Trapeze School on the Santa Monica Pier

What do you do with a group of multi-aged cousins from cold climates who are eager for sun and fun during a visit to sunny Los Angeles? Send them to trapeze school, of course! We took six cousins – ranging …

1.8.15

A Migration Sensation – “The best whale watching in 30 years!”

unnamed-3 Whale watching is in revival. The last two years have seen a sharp increase in whale sightings during the migration season and the excitement is palpable in the waters off Long Beach. As we set sail last week, an excited Captain told us, “It’s the best whale watching in 30 years.”
1.5.15

A Trip to Palm Spring’s Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Palm Springs is a fabulous adult playground, with great restaurants, golf, tennis and pools a plenty, but I’m nearly always there with my nine year-old son who this year led me to believe he might actually “die” from boredom. In search of something new, we discovered The Living Desert.
1.5.15

The Lego Movie – Everything is Awesome!

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In looking back over 2014, we’re pretty fond of a lot of family titles. High on the list is The Lego Movie, which was released back in February and has grossed over $480,000 worldwide.  ‘Tis the Season to watch …

12.17.14

XMass Through the Gift Shop

Do you have some problems to solve on your gift list? We sure do — the kids who have everything, grandma who says she doesn’t want any more “things,” and babysitters and teachers who deserve something better than a candle. …

12.13.14

Can We Learn to Live With Water? Sink or Swim at The Annenberg Space for Photography

The roller coaster from the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey partially submerged in the ocean after Hurricane Sandy. © Stephen Wilkes courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

The roller coaster from the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey partially submerged in the ocean after Hurricane Sandy. © Stephen Wilkes courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

A few years back, Wallis Annenberg read a newspaper article about architects responding …

12.11.14

Sand and Skate: Winter in Santa Monica

Here’s an “only in LA” adventure that is custom made for the holidays: dining with your toes in the sand before heading to an ice-skating adventure, all within a few blocks of each other. Welcome to winter in Santa Monica!…

12.10.14

Hudson River School at LACMA – How Kids Can Engage with These Paintings

Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at LACMA

December 7, 2014 – June 7, 2015

The Course of Empire: Desolation, 1836 by Thomas Cole

The latest opening at LACMA is a robust collection of paintings from the …

12.5.14

Boyhood – Best Film of the Year?

One of our favorite films of 2014 is Richard Linklater’s dazzling film, Boyhood. Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) worked with the same cast — including Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane (seen here from age …

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