12 Playgrounds That Make You Want to Be a Kid Again
Ah, the playground. The one place in the whole wide world where your sole responsibility is to have as much fun as humanly possible (okay, the one place besides Vegas). A place where kids become astronauts soaring to the moon on rocket swings, dig through sandboxes in search of buried treasure (or mom’s iPhone – again) and scamper through tunnels with more twists and turns than an Amanda Bynes tweet. Fortunately, LA has zillions of groovy playgrounds to choose from, and we’ve put together a list of the creme de la creme so you spend less time wandering and more time gettin’ your play on.
Jack on Playground Slide
Malibu Bluffs Park – MalibuSome things are well worth braving the bumper-to-bumper headache on PCH and this is one of them. Malibu Bluffs Park serves up playtime with a heaping side of jaw-dropping views. Here, kiddos hop from slide to slide with Pepperdine and the shimmering Pacific as their backdrop. Read More

LA Parks and Recs Offers FREE Sports Programs!

If you are like most parents trying to find an activity for your kids this summer while not breaking the bank, LA Parks and Recreation offers free Youth Sports Programs. Visit their site for more information LA Parks and Recs also offers other FREE summer activities for children such as karate, boxing, and ceramics. Visit the FREE LA Kids Classes website to find participating recreation centers throughout Los Angeles.

Take The Family to Neighboring Bike Paths:

~Arroyo Seco
North of downtown, runs alongside the 210 Pasadena Fwy, about 3 miles long.

~Chandler Bikeway Burbank
The two-mile bikeway within the former Chandler Boulevard railroad right-of-way, running from Mariposa Street to the City border at Clybourn Avenue

~El Dorado Park
El Dorado East Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring Street, about a four mile paved path.

~Griffith Park/Los Angeles River
Travels from Griffith Park to Elysian Park, looking back along Crystal Springs Road in Griffith Park

~Santa Monica and Venice
From the Marina north to Sunset, eight-mile path runs north from Washington Blvd to Temescal Canyon Road.

~Sepulveda Basin
In Encino, start on Balboa Blvd at the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area or the dirt lot near the archery range on Balboa between Victory and Burbank Blvd. The five mile path goes past fields of corn

~Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path
419 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach

~South Bay Bike Trail
From Palos Verdes North to the Marina

~The Strand
This 22-mile bike path that stretches along the Pacific Ocean from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance County Beach.

Spring is in the air and right around the corner on March 20th. To kick off the season, there are several outdoor events around town which should definitely get you and your little one moving - and exploring! 

Saturday, March 16th:
        * Stroll Through the Seasons at King Gillette Ranch
               26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas
           Time: 1 - 1:30pm
           On this gentle 30-minute stroll, you can explore the native plant garden.
           For more information call 818-878-0866 ext. 224

        * Tiny Tot Trek at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visiter Center
               26876 Mulholland Drive, Calabasas 91302
           Time: 10am - 12noon
           Join a ranger for a fun-filled hike with your toddler while learning about the plants and animals.    
           Bring a snack and wear appropriate clothing. Meet in parking lot. 
           Reservations required: 805-370-2301. Event cancelled if it rains.

Sunday, March 17th:
       * Native Ways at Sooky Goldman Nature Center, Franklin Canyon Park
                2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills
          Time: 10am - 12noon
          On this easy stroll, you can get first hand experience on how local natives once creative items      
          like tools, musical instruments and baskets from the world around them.
          For more information call 310-858-7272

Saturday, March 23rd:
       * Weekend Tidepool Walks, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
                  3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
           Time: 12noon - 1:30pm
           Take a naturalist-led stroll around the Point Fermin State Marine Park. Outdoor clothing and  
           sneakers suggested. Young children must be accompanied by adults. Free; donations welcome.
           Sunday, March 24th 11am - 12:30pm
           For more information call 310-548-7562

        * Outdoor Volunteer Day
                   Kings Harbor Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes
           Time: 9am - 12pm
           Help battle the weeds to allow native shrubs to thrive at Agua Amarga Reserve
           RSVP to or call 310-541-7613

Sunday, March 31th
      * Bunny Hop: Let's Move Outside
                Santa Monica Mountains Interageny Visiter Center, 26876 Mulholland Drive, Calabasas 
         Time: 2pm - 3pm
         This ranger-led activity consists of a physical fitness obstacle course with prizes awarded at the 
         end. Bring a picnic and your bunny ears.  Meet at fountain.
         For more information call 805-370-2301 or visit

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 is National Puzzle Day. Get the kids outside and take a walk through the labyrinth at the Getty Museum.


Fun Free Family Events Listed by Mommy Poppins


Free Fitness Event Every 4th Thursday of the Month at 6pm at SouthBay Pavilion in Carson.


Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Yosemite National Park, Photo by DanNg
Yosemite Falls can be seen from numerous areas around Yosemite Valley. A one-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall.
NPS/Dan Ng

America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free!
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2013:
  • January 21
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 22-26
    National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11
    Veterans Day weekend

Here's a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!
If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

1 comment:

  1. I love free events and the information you've posted. What's going on in February?