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Fire Service Recognition Day Open House

May 9, 2016

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There are several important events in the year according to my 5.5 yr old. 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 […]

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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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A Perfect Family Weekend in Huntington Beach

May 2, 2016

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Perfect Family weekend

When most people think of Southern California, the image that comes to mind is of golden sand beaches running for miles, beautiful sunsets and surfers galore. This is exactly what is waiting to greet you in Huntington Beach! From relaxing on the beach, to adventure sports and delicious restaurants, Huntington Beach offers something for everyone, making […]

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Family Day Trip to Muir Woods

April 4, 2016

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The Bay Area is one of my favorite places on earth. Not just because I lived there for almost a decade, but because no matter where you turn you are surrounded by so much beauty. The abundance of beautiful scenery, picturesque streets and my favorite, the fog rolling in each day can’t be beat. There is […]

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Get off the Beaten Path: Best National Parks for Families 

February 8, 2016

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In celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service, I will post at least once a month in some way relating to our wonderful national park system to help bring awareness to an awesome part of our country that is so often under utilized. Most families know of the major national parks like the Grand Canyon, […]

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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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Calico Ghost Town | Perfect Stop Between Las Vegas & LA

January 18, 2016

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Calico Ghost Town

Ever since moving to California I have heard of it’s ghost towns. The few I have on my list to visit haven’t been on any route we’ve taken, so when I happened across Calico Ghost Town on our way back from Utah last summer, I was excited to make a stop. Calico Ghost Town is perfectly […]

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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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How to Entertain Out of Town Guests (with kids) in Los Angeles

December 21, 2015

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Even though we live here, as soon as someone says they are coming for a visit we freeze – what are we going to do with them!? Since moving to LA, I have become very aware of the image people have of Los Angeles – obscene traffic, out of control botoxed people, gang violence and ugly […]

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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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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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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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What to Do in Sequoia National Park in One Day

August 31, 2015

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Sequoia National Park

Driving back from Yosemite, not quite ready for our trip to end, we checked the map to see if there was anywhere else we could stop for a day or two. It was then that we realized how close we were to Sequoia National Park and knew we had to go. Sequoia National Park is often […]

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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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Top 5 Stops on Route 66 Los Angeles to Grand Canyon

August 13, 2015

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Route 66

Traveling on the notorious Route 66 is a dream for many. While it takes a lot of time and planning to drive the entire length of the road (all 2,451 miles of it!), it is possible to drive sections of the road without much of an effort. We haven’t fulfilled our quest to drive the […]

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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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Camping at Malibu Creek State Park

July 22, 2015

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Malibu Creek State Park is a favorite weekend destination for hikers and bicyclists throughout the Los Angeles area. It also happens to be the closest campground to downtown LA, which makes its a great camping destination for families looking for an adventure without the drive. Upon first glance, it looks a bit bland, especially if you arrive […]

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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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