You say it's your Earth Day; well it's my Earth Day, too, yeah! And yes, we're gonna have a good time. Earth Day is one of those holidays that just screams kids. And when we say scream, we mean outdoor voices. Oh, sure, Halloween has its ghosts and goblins; Christmas has its presents, and Easter has its chocolate bunnies (melting in the SoCal sun if not found quickly) - but Earth Day is a holiday for families to deeply appreciate the glorious Southern California great outdoors. It's a day for families of all backgrounds and cultures to join together in a mutual desire to keep our outdoors great for generations to come. And since loving the environment is something Californians take particular pride in, it's not surprising that there is an almost overwhelming variety of options for celebrating Earth Day around LA.
Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we've been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
Know what you can find behind the Natural History Museum? Unfettered joy. The annual Butterfly Pavilion takes its warm weather turn in the screened structure on the museum’s South Lawn, where the creepier Spider Pavilion appears each autumn. In springtime, all creepy crawlies are banished in favor of cutie crawlies, who are given room to transform into winged beauties that take children's breath away. From chrysalis to butterfly, the pavilion is full of magical moments.
We've been doing Eastereggdecorating all week in our WeeWork series. But it wasn't until I brought out a bag of jelly beans for this project that my ornery son suddenly got very interested in participating. This would be a great little activity for Easter morning, keeping kids occupied while the Easter bunny does his business. Or, if your little ones are too small to work a needle, you can make these and put them in their baskets.
What makes this holiday different from all other holidays? The cookies! Or rather, the lack of cookies. As the people "chosen" to eat unleavened bread know, Passover is a holiday about, above all, complicated recipes. The holiday of "Don't let them eat cake." The holiday of, "Mom! Why is there matzo in my lunchbox again??" Grandma handed down her miraculous recipe for a honey cake that rises by sheer force of will - but failed to hand down the time required to pull it off. So, for the reality check mom, we offer a list of some of our favorite local bakeries that leave out the leavening in all sorts of yummy treats at this time of year. You could even bring one to a community seder.
Creating a homemade, natural Easter Egg dye out of ingredient in the fridge has always appealed to me and my son as a fun kitchen experiment, giving us the chance to play mad scientists for a while. You can make the dye from any fruit or vegetable that when boiled leeches its color into the water. My son and I used kale, blueberries, cranberries, beets, a mixture of carrot peels and onion skins and turmeric for cool, unusually colored Easter Eggs in an earthy color palette. These eggs really stand out from the neon colored tie dyed Easter Eggs we usually make.
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