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Little Saplings Throws Ecofriendly Garden Parties

Birthday Fetes That Plant Life Lessons

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The doc reassured you that grazing is a normal eating pattern for a 2-year-old. However, you’re pretty sure her munchies should include something other than Goldfish, bunnies, and pretzels.

If your tot has developed an aversion toward anything green, throw a Little Saplings garden party.

Owner Ruth Steinberg creates outdoor fetes that introduce kidlets to the principles of organic gardening: simple propagation techniques, basic composting, and the fundamentals of plant design.

Choose a theme (ladybug, cowboy, farm), and Steinberg dreams up a project for each child to complete, whether it be a small garden or a potted plant. She entertains little sprouts with fantastical stories of magical seeds while they decorate containers, play in the soil, and learn how plants bloom, flourish, and feed families.

After all, you eat what you sow.

For more information, go to littlesaplings.org. Party prices start at $350.

this week in los angeles!

GRUB
Eat Real Festival

What: Chow down at the urban food extravaganza, which uses sustainable ingredients from the city’s finest restaurants, food trucks, and farmers.
Why: Little locavores can shake cream into butter, toss pizza crusts, use bicycles to make gazpacho, and try beekeeping on for size.
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Helms Bakery District, 8800 Venice Blvd., b/t National Blvd. & Helms Ave. Admission is free; food, $1-$5. Cash only.

HARMONIZE
All Join In Fairy-tale Sing-along

What: Croon, dance, win prizes, and maybe even perform on stage at the family theater musical experience.
Why: Feel free to fill up on Pirate’s Booty while following along in your take-home songbook.
When: Sat. & Sun., 12:30 & 3 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., b/t Wilshire Blvd. & Arizona Ave., Santa Monica. Reservations (required) to 310-394-9779 ext. 2. Admission is free.

ROCK ’N’ STROLL
Music in the L.A. Zoo

What: Local indie bands serenade families and furry friends alike at the annual festival.
Why: Even the animals stay up past bedtime.
When: Fri., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Griffith Park, 5333 Zoo Dr. (323-644-6042). Tickets online at lazoo.org. Adults, $17; kids 6-15, $11; 5 and under, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Little Saplings

LOCATIONS
Helms Bakery District
8800 Venice Blvd
bt National Blvd & Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
5333 Zoo Dr
@ Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-644-4200
1211 4th St
bt Wilshire Blvd & Arizona Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-9779 ext 2
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