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Guide to Channel Islands National Park (with Kids)

September 5, 2017

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California is home to 28 national parks and sites scattered throughout the state. From the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite, to the desolate in Death Valley and the big trees in the North at the Redwoods, there is no shortage of vast beauty in California’s parks. One of the last few remaining parks that we […]

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Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms

July 25, 2016

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One of the best places in Southern California for star gazing is in and around Joshua Tree. We have been out several times specifically to do this, but only recently learned about the Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms. On our last visit to the northern part of Joshua Tree we noticed the observatory’s white […]

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Get off the Beaten Path with Joshua Tree Excursions 

May 30, 2016

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I have been to Joshua Tree many times, and while there is still a ton to explore on my own, I was excited to get off the beaten path with Joshua Tree Excursions during my last visit. Joshua Tree Excursions is a locally owned company providing privately guided off-trail experiences with the thought that life is about the journey […]

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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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Favorite Family Friendly Hikes at Joshua Tree

November 16, 2015

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Family Friendly HIkes at Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree has become one of our favorite go-to trips – either as a day trip or for a last minute weekend getaway. Through our many visits, we have found a few trails that we return to again and again. Below are our favorite family friendly hikes at Joshua Tree. These hikes can be completed by […]

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Up Close & Personal at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar

May 20, 2015

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There are few constants in life, but one of them seems to be the Groupon deal for the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar. I guess what they say is true – the more you see something, the more likely you are to check it out! Today we had nothing on the agenda so decided to take the bait and visit. […]

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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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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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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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