A Fabulous Family Vacation

By Jessica Williams
“Mom, I’m bored!” “Dad, can I use your phone?” “I wish I could’ve brought a friend.”

“Honey, if we leave the hotel at 7:30am, we can make it to the Kapai Trail Loop by 7:45am which we can complete by 9:15am and then we can take a shuttle to the Kunai Trail Loop, and…”

“Sweetie, I was kind of hoping to stay put and have lunch by the pool.”

The kids are out of school, summer camp is over, and it’s time for your annual family vacation. You’ve researched the location, you’ve gotten the time off of work, you’ve spent the money…now, how to enjoy your time together and not secretly long for the days of 9-5! (more…)

Fourth of July Cobbler Heaven

By Cari Levin
Cari LevinThe Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s the one holiday I have never been disappointed by. At the mere mention of it my mind goes straight to perfect weather, kids running around and fireworks that light up the sky. I think it’s the one holiday that hasn’t lost its brilliance as I’ve grown older.

I would be a big liar if I didn’t admit that I look forward to 4th of July food as well. I’m one for the basics: hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob and warm peach cobbler. (more…)

Perfect Family Vacation

By Shirin Yadegar
yadegarfamphotoA perfect family vacation is when everyone is happy. Rarely do you encounter a place that’s both fit for kids and adults. A place that isn’t too inandated by children, but welcoming to the little ones.

Last month, my husband, three children and myself stayed at the W hotel in Miami beach. It was sensational. The rooms are mainly suites with kitchens so you have plently of room and a stove to make eggs with a full refrigerator for milk and other goodies. (more…)

Mother’s Day Events

By Jennifer Brandt
It’s our day to shine and be pampered, but let’s be realistic it doesn’t always seem to work out that way so is sharing their ideas of how you can spend a great Mother’s Day.
Get Mom-Spired
If you or your mom need some help in the home design department, we have a fun activity that will inspire you both. Tour the Pasadena Showcase House. The entire estate (pictured), from the front yard to the garage, is carefully styled and design by an interior design team. Rich, luxurious, and entirely beautiful, the showcase house is a fabulous way to spend the day (or evening!) in someone else’s home, where marveling with your mouth open is entirely appropriate. Tickets purchased in advance start at $30 and proceeds from your tickets support the LA Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall and local symphonic, cultural and educational programs for youth since 1948. (more…)

Connecting to Earth Day through Family Activities

By Lisa Niver Rajna
Lisa NiverApril 22 is Earth Day. What will you do to celebrate our planet? With so many options out there, what will you choose? I’d like to share a few of my favorites that teach our children and show that we can make a difference. With snowfall last month in the San Fernando Valley for the first time in nearly fifty years, major earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, Santiago, Chile and Haiti in the last year, and other environmental issues like the enormous volcanic eruption of Iceland, science is everywhere and a part of everything; it just depends what lens you use to look through. (more…)

Physical Science and your Child

May the Force be with You: Physical Science and your Child

By Lisa Niver Rajna, M.A. Ed.
Lisa NiverThe California Department of Education states “We are all born with natural curiosity about our world. Science is an extension of this curiosity. When we read about a new discovery, watch a bird fly, or think about how something works, we are doing science. When we pursue knowledge we are doing science.” Unfortunately many adults have at least one bad memory from Science Class. Others tell me, “I cannot volunteer in Science class, I am not good at science.” (more…)

Creating Valentine Memories

By Erica Friedman
ericaValentine’s Day is always so sweet as it makes us take a moment to be grateful and acknowledge our loved ones. I find that doing the simple things always has the greatest impact. Make a card. Bake some cookies. Set the table for dinner and decorate the family room with hearts and kind words. To what extent you go, it’s all up to you. (more…)

L.A Mom Magazine recommended Family Event in January

Gene Autry Double Feature
Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. A double feature of Gene Autry classic westerns – Tumbling Tumbleweed and The Last Round-Up – highlight this special free day at the museum. Free. 323-667-2000.
Date: 01/01/2011
Time: 12:00 pm


Enter for a Chance to Win a $150

A New Service that helps you and your family save big on cool Los Angeles finds.
Family Finds is a brand new service that helps you and your family save up to 90% on all kinds of fun, tasty and cool things in your Los Angeles neighborhood. And, to celebrate their debut, they are giving away one $150 new member credit that is good towards any of the amazingly discounted local family-friendly deals on their website. Family Finds insists that Moms and Families should be able to save money while exploring their local Los Angeles neighborhood. (more…)

What are Your Kids Doing for Winter Break

LA MOM MAGAZINE has listed our favorite kids’ camps in Los Angeles. Trust us when we say you can fully trust these companies and your kids will have a blast.

Funky Divas
This is a fabulous 4 day dance camp for all kids. December 20-23 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
Mention LA MOM MAGAZINE for the special promotion.

Shutters Hotel


My Gym Santa Monica
Keep your kids active over Winter break. My Gym is offering Winter Camp December 20-24 and 27-31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

310. 820.0155
12422 Santa Monica Blvd.


Dance Center of Los Angeles
Come Experience the world of the Nutcracker with the D.C. Dance Center on Saturday, December 18.

12422 Santa Monica Blvd.