Happy bunny weekend!

Hey, Easter is coming! And we all know what that means: FUZZY BUNNIES. If you are excited about the impending onslaught of cuteness, here are some ways that you can treat yourself to a hopping (oh, admit it, the bad puns, you love them!) bunny-themed Easter weekend!

1. Forget the lions and tigers and bears, the LA Zoo is hosting Big Bunny’s Spring Fling, Friday through Sunday, with bunny face painting, bunny ear making, and lots of real live bunnies. But most important of all, their website says there will be FREE PEEPS. Oh, happy day! (April 22, 23, and 24 at the LA Zoo. More info available here.)

2. At Olvera Street, you can bring your pets for the annual Blessing of the Animals, which is a charming tradition that moves even my largely agnostic heart. And while this isn’t bunny-specific, I imagine there will be some bunnies in attendance, or, if photos from past events are any indication, at least some puppies in bunny clothing. (Saturday, April 23, 12pm-5pm, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. More info available here.)

(More bunny rabbit fun after the jump!)

3. Buying pets as gifts is, generally, a bad idea, and that goes for pet bunnies, too. Pets bought on a whim too often end up neglected and unwanted. So instead of buying someone a real live bunny as an Easter gift, think about making a donation to LA Rabbit Rescue, a volunteer-run, no-kill shelter that fosters abandoned bunnies and places them in loving homes. And if you have seriously thought about it and want a long-eared, furry companion, consider adopting one from Rabbit Rescue!

4. And no mention of bunnies in LA is complete without a hat tip to Pasadena’s Bunny Museum. They’re open year round, but given the prominence of bunnies in the collective consciousness (or maybe just in mine?) at this time of year I thought they were worth a mention. They’re only open by appointment, so make sure to call ahead if you want to go. The Bunny Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of bunny memorabilia, and is located in the home of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski. It’s basically a house, filled with thousands, and thousands of bunny collectables. It’s ridiculous and silly, and maybe a little terrifying, but wonderful. (Visit the Bunny Museum website for visitor information.)

And finally, I would suggest that you make Bunny Weekend 2011 complete with a screening of that most festive of holiday films, Night of the Lepus. It happens to be the world’s greatest film about carnivorous killer rabbits, and is conveniently available, in its entirety, on Youtube.

Totally cute bunny rabbit photo courtesy of Rachel Davies.

2 thoughts on “Happy bunny weekend!”

  1. My wife Susan and I will be bringing our Official Household Menagerie Ambassador — Buster the Russian tortoise — to the Blessing of the Animals this weekend… which is really just a good excuse to kick back at La Golondrina afterward sucking down margaritas and watching Olvera Street go by. Buster likes hers on the rocks, no salt.

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