Manhattan Beach: Some Trivia & a Pumpkin Race

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.

It’s All True: 3 Films about Courage for Families

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.

Mummies are living the LA life!

As summer turns to fall, our thoughts may shift to school, football, or—especially if you are a kid—Halloween! Somehow this fun, once-minor holiday has gradually morphed into a major phenomenon in the United States, and your children may already be …


Frank Gehry Retrospective Opens at LACMA

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.

A Local Weekend: Loving UCLA & Westwood Village

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!

Crystal Cove Getaway

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.

September’s Openings and Closings

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.

For the Clever and Brave of Heart: Escape Rooms in LA

There’s something new in entertainment, not just in Los Angeles, but around the country and the world.  Maze rooms (also called escape rooms), are a new hour-long adventure phenomenon that send you and fellow gamers into a locked room where you must assemble clues and use your brain to get out again.  Can your team can solve the riddle before the hour is up? Success calls on cleverness and the ability to work together - though admittedly, the added pressure of being eaten by a Zombie might factor in, too!

Orange County Great Park: Exploring a Park in Progress

Orange County Great Park bills itself as the “first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.” Currently, the Great Park consists of 88 acres, and amenities include the Great Park Balloon, the Carousel, the Visitors Center, the Historic Hangar 244, Palm Court and the Farm + Food Lab. Once completed, this Irvine-area attraction will span approximately 1,300 acres.