LA is the BEST city for raising kids. And it’s only getting better.  Mark your calendars, 2017 is gonna be a busy (and aaaamazing) year, with cool theater for kids, concerts, amazing food (and sweets), fast cars, incredible museum exhibits, a sports championship (we’re predicting it now) and more. Here are the things for kids that we can’t wait for that are heading to LA this year.

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There’s a trio of shows for the youngest theater goer in the family that we already have tickets for. Starting in January with Justin Roberts’ amazing production of Hansel & Gretel, then April brings both Cat in Hat and Elephant & Piggie to the LA stage.

Speaking of hitting the stage, your aca-fans will love this summer’s 4th of July at the Hollywood Bowl featuring Pentatonix, whose hits include an arrangement of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah, and Daft Punk.
Online: hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/july-4th-fireworks-spectacular-pentatonix/2017-07-02

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Traditionalists rejoice: Rivers of America, the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the nightly Fantasmic! show all return to Disneyland in time for summer.  New stuff is great and all, but we missed Tom Sawyer Island.
Online: disneyland.disney.go.com

Katy Perry & Justin Bieber are hitting the road for kids, and rumors are that Harry Styles will too.  Can Cruz Beckham be far behind?  It’s a great year for first concerts (for the kids; you may need earplugs to take them to the shows).

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Hamilton comes to LA! Justify those crazy ticket prices by telling yourself that it will make your kids love American history for their rest of their lives (it’s even true).
Online: hollywoodpantages.com

Sherry Yard’s pastry wonderland in the Helms Bakery is supposed to open.  (We’ve been waiting for this for almost 5 years, but we’ve got a good feeling about this year!) With six planned spaces in 15,000 square feet, there should be something for every sweet tooth in the family.
Online: helmsbakerydistrict.com/restaurants/helms-bakery

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Speaking of eateries with something for everyone: Eataly is scheduled to open in the Westfield Century City mall in the spring.  Mario Batali’s all things Italy food emporium is a huge hit in NY and Chicago and we can’t wait to try it here.
Online: eataly.com/us_en/stores

The amazing Sender One Climbing opened in Westchester the last week of December.  But Sender City for kids is coming in February and looks like nothing that currently exists in the city—it’s a place where kids can climb buildings, towers, faces and more.
Online: senderoneclimbing.com/sna/sendercity

beauty-beast-disneyphoto: © Disney Pictures 2017

It’s going to be a big year for movies for kids!  In March we have the live action Beauty and the Beast (starting Hermione and Cousin Matthew Crawley) and Power Rangers features Elizabeth Banks and Bran Cranston, which might it palatable for grown ups. Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans rejoice that their hero is back with an all new cast in May when The Long Haul opens. Captain Underpants finally hits the big screen in June for little guys, when Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is here for the bigger kids. Spiderman: Homecoming will thrill tweens since Spidey is actually played by a teenager and while we loved Rogue One, there’s nothing as exciting as the next actual installment of Star Wars opening and Episode XIII is here in December!

On the small screen, Duck Tales is getting a reboot next summer, with Scrooge McDuck voiced by David Tennant on Disney XD.  It’ll be the first cartoon since Avatar: The Last Airbender that the whole family can watch together.  (Sorry about that theme song getting stuck in your head for the rest of the day.)

This is it.  After an almost 30 year drought, the Dodgers will do it this year.  How can we not?  Kershaw, Jansen and Turner are all back alongside Gonzo, Pedersen and Seager.  Managed by MLB’s manager of the year, we smell a World Series trophy coming back to LA.
Online: losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=la

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum is scheduled to open!  Finally, there will be an official museum of the movies, which is the kind of place that even the most museum reluctant will enjoy.
Online: oscars.org/museum

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Partyphoto: Lawrence Hall of Science

On August 21 a total solar eclipse is coming.  Order your eclipse watching glasses now!
Online: eclipse2017.org

Books!  There are two we already can’t wait for: The Alphabet Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak for new readers and the new Trials of Apollo: Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan for big kids who love the Percy Jackson series.

Visit the Broad and See Infinity (And Art!)photo: Jennifer O’Brien

If Kayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room is your favorite place at The Broad Museum, get excited for the October opening of a whole exhibit of her major works.  Since The Broad is one of only 4 museums in the US to host the exhibit, get tickets early to avoid long lines.
Online: thebroad.org/art/special-exhibitions/yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrors

It’s the end of the year and you’re ready for The Nutcracker to disappear.  But we’re already marking the calendar for next year’s performance, because ABT’s Nutcracker with Misty Copeland sold out instantly this year and next year is the year we’re getting tickets!
Online: abt.org

Christina Tossi’s Milk Bar, the home of the Compost Cookie and Crack Pie, will open their first LA outpost.  We don’t know where or when, but the rumor mill says mid-Cityish and before the year is over.
Online: milkbarstore.com

Adventureland Toy Emporium is scheduled to open in Downtown LA this year.  One thing LA has always lacked is our own giant toy wonderland.  Well this year that will change: Adventureland is planned to be an immersive experience (Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as a toy store) with kid-size entrances into different themed rooms and wall-to-wall toys for sale that kids 0-16 can play with.  Stay tuned to Red Tricycle as we’ll keep you updated with the exact location and opening date as soon as it’s available!
Online: facebook.com/AdventurelandToyEmporium

Counter Culture Coffee and Smitten Ice Cream Spread Holiday Cheer in the Form of Ice Cream and Affogatos this Saturday in Silver Lake!photo: Smitten Ice Cream

Smitten Ice Cream is coming to Silverlake, continuing on LA’s quest to be the best ice cream city on the planet.  This SF import did a one day holiday popup in the hood and convinced us that we did in fact need one more ice cream option.  Especially if they keep making the Chrismukkah and Nibby Peppermint Bark flavors in the New Year.
Online: smittenicecream.com

This fall the Olympics Committee decides where the 2024 Games will be held.  LA is one of the 4 cities left in the running; so we will learn whether we should get ready for the world to see (again) what a great city this is!
Online: la24.org

What are you looking forward to in LA in this New Year?

—Meghan Rose