Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Things To Do with Your Kids in Los Angeles

I stated that I wanted to be a resource to any and all parents. Well here is my first post of what to do with your kids in Los Angeles. Some of these things are free. (i.e. free admission, half off, two for one)

So here it is....

Giggles and Hugs in the Century City mall. They have free admission for ALL Mondays for the month of July. Their last one is this Monday July 25th. Children must be of the age of 3 years old and wear socks in the indoor play facility. It is a great place to play and have some fun.
http://www.gigglesnhugs.com/calendar-2/

A great museum for kids is Kidspace Children's Museum. A lot of fun daily activities during a regular visit which are Free with a paid general admission. They also have a FREE parking lot which is a plus, be sure to get there early for space. Check out their calendar.
http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index

The Natural History Museum has a lot to offer in the kids department. Dinosaurs and the Butterfly Pavilion are the two most frequented.
http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has a plethora of kids events, art and hands on paint brushing for your kids. They also have a free entrance program for kids through the NextGen program. Check out the many activities on their website.
http://www.lacma.org/education-programs#panel-panel2

L.A. Parent Magazine has a great online calendar that has a plethora of FREE kid activities and also other events, camps etc etc. This is a great resource. Oh and I have entered a lot of their contests via their Facebook page. Out of the five that I have entered with them, I have won 4 of them. So get on this wagon and maybe you can be a winner too!
http://losangeles.parenthood.com/directory/event/

The Hollywood Bowl has an amazing summer music program and art activity for kids and adults. Different themed music happens for two or more week blocks. Check it out. Totally fun and on the cheap.
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/education/summersounds/index.cfm

The Grove L.A. has a lot of free kid activities during the week and weekend. There are even store events listed on their website. I have had some fun spur of the moment events there. Ricky Martin interview, Mario Lopez of Extra tapes episodes there (my son's head was on Extra once while we were there), free concert series and under the stars movies nights and again plenty of kids activities.
http://thegrovela.com/los_angeles/entertainment/calendar.php

The Century City Mall has a lot of kid/family friendly events as well. I stumbled on this today just by looking for information about Giggles and Hugs which is at that mall. Mac has free summer technology camps for kids ages 8-13. Wow right!!!! For those of us at West Hollywood Elementary with our Mac technology introduction this is a great resource.
http://www.westfield.com/centurycity/special-offers/summer-camp-at-microsoft-store
Playdate events at Century City Mall
http://www.westfield.com/centurycity/special-offers/saturday-play-dates-in-the-play-zone
Movies on the Terrace
http://www.westfield.com/centurycity/special-offers/movies-on-the-terrace-2011

Now for ALL us parents with time crunches and making healthy quick dinners for our family here is a food blog via my friend Peter Bedard of createyourhealth.com (excellent resource) which he posted on his Facebook page and on his website. I listed the direct link for the food blog below.
http://createyourhealth.com/simple-healthy-meals-in-less-time-5-tips/

I hope all of this is helpful to you folks.

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