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Children's Ski Lessons at Mountain High Rock!

Until this past weekend, one of the casualties of parenthood in our family was skiing. Of course, if I had been a true skiing fanatic I would have moved "Teach Child To Ski" higher up the priority list. Indeed, if I were a serious skier, I may even have felt qualified to teach said child to ski myself. Instead, I have vaguely contemplated the family ski resort options near LA each winter, and then realized that I have not made it to one each spring. After six seasons without skiing, I decided it was time to take the child by the horns and get someone to teach him to ski.

Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Valentines Galore and a Monster Giveaway: Feb 11–12

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday, and all around Southern California kids can craft  and hear stories and sip tea in honor of that most romantic of days. If you're still looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine's with your little ones, we've got plenty of heartfelt suggestions.

Nothing sets my heart aflutter like the simple beauty of children at play (what can I say, I'm a Mom!). As a gift to you, we've come up with a list of public school playgrounds that open up to the community when school isn't in session.

And for those who have a more heart-pounding definition of romantic, we have a giveaway to announce that's simply smashing!

Read on for our favorite picks for this weekend and to learn more about the giveaway...

Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: BFFs, Camellias, and California Cool: Feb 4–5

Superbowl Sunday means different things to different people. For some, it means hours glued in front of the TV, hanging with friends and chowing on hot wings and pizza.  For others (the rest of us), it means smooth sailing on the 405 and smaller crowds at our favorite hotspots. What better time to start checking off items on our “100 Things to Do with LA Kids” list?

If the clear skies this week have got you thinking about the summer, you’ll want to check out our list of outdoor summer camps. (If you’re not planning quite so far ahead, perhaps a local hike is in order.)

Read on for our favorite picks for this weekend.

A Faery Hunt: Auntie Angelica's Fairy Garden - Review

One of LA's hidden gems for little ones is an outdoor show known as A Faery Hunt, a gnomadic experience which is part hike, part play and all fun, taking place at several parks around town. Recently, the sprightly crew added an indoor show to the repertoire, Auntie Angelica Root's Fairy Garden, and it's a real crowd-pleaser among the under-eight set. Performances currently take place at Sherman Oaks' Whitefire Theater.

Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Dinosaurs, Dragons and Dora: Jan 28 - 29

One of the advantages we Angelenos have over other members of the Mommy Poppins family is the disproportionately idyllic weather we have. Last weekend we suffered through a whole day of rain. This weekend looks to be summer-like. It's time to go outside. Break out the sunscreen, because we’ve got you covered! You’ve no doubt pored over our list of the best LA area hikes for families. But what about those of you with little ones still in strollers? Are you limited to malls and sidewalks? Nope: check out our why-didn’t-I-think-of-that list of stroller-friendly hikes.

Clearly, we at Mommy Poppins are all about giving back. And we like it even better when drinking our morning Starbucks counts. If you, too, want to feel both caffeinated and good about yourself, you’ll want to read the Starbucks DonorsChoose post. Another way we like to give back is to give away tickets to the most awesome shows in town. Like Cirque de Soleil. Hey, remember last week when we gave away tickets to Cirque de Soleil: OVO? That made us feel so good that we’re giving away four tickets to OVO again!

Read on for our favorite picks for this weekend.

Cirque du Soleil: OVO - Review for Families

If you're on a quest to see how many times you can get your kids to say, "Wow!" in a two-hour period, take them to see Cirque du Soleil's OVO at the Santa Monica Pier - they'll break all previous records. In fact, allow us to make it easier for you: even though we've already given away a family four-pack of tickets to see OVO, now that we've seen for ourselves what a fabulous show for kids it is, we're giving away another set of four tickets to the February 1 performance! Read on to see how to enter!

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!

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