Google, let's play mini golf! The Google Mini Golf pop-up coming to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica finds a cool way to demonstrate Google Home products: with a voice and putter activated mini golf game.
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Settle down, padre; we get it. It’s Father's Day. This weekend it’s all about you. Dad’s choice from sunup to sundown: make way for baseball (with or without a game), BBQ and buffets, animated superheroes, and Bond, James Bond. Or, if you prefer, JoJo Siwa and faeries. As long as you’re happy, we’re happy. Yep, whatever it takes, no expense spared...
Psst: Moms and kids! Did you know there's a ton of cool stuff going on this weekend that you can take Dad to for free? Luxury cars on Rodeo Drive, no-cost concerts, movies by moonlight, festivals, and celebrations. You can even make him a variety of from
-the-heart gifts. All without dipping into the trust fund. There are also things you can do that cost money, if you're into that. (And we have a feeling some of it Dad will be very into!)
Whichever way you go, it's sure to be the bestest weekend ever, if you get to spend it together. Hey, look! Next week it's summer!
Keep reading for the father of all weekends...
And... action! As summer kicks off, a familiar annual scene is playing out at locations throughout the Southland: the season of free, nearly free, and gloriously cheap outdoor summer movie series has started rolling. At museums, parks, beaches, and malls, indoors and outdoors, in the early morning and by the light of the moon, families can catch both recent blockbusters and timeless classics for free or close to it. (While free is awesome, we think a dollar is still pretty good!)
Below you can find our comprehensive guide to free (and darn close to it) summer movie screenings and festivals. Click on the event names for more details, including movie titles. And keep checking back, because we'll continue to post more listings as they are announced, throughout the 2017 summer movie season.
Well take a look at that! An Observation Wheel—which is another way of saying a really huge Ferris wheel with a great view—is setting up shop in Long Beach next to the Queen Mary, for one month only. No mere amusement park ride (though we like those very much!), the Observation Wheel offers birds-eye views of the picturesque Long Beach sky line, the majestic Queen Mary, and beyond. This thing is so tall you may be able to spot the buffalo grazing on Catalina Island.
We Angelenos love our holiday lights, and we are blessed with an abundance of viewing opportunities. But sometimes logistics can be an obstacle, particularly for families with small children. Where do we park? How far do we have to walk or drive? Can we find all the displays…? One simple and family-friendly solution is the Zoo Lights display at the Los Angeles Zoo. This large scale sparkle, which replaces the old Griffith Park Lights drive-through event, puts everything you want to see within the grounds of the LA Zoo, and parking is free (merry Christmas to me!).
So it's October, and every body knows it. We're fairly cool with saying it's the month of thrills and chills and princess costumes, and yet... All Halloween all the time? Could it be a tad... dare we say. premature? No one wants to be a party pooper, (and no one wants to tell a 3 year old in a tiara no), so we try to have it both ways. That pumpkin patch? It's for the harvest. The costume exchange? Same thing. And the haunted house, too. (Just go with it.)
We can look at the moon, too, because it's an astronomical phenomenon and a cultural tradition, and not at all associated with seasonal spooks. And who doesn't go to the movies, year round, regardless of the season? Sometimes movies are just scary. And we go to the zoo, and ride trains, and it's all just every day, so-what-if-there's-a-pumpkin kind of stuff.
In fact, there are several honest-to-goodness, could happen any time but just happens to be now, "oh, is it October? Who knew?" events this weekend, some really good ones too. Some are even about the harvest....or are they?
Run, don't walk, to see what spookalicious treats we have in store for you for this weekend...
Well, hello, October! You snuck up on us like a gourd in the night, and here you are with your pumpkins and your mazes and your harvests. The Month of Hallows is upon us, and it's nothing but tricks and treats to the sweet, sweet end.
Starting this weekend you can visit a spooky farm and learn some spooky science, say boo! at the zoo and at a puppet show; you can hope for some plastic bricks in your treat bag (or some brews in your stein, if you are of age). You can hop on a train and howl at the moon. That banana you think you see? It's just a pumpkin. In a costume.
I'll let you in on a secret: some of the fun this weekend is so well disguised it doesn't appear to have a thing to do with Halloween! The Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum, the Orange County Children's Book Fest, Santa Monica's Coast Open Streets event... E-ticket activities, every last one of them, but Halloweeny? You wouldn't think so. And yet, if you think about it, any of these choices would be a perfect treat for this early October weekend.
Reach into our bag of tricky treats for this weekend...