Things to do with Kids in LA: Venice & Abbot Kinney

After our fun-filled “Things to do with Kids in LA: DTLA” post, we’ve decided to explore another neighborhood, and let you know how to explore the Venice/ Abbot Kinney area en famille. You may think that the usual …


Reading in the Dark (or, what was on my iPad this summer)

Everyone knows you can’t read your tablet in the bright sun of the beach (a reason many folks still prefer the Kindle). I love carrying a paperback around in a beach bag, but most of my summer reading took place …


The Centennial of John Cage

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of our nation’s most creative and influential composers, John Cage.  Los Angeles is turning itself inside out to present John Cage events, celebrating the master because he spent his …


Messerschmidt & Modernity at the Getty

With so many last minute summer errands to get done, we understand how hard it is to get out of the house and experience a day of culture in L.A. But trust us – Messerschmidt & Modernity at the Getty …


Top Ten Freshman Dorm Tips: BEYOND Bed Bath & Beyond

Moving your child into his or her freshman dorm is highly emotional. Fortunately there is so much organization and shopping to be done that you might not shed a tear until after you have waved goodbye. My daughter and I …


What a 1971 MGB, Tory Burch’s fall line and Hitchcock’s Vertigo have in common

It started with a conversation between my husband and my kids about a car he once owned… an MGB convertible that brought him from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, years ago. Sadly, the story also involves me selling said mythic …


Beat the Heat! Late summer films for all ages

We got a sneak peek of a charming new film last week, and recommend that you spend a few hours of magic with The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The latest offering from Peter Hedges (About a Boy) is not only a heartwarming family film but, in a timely way, also glorifies the season of Autumn. From start to finish, the movie features richly turning leaves, gardens ready for harvest, and costumes in warm browns and reds. Instead of focusing on the tasks of school ahead, your child might be distracted by the fun and beauty of Fall.


Things to Do With Kids in LA: A day in DTLA

What’s a family to do when vacation is a distant memory, camps are done and there are TWO HOT weeks of summer left?

We suggest exploring a new part of town! Once school starts, traffic and homework will take precedence …


Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life at the Norton Simon Museum

The words “still life” and “family-friendly” don’t often find themselves in the same sentence, however the cleverly-curated show at the Norton Simon Museum might change your notion of what kids find intriguing. With bugs and butterflies, Breugel and Picasso and …