Celebrating the Year of the Dragon in LA

Happy 4,709! As you've probably heard, the Chinese New Year began on January 23, and it's the Year of the Dragon - associated with wealth, power and courage! I don't know about you, but I could use a little of all of that right about now. To honor the dragon (perhaps running into a little wealth, power, and courage en route?) we offer a list of All Things Dragon in LA, to show our little dragons more of what this year of fiery, auspicious legend has to offer. You can start with Chinatown's Golden Dragon Parade, of course, as well as a few other Chinese New Year Festivals, then move on to some less obvious dragons...

LA Unified School District Projects Get a Double Shot from Starbucks

I know - you've seen the uber-forwarded "Get two free tickets on Southwest" promise, and you remember all too well the faux "Bill Gates is sharing his fortune" email. But every now and then a too-good-to-be-true rumor comes along that is actually true, and we've got one for you. If you've heard the rumors that Starbucks and the Wasserman Foundation have teamed up to help LAUSD schools by funding teachers' pet projects - and that you, the Starbucks addict, get to choose how it happens - you have not been led astray. But you do need to get out there fast and caffeinate if you want to help your kids' school!

Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Underwater Parks, Noises, and Betty White: Jan 21 - 22

The weather’s looking a little cloudy this weekend, so why are hordes of locals heading to the beach? For the opening weekend of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo, of course! As we told you last week, we’re giving away a four-pack of tickets to the show, and you’re in luck: you have until Tuesday, January 24 to get your entry in.  

Without a doubt, Mommy Poppins is your number one source of the coolest, most enriching, and just plain awesome things to do with Southern California kids.  However, if there’s ever a day that our calendar of weekly events fails to provide you with the perfect activity to do with your kids (unlikely, true, but it could happen) no worries, we’ve still got you covered. Our latest post reveals our list of 100 Things to Do in LA with Kids Before They Grow Up. I for one can't wait to go skydiving at Universal Citywalk.

Keep reading for our favorite choices for this weekend, and to find out how a rainy day could be a winning proposition for you.

Cirque du Soleil: OVO - Family Four-Pack Give-away

Cirque du Soleil is back at the Santa Monica Pier, reminding us how lucky we are to live where we do, and we've got free tickets to share! There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing Cirque du Soleil put up its Grand Chapiteau, and this year's treat is particularly fun for kids; OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight, and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Acrobatic bugs - what could be better?

OK, we'll tell you what could be better: seeing the show for free! One lucky Mommy Poppins family is going to win a family four pack with great seats to see Cirque du Soleil's OVO for free! Read on to find out how to score four free tickets to the February 1, 2012 performance!

Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Turtles, Comets, and Earthquakes Jan 7 - 8

Happy 2012 everyone! We hope you rang in the New Year with all the frivolity and caution thrown to the wind that the night deserves, and maybe even made it through to midnight (don’t worry; East Coast time counts).  Now it’s time to get back on track, tidy up your messes, and follow through on your resolutions.

If one of your resolutions was to recycle more, we can help you off to a good start. Mommy Poppins has the low-down on Christmas tree recycling options throughout Los Angeles!

We now return to our regularly scheduled program of classes, shows and festivals to keep your kiddies occupied and amused. Keep reading for some of our favorite picks for this weekend.

Fun & Free Things to Do Christmas Weekend with LA Kids

Congratulations, folks; we've made it. We've spent weeks preparing, planning, shopping, making our lists and checking them twice, posing for holiday pictures and sending missives to our entire address book, and finally our hard work has paid off. The holidays have arrived.

No doubt many of you plan to spend Christmas Day home with friends and family. For those of you looking for activities outside the home, good news: we're here to help. First up, we offer 10 Things to Do on Christmas Day. And if your kitchen closes on Christmas Day, we present a list of Restaurants that are Open.

For holiday cheer that continues on into next week, might we suggest some of LA's finest Christmas Light Displays (and, if you're willing to hop on the freeway, More Christmas Light Displays outside of Los Angeles).

Take a break from wrapping (or unwrapping) your presents, and continue reading for some of our favorite picks for this holiday weekend.

Gift Ideas: Experience Gifts for Los Angeles Kids

According to a recent “study” in The Atlantic, Santa must deliver presents to a little more than 526,000,000 kids. That’s about 22 million kids per hour, or 61,000 per second. No small feat. And, I’m guessing with all those presents, a pretty heavy sleigh.

So, dear Santa Claus, if you’re reading this, consider lightening your load this year and throwing in a few gifts with less heft. Leave the toy sword at the North Pole and offer the kids a fencing class in its place. And rather than a miniature barn and plastic ponies, why not a horse ride through Griffith Park or riding lessons at the Traditional  Equestrian School?

Have a look at the other ideas we have gathered. And parents, you too! With these gift suggestions we just might lighten our holiday closet loads as well.

Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Merry-Go-Round, Sing-A-Long, and TWO Giveaways! Dec. 17 - 18

Okay, folks: we're in the homestretch. Christmas is a little more than a week away, but there's still plenty of time to get your reindeer in a row. Luckily, the elves at Mommy Poppins are working overtime to solve all your holiday quandaries.

Want to find the best and brightest Christmas displays? Mommy Poppins can shine a light on that.

Looking to volunteer or donate toys for the holidays? Our list will earn you a sackful of checks in the "Nice" column.

Worried about where to eat Christmas Day? We're serving up a full menu of options.

Spent so much on everyone's presents that you need a little treat yourself? How about not one but TWO GIVEAWAYS!

Keep reading for some of our favorite picks for this weekend, and to learn about our great big giveaways!

Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Breakfast, Boat Parades and Hanukkah! Dec 10 - 11.

It is a well-established fact that two weeks before Christmas is the start of boat season. At least, it would seem that way, given the number of Boat Parades floating through the Southland this weekend.  We’ve got five Christmas Boat Parades this week alone, and another four coming along next week.

Other running themes this weekend are Breakfasts with Santa (he eats his way across Los Angeles), snow (blanketing the city), Nutcrackers (trust us, there are a lot), and reading to dogs.  Actually, there’s only one reading to dogs, but how cool is that?

Keep reading for some of our favorite picks this weekend and to learn how Mommy Poppins can score you a discount to infinity… and beyond!


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