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Our 5 Fave Los Angeles Weekend Freebies (June 16-17)

It’s Father’s Day weekend! Let’s celebrate with some fun free events. On tap is a free kid concert, a family movie pajama party, a fun chalk festival, a swanky car show and a chance to make a cute gift for Dad. Let’s start with a chance to rock out with kid favorite Twinkle Time during Saturday’s Kids Club at Sherman Oaks Galleria from 11 a.m.-noon. The fun happens in the...

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Los Angeles Museums’ Summer Amusements

Several SoCal museums are stepping up to help families fill the many hours of summer vacation – and all are included with the price of admission.  The Autry (pictured, theautry.org) offers the Imagined West Studios, a mini movie studio where visitors can exercise their imaginations beginning June 16. A drop-in summer fun program from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 19-Aug. 3 includes scavenger hunts, native plant explorations and daily panning for...

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Your L.A. Summer Bucket List

Southern California is filled with fantastic sites to visit this summer, and not all of them are expensive. As great as Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and LEGOLAND are, you do not need to spend $400 to have a fun family outing (though in SoCal you should always bring money for food and parking).   You’ve certainly heard of some of these family hotspots, but when was the last time you actually...

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7 Don’t-Miss Los Angeles Family Events In June

This month you can celebrate films from around the world, cultures from the Pacific, the talent of Northeast L.A., dinosaurs, chalk art, fairytales and our founding fathers.

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A Literary Resurgence: The Fall – and Rise – of Indie Bookstores

About a week ago, I was driving in my Prius listening to NPR (because you know: West L.A.), and as I passed a couple of boarded-up frozen yogurt stands and poké spots in Santa Monica, I heard a story on the unlikely resurgence of independent bookstores.  Apparently, 27 percent more libro vendors exist in the U.S. now than when our last Borders shuttered its doors. While we prophesied that bookstores...

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Night! Camera! Action! Los Angeles Summer Film Series Begin

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but one of the joys of Southern California summers begins this month: outdoor movies. More series will kick off in June, but two of the most established and expansive are setting up their big screens now. Street Food Cinema hosts a 30th anniversary screening of “The Land Before Time” at Griffith Park May 19, and features “Raiders of the Lost Ark” May 29...

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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...

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Los Angeles Nature Centers

Getting ‘Centered’ at L.A.’s Nature Centers

It has been one of those weeks of endless traffic, of arguing over screen time, of too much social media and disheartening news reports. So, on a crisp, clear Sunday, I head to Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. It is a rare morning when I am alone, so I decide to scope out this location and its hikes to see if it would be a good place for my...

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Valentine's Day Events in Los angeles

Make it a Date with 15 Family-Friendly Outings in Los Angeles

February is the month for Valentines, hearts, flowers and dates with the one you love. We’ll trust you moms and dads to plan your own grown-up outings (or evenings in) – but why should you have all the fun? Here are 15 family dates you can enjoy with the kids. Bring on the Brunch For a cozy way to start the day, head to Home (www.homerestaurantla.com), with locations in Silverlake...

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Millennial Dad in Los Angeles: Suds with my Bud: Kid-Friendly Craft Breweries

On a December afternoon, while the rest of the country was freezing its collective butt off, mine was planted on a picnic bench at Rock & Brews, a kid-friendly biergarten in El Segundo. I sipped craft beers and noshed on fries while my son Hank romped around in the kids zone. There are moments in the L.A. region where one is left wondering, “Should this be happening?” This was one...

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6 Top Doughnut Shops

The greater Los Angeles area has an abundance of doughnut shops, and doughnuts make a great treat for the whole family. Check out one of these quirky and popular shops next time a doughnut craving hits.

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Surprises Behind the Orange Curtain: Good Coffee and Gated Adventure Parks in the OC

This month’s column is an exploration of Bizarro World. I’m talking about that other dimension just south of the Habra-Mirada Line: Orange County. Although the OC is just a 30-minute drive from LAX (traffic permitting), we Angelenos tend to look down on the suburban sprawl just south of us. Perhaps the annual trip to Disneyland or Laguna Beach is the only time you venture behind the “orange curtain,” but I’ve...

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Wake Up: A Millennial Dad’s Guide to Los Angeles Coffee

I’m tired. My son, Hank, is now 10 months old and wakes up every morning at 5:30. I used to wake up at 8:30 a.m. Those days are over. Now my alarm clock is a howling cry from the next room. Now it’s all about this little angel – and yet all I can think about is the devil’s bean. And here’s the rest of my morning: a diaper change...

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Where to Find L.A.’s Coolest Ice Cream and Gelato Shops

Considering our year-round sunny weather, it’s no wonder Los Angeles has a seemingly endless array of ice cream parlors, gelaterias and FroYo shops. If you’re ready to venture beyond the shop on the corner for something truly special, here are six spots that are absolutely worth a try. Scoops original location is on hip-as-can-be Heliotrope Drive (712 N., Heliotrope Dr., L.A.; 323-906-2649), where they dish up creative ice cream flavor...

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