Los Angeles Weekend Freebies

Our 5 Fave Los Angeles Weekend Freebies (October 20-21)

Celebrate our planet and it’s wildlife, or take a little walk on the dark side (bring your flashlight) with night music, spooky film and Dia de los Muertos – all for free. On Saturday, head to Media Park in Culver City for EarthFestLA. This free fest, which lasts from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., features eco-shopping, sustainability workshops, health booths and free e-waste recycling. There will be yoga and cooking classes, and kids can enjoy face painting and a STEAM mobile unit. Live music, including performances from Little Fish, Arfi Cali and the Eagles tribute group Boys of Summer, will be going...

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Sign Up Now for L.A. Parent Cover Kids

Your child could appear on the cover of L.A. Parent, and you can enter our search online! Register ($30 fee per child), submit your photo and receive (within 4-6 weeks) your child’s photo on a mock cover of L.A. Parent. We’ll choose up to 25 finalists to visit the L.A. Parent offices for callbacks, and choose up to 12 adorable kids to feature on our cover. Enter and submit your photo here: The “Mummy” & Me Halloween Family Fun event also includes a costume drive with Southbay Mommies & Daddies to benefit 1736 Family Crisis Center, a Monster Party, pumpkin...

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The Second Birth: Navigating the Transition to Adulthood when Your Child has a Disability

When my daughter, who has autism and is deaf, turned 18, it felt like I was giving birth all over again. The emotional pain of transitioning her to adulthood mirrored the physical pain associated with childbirth. I positioned myself for a new realty. The process of transitioning a child with a disability into adulthood is challenging, but there are specific things that you can put in place to make the process easier. While most parents of teens are preparing for graduation and college for their children, parents of children with disabilities are often consulting attorneys for guardianship. The guardianship process...

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Halloween Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic, to provide tips every parent and caregiver can use during the Halloween season. Preparation and planning can help you stay stress-free. Whether this is your child’s first Halloween or not, here are some ideas to help you and your child enjoy the holiday. Before Halloween: Tips for Kids with ASD Create...

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Our Top 7 Don’t-Miss Events for October

This month’s top picks include a car-free (and free!) street fest in Santa Monica, a pizza experience in Pasadena, vintage printing, urban wildlife, stand-up paddleboards, alt cars and a steampunk circus. Scroll down to check them out! Hold the Anchovies! Any way you slice it, the Pizza Experience delivers a pop-up installation that is immersive, multisensory and a bit cheesy. (Grab a slice Oct. 1) See What’s SUP Top Stand-Up Paddleboarders vie for victory at the Pacific Paddle Games, which include fun demos, fitness classes and live entertainment. (Watch beachside Oct. 6) Coast Around Santa Monica Santa Monica hosts Coast,...

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Products We’re Loving in October

Check out this month’s great product reviews, which include letter learning fun, shape sorting, a circular challenge, light-up dough and a grow-with-you stroller. Scroll to see them all. Get Your Head Around This: Show off your smarts with Otrio ($39.99, marblesthebrainstore.com), the game of strategy. To win, align three of your pieces in a row based on size, ascending or descending order, or within the same space as three concentric pieces. The rules are simple, but the game is complex. Light Up Their Creativity: With the Bright Creatures Kit ($49.99, techwillsaveus.com, ages 4+), kids can build with dough and make simple circuits...

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Book Illuminates Undocumented Family’s Quest for the ‘American Dream’

When people read headlines about undocumented students or the Dream Act, they generally have a vague concept of what the ideas mean and how they affect the people involved. It’s easy to generalize with a 24-hour news cycle. It is even easier to think you understand some of the complex and challenging reasons people come to the U.S. and remain undocumented. Fortunately, authors and activists with unique voices have helped deepen our understanding with their stories about what the “American Dream” – and the struggle to obtain it – means for them. Julissa Arce is one of those authors. Arce...

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Get Artistic in October with The Big Draw L.A.

October encourages creativity. Maybe it’s Halloween’s costume making, pumpkin carving and house decorating. Another factor, however, is The Big Draw L.A., a worldwide monthlong program designed to promote the power of drawing and spearheaded locally by Ryman Arts. Here are some of the month’s events: Oct. 8: Kids ages 4 and older can draw on large pieces of paper at a Clothes Line Drawing class from 3-5 p.m. at Glendale Central Library. Oct. 14: Folks can help 24th Street Theatre prep for its upcoming Dia de los Muertos Festival by creating face painting designs from 1-4 p.m. Three will be...

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Shared Plates and a Flexible Pasta Salad Recipe

L.A. Kitchen is a nonprofit dedicated to reclaiming local food that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it in the form of fresh, nutritious meals to Angelenos in need. Another L.A. Kitchen mission is to provide culinary job training, and Theresa “Chef T” Farthing, top graduate of the program’s first class, is now the organization’s community outreach specialist. She leads volunteers in preparing meals for low-income senior communities and homeless shelters, and hosts healthy-cooking demos at senior centers around L.A. One of the family recipes she loves and teaches often is “Mean & Green Pasta Salad with Pesto Dressing.”...

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Products We’re Loving in September

We’re loving these great products for preschool naptime, toting stuff to school, labeling our kids’ stuff and boosting reading skills.

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