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Project Scientist Summer Camp Was Made for STEM-Loving Girls

There's lots of talk about encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers, but one mom is on a mission to show them how it's done. 

No stranger to gender stereotyping as she pursued a STEM major in college, Sandy Marshall saw the need for a full-time STEM camp that supports girls, busts gender stereotypes, and surrounds campers with the female role models she didn't have—and needed! The working mother of two science-savvy daughters founded Project Scientist, for girls ages four to twelve, in 2011 with locations in North Carolina and California. Project Scientist isn't just STEM activities and labs; campers have the opportunity to meet a female STEM professional every day and take weekly field trips to STEM companies—so girls see careers in STEM in real life. 

The Butterfly Pavilion Returns to the Natural History Museum

Everyone's all a-flutter at the Natural History Museum. The seasonal re-opening of the Butterfly Pavilion took place over the weekend, giving us months of access to the unfettered joy that is an afternoon among the butterflies. The old pavilion was replaced by an entirely new screened structure a few months ago, still on the museum’s South Lawn, and the doors are now open once more for some delightful flutterby time on the site that becomes the creepy Spider Pavilion come autumn. From chrysalis to butterfly, the pavilion is full of magical moments, which is why it rates as one of our 100 things to do with LA kids before they grow up.

A Playground in a Movie Theater? For Real? For SoCal!

Cinépolis, the Latin American movie theater chain, debuts one of its most family-friendly features in Southern California this weekend—but when we say feature, we're not talking movies. The cinema giant has had big success with its innovative movie theater playgrounds for antsy kids south of the border, and two of its US locations are poised to let local kids give it a try. Thinking of seeing Beauty and the Beast this weekend? Why not see it where little ones can romp if the action feels slow, scary, or otherwise less appealing than a giant slide?

Kid-friendly Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations around LA

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're all FREE. Let the good times roll!

Best Things To Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Valentines, Globetrotters, & Grammy Concert, February 11-12

We love you. We really, really love you. We love you cupcakes and puppy dogs. We love you whales and dragons and butterflies. We love you rock stars and flowers and noisy, bashing cars. We love you parades.

We want to make you Valentines to show you our love. We want to make other people Valentines to show you our love. We want to ride our bikes, dance flamenco, and do tricks with balls to show you our love. How do we love you? Let us write you a poem to show you how.  

So...   um... just wondering.... how do you feel about us? Maybe enough to keep reading for our most beloved picks for this weekend…?

Mostly Free Valentine's Day Activities: Cards, Crafts, and Things To Do

Valentine's Day is always on February 14, and yet somehow it seems to sneak up on our family each year in plain view, taking us by slow motion surprise. For weeks we've known that we need to come up with Valentine's Day cards for every kid in the class (and we all know what's happened to class sizes). Putting two and two together to make 27 construction paper hearts, though, always proves harder than we think. To avoid a late-night glue stick session on February 13, or a last minute defeated run to Target for a package of Dora and Diego cards, we have assembled a list of events to get help and inspiration for Valentine's Day card craft projects—before February 14. And the photo above? It speaks for itself.

10 Chinese Lunar New Year Festivals for Families around Los Angeles

Time to say Gung Ha Fat Choy to our kids, wish them a happy Year of the Rooster, and bring them to a Chinese New Year festival! LA families have several opportunities to greet the Lunar New Year, from low-key neighborhood events to Chinatown's century old grand scale festival. One thing they all have in common is beautiful imagery, so bring a camera and get ready for the Year of the Rooster at one of the family-friendly events below.

January GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

Phew. Is it over? So much planning goes into December that it's a little hard to believe when it turns up in our rear view mirror; but the calendar page has flipped, and it's all eyes on 2017. Luckily we don't have to wait too long until the next holiday weekend (complete with a few parades), and of course January is the perfect time to enjoy a day of skiing or sledding. We've got 10 don't-miss events to recommend in January; so recycle that tree and fasten your seatbelts for another year of fabulous ways to enjoy being a family in LA!

New Year's Day in Los Angeles: 15 Fun Things To Do with Kids

The last holiday of winter break or the first holiday of the new year - however you look at it, New Year is a day for family time; and if you chose a kid-friendly New Year's Eve activity, you probably even have the energy for an early start. You could choose an outing from our list of 40 Things To Do While Everyone Else Is Out of Town, but how to know if it's an option on the holiday? All of the outings below are great choices for a New Year's Day activity—in fact some of them can only be enjoyed on January 1st. Happy New Year!

How To Recycle Your Christmas Tree in LA

On the 12th day of Christmas my city gave to me - a chance to recycle my Christmas tree!

Whether from a lot at the corner or a cut-your-own farm in LA's outer regions, we lug those lovely-smelling, triangular chunks of evergreen wonder home on top of our cars each December amid singing, warm drinks, and family bonding. Thoughts of what will become of them a few weeks later are pushed to the outer regions of our To Do Lists. Well, the 12th day of Christmas is fast upon us, and our To Do Lists have come home to roost. Exhausting as it may sound after all the revelry, recycling a Christmas tree does not have to be difficult to arrange; all you need is a little information - which we've taken the time to assemble here!

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