Wouldn't it be great if you could go camping this weekend? Well, guess what—you can! Just because you didn't plan your camping trip months in advance doesn't mean your tent has to stay in the bag. Pitch that tent tomorrow at one of these SoCal campgrounds that accommodate last minute campers (even on holiday weekends!), and then break out the marshmallows. And if you think your kids need a little more incentive to embrace disconnecting for a weekend, check out these SoCal campgrounds with extra entertainment.
Years spent at Nickelodeon prepared Roberta to launch Mommy Poppins' Los Angeles branch in 2011, eventually becoming Mommy Poppins Editor-in-Chief in 2013. Previously she served as LA Editor for GoCityKids, National Editor for ParentsConnect, and Editor for NickMom—all of which works out well for her son, who has grown up serving as Chief Guinea Pig for all things fun in LA and beyond.
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SoCal has no shortage of beaches, including plenty of classic, family-friendly beaches right here in Los Angeles. The only problem is all those other people who seem to know about them, too. As locals, we deserve a few beaches that only we know about, where we can enjoy the Pacific Ocean in our backyard without running into all the tourists who are just as happy at Santa Monica Pier anyway. Read on to discover the beautiful hidden beaches that even some Angelenos have never visited.
Summer's great, isn't it? So much time, so many things to do. And everything is open again this summer! All the things that we couldn't do for a whole year can be enjoyed all day (and even into the night, without the stress of school night bedtimes). Summer means not a care in the world—except how to pay for all this frivolity, right? The answer lies in free summer outings. Become an expert on how long your kids can get in free to Southland activities. Hit all the free museum days. And then start working your way down this list of totally free things to do with LA kids over the summer!
There are lots of ways to celebrate Father's Day around LA; the trick is figuring out what the dad at your house really wants. It's his day—you want to surprise him with something special and unexpected, like flying through the treetops, driving his dream car, watching Indy, or climbing aboard Air Force One. If you want this Father's Day weekend to revolve around something more exciting than a new tie, check out our ideas for dad-friendly, kid-friendly activities that he just might not see coming. We guarantee there are some Father's Day ideas on our list you hadn't thought of (and some you hadn't even heard of!).
Happy Father's Day from all of us at Mommy Poppins!
Have you heard about Boat Cinema? It's billed as a sort of floating drive-in, a float-in if you like, and with movie theaters closing right and left (RIP, Cinerama Dome and the whole Arclight family) this might be the coolest way to experience movies this summer. With Boat Cinema, this summer families in LA can watch movies on a big screen while lounging in small, family-sized boats.
Archery classes sound like something for Robin Hood, but a fair number of kids who see Brave or The Hunger Games end up curious about archery. Which means a fair number of their parents end up scratching their heads and saying, "Where do we do that??" Gymnastics classes, swimming classes—those are easy. But where to bring a would-be archer to string a bow and shoot some arrows? Less obvious, perhaps, but not as hard as you might think. And the even better news? These archery classes are usually free! (Or very low cost.)
Mother's Day, and the brunching is easy—and when we say easy, we mean the culinary version of a chick flick. This is not a day for the Denny's Lumberjack Slam (not that there's anything wrong with that); Mother's Day brunch begs coffee in carafes, ocean views, and maybe a harp plucked with a rose. The key is Mom's Choice—all day! And this year the choice includes deciding how and where your family feels comfortable celebrating: choose from gorgeous outdoor patios, dining indoors again with reduced crowds and social distancing, and even eating at home with customized family brunches to go.
Read on for some of our favorite restaurants that offer a pretty darn fabulous Mother's Day brunch, any way you want it.
Los Angeles is blessed with a whole bunch of summer camps (just check our camp guide and directory). Parents with kids who are driven to spend their summers focusing on musical theater, art, a particular sport, science, or even horseback riding have all the options in the world.
But sometimes summer needs to be about good old-fashioned swing-on-a-rope, splash-in-a-pool type fun. Sometimes what our kids really need is to spend a couple of weeks in the fresh air doing things that won't necessarily fill a college application, but sure will fill a memory book. For those types of summers, we offer up these great summer camps in the Los Angeles area that are all about playing outdoors.
For more summer camps in Los Angeles, including picks for preschool summer camps in LA and the best free and cheap day camps in town, be sure to bookmark our Los Angeles Summer Camp Guide and our Camp Directory where you can search for camps by type, age, and town.
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