Top 5 Family Activities For Your Weekend

by Laura Nickerson

Kids are a blessing and our time together is so valuable.

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Photo Credit: Ken Teegardin

That is, when we are not thinking of committing some kind of felony so we can enjoy the downtime and pre-made meals in prison. So, when the days are gorgeous and our spirits are high, take advantage and do something really fun with your kids.

Here are my top 5 picks for your weekend in LA:

Columbia Memorial Space Center Downey

If you were a fan of the film “Space Camp” or you and your kids just dream of seeing the stars up close, you have to visit the Challenger Learning Center at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey.

It’s open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5 and tickets are affordable at $5 for kids and adults over 4, free for the little ones. There are incredible exhibits including a real space suit, shuttle simulator, robotics lab and a paper airplane station, plus the Challenger Learning Center where kids get to sit in as mission control.

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Photo Credit: Neil Kremer

Santa Monica Pier Scavenger Hunt Santa Monica

Seriously, it’s so cool you may just want to ditch your kids and go yourself.

No doubt about it, the Santa Monica Pier is a great, kid-friendly place to visit. But now it’s even more fun, because your kids can participate in a unique, and fun scavenger hunt. A free form can be downloaded here.

Make a day of it! Visit the beach and the pier, grab an ice cream cone, and enjoy a fun activity together.

Discovery Cube LA Sylmar

There’s a NEW children’s science museum in town, and it is not only super cool but great for your kid’s brains, too. Discovery Cube LA just opened and has exhibits like multi-video helicopter tours, a discovery market, planetary research station, and starting February, a “Science of Hockey” exhibit featuring the LA Kings!

Tickets are only $10 through the end of the month as a grand opening special, so check it out asap. It’s my new favorite “discovery.”

Fairies and Warriors Beverly Hills

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 7.52.52 AMA unique way to inspire your children’s creativity is to attend the Fairies and Warriors event this Sunday, November 23rd, at Franklin Canyon Park from 12-3. They can learn the MAYAYA dance method, learn French with Sophie & Les Petits, play with dancing wings, do tribal body marking and listen to live music. The only fee is a suggested $5 donation.

The idea behind Fairies and Warriors is to empower children of all ages to discover their natural magical beings and find both the fairy and warrior inside themselves. We could ALL use a little more magic, right?

Starlight at LV Open Space Preserve Calabasas

Star Light, Star Bright, first star I see tonight (over the smog and when it’s not too cloudy and my kids are quiet and settled enough to sit still). Want to take your kids star watching? Meet up on Friday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Las Virgines Canyon Open Space Preserve at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead for a ½ mile guided hike to the viewing platform.

You will fall in love with the quiet area in Calabasas and might even snag an extra cuddle or two from your kids as you look upwards to the night sky.

Share your ideas for fun family activities by following me on Twitter and Instagram @nickerberger, catching the SCV Buzz on KHTS AM 1220, or watching CTV’s The Buzz. 

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