Join organizers for a free Family Arts & Literacy Festival, where books come to life, on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, 2201 Pico Blvd.

The Arts & Literacy Festival promotes Cradle to Career’s Kindergarten Readiness Campaign. Spend the day reading and making art in the park. Dress up as your favorite book characters. Bring gently used books for a book swap. See your favorite librarians acting out story books. Visit the Santa Monica Farmers Market, where food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Hear storytellers and music. See a magician perform and participate in crafts and a drum circle. Learn about promoting your child’s health and development and sign up for preschool with SMMUSD.

Walking and biking are encouraged. Bike valet is available until 3 p.m. Virginia Avenue Park is served by Big Blue Bus line Nos. 7 and 11. There is limited additional parking available at Venice Family Clinic (2509 Pico Blvd.). The park is wheelchair-accessible and welcomes persons of all abilities. For special accommodations, contact (310) 458-8688 or TTY (310) 917-6626.

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