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

A few years back, Wallis Annenberg read a newspaper article about architects responding to destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and set in motion a photographic exploration of the larger story of climate change for a show at The Annenberg Space …

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 …

12.3.14

A Drumroll for Whiplash

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The title alone made me nervous, it sounded like a violent car crash or a slasher movie, but based on word of mouth and a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, I decided to brave the theatre. Whiplash is, in fact, intense. …

11.26.14

MOCA’s Sunday Studio: Warhol is the Subject on December 7

 Art Exploration for All Ages

The idea of creating art in the environs of a major art museum might seem intimidating, but MOCA’s quarterly art workshop — Sunday Studio – has established a rhythm and relationship to the community that …

11.25.14