Food is one of the fraught topics of parenting. From day one it’s us against them when it comes to eating. Having spent weeks with a lactation expert for baby number one, I thought I had it down, but baby number two had other ideas. Moving on to solid food, our kids really show us who is boss. They like what they like and will eat what they will eat - even if that means pizza as vegetable and ice cream as protein. Meanwhile, mom and dad are craving something ethnic. You know, a little spice, more than one ingredient, maybe even a variety of vegetables. It may sound more daunting than another round of nuggets at Kids Eat Free night, but with a little planning your family could have a tastier, more exotic dinner out.
So if a Southern California groundhog sees his shadow, does that mean we have six more weeks of... the same sunny weather we always have? Because, no offense to anyone who might be snowed in, but even the coldest days of our winter are oddly lacking in winter-like qualities. (Except for all the snow.)
Then again, we may be skipping spring altogether, because this weekend we get a visit from the boys of summer: yourLos Angeles Dodgers are inviting folks over for a baseball love fest. So, in keeping with the season, why not get a move on and enjoy the great outdoors? Unless it rains, in which case you should totes stay inside.
Keep reading for some of our most seasonal picks for this weekend...
February is a time to appreciate where we live perhaps more than any other - not simply because of the opportunity to celebrate the valentines, presidents, parades, and whales below, but also because we live in a place where we can ski if we want to without ever having to move our cars out of the way of snowplows. Our hearts go out to our friends and family in other states, of course; they really should come to visit. We'll use our weekend event roundups, our 100 Things List, and our February GoList to show them a good time, while they escape that Polar Vortex thing they're all wound up about.
All of the cooler-than-cool activities below are on our daily events calendar, but a little extra notice can be helpful to make sure your kids don't miss out. Click through to the full listings so that you can automatically add them to your calendar. Happy February!
What makes a perfect snack? How about simple, healthy and done in three easy steps? The fact that these yogurt covered strawberry hearts are also cute as a button is just a plus. So pop a tray of these in your freezer. The hardest part will be waiting for them to freeze.
The simple truth is that we Southern Californians are less inclined to seek out rodents to predict the weather than are our Eastern counterparts. The weather doesn't hold the same mystery for us as it does for, say, New Englanders. But that doesn't mean we have to be left out in the cold on Groundhog Day. After all, who can resist the fun of an entire holiday dedicated to ambushing a small, furry animal first thing in the morning and scrutinizing its shadow (or lack thereof)? So while the people of Punxsutawney put on their top hats to attend their highly scientific meteorological gathering, how about we find some ways to show that we care about their weather, too? After all, if the little guy is calling a premature end to ski season, we might want to know.
We're having a big blizzard (supposedly) here on the east coast, but even if you live in warmer climates, you can have a bit of winter fun with this super simple ice experiment. Melting ice with salt is an easy activity that even a preschool scientist (or future Snow Queen) can undertake. Children will delight watching how the salt melts the ice -- and can try to make sculptures, too. Don't let the cold weather bother you; experimenting with these frozen fractals indoors is a lot of fun!
There truly are hundreds of things to do in the L.A. Basin, and many of our neighborhoods have at least 25 reasons to visit. Studio City, named for the business that makes our locale a world renowned destination, is one of those places. This particular section of the San Fernando Valley, still technically part of the City of Los Angeles, was created by the Central Motion Picture District in 1927 - and has a lot more kid entertainment than you might think.
Heading to the library on a Monday morning is a gentle way to begin the week, and the Central Library in Glendale has a drop-in play day. Stay, play, browse, and definitely bring home some reading material for the rest of the week. I love libraries when a holiday approaches; there are bound to be plenty of books about Valentine’s Day to distract little ones from the candy by focusing on the spirit of the day and its origins.
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