Category Archives: family activities

lollipop dream grand opening

Lollipop Dream, the well-known Valley baby store/party venue, has moved to a new location at Westfield Fashion Square. Join them tomorrow from 10am – 2pm for free Pinkberry, free t-shirts, lollipops, face painting, and more.


california baby family festival

California Baby is hosting a Family Festival this Saturday, with ticket proceeds benefiting the Garden School Foundation. 11am – 2pm at California Baby’s corporate HQ in Los Angeles.

Image courtesy of California Baby

the smithsonian’s museum day

Smithsonian Media is offering Museum Day this Saturday – providing free admission to the Smithsonian and its affiliated museums. You’ll need to head here in advance to print out a ticket – it’s one ticket per valid e-mail address and the ticket admits two people. Once you’ve selected the museum you’d like to visit (there are hundreds available in several states), click the blue “Download Now!” box in the middle of the right-hand side of the page. (It looks like an ad so it took me a little time to figure out how to get my tix.)

Since the Zimmer Children’s Museum is closed on Saturdays, they’ll participate on Sunday, which means it will be a free Jewish museum weekend as I signed up J to receive a ticket to the Skirball Cultural Center on Saturday. I’m excited to take P to the Noah’s Ark exhibit going on there, and can’t wait to take P back to the Zimmer Children’s Museum as she loved the toddler play space there as well as the water table (which had streaming jets so that you could launch toy boats, submarines, etc. from one end and receive them at the other). Happy Friday!

so little time

So many things I’ve wanted to post, so little time!

Firstly, today is the last day to receive 30% off a Deluxe Family Membership at the LA County Zoo, courtesy of

Secondly, Groupon is offering a 5-day pass to The Playroom in Sherman Oaks, a fun indoor playground for kids 5 and under, at $18 (regularly $45)!

Finally, dailyD is offering a month of classes and play at My Gym in Santa Monica for $50 – a $155 value!


Hydrobike rentals in Long Beach are featured on Groupon today ($10 for an hourlong rental), and it sounds like such a fun activity! I wonder if I could strap P onto my back and take her out for a spin!

Photo courtesy of Long Beach Hydrobikes

peltor junior earmuff

Yesterday we took P to her first Dodgers’ game. I had worried about how a 9-month old would handle a long sporting event, but she was an absolute champ. Since P hates loud noises, I had bought the Peltor Junior Earmuff from Amazon a couple of months ago in preparation for a day like this, and had been itching to put them to use. We tried them on P at home when she was almost 7 months, and I knew they were comfortable enough that she would wear them without fussing. P wore them as soon as we got to the stadium on Sunday afternoon and kept them on until the game was over – for nearly 4 hours! She even fell asleep for 1.5 hours with them on, and at times it got incredibly loud in Dodger stadium. They are also adjustable, so P can wear them well into her elementary school years and probably beyond. I highly recommend these earmuffs for infants at sports games, concerts, or any event with large crowds. Currently available for $14.99 at, and eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping!

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tykes on trails

As a new mother, I’m always looking for fun places to take P. We visited a few different spots in recent months (Gymboree Play and Learn, Amy’s Indoor Playground, Zimmer Children’s Museum, Boone Children’s Gallery at LACMA) and I’ll have to remember to post more info on those enjoyable locales. Although P is still too young for most events, I love to read about local baby/toddler/kid-oriented activities and file them away for a later date. ┬áThe Tykes on Trails program for 2-4 year olds mentioned at Babyccino Kids sounds like a great way to spend a summer morning. The guided trail walks offered by The Children’s Nature Institute give toddlers a chance to get some exercise and learn about nature with their parents and peers. Offered at various Los Angeles locations; more info here.