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11 Food Trucks Los Angeles Kids and Parents Love

The City of Angels is all about highbrow food in casual, comfortable settings, and nowhere is that more evident than the food truck scene. LA's food trucks offer up every cuisine mash-up imaginable, and between the trucks' websites, Twitter, and Instagram, it's easy to track down your favorites. A truck at a festival can be a little culinary surprise, but there's also a thriving, family-friendly, deliciously casual scene that pops up at regular local gatherings like the Santa Monica Food truck lotAbbot Kinney’s First Fridays, Natural History Museum First Fridays, and others. A bonus for us with food trucks is no worrying about the inevitable mess left behind by my little whirlwind, or trying to keep her butt in a high chair.

Here are the LA trucks I most enjoy tracking down with my tiny food critic.

Beyond the Goody Bag: 10 Great Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Kids

Whether you love them or hate them, party favors are still a huge part of any child’s birthday celebration. I happen to love figuring out favors for these festive occasions, because it’s creative and challenging—something I can happily pat myself on the back for, if done successfully. For that to happen, it needs to be equal parts pleasing for the kids and their parents, and either edible, memorable, practical, shareable, or charitable.

Do yourself a favor and read on for 10 ultra unique ideas to take your little guy or girl’s goody bag from basic to brag-worthy.

For more unique ways to fete your youngsters, check out our list of free ways to celebrate and 10 sweet alternatives to birthday cake, or learn how to create a DIY photo booth for the big event. Planning to celebrate your little one's first birthday soon? We've got ideas for your soon-to-be-turning-one babes, too. Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got birthday hints in the bag.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Renaissance Faire, Astronauts, Shakespeare, Japan Day

This weekend is not defined by any one thing. Unlike some weekends, when a single theme dominates (like, I dunno, Easter, for instance), this weekend is unfettered and free. It can be whatever you want it to be.

Want to laugh? Covered. Want to hear the music? We've got kindie rock and classical. Favorite characters come to life on stage, little creatures come to life under your care. Feel like you were born in the wrong century? Time for a redo. Do you see your future in the stars? We've got your ticket (and one for the train you rode in on). Spring break is mostly done, but we can help you usher it out with a berry cosmic burst.

Open your eyes to different culturesexplore the world in our own backyard, and dance like no one's watching. We're all just little creatures trying to protect our world: watch the little birdieshelp protect their habitat, and even build them a new oneWhy is this weekend different from all other weekends? Because it's about meeting your needsfinding your super powers, and getting you ready (and lookin' sharp) for the months ahead. Now go out there and do you!

Keep reading for our weekend picks that are uniquely suited to you.

32 Indoor Play Spaces: for Rainy Days or Other Odd Weather in LA & OC

It never rains in LA—except when it does. It's common knowledge that the roads around here become insane when water falls from the sky, but it's special mom knowledge that the living rooms become insane, too. And speaking of insane, ever try planning a birthday party outdoors in January? Sure, you might have one of those gorgeous days Manhattan moms covet, or you might end up calling 25 kids and rescheduling. Either way—rainy day or birthday—you need to know where the indoor playgrounds are in LA and Orange County.

Top 10 Kids' Resale and Consignment Stores around Los Angeles

Kids grow fast, and they need everything from swimsuits for the beach to (even just for a little while) snow gear for tubing. Having a few go-to consignment and second-hand stores for that next growth spurt is an absolute must. Bonus if you can sell or offload items, too! Here are our top picks for kids' consignment shops (plus a huge kid consignment event) around Los Angeles that are worth the trip. Just remember: inventory changes, so visit often.

Indie Toy Stores: LA's Best Spots To Shop for Toys

Toys. Kids love ‘em; parents wish they would put them away. But in this the age of electronics, we can all agree that a good old-fashioned manipulative beats a device with a screen any day. With even big toy store chains like FAO Schwartz and Toys 'R' Us closing shop, it's time for us to rally and support the local toy stores we love if we want them to be here next year—particularly the ones where you find an unusual gift just when you need it.

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

Our picks for April are in, and we've chosen a dozen plus of the most special activities from our Event Calendar, including literary outings, a pow-wow, and escapes into the mists of time. Of course, we'll send our newsletters with even more ideas as the weeks unfold, and we'll keep adding to our calendar daily; but we want to give you enough time to snag tickets for some of these extra special events in advance—or leave your day open—so you don't miss out on any favorites.

Click through to the full listings, and you can automatically add them to your personal calendar.

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