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L.A. After Dark: Summer Events for Kids at Night

It’s summer, which means it’s hot. OK, hotter. It’s not fun to go outside, but it is even less fun to stay indoors all the time. So, what’s a family with kids out of school to do? Go nocturnal! There is much fun to be had in and around L.A. after dark. Here are a few of our favorite nighttime things.  Odd Shopping and Such  One of the more hip...

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Neighborhood Gallery Offers More than Art

Families in the Arlington Heights area of L.A. have a hidden gem in their neighborhood. The Underground Museum, an unassuming storefront art gallery, serves as a community center, farmers market, yoga and meditation studio and outdoor movie theater. Founded by the late painter and installation artist Noah Davis and his wife, Karon Davis, The Underground Museum opened its doors at 3508 W. Washington Blvd. in 2012 as an exhibition space...

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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, 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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Tween Time: Photographic Memories

Teach your tweens how photography operates as an artistic medium and a chronicler of history.  At the Getty Center (, “In Focus: Expressions” runs through Oct. 7 and focuses on the human face. On display are 45 examples of photographic portraiture that showcase the work of famous photographers such as Walker Evans and Weegee, but also range from primitive examples of early portraits from the 1850s to more modern works...

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Can you tell me how to get to “The Jim Henson Exhibition?”

Starting June 1, the Skirball Cultural Center ( will be home to “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited,” which explores the life and career of this master puppeteer. From TV programs such as “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show” and “Fraggle Rock” to movies including “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal,” Henson changed how puppets looked and what they did on screens large and small. On view are “Sesame Street” puppets Grover,...

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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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Visit Arroyo Museums for Free

On M.O.T.A. Day, May 20, the Museums of the Arroyo (M.O.T.A.) do away with admission prices and welcome the public for free. Stretching from Pasadena to eastern L.A., the six institutions – The Gamble House and Pasadena Museum of History in Pasadena and Heritage Square, Los Angeles Police Museum, Lummis Home, the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum and Mt. Washington Campus in L.A. – will each have something special for visitors...

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5 Places to take Mom on Mother’s Day

You’ve made her breakfast (and cleaned up), given her flowers and maybe a card. Here are five great places you could take Mom next. The California African American Museum ( Put a smile on Mom’s face and give her a green thumb with a free gardening workshop from 1-3 p.m. Decorate a pot and get take-home gardening tips. South Coast Botanic Garden ( Take a garden stroll, then listen to...

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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”...

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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...

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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...

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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 ( 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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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, ( 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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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 ( 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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Enjoy a Day of Free Culture

Thirteen is the lucky number this month for those who like to visit Los Angeles museums. Jan. 28 marks the 13th annual Museums Free-For-All, a day where more than 30 Southern California cultural institutions welcome the public to visit free of charge.   Take this opportunity to go to one of your family’s favorite museums or check out someplace new. Participating museums go from A (Annenberg Space for Photography) to Z...

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Where to Have a Wheel Interesting Time

Whether you are a fan of small cars or big trucks, gear up for fun this month. The Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; offers a new exhibit that spotlights a unique area of the auto world – kids’ race cars. “Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars” features a cool lineup of child-size competitive cars. Although these cars might have started off as toys, they have...

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NYE Parties for Kids in Los Angeles

A Countdown of New Year’s Countdowns

We will start our New Year’s countdown at five with this list – which is chronological, not a ranking.  5. The Santa Monica Playhouse (1211 4th St., Santa Monica; is presenting its annual (but new each year) New Year’s Eve Musical Revue at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 and 6 p.m. Dec. 31. For $39.50-$59.50 adults, $19.50-$39.50 children, guests can enjoy a buffet dinner, a light-hearted musical production, noisemakers, streamers and...

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Snow Will Blanket Los Angeles This Month

Southern California is known as the land of sun, but in December we import a little snow. If you are looking to have a blast of wintry fun, there are plenty of places to have a (snow)ball.   Just a mile or so away from Dodger Stadium, where the boys of summer play, you can play winter games at Snow Day L.A. (The Old Lodge, 2002 Stadium Way, L.A; from...

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Happy Anniversary Hubble: Mt. Wilson Observatory Celebrates 100 Years of Space Exploration

One hundred years ago, on Nov. 1, 1917, Edwin Hubble used a 100-inch telescope to prove that the universe not only stretched beyond the Milky Way, but that it is expanding. The mighty Hooker telescope was named after the Los Angeles businessman John D. Hooker, who wanted his name attached to the largest telescope ever built. The telescope held this distinction until 1949 and was later instrumental in the discovery...

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Murals in Los Angeles: Taking Art to the Streets with Kids

L.A. is a heavyweight contender in the battle to be the city with the most splendid street art on Earth. Venice, the San Fernando Valley and the Downtown Arts District are teeming with work by some of the world’s most famous muralists, and our area boasts a torrent of Technicolor innovations from local talent. City officials imposed a mural ban in the 1990s, but it was lifted in 2013, and...

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Your Boo! To-Do List of Halloween Haunts for Families

It seems like all of October is one big Halloween party. Throughout the month, there will be a wide range of events across Southern California where you can get into the Halloween spirit. These are some of our favorites (and you can find more in our Calendar in print and online). Eerie Experiments If your kids look great in a lab coat, head over to Discovery Cube Los Angeles (

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LA/LA Set Your Clocks to Museum Time

This autumn, the L.A. art world will be consumed with Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art and Los Angeles. Exhibits, programs and events will take place in more than 70 Southern California arts institutions. It’s a mammoth multicultural, multimedia endeavor beginning with a launch party from noon-10 p.m. Sept. 14 in Grand Park. The day features music, dance, food trucks and giveaways,...

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Find Victory at Sea With Battleship Iowa’s Kids Club in Los Angeles

Is your child really interested in warships? Not just curious, but run-away-to-join-the-Navy interested? The Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro has just the right outlet for such eager-to-be sailors: a newly unveiled Victory’s Cadet Club, a kids club in Los Angeles! Named after the vessel’s World War II canine mascot, the club offers yearlong memberships for ages 6-12 and boasts a bevy of benefits, including tours, a hat and backpack,...

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What’s Bubbling Up at the Tar Pits

Young paleontology enthusiasts interested in visiting Los Angeles museums can dig up some interesting adventures at the La Brea Tar Pits this summer. Staff and volunteers at Pit 91 are focused on microfossils during their summer excavation work and will be recovering the bones of small birds, snakes and lizards. One of the Tar Pit’s original excavation locations, Pit 91 is open for public viewing Wed.-Sun. Visitors can also watch...

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P-22 Makes His Debut at the Natural History Museum

To get into the Natural History Museum’s new installation about famed Griffith Park mountain lion P-22, you have to cross the freeway. OK, it’s not really a freeway, but the 10 lanes of scaled-down moving traffic projected onto the floor at the installation’s entrance make an impression. “The Story of P-22, L.A.’s Most Famous Feline,” opening June 21, is a love letter to the big cat famous for crossing both...

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Learning About Rancho History – and Service Dogs!

If your family is headed to one of the monthly Creation Station art workshops or other family events at Rancho Los Cerritos (4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach;, keep an eye out for Marcia Harris and her canine companion. A longtime volunteer at the rancho, Harris also raises service dogs. Harris began volunteering at the rancho, an historic adobe house and surrounding property dedicated to inspiring curiosity about the past,...

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Car Museums Worth the Drive

I guess it’s only appropriate that here in the traffic capital of the world we have two excellent museums dedicated to the evolution of the car. The irony, of course, is that while the Petersen Automotive Museum is only about 11 miles from the Automobile Driving Museum, it could take you more than an hour to get from one to the other. On the bright side, you’ll have lots of...

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Museum Tips For Special-Needs Families

Museums of all kinds can be great experiences for kids with special needs. A little planning and a few extra steps can make your visit great. by Julee Brooks For families of children with special needs, the thought of visiting a busy public space such as a museum might seem daunting. There are things, however, that families can do before, during and even after a visit to make it more...

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