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How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

Let’s say you’re visiting Los Angeles or Southern California with your young ones in tow. What to do? How can you maximize the sunshine? Surely you will look at the gargantuan House of Mouse, but would your littlest ones enjoy it? With waits getting longer, and fellow guests getting less pleasant, maybe you’d prefer an easier, less expensive day in the sun. Why not try out Knott’s Berry Farm with toddlers? I think you will be pleasantly surprised as I was. A Little…

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Forget the Snow! Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles

Forget the Snow! Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles

When you think of your favorite winter holiday, what do you picture? Snow piled outside your window, soggy mittens landing in a heap by the door? The chill in the air turning your nose redder than Rudolph? Palm trees? Ha! We have all that and more when you decide to celebrate the holidays in Los Angeles. Skip the flights cancelled due to ice, the caroling when everyone has strep throat, Jack Frost who does not so pleasantly nip at your…

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Make a Date at Terranea and Call the Babysitter

Make a Date at Terranea and Call the Babysitter

Has this ever happened to you? You show up at a holiday event, find a seat, “enjoy” your banquet chicken, and…suddenly realize it is literally the last place on Earth you want to be. Apart from inside the middle of an active volcano. Interestingly, this has now happened twice to my husband and me. The first time, we schmoozed for about an hour then went to the hotel steakhouse. This time, we drove about twenty miles north for a date…

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How to Go Wine Tasting with Toddlers

How to Go Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Sunlight refracts through the glass, casting ruby red shadows over the burnished wood bar. The limo idles in the long driveway, ready to whisk you off to the next vineyard. The musty smell of grapes soaks into your pores, coaxing you to relax. Then there comes a loud BAM! CRASH! Your 2 year old starts screaming. Ah, yes. I’ve had that nightmare too about going wine tasting with toddlers. But does it need to be that way? A tacit parental…

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Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

When you think of visiting Los Angeles, most people imagine strolling down Rodeo Drive, people-watching on Venice Beach, or “accidentally” spying a celebrity at Urth Caffe. The city, though, sprawls for over 450 square miles. On the west side, you run into Malibu and the farms in Simi Valley. On the east side, though, you can explore where many Angelenos actually reside. In the shadow of its eponymous stone, Eagle Rock abuts Pasadena, Highland Park, and Glendale. It has a…

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Once upon a time, before I moved to Los Angeles, I never thought of it as a kid-friendly city. Four years later, I now know that LA offers myriad opportunities for young families. From the weather to the activities, reasons not to visit Los Angeles with toddler simply do not exist. You can add a larger tour of the city to any amusement park stay, spend a few days at one of the beaches in Malibu or Orange County, then…

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Top 3 Indoor Playgrounds in San Gabriel Valley

Top 3 Indoor Playgrounds in San Gabriel Valley

Some days you just need indoor playgrounds. Maybe the LA summer sun beats at 104 degrees outside, the heat so oppressive you feel it searing your bones. Perhaps the rare rain has started pattering softly on your window, finally disturbing the tangle of woven spider webs. For once, maybe you just want to Instagram (finally!) while your kid entertains him or herself. Pasadena and east LA offer several enticing options for indoor playgrounds. Some seem better for younger kids, some…

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