Our 5 Fave Los Angeles Weekend Freebies (April 21-22)

There are many ways you could spend this glorious spring weekend, and several of them are free. So you don’t waste a minute, let’s narrow the list a bit. Sunday is Earth Day, but you can get the jump on things by attending Sustainability Fest from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. As with many local celebrations, this one gives visitors a chance to help clean up the beach and learn about environmental stewardship. But this event also boasts sand crab, beach wrack and grunion hatching stations that celebrate marine life – and the aquarium’s...

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Enter to Win a Jenny Lind Convertible Crib!

We’re partnering with our pals at the National Parenting Product Awards on a great giveaway. Enter now for your chance to win a Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib, plus a toddler conversion kit to adapt the crib as your little one grows. The timeless and vintage-inspired Jenny Lind Crib is one of DaVinci's best-selling cribs, and it’s an award winner. It is GREENGUARD Gold certified and screened for 360 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and more than 10,000 chemicals. Signature heirloom style and solid wood spindle posts are paired with easy assembly and convertibility for use beyond the nursery years. The...

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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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Tween Time: A Historic Picture of L.A. History

When the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency commissioned Chicana artist Barbara Carrasco to create a mural for the city’s 1981 bicentennial, it obviously wasn’t counting on her unvarnished view of L.A. history. The agency ended the project when Carrasco wouldn’t remove 14 historical moments – including the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots and the whitewashing of David Alfaro Siqueiros’s mural “América Tropical” – it felt were too controversial. Carrasco completed the mural anyway, calling it “Sin Censura” (“uncensored” in Spanish). The 43 wood and Masonite panels that make up the 80-foot mural...

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Seven Super L.A. Events in April

Meet puppets, pigs and Petra and the wolf, and celebrate kids this month. Or travel back in time to 16th century England, across the seas to Norway or into the future.

Family Travel Products We Love

When your family is on the go, you’ll be ready to snack, sun (safely), play and give the kids a boost with these travel-friendly finds.

Inclusive Toys We Love

From wheelchairs and hearing aids for dolls to fun sensory, sorting and emoji toys, these products make playtime fun for kids of all abilities.

Quick Getaways: Adventure is just 2 Hours Away

Roar & Snore in San Diego If you’ve dreamed of getting snooze-close to elephants, giraffes, gazelles and antelopes but can’t swing a 22-hour flight to Africa, head down to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. The park’s Roar & Snore Safari features some exciting programs, including the Safari Sampler Sleepover and Happy Hoppers Sleepover. Happy Hoppers comes with a wild egg hunt, and Safari Sampler finds you on an after-dark, under-the-stars tram ride through the park. Animal ambassadors get you up-close with alligators and African-crested porcupines. Tell your heart to be still because there’s another kind of fluttering coming...

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3 Simple Hydration Rules: Drink more water. Mostly tap. Sometimes filtered.

Suffering from headaches? Drink more water. Feeling tired? Drink more water. Fighting the flu? Drink more water. Trying to lose weight? Drink more water. As pediatricians, we advise our patients to “drink more water” all the time – a recommendation that sounds so simple, yet is so often under-recognized. More than half of the children in the U.S. do not drink enough water and one-fourth do not drink any water on a daily basis. The human body is 60 percent water, and hydration is important for nearly every system in the body, from blood circulation and nourishment to temperature regulation...

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