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37 Family Shows You'll Want To Plan Ahead To Catch in 2018

We live in the world capital of the entertainment industry, so when it comes to any kind of shows, especially the ones the whole family can enjoy, there's really no shortage of options. From musicals, concerts, and plays to high energy sports shows and performances, there is something exciting to see every month this year. The key is to know when.

Currently playing at Pantages is the hit Broadway musical Disney's Aladdin told through songs from the movie and new music — Genie-us! Other classic fairytales are sure to delight audiences this summer: The Sleeping Beauty comes to life through a ballet; the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Cinderella features beloved songs and new twists, and a much-anticipated musical production is presenting Beauty and The Beast through a new retelling. 

The ultimate live music experience arrives with Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour, and cartoon character favorites Peppa Pig, Daniel Tiger, and Paw Patrol are also touring through with interactive shows. Speaking of superstars, Dancing With the Stars' Light Up the Night Tour brings many of the professional dancers from ABC's eponymous hit show, while fresh off the Winter Olympics, the champions of the US figure skating team give a golden performance in Stars on Ice.

All this, and Cirque du Soleil's Luzia is still in the Southland until March. There are many more incredible shows not to be missed. Make sure to check our calendar, and add them directly to your own! 

15 Ideas for a Fun Winter Olympics Party with Kids

In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling—flips off the halfpipe! football-field-length ski jumps! a sport actually named skeleton!—the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions! Here are 15 ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics party, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. We’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, cultural understanding, wintertime, and family time.

LA's Newest Preschools: 9 Schools To Check Out Before Everyone Else Finds Them

Choosing a preschool is no small feat, especially in LA where there are so many options. From Montessori to Reggio and from nature-based to play-based, each preschool offers educational methods as varied as the colors of the rainbow. Of course, another thing most schools offer is waiting lists, so it's great to get in ahead of the curve on new preschools, before everyone else in town figures out how great they are. The nine schools below are all new to the scene, and all worth checking out!

Beauty and the Beast Aboard the Disney Dream: Cruising the Caribbean with Belle

Following last year's announcement of a Beauty and the Beast themed European river cruise, Disney Cruise Lines has opened a spectacular new stage production of Beauty and the Beast exclusively on the Disney Dream. I can’t recommend this show enough—it’s sure to be a highlight of anyone's vacation (maybe even more than the all-you-can-eat-soft-serve)—and who knew you could improve on a trip to the Bahamas?

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Free Dodger FanFest, Free Museums, Free Night on Broadway, & Monster Trucks

This weekend you can celebrate all that is great about Los Angeles, and you can do it for free. Guaranteed fun or your money back! (Which in this case would be nothing, since you didn't pay anything.)

Your Los Angeles Dodgers want to remind you that baseball season is just around the corner. They want you to come say hi and do it for free. Score one for the home team!

Los Angeles, home to like a quadrillion museums, wants to remind you that art is where you find it, but particularly in museums. And they want you to find it for free. I spy with my little eye: beauty! And it is free.

Downtown LA wants you to remember that LA does in fact have a Downtown, and it's brimming with culture (and apparently a Ferris Wheel). DTLA wants you to get super cultured, and do it for free. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares, and go Downtown, because it's free.  (But not the Ferris Wheel.)

So let your freedom flag fly and enjoy the free out of this weekend. Freedom isn't free, except when it is. And this weekend it is. Get your free on!

Feel free to keep reading for some of our free-vorite picks for this weekend.

Toys 'R' Us to Close 182 Stores Nationwide – See the Full List

On the heels of its bankruptcy filing last year, Toys "R" Us says it will close more than 180 stores nationwide, according to court documents submitted this week by the retailer. The restructing includes the closure of the Babies "R" Us in New York City's Union Square, the Toys "R" Us in the company's hometown of Wayne, New Jersey, more locations in the NYC suburbs of Westchester and Long Island, and across the country, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.

LA's Best Math Tutors: So Kids Do their Homework and Parents Don't

You may have found the perfect school for your kids, plus an after-school program they love, and yet still find that they need a little extra help. For some of us, the toughest moment in parenting happens when the math homework comes out. Even if we were great at math 30-odd years ago, the rules seem to have changed since then. For those who feel their kids want or need a little more guidance, or a push in their math skills, it can be confusing to know where to start—not to mention the fear that you’ll need to cash out your 401K to finance it. We’ve broken down the best ways to find local math tutors, including some ideas to avoid letting the cost grow exponentially.

Zimmer Children's Museum Moving to Santa Monica in 2018

Big news out of Santa Monica this morning: the Zimmer Children's Museum, the hugely popular Miracle Mile hub for the preschool set, is making a break for the beach. Macerich, owners of the recently refurbished Santa Monica Place mall, that sits with an ocean view at the end of the Third Street Promenade, announced today that it will be the new home of the Zimmer Museum by the end of 2018—giving families one more reason to spend a day in the seaside suburb.

Getting Started with Ice Hockey: Classes and Leagues at Rinks around LA and the Valley

Playing hockey on the local pond? Yeah, that'll happen when the Valley freezes over. But just because our kids can't go out back to hit a puck around like their snow-bound counterparts on the East Coast doesn't mean they can't get the ice time to pursue their Olympic hockey dreams -- the LA area produces some of the top figure skaters and hockey players in the country. Here are some top spots for kids to hit the ice and hone their hockey technique.

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