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SkyPark at Santa’s Village : An Outdoor Wonderland

November 21, 2017

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We set out on a foggy overcast day for the mountain town of Skyforest, just outside of Lake Arrowhead and about 30 miles from Big Bear Lake, in search of winter fun at Santa’s Village. As we weaved through light traffic on the 210 freeway, the entire mountain range of the San Bernardino National Forest […]

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What To Do in Wrightwood (Near Mt. High)

January 21, 2016

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You managed to pack up the car, bundle up the kids and hit the road for snow tubing at Mountain High. Whew! Congrats. Oh but wait, now you have arrived only to discover that it’s either sold out for the day or that your time slot isn’t until late in the afternoon. Now what do you […]

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Urban Camping in Los Angeles with the MRCA

November 30, 2015

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One of the beauties of living in a large metropolis like Los Angeles is having access to everything from cultural events, museums, nightlife, and of course the amazing nature opportunities. Unknown to many outside of the city, but Los Angeles is blessed with a great outdoor space within minutes of most any place in the city. […]

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Go Outdoors with LA Walks

November 2, 2015

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Every month Charles Fleming, the author of the popular Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles and Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles hosts a walk somewhere in Los Angeles. Some walks are in the adjacent mountains of the Sierra Madre or on the meandering coastline, while others […]

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Outdoor Activities for Kids in Los Angeles

October 21, 2015

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A struggle many parents have when living in a large metropolis is getting their kids outdoors more than just at the local playground. We are so blessed in Los Angeles to have beautiful weather most of the year and an abundance of amazing outdoor areas to explore. So really, there is no excuse to not […]

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Kids Workshop at Home Depot

April 16, 2015

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Do you have a construction loving little one? If so, this is the post for you! My son gets confused with all of the large warehouse type stores, so when he sees Home Depot he says “This is my favorite Target!” very excitedly. It must run in the genes. His grandfather is a contractor and […]

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5 Easy Hikes for Toddlers Los Angeles

February 10, 2015

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Hiking is the thing to do in LA. Before moving here I didn’t think that hiking with kids was even possible, especially once they were too big to carry and no longer interested in the stroller. As a baby you can carry them and older kids can walk, but what do you do during those few years where your […]

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Celebrating Holi – The Festival of Colors in Los Angeles

February 3, 2015

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Celebrating Holi is one of our favorite Indian holidays. The yearly festival was the highlight of the spring for our family and so many in India. In our 8+ years in Mumbai, we never missed one Holi. This was one Indian tradition I felt we had to continue even after moving to the US. Holi, also known as the festival […]

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Dream Travel Destinations for 2015

January 9, 2015

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I live and breathe travel. If it was up to me I would be traveling full time, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now. So instead, I dream up all the trips I hope we can take. I plan them out in my head and often on paper, holding on to […]

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Snow Play Close to Los Angeles

January 2, 2015

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Ever since we moved to LA we have heard people say that you can go from “the beach to snow in one day”. I never really understood how that was possible, thinking only of weekend trips to Big Bear as a snow option. But, after our first visit to Mt Baldy yesterday I can see how […]

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Discovery Cube Los Angeles: A review

December 30, 2014

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Last week we had the opportunity to visit the new science focused children’s museum Discovery Cube Los Angeles (which is actually in the Valley).  The few posts I had read on it made it sound amazing, so I went with high expectations. This might have been my problem, but overall I was a bit underwhelmed. However, the kids absolutely […]

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Things To Do in LA over Winter Break (Updated 2015)

December 13, 2014

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This upcoming winter break is the first break at my son’s school in over a year that we do not have travel plans. After our India trip and a very busy fall, we have decided to stay put and spend our break exploring areas of LA that we never have time for. Although I would venture to […]

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Exploring Joshua Tree with Kids | One Day Itinerary

December 4, 2014

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s, Joshua Tree for me symbolized music, not a National Park.  But because of the music, the park has always held a certain allure for me. Once I discovered how close it was to LA, it moved to the top of my local travel list. But, even then, it took me almost a […]

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Sand Sledding: Winter fun for the whole family

December 1, 2014

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It is almost that time of year again — sand sledding!  This is my favorite part of winter in LA. What isn’t awesome about sledding in warm weather not having to worry about gloves and hats and frostbite. And showing off sand sledding photos to all of our east coast friends bundled up is sort of […]

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Malibu Lagoon Bird Watching with Kids

November 24, 2014

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I love nature, hiking and animals, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine taking time on a Sunday to go bird watching. But yep, this is what happens in my household every month.  The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society hosts a kid friendly bird watching walk at Malibu Lagoon State Beach and after our […]

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Family Friendly Hikes: Palm Springs Indian Canyons

November 17, 2014

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A trip to Palm Springs for most people means sitting by the pool soaking up the sun, doing some shopping and maybe visiting a few kid friendly attractions (if you have kids). For us, it means driving back and forth to Joshua Tree (or Joshman Tree as my preschooler says) to explore. My son is […]

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A Return to Home: Mumbai Revisited

November 10, 2014

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As the plane circles over Mumbai, we have already been traveling for more than 40 hours – myself, my husband and our 4 year old son. We are exhausted, but we are energized. The smell of Mumbai somehow seeps through the airtight windows. The smell of burning plastic, mixed with incense, spices, food and millions […]

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Holiday Volunteering in Los Angeles with Kids

November 7, 2014

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Volunteerism has been a part of my life since I was a young elementary school kid visiting the nursing home in my neighborhood. I don’t remember how I got started – maybe through holiday caroling or because I wanted to earn a Girls Scouts patch – either way I kept doing it well after I no […]

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The Never Ending Bucket List for Los Angeles Kids

April 2, 2013

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Mommy Poppins’s website has a great bucket list for Los Angeles kids. Since we are new to LA, it has become the perfect base for many of our local explorations. As we learn more about the city, we continue to add to this list as well as cross things off. Obviously we have quite a bit of time […]

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