Celebrate Spring

Through the sunshine and rain of the season, foster growth and imagination with these great toys, classes, and stories.

Count Your Carrots

Add these sustainable, wooden Tender Leaf Toys to an Easter basket or your seasonal toy rotation. Toddlers can work on counting and color sorting with the Carrot Stacker ($28)—10 numbered carrot rings and a patient white rabbit (he looks hungry). The Pet Rabbit Set ($16) includes a pair of animals with everything to play pet owner: a home, water bottle, carrot, and turnip. The Greenhouse and Garden Set ($110) works as an extension for a dollhouse or as a standalone setup. Planting bench, seed trays, raised bed, and compost bin included.

Move and Groove

Every day is a party with Joanna Burke, and her energy is contagious. Known as Miss Jojo to her dance students and online fans, Burke brings her extra-animated personality to her classes, videos, and live shows so that her audience, typically the 10-and-under crowd, is soon giggling and smiling as much as she is. Register early for her tap/ballet and hip-hop classes at the La Cañada Community Center, as they fill quickly. Young fans can also review rhyming and compound words and take brain breaks with Miss Jojo via her new, colorful video series on YouTube. “With a huge love for Fred Rogers and Shari Lewis, I treat every interaction with children like I am taking the stage,” Burke says. “The kids are my audience, and it is my job to share information with them in a way that is clear, fun, and memorable.”


Listen and Play

The Southern California Children’s Museum on Colorado Boulevard features a Story & Craft series every Wednesday in collaboration with KidLit in Color, featuring children’s books by BIPOC authors. In March, author and illustrator Natasha Khan Kazi read her new book Moon’s Ramadan. In the story, the moon introduces readers to one of the world’s most celebrated traditions, the month of peace, as he visits families from Egypt to Argentina, Indonesia to the United States as they engage in the evening activities of Ramadan—baking sweets, hanging lanterns, and helping others. Toddlers and kindergarten-age children can join in weekly for a read-aloud, and then bring the story to life through arts and crafts. Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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