If you are looking for something fun to do as you are winding up to the holidays, ice skating at ICE in Santa Monica is such a terrific family outing. I am a lousy skater, but it doesn’t matter. The rink is small and cozy and you can rent skates right there. The kids will have a blast barreling around and you feel like you are experiencing a little bit of winter wonderland. Granted it’s been 90 degrees, but still, a worthwhile family adventure. For a decadent lunch afterwards I like Coast Restaurant at Shutters on the beach.
From their website:
November 1st, 2013 – January 20th, 2014
1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica)
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday: 2:00pm – Midnight
Saturday: 10:00am – Midnight
Sunday: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Holiday Dates and Hours
Monday, November 11th: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Admission into the rink site is free. $12 per skate rental and valid all day.
Skater Dozen passes are $120. Good for 12 skate rentals.
Twofer Tuesdays for the month of November and January. Bring a friend on Tuesdays in the months of November and January and you both get in for the prize of one!
For more information, call ICE at 310.461.8333
If Santa Monica is too far, these are some nice indoor rinks to explore, one is in the Valley :
www.valleyskating.homestead.com and one in Pasadena. Check websites for public skating times.
Here’s a review from guest blogger, director and acting coach, Loren Chadima: A great date night of multimedia dance at the Redcat Theatre Downtown LA.
“Last night my husband and I were treated to a compelling evening of dance theatre. Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance theatre: Exit/Exist is this weekend November 7 – 10 at the Redcat Theatre in Downtown LA.
It was perfect date night for us both. An artistic adventure which was affordable, without hassles and we were home in bed by 10:30 – a must for this Los Angeles mom. The show started at 8:30, so we had time to grab a bite to eat before and parking at the Redcat is easy.
Exit/Exist is a beautiful and compelling work of art. Truly compelling. Gregory Maqoma, the performer as well as the choreographer, superbly envisioned and choreographed a multimedia dance theatre piece with exquisite vocals and astounding guitar accompaniment. I honestly hate to tell too much because what kept it so interesting was how the story unfolded using some lovely theatrical surprises. The program notes that the core of the piece is memory. And although I knew nothing about the story – Maqoma, a renowned chief of the Xhosa nation, it didn’t matter. It was only an hour long, but I left feeling satisfied and my head full of beautiful visual memories. We walked out wanting more. These are the elements of what I call good theatre.
Call your babysitter and squeeze in a last minute date at the Redcat Theatre –its worth every ounce of effort to experience some beautiful dance art – you won’t be disappointed.”
There is nothing cuter than little children dressed in costumes. The thrill they feel trick or treating, pressing doorbells, and receiving CANDY to stash in their little pumpkin bags is so delicious to watch. The problem is, we seem to collect more and more candy every year. We STILL have loads of candy at our house. This morning already started with candy eating and negotiating. If I dole it out even piece by piece I am looking at several months of sugar induced fits, and probable tooth decay. So here’s my plan. I told the kids they may have a piece of candy every day until next week, and then I’ll trade them candy for a trip to the toy store. They can chose one toy in exchange for their candy. I also told them that if they are missing their candy too much in the weeks to come we can take a trip over to John Kelly’s Chocolate Store, and they can chose a few chocolates to take home. (All of John Kelly’s chocolates are made from the finest ingredients.) Am I a mean mother? Possibly, but all this candy makes my kids crazy! They fight over it with each other, and with me, which makes me crazy. I do remember the glory of the shiny colored Halloween loot, trading and comparing it for hours on end with my own sister when I was young, but I also might add that I have a mouth full of silver fillings. So that’s my tip – bribe your kids with a toy. I may not make mother of the year for spewing that advice, but it will surely save me some heated battles and less trips to the dentist before next Halloween.