With summer right around the corner, parents have a lot of planning on their plates to ensure a fun-filled time away from school. There are many overnight camp choices for kids without dietary restrictions, but let's face it: for those who do have dietary concerns - gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, or other needs - the list is not as long. For those moms and dads who want overnight camps as a potential activity for their kids this summer, here's a list to consider, especially if diet is a concern.
The following camps are located throughout the west of the US and have a focus on special diets and accommodating food allergies.
Hollywood is full of things to do with kids—we have collected 25 of them—and you can easily spend the entire day. Which means you will need food! Hollywood is also full of restaurants. But once you weed out the fast food chains and big tourist chains, there are still plenty of kid-friendly local chains and independent restaurants, and we have selected 10 options. There is something for you if you want something quick, something historic or old-timey, or something new and fun. And even if your kids are picky eaters or have food allergies, they will enjoy something from this list!
Vroom Vroom! Does the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street send your kids running to watch? Would they love to sit in the trucks and maybe even take a ride? Do they know all the different types of trucks and haulers? Earth Day inaugurates the season of city yard open houses and recycling fairs, and - if you haven't heard - these events register high on the LA insider scale. Nearly 6,300 residents attended an open house last year.
You say it's your Earth Day; well it's my Earth Day, too, yeah! And yes, we're gonna have a good time. Earth Day is one of those holidays that just screams kids. And when we say scream, we mean outdoor voices. Oh, sure, Halloween has its ghosts and goblins; Christmas has its presents, and Easter has its chocolate bunnies (melting in the SoCal sun if not found quickly) - but Earth Day is a holiday for families to deeply appreciate the glorious Southern California great outdoors. It's a day for families of all backgrounds and cultures to join together in a mutual desire to keep our outdoors great for generations to come. And since loving the environment is something Californians take particular pride in, it's not surprising that there is an almost overwhelming variety of options for celebrating Earth Day around LA.
Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we've been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
Know what you can find behind the Natural History Museum? Unfettered joy. The annual Butterfly Pavilion takes its warm weather turn in the screened structure on the museum’s South Lawn, where the creepier Spider Pavilion appears each autumn. In springtime, all creepy crawlies are banished in favor of cutie crawlies, who are given room to transform into winged beauties that take children's breath away. From chrysalis to butterfly, the pavilion is full of magical moments.
Mommy Poppins is LA's favorite free online resource for parents and kids where you'll discover the inside skinny on where and what todo, see, learn, play, make, read, splash, eat, run amok, party and envy in the Los Angeles area with kids. We hope you like the site. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.