Summer Break can be a blast, or it can be an endless stream of separating your children so they don't let loose a stream of kid-crazy in your house. Either way, getting out of the house and doing something fun is always a good idea.
Here's what's happening in LA this weekend:
I love the GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT, the yearly celebration of pitching a tent and shutting off all of the pingy, dingy, electronic noisemakers in your house.
This year it's on June 27th and there are all sorts of events planned that you can check out, or just camp on your own. Register and be part of the fun here. They even have a #Campie hastag for selfies, although that kinda goes against the turning off of pingy thingies...
LOWE'S is doing an AVENGERS craft for free at all of their stores on Saturday, June 27th starting at 10 am and if you have superhero-lovin' kids like I do, that's a no-brainer. It's a Captain America Motorcycle they will make, and it's free! Just register online and enjoy.
Who ever thought the LA Sanitation Department would know how to throw a paaaar-ttaaay? Well they do, a RECYCLING PARTY, and it's going to be a blast. It's at the Sanitation Yard in West LA, free, and open from 9-2:30 on Saturday June 27th. Check out their website for details. They will even let you adopt a tree!
Pretty much every area of LA has a SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, and if you love the idea of hanging in an outdoor environment with a picnic dinner and amazing tunes, you should be able to find one in your area. In the Woodland Hills area you can catch a Bee Gees cover band at Warner Park on Sunday June 28th starting at 6. But if that's a drive for you, just look up the concerts in your area.
Long Beach is being overtaken by seafarers and mystical creatures at the PIRATE INVASION & MERMAID/FAIRY FESTIVAL.
It's the 27th and 28th of June at Belmont Pier and has a ton of fairy and pirate free fun. Visit their website for details.
Catch me on Twitter @nickerberger or on KHTS AM 1220 @scvbuzz for more local family fun activities.
When is the last time you and your spouse got a little dressed up and did something that didn't require bringing backup Goldfish crackers in your purse?
Yep, I figured as much...
We all hear about the much revered "Date Night" and how it's supposed to be some kind of magical marriage elixir, made to erase all problems and arguments. Don't get me wrong, it helps. But sometimes just finding the right date creates tension all on it's own (Dinner? Loud bar? Quiet bar? Which movie? The arguments just write themselves.)
You know what I say? Bring on the Broadway, baby!
My husband and I went to see Deaf West Theatre's production of "Spring Awakening" on Sunday and it was by far the best date we had been on in a long time.
It helped, of course, that the production was STELLAR. The musical is a teen angst rock opera with lots of sexual confusion and kick-butt music, but what made this production shine was its outstanding creativity and direction.
The show used a combination of hearing and deaf actors, and the whole thing was either signed or creatively captioned on the walls with a projector. Having seen that show on Broadway on a previous husband date (that was 2007, not the last time we went out together, although sometimes it feels like it), I was pleasantly surprised by how much more I enjoyed this version.
As my hubs and I discussed at intermission, it was so fun to see such creativity and thought put into a musical. It was like watching an all star basketball game, the best all together at once.
Notice that we discussed something non-kid related?
The acting, singing and movement were mesmerizing and we were both brought to tears several times.
Tears that had nothing to do with the day-to-day frustrations of parenting.
So why do I say see a musical on your Date Night? Because it (if done right) will inspire you to think about something new and give you a conversation with your spouse that you wouldn't have had otherwise. In that, you will connect like adult humans.
Start with this outstanding production, and then keep going to see the arts together.
You might even find yourselves holding hands and making direct eye contact. Remember that?
Yep, I figured as much...
Spring Awakening is running through June 7th at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts and you can get tickets at www.thewallis.org.
Laura Nickerson, Queen of cheap and local family activities, Momblogger of 2, Host of CTV's The Buzz and KHTS AM 1220's SCV Buzz, visit #buzzLA for daily tips.