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Free and Low Cost Events for Families This Weekend

It's going to be a beautiful weekend and there is so much going on in the community. Here are just a few free and low cost events for families going on this weekend.

Saturday, March 17 through Sunday, April 29 - Caterpillar Adoption Days @ Kidspace On your mark, get set, pupate!  It is time again to witness the magic of metamorphosis at Kidspace. Beginning 3/17, you can adopt your own live caterpillar & get a caterpillar care kit at the Busy Bee Learning Store ($4). Then watch as your adoptee grows, changes into a chrysalis & emerges as an adult Painted Lady Butterfly in the habitat you design. Learn more about the life cycle of a butterfly. Bring your butterfly back to Kidspace during the weekend of 4/28-4/29 for the Annual Grand Butterfly Release.

Where: Kidspace Children's Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena 91103
When: 3/17-4/29
Who: Everyone!
How: Just show up!
Cost: Regular Admission plus $4 for a caterpillar care kit. Pls bring an empty shoebox to use to build your habitat.
For more info: www.kidspacemuseum.org 

Friday, April 20 - Earth Day Carnival at Plymouth Elementary School. Games, Shabby Chic Boutique, Pie Eating Contest, El Taco Taco Food Truck, Raffles, Prizes, Paint N Play, George Huante from Caricatures (cartoonist), Monrovia Modern Dentistry, Chili Cook Off, many more vendors and excitement!

Where: Plymouth Elementary School (1300 Boley Street)
When: 4/20 at 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Who: Everyone!
How: Just show up!
Cost: 50 cents. Small cost for some activities
For more info: Call the school at (626) 471-2400

Friday, April 20 - Monrovia Certified Farmers Market & Festival. The festival features food stalls, kiddie rides, merchandise booths and live entertainment.

Where: N Myrtle Ave at E. Olive Ave., Monrovia
When: 5 to 9 p.m. 
Who: Everyone!
How: Just Show Up!
Cost: FREE (bouce houses $3 for 7 minutes, pony rides $4, additional cost for petting zoo)
For more information: 626.357.1943

Saturday, April 21 - Harlem Wizards vs. MUSD. Monrovia schools staff members will compete against the entertaining basketball stars. At the Wizards game fans see amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. The athleticism, tricks, fancy teamwork and ball-handling wizardry, plus wild dunks not even seen in NBA games, engages and wows the most avid hoops fans. The comedy is for everybody. The Wizards look to push the envelope on fun, combining pre-planned comedic acts with spontaneous humor that fans of all ages will find laugh out loud funny. The halftime show with hundreds of kids on the court, plus the postgame interaction with the Wizards who stay until every autograph is signed, is the cherry on top.

Where: Monrovia High School Event Center (845 W. Colorado Blvd)
When: 4/21 at 7:30 pm
Who: Everyone!
How: Just show up or purchase advance tickets!
Cost: Advance tickets $10 students/seniors, $12 general admission. At the door $12 students/seniors, $14 general admission
For more info: www.harlemwizards.com

Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 22 - LA Times Festival of Books @ USC Come to the 17th Annual LA Times Festival of Books, the largest and most prestigious book festival in the nation!  The festival is a free public event, and includes exciting author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and poetry readings. The Festival of Books also includes nearly 300 exhibitor booths representing booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations.

Where: USC (use intersection of Exposition Blvd & S. Figueroa St. LA, CA 90089)
When: 4/21-4/22
Who: Everyone!
How: Just show up!
Cost: FREE. Parking is $10.
For more info:http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/general-information/

Sunday, April 22 - The new Green Kids Boutique in Old Town, Diggin For Daisies, is having an Earth Day event. Kids and their parents can come in and plant their own daisies and play & create in their arts and crafts area.  Customers both big and small will receive 10% off each purchase.

Where: Diggin for Daisies (420 S. Myrtle # C, Monrovia)
When: 4/22 12- 6pm.
Who: Everyone!
How: Just show up!
Cost: FREE. 
For more info: www.digginfordaisies.com

If you know of additional events that should be included in my roundup of activities please let me know by emailing the information to faithm@macaronikid.com

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