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May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

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beautiful bouquet of bright wildflowers in basket, isolated onLooking for a fun family activity with an element of service and surprise? May baskets are a charming way to celebrate the coming of spring while spreading a little joy to friends and neighbors. Plus, kids of all ages can enjoy this activity! The concept is simple: on May 1st, the giver leaves a small basket of flowers or goodies on a friend’s doorstep or front doorknob, then rings the doorbell and runs away and ducks out of sight. The friend opens the door to find the “anonymous” surprise left behind. (In theory, it’s entirely anonymous but realistically, the fun of surprising someone usually results in so much giggling that nobody stays hidden for long.)

Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Colorful leaves, chilly nights, cozy sweaters, the last harvest of the year…are signs of a delightful autumn that is happening nowhere near the South Bay. We do have our own hallmarks of fall, though, even if they don’t show up in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. Here are four local signs of autumn to share…

Junior Ranger Programs

Junior Ranger Programs

If your family has visited a National Park, State Park or even some County and City Parks, you may have heard about Junior Ranger Programs. These are a great way for kids to connect more to the park they are visiting. Many National Parks offer a Junior Ranger Program for kids 4 – 12 years…

2016 What’s Up for Kids Family Expo and Camp Fair

2016 What’s Up for Kids Family Expo and Camp Fair

What’s Up for Kids has been busy planning our 19th annual What’s Up for Kids Family Expo and Camp Fair, and it is finally here! Saturday, April 9th, 2016 come out to the Torrance Cultural Arts Center from 10am to 3pm and enjoy this fun family event with lots of unique and fun hands on…

2016 WHALE OF A DAY CELEBRATION

2016 WHALE OF A DAY CELEBRATION

The 32nd annual “Whale of a Day” celebration will take place on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. Co-Sponsored by Los Serenos de Point Vicente and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, admission is free. Join us for this family friendly event as…

Ginger Crinkles

Ginger Crinkles

Here is a fun and easy recipe from Alison Allen (mom of 2) for Ginger Crinkles that kids can help with in the kitchen.  Let them roll the dough in sugar and arrange on the baking sheet for fun winter activity.

Monkey’s Up The Flip’em, Switch’em, and Steal’em Game

Monkey’s Up The Flip’em, Switch’em, and Steal’em Game

Monkey’s Up is the game that will have you going bananas!  Players compete to get the best score by flipping, switching, and stealing monkeys.  Each monkey has a value hidden under its feet that is only revealed when flipped.  Victory will come to the player who switches, steals and flips the best. You will find…

Getty Villa…with Kids!

Getty Villa…with Kids!

Our family loves to go to The Getty Center. With the outdoor gardens and kid activities scattered throughout, we always have fun. I had been a little hesitant to go to The Getty Villa in Malibu because I was not sure if there was enough to keep little ones engaged if they were not enjoying…

22nd Annual Seal Day Celebration

22nd Annual Seal Day Celebration

Come out and support Southern California’s Marine Mammals! Enjoy Food and Drinks, Live Music, Acitivities, Local Retailers and Vendors, Information Booths, Guest Speakers and Great Raffle Items!  Pet Adoptions from Local Animal Rescues. Free Movie Screening, show times at 12pm and 3pm.  You can sponsor a Seal or Sea Lion for Seal Day! With $20…

Enjoy an Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza!

Enjoy an Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza!

Hop on over to Ladera Linda Community Center for a morning of fun and festivities with the BIG BUNNY! This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, April 19th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, and children ages one to eight years old are invited to participate, accompanied by a parent. Light refreshments will be provided.…

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