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Renowned Disney music producer Fred Mollin makes it “Great To Be a Kid” during these challenging times with the release of an uplifting new album for young children. “It’s Great To Be A Kid” contains new fun songs about life and living he wrote during the pandemic to help young kids struggling at home look forward to the future. $13.98, ages 1-6.
Little Kitchen Academy, the first-of-its-kind, Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages 3 through teen, will open its inaugural U.S. location at Westfield Century City this summer.
Little Kitchen Academy is the realization of a long-held dream of Montessori-trained culinary expert and visionary, Felicity Curin who co-founded the organization with her husband, global brand and franchise expert and entrepreneur Brian Curin (Cold Stone Creamery, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Flip Flop Shops), and social impact investor and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney. Founded to provide a safe, inspiring and empowering space for students to develop and refine their senses and acquire both important practical life skills and confidence, the L.A. location will serve as the flagship training facility for the brand which will be expanding globally.
“We are delighted to bring this “from scratch” concept to the United States and to the Los Angeles community,” said Brian Curin, CEO and Co-Founder of Little Kitchen Academy. “Our Montessori-inspired approach empowers students to learn the practical life skills needed to succeed not just in the kitchen, but in school, and in life.”
Adds Felicity Curin, President, COO and Co-Founder of Little Kitchen Academy, “It has been remarkably gratifying to help foster and witness the growth and self-confidence of our students at every age level, and we are excited to share this transformational journey to independence and discovery with families in Los Angeles and beyond.”
Due to open its doors on the two-year anniversary of the launch of the first Little Kitchen Academy in Vancouver, BC, the 1,505-square-foot Westfield Century City location will feature the same modern, innovative, signature LKA design, complete with a hand washing center, 10 individual cooking stations (a.k.a. Little Kitchens) that are physically distanced appropriately. Each Little Kitchen will be equipped with its own oven, induction cooktop, sink, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, prep table, mixer and all the equipment and utensils needed to make the “from scratch” creations including vegetable peelers, rolling pins, measuring spoons, and colanders, which are meticulously kept, cleaned, and commercially sanitized between each class.
Learning begins as soon as students enter the “for student chefs only” environment, where they are acquainted with and practice proper hand washing. Each instructor and student dons an LKA chef coat by ChefWorks and a fitted pair of BIRKENSTOCK chef shoes (two of several global brand partners) to begin their personalized cooking journey.
The new location will feature items from each of the Little Kitchen Academy strategic partnerships, ensuring the ability to offer an authentic, sustainable experience. These include the ChopValue community table composed of 33,000+ recycled chopsticks where students will enjoy their creations at the close of every lesson once current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted (until that time, students will dine safely at their individual workstations), Emeco chairs made of recycled plastic bottles, and an eye-catching living food wall powered by AeroGarden, for students to grow and harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs for use in their creations. Additional global brand partners include Welcome Industries, which provides educational cooking tools, including measuring cups shaped like fractions to make cooking and learning math engaging and fun, and Brand Ambassador Iron Chef Cat Cora, a world-renowned chef, best-selling author, restaurateur, philanthropist and mother of six.
“As a Los Angeles native, chef and mother, I’m thrilled to welcome Little Kitchen Academy to Southern California where local families and children can experience joy, love, and learning in the kitchen,” says Iron Chef Cat Cora, Advisory Board Member, Honorary Head of Recipe Development, and Brand Ambassador of Little Kitchen Academy. “I believe passionately in Little Kitchen Academy’s mission and have had the rewarding experience of witnessing first-hand the growth of children as they harness their natural sense of wonder and curiosity on the road to self-reliance.”
LKA’s Montessori-inspired environment is organized to support the growth and development of each child. Instructors show the students how to safely use tools, but step back to closely observe the independent work, only stepping in when safety is a concern. This approach enables students to learn at their own pace while they acquire practical life skills that foster independence, confidence, and socialization. LKA further empowers students to make better food choices, to apply age-appropriate math and science skills in real-world settings, and embrace practices such as recycling, composting, and the concept of philanthropy in order to make positive, socially conscious contributions to the world through its recently announced global philanthropic initiative “How Can I Help,” which empowers students to learn about giving back and making a difference by putting the choice in their hands to support one of four notable causes.
Sessions of three-hour classes run year-round, are organized by age group for up to 10 students per session (ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+ years old) and are overseen by three instructors per class. The curriculum focuses on seasonal, locally grown and organic produce and ingredients, and students enjoy the fruits of their labor for a “scratch to consumption” experience.
In May 2020, Little Kitchen Academy announced its plans to open more than 400 global locations by 2025 and is currently seeking like-minded multi-unit franchisees and development partners based exclusively in AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MS, NC, OR, TX, WA, WI. Internationally, LKA is focused on expanding further into Canada, as well as Australia, India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, MENA region, Singapore, Spain, and the U.K.
L.A. — we have missed you and are thrilled to see you come back. As more of our favorite spots begin to reopen, we will bring you the latest on reservations, safety measures, new features and exhibits and everything you need to know before you begin rediscovering our L.A. all over again.
As L.A County progressively opens, The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories at Santa Monica Place is excited to open up its kitchens for in-person private party cooking and baking classes beginning May 1. Food fanatics are invited to uncover their culinary skills and prepare scrumptious dishes led by a renowned Gourmandise chef in a safe limited capacity environment.
The state-of-the art commercial style kitchens are diligently sanitized and offer a well-ventilated space for guests to enjoy a hands-on cooking experience at a safe distance. Up to 12 friends or family members (half kitchen capacity) are welcome to take part in a private class and choose a three-course meal or decadent dessert from the School’s specialty menu. Reservations for each 1 1/2 – 2 1/2-hour class are available now and can be booked online at www.thegourmandiseschool.com/private-events on the date of your choice.
By Elena Epstein
There is something so restorative about spring. Every new flower bud, every new bloom sparks a deep sense of renewal and hope within us. Nature is where I find peace, where I go to pause, to breath, to reflect, to just be.
Last spring, the pandemic shut down all of our spectacular gardens. But this year we can once again experience some of L.A.’s most spectacular must-see blooms on display now.
Per COVID-19 guidelines, masks and physical distancing are currently required, and tickets must be reserved in advance. Check individual websites for the most up-to-date information.
Show-stoppers: The “Pink Cloud” cherry trees are planted in the Japanese Garden, near the entrance to the Zen Courtyard. Early March is the best time to take a walk along the path under the delicate pink blossoms. And later in the month, don’t miss the wisteria, popping with purple blossoms in several locations, including the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden. You’ll find the most dramatic display is a massive vine of Wisteria floribunda (“Macrobotrys”) covering a long faux bois trellis overlooking the historic Japanese Garden.
Tickets and info: huntington.org
Show-stoppers: More than 30,000 tulip bulbs that are planted each year in the Promenade area will produce a breathtaking assortment of tulips in different colors and varieties. The theme for March will is “Birds & Nests.” Art displays throughout the gardens and in the Center Circle will celebrate both. And the popular “Tomatomania!” will be back this year from March 26-28 with a COVID-19 safe format, but still full of tomato and pepper seedlings.
Tickets and info: descansogardens.org.
Show-stoppers: Trumpet trees producing brilliant hot-pink blooms provide a spectacular canopy display. As you stroll these grounds, you’ll most likely also see the added flare of color from the resident peacocks. During your visit, don’t miss the orange poppies in the Crescent Farm, where a variety of drought tolerant plants, shrubs and orchard trees are planted.
Tickets and info: arboretum.org
Good food is the foundation of any celebration, and L.A. knows how to make it the shining center of any Easter celebration. Bianca restaurant is offering a festive brunch menu featuring caviar, crepes, truffle pizza, mimosas and more Easter specials. Bring the family and inspire your child’s inner confectionary artist with a chocolate egg decorating kit.
Indulge in Easter treats from its bakery inspired by family traditions. The menu features Italian, Argentinian, British and American pastries. Pre-order is advised.
Terranea Resort is inviting families to spend Easter on its sprawling 102-acre property, which sits along the Pacific Ocean. Easter celebrations include a variety of dining selections, stay specials for overnight accommodations, gourmet meals to-go and family-friendly activities, all designed to promote a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Stay: Guests may enjoy more Terranea and extra savings with the property’s “Third Night Free” offer. Enjoy a Southern California vacation for a quick weekend getaway or an extended stay. Outdoor adventures include whale watching, hiking, plein air painting by the sea, family activities, kayaking, archer and more. Restrictions may apply. Promotional code: 3FREE. Visit here for more.
Easter Gourmet Meals To-Go: Leave the cooking to “some bunny else” this year with Easter To-Go from Terranea. Offerings include: asparagus and parmesan soup with crispy shallots; pea and carrots spring salad; choice of house-cured maple ham with apricot and Dijon glaze or herb roasted leg of lamb with rosemary gremolata; roasted baby turnip with turnip greens; garlic and chive mashed potato; hot cross buns; and a ricotta citrus tart with candied fruit and tarragon.
Weekend brunches overlooking the marina are in effect. In Marina del Rey, weekend brunch on an outdoor patio beckons along with stunning seaside views.
Click here for the updated Marina del Rey outdoor dining guide. Click here for a list of restaurants offering take-out or delivery in Marina del Rey.
For more Easter celebrations around town, as well books, crafts and other holiday fun click here.
Another one of our favorite L.A. spots has reopened with a special offer — free admission to health care workers and first responders through the end of the year.
For all the “CARS” fans, don’t miss the life size Lightening McQueen in display.
During the museum’s closure due to COVID-19 mandates, the Petersen virtually launched three exhibits. The public can now see these exhibits for the time in person.
The new exhibits include:
The Petersen’s Hollywood Dreams exhibit is the largest museum exhibition of sci-fi vehicles in the world. It features vehicles, costumes, props, art and artifacts from the most epic sci-fi and fantasy film, TV and video game franchises of all time, including “Star Wars,” “Back to the Future,” “TRON,” “Iron Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Batman,” “Halo” and more.
Tickets to the museum must now be pre-purchased at petersen.org/tickets. In order to receive complimentary access, health care personnel and first responders will also need to reserve tickets online and provide a physical copy of professional verification at museum check-in.
The Bowers Museum will reopen on March 17, almost a year after closing due to COVID-19. The exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic is now on view through June 20, giving visitors the full spring season to experience the long-awaited return of this collection.
The June extension of Inside the Walt Disney Archives marks the third and final extension for this magical exhibition, which has been closed for much of its time at the Bowers due to statewide museum closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. With health and safety precautions in place, guests will be invited to step into the Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a 10,000-square-feet traveling exhibit featuring a dazzling display of 465 objects, including 50 pieces original artwork, 15 original screen-worn costumes, 3 cars and other props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. Click here for tickets and more information.
In celebration of this reopening, Bowers Museum will offer 20% off purchases* at the Gallery Store 3/17 – 3/21 onsite and online at shop.bowers.org.
Safety precautions include reduced capacity with timed entry, staff and visitor temperature checks, decals for enforced social distancing, masks requirements, additional hand sanitizing stations, increased cleaning schedule, Plexi shields at transaction areas, removal of high touch and interactive gallery elements, and more.
Inside the Walt Disney Archives (includes general admission): $25 weekends, $23 weekdays. Admission for the museum will be offered at 25% capacity on a timed-entry basis. Free admission will be given to all healthcare and emergency services workers with valid ID. Discounts to pricing apply for seniors, children, students, active military, and Santa Ana residents. Details at bowers.org/visit.
Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street in Santa Ana. For more information visit bowers.org
By Elena Epstein
We have definitely missed this wonderful gem in our city and are so excited to tell you the Natural History Museum’s outdoor Butterfly Pavilion is opening once again.
General public tickets go on sale on March 18. A limited number of guests will be allowed inside the Pavilion during each reservation time slot to allow for physical distancing and ensure a safe environment. Members and other guests are required to reserve all tickets in advance for the Butterfly Pavilion, as well as parking in the NHM Car Park.
Once there, enter through the North Entrance and enjoy a stroll through the Nature Gardens on the way to the Butterfly Pavilion. This springtime exhibition features hundreds of butterflies and colorful native plants.
For more information and tickets visit nhmlac.org
It’s all about mystical creatures of the sea as Ventura Harbor Village celebrates its annual March Mermaid Month.
From dawn to dusk, visitors can dive in and experience a special art installed mermaid photo booth, a MUST SEA mermaid moment that comes to life with a seashell art with colorful seashells on Ventura Harbor Village’s Promenade where visitors can take sparkly photos and also chalk artists, a mermaid wave, bubbles, and more!
Other special seaside offerings including themed mermaid/man merchandise, original artwork, eats and treats, fresh seafood and savory fish offerings from Ventura Harbor Villages restaurants, and a host of month-long specials from locally owned retailers and attractions.
Ventura Harbor offers tons of waterfront patio dining options and outdoor walking paths. You can also take a Whale Watching excursion or rent a Swan Peddle Boat.
Ventura Harbor Village is located at 1583 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura. For more information, visit VenturaHarborVillage.com
As of March 1, visitors can pick up an entry pass at the park gate or use an Annual Pass.
Note – some restrictions are still in place and some services are not available. Please also see the FAQ page for more information about visiting the park HERE
The Fresno Yosemite International Airport also annouced that beginning April 25, Southwest Airlines will offer daily, non-stop flights from Las Vegas and Denver. The improved access to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks is welcome news for fans of the region.
Upcoming events include the Yosemite Renaissance, which was founded 36 years ago to “motivate artists to develop diverse interpretations of Yosemite and its varied landscapes.” This annual art exhibition will open at the Yosemite Gateway Art Center in Oakhurst and run from March 19 through May 30, 2021. These powerful works will travel to Kings Art Center, Carnegie Arts Center, and onward to the Yosemite Museum in October. For more information on Yosemite Renaissance click HERE.
For more information on Yosemite and Madera County, click HERE.
By Elena Epstein
If you’re looking for a way to connect with nature, but not ready to venture too far out, take a drive to the Marina. The kids will love watching the sea lions lounging on the docks at Fisherman’s Village. As you stroll the walkway, you’ll also spot pelicans and gulls.
Take a walk along the 10-acre Burton Chace Park and not only will you have wonderful views of the harbor but also more views of the sea lions sunbathing.
According to the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors COVID-19 safety protocols prohibit group gatherings of any size and visitors must practice safe physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart.