Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles: A Savvy Soujourn to Malibu

After our fun post on things to do in Venice, we figured we would move inland and plan a day away from the coast. But this Indian summer keeps giving us hot days that just won’t quit, so we


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 …


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 …


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 …


TFS Subscriber Profile: Gayle Baigelman and BookEnds

I sat down with Gayle Baigelman last week, a former film executive and mother of a teenage girl, who has managed to turn a lifetime love of reading into a satisfying day job. How did she do that? She works …


ZAMFEST – an arts festival produced by TFS Subscriber Paul Kim

ZAMFEST was started last year by a local dad, who had worked on Coachella and other adult festivals and recognized the need for something equally cool and expansive for kids. Paul Kim, whose daughter Zoe was admittedly his chief inspiration, …


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 …