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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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Outdoor Family Valentines Day Ideas in Los Angeles

February 13, 2015

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Low tide at Leo Carillo Beach, Malibu

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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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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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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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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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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Sunset Ranch & Hollywood Sign Hike for Horse-loving Kids

August 5, 2013

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Today I suggested my toddler and I get some ice cream after his nap. Shockingly, he said he would rather go for a “hike and see horses”.  Hmm. Yeah that’s what I meant! What better place to go for a short hike and see horses than Sunset Ranch at the top of Beachwood Canyon. It’s […]

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LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum

May 7, 2013

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It is not easy to get in to see the LA Live Steamers model train and train ride in Griffith Park. They are only open on Sunday’s from 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. and with a toddler who still naps this doesn’t give you much time at all. This Sunday we didn’t have much to […]

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A Day Out: Visiting the Van Nuys Airport Observation Area

April 21, 2013

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Every week we try to do something new, so that we continue to explore and find our way in the vast city of Los Angeles.  This week’s adventure was to the Van Nuys Airport Observation Area. I have to admit I did not find this great adventure on my own. It was a planned play […]

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Family Hike: Dante’s Peak, Griffith Park

April 11, 2013

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Everyone outside of LA have these really negative mental images of what LA is all about – terrible traffic, lots of plastic surgery, expensive shops, totally fake people, strip mall central, etc. And yes a lot of that exists, but there is so much more here than that we have come to realize. In our […]

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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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