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Last Tuesday, after picking up my daughter from dance class, I was tired and trying to figure out what to do for dinner. I couldn’t think of anything to whip up and decided to head over to the new Chick-fil-a that opened in our neighborhood. Boy was I pleasantly surprised.
Saturday, Sept. 5
Sunday, Sept. 6
Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Ages 13+ (Weekdays)
Ages 6 -12 (Weekdays)
Ages 60+ (weekdays)
Ages 60+ Senior Wednesdays
Ages 5 and younger (every day)
Ages 13+ (Weekends)
Ages 6-12 (Weekends)
Ages 60+ (weekends)
Ages 5 and younger (every day)
Sept. 9 – Oct. 4
noon – 10 p.m.
noon – 11 p.m.
noon – midnight
10 a.m.- midnight
10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
We had the opportunity to visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum last week and I can’t wait to head back in the next couple of weeks for another visit. We were only there for two hours and easily could have stayed for another two. My children loved everything about this museum.
Make sure to take advantage of their Free Family Nights- which are held on the first Tuesday of the month. Admission is free!! Pack a picnic and be prepared for a great time!!
Kidspace Children’s Museum
I have the perfect place to head to today that is not only fun and of course educational- it will only set you back a couple (think $5 or less) of dollars and provide you and your family with a memorable experience.
My kiddos have been obsessed with marine life recently as you can probably tell. I believe that learning should be through immersion and when my kids show an interest in something, I want them to experience things hands on. This past Friday we had a couple of hours to play and decided to take them to the Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro.
The Cabrillo Aquarium is a smaller aquarium that is steps away from the ocean. Many people are unaware of it’s existence. It was great because even on a busy 3rd of July, the aquarium was easy to maneuver around with a double stroller and it was nice not to bump into other people or strollers.
The Susan Lawrencz Miller Exhibit hall is home to three major environments- rocky shores, beaches and mudflats and open ocean. Your kiddos will be able to learn about the different marine life that lives in each habitat and much more.
The aquarium is also home to an aquatic nursery and this was a big hit with our family. The nursery at the aquarium is staffed by the friendliest and incredibly helpful volunteers. The volunteers were able to answer all of the kids questions and also explained what was going on in each tank. There is also a fun little craft area designed specifically for the kiddos, which was also a bit hit with our family.
I would have to say however, that our favorite part of the aquarium was the exploration center. The kids loved the ecological play area. They were able to dress up as different sea life and also able to put on a sea life puppet show. My personal favorite was the crawl in aquarium. You can crawl into a real life aquarium and be surrounded by different ocean life and never get wet. It’s the perfect photo opportunity. There is also a naturalist corner where you can study the different organisms through a microscope. My 13 year old niece absolutely loved this area.
We had a fantastic time learning about the wonderful sea life found in Southern California waters. You want to know the best part- we had a great time for only $7.Admission to the aquarium is FREE but donations are suggested. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $1 for children or seniors. We had an incredible couple of hours for only a little more than $5. Parking is a $1 an hour – make sure to take cash with you.
The Cabrillo Aquarium is open Tue- Sun. The hours of operation are 12-5 Tue- Fri and 10am to 5pm on the weekends.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro -90731
For additional information head on here. Have a wonderful weekend!!
I’ve been meaning to post this for some time and keep forgetting. I am always looking for a great deal and when a great deal just so happens to support a great cause – it sweetens the deal even more. If you are looking for something to do this summer make sure to check out AMC Theaters Summer MovieCamp.
Every Wednesday morning at 10 am from June 17- Aug 5 you can enjoy a fun family flick for only $1.00. The proceeds from admissions and concessions from the Summer MovieCamp will benefit Variety- The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. It’s a fantastic deal and a sure way to keep the kiddos entertained and beat the heat. The best part is that you will be helping two great organizations.
Here is the upcoming schedule
July 29: Nim’s Island
For additional info click here.
To learn more about the Regal Entertainment Group’s Free Summer Movie Deal on Tues and Wed mornings -click here
I’m always on the lookout for Free Museum Days around town and the NexGen program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)is one that can’t be missed. NexGen is a free membership to the LACMA to anyone 17 and under. The NexGen LACMA offers free general admission to the member as well as one accompanying adult. This includes permanent collection galleries and selected special exhibitions. To join, visit the LACMA box office or visit the LACMA website and print out the enrollment offer and send it in.
Among the many NexGen offerings are:
- Art Camps
- Art Classes
- Art Tote
- Artwork of the Month
- Children’s Audio Tour
- Families & Children in American Art: Online Game
- Family Guides
- Family Days
- Just For Teens
It’s a great program and if you have not had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art- You are missing out!! The LACMA is great for children and trust me they will love it!! For additional information click here- Have fun and explore away!!
The Arboretum of Los Angeles is a fantastic place to take the kiddos. The 127 acre botonical garden is a wonderland for the kiddos. You can hike with them, take them to one of the many classes that are offered or just stroll around and observe nature in all its splendor.
The Arboretum offers free admission on the third Tuesday of the month. Plan accordingly this month and enjoy a wonderful day with the kiddos.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA, 91007.
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., grounds close at 5:00p.m.
For additional information click here
P.S. Don’t forget to enter the Australia DVD- You have until Sunday. Please enter- I want all of you to win!!
If you have real little ones you know it’s almost impossible to go to the movies. I’ve always read in a couple of parent magazines of the mommy and me movie deals but never was able to actually find one in the So Cal area. I’ve doing some research and I finally found a program that is geared for those with little ones.
Pacific Theaters offers Monday Morning Mommy Movies offers a chance for all you sleep deprived mom of babies or toddlers every Monday morning. Bring your crying baby and stroller for a chance to see a first run grown up movie. No one will mind if your baby cries because chances are their little one will be fussing along.
The Monday Morning Mommy Movies is offered every Monday at 11am except on holidays at 4 local theaters.
1. Pacific Theatres at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
322 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
There are so many places that I love or would love to visit in Southern California and this is at the top of my list. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is the largest Maritime Museum in California. It’s home to more than 700 ship and boat models, navigation equipment and an operating amateur radio station. The museum is currently home to 5 exhibits that are sure to be a hit with your family. The current exhibits on display are 20,000 jobs under the sea, Neptune’s Favorites, USS Los Angeles, Caught, Canned and Eaten and The Long Beach Earthquake 1933. My children love ships and anything that is related to sea life and if you or your kids love ships this place is a must. The best part is that the museum is free for children, $1.00 for Senior Citizens and Youth and $3.00 for adults. Here’s an insider tip that will delight the kiddies- take a spin on the Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car line. With a stop in front of the maritime museum- this 1920′s era trolley – is a must ride. Fare is $1.00 for everyone with children 6 and under free. The fare is collected on board and is good all day for unlimited rides. I will be doing a more extensive review of the trolley and museum next week. If you’re looking for something fun and inexpensive to do this week look no further, you’ve found it!!
Open Tues-Sat 10am to 5pm
Sunday from noon to 5pm
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Foot of 6th Street
San Pedro 90731
For additional information click here
The Getty Center/Museum has been around for quite sometime and we finally made it out for a great visit yesterday. I have wanted to visit for years, but something always came up. I woke up yesterday and decided that was it. We were going to visit the Getty and we did. It was scorching hot yesterday but the Getty’s location perched above the city and with a great view of the Pacific Ocean provided an ideal setting. It felt at least ten degrees cooler than the rest of Southern California.
I was impressed from the moment we arrived at the Center. There were two very organized lines to lead us into the parking lot. Parking is $8.00 and the only thing that you will have to pay for when visiting the center. We found a spot and headed up to load the tram that would lead us to the museum. Here’s a good tip if you don’t want to bring a stroller, The Getty provides complimentary use of strollers on a first come, first serve basis. They are located at the Lower Tram Station or at the coat check desk in the Museum Entrance Hall. I noticed that there were quite a few around while we were waiting for the tram and thought I would pass the tip along. The tram was a major hit with the kiddos and was spacey enough to hold the kids in a double front/back stroller. The kids loved the museum from the very start.
The Center is truly breathtaking and there are some many exhibits to take in. While we were deciding what to check out first- the kids started the chant that makes all parents around the world stop dead in their tracks.. hungry.. mommy I’m hungry.. Since the kids were ” starving” we decided to have lunch first. We had a fantastic lunch at the Grand Terrace Cafe. The food was unbelievably delicious but a little on the pricey side. The Cafe offers pizza, grilled cheese, and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches that your kids will love. If you are on a budget or just want to have a picnic I would strongly suggest bringing a picnic basket and having a fun picnic with the family. You can enjoy your picnic on the lawn adjacent to the Central Garden or at any of the Getty Center’s public seating areas. Picnic tables and lawns for lounging are located at the Lower Tram Station (T1). The picnic area is open every day until 30 minutes before the Museum closes. We will definitely be bringing a picnic lunch the next time that we visit.
After finishing up lunch we strolled through the museum’s Central Garden. The Central Garden, created by renowned artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The garden is truly breathtakingly beautiful and although the kids loved seeing all of the beautiful flowers and admiring it’s beauty I couldn’t help but daydream of coming back for a wonderful date night with Daytrippingdad. It truly is a spectacular place. We wanted to take in all of the many exhibits but we were on a little bit of a time crunch and decided to spend a big chunk of our time at the Center’s Family Room. The room is quite popular with families and there might be a little of a wait since only a certain number of people are allowed at a time. Here’s the deal on the family room- your kids will LOVE it!! It’s a great way to learn about art together and play together. You can make a mask or create a sculpture but to be honest my kids loved their bed display the most. It was a replica of a beautifully crafted french bed surrounded with children’s art books and we had to literally tear them away from the exhibit. It’s a must stop on your visit!!
There’s a lot more for families to see and do together. The Family Fun at the Getty brochure, available at the Museum Information Desk and the Family Cart, offers ideas, tips, and clues to make your family’s visit an adventure. All family materials and activities are free and most are offered in English and Spanish. You can also ask stop any of the staff (dressed in blue vests) and they will gladly answer your questions and provide useful tips. There are many programs at the center geared specifically for families. The Family Art Lab, Art Adventures for Families, Family Festivals, and Garden Concerts for Kids are just some of the special programs held throughout the year to engage the entire family. For more information, visit the Family Cart, the Museum Information Desk, or check the event calendar. There is also storytelling available on selected Sundays (January–May and October–December): 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk the day of the program.
I have to be honest, I think the reason why we had not visited the Getty before was because the thought was a bit intimidating. I love taking the kids everywhere but for some reason I was afraid that a museum of art would be too much for them. I was way off base. The Getty provides a great experience for people of all ages and nationalities. It’s a cultural wonderland and as we were riding the tram back to the parking lot I couldn’t help but start planning our next visit. From now on it will be the first place I take when we have family and friends visiting fro out of town. I would also recommend it as a must visit for everyone in Southern California. If you’ve yet to experience the Center – run don’t walk to The Getty. It truly is a national treasure.
The Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Opening Hours The Getty Center site and galleries are open:
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed Monday and on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25.
Admission to the Getty Center is FREE—no tickets or reservations required for general admission. Parking is $8.
For additional information click here