Inspired by Art

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LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the house to the largest collection of art in the west.

urban-lightsLos Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000
www.lacma.org

Though it may not be the most obvious place to bring your toddler or young children for a day trip, it was the best thing I ever did. Not only was I completely inspired by experiencing the artwork, the kids absolutely loved it. Creativity flowed from both the outdoor space and indoor exhibits.

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Teaching them young to BUILD and CREATE

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One of the most fulfilling things about being a parent is that you can mold and teach your child to be anything they want to be. That process starts young and there are many community businesses that help with that development.

Lowe’s is not a store just for grown-ups, but it offers “BUILD and GROW” clinics FREE to the public for kids every other Saturday at 10am. Kids are given an apron and a little patch each time they finish a project. It’s a great way to teach your kids that they can build and create what they want with the materials given. It also builds self-esteem as they see the work of their hands.

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For Little Crafty Hands

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For any stay home moms that need to give your child a creative outlet, check out Lakeshore Learning Store free craft every Saturday. I visited the Carson location and it’s a great resource store for parents and teacher looking for educational tools. Every Saturday, a few craft tables are prepared with the materials for the project of the day. You can show up and a store staff will help you and your child learn to make a project together. I like that the craft time is from 11am – 3pm, and you can drop by anytime.

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Sun, Sand, Beach

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The cool breeze of May and the warmth of the sun mark the perfect conditions for some family time on the beach. What better than visiting Manhattan Beach, CA with a pit stop at the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Pier.

Today, my brother and I took our kids to the Manhattan Beach and parked at the metered parking lot at the end of Manhattan Beach Blvd. It was only 25 cents for every 10 minutes of parking, so bring your quarters with you. I love parking at this lot because in just a 1 minute walk, you can get onto the sand. This location puts you right at the volleyball courts and toward the beach. It also puts you right on the boardwalk of the pier, which is a straight shot to the Roundhouse Aquarium.

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Kids + Hammer + Nails = Day with Daddy!

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kids-workshop-logoI love free!  I also love it when it’s an activity for your kids and their dad.  This mommy is NOT HANDY and I do not like the hammer, nails or anything my boys like to do in their special man cave, THE GARAGE. (If you are a handy mom and reading this, bless you! You have a special gift) As for me, I will leave that COMPLETELY up to my husband to bring the boys to do their BOY/MEN activities.

So this is what I found, your local Home Depot offer a free Kids Workshop every first Saturday of the month. This activity is appropriate for 5 – 12 year olds. You arrive at home depot and you will be given the project kit for the day with instructions and the tools necessary to complete the project. Read the instruction and work away! The project will take from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on how quickly your little one works.

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Madrona Marsh “Friday Fun”

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Free Toddler Program in Torrance, Madrona Marsh “Friday Fun”

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Website: www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com
Location:  3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance CA

Cost: Free but they would love a donation

For Stay at Home moms- what to do with an energetic toddler for FREE?
After moving to Torrance, CA, I found the most amazing children’s program at the Madrona Marsh. When you enter the Madrona Marsh center, you will enter the room with very hands on interactive area perfect for a curious toddler. There are microscopes where you can check out insects, eggs and other interesting things. Then, right by the reception area, there are little critters including frogs, turtles and snakes to check out. Walking further, you will see a drawing station with some books about natures and animals where your child can enjoy some down time coloring.

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