16 Holiday Gifts Moms Will Love & Actually Use

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When it comes to holiday gifts, moms are pretty easy. While we love the classics (pasta necklaces, salt dough ornaments and DIY photo frames), we also love anything that lets us splurge on ourselves a little. From stacked necklaces to coffee and delightful goodie boxes, we’ve carefully curated a list of gifts perfect for every kind of mom. Keep scrolling to find out what we would love to unwrap this year.


Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Ribbed Ceramic Candle

$32 & up   BUY NOW

This stunning candle is decor in itself with the ceramic base. Choose from three different scents.


Birth Month Flower Kit

$35   BUY NOW

They’ll love this simple flower kit that includes everything necessary to watch flowers grow from seed to bloom.


The Merino Slipper from Rothy's

$155   BUY NOW

Released just in time for holiday shopping, these slippers from her favorite brand will make any mom feel relaxed and appreciated this holiday season. They go from home to school pickup line in a flash.


Reclaimed Bread Board

$60   BUY NOW

Keep it simple with a stunning reclaimed wood board. Use it for cheese, bread, pizza and more.


Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask

$20   BUY NOW

It might sound like a drink rather than facial care, but this cult-favorite mask is super hydrating and offers a boost of Vitamin C as well.


Rifle Paper Co.'s Floral Serving Tray

$48   BUY NOW

Handmade in Sweden, these charming 15” serving trays come in three bright designs.


Valerie Madison XO Earrings

$95   BUY NOW

These stud earrings come in different metals and offer tons of style while being safe from little grabbing hands.


In Good Taste's CA Mixer

$65   BUY NOW

One should never have to choose just one type of wine. With this mixer, they’ll get a whole range of California styles.


Surf Shack's Sunset Groove Puzzle

$30   BUY NOW

From a Hawaii-based small business comes an uber-cool collection of puzzles by artists.


Caputo’s Online Cooking Classes

$99   BUY NOW

The foodie in your life will be thrilled with a cooking class in themes that vary from cheese boards to chocolate, a Tour of Italy and more.


Franklin 12

$29   BUY NOW

This planter comes in four different colors and will make a green thumb out of just about anyone.


Welly Traveler

$33   BUY NOW

The popular line of water bottles just dropped a limited-edition line in collaboration with BIPOC artist Walker Noble!


I Want It All Bangle Set

$45   BUY NOW

Imagine having (almost) everything you need right where you need it. We love this key bangle that also includes a place for hand sanitizer, a USB charger and a reusable tote bag.


Presentation Box Wellbeing

$37   BUY NOW

This box of infusions has over 20 selections that purify, invigorate and invite serenity.


Xyron Creative Station

$80   BUY NOW

Perfect for the crafty mom, this machine will produce creative invitations, laminate baubles and more.


Classic Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Collection

$70   BUY NOW

A perfect trio of cheese from one of the country's best cheesemakers.

—Amber Guetebier & Gabby Cullen

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If you’re thinking of hosting a kids birthday party at a local park in Los Angeles, certain features are a must—think lots of shade, a picnic area and convenient parking. The parks on our list have all that and then some (and, they’re a relative bargain compared to some indoor spaces to rent for kid’s birthdays). Read on for all the details for the best playgrounds for kid’s birthday parties in LA.

Griffith Park: The Party Corral & Southern Railroad

Why It Rocks: While Travel Town is one of the most beloved birthday party destinations for kids in the city just around the bend, is an equally exciting option? The Party Corral and Southern Railroad. For two hours, kids are treated to an old-west themed party which includes a covered picnic area, a visit from miniature farm animals, and one pony and a handler. To cap off the celebration, board the Southern Railroad train for a scenic mile-long ride that will please everyone at your party. How’s that for having your cake and eating it too?

How to Book: For up to 15 kids, the rate is $375 for 2 hours. Additional time can be added for a fee. Train tickets are $3 per ride but are available at a discount when purchased in bulk.  

Bonus Tips: Parties looking for that little extra something, can request a visit from Snowball the resident unicorn!

4400 Crystal Springs Dr.
Griffith Park
Online: griffithparkponyride.com

photo: Rustic Canyon Recreation Center

Pacific Palisades: Rustic Canyon Recreation Center

Why It Rocks: Excellent climbing trees provide plenty of shade on Rustic Canyon's playground, which also has picnic tables for grown-ups to rest while kids run around. There's also basketball courts, a baseball diamond, and BBQ pits. 

How to Book: Applications for use of the facilities can be downloaded on the LA Parks website

Bonus Tips: There's indoor space available as a rain plan and plenty of parking in the Rec Center's lot. 

601 Latimer Rd
Santa Monica
Online: laparks.org

West LA: Glen Alla Park

Why It Rocks: Enclosed Glen Alla Park is perfect for pirate tots looking to escape with their treasure. The playground features all the usual park amenities plus the chance for kiddos to daydream about life on the high seas. Sure, little ones might incessantly scream “ahoy matey” for the duration of the party but who cares when you are living your best life on the high seas safely on land?  

How to Book: Jumpers are permitted but must be provided by an approved city vendor. Permits for any picnic area can be reserved by calling (310) 836-1040.    

Bonus Tips: For those parents and non-pirates looking to take a load off, there’s a large grassy area surrounding the playground just outside the gate. Bring some blankets or a lawn chair for ultimate comfort.

4601 Alla Rd.
Marina del Rey
Online: laparks.org

Manhattan Beach: Polliwog Park

Why It Rocks: Kiddos go hog wild for Polliwog! South Bay’s premiere park sits on 18 acres of land which features grassy knolls, picnic areas/grills, a pond, and gazebos. But the biggest draw here by far is the curly wurly slides at the playground. With tons of party-perfect areas to choose from, throwing your little one’s next birthday shindig here is a no-brainer.  

How to Book: Locals get dibs on dates and can book 6 months in advance. Call reservations (310) 802-5448 to inquire about the availability for any one of the eight picnic tables and three gazebos.  

Bonus Tips: Check out the pond gazebo if you’re looking for easy access to both the pond and playground. Bouncers aren’t allowed on site, so for kids looking to burn off a little more energy, we suggest renting the climbing wall across the street at Manhattan Heights park.

1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach
Online: citymb.info

Los Angeles: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Why It Rocks: This low-key gem offers partygoers the chance to revel in breathtaking views of the city while enjoying the tranquility of a Japanese garden and hiking trails. Parents and kids alike will be awestruck by the magnificence of this massive 338-acre park. With options to BBQ, run (around the playground), and jump (in that bounce house) all day long, this park boasts the best of all worlds.

How to Book: To book one of the four picnic areas near the playground, give the office a shout at 323-298-3660. 

Bonus Tips: This park is as uncrowded as they come, even on weekends. Take advantage of the breathing room and let the kids roam free.    

4100 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: parks.lacounty.gov

Pacific Palisades: Will Rogers State Historic Park

Why It Rocks: Got a little cowpoke on your hands? Set up a birthday party at Will Rogers State Park where you can rent picnic tables, tour the namesake's home, and if your time it correctly, have an actual polo game playing in the background (at least during the summer months). 

How to Book: The rangers at WRSHP arrange for picnic table reservations, and there's a fee of $100 to reserve five tables or more. Call 310-454-8212 x101 for reservations.

Bonus Tips: There's plenty of shade to keep little ones cool on hot da. There are also numerous trails to explore and a big open lawn for lots of running around. 

Will Rogers State Park Rd.
Los Angeles
Online: parks.ca.gov

Griffith Park: Travel Town

Why It Rocks: There’s two, there’s four, there’s six, there are eight...reasons Travel Town has been a birthday party park staple for over fifty years. With model trains to watch, vintage trains to climb, and a real mini train to ride, there’s never a dull moment for train-loving kids. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area or rent an actual train car (air-conditioned!). The staff help with everything and are super friendly.

How to Book: Call 323-662-5874 two-to-three months in advance to rent a train car (fitting either thirty or forty guests). You'll get the train for three hours which includes tables, chairs, and a refrigerator inside. All picnic areas outside can be reserved as well between 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (no bouncers).

Bonus Tips: Take your train party to the next level by having Travel Town’s staff bring mats, building pieces and over 50 train sets for your little engineers to chug during your party. Call the gift shop at 323-668-0104 ext. 11 for this service which costs extra. When packing your party gear, keep in mind you’ll be walking pretty far with it—ask for the dollies they have available to borrow. The regular train ride (two laps around) costs $3 but you can get a lower group rate for twenty or more tickets at $2.75 each.

5200 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: traveltown.org

RELATED: Our Ultimate Guide for Train-Obsessed Kids

Highland Park: York Park

Why It Rocks: Built on the grounds of an old gas station this park is where it's at for city slicker tots. A bright teal and orange, shock-absorbent surface keeps kids bouncing along this quaint urban jungle. Kids here will have the time of their lives chasing each other through the gigantic tree trunk and zooming down the snake slide. The play structure is also equipped with monkey bars and climbing surfaces. Explorers and Superheroes in your kid's crew can scale rocks to the top of the tree or slink across a webbed rope. Revved-up kiddos can take a breather at the base of the tree trunk and pound on the musical instruments until their ready for more action.  

How to Book: To inquire about and apply for a permit, contact: (323) 255-0373.

Bonus Tips: Is your kid over cupcakes and cake? We got you covered: Donut Friend is just a block away! 

4948 York Blvd.
Highland Park
Online: laparks.org

Santa Monica: Tongva Park

Why It Rocks: A perennial favorite of Westside families who frequent this gorgeous oasis, Tongva Park offers a legendary splash pad (closed at the moment for maintenance) that will keep kiddos giddy and entertained all party long. For those kids who prefer drier land, toddlers and grade-schoolers can climb up the soft turf hill and go bumpety bump down the roller bar slide. This park is a sensory explosion for little ones looking to party!

How to Book: No permit or reservation (read: money) required! All patrons must abide by park rules, and as long as your party is under 150 guests, you’re welcome to show up whenever you like and decorate as you wish. Picnic tables are available first come first served, so arrive early to snag a couple.

Bonus Tips: Bounce houses are not allowed on the premises but with a park this close to Santa Monica Pier, who needs one?! Make sure you bring food or have the party catered as grilling is not permitted on-site.

1615 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica
Online: tongvapark.smgov.net

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Santa Monica: Clover Park

Why It Rocks: On any given Sun., there are at least five different birthday parties bumping at once at Clover Park. But with a park this size (including 16 BBQ grills), everyone has enough space to spread out and get in on the fun. Toddler birthday parties with a few activities and games (a pinata is a must) are best served here. While parents looking for a little friendly competition can get their volley on over at the sand court.      

How to Book: Reserve your space for 4 hours, (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Santa Monica residents pay $77 while non-residents pay $116. Additional hours can be reserved for a fee. 

Bonus Tips: Street parking is a cinch to snag along the perimeter of the park.  

2600 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica

Online: smgov.net

photo: Malibu City

Malibu: Malibu Bluffs Park

Why It Rocks: Guests, both young and old(er) will have the time of their lives at six-acre Malibu Bluffs Park, which overlooks the Pacific. The playground is both toddler and big kid approved and there is a soccer field and baseball diamonds. Kiddos will have a field day exploring the hiking trails and discovering the whale watching deck equipped with telescopes.  

How to Book: Facility rentals can be submitted via email, fax or mailed

Bonus Tips: Unlike most city and state parks in LA County, Malibu Bluffs Park allows beer and wine (must be consumed in a rented tent) on the premises—cheers to that!  

24250 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu
Online: malibucity.org

photo: Tracy Pontelle

Calabasas: Juan Bautista de Anza Park

Why It Rocks: It’s all fun and games until that valley heat sears the frosting off your kid’s Peppa Pig cake. Keep everyone (and everything) from melting down and book the multi-purpose room with air conditioning. This facility checks off all the boxes (clean, spacious and vibrant) and even provides friendly staffers to set up the room. Meanwhile, kids can kick it outside while you keep a watchful eye on them and those dazzling panoramic views.

How to Book: You can book the multipurpose room for $65 per hour (up to 75 guests) by calling 818-880-6461.

Bonus Tips: For the youngest party people (read: crawlers), there’s a side room where you can set up activities and toys at no additional charge!

3701 Lost Hills Rd.
Calabasas
Online: cityofcalabasas.com

 

If you’re looking for creative ways to celebrate while social distancing, check out our roundup of virtual birthday party ideas for LA kids. 

—Janelle Connor & Leigh Crandall

feature image via iStock

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Free Things to Do with Kids in LA This Month

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Editor’s note: Because events are changing rapidly, make sure to check the websites for the latest information.

December can be pricey with all the holiday gifting and eating out (unless you reference our guide for where kids can eat for free in LA)! Fear not Angelenos, we’ve found a boat load of fun and free things to do in Los Angeles with kids that will keep everyone entertained while keeping some much-needed cash in your pocket.

photo: iStock

Free Activities & Events in Los Angeles

Sensory Santa Event: RSVP your spot to chill with Santa Claus at this sensory-sensitive event that provides a calm approach to hanging with the jolly guy. Dec. 5 & 12. Event details.

The Story Pirates Perform at the Wallis
The Story Pirates return to the Wallis for this first in-person family show in nearly two years! The award-winning cast presents some of their Greatest Hits from their podcast and albums, including “All 8 Unicorns” and “The Wizard Who Could Just Go Poof.” The show will feature a song from one of their albums making its live performance debut!" Dec. 11. Event details.

Help Restore Paramount Ranch: The goal of this restoration is to expand important riparian habitat and return native cover to areas that burned in the Woolsey Fire. Work will consist of planting hundreds of live plants grown from locally collected seed to rebuilding creek habitat that has disappeared from the site. This activity is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Every Fri. & Sat. throughout Dec. Event details.

CicLAvia Is Back!: On Sun., Dec. 5, CicLAvia will open up 5.3-miles of streets in South LA connecting the neighborhoods of South Central, Exposition Park, Leimert Park and Crenshaw. For all ages and abilities, the public is invited to bike, skate, scooter, run, walk, skateboard, hitch a ride on a pedi-cab, spectate and enjoy the route. CicLAvia is a free, open event—show up anywhere along the route at any time, and have fun! Dec. 5. Event details.

PS: For More Biking Fun, Check out the Best LA Bike Rides, Trails and Paths for Biking with Kids

First Free Art Class for kids 5-12 from The Artist Lab LA: The Artist Lab + Education of Los Angeles is an afterschool Program developed from our flagship studio, The Artist Lab in Irvine, to serve the youth of greater Los Angeles communities. Located in the Larchmont area of Los Angeles, check out a free trial class. Various dates in Dec. Event details.

Dreamcatcher Workshop: Michael Williams from the Wichita people will lead two workshops on how to create dreamcatchers using local plants. Michael will also discuss the traditional uses of a dreamcatcher and how to properly use one. Reservations are required for the 15 available spots. The workshop will take place outside on the front porch. Dec. 19. Event details.

December Drop-in Botanical Garden Tour at UCLA La Kretz Garden Pavilion: Join a Garden Educator for a free guided tour of the garden on the first Saturday of the month at 1pm. We’ll hear the stories of a selection of plants in the garden, and their relevance to human society. All ages welcome. Dec. 4. Event details.

Free Holiday Events around LA

Beverly Hills Glowing Reeds Audio & Light Show: Now through Jan. 1, 2022, swing over to the Beverly Hills sign North Santa Monica Blvd. at North Canon Dr. and watch and listen to the public art show. Timed at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. is a bonus show at 9 p.m. Throughout Dec. Event details.

L.A. County Holiday Celebration: The Emmy Award-winning “L.A. County Holiday Celebration” returns to celebrate its 62nd anniversary with a free, live in-person holiday spectacular. The annual event will feature over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures that make up L.A. Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actor Brian White are back to co-host. Returning performers include the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, gospel singers Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, klezmer band Mostly Kosher and two-time GRAMMY award-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. Newcomers include Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance and cellist and autistic savant Adam Mandela Walden. Tickets to the in-person event are free, although the line usually begins to form around noon. Proof of vaccination for Covid-19 or a negative test within 72 hours will be required for admission. Masks must be worn throughout the performance. Dec. 24. Event details.

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade: Bundle up and go watch the holiday boat parade in Marina del Rey from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Dec. 11. Event details.

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Must-See Art Exhibitions in Los Angeles

photo: Kehinde Wiley

Obama Portraits Tour: From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the museum’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama have become iconic. Open daily except Wed. Advanced reservations required. 

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: lacma.org/art/exhibition/obama-portraits-tour

Black American Portraits Tour: To complement the presentation of The Obama Portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald on tour from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, this collection spans over two centuries from c. 1800 to the present day, with approximately 150 works draws primarily from LACMA’s permanent collection and highlights emancipation and early studio photography, scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, portraits from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, and multiculturalism of the 1990s. Open daily except Wed. Advanced reservations required. 

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: lacma.org/art/exhibition/black-american-portraits

Fire! Science & Safety: The newest exhibit to open at The California Science Center is all about fire safety and prevention. Set in a “typical” Los Angeles home presented as a training site for young “fire danger detectives.” Guests will find themselves at the Casa del Fuego Apartments, #911, where they can explore an immersive environment and engage in hands-on activities to learn about the science of fire, discover fire hazards and practice fire-safe behaviors. Open daily.

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: californiasciencecenter.org

Richard Avedon Exhibit: Ten photographs on view are from the original exhibition prints created for the 1985 debut of the series, and have not been shown together publicly since. "Avoiding the landscape imagery that had defined the West in earlier photography—and in the popular imagination—he decided to present the region through images of its inhabitants. The result is a key achievement within Avedon’s oeuvre and a defining moment for contemporary portraiture." Now through Dec. 18.

456 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills
Online: gagosian.com

Women Painters West—A Century of California Women Artists: The exhibition features 100 new, contemporary works by current Women Painters West members inspired by past member artists, as well as showcasing 25 original paintings by past members on loan from Southern California museums and private collections that commemorates the heritage, challenges and accomplishments by members of Women Painters West for the last 100 years. The month of Dec.

1601 West Mountain St.
Glendale
Online: brandlibrary.art

 

Outdoor Activities around LA That Are Always Free

Parks, Splash Pads & Tide Pools

photo: Jenifer Scott

Explore Tide Pools Near Me

From the Malibu tide pools to those down in Laguna Beach, discover starfish, sea urchins, crabs, anemones and more at these awesome, tucked-away tide pools along the coast

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Cool Down at a Splash Pad

Nothing beats a hot day like playing in a cool, splashground. Just grab the hats, sunscreen and a towel and your day is made. To find a splash pad nearby, check out our comprehensive list of the best splash pads and spraygrounds near LA—all without spending a dime.

Investigate a New Playground

We've got a running list for the most fun playgrounds around LA—some may even be hiding in your own neighborhood. Check out these gems and never hear "I'm bored" again...almost.

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Spend the Day at Grand Park

There's always something fun happening here! Home to one of our favorite fountains and splashpads (when it's open for waterplay), playgrounds and outdoor art exhibits makes Grand Park a fun and easy destination for everyone in the family to spend the day.

200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles 
Online: grandparkla.org 

Explore a New Neighborhood around LA

LA is about as diverse as you can get and there's no better place to explore all the different museums, street art, playgrounds, (and ice cream shops!) than in a neighborhood near you.

Kid-Friendly Hikes Near LA

Leave Runyon to the tourists. Instead, take your little trekkers to one of these lesser known trails where the views are still Instagrammable, but the crowds won’t overwhelm you. From a hidden 58-acre park in Culver City to a natural preserve in Pasadena, here are our favorite easy-to-moderate hikes the whole family.

Easy Bike Trails for Families

So your two-wheelings tots have maxed out on riding around the block? Fortunately, LA’s beach bike paths—along with a few other car-free paths and trails—are open. Finally, kids can feel the wind in their hair, practice their pedaling and enjoy a change of scenery. If you’re looking to avoid crowds (um, yes please), we recommend visiting these routes during the week or early in the a.m. on weekends. Check out all of LA's best kid-friendly bike paths.

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Dine at Hidden Picnic Spots

There’s no better time than now to dine outdoors with your family—and any other members of your quarantine pod. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal al fresco at these hidden LA picnic spots

Free Museums & Indoor Spaces in LA

photo: Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum

In addition to offering free admission, this UCLA art museum regularly hosts pop-up art studios for little ones, family-friendly movie screenings and guided tours-plus-games for kids ages 7 and up. A visit to the relatively small yet impressive (and manageable!) museum will expose kids to a range of artwork, from 17th century Rembrandts to the more contemporary work of Kara Walker. Make advance reservations here

10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: hammer.ucla.edu

The Broad

Giant teacups, massive balloon animals, Alice in Wonderland-esque splashes of color and the Infinity Room will convince any kiddo that contemporary art is where it’s at. The museum "For Families" guide offers a "scavenger hunt" and fun art-themed activities. For older kids, they can also download and listen to a free audio tour which includes family-friendly information about the art. Reopening as of May 26, all visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance

221 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: thebroad.org

photo: Courtesy of The Getty Center

The Getty Center

While there are a lot of lovely views in and around Los Angeles, luscious gardens to walk around and loads of places to absorb culture, history, art, architecture, and more, The Getty Center is one of the only spots in the city where you get to experience all of that and then some. (Yes, you'll have to pay for parking, but admission is free.) The fun starts with a tram ride that takes you from the parking lot up to the museum itself. Once you're there, be sure to check out the Family Room for hands-on kids activities. Keep on an eye on their calendar as events open up—throughout the year, The Getty also hosts free family events and festivals that are not to be missed!

Sepulveda Blvd. & Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: getty.edu

LACMA

Right in our home town is a world class museum that wants you to bring your kids so much that they created a fabulous program: LACMA NexGen membership where kids get in free along with one adult. It's a pretty amazing deal, especially when you realize that at LACMA, there are art exhibits that appeal to kids like rad modern art sculptures, a giant suspended rock and of course, every kid (and grown-up kids’) favorite, Metropolis II. There is also a painting studio in the Boone Gallery where your inspired little artists can create watercolor masterpieces and listen to story time. Tickets are released in blocks of two weeks and must be reserved in advance. 

5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Miracle Mile
Online: lacma.org

The California Science Center

Where else can you see a space shuttle and a shark tank, not to mention play in one of three kids-only Discovery Rooms, explore rotating science exhibits and watch as baby chicks hatch? And all for free? Rainy days, hot days, vacation days, or just “I’m bored” days, the California Science Center is here for you. And for just a few extra bucks ($6.75 for kids; $8.95 for adults) you can round the day off with a spectacular 3D IMAX show. 

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: californiasciencecenter.org

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Start your Aquarium visit with the sea stars in the simulated “tide pool touch tank” then spend your time winding through the thirty-eight aquaria. Don’t miss out on the favorite aquatic babies exhibit and let the little ones learn a little something at the research station. Be sure to look up and meet the giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.

The museum is free for all but they do suggest a donation to help keep this wonderful community resource going. Parking is free and easy on the street or you can pay $1 per hour to park it right out front. The aquarium hosts loads of kid friendly activities and events, including the fabulous spring time grunion runs—a So Cal tradition.

Hours: Wed.—Sun. from noon to 5 p.m.

Check out these other noteworthy Los Angeles aquariums, many of which are also free! 

3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
San Pedro
Online: cabrillomarineaquarium.org

photo: Courtesy of CAAM

California African American Museum

Located in the heart of Exposition Park, California African American Museum (CAAM) is a hub for exploring and learning about the art, history and culture of the African-American diaspora in Los Angeles and beyond. Current exhibitions include Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century and LA Blacksmith, showcasing African American artists who work with metal. Once things return to pre-pandemic life, the museum also offers kid-friendly art workshops inspired by the exhibits.

600 State Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: caamuseum.org

La Brea Tar Pits

Next door to LACMA are the famous La Brea Tar Pits. While the Page Museum at the center will cost you an entrance fee (unless you visit on the first Tues. of the month when admission is free), there is plenty to explore around the tar pits and gardens that surround the museum.

Check out Ice Age plant life in the Pleistocene Garden, roll down the grassy hills and learn all about being a paleontologist with a peek inside Pit 91 and Project 23, which are still actively being excavated. No visit would be complete without snapping a selfie with those perpetually stuck elephants in the bubbling tar pit. Advance timed tickets are required.

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Miracle Mile
Online: tarpits.org

The Griffith Observatory

Spend a day at the Griffith Observatory, poking through the exhibits, figuring out your weight on Jupiter, looking through the telescopes, having lunch in the cafeteria and gazing out from the terrace, where you can see the whole city below. Free public star parties are held monthly, where kids can meet professional and amateur astronomers. And don’t forget about the Planetarium! There are currently two live shows scheduled every 60-90 minutes daily, for just $3-$7 (it’s the only thing at the Observatory with a fee, and kids under 5 can only attend the first show of the day).

If the kiddos need a break, there are beautiful hiking trails behind the Observatory with breathtaking views of the Hollywood sign.

If you want to avoid the parking lot, which fills up fast on weekends, hike one of our favorite trails, Ferndell. Then when you hike back, reward yourself with coffee and pie.

Hours: Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat.—Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

2800 E. Observatory Rd.
Griffith Park
Online: griffithobservatory.org

photo: NHM

A Way to Explore Even More LA Museums for Free

With your LA County Library card, you can reserve family passes to local museums and cultural institutions for free through Discover & Go.

How to Reserve a Pass:

  1. Visit the Discover & Go portal and log in using your library card number and PIN.
  2. Browse by museum or date.
  3. Make a reservation by selecting a date and venue.
  4. Shortly before your visit, print out your pass. Note: You cannot cancel your passes once they have been printed.
  5. Enjoy your visit!

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Travel Town

Every mini engineer and trainspotter will have a blast exploring this outdoor transportation museum dedicated to all things trains. You can climb around on real steam locomotives, check out wagons and other antique vehicles in the barn and even go for a ride on a mini train that circles the park for just $3.

Pack some snacks and grab a seat on the lawn where you can wave at the train as it drives past. 

Don't miss their docent-led tours are available by reservation. Check their events calendar for more great activities.

Insider Tip: You can throw birthday parties at Travel Town or hit the gift shop for an awesome gift for a train-themed birthday party or just because. 

5200 Zoo Dr.
Griffith Park
Online: traveltown.org

LA's Central Library

If you have a budding bookworm at home then a visit to your local library is always treat and LA is full of some really special kids collections. Come for the books and stay for the free story time at dozens of Los Angeles Public Library branches, but the coolest by far is the Central Library downtown which houses a massive children’s literature department and hosts story times, puppet shows, and music.

Our other favorite spots are the Santa Monica Main Library and Beverly Hills Library, both of which have awesome collections and kids activities.

Visit their reopening page for a list of libraries and resources now open.

Good to Know: Once things return to pre-pandemic socializing levels, your LA County Library card is also your ticket to more exciting freebies through the Discover & Go program. Login online here and you can reserve free family passes to dozens of museums and attractions across the city, like The Autry Museum and the Natural History Museum.

LAPL
630 W 5th St.
Downtown LA
Online: lapl.org

Santa Monica Library
Online: smpl.org

Beverly Hills Library
Online:  beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillspubliclibrary

Read & Shop at Children's Book World

Kids can get lost in the stacks at the beloved book store, which regularly hosts readings with top children's authors and performances by popular kiddie musicians. Make an appointment for in-person shopping and make sure to check the upcoming schedule here

10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: childrensbookworld.com

 

 

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Here Comes the Pun: 300+ Best Jokes for Kids

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Need the best jokes for kids, in a pinch? We’ve got you covered on hours worth of funny jokes. Oh, and most of the jokes on this list are original. You’re welcome.

These hilarious jokes for kids require little to no explanation from parents, but you’ll want to get in on the fun, anyway. Don’t be surprised when the comedy sketch goes beyond today! Keep on scrolling down for corny jokes, silly jokes, knock knock jokes, and beyond… many of which have been sent to us by kid-readers (like you!) or written by some funny old people. Cue the dad jokes!

Read on to see the funniest jokes for kids of 2022!

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1. What do you call an ant who fights crime? 
A vigilante! 

—Joe L., age 10 

2. Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Olive.
Olive who?
Olive YOU!

3. Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?
Because she was stuffed.

4. What do you call a little legume?
A Tinybean.

5. What did the left eye say to the right eye?
Between us, something smells!

6. Why did the police play baseball?
He wanted to get a catch!

—Yuna, age 8

7. What did the microwave say to the other microwave?
Is it just me? Or is it really hot in here?

—Yuna, age 8

8. Why did the student eat his homework?
Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!

9. Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Interrupting pirate.
Interrupting pir—yarrrrrr!

10. What is brown, hairy, and wears sunglasses?
A cool coconut.

11. Two pickles fell out of a jar onto the floor. What did one say to the other?
Dill with it.

12. What do you call a fake noodle?
An impasta!

13. Why did the kid cross the playground?
To get to the other slide.

14. Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Icy.
Icy who?
Icy you trying not to laugh at my knock-knock joke!

15. What kind of lion doesn't roar?
A dandelion.

16. How do you stop an astronaut’s baby from crying?
You rocket!

17. Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7, 8, 9

18. What does a cloud wear under a raincoat?
Thunderwear.

19. When does a joke become a “dad” joke?
When the punchline is a parent.

20. What do you call a dinosaur fart?
A blast from the past.

21. What did the limestone say to the geologist?
Don’t take me for granite!

22. What do you call a duck that gets all A’s?
A wise quacker.

23. Why does a seagull fly over the sea?
Because if it flew over the bay, it would be a baygull.

24. Which is faster? Hot or cold?
Hot. You can easily catch a cold. 

25. What kind of tree fits in your hand?
A palm tree!

26. Why can't you trust an atom?
They make up everything.

27. Why was the baby strawberry crying?
Because her parents were in a jam.

28. What did the little corn say to the mama corn?
Where is pop corn?

29. What is worse than raining cats and dogs?
Hailing taxis!

30. How much does it cost a pirate to get his ears pierced?
About a buck an ear.

31. Where would you find an elephant?
The same place you lost her!

32. How do you talk to a giant?
Use big words!

33. What animal is always at a baseball game?
A bat.

34. What falls in winter but never gets hurt?
Snow!

35. What do you call a ghost’s true love?
His ghoul-friend.

36. What building in New York has the most stories?
The public library!

37. What did one volcano say to the other?
I lava you!

38. How do we know that the ocean is friendly?
It waves!

39. What is a tornado’s favorite game to play?
Twister!

40. How do baby cats learn how to swim?
The kitty pool.

41. How do you get a squirrel to like you?
Act like a nut!

42. What do you call two birds in love?
Tweethearts!

43. How does a scientist freshen her breath?
With experi-mints!

44. How are false teeth like stars?
They come out at night!

45. How can you tell a vampire has a cold?
She starts coffin.

46. What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?
Finding half a worm.

47. What is a computer's favorite snack?
Computer chips!!
—reader Rebecca K.

48. Why don’t elephants chew gum?
They do, just not in public.

49. What was the first animal in space?
The cow that jumped over the moon

50. What did the banana say to the dog?
Nothing. Bananas can’t talk.

51. What time is it when the clock strikes 13?
Time to get a new clock.

52. How does a cucumber become a pickle?
It goes through a jarring experience.

53. Which city does Paw Patrol like the most? 
New Yorkie.

54. What do you think of that new diner on the moon?
Food was good, but there really wasn’t much atmosphere.

55. Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
Because the chicken wasn’t born yet.

56. Why can’t Elsa have a balloon?
Because she will let it go.

57. How do you make an octopus laugh?
With ten-tickles!

58. How do you make a tissue dance?
You put a little boogie in it.

59. What's green and can fly?
Super Pickle!

60. When you look for something, why is it always in the last place you look?
Because when you find it, you stop looking.

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61. Why do shrimp never share?
They're so shellfish.

62. What musical instrument is found in the bathroom?
A tuba toothpaste.

63. Why did the kid bring a ladder to school?
Because she wanted to go to high school.

64. Where do vampires keep their money?
A blood bank.

65. What do elves learn in school?
The elf-abet.

66. What do you call a dog magician?
A labracadabrador.

67. Where do pencils go on vacation?
Pencil-vania.

68. Why couldn't the pony sing a lullaby?
She was a little horse.

69. What do you cakes and baseball have in common?
They both need a batter! 

70. What gets wetter the more it dries?
A towel.

71. What do you call two bananas?
Slippers.

And speaking of bananas...

72. Why did the banana go to the doctor?
Because it wasn’t peeling well.

73. Why was the mushroom the life of the party?
It was a fungi.

74. What stays in the corner yet can travel all over the world?  
A stamp.

75. How do you fix a cracked pumpkin?
With a pumpkin patch.

76. What kind of award did the dentist receive?
A little plaque.

77. What do you call a funny mountain?
Hill-arious.

78. What should you drink while singing nursery rhymes?
Hot Cocomelon.

79. Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they use a honeycomb.

80. What did the big flower say to the little flower?
Hi, bud!

81. There are two robots sitting on a wall. They are named Pete and Re-Pete. Pete falls off. Who is left?
(Re-Pete...so you repeat the whole thing again and again and again.)

—Henrik P., 10 

82. What is a pony’s favorite juice?
She really likes lemon-neigh’d.

—5-year-old Kerrigan

83. Where do fish keep their money?
In the River-Bank!

—Jaxon G., 7 y.o.

84. What do you call an alligator with a vest?
An investigator!

—Milo H-R, age 8

85. Why was the computer cold?
It left its window open!

—Milo H-R, age 8

86. Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Boo.
Boo who?
Don’t cry!

—Milo H-R, age 8

87. In baseball, would it take longer to run from 1st to 2nd base or 2nd to 3rd base?
2nd to 3rd base because there’s a shortstop in between.

—Milo H-R, age 8

88. What has lots of leaves but never actually grew?
A book!

—Milo H-R, age 8

89. Why was the computer cold?
It had a virus. 

—Henrik, age 10 

90. Why did the invisible man turn down the job offer?
Because he couldn’t see himself doing it.

—Jan L. 

91. Who keeps the ocean clean?
The mer-maid.

—Jan L. 

92. What did the astronaut say when he crashed into the moon?
"I Apollo-gize."

93. Why didn’t the orange win the race?
It ran out of juice.

94. What dinosaur had the best vocabulary?  
The thesaurus.

95. What did one DNA strand say to the other DNA strand?
Do these genes make my butt look big?

96. Why aren’t dogs good dancers?
They have two left feet.

97. What did the wolf say when it stubbed its toe?
Owwwww-ch! (by Henrik, age 5)

98. Kid: What are you doing under there?
Mom: Under where?
Kid: Ha ha! You said underwear!!

99. Why did Johnny throw the clock out of the window?
Because he wanted to see time fly.

100. What did one toilet say to the other?
You look flushed.

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101. Why did the man put his money in the freezer?
He wanted cold hard cash!

102. Why couldn't the astronaut book a hotel on the moon?
Because it was full.

103. How do pickles enjoy a day out?
They relish it.

104. What do you call an old snowman?
Water. 

105. What's a pirate's favorite letter?
Arrrrrrrrrr

106. What do you get when you cross an elephant with a fish?
Swimming trunks. 

107. How do you throw a party in space?
You planet. 

108. What do you call an attractive fruit? 
A fine apple! 

109. What happened when the skunk was on trial?
The judge declared, "Odor in the court, odor in the court!" 

110. What do you call a sleeping bull?
A bulldozer! 

111. Why did the tomato blush? 
It saw the salad dressing. 

112. What do you call a fish without an eye? 
A fsh. 

113. What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup?
Anyone can roast beef. 

114. What do you get when you cross a centipede with a parrot?
A walkie talkie. 

115. Why are robots never afraid?
They have nerves of steel.

116. Why did the cabbage win the race? 
Because it was a-head. 

117. What does an evil hen lay?
Deviled eggs. 

118. What does a book do in the winter?
Puts on a jacket. 

119. Knock knock! 
Who's there?
Needle. 
Needle who?
Needle little help right now.

120. What sound do you hear when a cow breaks the sound barrier?
Cowboom! 

121. What kind of haircuts to bees get?
Buzzzzzcuts. 

122. Knock knock!
Who's there?
Donut.
Donut who?
Donut ask me, I just got here.

124. What do you get if you cross a pie and a snake? 
A pie-thon. 

125. What do you do if you get peanut butter on your doorknob?
Use a door jam.

126. Why was 6 so mad at 7?
Because 7 8 9.

127. Why didn't the robot finish his breakfast?
Because the orange juice told him to concentrate. 

128. Why can't you play hockey with pigs?
They always hog the puck.

129. Why do porcupines always win the game?
They have the most points.

130. Where do elephants pack their clothes?
In their trunks! 

131. What does bread do on vacation?
Loaf around. 

132. Why was the broom running late?
It over-swept.

133. What part of the fish weighs the most? 
The scales. 

134. What do ghosts like to eat in the summer?
I Scream.

135. Why did the teacher wear sunglasses to school?
Because her students were so bright. 

136. What do you call a deer with pink eye?
A colorful eye-deer. (credit to Capt. John of the Appledore!) 

137, Where do sheep go on vacation?
The Baaa-hamas. 

138. What does every birthday end with?
The letter Y. 

139. What did the paper say to the pencil?
Write on! 

140. Why do birds fly?
It's faster than walking. 

141. Why did Superman flush the toilet?
Because it was his doody. 

142. Why did the pillow cross the road?
It was picking up the chicken's feathers. 

143. Can February March?
No, but April May. 

144. What time do ducks wake up?
At the quack of dawn. 

145. Why did the giraffes get bad grades?
She had her head in the clouds. 

146. What did the flower say after it told a joke?
I was just pollen your leg. 

147. What did the traffic light say to the truck?
Don't look, I'm changing. 

148. What do kids play when they don't have a phone?
Bored games. 

149. Why didn't the koala bear get the job?
They said she was over-koala-fied.

150. Who was that owl who did all the tricks?
Who-dini.

151. What kind of vegetable is angry?
A steamed carrot! 

152. How does the moon stay up in the sky?
Moonbeams! 

153. Why isn't there a clock in the library?
Because it tocks too much. 

154. Why do you never see elephants hiding in trees?
Because they're so good at it! 

155. What day of the week are most twins born on?
Twos-day! 

(submitted by reader Scooter T.!) 

156. Would February March?
No, but April May. 

157. What do you call bears with no ears?
B. 

158. What kind of tree fits in your hand?
A palm tree!

168. What do you call a fly with no wings?
A walk. 

—Jasper L., young reader submitted!

169. What’s yellow and looks like pineapple?
A lemon with a new haircut. 

—submitted (and created) by Rafael L. 

170. What do you call a deer with no eyes?
"No eye-deer." 

—also sent in by young Raffy 

171. What did the lunchbox say to the banana?
You really have appeal. 

172. What did the mouse say to the keyboard?

You're my type! 

173. What did the science book say to the math book?
Wow, you've got problems. 

174. How do squids get to school?

They take an octobus. 

175. Where do mermaids look for jobs?
The kelp-wanted section. 

176. What word starts with the letter t, ends with the letter t, and has t in it?
A teapot!

—young reader Collin S.

177. What has four wheels and flies?
A garbage truck!

—Lewis G.

178.  Two goats were munching on a movie script. 
Goat 1: This is good!
Goat 2: The book was better.

—reader submitted by Mr. Jeffry

179. What do you call a monkey at the North Pole?
Lost.

—submitted by Stella D.

180. Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall?
To make up for his miserable summer.

—reader submitted by Kaci Y.  

181. Why did the woman become an archeologist?
Because her career was in ruins.

182. Knock knock! 
Who's there?
Manatee. 
Manatee who?
Manatee would be better than a sweater today, it's hot! 

183. What do you call two monkeys that share an Amazon account?
Primemates!

—Merci P., aged 10

184. What snack should you make for the Snowman Holiday Party?
Ice Krispy Treats

—Emmerson H., age 13

185. What do you call a nun who sleepwalks?
A roamin' Catholic. 

—Janice B., a reader like you! 

186. Why do birds fly south?
It's too far to walk.

—Pearl, age 10

187. What did the traffic light say to the cars?
Don't look, I'm changing!

—reader, age 6 

188. Why is there a gate around cemeteries?
Because people are dying to get in!

189. What is a scarecrow's favorite fruit?
A strawberry. 

190. How does a hurricane see?
With one eye. 

191. How do they answer the phone at the paint store?
Yellow!

—Lily, age 6

192. Why do scissors always win a race?
Because they take a shortcut!

—Foster, age 5 

193. How do you stop a bull from charging? 
You unplug it! 

—Jadyn, Age 12 

194. What did the dad say to his daughter at the cook out? 
This grill is on fire! 
 

—Jadyn, 12 (This kid is on fire! 🤣) 

195. Why did the king go to the bathroom?
He wanted to sit on the throne.

—Eric, age 10

196. What is a pirate's favorite body part?
The booty!

—C.J., age 9

197. If it takes two men to dig a hole in one day how long would it take for one man to dig a half a hole?           
There is no such thing as a half a hole.

—Eric, age 10

198. How do cats bake cake?
From scratch. 

—reader Jacey

199. What is a zombie's favorite thing to eat?
Brain food. 

200. How do you fix a broken tomato?
With a can of tomato paste. 

201. What do you call a rabbit with lice?
Bugs Bunny. 

photo: Pexels

202. It took 10 workers 10 days to build a bridge.  How long would it take 5 workers to build the same bridge?
None—it’s already built!

—Liam, age 7 

203. How do you make the word Tiger longer?
Ti-grrrh

—Kabir, Age 9

204. How do you clean chicken?  -
Put it in dishwasher.

—Kabir, Age 9

205. What do frogs order at McDonalds?
French flies and a Croak-a-Cola.

206. There's a girl on a boat in a pretty pink coat. What's her name?
What. 

—Ray, age 9

207. Where does a rat go when it has a toothache?
To the rodentist. 

—Ray, age 9!

208. What does an alien do when it is bored in school?
Spaces out. 

—Ray! (they are on a roll!), age 9

209. What does a broken plate say when she gets her cupcake?
Is this GLUE-ten free?

—Guess who? Ray! age 9 

210. Why didn't the hyena cross the road?
He was too busy laughing. 

—reader submitted by Gillian P. 

211. Have you heard the one about the student who was afraid of negative numbers?
He'll stop at nothing to avoid them.

212. What do you call it when a hammock teases another hammock?
Hammockery!

—Joe L., age 8 

213. What did they say when Marie Curie and Albert Einstein said the same thing at the same time?
Greatest minds think alike! 

—Henrik, age 9

214. What did the kid learn about knowledge?
It was all knowing.

—Reader submitted by Deziree

215. Why did the chicken go the hospital?
Because it needed some tweatment!

—Joshua Y., age 9 
216. Why did the skeletons cross the road?

To get to the body shop!

—Also Mr. Joshua Y., age 9

217. What is more impressive than a talking parrot?
A spelling bee.

—submitted by...drumroll...Joshua Y., age 9!! 

218. What do you call babies in the army?
Infantry! 

—Joe L., age 9

219. What is a cat's favorite color?
Purrr-ple! 

—Olivia W., age 7 

220. Why did the dragon cross the road?
Because he was too chicken to fly!       

—Joshua Y. 

221. Who won the race of princesses?
Rapunzel, By a hair!

—Josh Y! 

222. What did the egg say when it was late for breakfast?
I have to scramble!

—our buddy, Joshua Y. 

223. How do you stop a bull from charging?
You take away it's credit card!

—Joshua Y. 

224. Where does the T-rex go shopping?
The dino store!

—Joshua Y., age 9 

225. Why was the rabbit happy?
Because somebunny loved him!

—Guess who? Joshua Y.! 

226. What did the pear say to the shoeless?
You need a pair of shoes. 

—reader submitted by Rose A. 

227. What do you call a bear with no ear?
A "B"

—Alexis R. 

228. What would happen if the dean lost his job?
He would lose his "ideanity." 

—Joshua Y. 

229. Why did the baby cross the road? 

To get to the whine shop!

—Matilda C., age 7

230. Why shouldn’t you trust stairs?
Because they are always up to something.

—Ryder, Age 3!!! 

231. Why did the scarecrow win an award?
Because he was out standing in his field.

—Suzanna R. 

232. What do you call a cat burrito?
A purrito

—Rosewyn age 8 and 3 quarters 

233. What kind of key opens a banana?
A monkey!

—Rosewyn age 8 and 3 quarters 

234. What do you call a pounding headache? 
A temple tantrum!

—hilarious reader, MJ Sims

235. How do you get a cat to code?

You Scratch it!

—Musegirl, 8

236. Why was the man mad at the clock?

He was ticked off!

—Nolan A. age 8

237. What is the strongest kind of shoe?

Under Armor!

—Liam A. age 9

238. Why did Rudolph have a bad report card?

Because he went down in History!

—Sreeja K., age 8 

239. Why don't scientists trust atoms?
Because they make up everything!

—Sreeja K., age 8 

240. Why can't you spell dark with a "c", so it says "darc"?
Because you can't c in dark!

—Shivani age 8

241. How do you clean a chicken?
An egg wash!

—MB, age 12 

242. Why did the cookie have to go to the doctor?
It was feeling crummy. 

243. What's Joanna Gaines' favorite snack food?
Chips

—H.P., aged 9

244. Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
Because there was noBody on the other side. 

—Grandpa Jo, 54

245. Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
He didn't have the guts. 

—Londynn, 9

246. What do you do when an astronaut’s wife is upset?
Give her some space.

—Jaden, 11

247. Why did the young astronaut cry on the moon?
Because he missed his mother earth. 

—A mother on earth

248. Two monkeys were fighting over a banana. What happened?
Banana split! 

—Saori K. 

249. What is a vampire's favorite fruit?
A blood orange!

—Rianna G., age 10

250. Why don't eggs like to gamble?
They always get a raw deal. 

251. When is a door not a door?
When it's ajar. 

252. Why did the scientist take out the bell?
He wanted to win the no-bell prize. 

—DT 

253. Why are strawberries natural musicians?
They love to jam. 

254. What is orange and sounds like a parrot?
A carrot! 

photo: Pexels

255. Did you hear about the kid who drank eight sodas?
He burped 7-Up. 

256. What be the pirate's favorite letter of the alphabet?
Arrrr! 
No, it be the C! (Sea).

—A hilarious 6-year-old reader. 

257. What is a tree's favorite beverage?
Root beer! 

258. Why do fish live in saltwater?
Pepper makes them sneeze! ACHOOOOOO!!!!!!

—Hasset A. 

259. Why are fish so smart?
Because they live in a school!

—Ronit P. 

The following four jokes were written by Kaleb, age 4, as told to his grandpa:

260. Why did the cow lie down in the grass? 
He was ground beef.

261. What did Mama cow say to Baby cow? 
It’s pasture bedtime.

262. Why did the phone walk in the water? 
He was wading for a phone call.

263. What is blue, but not heavy?
Light blue.

264. How do you find Will Smith in the snow?
You look for fresh prints. 

—Joshua N. 

265. Why don't you ever date a tennis player?
Because love means nothing to them.

—Joshua N. 

266. "Doctor, doctor I am afraid of squirrels!"
Doctor: You must be nuts.

—reader Jerry C. 

267. What happened to the frog whose car broke down?
He had to be toad! 

—Martin F. 

268. What is the best day to visit McDonalds?
Fry-Day!

—Gianni, age 6

269. What's a cow's favorite drink?
A s-moooo-thie.

—Young readers Jax (7) and Kora (5)

270. Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Cow
Cow who? 
Cows don’t say who, they say moooo!

—Adalyn, age 5

271. Why did the tomato stop?
Because he was out of juice. 

—Karma E. 

272. What are cats best at?
Cat-apulting!

—Macy (10)

273. Where do cats roam?
In the catacombs!

—Katie (34)

274. What kind of stick does a cat chase?
A cat-stick!

—Macy (10)

275. What kind of fruit does a dog eat?
A dog-berry!

—Macy (10) & Katie (34)

276. Why do hockey players make great bankers?
Because they are good at checking.

—Henrik, age 9 3/4

277. How do chickens dance?
Chick to chick. 

278. Mr. Red and Ms. Red live in the red house; Mr. Purple and Ms. Purple live in the purple house. Who lives in the white house?
The president!

—submitted by young reader Gwen I. 

279. Why did the chicken cross the road?
It was trying to get away from the KFC.

—Ben, age 8

280. Who sits at the bottom of the sea and twitches?
A nervous wreck. 

—Alesha, age 11 

281. Why was the snowman in the box?
Because he was picking his nose.

—Peter, age 8

photo: Pexels

These next five were sent in from Jax (7) and Kora (5):

282. What’s a dog's favorite toy?
A funny bone!

283. What’s a cow's favorite rock?
A mooo-n rock

284. What’s the scariest plant?
Bam-booo!

285. What’s a cow's favorite place to go?
The mooo-vies!

286. What’s the scariest injury?
A booo-booo!

(Jax & Kora!) 

287. Why was the snow yellow?
Because Elsa let it go! 

—Kaylee

289. Why did the girl smear peanut butter on the road?
To go with the traffic jam!

—Scarlett 

290. What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?
A dino-snore!

291. What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
Frost bite!

292. What did one plate say to the other plate?
Dinner is on me!

293. What do you call Chewbacca with cookies in its fur?
A chocolate-chip Wookie. 

—Jake

294. What is black and white and looks like a penguin?
A penguin. 

—Zhan, age 5 

295. What does a cow like to drink?
A smoothie. 

—Carolina, age 8

296. Why did the parent hit the cake with a hammer?
It was a pound cake. 

photo: iStock

297.  When is the best time to go to the dentist?
At tooth-hurty!!!

—Tyler R.

298. Why is "dark" spelled with a k and not a c? 
Because you can’t c in the dark!

—Garrett

299. A new pig came to the farm, he was a great painter. What do you think his name was?
Pigasso!

—Amara

A spin-off:

300. What is the name of the Dutch pig who was famous for painting sunflowers and cutting off his ear?
Vincent van Hog

—Gloria, age 8

301. What is a bat’s favorite game to play?
A com-bat

—Bianca, age 7

302. What did the salad say to the carrot after it lost the fight?
You've lettuce down.

—Joe, age 10

303. What did the salad say to the carrot when it asked for directions to a restaurant?
Beets me!

—Joe, age 10

304. Why don't eggs tell each other jokes?
They'd crack each other up!

—Raina, age 10

305. Which milkshake always comes with a straw?
A strawberry milkshake

—Gloria, age 8

306. What stories do crustaceans like best?
Lobster Tales

—Gloria, age 8

307. What did the basketball say to the hoop when it missed?
Oh shoot!

—Layla, age 9

308. Why did the lion cross the road?
To get to the other pride!

309. What is the best gift you could ever ask for?
Broken drum sticks. You just can't beat it. 

—Nate

310. Why did the nurse have a red crayon?
To draw blood.

—Charlotte

311. What mood best describes a sad librarian?
Under the books.

—Elliana

312. What do you call a Buffalo that likes beef?
A Beef-alo

313. What does a camel say to a hunter?
Do you need some camel-flage

314. Why does the dinosaur like the bathroom?
Because it’s ex-stink-t

315. Why does the dentist use a computer?
Because it has Bluetooth.

—Jokes 312-315 by Gunner, age 8

316. What's grey?
A melted penguin.

317. What goes black, white, black, white, black white?
A penguin rolling down a hill.
 
318. Can a match box?
No, but a tin can!
 
319. Why was the baby in Egypt?
It was looking for its mummy.
 
320. Why did the chewing gum cross the road?
It was stuck on the chicken's foot.
 
321. What does a cow eat for breakfast?
Mooo-esli.
 
322. Doctor, doctor, I feel like a dog.
Then go and see a vet!

323. What do girl snakes write at the bottom of their letters?
With love and hisses.

324. Why did the bacteria cross the microscope?
To get to the other slide.
 
—Jokes 316-324 by Elijah, age 11
 
325. Knock, knock
Who's there?
Lettuce.
Lettuce who?
Let us in, it's cold out here!

326. What do you get when you cross a bridge with a car?
To the other side of the river.

327. What do you get when you cross an elephant with a cake?
Crumbs.

328. Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I'm a dog.
Then sit on the couch and we'll talk about it,
But I'm not allowed on the furniture!

329. Doctor, doctor I feel like a sheep.
That's baa-aaa-aad.

330. What do you call a bee that buzzes quietly?
A mumble bee.

—Jokes 325-330 by Malachi, age 7 and a half

331. Where do you find a polar bear? 
The same place you left her. 

—Thomas, age 7

332. What is fast, loud and crunchy?
A rocket chip!

333. How does a vampire start a letter?
Tomb it may concern...

334. What has ears but cannot hear?
A field of corn...

Got a joke you’d like to add? Send it to kate.loweth@tinybeans.com and we’ll put it in the story! 

—Kate Loweth, Amber Guetebier with Wendy Guetebier, Dina Petterson, Henrik Pelto, Alix Benedict, Kevin Cabral, Erin Lem, Laura Green, Dana Baardsen, and readers like you!

 

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All the Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Los Angeles

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We may not have snow in Los Angeles, but our city certainly lights up in all its sparkling glory during the holiday season. After most of 2021 was in lockdown, it’s a true holiday miracle that most of the holiday light attractions are back and better than ever. Get ready to stroll through magnificently-decorated neighborhoods, visit dazzling business districts featuring glistening boat rides, gardens, and festivals, and hop in your car for spectacular drive-thru events your whole family will enjoy. Below are the best places to see the most magical holiday lights in Los Angeles.

 

Luminous Streets & Private Homes

Upper Hastings Ranch: Pasadena

This expansive Pasadena neighborhood gets transformed to a Winter Wonderland with block after block having its own holiday theme. Established in 1951, every year this neighborhood dazzles with its light displays and adorable wooden figures. We’d recommend driving through as there is lots to see. Drivers allow for cars to pause and admire the beauty surrounding them. No trip to Hastings Ranch would be complete without visiting the Harbeck Christmas Light Show featuring an animated Christmas light show synced to fun tunes on 99.1 FM. Check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Dates: Dec. 12-Jan. 2
Time: 6 p.m. 
Cost: Free

Sierra Madre Blvd., Michillinda Ave., Hastings Ranch Blvd. & Riviera Pasadena
Online: upperhastingsranch.org

 Lilley Hall: Toluca Lake

In the heart of Toluca Lake on a quiet street you will find the most enchanting 1927 Tudor revival home named for musical composer/arranger/director Joseph J. Lilley. This festive home pulls out all the stops with holiday decorations galore, including the most magnificent toy soldier tree lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving! Once in the neighborhood, venture around with your family to explore the surrounding streets as they all get into the holiday spirit with an extra dose of merry.

Dates: Thanksgiving night—Christmas Day
Time: After dark
Cost: Free

10104 Moorpark St.
Toluca Lake
Online: instagram.com/lilley_hall_toluca_lake/

 

Brea Eagle Hills: Orange County

If you’re searching for a neighborhood as excited as you are that Santa Claus is coming to town, then visit the Brea Eagle Hills neighborhood in Orange County to get all the holiday feels. This neighborhood is packed with glistening homes and plenty of Christmas cheer to drive through or to take a leisurely stroll. It is a popular destination so plan for larger crowds and some traffic navigating through the neighborhood. Parking is available at the Brea Sports Park just east of the lights on Birch Street.

Dates: Dec. 2-Dec. 30
Time: Sundown-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

2960-2970 Primrose Ave.
Brea
Online: brealights.com

 

Christmas Tree Lane: Altadena

This Altadena community comes together to light up their neighborhood for all to rejoice in the holiday season. Set among the historic, 135-year old Deodar trees that line Santa Rosa Avenue (Christmas Tree Lane) in Altadena, this tight-knit community just celebrated the Centennial lighting of Christmas Tree Lane last year. In fact, in 1990, Christmas Tree Lane was included in the National Register of Historic Places and became a California State Landmark! The details of viewing the lights have yet to be revealed, but no matter if you are in your car or walking, you will be immersed in a festival of lights. Follow them on Instagram for updated event information and hours.

Dates: Lighting ceremony Dec. 2
Time: 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Cost: Free

Santa Rosa between Mariposa & Mendocino
Altadena
Online: christmastreelane.net

 

Newburgh Lights Show: Glendora

There are some houses that are just worth the drive to visit because they’re that spectacular. This Newburgh Lights Show House in Glendora is a single home that puts on a majestic display of lights and sound. With over 20,000 lights meticulously choreographed to traditional holiday music, you and your little ones will be enthralled with the light show while you enjoy the 14-song concert. The website lists the complete playlist so you listen on your drive to Glendora and jam out holiday-style!

Dates: November 26 through Christmas
Time: Opening night, the show lights up at 7:00 p.m. after that, the show starts at 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

609 E. Newburgh St.
Glendora
Online: newburghlights.org

Saint Albans Road: San Marino

These glorious pines trees are adorned with bright lights along one block of San Marino St. Albans’ Avenue. The neighborhood has gorgeous stately homes with plenty of room to walk on the sidewalk with your little elves holding your hand. If you fancy staying in your car, the traffic flows nicely so you can get a nice view while you cruise by.

Dates: The entire month of December
Time: After dark
Cost: Free

Saint Albans Rd. and Huntington Ave.
San Marino

 

Yolanda Lights: Reseda

Located on the 7300 block of Yolanda Ave south of Valerio, this unique celebration of lights features an expansively-lit tunnel shining on almost the entire block on both sides of the street. The kids will love to walk (and run too!) through the arch to soak in all the beauty of the holiday-decorated neighborhood. 

Date: Typically after Thanksgiving until the end of the year
Time: After dark nightly
Cost: Free

 

7300 block of Yolanda Ave.
Reseda
Online: yolandalights.com

 

Shimmering Business Districts, Botanical Gardens, Festivals, & More

LA Zoo Lights: Los Angeles

Your munchkins will be dazzled by the glow around every part of the L.A. Zoo. Now entering its seventh year, L.A. Zoo Lights transform the day-time zoo into a parade of colorful light displays which will enchant your littles all night. Beyond seeing the glowing animals, guests will experience the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball, shiny snowflakes, and a bedecked tunnel guaranteed to provide memory-making adventures for your children. Added bonus: there is weekend entertainment and activities for the whole family to participate in.

Date: Nov. 19-Jan. 9
Time: 6-10:00 p.m.
Cost: Adults (13+) $22.00, Children (2-12) $16.00, Members $15.00

5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles
Online:
lazoo.org

 

Photo: Erin W. via Yelp

Griffith Park & Southern Railroad: Griffith Park

What’s even more fun than a train ride? A glowing train ride with thousands of lights and plenty of festive details to make your holidays extra merry. The Holiday Light Festival Ride takes passengers on a one-mile loop for approximately ten minutes at Griffith Park and Southern Railroad. Your kids will enjoy making choo-choo and ho-ho-ho noises as they embark on this night train ride! Tickets are not sold online or via the telephone, but instead can be purchased for specific dates at the Griffith Park and Southern Railroad ticket booth.

Dates: Nov. 26-Jan. 7
Time: Mon.-Thurs. 5-8 p.m.; Fri.- Sun. 5-9:00 p.m.

4400 Crystal Springs Dr.
Griffith Park
Online: griffithparktrainrides.com

 

Via Rodeo: Beverly Hills

The iconic Rodeo Drive transforms itself into a holiday-themed paradise filled with brightly decorated wreaths, life-sized Nutcrackers, and plenty of lights to brighten your night. Visit the Beverly Canon Gardens, Christmas tree and ornament tunnels for some extra merry fun. The beauty of Beverly Hills is even more breathtaking as it is decked in all the boughs of holly and lights.

Dates: Now through Christmas
Cost: Free 

Beverly Hills
Online: 2rodeo.com

 

Tanaka Farms Hikari Festival: Irvine

Tanaka Farms has become the holiday family destination in Southern California and during the month of November and December it does not disappoint with the ultimate festival of lights. The festival is named “Hikari” which loosely translates in Japanese to mean “shine,” and Tanaka Farms has made a literal manifestation of this world with over a million twinkling lights on display! This year, they have two options for family joyful engagement. The first is a Holiday Wagon Ride and Gingerbread Forest that takes guests on a wagon ride through a sea of lights to then get off the wagon and wander through the light displays to end by exploring the Gingerbread Forest. The second option is the Gingerbread Forest only where you can immerse yourself in all the holiday festivities which include live music, arts and crafts, barnyard animals, and even an opportunity to meet Santa! No matter what you choose, your night will be bright and joyful.

Dates: Nov. 26-end of holiday season
Time: 4:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (entry gates close at 8:30 p.m.) 
Cost: Parking pass $10/daily; Admission prices range from $10-$25 per person

5380 ¾ University Dr.
Irvine
Online: tanakafarms.com

Winterlit Holiday Lights & Festivities: Santa Monica

Watch Third Street Promenade become a one-stop-shop for bright lights, holiday activities, and your favorite shopping and dining destination all in one! Your family will have a grand time strolling the promenade amongst the Santa Monica 24-foot holiday tree as well as viewing the nightly menorah lightings to celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season. Nearby Santa Monica Place will have an extra special guest in a red suit throughout the entire holiday season so get your family photo-ready! Included in the Winterlit celebration is festive dance performances, a pop-up artisan market and live holiday music throughout. Added bonus is a dedicated “pet night” for your furry friend to also have a photo op with Santa!

Dates: Nov. 19-Jan. 3
Time: After dark
Cost: Free

Third Street (3 blocks between Broadway & Wilshire)
Santa Monica
Online: santamonicacentric.com

 

Turtle Bay Exploration Park: Redding

A truly immerse experience for all the senses, this Garden of Lights festival was designed by renowned light artist Tres Fromme and features over one million twinkling lights. Participants can stroll through Turtle Bay’s curated gardens and explore the winding paths featuring illuminating displays which celebrate the nature and wildlife specific to the region. Guests can experience holiday-themed food and cheer at the Holiday Village, bump into some reindeers and larger-than-life glowing garden animals, and walk through nearly 200-feet light tunnels. The Sheraton Redding at Sundial Bridge is offering special overnight packages for guests who want to extend the holiday cheer for more than one day. 

Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 31
Time: 5-9:00 p.m.
Cost: Adults $17-$20, children 5+ years old $11-$14 ($4 more at the gate)

844 Sundial Bridge Dr.
Redding
Online: reddinggardenoflights.org

 

Lights at Sensorio: Paso Robles

The New York Times featured Lights at Sensorio as #6 in the “50 Places to Visit in 2020” and there is a glowing reason why. This garden made of bright bulbs is home to two installations by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. With a 15-acre immersive walk-through experience, this Field of Light contains more than 58,000 stemmed spheres lit by fiber optics shining colorful lights on the expansive landscape that one has to see in person to believe. Additionally, there are 69 illuminated Light Towers composed of more than 17,000 wine bottles all nestled in the vibrant vineyards combined with a musical score.

Dates: now - Jan. 2
Time: Opens at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 adults and $21 children

4380 Highway 46 East
Paso Robles
Online: sensoriopaso.com

Snow N Glow: Ventura & Del Mar

Offering two different experiences at two separate locations, this holiday festival has something entertaining for every family. Instead of making the drive to the local mountains to find some snow, Snow n Glow brings tons of snow to two beachside communities of Ventura and Del Mar. While frolicking in the snow and making your snowman, guests can enjoy over one million-plus holiday lights on display. For those seeking some thrill, they even have a 20-foot snow slide that the little ones will never want to get off of! They even have your own private igloo where you can sip on hot chocolate and roast some delicious s’mores. For the Del Mar location, guests have the opportunity to have a merry drive-thru in 1.5 miles filled with one million dazzling LED lights and holiday images projected on surfaces synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes.

Dates: Nov. 26-Jan. 2 (Ventura) & Dec. 4-Jan. 2 (Del Mar)
Time: 4:00- 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 for kids; $20 & up for adults

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar

10 W. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura
Online: snownglow.com

 

Descanso Garden’s Enchanted Forest of Light: La Cañada Flintridge

Last year, Descanso Gardens had to cancel their Enchanted event, but they’re back and already sold out opening night! Enchanted Forest of Light has an interactive one-mile walk among its glowing garden areas that will enchant all with its colorful glowing art installations. This year, there is a newly-added stunning stained glass creation by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. They’ve also brought back the extraordinary Flower Power on the Promenade and the festive lighting effects in the Ancient Forest. This lush garden provides all the bright lights to bring joy and tranquility during this season of giving and receiving.

Dates: Nov. 21-Jan. 9
Time: 5:30- 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Non-member tickets: $32–$35 each

1418 Descanso Dr.
La Cañada Flintridge
Online: descansogardens.org

Lightscape at the Arboretum: Arcadia

A light extravaganza like no other, Lightscape brings sound, color and art to the beauty of the Arboretum. This is a fully-walkable event for your little elves to get up close to the lights and be mesmerized by all the color displays. Make sure you visit the breath-taking Winter Cathedral and the exquisite Fire Garden to get the full Lightscape experience. Originally from London, this fully-immersive glow experience will bring smiles and lots of oohs and ahhs throughout the night.

Dates: Nov. 12-Jan. 16
Time: 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Cost: Peak time Adults: $32; Child (3-12) $20; Off Peak Time Adults: $30; Child (3-12): $18

301 N Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia
Online: arboretum.org/lightscape

 

Marina del Rey Boat Ride: Fisherman’s Village Marina del Rey

For a different take on the traditional light display, check out these shimmering boats at the Marina del Rey boat parade. Get nice and cozy, bring a picnic blanket and some hot chocolate in thermoses so you can kick off the night by watching the spectacular fireworks show. Proceeding the pyrotechnics is the boat parade featuring 70 boats adorned with holiday lights. They are all vying for the top categories which include Best Power, Best Lights, Best Spirit and Best Yacht Club.

Dates: Dec. 11
Time: 5:55 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

13737 Fiji Way
Los Angeles
Online: mdrboatparade.org

 

 

Dodgers Holiday Festival: Los Angeles

If you attended this event last year, you’re in for a treat because it’s a completely transformed event with no longer a drive-thru experience, but instead a fully walkable holiday extravaganza at the Centerfield Plaza, warning track and bullpens. There is lots to do and plenty of time to do it since it’s not a timed event. Take your time looking at the light installations, take a photo of Santa at the bullpen and hop on the ice rink on the outfield to skate the night away.

Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 31
Time: 5:00- 10:00 p.m. (weekdays); 3:00-10:00 p.m. (weekends)
Cost: $16.00 admission; $12.00 to park

1000 Vin Scully Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: mlb.com/dodgers

Spectacular Drive-Thru Events

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Elf Journey: Pomona

This walk-thru event brings back the magic of the endearing Elf on the Shelf to life all through the convenience of your car. Pack the kids in and let them know Christmas spirit is running low and it’s up to all of you to help Santa’s scout elves save Christmas! Shrink down to elf size as you immerse yourself in a magical Winter Wonderland. Bonus for this year: there are optional walking paths, an outdoor skating rink, and a Christmas Village to explore.

Good to Know: Get $5 off select tickets* with promo code REDELF

Dates: Nov. 5-Jan. 2
Time: 5-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 (adults); $35 (children)

1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona
Online: elfontheshelfjourney.com

 

Magic of Lights Angel Stadium: Anaheim

Drive through a dazzling light show showcasing your favorite holiday scenes and characters to give you all the Christmas feels. Through LED technology and digital animations, you will accelerate the holiday spirit into epic levels!

Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 26
Time: 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $24-$45

2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim
Online: magicoflights.com

 

 

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru: Irwindale

Drive through Santa’s magical village containing 5 new light displays, twice as many lights as last year and 3 full light tunnels in the comfort of your own car. You’ll discover giant-sized holiday treats, a ginormous teddy bear, and of course you get to see Santa himself in all his ho-ho-ho glory. One of the highlights of the ride is driving by a 100’ tall tree of lights. It will be a Merry Christmas for all! 

Dates: Nov. 26-Jan. 2
Time: 5:30- 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $75.00

500 Speedway Dr.
Irwindale
Online: santasspeedway.com

 

 

photo: World of Illumination

Reindeer Road: Arcadia

Hop in your car with your family and prepare to head to the North Pole in this merry-filled ride where you will encounter a mountainous terrain, glacial peaks and ice caves to finally make it to your destination: Santa’s workshop! Along the way, you will see reindeer, snowmen and tons of toys. And, of course, the moment everyone is waiting for is seeing the big guy himself working hard with his elves to bring Christmas to all the good little boys and girls. The festive music and lights galore will have you singing Christmas carols all the way back home.

Dates: Nov. 19-Jan. 2
Time: 6-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $89

285 W. Huntington Dr. Gate 1
Arcadia
Online: worldofillumination.com

 

 

—Melissa Heckscher & Carmen Garcia-Shushtari

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While things are still not pre-pandemic normal, thanks to some creative experiences, safety measures, advance tickets and lots of in-between guest sanitations, getting a photo with Santa is a possibility! Check out all the places you can take a photo with Santa in LA this year—it’s almost feels like its own Christmas miracle.

Fun Experiences with Santa across Los Angeles

Take a Journey to the North Pole

For this extra-special Santa visit, kids will embark on a journey to the North Pole, where they'll discover Santa's Bungalow and go on a mini, interactive adventure to meet in the man in red. The 10-minute experience culminates with snowfall and, of course, a (contactless) photo op with Santa himself.

Good to know:
There won't be a professional photographer on site, but there are plenty of photo-worthy moments throughout the experience that you can capture with your own phone or camera.

When: Nov. 26th-Dec. 24th (closed Mon.-Tue. & special dates); Times vary

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Century City
Online: westfield.com/centurycity

 

photo: iStock

Take a Hike with Santa (No, Really!)

If the thought of waiting in another long mall line with wiggly wee ones to get a picture with St. Nick isn't a jolly one, try an experience that is a bit more off the beaten path. Join Santa and his helpers on a 2.5-mile family Christmas hike around Ascott Hills Park which is just east of DTLA.

Here you can get some photos of your brood with the big guy against a Los Angeles city backdrop while getting some fresh air and exercise to boot! With free parking, free admission and views for days, this could be that unique holiday event you and the fam have been craving. There are limited spots available so make sure to reserve your spots sooner than later! PS: If you still have energy after the hike, hit up some of our favorite DTLA spots with the kids

When: Dec. 19; 1 p.m.

4371 Multnomah St.
Los Angeles 
Online: eventbrite.com

Ride the Polar Express Train with Santa

All aboard for a vintage train ride via the Polar Express that will whisk your festive family away for a holiday adventure that won't be forgotten. Come in your pajamas (yes, really do it) and be ready for one of the most unique events this side of the North Pole.

Set to the sounds of the Polar Express film soundtrack, you and your pint-size passengers will take a trip through the classic story for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once onboard, prepare to show your golden tickets before hot chocolate and cookies are served by dancing chefs. Once Santa and his elves climb onto the train, the merriment continues and they even hand out small gifts to all good boys and girls! 

Don't forget your camera as the photos ops here are endless! Be sure to make your reservations early as seats are assigned and sell out.

When: Various dates through Dec. 31; Times vary

2201 S A St.
Perris
Online: socalthepolarexpressride.com

photo: Underwood Family Farms

Visit Santa on a Farm

If you're searching for a live Christmas tree, why not get a two-for-one by heading to Underwood Family Farms where Santa makes a special appearance over four weekends this year. Not only that, admission includes tractor rides, animal shows and holiday photo ops. Also new this year? Reindeer! They make their special appearance on Dec. 11 & 12.

When: Nov. 27-28; Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19;  11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

3370 Sunset Valley Rd.
Moorpark
Online: underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Santas for Sensory-Sensitive Kids

photo: iStock

Sensory-Friendly Santa Photos

Autism Speaks invites all children within all spectrums of special needs and their families to gather before the mall opens for our sensory-friendly event to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit and photos with Santa. Reservations recommended.

All Locations: Dec. 5 & Dec. 12; 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Glendale Galleria
100 West Broadway
Glendale
Online: eventbrite.com/glendale

Stonewood Center
251 Stonewood St.
Downey
Online: eventbrite.com/downey

Westfield Culver City
6000 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City
Online: eventbrite.com/culver-city

Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: eventbrite.com/fashion-square

Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: eventbrite.com/topanga

And if these locations don't work, here are even more locations for Sensory Santas around LA.

Santa Spots in LA That Are a Little Extra

 

The Grove LA

Of course The Grove has a gorgeous tree covered with thousands of twinkling lights and a nightly "snowfall" from 7 p.m.-8 p.m., but what this outdoor shopping experience has going for it over the others, is Santa himself can be seen riding and waving to everyone from the top of The Trolley! 

And if a wave isn't enough, you can book an exclusive packages that includes dining and photo ops with Santa himself. 

When: Daily, Nov. 26-Dec.23; 7-8 p.m.; Dec. 24; 5-6 p.m.

189 Grove Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: caruso-winter-staging.com

 

Santa Monica Place

Visiting Santa at the ocean-adjacent Santa Monica Place’s Center Plaza is a great excuse to not just get that priceless photo-op but also the chance to finish some last-minute holiday shopping and hit up one of our favorite museums for kids in LA—Cayton Children's Museum. Photos with the big guy require a reservations but are free—although photo packages are available for purchase. 

When: Nov. 19-Dec. 24; Times vary

395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica
Online: santamonicaplace.com

The Best Places to Find Santas in Malls around LA

 

photo: Magnolia Santa Photos

So you want the traditional mall Santa experience? Here are our top picks for where to go. Make advance reservations using the links below.

When: Nov. 19—Dec. 24

Westfield Culver City
6000 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City
Online: westfield.com/culvercity

Manhattan Village
1200 Rosecrans Ave.
Manhattan Beach
Online: shopmanhattanvillage.com

Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 Carson St.
Torrance
Online: simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center

When: Nov. 18-Dec. 24

Glendale Galleria
Lower Level of the Macy's Wing
100 W. Broadway
Glendale
Online: glendalegalleria.com

Westfield Fashion Center
14006 Riverside Dr.
Sherman Oaks
Online: westfield.com/fashionsquare

Northridge Fashion Center
9301 Tampa Ave.
Northridge
Online: northridgefashioncenter.com

Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park
Online: westfield.com/topanga

—Andie Huber

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This weekend, thanks to Sensory Care Days, kids around LA with special needs can participate in Santa meet-ups under quieter, less hectic conditions—check out all the spots around town they are offering get togethers (reservations are encouraged). And don’t miss out on the last CicLAvia of the year—this time in South LA! For the rest of the weekend picks, scroll below!

Sensory Cares Day for Sensory Sensitive Kids
You’re invited! Children within all spectrums of special needs and their families are welcome to join participating malls before they open for our sensory-friendly event to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit and photos with Santa. Reservations are encouraged. Sun. Event details.

Hanukkah Festival at Skirball
Let there be light! Join us for an afternoon and evening of music, storytelling, art-making, and celebration. Move to the grooves of Dublab DJ Callie Ryan, folk troubadours Zingarella, and klezmer group Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi. Watch Skirball Storytellers recount the age-old story of Hanukkah, create a one-of-a-kind art project, enjoy classic Hanukkah treats and holiday drinks, and celebrate community with a joyous sunset candle lighting. Sun. Event details.

Hanukkah Fun on the Plaza
Join in on the Chanukah fun with Doda Mollie and PJ Library at the Original Farmer’s Market. Activities will take place on the Market Plaza. Sun. Event details.

CicLAvia Is Back!
On Sunday, December 5, CicLAvia will open up 5.3-miles of streets in South LA connecting the neighborhoods of South Central, Exposition Park, Leimert Park and Crenshaw. For all ages and abilities, the public is invited to bike, skate, scooter, run, walk, skateboard, hitch a ride on a pedi-cab, spectate and enjoy the route. CicLAvia is a free, open event—show up anywhere along the route at any time, and have fun! Sun. Event details.

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The Nutcracker
A Southern California tradition, this unique Nutcracker production by The Red Chair, is an energetic rendition featuring young performers, ages 7-to-18, in principal and supporting roles along with adults. Amidst lavish sets and glittering costumes, a cast of over 100 will bring to life the enchanting storybook tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve that takes her, and the audience, on a delightful and exciting journey. Sun. Event details.

Black American Portraits
To complement the presentation of The Obama Portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald on tour from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG), LACMA presents Black American Portraits. Remembering Two Centuries of Black American Art, guest curated by David Driskell at LACMA 45 years ago, this exhibition reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters, and spaces. Spanning over two centuries from c. 1800 to the present day, this selection of approximately 150 works draws primarily from LACMA’s permanent collection and highlights emancipation and early studio photography, scenes from the Harlem Renaissance, portraits from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, and multiculturalism of the 1990s. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Enchanted Forest of Light
This interactive, nighttime experience is unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. New this year will be an entire town of magical stained glass creations built in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. Popular returning favorites returning include sparkling, swirling installations from HYBYCOZO on the Main Lawn, Flower Power on the Promenade and exquisite lighting effects in the Ancient Forest. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Fire! Science & Safety
Set in a “typical” Los Angeles home presented as a training site for young “fire danger detectives.” Guests will find themselves at the Casa del Fuego Apartments, #911, where they can explore an immersive environment and engage in hands-on activities to learn about the science of fire, discover fire hazards and practice fire-safe behaviors. Going from one living space to another, visitors will have the opportunity to create a  virtual “fire” out of different ingredients in a fire pit, practice fire-fighting skills using a fire extinguisher, and figure out which appliances might blow a circuit when used together. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Holiday Road Experience
The immersive experience showcases thousands of festive lights as well as iconic holiday scenes situated throughout the stunning property at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, CA.  The team behind this holiday happening is a partnership comprised of production and hospitality industry veterans Ben Biscotti, Co-Founder & President of 1iota Productions, Award-winning event producer & designer Tony Schubert of Event Eleven, and hospitality & marketing impresario Bobby Rossi of Motley Projects. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Elf on the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey
This year Christmas Spirit is running low, so during test flights Santa’s sleigh had to make an emergency landing at Fairplex in Pomona. Now the Scout Elves have assembled there, and they need your help! Join them on a walk-thru quest to build more Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a fun expedition to help repair Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy a dazzling light spectacle with toy-repair workshops, gingerbread villages, and all the sights and sounds of the holidays, blended with a touch of high-spirited fun that only Santa’s favorite Scout Elves can deliver. On sale now through 1/2/22. Get $5 off select tickets* with promo code REDELF. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lightscape
The internationally acclaimed Lightscape is the must-see holiday event! Wander through the magnificent Cathedral of Light, view the nocturnal skies in our Star Tunnel, experience the breathtaking Fire Garden and more. Lightscape transforms the Arboretum into a night of wonder and light for an unforgettable holiday event for family and friends. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Street Food Cinema: Elf
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Sat. Event details.

L.A. Zoo Lights
L.A. Zoo Lights returns for the 2021-22 season and we’re glad to welcome you back with more glowing animals and an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed holiday light experience and has glowed brighter each year since its debut in 2014. This year’s event features more light animals than ever before, spectacular new additions—both hand-crafted and high-tech – and returning favorites. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

21 LEGOLAND Secrets That’ll Make Your Trip Awesome

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These days, chances are you might be ready for a vacation. If a trip to LEGOLAND, California is in the cards then you won’t want to miss our pro tips. We’ve hit up the park, aquarium and the best gift shops to bring you the inside scoop on making your trip to the brick capital the best ever.

photo: LEGOLAND

1. LEGOLAND is open! You'll need to have a reservation and purchase tickets in advance to get in. Check out the packages here. 

2. LEGO Movie World is open! Come meet all of your favorite characters from the movies and experience all of the details and sets at LEGO Movie World. Your kiddo will be blown away! There are also lots of yummy treats to choose from when everyone works up an appetite. And don't forget to stop by the The Awesome Shop to pick out some rockin' LEGO Movie merch. Read more about the experience here.

3. Get the app! Before you even pack for your trip, download the LEGOLAND app onto your phone. It has an interactive map to aid in exploring the park, gives your ride wait times, a height guide for rides, directions and even a car finder to help you keep track of where you've parked.

4. Shop without a care (or a carry). The stores at LEGOLAND have one of the largest selection of LEGO and LEGOLAND products in the world! There are a couple of bigger stores closer to the entrance of the park, but you can purchase from any of the shops throughout LEGOLAND, and they will have your item(s) waiting for you when you are ready to leave.

5. Start at the back. Head to the end back of the park upon arrival. Lines for big rides Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook are much bigger in the earlier part of the day. 

photo: LEGOLAND

6. When to go. If only there was a LEGOLAND crowd calendar! We don't have one, but we can tell you that if you can plan your visit to LEGOLAND while the kids are still in school—DO IT! Otherwise, you run the risk of enduring crowds. You'll also enjoy milder weather during the months of the school year versus the scorchers in summer. Spring and fall temperatures for Carlsbad, CA typically range between 60 to 70 degrees, perfect for wee-ones making their way around an amusement park. But if a summer trip it is, there are still plenty of ways to keep them cool when the mercury rises. 

7. Rent a stroller. If you've got kids that might not make the whole day on foot, save yourself space in the trunk for that giant LEGO set, and just rent a stroller on site. Strollers can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis at The Marketplace in The Beginning. Singles are $17, doubles are $20 and they even have infant strollers ($17).

8. How to get a discount on LEGOLAND tickets. Get your tickets in advance! Besides saving extra cash, pre-purchasing your tickets will also expedite your entry into the park. On their website, LEGOLAND offers an array of deals for customizing your theme park experience. You can choose between visiting the amusement park only or combine it with the water park, Sea Life Aquarium or both. Purchasing your tickets from the LEGOLAND website is also the best choice if you're planning to visit the park for only one day. Costco members can also save big on ticket prices. Check if they have deals online and after you check out, your E-tickets will be sent to you within the hour (Psst ... there's a Costco store just two miles from the theme park if you prefer to purchase your tickets in person). Discounts are also offered to AAA members and Military with ID.

9. Where to stay. If you've got a LEGO-maniac, or three, or four in your crew, and you don't mind shelling out the extra coin, then you won't want to miss staying at the LEGOLAND Hotel. Your mini-master builders will go crazy over all of the resort's brick-tastic features including a choice of themed rooms to stay in, early entry to the park, nightly kiddie entertainment, plus a scavenger hunt to look for clues to unlock a treasure chest in your room. There's a huge breakfast buffet, restaurant and pool, plus the hotel is nearly in the theme park itself—a great option if naps are still on the agenda.

If you want to save cash, but still have easy access to the park then you might want to try the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort. It has its very own entrance at the back of the park (Psst ... this is a great way to score first-in-line for some of the most popular rides), plus you won't have to deal with parking fees or hassles.

The Cassara Carlsbad is another great option that offers both standard rooms and family suites. The fully remodeled and redesigned hotel now has a private pedestrian entrance to LEGOLAND and perfect views of the Carlsbad flower fields. We bet your crew will head straight for the resort's family pool and kiddie splash pad once you arrive.

LEGOLAND Hotel
5885 The Crossings Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
888-690-5346
Online: legoland.com/california/legoland-hotel/legoland-resort-hotel/

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
760-827-2400
Online: sheratoncarlsbad.com

The Cassara Carlsbad | Tapestry Collection by Hilton
5805 Armada Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
760-827-3232
Online: thecassaracarlsbad.com

10. Bring the minifigs. Have you heard about Minifigure trading? If not, we bet you and your little sidekick will think it's the best thing to come along since Emmet's double-decker couch. Just have your kid bring their old minifigures to the park, including all the parts and accessories, and they can trade them up for new ones. Every LEGOLAND employee (Hint: They're called Model Citizens. Get it?) has a super cool LEGO name badge with minifigures fixed onto it. If your tyke wants one of the Model Citizen's guys, they'll gladly trade with them. You'll also find trading posts throughout the park that offer armies of mini-men to trade for, and if your kiddo doesn't have a minifigure for making a switcharoo, there are plenty available for purchase at LEGO stores throughout the park.

11. Get there early! Chances are your brick enthusiasts will be up by the crack of dawn and ready to go before you hit the button on the coffee maker, so why not take advantage of their excitement by heading to the park early? You're likely to score parking that's a stone's throw from the premium spots, plus you will spend less time waiting at the entrance. The best part? Even though LEGOLAND officially opens at 10 a.m, the turnstiles are rolling by 9 a.m., and by 9:30 a.m. some of the rides at the front of the park are already going.

12. Measuring up the rides. Most of LEGOLAND's rides and attractions are geared for the entertainment of kids ages 2 to 12, but if you've got an adrenaline junkie who has already taken on giant roller coasters and scream machines, the park will likely feel babyish to them. Still, there are a few great spots your older crew might try. The Knight's Tournament ride is the most thrilling in the park and gives riders the experience of what it feels like to be tossed and turned by a factory robot arm. Kids ages 9 and older might also like to have a hand at building a programmable robot in the LEGO Mindstorms lab. Just be sure to sign them up early as spots are limited and do go quickly. Then, after all, that constructing is done head next door to the Xbox WB Games Space.

If you've got Littles tagging along on your adventure you'll want to check how tall they are before you go. Many of the rides have minimum height restrictions starting at 34 inches, and some require an adult or at least a responsible big kid to ride along with. Even if your wee ones fall below the line, there's still plenty of fun to be had - no rides necessary.

13. Use Ride Swapping. If your kiddos find themselves not meeting the height requirement, or they just aren't into thrill rides, parents can use the Ride Swapping system. One parent will ride with the tall enough child, then when the ride is over they can swap right away so the second parent can ride without waiting in the line again.

photo: Karly Wood

14. Avoid the wait with Reserve 'N' Ride. If you think you'll need good tactical maneuvers in order to avoid encountering a meltdown from waiting in long lines, here are a few solutions to try. LEGOLAND offers a Reserve 'N' Ride system, which allows you to hold a spot in line for their most popular rides without having to be in the queue. To set up a Reserve 'N' Ride, check out their website to learn more. When you purchase the pass, you'll get to choose between Express, Deluxe and Ultimate. Download their mobile app to take advantage of Reserve 'N' Ride.

15. More tips on skipping the wait. To avoid long lines without having to pay reservation fees, you'll need to plan ahead and be prepared to check out some of the non-ride attractions at the park. To start, when you arrive at the resort, head to the back and avoid the buildup for the Coastersaurus and Safari Trek. Also, if you must ride the Sky Cruiser, one of Legoland's most popular attractions, be sure to do it when you first arrive. This elevated, pedal-powered coaster offers awesome panoramic views of Fun Town but is not worth waiting hours for. At mid-day, when the park is at its busiest, you'll want to head into Fun Town and visit some of the areas less popular, but surprisingly enjoyable attractions, including the LEGO Factory tour, Police and Fire Academy or DUPLO Playtown. You can also make your way over to the Imagination Zone where your kids will spend hours building and racing their own LEGO car. And don't forget to check out Miniland, where your pint-sized squirt will love wandering along paths passing world-famous cities and attractions scaled to just about their height.

photo: Karly Wood

16. Take it or leave it. Even if you don't plan to splash around at the water park, you'll want to bring swimsuits, towels and extra clothes to keep in the car—just in case. Pirate Shores has a few wet rides, a splash pad, and a play structure with mini waterslides and several dowsing features to cool off in when things heat up. If you don't want to carry your gear with you, there are lockers located at Pirate Shores for $10 (Psst ... this is the cheapest in the park), and for a quick dry try one of the family dryers afterward.

17. No outside food and drink. Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the park, but LEGOLAND does make exceptions for dietary restrictions and infants. There is a bag check at the entrance, but the staff typically turn the other cheek if you bring in your own water bottles and a couple of snacks. And speaking of food, you'll likely to find LEGOLAND's dining choices are decent by theme park standards with options including pizza, burgers, hot dogs, as well as some spots for BBQ, Ramen and healthy snack items. Go ahead and splurge on those Granny's Apple Fries for your crew and don't forget the vanilla cream dipping sauce. They're delish!

 

photo: LEGOLAND

18. What about the waterpark? Compared to other water parks you may have visited, many of LEGOLAND's slides and features will seem scaled back and probably best for the small fries, but if the hotel or condo you're staying at doesn't have a pool then it's definitely worth the ticket upgrade. Peak hours are between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., so try for before or after those hours for the most low-key experience. Kids love the lazy river where they can build with soft, oversized LEGO right on their tube, and the newish Chima area will keep them busy for hours as they frolic in the Lion Temple wave pool or slide through the massive crocodile's jaw in Cragger's Swamp. You'll find several spots kids can play with LEGO, which are nice diversions when the park does their routine 10-minute pool break for lifeguard rotations. If you do plan to visit the water park, be sure to check their schedule ahead of time. The pools are typically open from Spring Break through Labor Day, plus weekends during the fall, but mid-week black-out dates aren't unusual.

19. Don't skip SEA LIFE Aquarium. If you've never been before, the SEA LIFE Aquarium is definitely worth a visit. Although it's a quick trip through the whole thing (typically an hour), it's the perfect size for small attention spans. Most of the exhibits are indoors with the exception of the touch tanks, so it's also a great way to escape warmer daytime temperatures. At the aquarium, you'll see jellyfish, seahorses, eels and a Giant Pacific Octopus. There's also a large underwater tunnel that wanders through the Lost City of Atlantis, a 200,000-gallon tank filled with sharks, rays, and tropical fish to give you a scuba diver's perspective of these thrilling sea creatures. Kids can learn more about their favorite underwater animals during one of the special Tank Talks or Feeding Times, plus take part in an educational scavenger hunt to earn a special prize when they've found all the clues.

20. Pack extra clothes. Even if you're bypassing the water park, LEGOLAND has plenty of water features that kids won't be able to pass up. If your kiddos find themselves enjoying the several splash pads and play area but don't want to stay soggy, check out the cheapest lockers to stow your stuff, as well as dryers near Pirate Shores.

21. Experience Holidays at LEGOLAND! From Nov. 20 2021-Jan. 2 2022, meet and take a selfie with your favorite holiday characters, including the Toy Solider and Gingerbread Man. There will be a 30 ft. LEGO Christmas tree, holiday tunes and a holiday light show. Holidays at LEGOLAND will make your experience even more memorable!

LEGOLAND California
One LEGOLAND Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
760-918-5346
Online: california.legoland.com

—Taylor Clifton, Rachael Brandon & Karly Wood

Featured image: Courtesy of LEGOLAND

 

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The 18 Coolest Gifts for Tweens & Teens This Year

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Quite possibly the hardest group to shop for, tweens and teens are unlikely to make it easy on you by providing a detailed list of what they want this holiday season. But, that’s where we come in! We consulted with young experts (in our own homes) to bring you this list of the best gifts for teens and tweens this year. You’ll find everything from the LED lights they want for their room to cozy gear for lounging around the house all day. We know you’ll find some winners here!


DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit

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Sweet and chewy on the outside, ice cream on the inside, these mochi treats will be their new favorite dessert.


LED Lights Kit

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We're not sure why, but all the teens and tweens on our list want these LED lights for their rooms. They can change the colors via app or the included remote control so that they can feel like they are at the club. But at home.


Professor Maxwell's VR Atlas

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Travel the world in virtual reality with this set that has kids learning about culture, cuisine, history and more.


Evereden Kids Happy Face Duo

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Introduce your tween to the importance of skincare with this new line for kids. The face wash and cream include good things like probiotics, amino acids and omegas.


Kindle Paperwhite Kids

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This all-new reader delivers thousands of books without any of the distractions like games, ads and videos. Bonus: It's waterproof and comes with a two-year guarantee.


Barefoot Dreams Youth Collection

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Your favorite loungewear now comes in kid sizes but be warned, they may never take them off.


POP! Deluxe: Mando on Bantha with Child in Bag - The Mandalorian

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Mandalorian fans will love receiving this quirky Funko POP! in their stocking. The Child is even along for the ride.


Perfectly Imperfect Stories

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It's hard being a kid. This book is full of inspiring stories of famous people like Michael Phelps and Frida Kahlo who were able to overcome struggles with mental health to achieve their goals.


LEGO THE BATMAN - BATMOBILE™

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This newly released LEGO set will be as fun to build as it is to display in your teen's room. It has true-to-life features and is inspired by the 2022 THE BATMAN movie.


Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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This sleek gaming keyboard with exposed LEDs is the perfect addition to your teen's desk setup, especially if gaming is their life's focus.


Travel Cord Roll

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We could all use a little more organization in our lives. This travel roll will keep all your tween's cords and headphones from tangling in their bag.


Opopop Gourmet Microwave Popcorn

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Flavor-wrapped kernels are the name of the game with this gourmet popcorn that offers options like Maui heat, cheddapeno and salted umami.


Ultra-Compact Microphone

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Your budding YouTuber or podcaster will be able to record with little background noise. Its ultra-small size means it won't clutter their desk space.


Frankie Frog Ambient Light

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With this little cutie on your nightstand, you can't do anything but smile.


Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro Camera

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It's all about instant gratification when you pop this little cutie in your backpack. Snap pics of your friends and print 3x3 photos right from the camera.


Cdrop Subscription Box

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X Rocker SE+ 2.0 Gaming Chair

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Comfort is top of mind when your teen spends all their awake hours gaming. This chair comes with two built-in headrest speakers and folds to store when not in use.


Personalized Cozy Blanket

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Whether they're into rainbows and unicorns or basketball and UFOs, you'll find an awesome blanket that suits them. They are so cozy you might steal them for yourself.

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From matzo ball soup and bagels and lox to delicious pastrami on rye, we’ve rounded up the best Jewish delis around LA—just in time for Hanukkah! Get ready to clear your calendar and put on those stretchy pants, cause it’s time to nosh!

The Best Jewish Delis in Los Angeles

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Mmmm…smell that? Follow the intoxicating aroma of pastrami and corned beef straight to Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in Culver City. Wise Sons prides itself in making nearly everything in house using the finest ingredients around. Baked goods (like their Jewish rye) are baked at their offsite bakery and delivered multiple times daily for the freshest sandwiches in town. So whether you’ve got a hankering for the OG Rueben, a double-coated bagel with a shmear or some piping hot matzo ball soup, Wise Sons should absolutely be on your list of go-tos. Good to Know: They are offering Hanukkah catering. 

What to Order for the Kids: The classic smoked salmon bagel sandwich is fantastic and kids will love the turkey club on toasted challah.

9552 Washington Blvd.
Culver City
Online: wisesonsdeli.com

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Brent's Deli

A San Fernando Valley favorite, Brent’s Deli never disappoints. This family-owned business features two locales—the original in Northridge and a newer addition in Westlake Village. Brent’s offers high-quality meals, super friendly service and is widely known for its famous mile-high Rueben sandwich. They have a fantastic kid’s menu as well. Oh and parents—the Westlake spot houses Brent’s Bar which features specialty cocktails, craft beers and mimosa flights—you’re welcome.

What to Order for the Kids: Nothing's more comforting than Brent's matzo ball soup and a black and white cookie for dessert.

19565 Parthenia St.
Northridge 
Online: brentsdeli.com

Langer’s Delicatessen

Since 1947, Langer’s Delicatessen has been serving generation after generation of Angelenos and has proven to be a vital part of LA’s cultural heritage. Die-hard deli fans flock here for Langer’s famous hot pastrami sandwiches which some have deemed “the best in the world.” But the other food is fabulous as well—so awesome in fact that they’ve been honored with the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award—twice!

What to Order for the Kids: The pastrami and swiss can’t be beat, especially for first-timers.

704 S Alvarado St.
Los Angeles
Online: langersdeli.com

Wexler’s Deli

This LA favorite prides itself in using old-school methods to handcraft their amazing pastrami and smoked salmon that keeps patrons coming back for more. All meats and fish are smoked in house and are hand-sliced before your eyes ensuring the utmost freshness. The lox especially rivals some of the best in NYC. With locations downtown in Grand Central Market and a shop in Santa Monica, Wexler’s should absolutely make your Sunday brunch list. Good to Know: They are accepting Hanukkah orders now.

What to Order for the Kids: The O.G. with pastrami, mustard and rye is a simple yet delish intro for kids who’ve never dabbled in pastrami before. The grilled cheese with challah and cheddar is always a safe bet as well.

616 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica
Online: wexlersdeli.com

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Mort and Betty’s

Mort and Betty’s maintains the culture and tradition of the incredible deli food you’ve grown up with, but they’ve gotten rid of animal products—making it one of the only vegan Jewish delis in town. Additionally, 5% of every purchase is set aside to help create a farm animal sanctuary. From dill pickle latkes and sliced mushroom brisket to carrot lox and vegan challah, you can find Mort and Betty’s at SmorgasburgLA in the Arts District downtown or you can order online and pick-up at various locations across the city. They are also taking Hanukkah orders now. 

What to Order for the Kids: The dill pickle latkes and chocolate Babka deliver major amounts of YUM!

Mort and Betty’s
Online: mort-bettys.square.site

—Jennifer O’Brien

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