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FAMILY FUN

Art Works

660 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 463-2562. Art Works Studio and Classroom offers fine art classes for all ages. www.artworksstudio.org

Autry Museum of the American West

4000 Western Heritage Way. (323) 667-2000. Every 2nd Tue of month Free. Pan for gold every Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Drop in Family Days Sat 11am-3pm. Closed Mon. www.theautry.org 

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

1345 W. First St., L.A. (213) 250-9995. Sat-Sun 2:30pm. Tue-Fri 10:30am. Reservations required. The Nutcracker thru Jan. www.bobbakermarionettes.com

Barnsdall Art Park (Junior Arts Center and Barnsdall Arts Center)

4800 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 644‐6295. Operated by City of L.A. Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Music, visual and performing arts classes for young people and adult classes in painting, drawing, sculpting, mosaic, stained glass, and more. Registration for Adult classes begins Apr 16. www.barnsdallonline.com

Barnsdall Art Sundays

4800 Hollywood Blvd. JAC Studio 1. Free Family Arts Workshops with a different theme weekly held at Junior Art Center most Sundays 10am-noon. www.barnsdallarts.org

Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood

850 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 467-2007. Fun with a purpose is their most important rule. Field trips, sports, music, & arts activities daily. Mon-Fri 7:30am-7pm. www.bgchollywood.com

Chevalier's Books

126 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 465-1334. Book Signings. Music classes for pre-Kindergarten, Tue 10am. Story Time, Sat 10am. Daily 10am-6pm www.chevaliersbooks.com

ComedySportz Improv Classes for Youth

National Comedy Theatre, 733 N. Seward St. (323) 871-1193. Improv classes for kids 8 - 13 and teens. www.comedysportzla.com (See Comedy)

El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 467-7674. Classic movie palace built in 1925 is a visual treat showing first-run Disney family features with live shows. Hosts Tiny Tot Tues, 10am; lights dimmed, sound levels reduced. www.elcapitan.go.com (See SPECIAL EVENTS, FILM & PLACES)

Original Farmers' Market

At Third & Fairfax. (323) 933-9211. Check website for family oriented activities. www.farmersmarketla.com (See PLACES, MUSIC and SPECIAL EVENTS)

Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800. See new exhibitions, peek through its telescope, and tour the universe. Daily planetarium shows. Closed Mon. Public star parties: Apr 16, May 14, June 11.. 2-9:45pm. Free. www.griffithobs.org

Hollywood Bowl Museum

2301 N. Highland Ave. (323) 850-2058. Located on the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl. Features photos, film footage, programs & artifacts about the history of the Bowl. Open year round. Closed Mon. Free. (See PLACES)

Hollywood Farmers' Market

Ivar & Selma Ave. between Hollywood & Sunset. (323) 463-3171. Sundays rain or shine 8am-1pm. Farmers, artisans, food vendors & entertainment. www.seela.org (See PLACES)

Hollywood Recreation Center

1122 Cole Ave. (323) 467-6847. Sports, ballet, piano, fitness programs. Open daily. www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/hollywoodRC.htm

Las Palmas Senior Center

1820 N. Las Palmas Ave. (323) 465-7787. Activities for adults. Free Seniors Computer Labs. Games, exercise, movies Bingo. Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm.www.laparks.org/dos/senior/facility/lasPalmasSCC.htm

Los Angeles Branch Libraries

Hours: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thu 12 pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.

Cahuenga Branch Library

4591 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 664-6418. Star Reader Sat 11:30am and Mon 3:30pm. Stories and Crafts Tue 4pm. www.lapl.org/branches/cahuenga

Will & Ariel Durant Public Library

7140 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 876-2741. Family crafts Thu 4pm, theme changes each week. Adult writers group Thu 1-3pm. www.lapl.org/branches/durant

John C. Fremont Library

6121 Melrose Ave. (323) 962-3521. Storytime Tue 1pm and Fri 3pm. 2nd Tue Book Club 6:30pm. Teen Council. www.lapl.org/branches/john-c-fremont

Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library

1623 N. Ivar Ave. (323) 856-8260. Toddler Storytime Fri 4pm. Teen activities Tue 4pm. Also open Sun 1-5pm. www.lapl.org/branches/hollywood

Los Feliz Public Library

1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710. Teen Club Tue 4pm. Baby story time Wed 10:30 am. Free film screenings one Sat a month 2pm. www.lapl.org/branches/los-feliz

Los Angeles City College (Community Services)

855 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 953‐4000 ex. 2651. Foreign Language, art, music, computer programs, and more. Classes start continuously thru May. See schedule for adults and children at www.lacitycollege.augusoft.net

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Dr. (323) 644-4200. World-class zoo in Griffith Park. Reptile and amphibian exhibit LAIR as well as Sea Life Cliffs, Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, and Red Ape Rainforest. The L.A. Zoo introduces four different programs for children and their parents to discover the world of animals, including close-up animal encounters, hands-on activities and intriguing talks focusing on the Zoo's outstanding animal collection, from tiny insects to giant elephants, in a series of classes available now through June. Daily 10am-5pm. www.lazoo.org (See PLACES, SPECIAL EVENTS)

Nine O'Clock Players

1367 N. St. Andrews Pl. (323) 469-1970. Performs two stage plays each year chosen from classic children's literature and featuring dancing, singing, and special effects. Productions are offered to school groups during the week and to the public on Sundays at 2pm.

Plummer Park

7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 845-0172. Daily programs and activities for youth and teens with monthly excursions. Youth Leadership Program in conjunction with Teen Center. Farmers Market Mon 9am-2pm. www.weho.org/recreation (See PLACES)

Second City Studio Theatre

6560 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor. (323) 464-8542. Improv and sketch comedy teen/youth program open to students 8-18. The Really Awesome Improv Show Sat noon. Fun and appropriate for all ages. Features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Voted "Best Kids' Comedy Show" by LA Magazine! www.secondcity.com/hollywood (See COMEDY)

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

7936 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 650-7777. Programs for children and teens 7-17. www.youngactorstrasberg.com (See THEATRE)

Storybook Theatre at Theatre West

3333 Cahuenga Blvd., West. (818) 761-2203. Sleeping Beauty thru July 9. Sat 1pm. Plenty of adventure, laughs, songs, and interactive fun. Cheer on the princess. Laugh at the inept robbers making invisible clothes. Warn the emperor he's only wearing funny underwear! Available for school and birthday performances. www.theatrewest.org

Travel Town

5200 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park (323) 662-5874. Over 35 locomotives, cabooses, freight and passenger cars, a trolley and streetcar, and a miniature train ride. Gift shop and docents. Open daily. Free. www.traveltown.org

Universal City Walk

100 Universal City Plaza. 818-622-9841. Open Daily.www.citywalkhollywood.com (See PLACES)

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza. (800) UNIVERSAL. Hollywood's #1 family attraction. Only Universal Studios lets you ride the movies and go behind the scenes of a real working movie studio. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened Apr 7. Annual passes available. Hours vary www.universalstudioshollywood.com (See PLACES and TOURS)

West Hollywood Library

625 N. San Vicente Blvd. (310) 652-5340. An architectural delight. Family Place library. Toddler Storytime Wed 11:15. Classic Movie Matinee Thu 2pm. Ebooks, audio books, music, magazines, TV and movies available for download to Los Angeles County library card holders. Closed Sun. www.colapublib.org/libs/whollywood

West Hollywood Park

647 N. San Vicente Blvd. (323) 848-6534. Activities for children and parents. Office hours 10am-10pm. www.weho.org

Yucca Community Center

6671 Yucca St. (323) 957-6339. Activities for children and teens. After School Club. Teen Club. Soccer and golf. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm. Sat 10am-5pm. www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/yuccaCC.htm

Zimmer Children's Museum

6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100. (323) 761-8984. Features hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. Closed Sat. www.zimmermuseum.org

Updated 4/8/2016 SB