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Virtual Annual Arts & Literacy Festival May 1

April 19, 2021 1:20 PM

Virtual Annual Arts & Literacy Festival May 1

The City of Santa Monica presents Arts & Literacy @ Home on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants can register online for a morning of family-friendly activities hosted by community organizations with book author readings and activities.

This year's theme “Wild Animal Adventure” will be showcased throughout the virtual event where children and adults alike are encouraged to dress as their favorite animals.

Arts & Literacy @ Home schedule:

  • 10:00 – 10:15 am        Interactive Activities & Author Readings
  • 10:20 – 10:35 am        Storytime with Librarian Vanessa Alvarado
  • 10:40 – 10:55 am        Interactive Activities & Author Readings
  • 11:00 – 11:10 am        Kids Animal Yoga
  • 11:10 – 11:25 am        Interactive Activities & Author Readings
  • 11:30 – 12:00 noon     Walk on the Wild Side Live Animal Show

Sessions will also be available for participants to learn about virtual exhibitors showcasing their child services and community resources to support families.

The event will be presented using the Hopin platform. Register early to get the event link at

Event bags containing craft supplies to go along with the activities presented during the event and information from participating agencies will be available to participants before the virtual event. Event bags may be picked up starting Monday, April 26th during curbside pick-up hours at Santa Monica Public Library Main Branch, Montana Branch and Pico Branch. While supplies last. Visit for details on library hours.

The Arts & Literacy Festival promotes the Santa Monica Cradle to Career Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign, which helps parents, educators, early childcare providers, and other community partners work together to make sure all Santa Monica children start kindergarten ready to learn, inside and outside the classroom. The campaign launched in 2015 in response to findings from the Youth Wellbeing Report Card that showed only 65% of Santa Monica public school children are on track when they begin kindergarten.

To learn more about Virginia Avenue Park, visit For more information about the Santa Monica Cradle to Career Building Blocks to Kindergarten campaign, visit


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