Heading to the dessert in the middle of the summer, may sound, well, too hot to handle, but for those in-the-know, Greater Palm Springs (made up of 9 cities including: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella), offers some of the best, and most fun activities around during the summer. Navigating these veritable desert towns during triple digit temperatures will take a little extra planning but grab the kids, fill up the car with all the water bottles and plan to have the same magical getaway you’d expect from this vacation spot during any other season.
With kids back to school, the to-do list is getting longer by the day so let’s take somethings off the list and delegate one of the most time-consuming, thankless jobs parents have—feeding the family. Whatever your dietary requirement, we’ve got a meal delivery service for you. From organic, ready-to-eat snacks and lunches to cook-at-home ingredients the whole family can enjoy, check out the best meal delivery service for families in Los Angeles.
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While Palm Springs gets a lot of play and attention, we’re turning our sights to its wilder neighbor to the north—Joshua Tree and Joshua Tree National Park. The acres of groomed green grass may be missing, but this desert oasis has so much to offer families, you might just join the legions of SoCal residents who have since taken a left turn off the 10, rather than a right—and never looked back. We’re breaking down all the must-see and things to do in Joshua Tree with kids—even in triple digit heat. From which hikes to take and where to stay for luxury camping in Joshua Tree to how to beat the summer temps—here’s our favorite things to do.
It’s hard to believe it, but summer is almost over (insert crying emoji). But before your calendar and to-do-list fills back up with back-to-school orientations and shopping trips, you deserve to get maximum fun out of the remaining weeks. Read on for our ultimate end-of-summer bucket list for LA families.
Want to give your kids a hands-on nature experience with a dash of beach day thrown in for good measure? SoCal tide pools are teeming with colorful, interesting, fun-to-touch creatures that your kids will delight in discovering. Sea stars, sea urchins, crabs and anemones are just some of the tiny residents tucked-away in the shallow pools up and down our beaches and coastlines and they can’t wait to show off their fun features to curious toddlers and big kids.
If you’re one of those families whose kid never got the “sleeping in” memo and insists on waking up at an insane hour no matter how late you put them to bed or how much you ran them around the day before—we feel you and we see your exhaustion. That’s why we put together this list of clever morning ideas to entertain them (not just your local playground cause we’ve been there and done that all by 7 a.m.) but we found the niftiest places around town that happily cater to early birds.
Hitting the beach is one of our favorite, free things to do in LA but when you google “kid friendly beaches near me” or “best beach for kids near me” you’ll get a lot of suggestions that are well, not the best. We’ve gone out and did a little digging (pun intended) to find and report back on the best beaches for families near LA—not just any old beach will do for our SoCal babes. For toddlers to teens and everyone in between, here’s our favorite kid-friendly beaches from Malibu to Long Beach.
Every Jun. 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth to honor the emancipation of enslaved African American people in the United States. It’s important that we not only celebrate Black culture on this day, but also take time to reflect on the contributions of Black history and our country’s past and continue to work together to truly ensure equality for all.
If your usual date night of takeout and snoozing during Succession needs a little pick-me-up, you’re not alone, friend. We’ve rounded up some unique date ideas that will help keep those sparks flying, boost that blissful bond and pull you out of your Snuggie-covered comfort zone. From swan boat rides to Star Wars cos-play, check out these 14 ideas that will spice up your non-parenting time ASAP.
Good ‘ol Dad—between the make-your-stomach-hurt Dad jokes to taking us all over town to taste the best hot dogs LA has to offer, it’s time to show them how much we appreciate all that they do. And while Dad loves home made gifts as much as any of us, for some out-of-the-house fun, here are 27 epic ways to spend Father’s Day in and around LA.
Getting out for family fun after dark just feels extra special somehow. Whether your family is a bunch of night owls or you’re no longer beholden to early bedtimes, scroll through for fresh ideas of things to do in LA by moonlight, carnival lights and even neon lights! Of course if you’re looking for more ideas (both night and day), don’t forget to check out LA’s calendar of events or our mega list of 100 things every kid in LA should do at least once.
Happy Jun. and Happy Pride Month LA! This weekend’s picks scream summertime fun—from a Dodgers Game and sounds on the Plaza to the first Friday at NHM, we are loving the switch into the sizzle season (of course here are all the spots to cool off if the temperature does get to be too much). Check out the rest of our picks below—including all the fun ways to get out of town for the day.
Summer vacation getaways feel all the more luxurious with a cool relaxing pool to dip your toes day or night. On your next break, escape to one of these swim-worthy Southern California Airbnb rentals that comes with its own private pool, adding to that YOLO vacay vibe. We’ve done the research for the most family-friendly vacation rentals with pools—check out our top picks below (and hopefully saves you tons of time sorting through pages of Airbnbs with pools and spas from LA to San Diego and gets you on your vacation sooner than later).
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Kick off the summer season with the best splash pads and pools—from the Valley to the Westside, we’ve got a cool spot for you. Feeling festive? Head to the LA Waterfront for LA Fleet Week, drive down to Long Beach for the Seafood festival or if you’ve waited, it’s your chance to get over to the LA Fair—it closes after this weekend. Check out the rest of our picks below!
There’s nothing like a family road trip to get everyone excited to check out another area of the country. For your next adventure, up your road trip game with a camper van rental from GoCamp. We checked out the “Airbnb of camper vans” for ourselves and would totally recommend it for your next family camping weekend. Here’s all the reasons why!
When it comes to all-inclusive family-friendly vacations, one might think they are prohibitively expensive but here to prove those misconceptions wrong is the newest resort to hit the popular sandy stretch of Cancun—the Wyndham Alltra Cancun. Add to that, a mix of activities for everyone in the family, from grandparents to babies, this all-inclusive makes an ideal multi-generational family destination. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest resort to hit the famed Hotel Zone and why Wyndham Alltra will win over families looking for both a quick beach getaway or a much longer stay. Check out the video below for the highlights and then scroll below for all the must-know details.
In Santa Monica, there are three splash pads to choose from: Virginia Avenue Park, Tongva Park, and the Annenberg Beach House. All splash pads are open from the first weekend in May to the end of Oct. Splashing is paramount here with water shooting from the walls and ground at...
Mischievous meerkats? Most definitely. Territorial tigers? Totally. Slithering snakes? Sssssertainly. There’s no better place to turn your own wild animals loose than within the spacious grounds of the Los Angeles Zoo that is home to more than 2,100 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, of which more than 58 are endangered. And while the zoo is a wonderful place to explore and observe, you can make your visit even better with our in-the-know tips on everything from which exhibits to see and where to get the best eats. Who knows, maybe your kids will soon be leading zoo tours of their very own!
If you find want a quick oceanside getaway from LA, then grab your bathing suit and boogie board and head south an hour and a half to Oceanside, CA. Hiding in North County San Diego, Oceanside is everything we love about about laid-back beach towns—tons to see and do with the kids (including bragging rights for lots of CA’s firsts, oldest and longest), loads of sand and water play and great food to boot. Here’s how to spend 72 hours in Oceanside with the kids—plus in-the-know tips to make your stay the best vacation getaway ever.
Families flock to Los Angeles to enjoy our year-round sunshine and stay at some of the swankiest resorts around town for the ultimate getaway. The good news is that you can do the same without even leaving your zip code. Treat yourself to a day pass hotel pool around LA and give yourself a daycation at one of these luxe spots without the hassle of packing an overnight bag. But before you dive into one of these local gems, here are our favorite, fabulous family-friendly hotel pools with day passes we think are worth booking ASAP.