Archives for June 2017

despicable me 3

Kids Movie Review: Despicable Me 3, the Goat and the Boat

“Is that the movie ‘fee-uh-ter’?” 3-year-old Dax asks as we approach the Tuck Room Tavern on Wilshire where iPic Theaters Westwood  is tucked right upstairs. “It’s a building, it’s not a movie place,” says Mirae. The sibling banter ended soon after as we approached the "Despicable Me 3" screening and Minion-themed breakfast party. There was a minion milling about, a photo booth with bananas, as well as actual breakfast. Kellogg’s Cereal, pancakes and fresh fruit was served. I was greeted by a radiant mom of three, Camila Alves, who politely turned my attention to the fruit smoothies provided by Yummy Spoonfuls,...

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Summer Fun at L.A. County Libraries

There are few finer places to spend a summer afternoon than at your local library - or one nearby. We called up a host of libraries in the area and asked what type of summer fun they have in store for families. And we gathered all the information - and links - below just for you. Scroll down, and you're likely to find fun for every day of the week. Happy reading! San Gabriel Valley Alhambra Library 101 S. 1st Ave. Alhambra, CA 91801 Summer Activities: Every Monday through July 30th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. the library is having free performances/events...

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New Research and a Tourette Syndrome Update

A research team led by Massachusetts General Hospital, UCLA and the Tourette Association of America announced June 21 that it had identified rare mutations in two genes that significantly increase the risk for Tourette syndrome. The neurodevelopmental disorder effects as many as one in 160 children in the U.S. For an update on Tourette, we turned to John Piacentini, Ph.D., director of the Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders program at UCLA. Piacentini, who was not involved in the genetics study, says many people associate Tourette syndrome with coprolalia – involuntary swearing or use of inappropriate language. But that this...

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Summer ArtExperience Gets Kids of All Abilities Creating Together

Children with and without disabilities are used to being separated – at school, at camp, at play. The Summer ArtExperience at the ARTX Learning Center in Long Beach brings kids ages 6-12 of all abilities together for 10 days of art exploration. “It’s all about inclusion,” says Monica Fernandez, director of communications and community engagement at the nonprofit Able ARTS Work, a partner with ARTX in the program. “They get to know somebody on an even playing field and find out about what they have in common as opposed to what’s different about them.” The art projects students will complete...

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Bob Baker Marionettes Revisit a History of Family Fun

The Bob Baker Marionettes have been entertaining audiences for more than half a century at shows around Southern California and downtown in the Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1345 W. 1st St. This year, the black clouds that have hung over the troupe’s future since the theater property was bought up several years ago seem to be lifting. Construction will soon begin on what is described as a “rejuvenated theater space” that will keep the troupe in its current home. This also has been an exciting time to see a Bob Baker Marionettes performance. As part of a concerted effort...

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Get Wild with L.A. Zoo’s Creature Camp Out for Families

“Have you ever wondered what happens at the Zoo when the last guest leaves?” As a mom who’s been there literally scores of times with my family, the answer is, "yes."  And you can now be a guest after the L.A. Zoo officially closes. The Zoo offers an overnight opportunity for families and you don't need to bring your own tent or food or electricity to do it. I’d heard of family classes, Zoo Camp and even the adult extension courses, but the Zoo's Creature Camp Out was by far the most appealing opportunity for my future veterinarian to experience. My daughter and I left Daddy and...

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Our 7 Top Picks for Family Fun in July

There’s more than fireworks going on this month. Check out mud and melon mania; celebrate lobsters, seahorses and rubber ducks and take on sand-castle and obstacle-course challenges in our don’t-miss events.

July Fourth Parades Bring Summer Family Fun to L.A.

Independence Day is the most American of holidays, defined by its morning parades, afternoon barbecues and evening fireworks. While barbecues are as close as your own back yard and fireworks dot the Southern California skies, the old-fashioned July 4th parade is a bit more elusive. Here are four of the best. Spending July 4th at LAX usually isn’t a fun time. Spending it at the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade (11 a.m., is far more enjoyable. The parade, which proceeds along Loyola Boulevard between Westchester Park and Loyola Marymount University, has the charming vibe of a small-town parade....

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A New Way to Find Top Pediatricians

Parents looking for top-notch L.A. pediatricians can now consult the CHLA Health Network, a group of general pediatricians throughout Los Angeles who have affiliated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The idea behind the network, officially announced in May, is to standardize the quality of care among these practices and give parents direct access to CHLA’s specialized care at the hospital’s main campus and partner hospitals – Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and Providence Tarzana Medical Center – as well as CHLA’s five outpatient care centers. Dr. Lisa Stern, pictured...

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community news

Firefighters Bring Dollhouse-Building Skills Into Play

Any parent who has put together a dollhouse or play kitchen knows it can take skill and patience to make sure all the tiny doors and shelves are assembled just right. So when L.A. Parent and the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) decided to team up to build dollhouses and play kitchens for the kids staying at Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, we knew just who to call – the Los Angeles Fire Department. A dozen firefighters arrived in their fire trucks one recent morning, ready to build two dollhouses and two play kitchens donated by KidKraft. Lakeshore Learning donated...

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