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Exploring All Things Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

April 2, 2018

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One of the main attractions for our family visit to Universal Studios Hollywood was of course The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Having just finished book number 5, my 7 year old was hankering to visit our neighborhood theme park. While the Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn’t a huge section of Universal Studios Hollywood, […]

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LA Sanitation Department Open House 2018

April 1, 2018

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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 (and the Fire Service Recognition Day!).  This […]

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Guide to Exploring Joshua Tree with Kids (+ 1 Day Itinerary)

December 4, 2017

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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. 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 year of […]

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Los Angeles Holiday Activities & Events Guide

November 20, 2017

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The holiday season is upon us which means an overload of things to do in Los Angeles. Even though we don’t get the snowy cold weather, this city knows how to celebrate for the holidays! Parades, neighborhood Christmas light extravaganzas, Santa photo ops and of course classically southern California winter fun – sand sledding! If […]

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What to do in Los Angeles for Halloween

October 3, 2017

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Every year the number of traditions that my son institutes seems to grow exponentially. It’s tough to keep up with all the things he wants to do each year to signify and celebrate the coming Halloween holiday. For him it’s not just the one day of trick or treating, rather it’s the build up that is […]

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Medieval Times or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

August 15, 2016

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Medieval Times or Pirate's Dinner Adventure

Visitors flock to Southern California for vacation looking to fill their days and nights with as much fun as they can afford! If you are visiting Buena Park or nearby Anaheim you probably have on your itinerary to attend an interactive family dinner. The decision is which one to attend – Medieval Times or the Pirate’s Dinner […]

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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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Fire Service Recognition Day Open House 2018

May 9, 2016

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There are several important events in the year according to my son. Christmas and Easter are two, but right up there with national holidays are the open house days for the sanitation department and the fire stations! The second Saturday of May is designated as Fire Service Recognition Day in Los Angeles (and a few […]

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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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Things to Do in Los Angeles with Kids

December 21, 2015

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Visiting Southern California and wondering if it’s really worth your time to stop in Los Angeles? We say yes! There are a ton of things to do in Los Angeles with kids, not just amusement parks. It’s a huge city with so much to do for both adults and children. You can make a visit […]

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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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Family Date Night at the Hollywood Bowl

September 9, 2015

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Looking for a fun family date night? Look no further than the Hollywood Bowl. We finally made a visit to this iconic Los Angeles venue only to realize what a great date night this is for the entire family. We saw E.T. with the LA Philharmonic playing the score live. It was amazing. What was […]

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E.T. at the Hollywood Bowl

August 28, 2015

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Every year the same thing happens. All summer long, my social media fills up with photos of awesome open air concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Like clockwork, every year I am filled with regret on missing another “once in a lifetime” show at LA’s famous outdoor amphitheater. Well, not this year! I am planning in […]

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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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Inspire Your Inner Artist at Watts Towers

July 30, 2015

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Looking for something new to do? A micro-adventure? Or perhaps you need some artistic inspiration? Head down to one of LA’s finest cultural gems, Watts Towers, for a visual treat. From the massive spiral towers resembling Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the garden and adorable turtle pond out back, Watts Towers in South Los Angeles is […]

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Hollywood Bowl’s Summer Sounds 2015

July 13, 2015

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Mr K is in town! Summer has truly arrived. Or so my son believes. Yep, it’s time for Summer Sounds at the Hollywood Bowl. (Not sure what I am going on about? Check out our rundown from last year.) And it’s another awesome line up. This year takes little guests to New Orleans, Polynesia & […]

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Exploring the Sunken City of San Pedro

July 6, 2015

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Exploring the ruins of San Pedro’s Sunken City has been on my to do list for a while. I was a bit nervous about doing it on my own with my son, so I had to find a time when the whole family could go. Today was the day! In 1929, this area of San […]

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Eaton Canyon Falls Hike

June 1, 2015

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Everyone woke up early, ready to “go go go” as my little one likes to say. It was a cool foggy morning, so we decided to head out to Eaton Canyon Falls for a hike. It had been on my to-do list for ages and it looked like a perfect morning to check it out. And right we […]

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