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Traveling to LA with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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Blossom - A Vietnamese Restaurant in Los Angeles
When Andrew and I first met in Los Angeles, we established rather quickly that we had in common a love for Vietnamese pho soup. One of our first "pho dates" was at a Vietnamese restaurant called "Blossom" in Silverlake, but the restaurant didn't have a sign on the building. It was a mystery place you ...
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The Huntington: Library, Art and Botanical Garden in Pasadena
The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institute established by Henry E. Huntington. In 1919 Henry and his wife Arabella Huntington drafted the trust document that would transform their private estate into an institution for the "advancement of learning, the arts and sciences, and to promote the public ...
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Tongva Park is a marvel in urban planning
Tongva Park is located in the heart of Santa Monica city, with beach views to the west, adjacent to the major commerce center of the city (3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place) on the north, and flanked by city hall and the courthouse on the east. It sits on 7 acres of land and is a ...
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Merci Milo - A magical toy store in Highland Park
Merci Milo is a treasure trove and a true gem of a toy store tucked away on a side street next to bustling Figueroa Avenue in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Once a horse carriage stable, this converted space is now one of the most magical toy stores around. With the door just slightly slanted and ...
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Blossom - A Vietnamese Restaurant in Los Angeles
When Andrew and I first met in Los Angeles, we established rather quickly that we had in common a love for Vietnamese pho soup. One of our first "pho dates" was at a Vietnamese restaurant called "Blossom" in Silverlake, but the restaurant didn't have a sign on the building. It was a mystery place you ...
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Treats - A Family Owned and Operated Frozen Yogurt Bar
All you need is love. And a little frozen yogurt treat once in a while! Treats is a neighborhood frozen yogurt and dessert bar in Santa Monica, located on Ocean Park Boulevard which is bustling with artisanal and local shops & restaurants. If you are looking to explore un-touristy Santa Monica, then head to this ...
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Superba Food and Bread in Venice - A Neighborhood Hot Spot Among Locals
If you show up to Superba Food & Bread in Venice on a weekend around 7.30am / 8.00am, you’ll be sure to find all the neighborhood strollers (and a few dogs) parked outside, while kids (most still in their pjs) enjoy an early morning snack inside with their groggy parents. Not only is their coffee ...
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Playa Provisions - A Beachside Eatery
Playa Provisions is the kind of spot that's just perfect for dining at any time of day, really. The beachside location in Playa del Rey contributes to the pleasurable experience, but it's the four-dining-concepts-under-one-roof that make you feel like you've landed in dining paradise. Choose between their coffee and pastry counter, the ice cream shop ...
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The Huntington: Library, Art and Botanical Garden in Pasadena
The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institute established by Henry E. Huntington. In 1919 Henry and his wife Arabella Huntington drafted the trust document that would transform their private estate into an institution for the "advancement of learning, the arts and sciences, and to promote the public ...
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The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at the UCLA campus
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a 7.5 acre outdoor classroom and research facility on the UCLA campus (University of California, Los Angeles), which is open to the public daily. The garden was started in 1929 along a little creek bed. The first garden manager obtained plant materials by donations from other botanical gardens ...
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Active Tar Pits in the middle of the city
The La Brea Tar Pits are located in the heart of the Miracle Mile district in Los Angeles, right next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Pavilion for Japanese Art. Long before this time, 11,000 years ago precisely, Los Angeles was bustling with wildlife instead of cars and people. Many of ...
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The Los Angeles Zoo - Entertainment for the whole family
Animal rights aside, a zoo visit is almost always a great idea and a hit with kids. Most likely you've been to a zoo before, and most are similar, but its always helpful to have an inside-guide to a zoo you've never been to before. We have a membership to the Los Angeles Zoo and ...
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Tongva Park is a marvel in urban planning
Tongva Park is located in the heart of Santa Monica city, with beach views to the west, adjacent to the major commerce center of the city (3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place) on the north, and flanked by city hall and the courthouse on the east. It sits on 7 acres of land and is a ...
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Echo Park Lake - An Oasis with Swan Boats, Canoes and Gondolas
Echo Park Lake is located in East Los Angeles, sandwiched between Silverlake and Downtown Los Angeles. This area has seen a shift in the past ten years, becoming one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Los Angeles, period. Trendsetters and Trendseekers have moved into this once scary neighborhood and transformed it into a family-friendly place with ...
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Ditch the crowds and head to Malibu Lagoon State Park
Sometimes its the simple excursions in life that give back the most. If you feel like enjoying nature and wildlife in a relaxed setting and ditching the aquarium and zoo crowds, then head on up the coast to visit the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The Park is located where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean ...
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Lechuza Beach in Malibu - A Hidden Gem
Lechuza Beach is a tranquil and little-known beach in Malibu located below private residences at the north end of Broad Beach Road. Its a public beach with a very private vibe, because to access the beach you have to park in a private neighborhood and walk right past peoples private homes to get there.  A ...
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Merci Milo - A magical toy store in Highland Park
Merci Milo is a treasure trove and a true gem of a toy store tucked away on a side street next to bustling Figueroa Avenue in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Once a horse carriage stable, this converted space is now one of the most magical toy stores around. With the door just slightly slanted and ...
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Caro Bambino - A Sustainable and Organic Baby Shop
New parents, look no further! Caro Bambino is a wonderful (as in, one of the best local) one-stop shops for ALL your baby needs, from adorable baby clothing and mild baby soaps to cribs, strollers and car seats. The list goes on. Everything has been carefully curated and selected to include only the best test-driven ...
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Quinnie B - A Tiny (but very memorable!) Toy Shop
This wonderful (and colorful) tiny toy shop is brim full with the greatest selection of toys, party decor, outdoor toys, games and arts and crafts ideas! The bright blue storefront is such a pop of color in the neighborhood its hard to miss and basically impossible to walk on by with a toddler without stopping ...
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Burro Kids shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice
Burro Kids on Abbot Kinney in Venice is an offspring of its mother shop two doors down, Burro, which features a very well-curated selection of home and lifestyle accessories and goods from across the globe. The Kids Shop is just as carefully edited, with brands such as Aden & Anais, Haba, Rylee and Cru etc. The shop ...
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Getting Around
Unlike other major cities in the US, Los Angeles does not have a history of having a great public transportation system. But its getting better! Just in the last years the metro system (which is LA's rapid transit rail system) was expanded to include the Westside. With so many interesting neighborhoods spread out, and with ...
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Grab a Quick Coffee
Los Angeles is sprinkled with good coffee and tea options. Depending on where you live (and if you are lucky!), good coffee options are in walking distance. I'm one of the few adults who never has and probably never will be a coffee drinker (I crave a good chai latte!), but I'm surrounded by people ...
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Take a Break
Los Angeles is a very large city, and parts of the city are spread out more while also less dense than other major cities in the United States like New York City, San Francisco, or Chicago. We live in a year-round mild climate and have plenty of access to nature around us. Our idea of ...
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Easy Meals
There are so many great dining options in Los Angeles! Located where we are, we have great seafood and sushi options, and delicious Mexican and other Latin American foods available. In addition, Los Angeles is such a cultural melting pot that we can basically indulge in any kind of traditional foods. And on top of ...
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PLAY
Ditch the crowds and head to Malibu Lagoon State Park
Sometimes its the simple excursions in life that give back the most. If you feel like enjoying nature and wildlife in a relaxed setting and ditching the aquarium and zoo crowds, then head on up the coast to visit the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The Park is located where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County's largest natural parks remaining. You can hike, visit the beach, or camp on a bluff overlooking the beach. Within this expansive park sits a Historic District at the beach where the Los Trancos creek meets the ocean. This Historic District is a seaside colony with 46 ...
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Manhattan Beach Strand and Roundhouse Pier Aquarium
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Wanderlust Creamery in Venice
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Tips for your visit to Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a big, sprawling city with loads to do and see. Navigating your way around the city with kids is incredibly exciting, but it can also be tiresome at times, and you have traffic making it that bit more challenging. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
TIPS
Getting Around
Unlike other major cities in the US, Los Angeles does not have a history of having a great public transportation system. But its getting better! Just in the last years the metro system (which is LA's rapid transit rail system) was expanded to include the Westside. With so many interesting neighborhoods spread out, and with ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Grab a Quick Coffee
Los Angeles is sprinkled with good coffee and tea options. Depending on where you live (and if you are lucky!), good coffee options are in walking distance. I'm one of the few adults who never has and probably never will be a coffee drinker (I crave a good chai latte!), but I'm surrounded by people ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Take a Break
Los Angeles is a very large city, and parts of the city are spread out more while also less dense than other major cities in the United States like New York City, San Francisco, or Chicago. We live in a year-round mild climate and have plenty of access to nature around us. Our idea of ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Easy Meals
There are so many great dining options in Los Angeles! Located where we are, we have great seafood and sushi options, and delicious Mexican and other Latin American foods available. In addition, Los Angeles is such a cultural melting pot that we can basically indulge in any kind of traditional foods. And on top of ...
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Papier-Mâché a pumpkin, (or a jack-o-lantern), a cornucopia of autumnal fruit & vegetables, or just a colourful centrepiece of your favourite foods! (Halloween! Thanksgiving!) It’s a satisfying craft but involves a few steps. Start soon so you can ger the most enjoyment from it over the Fall months ahead. Craft link in bio from @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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How can you use Autumnal Artworks to enrich your children’s awareness, especially if you are doing home learning? See a selection of images from our lovely Zainab. Link in bio. @themontessoristudio #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #homelearning #artforchildren #autumnart
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Today’s new post from Lara “Seek is the one and only app that our (young) children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us ‘what’s that?’ So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using a free app (and find out more about the amazing world!). We think it is so outstanding actually and have told so many friends and family members to use it too, because it teaches them about the world and nature! I should quickly add that this is not a sponsored post! It is just a great tip I wanted to share.” And we love this thought... “You don’t have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species… you’ll be able to identify any living thing in your patch – plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you ID a species you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year.” More about the app in our bio link. But tell us, are you using any interesting educational apps for nature or science? ps And stay tuned for more about her holiday on a lighthouse island in @laraoflondon ‘s post next week! #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #babyccinotravels #seek
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Autumn Equinox — a note from Esther... “I was talking to Lara earlier today, and she was reminding me of the start of Autumn happening today. Autumn! Today, the bright daylight hours and the dark nightly hours are of equal length. From now on, the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer… until the longest night, Winter Solstice (taking place on December 21st) will mark the beginning of the Winter season. Today is Autumn Equinox: the night and the day are in perfect balance. It marks the moment of the sun entering Libra (my star sign!), bringing harmony and stability, and which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. All good things, and definitely things we need in these uncertain, difficult and turbulent times. Autumn is when the air starts to feel crisper and smell muddier, when the colours of nature are intensifying before they change colour, when the light is low and magical, when the days get wetter and the weather gets windier. It is the time to harvest apples and nuts and pumpkins, to make pies and soups and stews and to cosy up the house with rugs, pillows and blankets. Fall is so cosy! To celebrate this First Day of Autumn, I thought it would be nice to make a list of all the little things, family traditions and crafts we love doing in fall. Most we have posted about before, but there are some new ideas and things I want to try as well. Going through old posts and getting this list together has been so inspiring — yes, we are entering the darker and colder months, but there is so much to do and make, and many of these activities are super simple and made with whatever nature supplies us with. Fall truly is fabulous!” xx Esther Enjoy @estherbabyccino fifteen favourite fall activities to get inspired, link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinotips #autumnequinox @maudfontein 🧡
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Today’s post... five top tips to help make moving abroad eas(ier). Our Contributor @sydney.piercey knows first hand after moving four from London to France last week. “Do be brave, do be kind to yourself with your emotions, (beforehand and when you arrive) and do enjoy! I am a firm believer of enriching your life by taking risks and embracing change. I can also personally vouch for the magic that awaits from moving abroad.” More in the bio... #babyccinotravels #moversandshakers #babyccinotips
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Vegetable bolognese anyone? This ragu is seriously, seriously delicious, packed full of vegetables and extremely straightforward to make – a chuck it all into the pot and pop it in the oven recipes! It’s also great for using up leftover/sad vegetables in your fridge. See Lyndsay’s recipe on the bio link. @ieatmypeas #babyccinoeats #babyccinokids
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Tell me, do you have teenagers and do they get pocket money and/or a clothing allowance? Did you get clothing money when you were a teenager? Read this great post by Esther discussing money, teens, clothing, and the underlying questions that arise. We’d love your thoughts too. Link in bio. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids #babyccinotips
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The Sweetest Flower Fairy Wings in the World — make your own with our easy photo tutorial on today’s blog post by @laraoflondon. You can finally put those pressed flowers to good use that you’ve collected and make summer last longer. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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Make your own gnome friends! We think these would be a fun after-school activity on a Friday afternoon to celebrate completing another week of school. (Is it just us or does every week feel even longer than it ever has before?) Or even a weekend craft too. See these step-by-step photos and share your finished gnomes with us. We’d love to share in our stories! Link in bio to @estherbabyccino ‘s idea from a birthday many moons ago. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
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Often seafood suppers seem complicated, and a bit pricey. But @laraoflondon’s family have perfected a Crab Linguine pasta dish this summer that we had to share with you. It is economical, easy to make, takes less than 15 minutes, and feeds the whole family a healthy dinner or a big family Sunday lunch. Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads
1 week ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
4 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago