Current Issue: May 21, 2014

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.

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The Magic of Orlando Stretches Beyond Disney

I’ve been visiting Orlando once or twice a year since my mother moved there 20 years ago, and while Walt Disney World held its magic during those early years – and then again when I became a mom, watching my little boy’s eyes light up with wonder – these days, my family and I rarely make it to the home of the Magic Kingdom. As L.A. residents, we’ve got Disneyland in our back pockets. Besides, there’s much to see and do beyond Disney.   Let’s Get Swampy  Sure, you could possibly glimpse a gator somewhere along a road in Orlando, but...

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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.

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Local Kids Help Write and Illustrate Anti-Bullying Book

“I looked down inside my heart for friendship and love …”  “Try not to let mean words get to you; they’re meaningless and a waste of energy. Don’t let bad people touch your heart.”  “… if you really want to be happy, be kind, have a lot of friends, and follow your heart.”  “When I share my candy and squishes, I see happy faces light up like exclamation points!”  These quotes sound like positive memes you might see on the Instagram and Facebook pages of adults who have lived, loved, lost and are now ready to share their wisdom to...

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A New ‘Army’ of Chess Players

Children of all ages often yearn to have control over something in their lives, whether that’s what to eat for breakfast or what to wear to school. Kids on the autism spectrum, and those who have ADHD, also yearn for social connections. Kids To Kings, a chess tutoring program, uses the game to transform children into kings, giving them ultimate control over their “army” on the board and helping them start conversations and make friends.   “The game is great for all different types of people,” says Kids To Kings founder and head teacher Brian Julian. “It creates an equal playing...

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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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#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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Our 5 Favorite L.A. Weekend Freebies (March 24-25)

Hope you’re ready to get a little culture, because this weekend’s fave free events are all about it. Start by heading to the Santa Monica Airport – not to fly, but for the Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk from noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The airport’s converted airplane hangars house artists’ studios and other creative spaces you can explore, and there will be art-making and ceramics demos, theater and art workshops and live music. Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena is the place for kid lit fans all weekend. They’re hosting illustrator Liz Climo from 1-2 p.m. Saturday and author Anne Wheaton from noon-1 p.m....

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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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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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