Archives for March 2018

disney's aulani

A Plunge Into Culture at Disney’s Aulani Resort

On a visit to an island, you expect to see lots of water. My family certainly did on a recent visit to Ko Olina, on the western side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. But during our stay at the Aulani Disney Resort and Spa, we were also surrounded by a dose of Hawaiian culture. In the Aulani’s Maka’ala (eyes wide open) lobby, we found floor-to-ceiling windows, polished wood and stone instead of the expected primary colors and Disney characters. Yes, we did catch glimpses of Moana at a campfire story time, and the resort offers a character buffet breakfast....

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Family Travel Tips: Hawaii Island-By-Island

The Hawaiian Islands are just one flight away and have so many things to do. Here are the island-by-island highlights. Hawaii Island You can enjoy free Polynesian dance performances on the streets, at libraries, shopping centers and even churches year round, and the world’s most recognized hula competition, the Merrie Monarch Festival (www.merriemonarch.com), takes place here. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is off limits to young children, but kids will enjoy Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, Pu'ukohola Heiau and Kaloko-Honokohau national historic sites. For a snorkeling adventure, get to Kahulu’u Beach Park, where sea turtles come right up to the shoreline of the...

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mommy and me spa in los angeles

Mommy and Me Spa Day in Los Angeles: Share the Ahhhhh

While a relaxing day at the spa can be a great solo break for a busy mom, it can also be a fun way to spend one-on-one time with your child. We found a fantastic group of L.A. spas that offer special packages for moms and kids to enjoy together, or services for kids to enjoy while Mom takes advantage of an adult treatment. So go ahead, bond with your little one – and get your nails done! Spa Le La This clean, bright space in Studio City offers $10 kiddie manicures, but more importantly, they have childcare. Enjoy a...

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Simple as One Potato: Spring Vegetable Pasta Recipe

Catherine McCord really wants you to cook – and eat – with your kids. The L.A.-based family food blogger, chef and cookbook author behind Weelicious has even created a meal-kit service to help make that happen. Launched two years ago in California and expanded this past year into seven other states, One Potato (onepotato.com) offers an especially family-friendly twist. “We want you to cook just a little bit,” says McCord. “We want moms to be with their kids and just have more time.” That means the ingredients are semi- prepared so there’s less to do. If you were making this...

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autism awareness month

An Autism Awareness Month Update

April is Autism Awareness Month, so we checked in with Gary Feldman, M.D., medical director of the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, for an update on research, diagnosis and treatment. What’s going on in the field of autism research now that makes you feel most optimistic? Probably two categories. One is the increasing evidence that shows us that early intervention can have a strong influence on outcome. The other one is the possibility of making earlier diagnoses, primarily through genetics and genetic studies. And coming out of that is the possibility of what...

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maui travel

Maui Three Ways: The Valley Isle in All Its Splendor

Every year, when we start thinking about where to go for our annual family getaway, my husband puts his vote in for his favorite spot: Maui. The Valley Isle is a great place for families, but Maui has a diverse landscape. The resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua to the west and Wailea to the south all offer gorgeous beaches and great swimming and snorkeling. The fun part is deciding which paradise vibe you’re looking for. Kaanapali If you want to be where the action is, this stretch of golden sand is the perfect spot. The beach parallels a paved...

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vacation cruise with kids

Cruising Out of L.A.

If you’re looking to take to the sea for your next  vacation cruise with kids, 2018 is the year to do it. A number of cruise lines have added new and renovated ships, expanded services for kids and unique fun just for families. Many of these ships depart from San Pedro’s World Cruise Center, the Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Port of L.A. and the not-too-distant Port of San Diego. Short and Sweet Carnival Cruise Lines just doubled its terminal facilities’ square footage at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, now its largest home port. Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration...

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Compton/Woodley Los Angeles Enrichment Program Teaches Kids to Fly

On a recent chilly and rainy day at Compton/Woodley Airport, clusters of middle and high school students buzzed around the facility. Some hung out inside the airport’s Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM), staffing the front desk, lounging on couches or working on computers inside the experiential classroom. Others braved the weather and ventured outside. A few of them settled with ease inside the cockpits of single-engine airplanes. The tweens and teens are part of TAM’s youth pilot program, which aims to serve as a living classroom in the area by bringing aviation history to life. High school senior Isaiah Cooper beamed...

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kids and yoga

Three Easy Yoga Poses to Do With Your Kids

There seems to be plenty of kids yoga to go around these days – studios, classes in schools, games, books, apps, YouTube channels and podcasts. But your kids can start right here and now with these three fun and easy poses suggested by Stacey Alysson, who teaches yoga to more than 300 L.A. preschoolers each week. Alysson is also author of “Parker Pig Goes to Yoga,” illustrated by Patrick Girouard, ($18.95, ParkerPigGoesToYoga.com, ages 2-8) a sweet book about a pig’s first yoga class. Here, twin sisters Zoey and Sloan, who love to practice yoga together at home, demonstrate the poses and...

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