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7 Things You Should Do In March

Get excited about talented kids, talented dogs and dragons, fly kites, make crazy crafts and get ready for a visit from Daniel Tiger.

MojaMoja Event Honoring will.i.am Provides STEAM Opportunities for Students

MojaMoja is celebrating a decade of music discovery and honoring pop and hip-hop icons at the Avalon Hollywood on Saturday, Feb. 10. This year’s honorees are Prince’s band The Revolution, will.i.am and DJ crew The Beat Junkies. The annual MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert raises awareness and funds for the MojaMoja Innovation Fund at Liberty Hill Foundation, which supports nonprofits such as this year's charity partner, the House of Blues Music...

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12 Free Things to do This Weekend

Ready to get out and have some fun with the kids – but not ready to pony up a lot of cash? No worries! Here are a dozen things you can do without spending a dollar. Hit the beach. Oh, and help keep it clean! Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro hosts its monthly cleanup from 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Treat the kids to some beach time, followed by a visit...

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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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Los Angeles All-Stars and Globetrotters

All-Stars and Globetrotters: Hoops Fans Score Big This Month

This month, L.A. will be the epicenter of great basketball. On Feb. 18, the NBA’s finest take to the Staples Center court for the 67th NBA All-Star Game. But the big game is only part of the NBA All-Star Weekend action. The Rising Stars game and the All-Star Celebrity Game take place Feb. 16, followed by the NBA G League International Challenge, which pits the G League All-Stars against Mexico’s...

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Valentine's Day in Los Angeles

Make Some Hearts, Show Some Heart This Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles

Valentine’s Day may be Feb. 14, but, when it comes to family-friendly Valentine’s events, Feb. 11 is the big day. Families can head to the Norton Simon Museum (www.nortonsimon.org) in Pasadena and go on a “My Valentine Art Adventure Tour” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Geared for families with kids ages 7-11, this workshop explores artwork that looks at love, family and friendship. Families can then create a valentine inspired by what...

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Los Angeles lunar new year celebration

Golden Dragons, Lion Dancers and the Year of the Dog

The Lunar New Year officially arrives Feb. 16. Here are a few notable events where families can help welcome the Year of the Dog.    Monterey Park’s Lunar New Year Festival, (www.montereypark.ca.gov) will fill five blocks of the city’s downtown area on Garvey Avenue between Ramona and Alhambra avenues from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 4. Kicking things off Saturday morning will be traditional New Year...

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Los Angeles black history month events

Six Ways to Celebrate African American History Month

February is African American History Month. Here are six of our favorite ways to celebrate:   At 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3, Children’s Book World (www.childrensbookworld.com) in West L.A. welcomes storyteller Michael D. McCarty for a free storytelling session with tales reflecting African American history. Kids will be tapping their toes while learning about jazz and African American composers at the free story time and dance party at John C. Fremont Branch...

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7 Fun Things to do in February

Travel around – to New Orleans, Bali and Eric Carle’s world – or explore the L.A. travel show. You can also dive into all things ooey gooey and see two types of circus performances that will leave you amazed during this month’s fun events.

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.

7 Great Spots to Get Hot Chocolate

The temperature never drops below freezing in L.A., but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy winter treats. These places all offer a great cup of hot chocolate that’s sure to warm you up.

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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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