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December 20th, 2006

We have a new guide: Los Angeles Activites with Kids + Toddlers . It has a Santa Monica / Westside point-of-view, but there’s a little for everyone, even folks visiting from out of town. Let us know if we missed anything!

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59 Comments

  • 1. Rebecca Kroll  |  January 26th, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Marc,

    You are a genius! Love the toddler sections! Full of flavor and refreshingly good taste! All our best you guys . . .

    from your fans in Lancaster,
    Becky, David, Nathaniel & Grace

  • 2. Ronglea Redmond  |  March 16th, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Hi,
    Great sight. The parks you mentioned, do they have sand by the equipment? My son has a trach, and I need to stay away from sand.

  • 3. MSGQuixo  |  March 16th, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for the note. Aiden’s Place has several different play areas, some with and without sand, but they are close so it could be tough if he is tempted. Still, lots of sand-free play there.

  • 4. Nathalie  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    There’s a great new Arts and Crafts studio that opened for Kids in Toluca Lake called Froggy’s Arts and Crafts. I have my 3 year old in the storytime/craft class and music drumming class. The great thing is you can pay per class if you want.Also, for $6 an hour you can bring your kid in and do all sorts of art projects and not worry about the mess. The staff is very friendly and the studio is very clean.
    They also do great birthday parties. Check it out
    http://www.froggysartsandcrafts.com

  • 5. Nellie  |  June 8th, 2007 at 7:29 am

    Is it true you have a summer school for toddlers this year? If so, would love info. Thanks, Nellie

  • 6. MSGQuixo  |  June 8th, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Hi Nellie,
    We, Quixo.com, don’t have any toddler summer school, or any other summer school for that matter. But like many parents we’ve been researching our options. A couple of things that are on our list are: Santa Monica School District summer school at Grant School which is available for anyone going to school next year, starting with future kindergarteners. http://www.grant.smmusd.org/temp/SM_SummerAdv07.pdf Also, the City of Santa Monica has some nice programs that are sorta cheap compared to other programs out there. http://www.smgov.net/seascape/07fest_summer/rec7.htm There are soccer camps through Socceropolis, surf and beach camps as well as swiming classes, tennis classes and more. The Natural History Museum has a nice program for a couple of weeks. http://www.nhm.org/pdfs/AIN_Summer2007_Brochure.pdf Rustic Canyon Park is supposed to have a nice day camp too. That’s all I know! I’m sure a lot of the places on our Toddler and Kid activity list have summer programs too. Good luck!

  • 7. charlene  |  June 10th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    THE PLAYROOM just opened in Sherman oaks.. so clean so fun and great for playdates. caters to children 9months to 5yrs old.
    Bounce house, mini roller coaster, real playhouse, air hockey, rock wall,
    riding toys and much much more
    Open Play Hours: Monday Friday 10:00am 6:00pm
    Birthday Parties: Saturday & Sunday Private Parties Only (inquire for booking info).
    Rates Regular (starting at 9months) $9.00 (unlimited play all day)
    Playpass $72.00
    (Unlimited 1 month membership)
    Playcard 10 $68.00
    (10 admissions, no expiration. Save 25%)
    Playcard 20 $120.00
    (20 admissions no expiration. Save 35%)
    818-784-PLAY (7529)
    14392 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
    Corner of Beverly Glen/Ventura Blvd FREE PARKING
    http://www.theplayroomvalley.com

    accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times
    No adult may leave the premised without their child
    We are a shoeless environment, socks are required for adults

  • 8. Alex  |  July 2nd, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    NOAHS ARK AT THE SKIRBALL
    Now Open
    $10 General
    $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
    $5 Children 212
    Free to Skirball Members and Children under 2
    Includes admission to all other exhibitions
    Note: The Skirball will be closed Wednesday, July 4.
    ADVANCE TICKETS: Available on site at the Skirball Admissions Desk, online at http://skirball.tix.com, or by phone at (800) 5954TIX.
    Five years in the making and occupying an 8,000 square-foot gallery, Noahs Ark at the Skirball welcomes children and families to immerse themselves in a favorite childhood tale. Inspired by the ancient flood story, which has parallels in diverse cultures around the world, this new, permanent destination invites visitors of all generations to have funand to connect with one another, learn the value of community and help build a better world.

    Inside a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals, children and families will play, build, climb, explore, collaborate and more. They will conduct a storm, help construct the ark and bask in the glow of a real rainbow. Aboard the ark are hundreds of fanciful animalsfrom cuddly companions to life-sized puppetsall crafted from recycled materials and everyday objects, including bottle caps, bicycle parts, baseball mitts, keyboards, bamboo steamers, mop heads and rear-view mirrors.

    Unique to the Noahs Ark experience are impromptu happenings, surprise interactions and drop-in activities. While visiting the galleries, visitors may meet a puppet, create a take-home art project or hear a story. On the weekends, a variety of informal performances throughout the day will be held in the adjacent amphitheater.

    During this inaugural summer, the Skirball offers family programs inspired by Noahs Ark at the Skirball. (See pages 9-10 for more information).

  • 9. laura krug  |  August 31st, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Im a local preschool art teacher that opened The Art Zone in Hermosa Beach over 4 years ago. From reading your descriptions about kids places, I totally agree!!! You are so on the mark! You have to check out what Ive done. I think you will love it. We are branching out doing art birthday parties out of the studio for people who can’t come to Hermosa Beach for a party. We started doing them by request and have built a program for them. Our website is http://www.artzone4kids.com We have drop in play sessions during the week open to the public. Not only my place, but there are a lot of new art places for kids and adults coming on the market. Hurray for art!

  • 10. MSGQuixo  |  September 3rd, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks Laura — you’re right! There are a lot off great new art programs opening up. I’d love to hear about more — I’ll start a new directory! Best of luck!

  • 11. Leeanna Gantt  |  September 17th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Hi – We have a drop in arts and crafts studio too!
    I agree with Laura – Hurry for art!
    Our studio is called TINKER and we are in Sherman Oaks. You can drop in anytime Monday -Saturday and make suff in our open studio, we have a separate room for classes and workshops so the studio is always open, even if we have a class.
    We have a big comfortable room full of tables and all the supplies you could want. You could paint a birdhouse, build a rocket out of recycled materials, decorate a keepsake box or choose from a huge variety of other art and craft projects. Well provide some inspiration, guidance and clean everything up when youre done.

    We also have classes and workshops for everythign from sewing to sculpture or refinishing a chair. And we are game to try andything if there is something you and you friends have always wanted to do.

    check out our website for more info. and current classes and activities.

    thanks!

  • 12. MSGQuixo  |  September 17th, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for posting! I have long admired tinker from afar! I promise I’ll start a page with all these great arts spots. What a great time to be a kid! (And a parent!)

  • 13. Diana, Natalie and Mateo  |  February 28th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Hi…

    Color me mine is a great place… but I agree is a bit pricey. This is a different take..

    http://www.kidslookwhatimade.com/index.php

  • 14. Agustina  |  March 10th, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I wanted to comment that we do Birthday Parties at WorldSpeak Language school located in Westside Pavillion Mall.
    It is a unique multi-cultural and fun experience and the price is so affordable! We visit up to 5 different countries (of your choice) through music, arts and crafts, and games. Face painting and balloon making upon request!
    Just bring the kids, cake, and food and we can provide the fun!

    Space: $270
    Program: add $120

    *you can rent the space without our program!
    call 310-871-1862 to reserve your weekend day!

  • 15. dina  |  April 11th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    SKirball Museum’s Noah’s Ark Exhibit – awesome. check it out:

    http://www.skirball.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28

  • 16. Cydne Moore  |  April 15th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Hi! Just wanted you to know about the Santa Monica Playhouse Education Conservatory programs for kids ages 4 to 17, with special Early Stages Create-a-Play workshop for little ones ages 4 to 6, and the Tuesday afternoon Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Enchanted Lunchtime Fairytale Theatre program – an interactive theatre experience with crafts, story-telling, sing-a-longs, face painting, enactment of a fairytale, and a picnic lunch! Both of these activities are a super way for kids to learn to appreciate theatre, have fun making new friends, and expand their creative imagination and communication skills!

  • 17. Heather "pnut" Williamson  |  April 24th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    hello!!
    Angel City Drive In is having FAMILY FRIENDLY NIGHT!

    We will be screening: THE PRINCESS BRIDE!

    It is $10 bucks a head
    $5 for kids 12 and under

    We have ALL the amenities for you and your family!

    HUGE 24 by 18 ft. screen

    Astroturf;)

    F.M transmitter

    car hops

    Refreshments by The Angel CIty Derby Girls

    and much more!!!

    this is a great KID FRIENDLY EVENT!

    the last family friendly night with THE GOONIES sold out!
    don’t miss it!

    where: 240 West 4th St.
    L.A, CA 90013
    between Broadway and Spring RIGHT hand side
    and YES it is a parking lot!

    when:
    Saturday May 10th
    Gates open at 7:30p.m
    movie STARTS @ 9:00p.m

    come out!!!

    for pre sale tickets go to:
    devilsnight.com
    you can also check us out here:
    myspace.com/angelcitydrivein

    drive in
    walk in
    bike in
    ..just GET IN!!!

    A.C.D.I

  • 18. Melanie  |  July 1st, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Hello,
    The Children;s Nature Institute is a nonprofit offering hikes and other nature programs to children ages 2-8 years old. Our Tykes on Trails program offers toddlers (2-4 years) educational nature hikes in different Los Angeles parks each week. All classes include stories, crafts and actvities along the trail to teach early learning skills and nature appreciation. We offer private walks, family walks and birthday party acivities as well. Please visit http://www.cnikids.org to make a reservation.

  • 19. Shay Olivarria  |  July 7th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Saturday, August 16th is a 4 hour, interactive workshop on etiquette and financial literacy.

  • 20. Julie Jacobs  |  August 24th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Hi,
    We have a fabulous family art studio in Encino where children and or their parents are taking all kinds of art classes from printmaking, drawing and painting, to cermamics. We even bring in live animals for many of our drawing classes We also do fantastic birthday parties. We have classes, as well as open studio time.

  • 21. lex  |  September 2nd, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Hi there another fun place for toddlers is the Kidspace childrens museum in Pasedena. Its full of fun activities, beautiful grounds, great food and open grassy fields..we live on the westside so its a little bit of a drive but worth it..i would take my son everyday if I could:) Thanks for all the other ideas, my 2 year old son needs constant stimulation your site is a great source.

  • 22. Carol Jacobson  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Great site here! I noticed you don’t have summer camps for kids listed, or did I just overlook them? Anyway, a few in los angeles we’ve tried and love are:

    Aloha Beach Camp

    Tumbleweed Day CampTumbleweed Day Camp

    Cali Camp

    Thanks again for the great site!

  • 23. lesli  |  December 1st, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Monthly Drive In Theater Downtown LA has family friendly night complete with fm transmitter for sound in the car, roller derby girls provide concessions, and astro turf for sitting up front~

    Check out angelcitydrivein.com for the schedule. Saturday December 13th is Edward Scissorhands for the older kids.

  • 24. Ignacio  |  January 24th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Great inof for all parents… and kids!!!

    Hey you forgot to mention the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

    http://www.discoverycube.org/?gclid=CLP-5aPop5gCFRFMagodlCJsbA

    Tickets go for 10 buck kids and 12.95 adults

    Fun place for about 4 hours…Plenty time.

    There is a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut inside.

  • 25. kaisa  |  January 26th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Hi

    I recommend Zimmer Museum (Jewish museum for kids) for toddlers. It is near Lacma, has free and easy parking and has a lot of different activities for kids. My daughter (22 months) loved it! And I loved it too. I have a 2 month old as well and it was really easy and safe to be there with both of them, plus nursing the younger one was convenient.

  • 26. Thor Brisbin  |  February 9th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Hi
    I thought our year round whale watching and dolphin cruises would be a great fit. We offer multiple cruises every day and my 11 month old loves just being on the water. The ship has mutiple decks indoor and outdoor seating, upstairs sun deck and food/beverge center. You will almost always see whales or dolphin I think the official stats is 96% of the time. The dolphin are as cool as the whales and the sea lions are also a hit. The whole experience is a different part of LA from you would normally see.

  • 27. Whale Watching Los Angeles  |  February 9th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Okay lets try this again. Phone is 949-675-0551

  • 28. Martha Champlin  |  February 13th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    You should give every tired parent the gift of “The Treehouse Social Club” http://www.thetreehousesocialclub.com For kids 0-6, cafe, elegant play space and classes, and retail! Robertson Beverly Hills area!

  • 29. Shannon Matheson  |  February 17th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    You’re hilarious with your comments and brilliant with your ideas. Was looking up info. for toddler yoga classes and came across your sight while doing so and found myself laughing aloud at some of your descriptions. Thanks, a mom always needs a laugh. Keep up the great tips to fun places.

  • 30. Charissa Barger  |  May 7th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Hello! I’m offering FREE introductory harp lessons for all ages. The first lesson includes an introduction to the instrument, hands on practice, introduction to reading music, and FUN! I’m located in downtown LA. Thanks!

  • 31. jennie  |  May 9th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    how abot chucke.cheese?

  • 32. Kirsten Resnick  |  July 12th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    You had asked for other Color-Me-Mine-like places and we really like Ceramics to Go. (It is in Manhattan Beach but I think there are others.) You only pay for their project (no studio fee) and the people working there are usually artists who are very helpful. My kids can be a bit demanding on all of the paint they like to use and the staff has only been nice and patient with them. They also offer little flowers and surfboards to paint. Firing fee is included and I think there are camps and parents night out available. Thanks for your website!

  • 33. Shannon  |  July 14th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    The Americana in Glendale is far superior to The Grove, espceically if you have kids. There are the street cars, the fountain to music, but what they do have that The Grove does not, is a park/playground area for kids, with a great sitting area for the parents and of course the shopping is great and quite a few restaurants to choose from. its a drive for people on the Westside, but I swear its worth it!

  • 34. Shannon  |  July 14th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Also, another great place is The Coop in Studio City! the biggest pool of balls with a slide and its hours of fun for th kids with a great outdoor area for the adults to hang out and read, or talk etc.

  • 35. PsyMonk  |  July 24th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    - Opera …

  • 36. Helen Lee  |  August 9th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    The Zimmerman Musuem is great for toddlers. It’s located at 6505 Wilshire; it’s $7 for adults and $5 for kids over 2. My son is 17 months old and had a blast touching everything. The entire place is pretty small so I didn’t worry if he would get lost. They have nice restrooms with diaper changing stations, free parking and the best of all. He was so tired at the end of the day, he had a long, uninterrupted night of sleep.

  • 37. Mana  |  September 3rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Marc! I did a web search for music classes for toddlers in SM, and your website was at the top of the list! How cool. I got a good lead from your list for Bodhi. Thanks!

  • 38. Mana  |  September 3rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Oh, the Fundamentals website is:

    http://www.fundamentalsmedia.com/

  • 39. MSG Quixo  |  September 9th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    thanks for the updates Mana! I really do need to makee some updatest to this page. Have fun!

  • 40. Anna Barber  |  October 21st, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I found you because I was looking for a music class in Santa Monica – very cool. Color Me Mine has been gone from Montana Avenue for a year, fyi, and Scribble Press moved in there – it’s a store where kids make their own books, and has toddler and elementary school classes. Check it out! It’s Montana between 11th and 12th.

  • 41. Jenny  |  November 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 am

    We opened up a new baking supply shop in the Los Angeles westside area on Pico Blvd and Overland. called NY CAKE WEST. Due to popular demand, we are now offering numerous kids classes from decorating cookies, cupcakes , gingerbread houses, basic decorating skills and much more! We also offer birthday parties for kids. They come in and have fun decorating and enjoy these treats with their family and friends ! For more information visit http://www.nycake.com and click on the join our classes icon on the right or call 310-481-0875.

  • 42. Star Surf  |  January 19th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    This is so helpful! thank you so much!
    I took my tots to learn how to surf while in Santa Monica, we used this company, and they had a great time!

    http://www.star-surf.com/index.html

  • 43. Nathan Carroll  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Hi,
    I own a summer surf camp for kids and just wanted to let you parents know what it is all about. The camp is designed to help teach your kids how to surf and explain to them the dangers of the ocean and the natural enviroment. The camp is $350 a week M-F and EVERY KID gets a FREE SURFBOARD, FREE T-shirt, FREE SKULL CANDY HEADPHONES, and goody bags from Val Surf and Santa Monica Surf Shop. Pick up and Drop off is included. We are fully licensed and insured and all the staff is Red Cross CPR Certified and have taken years of Jr. Lifeguards. Check out our our website for more info http://www.surflatoday.com/
    Our goal is to make your kids water safe, create ocean knowledge, and make sure every kid has the time of their lives. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please email us at info@surfLAtoday.com
    Thanks for being such great parents.
    You Friends,
    SurfLAtoday

  • 44. кpacaвицaвocтoкa  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Пока полностью непонятно, что там происходит, но точно могу сказать, что это не в лучшую сторону!

  • 45. Kim  |  July 1st, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    FAMILY AMPHITHEATER PROGRAMS
    Saturdays and Sundays beginning July 10
    12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    All ages; Children must be accompanied by an adult

    The Skirball Cultural Center presents its popular summertime Family Amphitheater Performance series with a crowd-pleasing line-up for 2010, including beloved children’s musician Aaron Nigel Smith from PBS’ Between the Lions, circus arts performers Kinetic Theory, the irresistible Latin and African rhythms of Masanga Marimba, and Wildlife On Wheels (WOW), whose experienced trainers bring out exotic live animals for all to enjoy. This diverse array of live performances takes place in the Skirball amphitheater every Saturday and Sunday, July 10 through September 5, at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    All performances are included with Museum admission. No reservations are necessary.

    Skirball Family Amphitheater Performance schedule and descriptions:
    Masanga Marimba
    Saturday, July 10, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Enjoy Masanga Marimba, a musical ensemble that combines both Latin and African traditions to create an upbeat, danceable sound that is unique and irresistible.

    We Tell Stories/Milk + Bookies
    Sunday, July 11, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Don’t miss We Tell Stories as they bring folktales, myths, and literature from around the world to life by actively involving audiences in storytelling and improvisation. Presented in association with Milk + Bookies. Audience members are encouraged to purchase a new book at the Skirball to donate to Milk + Bookies, which will give all donated books to local children in need. Participants can inscribe a note in the books they donate.

    Kinetic Theory
    Saturday, July 17, and Saturday, August 21, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Under the Skirball big top, relish a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance by Kinetic Theory. The troupe explores and expands the boundaries of physical and circus theatre with performances that include acrobatic, clown, mime, dance, and other skills.

    Family Dance Jam
    Sunday, July 18, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Move and groove with Ilaan Egeland Mazzini as she gets the whole family dancing. Audience members will make a deeper connection with each other and their bodies in a fun and playful way.

    Jessica Fichot
    Saturday, July 24, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Experience the music of Jessica Fichot as she takes audiences on a journey that encompasses the French chanson tradition, gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin American folk music, and the classic American repertoire, all interpreted through her wonderful imagination.

    Wildlife On Wheels (WOW)
    Sunday, July 25, and Saturday, August 28, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Rub wings, scales, and claws with animals from around the world. Wildlife on Wheels shares a variety of exotic animals from the scaly to the furry and discusses the roles these animals play in their natural habitats.

    Catch Me Bird
    Saturday, July 31, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Nehara Kalev and C. Derrick Jones excite audiences with high-velocity dance, theater, and aerobatics. This amazing action-packed performance invites audience members to help create a communal tour de force.

    Kutturan Chamoru Performers
    Sunday, August 1, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Come see this wonderful troupe as they perform traditional songs, chants, and dance from the Pacific Island Micronesian Region.

    Aaron Nigel Smith
    Saturday, August 7, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Enjoy this performance from award-winning children’s artist Aaron Nigel Smith as he gets the whole family moving with his hip, original songs that are both inspiring and fun.

    Hug Trees
    Sunday, August 8, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Hear singer-songwriter Tom Freund and friends bring a jazzy and rootsy vibe to songs that encourage children and families to get outdoors, enjoy nature, and be kind to our planet.

    Antics Performance
    Saturday, August 14, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Join Antics Performance for a unique urban dance performance. Experience popping, locking, break dance, and hip-hop dance from one of L.A.’s best.

    Rhythm Child
    Sunday, August 15, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Get your body moving with Rhythm Child as they lead families in a participatory drum circle creating sounds, beats, and fun for all ages.

    Los Pinguos
    Sunday, August 22, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Listen as Los Pinguos brings an infectious mix of Latin rhythms performed with Spanish guitars, Cuban Tres, box-drum, and harmonizing vocals.

    Chinese Lion Dance
    Sunday, August 29, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Let the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Association Lion Dance Team chase away evil spirits and bring you good fortune as they perform the traditional Chinese Lion Dance.

    Taiko Center of Los Angeles
    Saturday, September 4, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    Experience one of Japan’s oldest musical traditions! Join the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, one of L.A.’s top taiko drum groups, as they share their crowd-pleasing rhythms.

    Chinese Mask Changing
    Sunday, September 5, 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
    See the magic of world-renowned Chinese opera and theater arts as it wows both young and old.

    Visiting the Skirball
    The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 (exit 405 Freeway at Skirball Ctr Dr). Parking is free. The Skirball is also accessible by Metro Rapid Bus 761. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays, including July 4. Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit http://www.skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler’s Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey’s Museum Store, which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.

  • 46. Ben Hensley  |  August 12th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    AIN’T WE GOT FUN is a monthly show at Theatre Asylum near Santa Monica/Vine in Hollywood. It’s a 45 minute musical show – a little something for everybody! It’s Bright and Colorful for the kiddies, but also has a lot of comedy for the parents that’ll go right over the heads of the little ones.

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/123343

    Starts SUNDAY AUGUST 29, 2010 at NOON!!

  • 47. Birte  |  August 18th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    826LA is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center with two locations in Los Angeles– Venice and Echo Park. We are focused on supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. With that focus in mind, we provide free after-school tutoring, bookmaking field trips in our writing labs, in-school support for teachers, and specialized writing workshops.

    All of our programs are completely FREE, and we have tons of workshops for kids of all ages focused on making writing fun for students. Check out http://www.826la.org (or go directly to workshops.826la.org) to sign up!

  • 48. Christy Mahelona  |  September 7th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Tykes on Trails / Children’s Nature Institue http://www.cni-kids.org
    Geared toward 2-4 year olds, our stroller-accomodating walks instill a sense of discovery, wonder, and excitement in your young one! Our talented Environmental Educators gently guide you and your ToT safely through fun, hands-on, bonding experiences in nature! And our Tykes on Trails curriculum covers a wide range of environmental and educational themes; as well as helping families with important behavioral and social milestones.
    Starts September 1, 2010 throughout various parks in Los Angeles

  • 49. Julia Rollo  |  September 29th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Paint:Lab, on Main Street in Santa Monica, has “Toddler Playdates” every day Wednesday – Friday from 10:30am-12:30pm. For $15 you get the paint, brushes, and paper so your little one can explore their artistic self. Even though there’s no instruction per se, the young lady that works there on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Lisa, wil try to teach your little one tips about how to mix colors and strokes. It’s worth the visit, and once you’ve tried it, you do get hooked. Take a look at their website, they’ve got a bunch of things to do for both kids and adults (www.paintlab.net).

  • 50. Kristen Cook  |  October 24th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Hello LA family community! I’m a musician, educator and entertainer currently booking parties and events as the holidays and unbelievably, the New Year, approaches. You can find me teaching all over West LA, from Joslyn Park Santa Monica to the Westside Pavilion and in the many homes right in your neighborhood! Listen to my music and learn more at kristencook.com :o ) Thanks!

  • 51. Brandi  |  November 8th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I love this website and THANK YOU sooo much!! I was born and raised in L.A. and am now living in Houston, TX. I have a two year old and want him to experience L.A. as I did as a child, but feel so out of the loop since I moved away. This site REALLY helps and is perfect for me finding fun and free things to do with my toddler. This is the best! Thanks again!!

    ~Brandi~

  • 52. Susan  |  January 11th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I am a mom who is always looking for a cute outfit, even for my son! I recently found a store in West LA that is perfect for kid’s special occasion clothes. It’s a cute boutique with a helpful staff and a wide range of classic clothing. I even bought a few gifts and they packaged them so nice!!!!! The store is called Traditional Kid and it’s located at 1906 Westwood Blvd. They have a really nice website too: http://www.EverythingNiceKids.com

    Just thought moms should know since there are so few cute boutiques for kids…

  • 53. Debbie Rothstein  |  June 2nd, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    A Faery Hunt! Winner of Nickelodeon Award for Best Children’s Theater in Los Angeles, A Faery Hunt is one of the most loved family shows in Los Angeles. With the help of the faery folke, the children embark on an exciting adventure to assist the faeries on a quest for the Faery Royalty. In a gentle and fun way, the audience actually become part of the story.There is something in the show for the whole family, beautiful faeries for the girls, action scenes for the boys and topical humor for the parents. Performs almost weekly in different parks in LA. http://www.afaeryhunt.com for schedule of performances or call 818-324-6802.

  • 54. Tiffany  |  June 12th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    JUMPIN GYMKIDS-JGK’S summer camp in Palos Verdes! This is a gymnastics, dance, and cheer camp for girls. Campers will enjoy 2 nights and 3 days stay at TERRANEA 5 STAR RESORT. They will also enjoy pool time, beach workout, movie night, arts & crafts, the resort guest rooms, and so much more.
    Please visit our web site for more details.
    http://www.jumpingymkids.com
    We love to tumble and shake it!!

  • 55. Randi Kreeft  |  July 15th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Tomorrow afternoon we are hosting a free art workshop at our art gallery. We have top assemblage artists working with kids and adults alike to build their own works of art from recycled materials and also a collage workshop. Artist Randall Whittinghill will be performing with his marionettes made from antique clock parts and vintage toys at 2:15pm.

    All supplies are provided though you may bring any of your own materials to incorporate with the art works. The workshop runs from 2pm – 4pm at The Loft at Liz’s art gallery in Miracle Mile (453 S. La Brea Avenue). Refreshments will be served. To learn more you can visit http://www.theloftatlizs.com or you can friend the gallery on Facebook.

    We’ll see you at 2pm on Saturday July 16th!

    Workshop artists:
    Dave Lovejoy
    Iva Hladis
    Randall Whittinghill
    Jaime Becker

  • 56. Jenny Chang  |  July 20th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Check out Sling and Dance!

    ot baby weight? Or just like to boogie with your baby? Sling and Dance is a unique new class that gives moms a chance to bond with their little ones, get back in shape, and learn some slick new moves with the help of a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor.

    Classes are for moms/caregivers and their babies. Babies welcome with a sling or any type of carrier. The class is 45 minutes. No dance experience necessary. Classes are designed to be fun, both for caregivers and babies.

    Only supplies needed are a sling or any type of carrier. (There are slings that can be used for babies up to 40 pounds–what a great workout!) Also, please feed your baby half an hour before class.

    We look forward to dancing with you and your little one!

    We have a class tomorrow at the YMCA:
    When: Thursdays
    Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Where: Hollywood Wilshire YMCA
    1553 N. Schrader Blvd.
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    323-467-4161
    http://www.ymcala.org/hollywood/

  • 57. Henriette  |  July 25th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    The Tree House Social Club in Los Angeles is offering a Parent & Me cooking class for kids ages 3-6. Cooking With The Nanny Chef is a fun and creative class. Hands-on and Nutrition Education. Quick, Easy and Healthy recipe ideas for kids. Storytime and Arts/Crafts. Class is every Mondays(10:30-11:30am). Stay and play for free after. Come meet the Nanny Chef!
    TTHSC
    426 S Robertson Blvd
    LA, Ca 90048
    310-288-3024

  • 58. Kimberly Gates  |  July 26th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Hello moms,

    World of Wonder Mobile Play Group is a play experience that comes to you. We’ll set up on a patch of grass in your back yard or at a park of your choice and play! All activities are hands on and sensory based. Mom’s can stay and play or have time away! this is way beyond babysitting, it is engaing and tactile play! visit http://www.getgoopy.com for more information.

  • 59. Yeni Alvarez  |  August 15th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    For consideration for your local family/children’s event coverage, I would like to introduce you to STORYTIME WITH DEREK THE GHOST. During this unique family fun event, children’s author Derek Taylor Kent will read and perform from his book SCARY SCHOOL (Harper Collins July 2011) with the help of his invisible sidekick Derek The Ghost at Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036, on Saturday, August 27, 2 pm. The event includes a reading, book signing, a Q&A with Derek The Ghost, free SCARY SCHOOL t-shirt giveaways and lots of scary fun.

    ABOUT SCARY SCHOOL: Narrated by recently deceased eleven-year-old Derek the Ghost, SCARY SCHOOL details the spine-tingling and outrageous happenings at a school where monsters and normal kids tread the halls together and just making it to lunch with all your limbs intact is considered a good day. Teachers include Ms. Fang, a 850-year-old vampire, Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess, and Principal Headcrusher, who, well, the name says it all. Things get extra scary this year when the school is chosen to host the annual Ghoul Games––a junior-olympic event between all the “scary” schools in the world. The winners get to eat the losers! Faced with their superior monster opponents, it’s do or die for the normal kids at SCARY SCHOOL. Together they hatch a plan that will change the future of SCARY SCHOOL forever.

    DEREK TAYLOR KENT BIO: Son of renowned LA artist, Melanie Taylor Kent, Derek Taylor Kent started writing children’s books at the age of 15. Many of his other children’s books have gone on to become films and children’s plays with sold-out runs at the Culver City Public Theatre and the Westside Playhouse. Derek also teaches Children’s Writing and Young Adult writing for The Los Angeles Writing Pad.

    For more information about Derek T. Kent and SCARY SCHOOL, please visit: http://www.scaryschool.com
    Watch the Scary School Book Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5fFyyrSgDs
    Watch Derek Taylor Kent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B06U8K3Jvbo

    Please consider this unique family event for coverage. Thanks for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

    All best,

    Yeni Alvarez
    Associate
    Julia Drake PR

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