Grand openings of family-friendly businesses in and around Los Angeles.

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Glam Boutique Spa Opens in Woodland Hills

There’s a new option for moms looking to get the spa treatment. Lindsay Faulk, an L.A. mom of four girls, has opened the doors to her luxurious day spa in Woodland Hills just in time for some holiday pampering. She sees it as a family business that her daughters can be proud of and a place where they will eventually be pampered. The spa offers spray tans, facials, lash extensions, waxing...

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Kids’ Haircuts Get Playful at Snip-Its

There's a new children’s hair salon and spa in the San Gabriel Valley. Snip-Its Monrovia gives kids a fun experience while they get haircuts. Snip-It Monrovia Owners Yan Hu and Michael Brewer opened in late August. The salon specializes in services for infants, toddlers and pre-teens. The store is designed with kids in mind, with floor-to-ceiling murals, branded characters, games, tablets and books for children to explore. A magic box dispenses a prize at...

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Valerie Confections Debuting New Chocolate Boutique in South Silver Lake

Celebrated Los Angeles chocolatier Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections just opened a brand new chocolate boutique last Friday, October 28 (fittingly, on National Chocolate Day) in South Silver Lake next to her flagship location. Retail will move into the new 1000 square-foot shop, and culinary operations will continue in the original space. A home-spun feel informs the boutique’s design, which features quaint seating areas, artful touches, and an air of discovery with chocolate samples and curated retail finds...

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Family Recipes: Pancakes On the House

Chef Kristina Mikyste of Doma Kitchen shares a fun dish you can top any way you like  Ricotta cheese is an unusual addition to pancakes, but it is similar to the farmers’ cheese Kristina Mikyste used growing up in Lithuania – in a family of chefs. Needless to say, the family did a lot of cooking. “Especially Sunday,” says Mikyste, “because it’s a family day, so we always cooked. It’s...

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Wiley Academy Opens Preschool for Kids on the Spectrum

L.A. Speech and Language Therapy Center has expanded. In September, the Wiley Academy for Specialized Learning opened with a learning environment tailored to children with autism spectrum disorders. The preschool program is for ages 3 to 5 and follows a language-based multidisciplinary curriculum. The emphasis is on whole-child development with daily exposure to activities that promote speech, fine motor, sensory and cognitive development. Alyssa Porter’s son, Jagger, 3, attends the preschool. “I toured other...

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Art Lessons That Think Inside the Box

When a friend bemoaned the limited art instruction options for her son in their school and community, Lauren Perelmuter, founder of Art to Grow On Children’s Art Center, sent the boy a Frank Lloyd Wright lesson in a box. His mom was so thrilled that she brought the program into her second-grade classroom, and The Art Box Academy was born. Art to Grow On offers mobile art classes in schools,...

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Dongpo Kitchen Opens at Universal CityWalk

There's a new restaurant player in town at Universal CityWalk. Dongpo Kitchen, inspired by restaurant Meizhou Dongpo and its owners, Chef Mr. Wang and his wife Mrs. Liang, is serving up authentic Sichuan cuisine in the first-ever U.S. casual dining concept exclusively at the iconic open-air destination. Renowned for its Sichuan-style fusion of traditional and creative cooking, Meizhou Dongpo has  more than 100 locations across China. In 2008, the 20-year...

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A Kiss of Creativity Comes to Encino

A new art studio that caters to kids opened this spring at Encino Town Center, teaching arts skills while allowing children’s self-directed creativity to flourish. Petit Bizoo, “a small kiss” in French, serves ages 4 and up, and offers mommy-and-me classes for toddlers and unique workshops for adult art lovers as well. “I want to teach art and awareness to families, schools, adults and children. [To show them] that art...

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Frozen Fruit Co Launches Flagship Soft Serve Store In Santa Monica

There is a new frozen dessert player in Santa Monica, one that aims to change your entire perception of what soft serve should taste like and be made of giving families in Los Angeles things to do. The recently opened Frozen Fruit Co makes an entirely new type of soft serve made just from fruit. Dairy free, vegan, paleo and only sweetened with natural fruit sugars, it’s designed to be...

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Ballet for All Kids Relocates to Agoura Hills Facility

Ballet for All Kids (BFAK) has a new home and more space for children and adults of all abilities to enjoy their classical ballet training programs. BFAK has relocated from Westlake Village to Agoura Hills. The new facility opened Aug. 1, and will offer an expanded class schedule to include ballet, tap and jazz, belly dancing and contemporary. Additional classes are also held at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy. “We are so...

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Burbank Pa Kua Martial Arts Offers After School Program

After-school care has a little more kick to it in Burbank. Burbank Pa Kua Martial Arts & Health(BPKMA&H) is offering a multifaceted program giving ages 6-13 access to multiple enrichment classes and homework help in one location starting August 15th. BPKMA&H teaches noncompetitive martial arts to develop discipline, fitness and flexibility in children as well as help them face their fears, show respect and cultivate community. The program includes martial arts classes...

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Silicon Valley School Opens New Campuses around L.A.

Stratford School, a Silicon Valley-based group of independent private schools, is opening new locations in Altadena and Los Angeles. Stratford is recognized as a leader in early childhood STEM education, and both new Southern California campuses are scheduled to open in August for the 2016-17 academic year. One of Stratford’s core missions is to incorporate technology into the fabric of learning, says Cheryl Molenkamp, director of Lower School of the...

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My LEGO Party Turned Play-Well Engineering Workshop

I’m a LEGO purist. I love dumping the big box of hundreds of bricks that can be made into anything I imagine onto the floor. My child is the opposite. Mirae, my soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter, is dedicated to the completion of the predetermined project on the front of the LEGO box. This line between free play and instruction was one we had to consider in planning a LEGO shindig with...

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Community News: Getting In the Swing of Things

Imagine a picturesque Sunday morning. A cluster of fluffy cumulus clouds peppers a saturated blue sky as the vivid sun slowly stretches its legs across the horizon. The sounds of chirping birds and the click of a distant water sprinkler wallows in your ear. It’s as if Ansel Adams is supposed to capture this moment, but it’s only you and your seven iron as a ball rests 145 yards from...

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Community News: The Dog Café Features Coffee Cups and Rescue Pups

Sarah Wolfgang’s eyes sparkle when speaking about her mission to find forever families for the shelter dogs in her care. Wolfgang is owner of The Dog Café, the first of its kind in L.A., which evolved from her big heart and desire to help the neediest dogs. The café focuses on rescuing dogs who have been at the shelter the longest due to health or behavioral issues and are at...

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Community News: For the Family That Plays Together

Kid athletes and their parents are used to being separated, with the kids off to their practice and programs and Mom and Dad off to the gym. Sports Academy, which opened in Newbury Park in May, aims to change that. “We are here for the athletes of all ages and abilities,” says Chief Executive and former Kansas State football player Chad Faulkner. “Our parents get to train at the same...

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Play Like a Ninja

LEGOLAND California Resort’s newest addition, NINJAGO World, opens May 5. Guests enter NINJAGO World, based on the popular Asian-inspired franchise, through a tall arch to begin their “ninja training.” LEGO building stations and other activities that test reflexes, balance and agility prep visitors for the park’s newest attraction, NINJAGO The Ride. The interactive 4D experience uses sensory technology, allowing ninjas-in-training to use their new skills by moving, flailing and waving...

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Kidspace Gardens Offer an Arroyo Adventure

Wondering what has been happening in the Kidspace gardens, which have been closed since early January? All will be revealed from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30 and May 1 during the grand opening of the new Kidspace Arroyo Adventure. The museum has designed this new space to help children connect with nature and creative play and to offer outdoor fun for families. The Arroyo Adventure will be made up of...

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MakersKit Opens First Retail Store on Melrose

Whether it's to save money, create a personalized gift or just for the fun of getting your hands dirty, DIY has gained buzz as the new thing to do. But being a “maker” doesn't always have to be an at-home experience. Case in point, MakersKit opened its first retail store on Melrose in L.A. April 10. MakersKit began as a way for co-founders Phillip Kuhn, Mike Stone and Jawn McQuade to share...

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Hangin’ In Harry Potter’s World

Universal Studios' new Hollywood attraction enchants with big adventure and small details. At last, Universal Studios has brought The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood. For families that have imagined what it might be like to crash through the barrier between platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross Station and ride the Hogwarts Express into a world of magic, the April 7 opening is as eagerly anticipated as the...

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Zaniac Brings Play-Based STEM to Santa Monica

STEM learning is all the rage these days, and its eponymous subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – have enormous potential for engaging learners in meaningful and rewarding enrichment. Zaniac taps into that capacity with its after-school centers in eight states throughout the U.S. In February, Zaniac opened its first California learning center in Santa Monica. Zaniac’s founders set out to create a place where kids in kindergarten through...

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The Klub Gymnastics’ Big Time Move

After 9 years in Silverlake, The Klub Gymnastics is moving to a 40,000-square-foot space opening Feb. 1. Not too far away in Frogtown, the big move makes The Klub one of the largest gyms in Southern California. The cornerstone of the Klub’s offerings is its recreational gymnastics classes for toddlers to adults, voted Best Children’s Recreational Gymnastics five times by LA Hot List. The possibilities beyond gymnastics include Kamp, Klub...

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Finny’s Screen Time Initiative Gives Parents a Say

How to control and monitor screen time while preventing device addiction is a constant balancing act for parents. A Santa Monica-based app company is helping turn screen time into teachable moments and giving back at the same time. Finny recently released its parental engagement app with the goal of increasing awareness around device addiction making it easier for parents to control their child's smartphones, but also make their screen time better....

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Hot Wheelers Comes to Outside the Box

Wheelchair accessibility and new classes are part of the learning center’s expansion. Outside the Box opened its first 500-square-foot storefront in 2009. The center, devoted to sensory activities that contribute to brain development for ages 8 weeks to 6 years, has expanded a couple of times over the years, and always made good use of the space. There were bubbles. There was paint. There were musical instruments, giggles and squeals....

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Toddler Town Debuts at AdventurePlex

Farm-to-table fun – designed just for toddlers – is coming to AdventurePlex, Beach Cities Health District’s 17,000-square-foot kids fitness and health facility in Manhattan Beach. Officially dubbed “Toddler Town,” AdventurePlex’s newest healthy play zone includes an interactive toddler-sized farm, market and beach home – each specially crafted to help introduce kids ages 5 and younger to the organic farm-to-table nutrition cycle through imaginative play. AdventurePlex will also offer a variety...

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Find Your Pretty at Blushington

There’s a new beauty spot at The Village at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills. Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge recently opened its doors, adding a new location in addition to stores already in West Hollywood, Newport Beach, Dallas, and New York City. Founder and CEO Stephi Maron opened the first store in 2011 in West Hollywood. Joined by her sister, Nicki Maron who is Chief Marketing Officer, their goal was...

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School of Rock Opens in Venice

School of Rock, a performance-based music education program, opened an new Venice location at 12300 Venice Blvd. Oct. 3. It is located across the street from well-known music shop Timewarp Music, and next to A Kid’s Place Preschool. The School of Rock music program continues to drum to its own beat with its newest location in Venice. With programs available for kids as young as 3, this franchise sets itself...

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New Occupational And Speech Therapy Clinic For Children Opens In West Hollywood

The founders of OT Studios, which opened in July, believe that every child deserves to live life to the fullest, regardless of their challenges. Here is what you and your child can expect to find at the facility: Highly trained and qualified therapists Sensory integration, occupational therapy and speech therapy services An intimate and creative atmosphere! A fun studio space and perfect setting to work on motor and sensory development...

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Mendocino Farms Opens New Location At The Point In El Segundo

Mendocino Farms, Southern California’s sandwich destination with a mission of helping guests “Eat Happy,” opened its 11th restaurant, at 840 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 100, El Segundo, Sept. 5. Mendocino Farms features a dynamic chef-driven menu that changes with the seasons and offers guests a high-quality dining option at affordable prices in a warm, kid-friendly environment. A true neighborhood gathering place, the family-friendly space has a warm, spacious atmosphere with indoor...

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MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care Opens Its Doors In Tarzana

MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care (, a state-of-the-art clinic that offers pediatric urgent care medical services to the San Fernando Valley pediatric patient population, opened to the public in May. Located at 18555 Ventura Blvd., Ste. B, Tarzana, the clinic is equipped with highly trained board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurses, mental health professionals and other support services to evaluate and treat non-life-threatening emergencies. Open seven days a week, including all major...

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The Village at Westfield Topanga Opens with New Restaurants and Shops in a Beautiful Outdoor Setting

With much anticipation and excitement, The Village at Westfield Topanga kicked off their Grand Opening weekend with a festive cocktail party on Thursday night featuring a wide array of drinks and food, fireworks, live entertainment and 30 Batala drummers. Invited guests joined Westfield and city officials to celebrate the opening of the new outdoor mall in the San Fernando Valley, which has been under construction for the past 18 months....

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A Different Kind of Carpool

Need to get each of your three kids to a different place at the same time? HopSkipDrive (, a ride service started by three L.A. moms tired of struggling to get their children to various activities, could be the answer. No, this isn’t Uber for kids. HopSkipDrive is more like an extension of your child’s caregiver. Drivers will follow your pick-up and drop-off instructions, walking in to sign your kids...

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New Warner Bros. Studio Tour: That’s Entertainment!

In Los Angeles, the entertainment industry is part of our day-to-day life. We drive around and see bright yellow signs that indicate a production company’s “basecamp.” Something is always being shot somewhere in our neighborhoods. Movie premiere activity shuts down the major thoroughfares of Hollywood, harnessing the attention of curious onlookers. This fanfare fascinated me when I first moved here, but through the years the fascination fizzled and I became...

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Kids World LA Opens In Oak Park

An exciting new indoor playground for the entire family, Kids World LA opened the doors Aug. 12 at its new Oak Park location (618 Lindero Canyon Rd Ste. A), boasting a wide variety of fun-filled activities and an all-around events space for all ages. The 15,000-square-foot entertainment complex offers state-of-the-art features such as the “AtomicRUSH,” an immersive virtual game that uses the latest in-touch and LED technology, programmed with unlimited...

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APEX Play Space Offers a Fresh Take On the Kids’ Gym

It’s long been Ed Sais’s dream to open his own kids’ gym. His first jobs were as a lifeguard and swim instructor for children. Then, for 14 years, he ran the classes at Bright Child, a much-loved kids’ gym and play space in Santa Monica. After Bright Child closed, many parents whose children grew up attending and loving Sais’s classes encouraged him to open a place of his own. Sais...

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Pie À La Mode Near the Farmers Market

After L.A. Parent’s 35th Birthday Bash, held Aug. 2 at The Original Farmers Market, my co-workers and I decided to continue the celebration at Atticus Creamery & Pies, which opened its second L.A. location nearby at 6015 W. 3rd St. The family-owned shops offer natural, freshly made ice cream with unique flavors such as Salted Chocolate Bacon Brittle, Honey Honeycomb and Cereal & Milk. Their layered pies with flavors including...

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New High School Offers STEM Curriculum for Students with Social and Learning Differences

STEM3 Academy is a new, innovative high school opening this fall, designed for students with social and learning differences and a passion for science and technology. The school, operated by The Help Group in the Valley Glen neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, offers a rigorous curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math to students in grades 9 through 12. “There is a growing realization that we are short of...

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Disney Store Opens New Location In Thousand Oaks

Disney Store will celebrate the grand opening of the next in its line of Los Angeles attractions, a new store at The Oaks in Thousand Oaks (390 W. Hillcrest Dr.) July 25. The event will begin at 10 a.m., when one lucky child will be invited to “unlock imagination” and open the store. The celebration will feature a festive song, composed specially for Disney Store and performed by the store...

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PINZ Bowling Center To Debut Refurbished Lanes and Community Program

PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City will host a ceremonial “first bowl” to break the ribbon on a $250,000 revamp of its 32 lanes, and launch a new “Bowling Birthdays Are Best!” program to raise charitable contributions to benefit kids and families in the San Fernando Valley. The festivities, kicking off at 3 p.m. Aug. 5, will include civic and community leaders, Los Angeles police officers and firefighters, and an...

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Yoobi X Usher Collection Mixes Street Smarts With School Smarts

Los Angeles Events: Launch Party Held for New Collection Yoobi recently announced its latest collaboration with musician Usher. The launch of the new Yoobi X Usher collection was celebrated at Siren Studios in Los Angeles, where Usher was present. “Giving a child an education is by far one of the most important investments we can make – and it starts with the right tools,” says Usher, who shares Yoobi’s belief...

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Albert Einstein Odyssey Academy Opens in Beverly Hills

The Albert Einstein Odyssey Academy, a new Beverly Hills charter school serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, will begin its inaugural year Aug. 24. The school, which will serve 300 students, is accepting applications for enrollment and will continue the process until the school is full. This school’s curriculum offers a project-based teaching approach designed to allow students to actively engage in learning, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering,...

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In-Home, Post-Natal Newborn Service Launches In Southern California

Orange County Mom Creates Non-Medical Post-Natal Newborn Service “Uccellino” to Assist New Parents with Newborn Care in the Comfort of their Own Home Newborn babies typically don’t come with instruction manuals, but thanks to a new service created by the personal experiences of an Orange County mom, “motherly” advice and support can now be just a phone call or home visit away. Uccellino, which in Italian means “little bird,” is...

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Mr. C Beverly Hills Debuts “Little C” Family-Friendly Amenities

The Venetian-inspired Mr. C Beverly Hills (1224 Beverwil Dr., L.A.) is recognized for providing guests with luxury experiences and packages — from access to high-end Italian sports cars, premium Colnago bikes or tickets to the L.A. Opera. But why should the adults have all the fun? Just in time for summer, the family-friendly boutique hotel lets kids in on the action by offering “Little C” amenities. These child-friendly perks can...

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A Different Drummer

Justin Lack opens a rocking music school for kids in North Hollywood. In a small studio in North Hollywood, a young guy who could only be a musician is moving gear into the newly cleaned out space. “It’s always been my goal to run my own music school,” says Justin Lack. “I want to teach kids my way, which is as much music appreciation as learning a specific instrument. It’s...

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The New Kid in Town: Project Giving Kids

Have your children considered volunteering, then hesitated, not knowing where to begin? Project Giving Kids ( makes positive parenting easier with age-appropriate volunteer opportunities around Los Angeles. Founded in Boston in 2013 and newly launched in L.A., the service is designed specifically for kids. “Kids can drive the whole process by learning about causes they relate to and choosing fun, rewarding ways to help support those causes,” says founder Molly...

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Yoobi Opens First Retail Store in Arcadia

"You buy. Yoobi gives." Just 12 months ago, Yoobi, headquartered in El Segundo, launched its line of school, home and office supplies in all 1,800 Target stores. If you haven’t noticed the vibrant and colorful items in the school supplies aisle, you’re missing out. But Yoobi is more than just a school supplies brand; it values education and wants to give back to students and schools in need. The company...

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Waterworks Swim School Opens in Woodland Hills

In addition to 17 new locations, Waterworks Swim School, a premier indoor swim school, has opened up a location at Woodland Hills’ L.A. Fitness located at 6401 Canoga Ave. California is one of 10 states in which drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 15 years of age. In an effort to reduce this statistic while promoting water safety, Waterworks’ mission is to educate and motivate people...

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Zingy Launches Dog Walking Valets at Popular Farmers Markets and Shopping Centers

Zingy, an app-based on-demand personal dog walking service will now have valet stands for dog owners available at select farmers’ markets, shopping centers and office complexes starting May 23. With the traditional Zingy model, walkers come to a dog owner’s home, office or other location, with the new valet service, called DASH, dog owners just open the app when they’re near a DASH Stand and instantly arrange a walker. DASH...

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There is a New Shop in Town: Haggen Supermarkets Open Throughout L.A.

A new supermarket chain is opening with several L.A. locations and a wide selection of locally grown and organic produce. Haggen, founded in the Pacific Northwest, will open 83 new stores throughout Southern California by the end of June, with 18 in L.A. County. The company has bought and is converting various Albertsons and Vons markets into Haggen’s own brand. During a recent visit to the new Haggen location in...

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Sycamore School to Open in Malibu

The Sycamore School, an independent elementary school dedicated to collaboration, innovation and learning through play and creativity, opens in Malibu Sept. 1, initially serving 20 students ages 6 through 8. “We are very excited to bring an alternative option for elementary education to Malibu families,” says co-founder Tedd Wakeman. “The world we live in now demands a different approach to education. Students need a learning experience that is continuous, future-focused...

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Nonprofit Plants a New Summer Camp in L.A.

Kids can cook garden-inspired dishes and learn about composting and garden science at a new camp launching in L.A. this summer. The Garden School Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating interactive garden-based learning experiences for kids in underserved communities, is offering City Seedling summer camp Los Angeles at its 24th Street Elementary School garden. The program is an expansion of GSF’s popular “Seed-to-Table” curriculum, according to Executive Director Cassie Martinez....

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CHALK Preschool Opens Third Location in L.A. with My Gym Partnership

CHALK Preschool will be opening in September at its third location in Manhattan Beach. My Gym enterprises, a long-standing CHALK partner, will furnish their curriculum for the new location, bringing My Gym equipment into the classroom. The two organizations constructed a fitness-conscious learning program for children ages 2-5. “My Gym’s Healthy Lifestyle Preschool Curriculum” covers a variety of tools for physical and emotional wellbeing, also introducing life values such as...

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Santa Monica’s New Parenting Store

Located on Main Street in Santa Monica, Caro Bambino is a unique store created by husband-and-wife duo Nicole Desgroux and Andro Korlaet. The boutique features a wide variety of natural and eco-friendly furniture, toys and body-care products for Baby and Mom. Caro Bambino also offers hard-to-find baby items such as high-end car seats, strollers and high chairs from Orbitz, bloom and Sena. “Don’t expect an overwhelming selection at Caro Bambino,”...

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Spoiled Opens on Melrose

Opening its first physical location in late January at 8178 Melrose, Spoiled is a “reclaimed,” high-end store for kids clothing. Parents can explore shelves featuring brands such as Gucci, Armani, Tom Ford and Burberry for greatly discounted prices. Most items sell for under $50 and Spoiled also welcomes parents to sell their children’s used clothing in the store or online. Spoiled has available a wide variety of clothing for kids...

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Oksana School of Music Expands

Russian-born pianist and composer Oksana Kolesnikova, owner/founder of Beverly Hills-based Oksana School of Music, is expanding her school to serve Valencia and surrounding areas. Kolesnikova, who performed daily for nearly seven years at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s legendary Polo Lounge, has traveled the globe in concert on behalf of the U.S. Armed Forces and United Nations. She has performed for musician Sir Elton John, TV personality Oprah Winfrey, actresses Jennifer Lopez...

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Westlake Welcomes Sprinkles

Sprinkles Ice Cream and Cookies has permanently joined Sprinkles Cupcakes and is now open at 180 Promenade Way, The Promenade at Westlake. In addition to the variety of flavors available, Sprinkles specialty treats flavors are also available for a limited time. This season, Sprinkle’s welcomes exclusively to the Westlake location the Red Velvet Mocha cupcake – a coffee concoction inspired by their famous red velvet cupcakes. Sprinkles also serves a...

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GETTHERE Mentoring & Tutoring Now Open In West L.A.

GETTHERE Mentoring & Tutoring, now open in West Los Angeles, offers a unique educational mentoring program geared toward teenagers and young adults seeking college admission. The program works with students starting as early as their freshman year in high school to assure they become competitive college applicants by the time the application process rolls around. Each student in the program meets regularly with a mentor who has a Master’s degree...

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Tipperary Children’s Salon Gets a New Home

Tipperary has moved from the Dalton Way location in Beverly Hills that has housed the children’s hair salon since 1971, and can now be found at a new location just a mile away, at 221 S. Robertson. The salon is tailored for children and teens, and the new location offers more square footage a kid-friendly feel. Guests can explore the candy bar, featuring an array of free sweat treats, play...

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The Family Room Opens in San Marino

Opened in late October, The Family Room located at 2318 Hunington Dr., San Marino, offers research-based curriculum taught by trained professionals, with classes in Childbirth Prep, a Mommy and Me series called Baby Talk, and workshops such as Prenatal Nutrition for prenatal and postpartum women, their partners and families. Owner and founder Karen Stoteraux wanted to create “a comprehensive offering in a non-clinical setting.” Her mission is to get new...

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Frankie’s On the Park Santa Monica Celebrates First Birthday

Frankie’s On the Park, a boutique catering to preteen girls, opened in Chicago’s trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood in 2008 and migrated west to Santa Monica last year. The West Coast location, 712 Montana Ave., celebrated its one-year anniversary in October. Owner Lisa Burik has made it her business to help up-and-coming fashionistas gain a sense of uniqueness and express their style in a fun, comfortable, and age-appropriate way. The store...

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The Village at Westfield Topanga Mall to Create a New Community

L.A. Parent had a sneak peak into the exciting new development just up the street from our office. The Westfield Topanga Mall, a mecca for shopping in the San Fernando Valley, is growing into a “village.” Construction is moving fast on the upscale open-air mall at Warner Center. The Village at Westfield Topanga Mall, a 550,000-square-foot addition across the street from the existing mall, will include boutique stores, restaurants, a...

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Ice-Cream Lab To Open Pasadena Location

Ice-Cream Lab, which serves made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream containing all-natural and locally sourced ingredients, is opening its second location in Pasadena Oct. 24. Pasadena locals will now have the chance to get their ice cream made to order with their choice of fresh, never-frozen fruits, pure dairy milk and cream and a blast of liquid nitrogen. Guests can choose from four traditional flavors and six seasonal specialties that will...

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Welcome Back, Books and Cookies!

Grab your reading glasses and your sweet tooth because Books and Cookies has moved! Now located at 2309 Main St. in Santa Monica, Books and Cookies will continue to welcome families and be an active part of the community while promoting the joy of literacy. After closing their flagship location at the end of March, Books and Cookies is working hard to recreate a place where families can come and...

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Something’s Blooming in Brentwood

It is time for you to Fleurish! Celebrity floral designer Amy Marella is introducing Fleurish, a design-it-yourself flower bar where you can create your own arrangement, take a class, celebrate a special occasion or pick up an exquisitely designed floral arrangement. An L.A.-based mom of two, Marella is nationally recognized for her wedding décor, special events and floral design, and is the founder of L.A.’s The Hidden Garden. With nearly...

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Go Ju-Ju for Hello Kitty!

  It is official: the collaboration between Ju-Ju-Be and Hello Kitty has launched! The signature Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag now features the adorable face of Hello Kitty, including the signature Hello Kitty bow. The bag’s official launch date was Aug. 25, but it proved so popular that the largest style sold out online the day before! The popular first edition of the Ju-Ju-Be For Hello Kitty Collection is a custom print...

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A New Campus For The Help Group

The Help Group has opened a new campus in Culver City. The state-of-the-art educational facility is designed for children with autism and other special needs. The Help Group 12095 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles

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Karaoke For Kids

Chirp is a fun, new space where kids can get creative and sing their hearts out. Parents can hang out in the café while their kids sing in the karaoke area. They host weekly open mic and play times and other creative performance activities. Birthday party packages are also available. Chirp Kids Karaoke 2302 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Pint-Sized Paris Style

Catimini, the Paris-based luxury children's clothing and accessories brand, has opened its first Los Angeles boutique. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the charming boutique offers fun and colorful designs for pint-sized trendsetters. Catimini 9511 South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

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