The Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and even though the thought of staying in, watching movie marathons, and burying your face in a bag of something that hasn’t got any natural ingredients whatsoever sounds perfect, you might want to aim a little higher.
Here are my top 5 picks for some family fun this weekend:
1) Ok FOODIES! This one is for you...this weekend is the Los Angeles Times event “The TASTE” at Paramount Studios and if you are a food lover you will not want to miss this one. The event is going all weekend Friday the 29th - Sunday the 31st, and has a variety of events that all involve copious amounts of delicious food and drink. Now, how does this involve the smaller-sized person part of “Family Fun”? Well, you can bring your kids! What?? My vote for the best event for little ones is the Sunday Brunch, where the food will be great but the visitors might be less indulgent with the “adult beverages” if you know what I mean (although they are still part of the deal, of course). How much? Well, tickets are $100. I know-not the low price I usually try to find for you. BUT...kids are only $5 each! So when you think about that it’s not so bad for a really spectacular event. Click here for the link to tickets and more. Insider tip? Wear stretchy pants. If you throw on your maternity jeans, your secret is still safe with me.
2) I am a sucker for a good Concert in the Park, and this one will not only entertain your whole family, but might even flash you back to your formative years. It’s the Labor Day concert “Led Zepagain: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin” at the Conejo Community Park on Monday, September 1st at 5pm and is sure to be a blast. Bring your own picnic, blanket, and chairs and you might want to get there a little early to get a spot. Website on the band is www.zepagain.com for more info. It’s a great way to say goodbye to summer with your family.
3) We are so lucky to live in Southern California with it’s warm but beautiful weather. So why not enjoy some of it’s finest spots like Malibu with your kids? This Saturday August 31st at 10 am you can join up for a free ranger led nature walk with your 2-7 year olds at Rocky Oaks Park, 107 Kanan Dume Rd., Malibu, Ca. It’s one of those great activities that are simple and inexpensive, but give your kids outdoor time where they actually learn something.
4) I’m sure you have seen many amazing things in your life. But have you seen a Rhinoceros UP CLOSE? Didn’t think so.. but here is your chance. Saturday, Sundays, and Holidays at 1pm (ahem, reminder this weekend is a holiday) you can pay a small extra fee to get hang out with Randa the Indian Rhino at the LA Zoo. Visit the website for more info on how to get your kids to think you are the coolest parent on the planet. Remember, good parents don’t let their kids grow up with seeing a rhino up close.
5) Feel the music and love at the Rhythm and Joy Festival at Warner Park this Saturday August 30th from 10a.m.-8:30 p.m. in Woodland Hills. Rejuvenate your body, soul and spirit at this day-long festival that is focused on transformational music, sustainable living and the creative arts. There will be wide range of performers, speakers, workshops and other attractions (like a children’s pavilion, a fashion show and parades), and it’s FREE! I feel the music in THAT.
After a long week of school and work, it’s easy to plop in front of the TV and roost for the weekend. But there are tons of things you can do that are not too exhausting and really fun.
Here are my top 5 picks for some family fun this weekend:
1) There is something really great about seeing a stand-up comedian and laughing until your sides hurt, but usually the jokes are made for grown-ups. Sometimes even I feel a little young for them, so I never imagined bringing my kids to see a stand-up comedian without providing some kind of earplugs and a self-bleeper. BUT, this looks really fun: the 2 Milk Minimum Showcase with host Michael Rayner from Sesame Street and performances by 10 and 11 year old comedians. It’s Saturday, August 23rd, at 4:30 pm at Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant in NoHo and is part of the Burbank Comedy Festival, and you can call 818.693.6478 for details.
2) If you haven’t seen Frozen yet...well, you probably don’t have or know anyone under the age of 10. BUT, now’s your chance-and for free! Its the Warner park Movie on the Green. Saturday, August 23rd, at dusk you can enjoy the hot weather with the coolest movie of the summer-Frozen. It’s at Warner Center Park on Topanga Blvd, which has plenty of room to run around and enjoy a picnic beforehand. Bring a blanket and chairs, and your earplugs for those of you totally over the songs.
3) We adults go to the gym and work out, but do our kids get that same chance? They do now! This Friday, August 22nd, at 11 am, you can take your kids to the Malibu Lagoon State Beach for a free physical fitness obstacle course. It’s $12 to park, but worth it to get your kids up and running around.
4) The final Summer Sun Sets Concert is here and you don’t want to miss it! August 24th at 6pm at the Calabasas Lake behind the Tennis and Swim center, catch The Section Quartet. They are featuring New West Symphony’s Lauren Chipman as they present this electrifying rock and roll show! You can visit cityofcalabasas.com for details. As always, byobcpds. Bring your own blankets, chairs, picnics, and dancing shoes.
5) All parents get pretty tired by the end of the day. Generally at the time the kids are just getting revved up. So, I came across an article that has fun games to play when you are feeling tired and it made me giggle, as well as giving me some great ideas.
Here are a few games to play with your kids when you are exhausted:
T-shirt road map: Put on a cheap tee and have your kids draw a road on the back of it, then drive toy cars on it while you lay on your tummy.
Mom is queen: You are the queen on the throne and the kids bring you fake tea, slippers, etc. I like this one the best, for obvious reasons.
What’s on Mommy’s back?: They put toys on your back while you lie down with your eyes shut and guess what they are.
Hilarious and useful. Visit this article for more ideas.
You can always get more LA Kids Activities by following me on Twitter @nickerberger and checking out the hashtag #buzzLA. Also check out my show “The Buzz” at www.cityofcalabasas.com or on Channel 3 in the West Valley, and "SCV Buzz" on KHTS AM 1220 in Santa Clarita. I’ll be back next week with more fun family activities!
Here are my Top 5 picks for some Family Fun this weekend:
1) Summer break for your kids (we all know it’s for your kids, because it sure isn’t a break for you) is almost over, so why not celebrate with a Pool Party? Friday August 15th from 4-8pm head over to the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center for a free open swim, music, games, and prizes! for info call Raine at 818.222.2782. Your kids will have a blast! And in the end, isn’t that what summer break is all about? YOU can sleep in September...
For some, this is the final weekend of Summer Break. Good, bad, or ugly, you should go out in style!
Try some of these fun events for kids this weekend:
1) There is a great program at the Will geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga called the Family Fundays, and this week, it’s bug-tastic! Sunday August 10th at 10:30 am you can experience the musical stylings of Love Bug and Me, kids music with a variety of styles and world rhythms. Tickets are $10 for everyone over the age of 2. Visit www.theatricum.com for details. Your little love bugs will love these Love bugs! That is, if you love bugs...
2) You have to make sure you have caught some of the amazing Summer Sunsets concerts, like the upcoming Latin Music group Octavio Figueroa y La Combinacion’. This free concert is on August 10th starting at 6pm at the Calabasas Lake. Bring a picnic, chairs or a blanket, and your latin groove. You can even pre-order food at the Atmosphere Cafe by calling 818 222-0226. It’s so fun you may even find yourself dancing and singing along. Go ahead, nobody will judge you.
3) What??? You haven’t taken your kids to the fair yet? Me neither...but we SHOULD. This is the last weekend for the Ventura County Fair and it’s full of fun fair stuff like animals, rides, entertainment, and really fattening food. Plus there are fireworks every night! Admission is 8-12$ and you can check out their site for hours and directions at www.venturacountyfair.com. Go and feel proud of yourself.
4) The Ford Amphitheatre has some super cool summer entertainment that you might want to catch before it’s over. This week is Big!World!Fun! travels to Cambodia. It’s August 9th at 10 am and only $5 for adults and free for kids. Beautiful classical dance and music, plus lush costumes that make the show a dazzler for all ages. It’s a Saturday morning “to-do”. Because face it, you probably don’t get to sleep in anyways.
5) It’s time to party in the Bu, Malibu that is. Since summer is still a little toasty, head over to the Malibu Country Mart on Sunday, August 10th, from noon-3 for a Malibu Summer Block Party in the cool seaside air. Kids activities, food, fun, and a calypso band! Sounds like a party to me. You say “Calypso”, and I’m partying.
You can always get more LA Kids Activities by following me on Twitter @nickerberger and checking out the hashtag #buzzLA. Also check out my show “The Buzz” at www.cityofcalabasas.com or on Channel 3 in the West Valley. I’ll be back next week with more fun family activities!
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.