 28 (and subsequent Thursdays). 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free Mommy and Me Class at The Church on The Way for children under 5 years of age. Please bring a snack for your child. King’s Kid’s Building, West Campus, 14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, 91405. Call 818-779-8000 for more information.
Enjoy a Baja Bowl from Baja Fresh for just $2! (The restaurant near me was accepting them only as $2 off). Here’s the coupon good until April 24: http://www.bajafresh.com/baja-fresh-undercover-boss/pdf/Baja_Coupon_Promotion_Print.pdf
Freebie at Panda Express. Get a free single serving entree when you buy a two or three serving entree. One per person. Expires Apr. 26, 2011. Here’s the link to the coupon: http://www.pandaexpress.com/PX/Facebook/Images/GTS_Survey_Coupon_041111.html
Select Wendy’s locations are doing the Frostys keychain promotion again this year. Purchase the keychain for $1 (donated to charity), and get a FREE Junior Frosty (the small kids size). On each returning visit to Wendy’s present the keychain and you’ll get a FREE Junior Frosty with any purchase. Valid at participating Wendy’s for the whole year!
During April, kids eat free at IHOP daily from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. One free kid’s meal with each adult entrée purchase.
Chipotle is also offering a deal for families in April! On Saturdays and Sundays in April (including Sunday, May 1st) buy a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos; get one kid’s meal free! This offer is good in L.A. and Orange County. (Thanks to my friend Mercy for the deal!)
Now through December 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Da Vinci Museum Exhibit. This looks amazing! It has more than 60 full-size machines to look at, along with reproductions of his famous artwork. There is also an activities zone with games and crafts. It’s a bit pricey, $18 for adults, $13 for students and $11 for children. Hollywood and Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. http://leonardodavincimuseumexhibit.com
I found a coupon for the Da Vinci Museum Exhibit! Here’s a link for $3 off admission. http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/thearts/details.html?offerid=853
Spring Break Ideas
Looking for things to do with your kiddos? Here are some ideas…
--Los Angeles Arboretum. Free parking. Admission free on the third Tuesday of the month
--California Science Center. Free admission. Open from 10 to 5. Parking is $8.
--Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Open 10-5, parking is free. Adults are $12, children 10 and under are free. Includes touring interior of Air Force One.
--Descanso Gardens in La Canada. Open daily from 9 to 5. Adults $8, Children 5 to 12 $3, under 5 free. Parking is free. They also have musical events, some of which are free with admission.
--Getty Museum in Brentwood and Getty Villa near Malibu. Admission is free. Villa requires reservations. Parking is $15. (Closed on Mondays).
--Miniature golfing at Castle Park in Sherman Oaks. Weekend Early Birds $3 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Kids 4 and under free with paid adult.
--Griffith Observatory. Open Tues.-Friday 12 noon to 10, Sat. and Sun. 10-10. Free admission.
April 30- May1. (April 30 10am – 6pm, May 1 10am – 5pm). The free annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! This event includes celebrity appearances, live music, cooking demos, author reading, an area especially for kids and much more! It will be at USC this year. To locate USC on Yahoo! Maps or similar mapping software, you may use the intersection of Exposition Blvd and S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Parking at the USC campus will be $10. Find out more at http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
On May 6th, you can get free admission to a garden near you! Descanso Gardens is one of the beautiful gardens nearby, in La Canada. Here’s the link. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/celebrate-national-public-gardens-day/
Click on get coupon. Follow the instructions to sign up, then click on ‘Download Now’ to print your Free Admission voucher! (Thanks to Frugal Girls for the deal!)
May 7. 2 p.m. The Throne of Fire Release Party and Pharaoh's Quest LEGO Giveaway at Borders in Northridge (other Borders also participating. Call your local store to see if they are holding this event). Put on your favorite pharaoh gear, brush up on your hieroglyphics and get ready to party with Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles and free LEGO's Pharaoh's Quest building set! Space for this event is limited, call the store to RSVP. 818.886.5443. 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324.
June 11. 3-5 p.m. Christian Performing Arts Center’s Dance Production. $15 for adults, $8 for children. Tickets on sale now 818-921-4430. www.cpacstudio.com Birmingham High School Theatre. 17000 Haynes Street, Lake Balboa.