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Fun Kids Activities for EARTH DAY 2016

Kid-friendly Earth Day events in Los Angeles area

Did you know…

  • an oil spill in California inspired Earth Day
  • the first Earth Day was 47 years ago
  • Earth Day was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin
  • the date of April 22 was chosen in part to commemorate naturalist and conservationalist John Muir, who was born April 21, 1838
  • Earth Day is now being observed in 194 countries, with more than 500 million people participating in events

April 22, Earth Day, is a party for our planet.  There are a variety of events celebrating Mother Earth over the next couple weeks in the local Los Angeles and South Bay area. Many of these are great, fun events for kids to learn how to be eco-friendly.

Here are just a few in the Los Angeles area:

STAR Eco Station Earth Day

Sunday, April 17 10am – 4pm
16th Annual Children’s Earth Day
STAR EcoStation
10101 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City
Activities include children’s exhibits, environmental presentations, eco-friendly food, arts a d crafts, games, celebrity guests, displays and more than 200 rescued exotic animal and eco-friendly vendors.


Saturday, April 23 8am – Noon
Earth Day Recycling Event
Toyota Employee Parkig Lot
190th and Van Ness Ave, Torrance
Teach your children to recycle.  Featured are free paper shredding, free electronics and clothes drop-off, and used oil recycling and filter exchange.


Saturday, April 23 – Noon – 4:00 pm
Earth Day Fest
Westside Park
3085 Clyde Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Activities for all ages, including these kid-friendly ones:

  • STAR Eco Station’s “Why it’s not cool to keep exotic animals in the home”
    Show times: 12:30 and 2:00
    Space is limited for these shows so RSVP here.
  • Face Painting
  • Earth-friendly arts & crafts


aquarium-great-hall-earth-dayWeekend of April 23–24 – 9 am – 5 pm
Earth Day Festival 
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 90802
Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the aquarium’s 15th annual Earth Day festival. Join us for a weekend of family fun celebrating the Earth while learning easy, everyday tips to protect the environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. An aquarium admission fee will be charged, but the event is free for Aquarium of the Pacific members.


Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Earth Day Celebration and Concert Earth Day
Polliwog Park
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach 90266
Enjoy live entertainment, speakers and presentations on the Eco-Education State, a composting class, children’s activities, an eco-shopping area, free bike valet parking, food and beverage vendors, an alternative fuel vehicle display, e-waste and printer toner cartridge recycling, and more.

Sunday, May 1 – begins at 10am
Long Beach Children’s Day and Earth Day
El Dorado Park
7550 E. Spring St, Long Beach 90815
The event, now in its 20th year, will be filled with fun, uplifting, and educational activities. Enjoy arts and crafts and lots of games, too. Guests can enjoy food booths and two entertainment stages. A children’s parade inside the park begins at 1 p.m.


The Story of LEGO

We discovered this fun video that shares the history of LEGOs. We hope you enjoy it. We did! If you and your kids love LEGOs, we’re sure you’ll find it entertaining, informative and well-done.


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Did you know a skilled Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Kristiansen started the company in 1932? Times were hard and he had to dismiss his employees, so he started to make quality wooden toys. Ole used only the finest quality, hand-picked wood.

After school his son Godtfred would help.

At first, it was a struggle. A large wholesale order was cancelled because the buyer filed for bankruptcy. Ole packed his car with the toys he had made, and sold them himself.  But Ole was not a good salesman. Sometimes he traded the toys for food. The Kristiansens got by.

In 1934, the toys were not selling as quickly as Ole wished. He thought the company needed a name. The name needed to indicate “playing well”. In Danish, LEG GODT means to “play well.” Ole decided on “LEGO.” What he didn’t know is that in Latin, “lego” means “to put together.” How prophetic.


One day Godtfred excitedly reported to his father that he had saved their company money. But when he explained how he had done this – applying only two layers of lacquer to the  toy ducks instead of three –  his father made him unpack the ducks, apply the third layer of lacquer, repack the ducks and take them to the station to be shipped. Godtfred learned an important lesson: To create a good brand, every detail matters and only the best is good enough.

By the late 1930s, LEGO was making a profit.

But on a 1942 stormy night, the workshop burned down. And with it, all the drawings and models.  The little company was nearly destroyed as well. But Ole was responsible for his children and workers, so he started again and rebuilt.

In 1946, LEGO was running well enough for Ole to go to Copenhagen to see a new plastic molding machine that just arrived to Denmark. He picked up a little demo plastic brick while there and ordered a machine.

At first they made little plastic teddy bear and rattles, but Ole kept thinking of the plastic brick he got at the fair.  He redesigned it and put it into production.

In 1954, Godtfred was aboard a liner sailing to England where he met a man who headed up a shopping center. This conversation would change LEGO. The man said, “toys are no good now; there is no system in anything.”

Godtfred took this to heart. He realized that children were given only play items that were “ready-made”. Instead, play should strengthen their imagination. He created the LEGO system of play. Houses could be built from the LEGO bricks, in a town. This was a huge breakthrough.

LEGO began selling outside of Denmark in many countries.

But there were still opportunities. The LEGO bricks could be built into as many things as the imagination allowed. But it couldn’t be easily moved; it kept falling apart. So Godtfred thought he had to figure out a way to make the bricks stay together. He realized that adding tubes allowed that and enabled a whole construction system.

Unfortunately, Ole didn’t get to see the brick system. He passed away in 1958.

Many guests came to the LEGO factory, especially after Godtfred built the Bilund airport. So many guests, they needed a bigger place to display the models. Thus, LEGO Land was born in 1968, with 600,000 guests the first year.

LEGO is now owned by Ole’s grandson, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, who still believes in Quality, the Search for Perfection, and a World Without Limits. “Only the best is good enough, because children deserve the best.”

We hope you enjoyed this ride through LEGO memory lane.

Now, bring LEGO’s to your own backyard with The Best LEGO Party by Contact today to reserve the best birthday party for your child!

Thank YOU, Nasim – Glad your son loved his LEGO Party!

We’re tickled to share this note from one of our recent LEGO Party customers:

I would like to thank you for being a part of my son’s birthday party today. I appreciated your professionalism. You were punctual and  courteous, your service was as promised and it was very well received  and enjoyed by the kids and adults at our party. I feel very lucky to have found you. What you brought to the party made it a very unique experience for us and all of our guests and it provided a way for all  to be entertained while expanding their minds and exercising their creativity. I would recommend you to anyone of my friends without  hesitation.

Nasim Riazati, Los Alamitos

Recently in’s In Box

We’re tickled to share with you some of the latest letters that have come in from our happy parents!

Colorful paper sheets with words Fun, Thanks and smile

Everyone loved the race car activity and I will be sure to recommend you to all my friends and give the reviews.

Jane, Altadena Country Club – Cub Scout Event

We just celebrated my son’s 4th birthday and the race car party was a huge success! I love that the little girls get just as excited about it as the boys! We have used Playparty for several parties now since we have two boys, and have always been very pleased.  The staff is courteous and great with the kids. By the end of the party they know everyone’s name.  I highly recommend Playparty!

Jennifer D., La Canada Flintridge

My son and his friends had a blast at the Lego party.  Thanks!

Kelly S., North Hollywood

We had 20 kids at our house for my son’s three year birthday party. Boys, girls, ages 2-11 and everyone had a blast! One parent stated the race tracks were a “boy’s heaven.” We extended the time to 2 hrs and everyone was thoroughly entertained the whole time. My son couldn’t get away! Mike was prompt in responding to emails and questions. His assistant came the day of the party, was early and promptly set up. He was wonderful and interactive with the children. We would definitely recommend and use again.

Bill and Connie Picket

My son’s 4th birthday race car party was PERFECT thanks to Mike and his cool race car ramps! The kids, boys and girls, absolutely loved it. It kept them occupied the entire time. The party could have been double the time and they still would have been playing. I highly recommend getting the extra long gravity track and doing an hour and a half. An hour seemed too short! And Mike is the NICEST guy and very hands-on. Very reliable, showed up early to set up, etc. Made everything wonderful. I am sure I will use him again and try the Lego party next! All the adults asked me where I found him and raved about the party! Thank you Mike!!

Allison S., Los Angeles

This was such a great fun party! Mike was very helpful with information and tips about party favors, number of tables needed, and so forth. He is very experienced and knowledgeable and he responded to all my questions and calls in a timely matter. Not like some other vendors that are a no show or take forever to call you back. Very reliable person to make the party as stress free and fun as possible. Definitely would call him up again!

Caroline L., Pacific Palisades


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