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En Familia con LA Plaza

Let’s get creative, have fun, and spend time en familia (with family)!

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is excited to continue celebrating our annual Family Days, now on a virtual platform!

En Familia con LA Plaza, an interactive family virtual series, will explore different themes each month through hands-on art, literacy, gardening, and culinary art workshops.

These pre-recorded sessions are available on our YouTube page.

Check out the schedule below, bookmark the dates on your calendar, and follow the links below. Scroll down to view past sessions.


LA Plaza’s Education Department: 10-Year Anniversary | Saturday, April 17 | 10am
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LA Plaza turns 10 years old! And what better way to celebrate a birthday than with fun culinary, garden, and art workshops that celebrate LA Plaza, Los Angeles, and stories of your community! This event will also include a special read along with one of LA Plaza’s founding board members, the Honorable Gloria Molina (ret.) reading Mi Papi Tiene Una Moto/My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero. This special event will be live streamed directly from LA Plaza. Register to view on Zoom or view on Facebook Live.
Culinary Arts: LA’s Favorite Street Food: Fruta Picada
Edible Teaching Garden: LA Flora and Fauna: Garden Journal
Leyendo con LA Plaza: A Special Place in My Community Painting
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English: 10-Year Anniversary
Spanish: Decimo Aniversario

Edible Teaching Garden: Garden Bookmark | Saturday, April 24 | 10:30am
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The celebration of Día de los Niños continues! What better way to celebrate than share in the joy of reading? Join us to learn how to identify and classify common leaves found in your home and around your community, then create a bookmark using a leaf rubbing technique!
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English: Garden Bookmark
Spanish: Marcapáginas

Leyendo con LA Plaza: Pop-up Card: Favorite Book Scene | Saturday, May 1 | 10:30am
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Wrap up Día de los Niños with an exploration into the world of reading. Books help children imagine, learn, and understand the world around them Join us for a special guest read along of Book Fiesta by Pat Mora, which poetically highlights the magic of books. Imagine yourself in your favorite book and create your favorite book scene as a pop-up card!
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English: Pop-up Card
Spanish: Tarjeta Pop-Up


Culinary Arts: Homemade Cookbook | Saturday, April 10
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El Día de los Niños celebrates children of all nationalities and cultures. Celebrated annually on April 30 in Mexico, this day highlights the importance of literacy across linguistic backgrounds and cultures. Explore literacy by creating your own homemade cookbook to collect and document recipes, cooking stories, and food traditions!

This activity is inspired by “Family Cookbook as Cultural Heirloom,” an activity developed by the UCLA History-Geography Project. Click here for a family guide
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Homemade Cookbook
Spanish: Libro de Recetas

Leyendo con LA Plaza: Symbols of Farm Worker Rights – Organic UFW Flag | Wednesday, March 31
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Let’s take a closer look! Symbols can communicate powerful messages and can be used to bring attention to a cause. Follow along with us as Paul Chávez, President and Chairman of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, reads Lado a Lado/Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez by Monica Brown. Together we’ll explore the history of the United Farm Workers and the leadership of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez in fighting for farmworker rights. Gather your art materials and create your own version of the United Farm Workers logo using natural materials at home!
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Symbols of Farmworker’s Rights: Organic UFW Flag
Spanish: Simbolos de los derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas: Bandera Orgánica de la UFW

Culinary Arts: Spring “César Salad” | Saturday, March 27
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Do you know who harvests the food on your table? Farmworkers! Rain or shine, during wildfires, and even during a pandemic, farm workers continue to harvest the foods we eat. In celebration of César Chávez Day, learn to make a Spring “César Salad” using alternative ingredients, to commemorate the history of boycotts organized by the United Farm Workers.
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English: Spring “César Salad”
Spanish: “Ensalada César” de Primavera

Culinary Arts: Poinsettia Flower Pencil | Saturday, December 19
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Did you know that plants can be used to create color? Learn about the process of using plant matter as a natural dye! Recreate a flower out of vibrantly colored corn husks dyed using the petals of the flor de nochebuena, also known as Poinsettia.
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English: Poinsettia Flower Pencil
Spanish: Lápiz de flor de Nochebuena

Culinary Arts: Pozole | Saturday, December 12
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What is your family’s favorite holiday dish? Gather your loved ones and join us in learning how to make pozole as an end-of-the-year celebratatory dinner!
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English: Vegetarian Pozole
Spanish: Pozole Vegetariano

Edible Teaching Garden: Composting: Feeding the Soil | Saturday, November 28
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What are ways you can give back to the soil? Join us in learning about the fight for land and freedom during the Mexican Revolution. Familiarize yourself with a sustainable practice known as composting to exercise resourcefulness in reducing your food waste and creating soil filled with nutrients for your garden.
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English: Composting
Spanish: Compostaje

Culinary Arts: Guisado | Saturday, November 21
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Get your ingredients ready! Make a guisado or braised strew and learn about the resourcefulness women soldiers, known as Adelitas, practiced during the Mexican Revolution.
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English: Guisado
Spanish: Guisado

Leyendo Con LA Plaza: Nicho Making | Saturday, October 31
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¡A leer y decorar! Join us as we read together the book Rosita y Conchita by Eric Gonzalez and Erich Haeger. Altars for Día de los Muertos have evolved over many years! Learn about the history of this celebration by joining us in creating your very own decorative nicho using vibrant items from around your home!
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English: Nicho
Spanish: Nicho

Edible Teaching Garden: Memory Satchels | Saturday, October 24
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¡Vengan los muertos a celebrar! The scent of flowers and other plant materials help guide loved ones who have passed back to celebrate with us on Day of the Dead. Learn how to make and dedicate a memory satchel filled with aromatic plant materials for a loved one or antepasado.
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English: Memory Satchels
Spanish: Bolsitas de Recuerdos

Culinary Arts: Calabazas en Tacha | Saturday, October 17
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¡Los muertos vienen a comer! Food and traditional dishes play a central role in traditional altars during Día de los Muertos. Learn how to make calabazas en tacha, candied pumpkin, a seasonal and traditional plate that can be placed on your altar.
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English: Calabaza en Tacha
Spanish: Calabaza en Tacha

Edible Teaching Garden: Herbal Teas | Saturday, October 10

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¡A relajarse! Learn about the origins of medicinal healing by creating your own herbal tea bags. This activity will explore ancient plant medicine practices to teach you how to reduce stress during a time of back to school learning.
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English: Herbal Teas
Spanish: Tés de Hierbas

Culinary Arts: Healthy Taquito Wrap | Saturday, October 3

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¡Es tiempo de comer! Learn how to create a healthy taquito wrap as a back to school snack. Join us in learning the importance of healthy eating and the history of the ingredients used in this recipe.
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English: Healthy Taquito Wrap
Spanish: Taquito Vegetariano

Edible Teaching Garden: Pico de Gallo Ingredients & Container Gardening |
Saturday, September 26
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Have you ever wanted to start your own garden but thought you didn’t have enough space? Join us in discussing alternatives to outdoor gardening and learn how to grow ingredients for our tricolor Pico de Gallo recipe indoors.
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English: Container Gardening
Spanish: Jardín en Contenedores

Culinary Arts: Pico de Gallo |
Saturday, September 19
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Time to use your five senses! Celebrate Fiestas Patrias with us by creating a tricolor Pico de Gallo to represent the colors of the Mexican flag.
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English: Pico de Gallo
Spanish: Pico de Gallo

Leyendo con LA Plaza: Muñeca Mazahua |
Saturday, September 16
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¡A bailar! Celebrate Mexico’s Independence and its traditions by learning the origins of the beloved Muñeca Mazahua. Create your own doll to honor your roots!
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English: Muñeca Mazahua 
Spanish: Muñeca Mazahua

Leyendo con LA Plaza: Nopal Family Tree |
Saturday, September 5
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Come along and read with us! Join special guest author, René Colato Laínez, as he reads his book René Has Two Last Names/René tiene dos apellidos. Following this read along we will explore the meaning of familia through a nopal family tree art activity.
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English: Nopal Family Tree
Spanish: Arbol Geneaológico de Nopal


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