Los Angeles Weekend Freebies

October 17 Newsletter

Night Light! Hello, Families! For a chance for your child to be on an upcoming cover of our magazine, please come see us tomorrow at the Point in El Segundo for our Cover Kids Pop-up. The weekend forecast looks mild and sunny, perfect for our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. Celebrate our planet and its wildlife, or take a walk on the dark side with night music, spooky film and Dia...

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October 10 Newsletter

Pumpkin Time! Hello, Families! October can seem like an autumn train packed with one activity after another. This weekend is no exception, and lots of the events are free. Our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies this week include books, produce, trains, California history and knights in shining armor. Next up: 4 Halloween Events for your Pets! It turns out that you can "strut your mutt" at a few spots, or even...

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October 3 Newsletter

Make Your Mark Happy October, Families! Ready for free fun? Our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies will have you cheering on Stand Up Paddleboarders, checking out cool cars, coasting through Santa Monica, making your mark in the park and getting active with yoga. A special freebie spotlight goes to the Big Draw, which - beginning this weekend - includes artsy fun all month long. The centerpiece happens this Sunday in Grand...

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L.A. Weekend Freebies

September 26 Newsletter

Celebrate L.A.! Hello, Families! Welcome to the end of September, otherwise known as the beginning of the holidays. Don't panic, because we're not going to talk about that yet. First, we're going to have some fun with our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. Celebrate bananas and positive vibes, meet a "goodnight buddy" and take in festivals celebrating the autumn moon and L.A.'s music and arts scene. We've got to call attention...

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September 20 Newsletter

Museum Meetup Hi Families! The first official day of fall is Saturday. Let's kick it off with our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. We've got selfies, an art fest at the Tar Pits, arcade games, otters and the Tiny Tot Olympics in this week's roundup. A bonus freebie is Free Museum Day on Saturday. At least half a dozen local museums have signed up to offer free admission that day, and...

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September 12 Newsletter

Pitch In! Hi there, Families! I've got a special event to tell you about: Inclusive Day L.A. It's for families of children with disabilities - but fun for all! Join us Saturday in Van Nuys for kids' programs, tons of helpful information and prize giveaways. Admission is free, and you can meet the people behind L.A. Parent. Also this weekend, we've got a roundup of 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. Celebrate...

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September 5 Newsletter

Tennis Anyone? Hello Families, This post-Labor Day week always seems to be tough, but the weekend is coming. Enjoy it with our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies! Learn about electric vehicles downtown, make art and spread peace in Westwood, have a cool time reading in the South Bay, chalk up artful fun in Ventura or celebrate Pakistan in Pasadena. Want to explore more corners of L.A.? Millennial Dad Isaac Parfrey took...

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August 29 Newsletter

Meet a Sheep! Hello, Families! September begins this weekend. Technically, summer lasts until Sept. 22, and weather-wise it lasts much longer, but Labor Day weekend always feels like summer's end to me. Here are our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies to help you celebrate. Hike in a canyon, make crafts at the beach, meet the Punk Rock Marthas, try crayon resist art or check out a great arts fest. Another fixture...

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Los Angeles Weekend Freebies

August 22 Newsletter

Fun Afloat! Hi Families, School is off and rolling, so weekends feel even more precious. Make the most of them with our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. This weekend, learn about books and reading, marine life, boats that float (and don't), poetry writing and local talent. The boat freebie, also known as the Cardboard Yacht Regatta at Annenberg Beach House, gets special mention because writer Lisa Beebe heard about it and...

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Los Angeles Weekend Freebies

August 15 Newsletter

It's Family Time Hello, Families! We've got an extra-special weekend freebie for you this week: Family Day at Boomtown Brewery is Sunday. There's beer for grown-ups and a bouncy house, petting zoo, face painting and fun for the kids. I'll be there hosting the L.A. Parent Story Corner, so come out and read with us! Our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies round out with a tiki fest, a plum fest, rare...

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August 8 Newsletter

Savor Summer! Happy Second Week in August! You've got back-to-school shopping to do, so save cash with our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. Sneak in some stories, party in Malibu and Beverly Hills, celebrate Japanese culture in Little Tokyo and let your inner comics kid out to play. One of those freebies deserves special mention: Nisei & Natsumatsuri are coming to L.A. this weekend and next. Nisei week includes a parade,...

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August 1 Newsletter

Skate + Fly Happy August, Families! Let's start the month with The MorfBoard Giveaway. The MorfBoard is a combination scooter, skateboard and balance board that your kids are sure to love. It retails for $179.97, but you can win a free one by entering, tagging some friends and making sure you are subscribed to this newsletter. Speaking of free, you should also check out our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. You...

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July 25 Newsletter

What Watermelon? Hi Families! It's so. Terribly. Hot. But the weekend should bring a little relief. Since summer isn't going anywhere, let's start with cool fun from our friends at NAPPA and Evite. Join us all Friday (7/27) for a 10 a.m. Facebook Live showcasing fun, NAPPA Award-winning summer toys and products perfect for parties, birthdays and travel. There will be amazing giveaways! Also cool are our 5 Fave Weekend...

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July 18 Newsletter

Get Out There! Hello Families, Here in the office, we're working on our back-to-school issue (ack!), but out there, there is plenty of summer left. Our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies always bring the fun, and this weekend you can meet cute kitties and muppets, star gaze, play some old-fashioned games and enjoy story time and DJ wackiness. For a less-structured outing - since temps will dip just a little -...

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July 11 Newsletter

Come Play! Hi Families, A slight dip in temperatures is going to make this weekend much more bearable than last. That makes it a perfect time for our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. Check out events at Echo Park Lake and the L.A. River, plus a trio of great outdoor Sunday performances. The weekend will also be a nice time to hit your local farmers market, but first check out Millennial...

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June 27 Newsletter

Fun Goes Boom! Hi Families, How amazing that July is already upon us. This is summer's sweet spot, so let's start with our sweet 5 Fave Weekend Freebies! My fave of the faves is probably free Shakespeare in an abandoned zoo! One of our fave moms, Carolyn Richardson, scoped out a not-free but super-fun option: Pixar Pier at Disney's California Adventure! This mom of three has the lowdown on the...

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June 20 Newsletter

Celebrate Summer Hello Families! It's the last full weekend in June and most kids are finally out of school for the summer. Let's kick things off with our 5 Favorite Weekend Freebies! This coming weekend, we've got a mini concert, a major arts festival, an up-close look at marine life, an ocean celebration and a chance to hear music "on the green." It's also almost time to kick off a...

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June 13 Newsletter

Book Some Fun! Hello, Families -- especially Dads! Family time is the best way to spend Father's Day, so check out our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. You can enjoy a kid concert, chalk fest or movie pajama party with your minions. Or you can make Dad something special at CAAM, or treat him to a posh car show in Beverly Hills! Bookish dads might want to follow Millennial Dad columnist...

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June 6 Newsletter

Blast Off! Hi Families! What are you up to this weekend? Let's make it free! Our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies range from the ocean to the desert (or, at least, desert plants), and all are easy on the wallet. There's a Pirate Day, a succulent celebration and big fun at the beach. If you are thinking long-term, let us help you fill out your L.A. Summer Bucket List. This baker's...

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May 30 Newsletter

Craving culture? Hello, Families! As we say good-bye to May and jump into June, let's start with our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. They celebrate the first African American and Mexican surfer, the cultures of Egypt and India, the talent of Northeast L.A., the ingenuity of African blacksmiths and local musical and dance talent. It's also time for our Top 7 June events, which showcase films from around the world, cultures...

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May 23 Newsletter

Lemonade time! Hi, Families! The sun's coming out, so let's spring into action with 5 Fave Weekend Freebies! There's a fun show at the library, a birdwatching walk, art and exercise at UCLA, sunprints at CAAM and a celebration of all things Mexico in the OC. If you're looking to make a difference, join the Alex's Lemonade Stand campaign. The fun starts next weekend, so you can gather supplies this...

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May 16 Newsletter

Splashdown! Hello Families, Lots of springy fun on tap this weekend. Let's start with our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies, which include underwater robots, Egyptian deities, a teen dance party (at LACMA!) and a literary street fest. One event deserves bonus mention: MOTA Day. It's a six-in-one freebie, because six fun museums will be opening their doors without the fee. Now let's turn our thoughts to summer, which will be here...

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May 9 Newsletter

Celebrate Mom! Hi Families, It's Mother's Day Weekend! If you're looking for ways to celebrate Mom, check out these 5 Great Mother's Day Spots. There's fun to be had in gardens and galleries, plus a nifty performance all about moms. If you want to save your pennies for presents, go for one of our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies. Our top picks this weekend offer something for everyone - from rocketry...

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May 2 Newsletter

See What's Up! Happy May, Families! Dive into the first weekend of the month with my 5 Favorite Weekend Freebies. It's a mixed bag of arts and crafts, comics, train rides and gypsy theater in the park that's easy on the wallet. Also coming up is the first of the outdoor film series that will continue through summer with food and music and several family films on tap. "Despicable Me"...

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April 25 Newsletter

Colorful Spring Hi Families! Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by our table at the L.A. Times Festival of Books over the weekend. It was great to see you! For the coming weekend, our 5 Favorite Weekend Freebies are all about the arts. There are arts and children's festivals downtown, a music festival and art walk in South Pasadena and a fiesta on Broadway. And we've thrown...

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April 18 Newsletter

Saddle Up! Hello Families, Happy Earth Day weekend! Before we get to our usual weekend freebies, I want to let you know that we're giving away a $199 Jenny Lind Convertible Crib. We're even throwing in the toddler-bed conversion kit. You've got to enter by April 19 - that's tomorrow! - to win. Now on to the free stuff: Our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies this week include two Earth Day...

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April 11 Newsletter

Brunch or Spa? Hello Families, Ready for a break from our little heat wave? Our Top 5 Weekend Freebies this week are indoor-outdoor. For the outdoor folks, there's an early Earth Day festival, a turtle and tortoise day and a celebration of Chumash culture. If you want to stay indoors, consider the Lego Shipbuilding Contest or the Sewing Rebellion (really). Speaking of Earth Day, because some folks are getting an...

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April 4 Newsletter

Get Your Art On Hi there, Families! First, here's your weekly dose of our 5 Fave Weekend Freebies! For the seasonally challenged, there's a Halloween fest, plus several ways to get your arts and crafts on - one of them bilingual. We also proudly present two brand-new magazines from L.A. Parent. The first is the 2018 edition of Inclusive L.A., our magazine for families with kids of all abilities. It...

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March 28 Newsletter

Spring Joy Hi Families, Spring is here and April and Easter Weekend are upon us. Let's spring on forward with our Top 5 Weekend Freebies for this Saturday and Sunday. They include a street festival, a couple of fun bilingual concerts, an exhibit on L.A.'s gospel music scene and a place to see (and touch!) meteorites. Now get out your calendar, because it's time to take note of 7 Don't-Miss...

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March 21 Newsletter

Moovin' Along Hello Families, We're again having some rain, but skies are expected to clear for the weekend. We are wishing great weather for all of the families who will be participating in March For Our Lives events throughout the area. There are local marches in DTLA, Burbank, Pico Rivera, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach and Santa Clarita, to name a few. We also offer up are our other...

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March 14 Newsletter

Go Green Sunday! Hi there, Families, The skies should be clear by the weekend, so it's time for family fun. This week's Top 5 Freebies includes a career fair for high school students interested in the arts (really!), plus a super-cool symposium for young scientists. Not to be missed! And, of course, you can check out our 4 Fave St. Patrick's Day Events for families this weekend. And now, a...

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March 7 Newsletter

Just Dance! Howdy, Families! Let's start this off with my Top 5 Freebie Events for families this weekend. There are lovely options, but my hands-down fave is a family-friendly craft beer fest just in time for the time change. You'll have to buy your beer, but Boomtown Brewery is offering free face painting and entertainment to keep the kids busy while you sip. Speaking of free, we are giving away...

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February 28 Newsletter

Dog-gone Fun! Happy March, Families! Are you ready for a great weekend? We are, and we've got our 5 favorite free things for you to do. These include Dr. Seuss celebrations and some fine tuning for the Hammer Museum's "advice bot." We're also ready for a great month with our Top 7 Don't-Miss Events. Get excited about talented kids, talented dogs and dragons, fly kites, make crazy crafts and get...

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February 21 Newsletter

Culture + Fun Hello Families, The weekend is looking chilly, but sunny, so I've picked out my favorite 5 free things to do Saturday and Sunday. They include music, art, poetry and space rocks! And you'll find even more in our ongoing roundup! Once the family is all tired out, you might consider taking advantage of the new free-movie service available through the L.A. County libraries. They have tons of...

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February 14 Newsletter

Be #CampReady Hello Families! Happy Valentine's Day, and happy (almost) President's Day weekend. Let's get right to the free stuff, because we've got a baker's dozen free things you and the kids can do this weekend. The fun includes nature walks, a gospel music exhibit, a Black History parade, Lunar New Year festivals, a mini concert, story times, craft times and a poetry slam. Click here to see them all!...

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February 7 Newsletter

So Much to Love Hello Families, Happy week before Valentine's Day! The fun actually begins this weekend, and I'll start you off with some free things to do. I counted 26 from Thurs.-Sun. and highlights include a "battle of the bands" in Glendale, a puppet theater workshop, some shark time in Long Beach, story times, gospel music and a Mardi Gras celebration. If you want to get Valentine specific, check...

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January 31 Newsletter

Celebrate! Happy February, Families! There's a blazing, beautiful weekend ahead, so at the top of our list of 12 Free Things to Do are a couple happenings at the beach. There are also some story times (one with yoga!) and a dance event with a view. This month also brings us two important cultural celebrations: African American History Month and the Lunar New Year. We've got a roundup of 6...

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January 24 Newsletter

Fun in the Sun Howdy, Families! Our glorious winter weather is just one reason you should get out there and have some fun. Digging into our very own L.A. Parent calendar, I came up with 11 free things you can do this weekend. We've got concerts, story times, art activities and lots of nature walks. Museums are also getting into the act, with Museums Free-For-All Day Sunday, when more than...

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January 17 Newsletter

Get it Done! Hi there, Families! I hope you're enjoying our glorious Southern California winter. Despite the mild weather, I've been hearing SO much about this nasty flu season we're in. Doctors started urging people to get their flu shot back in September, and it's still worth the effort! Flu can be deadly for kids and a flu shot can cut your risk of getting sick by at least a...

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January 10 Newsletter

Friends and Fun Hello Families, Finally, a burst of rain that made it feel almost like winter. That's done, but I know so many parents and kids who have been down for the count with colds and flu. Cough is often one troublesome symptom, so I've gathered practical tips on kids and cough. Believe it or not, cough can be a good thing! If the chill has you craving hot...

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January 3 Newsletter

Welcome 2018! Happy New Year, families! Today, let's tackle those resolutions. Healthy eating is on most families' lists, so I've gathered four solid strategies to help everyone improve their diets this year. I promise, they're simple! Want to bring in the fitness? Our Q&A with Claudine Cooper, local mom and fitness guru, is sure to inspire. Her main message is to focus on living long, a goal that brings everything...

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December 27 Newsletter

Happy 2018! Hi Families! Everyone ready to ring in the New Year? Whatever 2018 has in store for you, we'll be here with resources, tips and plenty of fun. And here's our first pro tip of the year: If you can only catch the Rose Parade on TV this year, you can still see the floats in person at the Showcase of Floats. It's worth a look. Get the jump...

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December 20 Newsletter

Sparkle Time Greetings Moms, Dads and others who love kids! The holiday season is about to come to a close and the rush will soon be over - at least for awhile. If you find the kids getting unruly during the festivities, take some advice from Lauren Perelmuter and take them on a walk. It'll give you all some exercise (New Year's resolutions, here we come) and just might calm...

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December 13 Newsletter

Don't Miss Out! Hi Families, This year's Cover Kids search comes to a close Dec. 15. That's Friday! We are looking for adorable kiddos for our 2018 covers, and you can click here to send in your child's photo. We'll be calling back a group of finalists to visit our offices - for a shot at their own professional photo shoot and appearance on our cover. Time is also running...

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December 6 Newsletter

Check in to Win Hi Families, We are so excited about our "We Love Our Readers Holiday Giveaway"! For 14 days, we'll be choosing a new winner each day to receive a fantastic toy, and we have some great big-ticket items including a Razor Crazy Cart and a Kidcraft Play Kitchen. Check back each day for your chance to win! Meanwhile, everyone's a winner with the family fun on tap...

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November 29 Newsletter

We're Going Live Hi Families! Evite is joining us for a toy giveaway that will include top gifts for kids from the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA). Join us from 10-11 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 1, on Facebook LIVE! Go to Facebook.com/EVITE for your chance to win some amazing toys! Meanwhile, let the wintry fun continue. Check out our Top 7 Events for December and plan ahead to beat the...

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November 22 Newsletter

Joy and Cheer Hi Families! If you're reading this on Wednesday, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. And if you don't manage to eat quite enough turkey and are also hungry for a dose of holiday cheer over the weekend, I recommend a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood's "Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter." It'll hit the spot. Or step out and enjoy the holiday lights at...

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November 15 Newsletter

Giving Thanks Hi Families, It's finally here! My favorite holiday is just over a week away, and I can't wait to share what we've got for you. First, get your holiday table ready with don't-stress tips from L.A. chefs and three great recipes. You'll love these yummy desserts. Next, get your gratitude on with a fun "Thankful Jar" activity that NBC4's Daniella Guzman and her family enjoy. Ponder the holiday...

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November 8 Newsletter

Countdown Time Hi Families, It's mid-November and the Thanksgiving countdown begins. Let's start the season by fostering philanthropy. The book "PhilanthroParties" by local teen Lulu Cerone teaches kids to throw parties that raise funds for good causes. It has ideas for every month, and November is a great time to start! Kids can learn about mindfulness, learning differences and bullying at Care Fair L.A., an event that brings together organizations...

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November 1 Newsletter

Say Cheese! Hi Families! I'm happy to announce the return of L.A. Parent Cover Kids! This year, we're letting families submit photos online, then choosing finalists to meet us for an interview at L.A. Parent. Click here to enter your child! It's been so nice to see some fall weather this week, which makes me excited about starting November. Here are our Don't-Miss Events for the month! We're especially excited...

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October 25 Newsletter

Pumpkin Time! Boo! (or "Hello" if you prefer), The countdown to Halloween is here. All of you pumpkin procrastinators should get busy and hit one of our favorite Pumpkin Patches to choose your gourds this weekend! They're all still open. And there are still plenty of fantastic Halloween Events coming up this weekend, in case you haven't yet had your fill of spooky fun. Following close behind Halloween is Dia...

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October 18 Newsletter

Start Talking Hi Families, There's lots of great fun coming up this weekend, but we've got a tough subject to tackle as well. The prevalence of sexual harassment in our society has been pushed into the headlines, and you've no doubt seen #MeToo trending on social media. Sexual health educator Tracy Wallace says it is essential to teach kids about consent - and that their bodies are their own -...

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October 11 Newsletter

Check In! Hi Families, This week we're about connections and conversations. I mean real, in-person conversations, so first employ some of our tips for Curbing Your Tween's Smartphone Use. One tip is to get out into the real world together. Start with the events below, or 3 Cool Animated Events coming right up. Need more help? Sign up for our Middle School Madness workshop, where we'll tackle tweens and tech....

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October 4 Newsletter

October To-Do's Hi Families, Here we are in another week with a terrible disaster - this one manmade. Our hearts go out to the victims of Sunday's Las Vegas shooting, and those who lost loved ones. Keep your kids close, and use these tips if you need help talking with them about the tragedy. Meanwhile, as we carry on with our run up to Halloween, we've collected 22 Happy Haunts...

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September 27 Newsletter

Harvest Fun Hello L.A. Parents! Summer has returned this week, but at L.A. Parent, where we've just printed our October issue, we're all about fall. Our Top Picks for the month: Check in with Doc McStuffins and Doktor Kaboom, work a vintage printing press, go on a Paw Patrol adventure or enjoy California's past, the jazzy age and a fairy tale about feathers and fire. If you haven't picked a...

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September 20 Newsletter

It's a Busy Time Happy Wednesday, Families. Fall starts Friday, and things are getting busy. School is in full swing and Halloween and the holidays are on the way. It's about the time that many parents start wondering whether their kids' enrichment programs are worth all the hustle. Are the kids having fun? Are they over-scheduled? Writer Kate Korsh helps you sort things out! Lots of kids are into coding,...

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September 13 Newsletter

Come See Us Hello, Families, Who's excited about football? The L.A. Rams kicked off their second season back in town on Sunday with a win against Indianapolis, but not everyone's excited about having two NFL teams in L.A. after so many years without. Millennial Dad Isaac Parfrey, father of two young boys, is especially conflicted. Check out his take on rooting for the home team and whether to let his...

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September 6 Newsletter

Plenty to Do! Hello Families, How is September so far? At least the heat has lessened, making this a great time to check out programs coming to L.A. museums, starting with the opening this weekend of the newest art museum in town! That'll get you ready for Pacific Standard Time and Museum Day Live, coming later this month. Let the kids reach new heights at Stronghold Climbing Gym (where we...

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August 30 Newsletter

September Fun! Hello Families, First, a thought for all those people in the path of Tropical Storm Harvey. I hope everyone can stay safe and get the help they need. Meanwhile, we are facing quite the heatwave here, so keep cool as you're out and about. That's especially true for you folks headed to the L.A. County Fair, which kicks off this weekend and is one of our Don't Miss...

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August 23 Newsletter

Ending August Hello Families, As we wind down August, are you already missing summer? I have a solution. Try a weekend Budget Beach Getaway! The weather is still plenty warm, and our article gives you four options within driving distance. While you dream and plan (or even if you don't), this Watermelon Salad recipe from Bettolino Kitchen will help you stretch the flavors of summer into fall. If you're hanging...

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August 16 Newsletter

Going Solar Hi Families, There's so much tension in the news after the weekend's tragic events in Virginia. While there's no such thing as "old enough to understand" something like this, teens and tweens can gain perspective thanks to an author talk Friday at Vroman's in Pasadena, focused on a book about the Watts riots of the 1960s. Sometimes looking back helps us move forward. Meanwhile, the eclipse is coming!...

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August 9 Newsletter

Forward to Fall Hello L.A. Families, First, down to business: Back-to-school time is upon us! If things get a little chaotic for you this time of year, fear not. Our breakfast-to-bedtime guide will help you have the kids up and ready and dropped off peacefully. It also includes some homework tips and advice for keeping things in perspective. Part of your preparations should include a physical, and this back-to-school checklist...

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August 2 Newsletter

Plan the Weekend Happy August, Families! What are you up to this month? Check out our Top 7 Events, with ondo dancers, animals in the park, LEGO fun and a visit to "Arroyoland." You can also soak up some Free Family Music at the Levitt Pavilions, The Getty, California Plaza and Children's Book World. Local musician Lucky Diaz and his Family Jam Band will be playing at some of those...

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July 26 Newsletter

Summer Love Hello L.A. Parents, August is almost here, but we've still got lots of summer to share. Let's start with the new installation at the Natural History Museum. It's devoted to famed Griffith Park mountain lion P-22, and I got a sneak peek just before it opened last week. Check it out! You'll also want to check out our favorite splash spots, ice cream shops and summer library activities...

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July 19 Newsletter

Food + fun Hi Families, As we're enjoying a whole lot of beach weather right now, it seems like time to share a fun roundup of 7 great water sports for your kids. From kayaking to kitesurfing and even synchronized swimming, there's something for everyone. If lounging is your favorite beach activity, check out Millennial Dad Isaac Parfrey's fun account of his Hollywood-style excursion with kids. Down the OC way,...

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July 5 Newsletter

Weekend Picks Hi Families, Hope you all had a happy Fourth - and that you saved some energy for this weekend. First up: Enter our amazing Riding the Rails giveaway! We'll send one lucky family to Sacramento for a weekend stay, a train ride and a visit to the California State Railroad Museum. Headed to the movies? Assistant Editor Carolyn Richardson (and her kids) have a review of "Despicable Me...

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June 28 Newsletter

Parades + More Hello L.A. Parents, July starts this weekend, and we are ready with our Top Picks for July Family Fun. These events celebrate everything from mud and melons to seahorses and rubber duckies! You probably have your July 4 fireworks plans in place (if you don't, check our Calendar), but how about a parade? We've got four fun options for your Independence Day afternoon. Where else might you...

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June 21 Newsletter

Hot, Hot, Hot! Hi Families, Here we are at the beginning of summer in the middle of a heat wave! I find the best way to keep my mind off the heat is to keep busy, and we can help you there. Let's start with Camp. I hope you've found a great spot for the kids to spend those summer days. To get the most bang for your camp-tuition buck,...

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June 14 Newsletter

Fathers + Fun Hello Families, Father's Day is this weekend, and we're ready to celebrate. Calendar editor and L.A. Parent dad Michael Berick has compiled a fun list of 16 great ways to spend Father's Day - or any day - to get you started. (He's also weighed in with his usual batch of fun weekend events below.) The more philosophical among you will like Millennial Dad Isaac Parfrey's take...

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June 7 Newsletter

Let's Go! Greetings Moms and Dads! Are we all ready to play? That's what summer is about and it's time to hit the road. Start with a trip south to visit Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo to catch the new attractions opening there. While you're at it, swing by Legoland to catch the new Surfer's Cove expansion and the new "Star Wars" features. Why get...

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May 31 Newsletter

Ready for June? Hello Families, May is on its way out, and we're looking forward to June. I hope your schedule eases up during summer, so you can take advantage of the great family fun on offer. Click to check out our Don't Miss Events for the month, where you'll find everything from chalk fests and zoo safaris to a dog party and paddle boarding. If you've got a baby...

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May 24 Newsletter

Moving On Greetings, L.A. Parents. After Monday night's terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England - an attack on children and families - I'm sharing information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on discussing these events with your kids. The families affected were enjoying an outing together when tragedy struck. There is little we can do to prepare for something like this, and our best defense is...

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May 17 Newsletter

Time for Fun Hi Families, We had some May gray, but that ends this weekend and the weather should be fine. Scroll down for great ways to spend the time. One of my favorites is MOTA Day, when five museums in the Arroyo open their doors for free - with a free shuttle to take you from one to the next! If that fits your budget, you can find more...

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May 10 Newsletter

Just For Mom Hi Families, It's almost Mother's Day! In honor of the holiday, I visited with new moms and their babies to talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood. Despite our changing world, so much stays the same! Have a look at our conversation and add your stories to the comments section. If you're looking for fun ways to spend Mother's Day, consider spoiling yourself with Mom's Day...

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May 3 Newsletter

Merry May Happy Month of May! There's so much to do as the weather warms up. Let's start with the YMCA. Now's the time to register for free programs for ages 12-17 coming this summer. Activities include meals, swimming, sports and even part-time jobs! Coming up this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, a chance to explore local comic shops with the kids and take home free comics! Families don't...

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April 26 Newsletter

Food and Song Happy Almost-May! This is our last weekend of April, and we've got some great events listed below. And there's more to come in May. Check out our Top 7 Family Events for fun under the Big Top, on the big screen, in the strawberry fields and the Arroyo. Fuel your fun with food from our Recipes Section. New this month is a sneaky and delicious Kale Guacamole...

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April 19 Newsletter

Come Say Hi! Hello Families! First, come see us at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend. Publisher Ron Epstein will man our table Saturday and I'll be there Sunday -- with free face painting both days. We hope you will come by and say hello. Another excellent book festival, Yallwest, takes place the following weekend. It's aimed at tweens and teens. Speaking of tweens and teens, I...

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April 12 Newsletter

Here We Go Again Hello Families, Before we try to get you into the weekend spirit, I have to address news of the tragic school shooting in San Bernardino. While not a "terrorist" attack, it inspires plenty of fear. Have a look at this update of guidelines from Catherine Mogil, Psy.D., clinical director of the UCLA Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience Clinic. I hope it helps you navigate difficult territory,...

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April 5 Newsletter

Egg-citing Stuff Hi Families, Who's ready to hunt for eggs? It's that time of year, so grab your basket and check out our top picks for Rollin With the Egg Hunts! Or maybe a day in the park is more your speed. Starting this weekend in Grand Park, you can video chat live with folks from around the world in portals from the Portals Project. If the ball park (Dodger...

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March 29 Newsletter

Happy April! Welcome, Families, to Earth Month! Earth Day is April 22, but we've got a baker's dozen planet-friendly events the whole family will love - starting April 2 - in our Earth Month Roundup. From meet-and-greets with rescued wildlife to beach clean-ups to nature films, there's something for all. To help you stay on top of your calendar all month long, we've also got our Top Picks Slideshow, with...

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March 22 Newsletter

On a Mission Hi Moms and Dads, This week as the weather waffles, I've got some parenting hacks to help keep you sane. First: For newer moms, we've got a fun interview with Jill Simonian, author of "The FAB Mom's Guide: How to Get Over the Bump & Bounce Back Fast After Baby." This mom of two uses gratitude and stretching, among other things, to get by in style. For...

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March 15 Newsletter

Feelin' Springy Hi Families! The first day of spring and some very warm weather are upon us. With everything blooming, I was hungry for something nice and fresh. Check out this Classic Pasta Sauce recipe from Il Fornaio restaurants. Simple, tasty and works with any type of pasta.That'll fuel you up for some family fun. For those celebrating St. Patrick's Day, there's a fun leprechaun hunt in Thousand Oaks where...

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March 8 Newsletter

We Got This! Hello Families, Are we ready to "spring forward" this weekend? Me neither! Sleep-deprived parents and off-schedule kids are never a good combo, so I've got tips from Monica Mathur, M.D., of Miller Children's and Women's Hospital Long Beach to help us through. Check them out! Lack of sleep can make kids grumpy, hyper or tantrum prone. Ever been mom judged when your darlings were less than perfect?...

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March 1 Newsletter

March Into March Hello Families, Looks like we have sunny, springy weather in store. Time to get out and have some fun! Spring celebrations kick off this weekend at Descanso Gardens and continue all month. Check out our favorite four Spring Flings! National Pancake Day is coming next Tuesday, and Jr. Chefs and Flapjack Fans can celebrate with a free stack at IHOP or the All-Star Chef Classic at L.A....

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February 22 Newsletter

Fun, Fun, Fun! Hello Families, If the rain comes back and you need to stay indoors, consider YouTube Red and its expanding service for kids - with four new shows lined up for 2017. Between the kids' content and the gaming channel, you can avoid the storms and the traffic. If you're brave enough to venture to your local movie theater, check out our February Film Feast with "Dream Big"...

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February 15 Newsletter

News to Use Hello Families, We spend lots of time thinking and writing about two important topics: health and education. So this week I'm offering up a small collection of newsy items that relate. Those of you in the pregnancy and infant phases of parenting will be interested in new peanut allergy guidelines released last month. Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret from Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA explains why some babies should eat...

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February 8 Newsletter

Love, Love, Love Hi Families! Welcome to a tiny break in the rain. Sunny skies are predicted this weekend, making it a good time for family fun. First up, I want to remind you of our free family screening of the new IMAX film "Big Dreams: Engineering Our World." Come out to the California Science Center Saturday for a free film, family activities and coffee with me. Click for details....

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February 1 Newsletter

Dream Big Hi Families! This week I have a fun invitation for you. The California Science Center has invited us to host a free screening of the new IMAX film "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" and I'm inviting you to join us. The fun starts at 9:30 Feb. 11, with family activities before the film. I'll be there for a little coffee talk with parents. Click here for details and...

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January 25 Newsletter

After the Rain Hi Families! Looks like the rain is finally over. It was quite a dose of wintry weather and if your family hasn't had flu shots, check out this reminder from the County Health Department that it's not too late. If you're looking for more chill time, read about Elena Epstein's fun family trip to Mammoth. It'll make you want to go! Chinese New Year is this weekend,...

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January 18 Newsletter

Just Start Now Hi L.A. Families, The new year is just a few weeks old. How are you doing with your resolutions? If your answer is "not so good," just start again. Improve your family's diet with my article packed with practical tips to Cut the Sugar from meals and snacks. Or learn more about where your food comes from by checking out Farms You Can Visit in the area....

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January 11 Newsletter

MLK Weekend! Hello Families in 'La La Land' (a fun film for date night!), Many of us have a three-day weekend coming - which is also a chance to talk about our values and do some community service. Click for our five favorite ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK Day is also the first 2017 National Park Service Free Day, when entrance fees are waived at Joshua...

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January 4 Newsletter

Calendar Time! Hello Moms, Dads, etc., How is 2017 treating you so far? I'm happy to kick the year off by announcing our 2016 Cover Kids winners, who will appear on covers this year. Check out these cuties! Of course, we're not just on the lookout for sweet smiles and pretty faces. We want to hear stories of amazing moms, dads and kids of all sorts. This year, click our...

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December 28 Newsletter

Bye-Bye, 2016 Hello Families, I hope you've been enjoying some holiday fun. We are about to finish up 2016, which I'll just say has been quite a year. If you are still making plans, check out Seven Spots to Ring In 2017. They are our top picks, especially for families with young children and early bedtimes. We also have great family workarounds for the Rose Parade. If you don't want...

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December 21 Newsletter

Tis the Season Season's Greetings, Families! It's the first day of winter and our last newsletter before Christmas and Hanukkah. Away we go! Let's start with Hanukkah, which begins Dec. 24. Our wonderful Director of Content, Elena Epstein, talked with local Rabbis and families and offers ideas for creating unique traditions that make the holiday anything but a Christmas substitute. It's a great read. For the Christmas revelers out there,...

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December 14 Newsletter

Ho Ho, Let's Go! Hi Families, One way to celebrate the season is to pack up the family for some cozy vacation fun. And we've got three great options. I love travel writer Ann Campbell's article on San Francisco For the Holidays! The city is just a quick flight or a day's drive away, yet the vibe is totally different from our SoCal home base. Ann's festive guide will make...

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December 7 Newsletter

Ho Ho Holidays! Greetings Families! I hope you've all been enjoying the chance to put on a sweater -- or maybe even a scarf! I love our sunny version of winter, but if you'd like to find more chill, there are at least a Dozen Wintry Events where you can find snow and ice this month! Or maybe you'd like to spend time with some classic holiday characters? The Grinch...

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November 30 Newsletter

Holiday Sparkle Hello Families, My husband gets out the ladder Thanksgiving weekend and puts up the Christmas lights around our house, and that's when the holiday season starts for me. Whether you've been ready since Halloween or hold off until December, it's time to get your sparkle on. Calendar Editor Michael Berick took a historical perspective this year, and offers 12 Seasonal Celebrations that will get you in the holiday...

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November 23 Newsletter

To Do: Have Fun! Hello Families! Thanksgiving's tomorrow, so I know you're busy. I don't want to add to your to-do list, but the season offers so many wonderful opportunities for family time. First, though, figure out what your kids are going to do during their winter break from school. I've rounded up a great list of Winter Camps in the area, and the time to sign up is now....

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November 16 Newsletter

Get Out and Help Hello L.A. Families, The uncertain and divided state of our country makes this an especially important time to set a good example for our children. And that means a focus on doing good where we can and remembering the things we still have to be thankful for. Three ways you can do that are coming right up! The first is Family Volunteer Day this weekend, which...

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November 9 Newsletter

Kinda Cool Hi Families! After all that election muck, I've been happy to spend time with some of our articles about the kinder side of life. For instance, a local teen created an app called Sit With Us to help kids feeling left out find welcoming lunch tables at school. And a mom in Long Beach runs Green Jean Kids, a nonprofit that lets parents exchange kids' outgrown clothes for...

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November 2 Newsletter

November's Here! Happy November! There's so much great stuff going on this time of year, and you advance planners should check out our 7 don't-miss events for families this month - with everything from pop art to gingerbread. One bonus I'll add to the mix is the new Cirque du Soleil production of "Toruk" that's coming to town. Wow! Also coming up, of course, is Thanksgiving. And we have an...

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October 26 Newsletter

A Healthy Scare Hi Families, Our recent flirtation with rain made me think about colds and flu. Experts say everyone ages 6 months and up needs a flu shot -- but that the nasal spray vaccine isn't a good option this season because it isn't effective in kids. If you haven't taken care of this, read our flu shot coverage (and find out where you can get a flu shot...

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October 19 Newsletter

Out and About Happy Wednesday! Fall is a great time to spend time in the kitchen. The holidays are fast approaching and we have hints of cooler weather. Since last fall, we at L.A. Parent have been collecting great family recipes from local chefs and nutritionists. One of my recent favorites is the recipe for Doma Kitchen's Ricotta Pancakes from Chef Kristina Mikyste. These kid-size pancakes make a great weekend...

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October 12 Newsletter

Out and About Hello L.A. Parents, One of our missions here is to shine a spotlight on cool things happening in the community, and I've got some fun stuff for you this week. First, check out a program called Worthy of Love. They throw birthday parties for homeless kids downtown, and they're always looking for volunteers! Next, check out Playworks, a nonprofit that sends coaches into schools to help make...

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October 5 Newsletter

Not Scary At All Happy October! And let the Halloween fun begin. First, your family will need costumes. And if you're on a budget, you should definitely check out Goodwill's BOO-Tiques for great deals on costumes and masks. Next, you need a plan. We've got 23 great ideas for you in our annual Halloween Roundup this year. Want to see some underwater pumpkin carving? Take a look. A zombie parade?...

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September 28 Newsletter

Future Voters Hello Families! The presidential debate Monday night made me think about the future, the country our kids will inherit and the importance of educating our next generation of voters. Our annual Education Guide is now available, with some great information to help you plan. If your child is headed for preschool next year, will an academic or a play-based focus be a better fit? Assistant Editor Carolyn Richardson,...

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September 21 Newsletter

Got Cover Kids? Hi Families! This weekend, we're having our 2016 Cover Kids Contest and I'm hoping you'll be there. It's happening from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The Point in El Segundo. We'll be on the main lawn not far from the kids' play area, with four great photographers ready to capture your kids' smiles. These folks all shoot covers for L.A. Parent. It costs $35 to enter, but...

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September 14 Newsletter

Settling In Happy Wednesday, Families! The cooler weather is hanging in there, making it pleasant to be outdoors. Take advantage with some cool environmental events. Green Festival Expo, AltCar Expo and Coastal Cleanup Day are all coming this weekend, giving the family a chance to enjoy and care for the great outdoors. There are plenty of other fun ways to get out and about, and Calendar Editor Michael Berick shares...

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September 7 Newsletter

Let's Move! Hi Families, Is it fall yet? Falling temperatures and earlier evenings always give me a burst of energy, and this week I have two suggestions for giving kids a chance to move. Remember watching roller derby on TV as a kid? Believe it or not, I think your kids should check it out. The Angel City Derby Girls have a junior league that teaches ages 7-18 the sport...

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August 31 Newsletter

No Homework Here Greetings, Parents! I had to smile at all the news coverage recently featuring the second-grade teacher in Texas who decided to stop giving homework. She is being hailed as a pioneer, but The Country School, right here in Valley Village, has had a no-homework policy for three years! As your child's homework rolls in, read all about it and some other thoughts on the issue in our...

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August 24 Newsletter

The Relationship Hi Families, It isn't often that a parenting expert takes me truly by surprise. But Roma Khetarpal did. When I interviewed her for my article about Questions For Early Childhood, she asked what my goal as a parent is. I don't recall exactly what I said - something about having a child who is happy and independent and safe in the world - but I remember what she...

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August 17 Newsletter

Gold Medal Fun Happy Wednesday, Has everyone been enjoying the Olympic Games? There's more fun to come before closing ceremonies this weekend, and Time For Kids has some fun coverage. If the games inspire your young athlete, check out these tips for preventing sports injuries, and keep your kid healthy and ready to play. Or maybe you have more of a "mathlete"? Stanford University just published a great, FREE, set...

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August 10 Newsletter

Fall Learning Hi Families! Election madness dominated again this week, and our survey generated some interesting comments. One reader called the campaign "a circus of Barnum & Bailey proportion," and another said that, "This is not what I want my children to think it takes to hold the highest office in the land." And while one reader acknowledged the importance of a female nominee to the next generation of girls,...

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August 3 Newsletter

Set for school? Happy August! At L.A. Parent, it's time to get excited about back-to-school! We have a treasure trove of information for you, including a great piece on setting back-to-school goals that will help your kids start the new year with clear purpose. But before you sit down to talk about possibilities, get inspired by some girls at Lang Ranch Elementary who took an Odyssey of the Mind --...

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July 27 Newsletter

Got Politics? Hello Families of all Political Persuasions! We've weathered one party's national convention and are smack in the middle of another, with fiery speeches everywhere you turn. Somewhere in there, some issues might be discussed, and we'd like to hear which are important to you. Click over to our survey (just three questions!) and share. If we get some interesting results, I'll let you know next week. Meanwhile, get...

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July 20 Newsletter

Some Perspective Who else is tired of murder and horror and hate? I thought so. After the shootings in Dallas, I got in touch with parenting editor Caroline Knorr of Common Sense Media to prepare a piece for our August issue. Our response would be a little late, but these things seem to keep happening. Little did I know I'd need the article just last week. Check out Knorr's great...

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July 13 Newsletter

July Delights Happy Wednesday! To me, July boasts the laziest days of summer. Everyone is adjusted to the summer schedule (or lack thereof), and there's still awhile before we have to think seriously about fall. Start these days out with a cool treat - breakfast smoothies from nutritionist Shani Mara! And don't worry about a sugar rush. These aren't too sweet. If all those berries at the market tempt you,...

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July 6 Newsletter

Get Inspired! Hello Families, Not many of us think about Christmas in July, but Today In LA anchor and L.A. Parent columnist Daniella Guzman this month recounts a memory of gift opening gone awry, and shares the inspiring story of how she shifted her daughter's focus from receiving to giving in On the Record. So many of us are passionately devoted to raising kids who are happy, healthy and just...

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June 22 Newsletter

Summer Smiles Hi Moms! So, now that school's out, how did the year go? There are many ways to gauge your child's progress, and the delightful Sandy Banks details them in "Beyond the Report Card." Check it out, and check in with the kids. Summer means extra family time, but all that togetherness can put cranky kids in close quarters. I checked in with clinical psychologist David Miklowitz, who directs...

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June 15 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Chalk Up Some Street Art In Pasadena Take A Spin At A Carousal Animal Exhibit Have A Funke Time With Cornelia At The Getty Doodle Around At The Zimmer With Dad Get Tricky Building With Bricks Go Mad For Science At Kidspace

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June 8 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Show Some Love For Our World’s Oceans Travel The Silk Road At The Getty Hang Ten At A Santa Monica Beach Fest Help Pasadena Celebrate Its Birthday See Cinderella Performed By Sock Puppets Find Imperial China In Pasadena

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June 1 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Go “Under The Sea" At The Hollywood Bowl See Seedfolks On The Wallis’ Stage Have Seaside Adventures At MarinaFest Make Sunday A “Song-day” With Sara Explore Music & Art From Around The Globe Take Your Dog To A Film Festival

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May 25 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Enjoy A Berry Good Time In Garden Grove Get Festive At The Fiesta Hermosa Get Up To SPEED At the New Cube LA Exhibit Head To Topanga For A Groovy Country Fair Enter The Race Of Rubber Ducks At Kidspace See Sea Horses And Dragons In Long Beach

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May 18 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Be A Sweetee At Oxnard’s Strawberry Fest Look At Life In California’s Adobe Era Get Buggy At The Natural History Museum Watch Robotics In Action By The Sea See Butterflies Fill Kidspace’s Sky Enjoy A Great Big Family Play Day

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May 11 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Run Away To Circus Vargas In Burbank Get Thee To The Renaissance Faire Have A Rosy Time In Descanso Gardens Create Some Photographic Memories Shake It Hula Style At The Fowler Explore Museums Of The Arroyo For Free

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May 4 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Take One Last Journey To Space At The CSC Visit Storyland Before The Exhibit Closes Watch “Rockets” Blast Off At Boeing Laugh Along With Classic Laurel and Hardy Get Creative And Make Your Own Comic Celebrate Mom At Topanga’s Botanicum

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April 27 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Meet The Dinos Visiting The L.A. Zoo Say Hey To YA Authors In Santa Monica See A Carnival Of The Animals Live On Stage Have An Arroyo Adventure At Kidspace Flip For Dogs Doing Super Stunts Hear A New Peter And The Wolf In Northridge

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April 20 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Enjoy Disney’s Magical History…On Ice Touch A Truck And Raise Money For Charity Explore Science Fun At The Central Library Saddle Up For The Santa Clarita Cowboy Fest Celebrate TheEarth And The Ocean Make Equine Art At The Autry

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April 13 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Uncover Comedy With The Box Brothers Sing Along With Emily Arrow’s Sharp Songs Get All Artsy In Grand Park Go Shakespearean At the Huntington Party At Star Eco Station For Earth Day Play With Puppets At The Skirball’s Festival

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April 6 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Score At The New Skirball Baseball Show Pop Over To See Mary Poppins In Pasadena Catch Percy Jackson Live On Stage Feast On Books At The LA Times’ Book Fest Salute Earth Day At The LACSD’s Festival Celebrate Kids From Around The World

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March 30 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Go to The Pantages For A Unique Star Trek Get Pinkalicious In Santa Monica Wake Up With The Songs of Heidi Swedberg Turn All Red At Tomatomania! Visit Torrance’s Fest For Cherry Blossoms Create Something Arty at PMCA’s Family Day

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March 23 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Hop Like A Bunny Over To The L.A. Zoo Get “Anime-ted” As WonderCon Comes To L.A. Pop Down To The Cube OC For Bubblefest Sing Fun Songs With A Crow Named Dan Find Egg-citing Times At The Arboretum Go Splat, Boom, Bang At The Zimmer On Sunday

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March 16 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Enjoy Family Fun On A Picture Perfect Day Be Egg-cited For Easter At Underwood Farms See Shakespeare In Descanso’s Gardens Hunt Around The Leonis Adobe For Eggs Dance A Jig With Irish Dancers Celebrate César Chávez’s Life And Legacy

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March 9 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Get Caught Up In Charlotte’s Web Adore Descanso’s Lovely Cherry Blossoms Watch Egg-cellent Theater On The Broad Stage See Cool Creations At STEAM Machines Enjoy Yellowgold Music At McCabe’s Go Fly A Kite At The Redondo Beach Pier

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March 2 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Don’t Be Afraid Of Of This Big Bad Wolf Spot Whale Spouts In Dana Point Harbor Be Ready To Make Readymade Art In Pasadena Let The LA Lantern Fest Brighten Your Day Catch The Groove Of The Rhythmic Circus Draw Up Some Fun Times At The Fowler

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February 24 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Set Sail At The L.A. Boat Show Hop On Pop For A Dr. Seuss Birthday Show Enjoy An African American Cultural Fest Hear The Classics Wig’d Out At Kidspace Watch An Unusual Dragonfly On Stage Chill At The Zimmer For A Polar Bear Party

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February 17 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Discover A Garden Sprouting Lego Creations Be A Superhero At The Long Beach Comic Expo Look For Whales From The Santa Monica Pier Tinker At The Cube For Engineer’s Week See Globetrotters Work Their Hoop Magic Squeal And Sing At The Peppa Pig Show

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February 10 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Take A 3D Trek To Our National Parks Hear The Best In Children’s Music Enjoy A Sweet Time At Kidspace Encounter Golden Dragons In Chinatown See A Show With A Big Friendly Giant Discover Many Good Symbols Of Kindness

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February 3 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Watch Horses Go On A Unique Odysseo Enjoy Sweet Treats At The L.A. Cookie Con See A Nose Grow In A Play Named Pinocchio Unmask Creativity At A Fowler Workshop Get All Festive For The Lunar New Year Join A Lion Dance At The Zimmer Museum

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January 27 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Sip Tea And Smell Camellias At Descanso Show Support For The Human Abilities Fest Let Amazing Dave Amuse You At Kidspace Visit L.A. Museums For Free On Saturday Attend A Cultured Concert At LMU Spend A Whale Of A Day In San Pedro

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January 20 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Hope On Pop And See The Cat In The Hat “Let It Go” Again And Sing Along With Frozen Watch Stomp-ers Make Music From Pots & Pans Hear Helen Slater Read The Ugly Duckling Dress Up And Dance At The Fowler’s Family Jam Create Some Comedy With The Story Pirates

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January 13 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Go To Kidspace To Find A World Of Culture Book A Trip To A Fascinating Storyland Listen To Stories In Honor Of Dr. King Find Treasures From Yesterday’s Toys See Big Wheels Roll At Anaheim Stadium Write An Adventure Inspired By Works Of Art

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January 6 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Sing and Celebrate With the Fairies Songbook Slither Around The Reptile Super Show Say The Secret Word And Meet Groucho Marx Create Your Own Room At The Norton Simon Bye-bye Mummies At Natural History Museum Get Artsy At LACMA’s Family Sunday Workshop

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December 30 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Sneak In a Last Visit With Curious George Ring In The New Year At The Zimmer Museum Meet The 2016 American Girl of the Year Sing and Laugh With Peter Pan And Tinkerbell Ride To The Autry For Civil War Lessons Families Welcome The Year Of The Monkey

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December 23 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Christmas Carols At South Coast Rep Take In a Free Holiday Extravaganza At The L.A. Zoo Romp With Reindeer Have A Ball At Kidspace Snow Days Visit The Zimmer And Revisit Summertime Get A Sneak Peek At Rose Parade Floats

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December 16 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: All Aboard, Santa On The North Pole Express Get Cozy With The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker A Tumbling Show With a Christmas Twist Celebrate The Season With The L.A. Zoo Animals Join The Chorus On The Music Center Plaza See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

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December 9 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Get KURIOS At Dodger Stadium Twirl At The Rink In Downtown Burbank A Holiday Party With Dickens Characters See Boats Light Up Marina del Rey Harbor Make Noise With The Kids Of Kidz Bop At The Skirball: A Hanukkah Happening

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December 2 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Laguna Beach Plans A Snow White Christmas See the Boats Parade At The Port of Los Angeles Treat the Animals At Aquarium Of The Pacific All About Santa At Santa Monica Playhouse At The Autry Party Holidays Head West At The Zimmer Spin Like A Dreidel

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November 25 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Gingerbread Time At Discovery Cube LA Rudolph And Pals Take Center Stage L.A. Zoo Lights Up For the Holidays Take to the Ice At the L.A. Live Rink L.A. Master Chorale Goes Caroling By Bus See Santa Claus Parade Through Hollywood

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November 18 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Enjoy Some Elf’n Musical Magic On Stage Rev Up Your Engine At The L.A. Auto Show Chill Out and Visit The Queen Mary Meet Shrek + Santa At South Bay Galleria Build A Family Tree With Your Family See Amazing Moves From Mummenschanz

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November 11 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: In Pershing Square Skate A Figure Eight See The Beautiful Beauty And The Beast Bark If You Enjoy Awesome Dog Tricks Hear Tunes From The Okee Dokee Brothers Get Scientific With Sid The Science Kid At The Zimmer Create Recycled Crafts

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November 4 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Go Under The Sea With The Little Mermaid South Coast Rep Greets Frog And Toad Jam At Kidspace’s Pepper Tree Music Exhibit Set a ‘Record’ At Children’s Book World Fete Asian Culture At Aquarium Fall Fest Mista Cookie Jar Plays Tasty Tunes

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October 29 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: At The Arboretum Meet Spooky Creatures Dress Up Your Dog For a Costume Parade They’re Creepy, Kooky And Coming to the South Bay Have A Lively Time As Kidspace Fetes the Dead Jam With Jambo In Concert At McCabe’s Create Ofrendas At The Hammer Museum

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October 21 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Reel In Fishy Fun At Santa Monica Pier Harvest a Good Time At Forneris Farms Fest Give a Shriek At EEK! At The Greek Dive Into Laughs At Scarium of the Pacific Enjoy Photos of LIFE At The Annenberg Hear Spooky Tales In Topanga Canyon

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October 8 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Harvest A Hoedown At Underwood Farms Thrill To Acts In Circus Vargas’ New Show Plunder a Laugh With The Story Pirates Quack Up Over The Ugly Duckling At The Autry Take Western Selfies At McCabe’s Groove To Colorful Tunes

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September 30 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Wander Among Giant Jack O’Lanterns Enjoy A RAD Day At Reyes Adobe Days Try Not To Sing With The Sound Of Music See Spooky Science At Discovery Cube LA Be Amazed By China’s Acrobats and Circus Have A Wild Time At The Getty’s Animal Fest

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September 23 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Dock At the Aquarium For a Baja Splash Festival At The L.A. Zoo Celebrate Latino Heritage Watch Spiders Spin In Exposition Park Play With Clay At Kids In The Courtyard Day Have a Wild Time With The Kratts Bros. Get Moony At Pacific Asia Harvest Fest

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September 16 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Sing Along With Three Disney Princesses Remember Gumby? Introduce Him To the Kids Moompetam Honors State’s Native Cultures Find Lots Of Appeal At Port Hueneme Banana Fest Clean Up the Beach, Then Visit the Aquarium Kidspace Hosts Worldwide Day of Play

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September 9 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Take A Crack At The Lobsters In Long Beach Get Creative In A Community Art Studio Cavort With Comic Writers & Illustrators Take A Palm Leaf And Weave A Basket Saddle Up With Sheriff Callie Honor Our Planet In Exposition Park

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September 2 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Have Great Fun At The L.A. County Fair Discovery Cube Bids Farewell To Clifford Start Your Weekend With A Free Family Film Bailar y Cantar At Children’s Book World Hunt For Clues With Sherlock Holmes Harvest Good TimesAt Kidspace Farmer Days

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August 26 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Before They Depart See The Dead Sea Scrolls One Last Gross-Out At Discovery Cube L.A Screen Robin Hood At Huntington Gardens Shakespeare Fest Departs Griffith Park A Final Flutter At The Butterfly Pavilion Sing Along SundayWith David Tobocman

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August 19 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Chill Out With A Frozen Sing-Along Go Lego Crazy At Pasadena Brickfest Dig The Music Of The Earthworm Ensemble At The Hammer Design Something Creative Join a Pasadena Family Jam Making Jam Collect Crayons forCollection at LACMA

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August 12 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: “What’s Up, Doc?” At The Hollywood Bowl Say Aloha To A Luau At Kidspace Celebrate Summer Like They Do In Japan Circuits and The Sea At Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Give A Listen To Tom’s Friendly Tunes Wallow In Mud ManiaAt Rancho Los Cerritos

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August 5 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Venture Out To The Ventura County Fair Greet Lisa Loeb In The Getty Garden It’s a Jolly Holiday Watching Mary Poppins At Kids’ Art Fest Explore Your Creative Side Kiddle Karoo Hosts A Monster Beach Party At The FowlerTry Indian Games and Treats

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July 29 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: The Actors Gang: Hamlet Meets Harry Potter Go Ape For A Musical Tarzan Vroom To Burbank To View Vintage Vehicles In Topanga Canyon Swing With Heidi Swedberg Get Building With Lincoln Logs And Legos At KidspaceDig The Hollow Trees’ Tunes

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July 22 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Cheer On Some Very Special Olympians At Salsa Fest Spice Up Your Weekend Spend A Day With The Round Table Knights Build Something Grand Out Of Sand Have A Wild Time With the Party Animals Shimmy And Shake With Patty Shukla

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July 15 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: At The Norton Simon Make An Artful Collage At The OC Fair Come Join The Big Party All Aboard For Ventura Pirate Days Fest Creep Around Kidspace Reptile Days Drink Some Bubbly At Galco’s Soda Tasting Hammer Kids Create A Picture Perfect Picture

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July 1 Newsletter

Our Picks For Weekend Family Fun: Rev Up For July 4 With Cool Cars + Hot Fireworks In The Palisades It’s Patriotism On Parade At Seaside Lagoon: Sand, Surf And Sparklers Mark July Fourth With the Founding Fathers At The Rose Bowl It’s Red, White And Boom Have a Grand DayIn the Park July Fourth

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