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Touch a Truck Thousand Oaks

May 26, 2016

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Touch-a-truck events are becoming the spring and summer thing to do. Some are fundraisers for public schools or charity organizations and some are just free community events. The Touch-a-Truck day in Thousand Oaks is our favorite of all the ones on offer throughout Southern California. (more…)

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LA Sanitation Department Open House 2017

May 5, 2016

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It’s almost that time of year again! The day little boys (and girls) look forward to all year long – trash truck open house! My son equates spring and summer with several things and the opening day to summer in his mind is the LA Sanitation Department’s open house.  Sadly for him, we have had absolutely […]

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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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Polar Bear Hunt at the Annenberg Space for Photography

January 7, 2016

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Update Jan 2016: The polar bear exhibit has now been changed to an oceans exhibit. I hear it is just as spectacular. Looking for a free afternoon adventure? Bundle up and head out on a polar bear hunt at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Pearls of the Planet, a state of the art exhibit at Skylight Studios, […]

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Free Things to Do with the Family in Los Angeles

August 24, 2015

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There are so many free things to do with the family in Los Angeles that it’s hard to keep up with them all. There are plenty of websites outlining free museum days, but I feel I am always missing something when I consult these. Instead, I decided to make my own calendar with reoccurring monthly events and […]

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Family Day at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

August 10, 2015

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My son has been begging to go to the aquarium, but our membership recently expired and I wasn’t ready to commit to another year. To appease him, and my pocket book, I began looking for other aquarium options in the area, when I remembered the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium was on my to do list (along with a super awesome […]

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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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Outdoor Family Valentines Day Ideas in Los Angeles

February 13, 2015

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If you are anything like me, you tend to wait until the last minute to book anything. And of course for this weekend of love, that is not a good thing since the babysitters have been booked up weeks ago. Instead of moping about that you don’t get to spend a quiet romantic evening as […]

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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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Vasquez Rocks with Kids

January 25, 2015

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My son woke up saying he wanted to go on a hike and I knew immediately where we should go. Vasquez Rocks.  It has been on our to do list forever. All I knew about Vasquez Rocks was that it’s great for kids who like to climb rocks and that an episode or portion of Star Trek had been filmed there. […]

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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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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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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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Holiday Volunteering in Los Angeles with Young Kids

November 7, 2014

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Volunteerism has been a part of my core being 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 […]

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Family Fun: The National Park’s Junior Ranger Program

November 6, 2014

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One of the coolest and maybe least known activities at many national and state parks is the Junior Ranger Program. I don’t know why the National Park Service doesn’t market this more, because it is an amazing program for children and families. It is a perfect way to get your kids interested in the world […]

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Travel Activities for Kids Without Using Electronics

July 3, 2014

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We are not an electronic free family, but for much of our travel, our son has not been very interested in watching movies or playing on the iPad. This has meant coming up with lots of ideas on how to keep him entertained on our long trans-atlantic flights or our 7 hour car journey between […]

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Monrovia Canyon Falls: The Perfect Family Hike

June 17, 2014

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I have finally found the perfect family hike and I am so excited to share it with anyone who will listen! Monrovia Canyon Falls is my new favorite hike to do with my toddler (and his friends). It has everything you want in a hike: short and long options, wild animals, plenty of shade and […]

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Free Splash Pads on the East Side

June 5, 2014

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It’s summer and summer means water play, especially on the Eastside where our summer temperatures soar. For us it’s even more important because we don’t have central air at our house, so we *must* get out in the afternoons to cool down! Here are our go to free splash pads and water play areas on the […]

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Classic Car Night at Bob’s Big Boy

August 7, 2013

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Classic Car Night at Bob’s Big Boy Every Friday from 5 pm – 10 pm, classic car’s start rolling into Bob’s Big Boy in the Toluca Lake area of Burbank. My son asks me about all of the new, interesting cars on the road, so we thought this would be a fun night out for him. And […]

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