Where to Go Sand Sledding with Kids in LA

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There may be snow on the mountains in the distance (and if you want to play in the cold, white fluffy stuff, check out our kid-friendly guide to snow play in LA), but if you want to give kids a sledding experience without having to travel far, head to the beach. Read on for the best sand sledding spots in Los Angeles—no puffy coats or hats needed.

Sand Sledding in LA: Zuma Beach Sand Berms

Up the coast in Malibu, Zuma always makes for a beautiful beach day, whether you're crashing in the waves or sledding in the sand. It is a bit more of a trek, so you may want to pack up a picnic along with your sleds and make a day of it. The berms at Zuma are long and much less trafficked than Venice and Hermosa, which also means they aren't as smooth and slick. For a better ride, have the grownups in the group take a few trips down the slope first, to carve out a nice pathway for the little ones—yep, it's a perfect excuse to get a turn on the new sled!

Zuma isn't as busy in the winter, so you should have no trouble grabbing a parking spot in the lot directly behind the sand dunes for $8.

30000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu
Online: beaches.lacounty.gov/zuma-beach

Sand Sledding in LA: Hermosa Beach Sand Berms

The Hermosa Beach sand berms stretch out from both sides of the Hermosa Pier providing plenty of ocean-front real estate for your little sand bunnies. These hills are a little less steep making them the best spot for the youngest (or most cautious) sledders.

The closest places to park are the two public metered lots on Hermosa Ave. at 11th and 13th Street. 

1 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach
Online: hermosabeach.gov

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Sand Sledding in LA: Venice Pier Sand Berms

Just south of the Venice Beach Pier is one of the most popular sand sledding spots on the coast. The Venice berm stretches from the pier all along the length of the south parking lot, so despite being a hotspot, there's always plenty of room for everyone. These slopes are usually the biggest of the berms on the coast, making them the go-to spot for young sledders (and grown-ups) looking for the best thrill ride. Late Dec. or early Jan. is usually the best time to visit, as the sand has gotten packed down, making for a smoother and faster ride.

Parking in the lot can run from $8-$12 on the weekends. You can also look for a spot on Washington Blvd., but it can be a bit of a walk. 

W. Washington Blvd. & Ocean
Venice 
Online: beaches.lacounty.gov/venice-beach

Sand Sledding in LA: Point Mugu State Park Sand Berms

Catch some sand in the Santa Monica Mountains! While the sledding here is prime, there's more at this location that will easily occupy you and your crew for the day—miles of sandy beaches with rocky bluffs, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores and oaks along with 70+ miles of hiking trails.

Parking fees: $12.00 per car, per day; 3 hours $9; 2 hours $6 and 1 hour is $3 per car.

9000 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu
Online: parks.ca.gov

Sand Sledding in LA: Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park

At the north end of this park there’s a 100 foot high slope covered in deep sand that kids can climb up and jump, roll, or run down. If your brood grows tired of the sand, there’s also a children’s playground with other facilities including picnic areas, restrooms, and drinking water. The rest of the park includes trails and flora in Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Nature Preserve. This spot does require reservations so make sure you secure them before heading here to avoid disappointment.

Bell Ave. & 33rd St.
Manhattan Beach
Online: manhattanbeach.gov

–Shahrzad Warkentin

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LA Kids Weekend Events: Dec. 10-12

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Happy Happy Holidays! From Santa meet and greets to dazzling light shows and holiday train rides, events are in full swing this month and we couldn’t be more excited. Check out our picks for what to do with kids this weekend below and don’t forget to check out our full calendar on the site for the rest of the week—there’s always something fun going on in this amazing city of ours.

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Goldilocks & The Three Bears
Storybook Theatre of Los Angeles at Theatre West presents non-threatening, interactive musicals with a message for children 3–9 years old. There is plenty of audience participation as the children help Goldilocks in the comical forest adventure with the three bears. Goldilocks learns that bears can be people, too. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

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

Theatricum Holiday Family Faire
Gather for the artisan holiday marketplace, a special performance of Harry Nilsson’s The Point! with Kiefo Nilsson and John C. Reilly, take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, there will be festive food and drink, caroling and singing madrigals, Aerialist Lexi Pearl, along with winter holiday stories from a variety of traditions…and much more! Sat. Event details.

Holiday Jazz Music on the Lawn: Bring a picnic for the lawn and get festive with live holiday music performed with a jazzy twist! Get into the Christmas spirit with classic holiday tunes from Big Butter Jazz Band. Sat. Event details.

Parks After Dark: Parks After Dark returns for the winter season with free activities at 33 LA County parks where over 40 tons of snow will be available for snow play! Expect a sled hill and snow play area, Santa visit, holiday crafts, filled holiday stocking for every child (while supplies last), hot cocoa station, food giveaway & more! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

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

First Annual Winter Frolic
The Kidspace Winter Frolic is a fairytale come to life, where little ones feel free to explore, create, and celebrate with their families (and a few new fantasy forest friends). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Unique Markets LA Holiday Market
Shop 150 amazing local businesses, plus free drinks, and our Unique perks (like free Portraits, lawn games, DIY gift wrapping, and more)! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park’s Magic Lights Train Ride
Just the right size for your train obsessed tot, you won’t want to miss the LA tradition of a trip to Griffith Park for a magically lit holiday ride. Putter around the festively decorated one mile of track where magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights will captivate you and your family and set the mood for a wonderful Holiday season. Fri.-Sun. 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!” Sun. Event details.

L.A. Zoo Lights
Welcome 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. 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.

Knotts Merry Farm
Experience Knott’s largest Christmas celebration with winter wonderland-inspired décor transforming the entire park into a classic holiday festival, featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and a variety of picturesque seasonal settings. Knott’s Merry Farm offers Christmas activities for families and joyful experiences inspired by the spirit of the holidays. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hikari—A Festival of Lights
Join us for a celebration filled with joy and light! Loosely translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a million twinkling lights! A cozy Wagon Ride around the festively lit farm that will take you to the “Land of a Thousand Lanterns” and once off the wagon, you will have the opportunity to wander through the light displays, with photo opportunities throughout. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Best Places for Snow Play near LA

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Whether you’re a a new or avid skier, a thrill-seeking snowboarder, into sledding or just snowball making and throwing, believe it or not, a day of snow play can be enjoyed near LA. We’ve rounded up the best places that cater to snow lovers of all skill levels—even those who prefer to just watch it fall while sipping hot chocolate.

Snow Play Near LA: Big Bear Mountain Resort

Just 2 hours away from DTLA (well, sans traffic), you'll find Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR) which is now open to the general public thanks to loads of snowmaking taking place over the past few weeks. If you've been hankering to get the family up on skis or a snowboard, this is the place to do it—we especially love their advance reservations for tickets, gear and lessons—saving you from waiting in line and a ton of time in the process. And of course, nothing can ruin your time on the mountain like a hangry crew—download their new mobile food app so you can order meals and drinks ahead of time, again saving you tons of time. 

For those not quite ready to feel the need for ski or snowboard speed, beginning Dec. 23, you can head to Grizzly Ridge Tube Park, located at Snow Summit. There you'll find a magic carpet ride that takes you to the top and you can choose one of three, 300-foot tubing lanes. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance.

BBMR
880 Summit Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA
Online: bigbearmountainresort.com

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Snow Play Near LA: Mammoth Lakes

Of course we have a whole article on how to take your kids skiing at Mammoth but this mountain town offers more than just ski hills! Head to Woolly’s Tube Park for a thrilling sled rides everyone will enjoy. For those 42” and smaller who aren’t yet tall enough to enjoy the ride, Woolly’s has a fun snow park area and heated deck serving up hot cocoa and adult beverages. 

Good to Know: Woolly's opens on Dec. 12 for the winter season.

Woolly's Tube Park & Snow Play
Minaret Rd.
Online: mammothmountain.com

 

Snow Play Near LA: Mountain High Resort

Wouldn’t it be groovy to spend less time on the road and more time playing in the snow? Located just an hour and half away from DTLA, Mountain High is the perfect place to getaway for a fun day of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. With an incredible snow system that covers 80% of the mountain, the resort strives to make the very best conditions consistently possible for its visitors. There are East, West and North sections of the mountain, but your ticket is good at all (yes, all) locations and it’s super easy to experience with their free shuttle service. First time skiers and snowboarders (or ones just looking to brush up on their skills) can take advantage of lessons from a wide variety of highly experienced instructors.

Is tubing more your jam? Then check out Yeti's Snow Play—the all-day tickets will grant you access to tubing, sledding, snow play and scenic sky chairs on Mountain High Resort plus access to all the food and retail shops on the mountain, tables with firepits, photo ops with Yeti himself and free parking. Make sure to check out the height restrictions before you go.

Mountain High Resort
24510 CA-2
Wrightwood
Online: mthigh.com

Snow Play Near LA: Snow Valley Mountain Resort

Snow Valley, conveniently located in Running Springs, just 30 minutes from the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, is a super welcoming resort for a day of powdery fun. The resort features SoCal’s only chairlift serviced sledding area and some of the longest runs in the region, making it the perfect place for kids (young and old) to sled to their heart’s content. Snow Valley also features award-winning ski and snowboarding lessons (both half-day and full) for all skill levels. Night skiing is also offered until 8 p.m. most days, weather permitting.

Bonus: Snow Valley has a new lift for the Children's Learning Center—improving the learning experience for the youngest of guests.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort
35100 CA-18
Running Springs
Online: snow-valley.com

Snow Play Near LA: Mt. Baldy

Located just 52 miles outside of DTLA, it’s the perfect way to work in some snow play without much road time. The mountain features four chair lifts that provide access to skiing and snowboarding on a wide variety of terrain. For tubing, take the Sugar Pine Chairlift to the Top of the Notch recreation area for snow play at 7,800 feet above sea level. Purchase 90-minute tubing sessions (inner tubes and hard shells are provided) and when everyone is finished (and famished), head to the restaurant on site for some burgers and unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. 

Mt. Baldy
8401 Mt. Baldy Rd.
Mt. Baldy
Online: mtbaldyresort.com

Snow Play Near LA: Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

With five runs, a deep snow pack and a covered magic carpet to take you up the hill, Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is a swell place to spend the day frolicking in the powder. Evening tubing sessions are available as well. Want to create your own Cool Runnings moment? Check out the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain for an authentic bobsledding experience year-round.

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wild Rose Ln.
Big Bear Lake
Online: alpineslidebigbear.com

 

Snow Play Near LA: Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park

Tucked away in the San Bernardino National Forest near Lake Arrowhead, is Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park, SoCal’s oldest and largest snow tubing park. Beginner, intermediate and advanced runs are available to riders so there’s definitely something for everyone in the family. Hours are subject to change due to weather and road conditions so be sure to call ahead and check with the park before you head out there. 

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park
34600 Hwy 18
Running Springs
Online: snowdrift.net

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Snow Play Near LA: Mount San Jacinto Park

Easily accessible from Palm Springs, this snowy mountain top is only short ride up the mountain. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (the world's largest rotating tram car and not for the faint of heart), up and away to the top of Mount San Jacinto Park. Once you reach the top, you can do everything from go snowshoeing and cross country skiing to sledding and snow camping. Bonus: There are also two restaurants at the top in case you get hungry!

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
1 Tram Way
Palm Springs
Online: pstramway.com

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—Jennifer O’Brien & Andie Huber

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10 Cozy Cabins Near LA for Families in Search of Winter

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The weather in LA may not be earmuff-worthy, but if you want a bonafide winter vacation, all you need to do is get in your car and drive a few hours thanks to our towering mountains. So dig up those winter coats (or borrow some from a friend), pack up the car (don’t forget those tire chains) and head to one of these cozy cabin winter getaways just a short drive from LA.

Best Winter Vacation Rentals in Big Bear, CA

Vintage Cabin With Private Sledding Hill—Big Bear

This charming little log cabin is everything you'd want from a spot in Big Bear: Warm and cozy, with the sort of simple charm that makes you want to snuggle up by the fire after a day of snow play. Built by hand from 1949 through 1951, the cabin has original kitchen appliances and light fixtures, a large custom wood burning fireplace and vintage decor. Outside, kids can swing on the tree swing, sled in the private back yard or climb into the treehouse. It's also just a short drive to the ski slopes and local tubing destinations. 

Bonus: Got pets? There's no need to leave your pup at home as the cabin is pet-friendly (and stay for free!). 

Sleeps: 5
Average Daily Rate: $545/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Games & Rustic Luxury—Big Bear

This upscale modern cabin has everything a family needs for a quick winter getaway: It's loaded with games for the kids and has upscale touches parents will appreciate (think leather sofa, granite dining table, stainless steel appliances). Snow bunnies will love that it's just a few minutes from Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit—as well as just around the corner from the Big Bear Snowplay tubing park. Staying inside? There's a shuffleboard table, a foosball table, two full-size arcade games, a ton of family board games, plus a private back yard with a hill that's perfect for sledding (there are event two big sleds in the garage to borrow). 

Bonus: The owners  like to leave fresh baked cookies as a welcome, and a stuffed toy bear for kids to take home as a memento.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $692/night
Online: airbnb.com

Ski-In, Ski-Out Condo—Big Bear

Is this the year you'll teach your kids to ski? This pristine split-level Big Bear condo is the perfect place to do it! Located 50 yards from the bunny slopes at Snow Summit, you'll be able to ski in and out from the back of the condo without worrying about where you parked. Besides its perfect proximity to the slopes, the condo has everything a family might need to get cozy inside on chilly evenings, including an 80s arcade game table, three bedrooms (including one with a triple-level bunk bed!), and a wood-burning fireplace.

Bonus: The rental includes one free beginner ski or snowboard rental for the day.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $413/night
Online: airbnb.com

Best Winter Vacation Rentals in Mammoth, CA

Luxurious Ski Condo—Mammoth

When you've got a whole brood of kids to bundle up and get out the door, anything that makes things simpler is worth it. Enter: This 2,000-square-foot condo located a few feet from the Canyon Lodge Ski Lifts and Gondolas is well worth the price tag. Aside from easy access to the slopes, this place has luxurious furnishings, stainless steel appliances, and an "expansive bunkroom" for the kids with two plush bunk beds (both bottom bunks have queen-size mattresses!). There's also a private patio with a hot tub, fire pit, barbecue and pizza oven. 

Sleeps: 10
Cost
: $772/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Cozy Condo in the Heart of The Village—Mammoth

Park your car—then don't use it for the rest of your trip! This plush corner condo is located in the heart of Mammoth Village and just upstairs from the Gondola that will take you to the mountain. Walk to local shops and restaurants, or hop on the trolley or shuttle to get to the slopes. The condo sleeps six and includes access to the Village Lodge's heated pool and jacuzzis (which are open all year long), as well as the gym, fire pits and heated underground garage. 

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $545/night
Online: airbnb.com

Best Winter Vacation Rental in Idyllwild, CA

Boulder Lodge—Idyllwild

Kids will get a kick out of the fact there are actual boulders INSIDE this gorgeous Idyllwild home. Just a 2-minute drive to the center of the town of Idyllwild, the "Boulder Lodge" features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a loft with a daybed—plus two decks with amazing mountain views and plenty of space for outdoor dining and star gazing. Stroll the grounds outside to find a full teepee, a hammock, and a six-person hot tub. 

Bonus: The home is located just across from the Idyllwild Nature Center, which offers guided tours and educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. 

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $471/night
Online: airbnb.com

Best Winter Vacation Rental in Lake Arrowhead, CA

Family Hideaway with Private Theater—Lake Arrowhead

Not all mountain gems have to cost a fortune. This reasonably-priced tri-level Lake Arrowhead cabin is made for families (aside from the steep stairs to get into the home, which can be a challenge for new walkers)—with bunk beds for the kids and a cozy movie room that's a perfect for chilly evenings. To make nighttimes even more fun, the owners provide a s’mores kit for families to enjoy by the fireplace plus movie theater candy and popcorn.

Bonus: Located about 2 miles from Lake Arrowhead Village and 2 miles from Skypark at Santa's Village, an outdoor adventure park with zip lines, mountain biking trails, rock climbing walls and more.  

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $347/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Best Winter Vacation Rental in Three Rivers, CA

Glass House in a Forest—Three Rivers

If you like the idea of sleeping in the middle of the forest with nothing but a pane of glass separating you from the wildlife all around, the "Glass House" in Three Rivers (near the entrance to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks), is a must-stay for you. Located on two acres of land and just next to a river, the home's glass walls gives the illusion that you're sleeping in the outdoors—all without the chill of cool winter nights. Kids will love exploring the forest property around the house, which features a trampoline and a ping pong table, as well as a fire pit for cozy nights and s'mores. 

Good to Know: While there's not usually snow at this elevation, bring your sleds (and your snow tires)—it snows in the Sequoias just a few minutes away. 

Sleeps: 4; If you have a larger group, there are two tent-style accommodations that are available to guests renting the main house. 
Cost: $400/night
Online: airbnb.com

Best Winter Vacation Rental in Ojai, CA

Camp in the Mountains—Ojai

Not up for a snowy sojourn? This 200-acre property has so much to offer, you and your fam can be here for days and won't need to leave the property. Located about 20 minutes from downtown Ojai—but with no neighbors for miles—the 150-year-old ranch is spread across hills and forests, with a creek and two spring-fed ponds to explore (there are canoes and paddle boats to use in the pond, and fishing is encouraged). Like animals? There are plenty to see (and pet!), including goats, horses, cows, chickens and llamas.

The property offers three different types of accommodations: A two-bedroom cabin in the center of the ranch and two safari tents, each with enough land between it to offer privacy if you don't want to be bothered (one sits by a pond; the other, a creek). There is a common room with a piano, pool table and 80-inch TV, plus a commercial grade kitchen that can be used by all guests. You can rent one or all of the properties at a time—which means, this is a great spot to go in with one or two other families. 

Sporting activates include a basketball court and a major league size baseball field (!!) that sits in a clearing at the base of the hills. For an extra fee, guests can arrange horseback rides, massage and facial services, and yoga classes.

Bonus: Guests are provided with a jeep to use during their stay to explore the 200-acres of property. 

Sleeps: Two 1-bedroom safari tents and one 2-bedroom cabin. 
Cost: $500 for the safari tents; $750 for the cabin
Online: Log Cabin; Safari Camp 1; Safari Tent 2

Best Winter Vacation Rental in Indio, CA

Sunny Retreat with an Arcade & Casino—Indio

We don't all want frigid fingers and snow boots this winter. This well-stocked desert home will keep both parents and kids entertained with its a huge gaming room that offers four full-size arcade games as well as two casino tables. There's also a lagoon-style pool with a waterslide, an outdoor sauna, a ping-pong table, a play structure with swings, and a full barbecue area with plenty of seating and outdoor speakers.   

Still want to check snow off your winter bucket list? The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is just a half hour away and can take you to the top of the nearby mountains, where (in the winter) there's usually enough snow for snow play. 

Sleeps: 10
Cost: $624/night
Online: airbnb.com

Melissa Heckscher

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LA Kids Weekend Events: Dec. 17-19

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This is the last weekend before the big Christmas Day so if you’re still waiting to get your holiday lights, holiday experiences and Santa Meet & Greets in, there’s no time like the present. Speaking of presents, if you still need a little something something, check out our favorite local gift shops around LA where you are but guaranteed to find that special gift for your loved ones. Now, onto what we’re doing this weekend with kids in LA.

photo: Marina del Rey

Live Music at The Grove
Cue the music! Join us for live entertainment as talented musicians perform for all of The Grove to hear. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Holiday Festival at Dodgers Stadium
The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a Holiday Festival in the beautiful, newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza, the warning track, and both bullpens complete with nightly entertainment, ice skating rink, scenic and light displays, holiday-themed food and drinks, and the chance to take photos with Santa! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Holiday Jazz Music on the Lawn: Bring a picnic for the lawn and get festive with live holiday music performed with a jazzy twist! Get into the Christmas spirit with classic holiday tunes. Sat. Event details.

Knotts Merry Farm 
Experience Knott’s largest Christmas celebration with winter wonderland-inspired décor transforming the entire park into a classic holiday festival, featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and a variety of picturesque seasonal settings. Knott’s Merry Farm offers Christmas activities for families and joyful experiences inspired by the spirit of the holidays. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stranger Things Store
Ready for a new adventure, nerds? Step into the first-ever, official Stranger Things Store. Discover some of the show’s most iconic locations and check out all of the gnarly merch and rad activities waiting inside. Take a peek at the lockers of Hawkins High, answer the yellow phone at Joyce’s house, play games at the Palace Arcade, and take a stroll through the Russian Lab, if you dare. Just know that you might come face to face with a Demogorgon—don’t say we didn’t warn you! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Marina Lights at Burton Chace Park
There’s nothing more festive than holiday lights wrapped around trees throughout 10-acre Burton Chace Park–one of the only parks in Los Angeles that is surrounded by water on three sides! The spectacular display of sparkling lights and decor will take place every night now through New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a seaside stroll under the holiday lights. Bring a hot cup of cocoa or pick up food from nearby restaurants. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sparkle DTLA
Experience a magical holiday show as 18 million hues of lights illuminate the night and synchronize to festive tunes. SPARKLE DTLA at The Bloc will take you through an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes one of LA’s largest multi-colored interactive holiday displays. Capture your perfect photo-op moments at this ultimate holiday experience. This experience is free to attend and is open to all ages, furry friends are also welcome! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios
The jolly “Grinchmas” Who-lebration returns in festive fashion as holiday park-goers will be rockin’ around the topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree in Universal Plaza, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights. A dazzling tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a snowfall flurry will take place every evening, bringing good tidings and season’s greetings as guests celebrate with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Who-ville Whos, who will be performing on select nights. A selection of themed Who-tacular sweet treats, including hot cocoa will be available for purchase. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live
The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice presented by Coca-Cola brings outdoor ice skating to L.A. LIVE on Xbox Plaza right out front of STAPLES Center. Skate your way into the holiday season and enjoy the rink while it is here for a limited season. The LA Kings Holiday Ice rink is now open through Jan. 7, 2022. Bring your friends, family, date or enjoy the rink before and after a sports game or concert! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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11 Grocery Stores That Will Deliver to Your Door

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There’s no doubt that any little trick we can use to simplify the juggling act of parenting is a game-changer—and that’s why we are totally on board with any and all grocery stores that deliver. Who doesn’t want to take back precious time and avoid the crowds at the supermarket? We do! We’ve rounded up several of the biggest grocery stores that deliver (and info on how to get Trader Joe’s delivery) across the United States, so say goodbye to long lines and hello to door-to-door grocery deliveries.

Walmart

For an annual fee of $98 or $`12.95 a month, the Walmart+ program gives you unlimited free delivery ($35 minimum). Try the 15-day trial to see if you like it, or if you aren't ready to commit, simply pay the normal fees that the regular delivery and Express Delivery (two hours or less) services charge. How do you order? Simply use the app or website to choose from over 180,000 items, and you're on your way! 

photo: Anthony Rathbun/AP Images for Target

Target

For a lot of people, strolling the aisles of Target is like a religious experience. But for those of us with kids and no time to spare, Target's partnership with Shipt is the perfect way to get groceries, essentials and more delivered right to your door.

You can choose from thousands of items, including food, baby, bath, kitchen, pet supplies, school supplies and more. You can start with a free four-week trial, and when those four weeks are up, you have the option of an annual Shipt plan for $99 for unlimited orders of $35 or more. Or, you can pay per as you order for same-day delivery. Shipt also works with CVS, Petco, and more.

Costco

Buying bulk is a must for big families, or really for any families. Now you can forget having to schlep giant jars of peanut butter and cases of apple juice, Costco now offers delivery through Instacart, which also delivers from local stores like ShopRite, Safeway, Giant, and more based on your location. For those that use Instacart more regularly, they offer Instacart Express, which includes reduced service fees, free delivery on orders over $35, and more.

photo: ALDI

ALDI

ALDI's deal with Instacart has been wildly successful, and most stores now have the option of having your groceries brought to you. In addition to delivery, Aldi has been testing curbside pickup. Customers can buy groceries online, then come to the store to pick them up where an Aldi employee will bring your grocery haul right to your car.

photo: Courtesy of Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Since its acquisition by Amazon, Whole Foods has continued to expand its grocery delivery service. As of press time, shoppers in over 2,000 cities can buy online and receive orders in as little as two hours, or for pick up at a Whole Foods, an hour. If you have Prime, deliveries over $35 are free. 

AmazonFresh

What can't Amazon do? Amazon Prime members have long known that AmazonFresh offers the convenience of grocery delivery, even without a physical grocery store. Why leave home, when you can add produce, meat, seafood, dairy, frozen items and even paper products to your digital shopping cart ... and then have it delivered to your doorstep?

Amazon did away with the $14.99 Amazon Fresh fee; in most cities, the minimum order amount is $35, but in New York City it rises to $50. Amazon Fresh is currently available in over 5,000 cities across the US, and the program expanded its in-garage delivery services for as many Prime members. 

Trader Joe's

While Trader Joe's itself does not offer delivery (and it's a big point of contention of Trader Joe's Facebook groups), you can still get your TJ's fix by using delivery service options to bring your groceries to you: Use Postmates for door-to-door service. Delivery is free for all orders over $25 when you order from a Postmates Plus business (otherwise it's an added $3.99), and there's also a $9.99 monthly subscription fee.

Kroger & Ralphs

Kroger and Ralphs also use Instacart for curbside and grocery delivery for over 1,200 of its locations. They also offer Kroger Ship, a website that offers more than 50,000 groceries, household, beauty and pet food products. Ship is available in the continental US. 

H-E-B

For those lucky to live near this popular Texas-based supermarket, you can get home delivery for as little as $5! The delivery fee varies based on location, service times or special promotions. You can get almost everything offered in-store delivered too, with the exception of large items like grills, and alcohol delivery also depends on where you live. 

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Publix

Publix uses Instacart to manage its grocery delivery service. When you use the Instacart app, you can get same-day delivery and many times, your order can arrive within an hour! Customers have the option for grocery and liquor delivery, in addition to curbside pickup.

––Felissa Allard with Karly Wood

Feature photo: courtesy of Target

 

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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

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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

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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

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


Valerie Madison XO Earrings

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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

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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

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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.

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Free Activities & Events in Los Angeles

Parks After Dark: Parks After Dark returns for the winter season with free activities at 33 LA County parks where over 40 tons of snow will be available for snow play! Expect a sled hill and snow play area, Santa visit, holiday crafts, filled holiday stocking for every child (while supplies last), hot cocoa station, food giveaway & more! Dec. 3-4 Dec. 10-11, Dec. 17-18. Event details.

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.

Holiday Jazz Music on the Lawn: Bring a picnic for the lawn and get festive with live holiday music performed with a jazzy twist! Get into the Christmas spirit with classic holiday tunes from Big Butter Jazz Band and Angel Town Combo. Dec. 11 & Dec.18. 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. 12. 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.

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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.

Sparkle DTLA
Experience a magical holiday show as 18 million hues of lights illuminate the night and synchronize to festive tunes. SPARKLE DTLA at The Bloc will take you through an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes one of LA’s largest multi-colored interactive holiday displays. Capture your perfect photo-op moments at this ultimate holiday experience. Throughout Dec. 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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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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