Once Upon A Child has "gently used" clothes and baby items such as cribs, saucers, diaper genies, strollers, etc. They have a great selection since they take so many items in, there are usually several strollers or high chairs to choose from. All items are in varied condition - some look brand new, others are faded or look more "loved." I've found great clothes there since kids outgrow them so fast, often the clothes have only been worn a few times. You can find an Old Navy or Gap shirt for $3.00-$4.00. Some items are overpriced so you should really spend time shopping at retails stores for new items before going there. That will give you a frame of reference. Decide what you want to pay before you go. The other nice thing is that they will give you cash for clothes or other items you bring in after your'e done.
This arboretum doesn't really specialize in the plants and flowers that the Huntington or Descanso Gardens do. It's nice enough to walk around and the peacocks and peahens are probably the main attraction. Tourists like to come and see the red and white house that was used in the TV show "Fantasy Island." There are some nice reproductions of native american wiki-ups and other housing.
The lawns are beautiful and almost all summer you'll see a bride getting photos done by the fountian near the entrance on the weekends.
My toddler (of course) loves the zoo. It's one of his favorite places. The LA Zoo has worked really had in the past few years to update their animal houses and areas. The children's area is quite nice now, with lots of unique animals that are easy to see. The zookeepers feed the seal about 10:30 every morning and that's fun to watch.
Their petting zoo area isn't the best. They only have sheep and goats and most of them stay behind the ropes away from the kids. They are tame enough, but like to stay in the shade. I've been to other petting areas with more diverse animals, but maybe that's too hard for such a large zoo.
They are undergoing lots of contruction so some animals are at other zoos and there are a lot of paths that are closed off. It makes it hard to get around but it will sure be wonderful when it's all done.
My toddler and I really love this place. We got a memebership when he was just a year old and have been going every other week or so for the last 2 1/2 years. There's so much to do there - the ducks, crayfish, secret garden maze, not to mention all the beautiful flowers.
There are so many open spaces to run around and my little boy loves that there are so many paths to walk on besides the paved road through the gardens.
You can bring a sack lunch and eat in the picnic area or their cafe has really wonderful foods. The membership will save you 10% at the cafe and gift shop.
I was so excited to find Diana Given and this preschool. I called Diana to make an appointment and she said I could come by anytime. They are always open to having visitors - good sign! The classrooms are clean, very large and colorful. They have a full size indoor gym available to them everyday, rain or shine.
The director has really shown an understanding of parents' needs by having an early bird hour (you can bring your child there an hour early for a small fee) or leave them 1, 2 or 3 hours after (for an hourly fee). What great flexibility!
My child will start there in June 2005 and we are so pleased to find this.
We've been to this indoor playgym several times. Recently they've remodeled and it's much cleaner and newer looking. The kids always have a terrific time. They have a bouncy house, climbing aparatus with a slide, and a habitral where kids can climb up and slide down. There's a ball pit and many ride-on toys on the floor. I appreciate the area for parents whose kids are old enough to play on their own: nice tables with good visibility to keep tabs on the kids playing.
You can bring lunches in or order pizza there. They sell drinks which comes in handy, too. The staff are always willing to help watch the kids, too.
A friend referred me to Janet and Judy's music class when my son was just 3. I was so sorry I hadn't discovered them earlier! They teach the classes together so there's no down time while they move from one song to another. They are both classically trained and play several instruments. The children learn not only original songs but the old classic "The Farmer in the Dell" etc.
The best part of the classes is all the instruments that the children get to play. Everything from drums, shakers, triangles and rythm sticks. The kids are learning different beats and keeping time.
The classes are held at La Canada Presbyterian church so there are some religious songs but they are never preachy.
I can't recommend this highly enough. Check it out!
Everyone at Armstrong is so knowledgable and ready to help. They offer all kinds of suggestions at varied prices. They'll even answer questions over the phone. I trust them and my garden is on its way to looking great!
We love Cafe Bizou. They have fabulous lunches and desserts. Thier food is fresh and you can't beat the dollar soup or salad to add to your meal. Their Bananas Foster is to die for. The ambience is classy, so we always dress up for a meal there but I've seen people come in casually, too. Great place.