Dozens of things to do for you and your whole family.

Earth Day is April 22. And we have some great ideas for reusing your Easter baskets and making them into Earth Day baskets! If you don't have this year's (or last's) Easter baskets on hand, pick some handled baskets up at a yard sale or thrift shop. Or, get creative - a cool tote or a rustic purse makes a fabulous re-usable basket. And there's no need to tie your basket up with cellophane – tie a pretty scarf to the handle for a decoration doubles as a gift.

Instead of buying plastic grass to tuck into the bottom, make your own! Shred newspaper-the Sunday comics work well!- magazine pages or any recycled paper to use as grass. You can also use shredded paper as your base and top it with some pretty green branches from the yard. Or, use a little pot of wheatgrass, Scottish moss, or a primrose tucked in with the treats to brighten up your basket.

Decorate your Earth Day table with cloth instead of paper and use natural elements for your centerpieces. You can use fresh-cut flowers or plants that will be potted later in the yard. An arrangement of succulents or fresh spring veggies will make beautiful, Earth-friendly decorations.

Now, part of the fun of Easter Sunday is the traditional egg hunt. But after the hiding and the finding are done and the treats have been dispersed, most of us are left with one of two things: egg cartons or colorful plastic eggs. Don't throw those suckers out! Transition into Earth Day mode and upcycle them!

Take egg cartons and make them into:

  • Seed starter cups: You can plant paper egg cups directly into the ground when the seedlings sprout.
  • Organizers: Fill the cups with hair bands, kids' jewelry, small toys or Legos, collections, or those little doodads that kids seem to collect and want to keep forever.
  • Craft helper: Use Styrofoam cartons as nice, deep paint palettes. Use one or two of the cups to hold water for the brushes! You can also use egg cartons to keep small crafting supplies like beads, sequins, feathers, or buttons or building materials like nails, screws, nuts, and bolts. The covers make great trays for glue or paint mixing.

And those plastic eggs. They seem to multiply, don't they? Keep a few for next year's hunt and reuse the rest! Here are some ideas.

Egg mini-golf:

  1. Give kids some recycled materials and have them create a mini-golf course for their eggs.
  2. Use cereal boxes, milk cartons, plastic bottles.
  3. Cut the ends off a milk carton for a tunnel to roll eggs through.
  4. Cut a door in the bottom of a cereal box, or make a milk carton into a windmill with a door for the egg.
  5. Cut off one end of a plastic bottle to catch the eggs.
  6. When the course is complete, use a plastic bat or golf club to roll eggs through your course.

Glam them up: Take your plain old plastic eggs and make them luxe accent pieces. Paint them with a thin layer of glue and roll them in glitter. Or decoupage them with colorful tissue paper or maps of the world. Go for a rustic look with newspaper or twine. Or circle them with cute washi tape. Then, pile them in a nest or a bowl at next year's celebration –or put them out all year round!

Make Egg-bugs:

  1. Use pipe cleaners and scrapbook paper to create wings and antennae.
  2. Add some googly eyes too.
  3. Make them into glow-bugs by putting a glow stick inside each egg and tucking them in the yard when the sunsets.

Use them to hold small items: (This works better with the hinged eggs.) Put a couple of band-aids and a travel packet of antibacterial cream into a red egg for a purse-sized first aid kit. Or, stock an egg with a needle, some thread, and extra buttons for a tiny sewing kit. For your next hike, tuck a handful of M&M's or Skittles or a few hard candies – or even some tiny crackers or cookies - into an egg for a quick, portable treat.

With just a few minor tweaks, you've got an Easter-to-Earth Day that is sure to become a springtime tradition! Happy Spring!


Julie Ward


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Worlds in a Jar

Your kids ages 9 and up can sign up for a kit (while supplies last) to make their own mason jar terrariums. They will create a fully closed biosphere by following the how-to video on the library's YouTube channel. Kit sign-ups start on Monday, April 12, from 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM and go through the week. Kits are available from the Hastings Branch Library.


Storytime with the Chief!

Pasadena's Fire Chief, Chad Augustin, shares a story and answers questions for kids ages 3 and up on Thursday, April 22, from 3:00 PM till 3:30 PM. Registration is requiredSubmit your questions in advance.


Ramadan Story Times

The month of Ramadan runs from April 12 through May 12. Everyone is welcome to join and learn during the virtual Ramadan Storytime series starting Monday, April 12, from 10:00 AM till 10:30 AM. There will also be activities, crafts, sing-alongs in Arabic, and Ramadan Read-Alongs from local teens. More info is available online.


Creative Storytelling: Ocean Meets Sky

Your kid can join LACMA's teaching artist for a live reading of Terry Fan's Ocean Meets Sky on Friday, April 16, at 4:00 PM. The story will be brought to life with a guided art session based on the works of Maura Bendett. Your kid will make an eco-friendly sculpture using objects and colors from the story. Registration required.


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L.A. Zoo Update

The LA Zoo is open. Reservations are required for everyone, including members. Capacity is limited by timed entries, and some experiences have been modified to keep visitors, staff, and the animals safe. More details are available here.

You can support the L.A. Zoo in ways besides becoming a member (though that's a pretty great way to do so). From Earth Day, April 22, and till Endangered Species Day, May 21, you and your family can participate in the Zoo's first-ever fitness challenge, Walk for the Wild. Just register online with your fitness tracker, get some support from your community, and then get walking (or running or jogging or biking or whatever - just move!). The farther you travel, the more exclusive content you unlock, and the more funds you raise to support the L.A. Zoo's conservation efforts.  


Teen Writers Unite!

Your young author can take a break from the solitary nature of their craft and share some time and space with other teen writers. Sharing time in a safe and supportive space can ignite their passion and provide inspiration for writing short stories, novels, or poems. The meetup is Sunday, April 11, from 2:00 PM till 3:00 PM. Registration is open and required.


Cats in a Book

Reserve your kit to make a cat-themed bookmark with spring-colored felt from the Linda Vista Branch Library starting on Monday, April 12, from 9:30 AM till 5:00 PM and going through the week. 


Take & Make: Anime Beads

Your kids ages 10 and up who love My Hero Academia can sign up for a kit to make their favorite characters with melty beads. Templates available for Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo. Supplies are limited. Kits are available from the Santa Catalina Branch Library. Reservations open on Monday, April 12, from 9:30 AM till 5:00 PM and go through the week.


April Crafts

Follow Tiff and Tosh on Pasadena Library's Instagram Live on Monday, April 12, from 3:00 PM till 3:30 PM to learn to make some unique crafts for April.


Mighty Chondria: Science for Kids

Kids ages 9 - 12 can learn to become scientists in the home on Monday, April 12, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Using household items (see the registration page for the supply list), your kid will explore chemistry, earth science, and biology.


Coding and Website Design for Girls

Registration is open for your daughters ages 10-13 to enroll in this zoom class to learn basic coding and website building. Classes are Thursday, April 15 - 29, from 5:00 PM till 6:00 PM. 


Ukulele Orchestra Fun: Part Deux

On Monday, April 19, from 6:00 PM till 7:00 PM, the ukulele fun continues from the last session by learning what it's like to be a part of a ukulele orchestra. Newcomers are absolutely welcome! And all skill levels from beginner and up, ages 9 and up, can take part. There are a limited number of ukuleles available for those who need to borrow an instrument on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you need to borrow an instrument, please contact Marie Plug for assistance. Registration required.


Art at Home for Teens

Your teens agest 12-18 are invited to join the Armory staff for a guided virtual art session on Wednesday, April 21, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. This month the focus is on tattoos and the heart. Supplies are available if needed. Registration required.


Zine Workshop

Tweens and Teens are invited to drop by the zine workshop on Saturday, April 17, from 3:00 PM till 4:00 PM for a laid-back hour of creative fun. All skill levels are welcome to join. Bring your own snacks and your works-in-progress to get even more inspired!


Tween Zone

Your Tween (ages 10-12) are invited to join the Tween Zone on Wednesday, April 21, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. They can make friends, play games, write stories, draw comics, do crafts. Whatever! Registration is required.


Teens Tell Stories for Film and TV

Your teen will learn how to turn their story idea into a film or TV script on Saturday, April 17 at 11:00 AM. Producer and Director Kimberley Browning will guide them through understanding the elements and structure of a script and how to write for the screen. Registration required.


NOTE: Story times are subject to change. Please check the sites. Recorded story times are generally available on library YouTube channels.

Storytime Snippets

Altadena Libraries YouTube page is updated every Tuesday morning with a new song, rhyme, or finger play that you can use to create a storytime at home. New videos are available through April 26, 2021.

Teen Inspiration

Check out Altadena Library's Teen Instagram account for BTWN TiTLES, their biweekly posts of book reviews, creativity experiments, and more.

Pasadena Public Library regular storytimes:

Social Media Storytime: Preschool on Mondays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Facebook Live and Thursday at 3:00 - 3:20 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Toddler on Tuesdays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Instagram Live


Chinese Mandarin Storytime on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Hora de Cuento en Español on Wednesdays at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Facebook Live


Social Media Storytime: ASL (American Sign Language) on Friday at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Instagram Live

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