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#CampReady: For Summer and Beyond

Summer camp has obvious benefits for all children. For children with disabilities, though, those benefits seem particularly deep and profound, and can have a ripple effect through the entire family.   Lisa Tivens’ teenage son has attended Reid’s Gift, a camp for those ages 14-22 with a variety of challenges, for two years. Witnessing his participation has been powerful for her. “They tailor the program so that everyone feels wanted, important,” she says. “They have a sense of purpose. There was a lot of learning about being a member of the community, helping, being a part of a group. And he’s...

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Granada Hills Charter Robotics Team Wins State Championship and Secures Spot in World Competition

Granada Hills Charter (GHC) High School’s robotics won the tournament championship at a California statewide robotics competition in Pomona, CA over the weekend. The GHC robotics team qualified for the world competition which will be held April 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky. The VEX Robotics Competition harnesses the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts and instills life experiences that foster the growth of teamwork, leadership, and communications. The VEX competition includes remote-controlled mobile robots that measure no larger than 18 inches in each dimension. “We are so excited to be going to Worlds!” says Brian Lee, 12th grader and team...

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Win Tickets to See Just Dance Live! at The Hollywood Palladium!

Our friends at Just Dance Live! have partnered with us for an exclusive giveaway! Win tickets for your family to see the world’s first live interactive JUST DANCE experience, running March 29-March 31st at the Hollywood Palladium.  We're giving away four family four-pack of tickets to see Just Dance Live!, an immersive live show based on the #1 music videogame franchise of all time according to The NPD Group. The game has brought an accessible and totally fun dance game experience to over 120 million players worldwide. With hundreds of songs from pop culture hits of the moment to nostalgic...

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Compass Charter Schools Scholar Secures Debut Role in New Nickelodeon Comedy Series

Today, Compass Charter Schools (CCS) announced entertainment news courtesy of one of its own. Lilimar Hernandez Ruiz, a high school senior from North Hollywood, made her television debut on Nickelodeon’s new comedy "Knight Squad." CCS is a virtual independent study charter school serving grades TK-12 with enrollment of more than 1,000. CCS is dedicated to offering scholars like Ruiz access to quality online and homeschool educational programs to meet their unique needs. "CCS has definitely helped me continue to expand my knowledge while being extremely flexible with my filming schedule," said Ruiz. "I enjoy being able to go at a...

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Early Easter Egg-citement for Kids in Los Angeles

With Easter arriving April 1 this year, the Easter Bunny and the egg hunts will be showing up in March. We’ve put together a sampling of great Easter-inspired events happening this month.   Kidspace Children’s Museum ( will devote two days to egg hunts this year. On March 24 and 31, children can search for candy-filled eggs in the museum’s Arroyo Adventure at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. They can also meet real rabbits, learn the bunny hop and create spring-themed art. Museum admission is $14, and egg hunts cost $6 extra per participant. Online pre-registration...

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King Tut vs. Genghis Khan at L.A. Museums

Two historical figures of mythic proportions are visiting Southern California, and you can visit them at L.A. museums.   Find out what’s up with King Tut at the California Science Center ( when the “KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibit opens March 24. This massive new exhibit, which runs through Jan. 6, presents 150 real artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. This represents the largest assembly ever on public display outside of Egypt, and 40 percent of these antiquities will be traveling outside Egypt for the first time. Museum-goers will learn about King Tut’s life and death, as well as...

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Four Ways to Feel Irish for St. Patrick’s Day

There is more to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day than dressing in green and looking for shamrocks, and luckily we have four family-friendly events where you can get into the St. Paddy’s spirit.  On March 16, you can find Lucky the Leprechaun in Malibu Bluffs Park and join him in his search for his pot of gold. Leprechaun Gold Hunts will happen at 10 and 11:15 a.m., with sign-ups available at the check-in booth starting at 9:45 a.m. Kids can also do an art project, hear a story time and enjoy a snack (will it be something green?). Admission is free,...

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L.A. Parent Chat Room: Meet Screenwriter and Author John August

You may know L.A. local John August from his screenwriting credits, which include “Big Fish,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” But, now he’s notched up a new credit: middle-grade novelist. “Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire,” an engaging and exciting blend of magic, mayhem and mystery, introduces readers to 12-year-old Arlo, a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Col. Arlo soon makes friends and is invited to join the Rangers, a scouting troop where conventional and unconventional scouting skills are taught. Arlo learns, after several close calls, that there are magical things going on in the nearby woods...

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#CampReady: What You Really Want in a Summer Camp

On a Saturday morning in early February, hundreds of families flooded the campus of Westridge School in Pasadena. Some drove from as far away as Santa Clarita, while others walked just a few blocks from home (a good idea, because parking was at a premium).  The draw? The Westridge Summer Opportunities Fair, where 117 organizations set up tables in the gym and around campus to show families what they’ll have in store for kids once school is out.   With 27 years under its belt, Westridge is the granddaddy of SoCal camp fairs. It’s the first in the annual string of...

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Calling All Sporty Moms in Los Angeles

As a child, I took to sports with enthusiasm and fortitude. While I was never the strongest member of my teams and I was usually the shortest, the one thing I had on my side was speed. My pint-size demeanor combined with a lifetime of walking twice as fast to keep up with the longer legs in my life to create an all-star soccer and softball player.   But that was in the 1980s and ’90s, before I became more concerned with the perfect position of my ponytail than a perfect performance as shortstop. In my evolution through adolescence, my athleticism...

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L.A. Parent’s Inclusive Day L.A. to be June 3

Join us at this community event. Come learn about camps, schools, fitness programs, music programs and much more for children with learning differences.

Free admission and prize give-aways!

June 3, 2018
11 am – 2 pm
Pan Pacific Recreation Center (in the gym)
7600 Beverly Blvd.

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