Did you know that some of the best views of LA are to be had from an Observation Deck at the top of the Los Angeles City Hall? If you're down town (jury duty, visiting the museums, or going to the flower mart!?), consider a quick side trip to a well-kept secret treasure.
With colorful, large-scale contemporary art and an impressively steady surge of excited visitors, LA's newest star, The Broad Museum, is invigorating and -- dare we say it? -- seriously fun. Especially for families.
The City of Manhattan Beach puts on an impressive number of fun (and often free) events for resident and visitors. In the summer, there are free concerts in Polliwog Park. Now that it’s fall, it’s time for Pumpkin Races and Holiday Fireworks.
Three excellent films that provide rich terrain for family discussion are in theaters now (or about to open). Each tells a true story of remarkable courage. Here's a heads up about each, and some notes on what to talk about afterwards.
LACMA's Frank Gehry retrospective opens today. Not a bad time to do examine the foundation of a remarkable career. We have selected a few resources to help offer families a way to learn more about this work (see below). It's not hard to get kids to "ooh" and "ahh" about the unconventional shapes and lustrous surfaces of much of Gehry's work, offering everyone a chance to think about architectural design and how buildings interact with communities and people.
This weekend, Westwood and UCLA is the place to be. In the space a few walkable miles, you can catch the #1 ranked NCAA soccer team in action, a bevy of the nation's top chefs assembled to raise money for kid's cancer, and contemporary LA artists teaching kids to create something new. You'll still have time to grab dinner and a movie, if you plan it right!
Looking for a great Labor Day getaway - one that doesn't require a lot of advance planning? Take an hour-long drive down the coast and relax at Crystal Cove. One woman fought to keep this beach open to the public and you can pay homage by playing in tide pools, drinking a date shake, and watching the sunset on an unspoiled spot along our spectacular coastline.
A plethora of art events are taking place this month, starting with architecture but including some rare California Impressionist paintings and a new show about mummies. Take note of these openings and closings when it comes to planning your September.