Archives for September 2017

Doc Talk: Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Cold and flu season is upon us. Margaret Khoury, M.D., pediatric infectious disease specialist and the regional lead of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Flu Vaccination Program, says we never know how long or severe the season will be, but that Australia – which has its flu season during our summer – has reported an early start to the season and twice as many cases of flu as they had last year. “We are really very worried that this is going to be a tough winter for all of us,” she says. While the common cold is generally a milder...

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Teens Showcase Their Savvy in New YouTube Red Series

When I was 11, there were few opportunities to peer into the lives of tweens outside of my immediate community. Today, tweens  have many chances to see how their peers around the world are living. These include a YouTube Red Original series called “We Are Savvy,” which aims to give tweens and teens a refreshing spin on girl culture. The cheeky magazine-style show set in three of the hosts’ bedrooms premiered in September. It weaves together feature stories with profiles of teen celebrities and savvy YouTubers, handy DIYs, technology, sports, dance and fashion. The first episode sandwiches freestyle dance between...

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Halloween Fun for Tweens: Terror Time

For young kids, Halloween revolves around cute costumes and trick-or-treat candy. Teens’ interests often shift toward more frightful fun. With that in mind, here’s a guide to Southern California Halloween attractions that are a real scream. The Queen Mary ( in Long Beach is said to be haunted, making it spooky enough on an average day. Its Dark Harbor event Sept. 28-Nov. 1 intensifies the fright with menacing mazes and monstrous characters including Samuel the Savage, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary. This isn’t for the faint of heart. The ship’s website warns: “We DO NOT recommend children attend Dark Harbor.”...

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Don’t-Miss Events For October

This month, you can check in with Doc McStuffins and Doktor Kaboom, work a vintage printing press, go on a Paw Patrol Adventure or enjoy California’s past, the jazzy age and a fairy tale about feathers and fire.

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Which Patch Will You Pick?

It's Pumpkin patch in Los Angeles time in October, but sometimes you can’t find one when you need it. Here are four worthy destinations for pumpkin picking and seasonal excitement. Underwood Family Farms: The Underwood family’s 20th annual Fall Harvest Festival offers plenty of pumpkins, along with giant hay pyramids, a corn stalk labyrinth, the sling shot and corn cannon. Themes include Antique Tractor Weekend Oct. 14-15 and Wild West Weekend Oct. 21-22. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 31 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark; $6 weekdays, $15-$20 weekends; additional fee for some activities Forneris Farms: At the farm’s Harvest...

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Books and Babies: A Diaper Problem Leads to a Solution

When Michelle Franke and her husband had their first baby eight months ago, they assumed they had enough diapers to last them for months. But most of the diapers they received from their baby registry were newborn-size, and their son, River August, outgrew them – and the next few sizes – quicker than the couple had imagined. “He is our first, so we had no idea we would end up with all these extra diapers on our hands,” Franke says. And while River August’s outgrown clothes and equipment were easy to donate, the diapers, especially opened packs of diapers …...

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Chris Pegula: The Diaper Dude

Armed with a degree from NYU, Chris Pegula began his career in pursuit of his dream of acting. But parenthood shifted Pegula’s perspective and family life became his main focus. The father of three is the creator of the hip line of Diaper Dude gear for cool dads and author of the newly released book, “Diaper Dude, The Ultimate Dad’s Guide to Surviving the First Two Years.” In the book, he offers practical advice on a wide range of topics, from bonding and baby proofing to potty training and nurturing your relationship with your partner. I recently chatted with Pegula...

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Best Places to See Fall Colors in L.A.

These fun spots to check out fall foliage in the L.A. offer a great way to spend the afternoon with the family. Enjoy the cooler air and sip some cider as you experience all the season has to offer.

Best Cafés For After-School Snacks

Help your kids unwind after a long day at school at one of these cute spots perfect for an after-school treat. Some offer play areas or indoor playgrounds.

Best Places for Apple Picking

Skip the grocery store and see what these fun U-Pick farms have to offer. Little ones will love exploring these fun farms and filling their bags to the brim with apples they picked themselves.

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