beach-nwebb-217x300This is one of my favorite spots in LA for families. The Annenberg Community Beach House is gorgeously situated along side the Pacific ocean, and I just received this press release.

“On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the City of Santa Monica will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House, a 5-acre public beach facility nestled along the Santa Monica coastline, with spectacular ocean views, a children’s playground, art gallery, historic pool, and the original Marion Davies Guest House. This weekend-long community open house will feature a variety of free family-friendly programs including beach activities and games; fitness and ballroom-style dance classes; music and dance performances; tours of the historic Guest House and grounds; and more.

This two-day FREE celebration invites visitors to stop by and enjoy one of the City’s community treasures. With free programs and activities happening throughout the weekend, guests are encouraged to drop in and check out the fun. From a morning yoga class, to an interactive bubble making show, or a sunset picnic and screening of silent comedy Show People starring Marion Davies, the celebration offers an exciting array of activities with something for everyone to enjoy.  Guests are encouraged to bike or walk to the Beach House, since parking is extremely limited. Free bike valet will be provided. Additional public parking lots are located to the north and south of the Beach House”

I know this will be a great event and a lovely way to kick off Spring.


Saturday, April 26 // 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.*

Sunday, April 27 // 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*

*Please note different event end times


Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Highway

Santa Monica, California 90402


Saturday, April 26 – A Salute to Marion Davies

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27 – A Day at the Beach House

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


get-a-bagHere’s a multifaceted way to help parents save money, clean their closets and raise  money for their schools. We all know how expensive shopping for growing kids can be , buying  gently used clothes is a great way to save. Not only does Schoola sell gently used clothes, but the way they collect their inventory is brilliant.  Families donate their kids’ outgrown clothes to Schoola. Then the company sells them on line and 40% of the profit from the sale of the clothes goes to your school.

My kids sometimes grow out of clothes before they even have worn them twice, so there are always clothes that are worthy of a second life. Now there’s a great way to clean your closets and in so doing, raise money for your school. Schoola makes it easy as they will send you a special bag to fill with outgrown clothes. You mail it (they pick up the postage cost) then sell the clothes on line and make a donation to your school. The concept saves money, builds community and recycles! So start weeding through your closets, as now you know whatever you pull out will help another family save and also build funds for your school.


Snow Day at the LA Zoo

by leeroseemery on February 15, 2014

Snow-Days-WebThis is a fun idea for a cool winter family outing during this hot weather. It will soon be snowing at the LA Zoo next weekend.  This just in from my Zoo sources:

Winter is in the air—and on the ground! For two days in February, the Zoo’s black bear and tiger will have their habitats transformed by blankets of snow. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view these inquisitive creatures exploring a wintry wonderland.

Zoo visitors will also have the chance to frolic in the snow — a snow play area and a hill for sledding are among the featured activities. Bring your mittens and join in the fun — and you could win cool prizes, including Disney’s Frozen on DVD!

All activities are free to GLAZA members and with general admission.

February 22 & 23 (Saturday & Sunday) 10am – 4pm


Zoo Habitats with Snow

 All “Snow Day” activities are free with Zoo admission or GLAZA membership. 

 Zoo admission is $18 for adults; $13 for children 2-12; $15 for seniors 62 and up. 

Admission is free for GLAZA members and children under two.  Free parking available.

INFO:  visit: click here.



True Pablove’s Valentine’s Family Event, February 9th

February 6, 2014 Play

The Pablove Foundation’s Anual Family Valentine’s Celebration is taking place this weekend but you can still book your tickets. This day of family friendly crafting, music, food, and fun is so dear to my heart, and is one of Los Angeles’ most heartfelt, and fun filled events. Pablo Castalez was a pre-school classmate of my children. [...]

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Cabrillo Whale Watch

January 30, 2014 Uncategorized

It’s easy to get stuck in the carpool lane and forget that there is a big ocean right nearby. The next few months are a great time to see some Pacific grey whales migrating off the California Coast. We had great luck one morning when the kids were smaller actually seeing a whale leap through [...]

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Big Sunday family friendly community service events

January 9, 2014 Play

Big Sunday is an LA tradition that my kids always loved being a part of. If you are not familiar with Big Sunday’s mission this is non profit whose purpose is to build community through community service. It is never too early for kids to think about how they can give to others. Here are [...]

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Outdoor Ice Skating in Santa Monica at ICE

November 16, 2013 Play

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 [...]

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Multi Media Dance at Redcat Theatre Downtown this weekend!

November 9, 2013 Play

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 [...]

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TIP: Halloween candy – what to do with it, or the switch witch

November 4, 2013 Tips

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 [...]

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Toyota Symphonies for Youth at Disney Hall

October 2, 2013 Play

One of my all time favorite things to do with the kids is to go to a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. My Dad is an opera buff and I remember as a little girl he would take me to Lincoln Center in New York and then later, when we moved to DC to [...]

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