Editor's Picks

Eastside, Westside: 2 New Shops For Kids That Wow

Eastside, Westside, all around the town: on whichever side of the 405 your reside, we found a swoon-inducing brand new shop for for babies and kids.

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New App for LA Moms: Beauty Comes to You

Trade diaper blowouts for hair blowouts (in your own home), with this new beauty app now serving LA.

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This year’s Hanukkah Family Festival highlights two major themes of the holiday—light and freedom (luz y libertad)—through the lens of Latin American culture. Enjoy live performances, storytelling, art making, and a host of other family-friendly activities. families of all backgrounds welcome! PERFORMANCES PASATONO ORQUESTA 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; 1:00–1:45 p.m. Nine-piece band Pasatono Orquesta blends Mexican folk and Dixieland jazz with African and European influences. Listen and dance to unique renditions of Hanukkah songs and energetic tunes from the group’s latest album, Maroma, inspired by the one-man Mexican circuses of the past. MARIACHI GUADALAJARA 12:15–1:00 p.m., 1:45–2:45 p.m. Led by Pablo Sandoval, this beloved Los Angeles–based group livens up the festivities with classic mariachi tunes and holiday standards with a twist. FAMILY FINALE 3:00–4:00 p.m. Cap off the day at a grand finale celebration of the festival’s themes! Actress and storyteller Anna Dresdon delivers an engaging retelling of the Hanukkah story, and local band Moshav plays Jewish music infused with rock, folk, and reggae. ART ACTIVITIES Workshop: "Light Is Life": Celebrate light with specialists from learning design lab The Exploratory. Make your own “light activators” to illuminate Latin American plants and animals and a giant Hanukkah lamp onto a 3-D paper mural. Then add your own words and drawings to the mural. Workshop: "Freedom Shines": Artist group Sorbet invites families to explore the theme of freedom through a project inspired by Mexican folk art traditions. Create tin art paintings and add them to a collaborative installation. IN THE GALLERIES Visit the exhibitions "Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950," "The Noir Effect," and "Café Vienne." Also visit Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, one of L.A.'s best family destinations. Limited one-hour Noah’s Ark tickets available on a first-come, first served basis. Join docents on the lively and informative Lights of Hanukkah Family Tour at 12:30 p.m., and a tour of Light & Noir at 1:00 p.m. DINING AND SHOPPING Enjoy Zeidler’s Café’s popular lunch menu including special hanukkah dishes such as brisket empanadas, corn and potato latkes, and traditional latkes served with sour cream and apple sauce. Zeidler’s Cart will also be open throughout the festival, offering dulce de leche sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and its usual fare of fresh salads and sandwiches. Pick up unique holiday merchandise at Audrey’s Museum Store and the "Light & Noir" Holiday Pop-Up Shop, located inside the Museum's Hurd Gallery.

Gather Ye Mensches: 10 Best Hanukkah Happenings in LA

Here are the can’t miss activities for celebrating the festival of lights for eight fun days and crazy nights.

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5 Croissants Worth Fighting Traffic

If you think there’s not a single pastry worth braving LA traffic, think again. For National Pastry Day we found the best croissant in the city, perhaps even the world.

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Just Opened: Snooknuk Indoor Play Space

Need some shopping, spinning or noshing time alone on Larchmont? Drop the kids at the all new Snooknuk, a whimsical indoor play space with cool classes!

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A Christmas Carnival at Shawn’s

Chop, Chop! It’s Time To Find Your Christmas Tree

Live trees to pink flocked, bitty to behemoth, chop your own, live potted trees or home delivery: we have just the spot to get your perfect Christmas tree this year!

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Ice, Ice Baby: 7 Cool Outdoor Rinks to Get Your Skate On

We’ve rounded up the coolest skating spots in town, so you can save your legwork for the rink.

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Get Crackin’ With the Perfect Nutcracker for Your Bitty Ballerina

Find out which Nutcracker is best for your first time viewer, baby ballerina, hip hoppin’ boy or visiting grandparents.

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LA’s Top Photogs Help You Snap the Perfect Holiday Shot

Get the inside scoop on the best spots in LA for taking photos for your holiday cards, and tips on taking pictures you’ll treasure forever.

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An Insiders Guide to the Hollywood Christmas Parade

How can you tell it’s time for Christmas in Ho-Ho-Hollywood? When Santa marches down the boulevard in the Hollywood Christmas Parade!

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12 Dazzling Holiday Light Displays

Dazzle the kids and celebrate the season with some serious holiday wattage at one of the brightest spots in town.

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The Hidden (Kid Approved) Museums Of LA

Check out some of the “secret” museums around town that may have managed to fly under your radar – until now.

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Just Opened: The Great Escape Club In Atwater Village

Part play space for petites, part retreat for grownups, the new Great Escape Club in Atwater gets it just right for everyone.

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Movies, Magic and More

Go Under the Wurlitzer & Behind The Screen at the El Capitan Theatre

Take a magical trip back in time to Tinseltown’s golden age when you go backstage (and under the stage!) on a brand new tour of Disney’s El Capitan Theatre.

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Just Opened: Pink Chicken Flies To LA

The Pink Chicken just flew into Santa Monica, and boy are its wings tired! But not from the flight – from carrying all those cool clothes for kids straight out of the Hamptons.

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