Toby B

Toby B

Toby is our uber-busy events editor for Mommy Poppins LA. Feel free to send Toby events for our LA area calendar, or follow Toby on Google+.

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This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Dino Fair, Museum Day, Abbot Kinney Fest

We've been bemoaning the end of summer for a while now (back in school with summer favorites come and gone) so this may come as a surprise to you, but fall only officially starts this weekend. We're still saying goodbye to a few suspiciously summery series, with the LA County Fair and Festival of Children ending this weekend.

Yet for a supposedly autumnal weekend, there are a whole lotta festivities going on: festivals that splash, festivals that roarfestivals that make you shout Opa!  Festivals that remind you LA is a series of small towns, (with some very happening streets!), festivals that wiggle and waggle and put the dog on the board, festivals that make you put on a bib. And that's not half the festive festivities we've got going on this weekend.

Summer? It ain't over til the fat talented lady starts singing.  

Fall into our favorite picks for this weekend...

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Coastal Cleanup, Mexican Independence, & Pacific Standard Time

All the talk this week about Pacific Standard Time—it's not anything to do with clocks. It's about LA's influence on LA. Just about every museum in LA is offering a take on it. And it's not just exhibits; there are performances, free days, free days with performances... and Mexican Independence Day as well. The extra attention on Los Angeles and Latin America (yes, those are the two LAs) may be why folks are putting special effort into clearing out and cleaning up. (Except in my house, natch. Oh, poop!)

Or maybe all the cleaning has to do with the reports of spiders being seen in Exposition Park. Big, beautiful spiders—lots of them, and from the looks of things they're planning on staying a while. That's so LA!

Keep reading for our most LA (or most LA) picks for this weekend...

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Pirates, Lobsters, and Muppets

This season of Not Summer is in full swing, and so far it seems to be working for us. We still have lots of weekend fun with "festival" in the title (lobster, pirate, chalk); we still have movies under the stars, and we can still listen to concerts in the fresh air. And it's not 100° too much, so there's that.

I will warn you that this weekend marks the end of a few summer highlights. No fewer than four kid-friendly exhibits are coming to a close (though we do have a new museum opening up). The Levitt series in MacArthur Park is melting in the rain, and it's time to put out the free campfires in the park. It's all leaving me a little sad/happy. (If only I had the right emoji for that!)

Once again, our thoughts turn to our East Coast brethren. Our hopes are with all those in the hurricanes' paths. (For those recovering from Harvey's onslaught, our Houston site has information on resources available). Stay safe, dear friends!

Keep reading for the best picks for this Not Summer™ weekend...

Fun and Free Things To Do with LA Kids Labor Day Weekend

It had to happen sooner or later. After many fits and false starts, folks trying to bring our season of fun to a ridiculously early close (props to Torrance and Hermosa for doing it right), and a whole lotta bellyaching about how it’s not fair (um, that would be me), the time has come to acknowledge: summer break is over. It’s Labor Day weekend, and, while it may mark the end of summer, it’s also known in some circles as the biggest weekend of them all. We’re going to fill every moment with fairs and festivals, (hello, Sailor!), cook-offs and concerts, and enjoy the last hurrah of some favorite summer series.

And never fear: while your white-wearing days may be over, the fun is just beginning. Why, this weekend alone sees the return of a much loved festival in Santa Monica, vast quantities of chili in Malibu and Camarillo, and a struggle between Greeks and Hawaiians for control of Long Beach.

Of course, this Labor Day weekend our celebrations are tempered by our concern for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you'd like to know how to help the families of Houston, our Houston editors have put together a guide to both giving and finding help in the aftermath of the storm.

Keep reading for our most Laborious picks for the weekend...

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Cardboard Regatta, Fiesta La Ballona, Brick Fest

Group high-five, guys: we survived the blotting out of the sun! (Hopefully with no residual damage.) You know what else we can survive? The return to school. The end of summer (and of some of our favorite summer series). The segue into shorter days and longer nights, which is kinda like blotting out the sun but gradual and with less fanfare. Totally no biggie, because we still got the fattest, most lush events calendar this side of the ecliptic.

Like this weekend, for instance. We get to say hello to a new American Girl, wish a city Happy Birthday, (and another), build monuments out of tiny bricks, and sea-going vessels out of cardboard boxes. There's a fiesta in Ballona, a fest in Venice, and a festival full of tacos. We can dance for free and find different ways to feed the hungry

We still have loads of free concerts (including one by Cuban American jazz legend Arturo Sandoval) and lots of under the stars movies to keep us going. Or, you can skip the movies and just watch the stars. We have free puppet shows, free Shakespeare, and free games at the museum. All in all: not too shady.

Keep reading for our "sun's still shining" picks for this weekend...

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Natsumatsuri, Hammer Fest, and Tchaikovsky

The sun will come out tomorrow. At least I think it will. We’re good at least through the weekend, but after that all bets are off. No one knows what will happen next week, but me and my shadow are determined to make hay while the sun shines. And eat BBQ. And dance and sing along.

Luckily, this is a good weekend to wrap up summer break. Both the Hammer and the Japanese American National Museum have big festivals, free and full of extras, (like frogs and cotton candy).  The Hollywood Bowl blows up the sky with its fare this weekend, and Pershing Square proves punk is not dead. The weekend offers opportunities to see luminaries from the worlds of literature, sport, and patrolling, and maybe get some pointers on surviving the coming plunge into darkness

So straighten up and fly right, and don't forget to clean up the place on your way out.

Keep reading for our sunniest picks for this weekend...

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Elephants, South Bay CicLAvia, and Dan Zanes

Let's talk about the elephant in the room: some of you are going back to school next week. Let's talk about the elephants of the wild: the LA Zoo devotes this weekend to exploring the care and conservation of these majestic creatures (as well as their plush cousins).

There's also a wolf, as in Peter and the Wolf, or Peter y La Loba as our friends Lucky Diaz and the Family Band Jam say. They're putting on a free show this weekend, and you know who else is as well?  Dan Zanes, who's pretty much our all time favorite, and his show is free free free at the Getty (which is also home to one of LA's best hills for rolling down).

If you want your kids to get a taste of the kind of music you grew up with, then hurry up and bring your jukebox money because the B-52s are putting on a—you guessed it—free show at Pershing Square. You can also show them your 90s and hip-hop moves. That's what we call taking them to school, before you, you know, actually take them to school. Because school is starting. And that's the elephant in the room.

Keep reading for our most elephantine picks for this weekend...

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Ventura Fair, Morphin Shakespeare, Getty Garden

I'm going to try to ease you in to this gently. Not to say your summer is over or anything, but you might want to start getting ready for, you know, um, school.

There I said it. It's not so bad, is it? You still have a few weeks, give or take, depending on your school district. And whether or not school is back in session, there are still some pretty awesome summertime-only events going on, just getting started in fact. One: The Actors' Gang's so-crazy-they-might-be-genius, kid-centric Shakespeare in the Park. This year they've got Midsummer Nights Dream by way of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Two: the Getty Garden Concerts, this year starting off with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Three: back-to-school events at malls and community centers....  Did I lose you there? I was just trying to sneak it in... 

STARBUCKS BOGO! There, everyone should be happy now. Even the kids who have to go back to school...

Keep reading for our most educational picks for this weekend...