Summer Memories at Barnes & Noble

Summer is here and I’m super excited to make new memories. If you’ve been reading my blog posts you know that I’m always on a look out for fun and free activities that I can do with the kids to create those memories. You also know that I immediately share my cool finds with you!

Today we headed out to Barnes & Noble. It’s one of my new favorite places to spend an afternoon at. Yes, a whole afternoon! They host awesome events and bring major authors, actors, musicians and other celebrities to stores across the country. The hubby and I like to grab a Starbucks coffee (they have them in store!), read to the babes in the kids play area, let Ji play and make new friends or just take it easy and walk around looking for cool new books to add to our collection.

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On my Summer reading list is Kevin Hart’s book I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I recently had the opportunity to interview him and was so inspired by his words that I just have to know more about his journey. He’s one of the authors who will be at Barnes & Noble, so if you want to meet him too, I suggest grabbing his book and going to one of his book signings. Trust me, you’ll want to meet him!

I really want my readers to take part in the fun, so I’m going to give away a $20 Gift Card to one lucky person, so that you can buy your favorite celebrity’s book and meet them! Click here to find events near you and let me know which one you want to attend by commenting on this blog post.

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See you there!

 

-Ruby

 

Contest Ends on June 29th 11:59PM Pacific Time.

 

Free Holiday Events in Los Angeles

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I haven’t posted a Calendar of Free events in a few months but I just love this time of year so much that I want everyone to be able to experience all of the fun things happening around the city. The Holidays shouldn’t be a financial burden and thankfully for Los Angeles residents, we have a lot of FREE events for the entire family to enjoy. I am ready to give birth any day now, so I might not be able to attend all of them, but that doesn’t mean you and your family have to miss out!

Friday, December 9th 

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Event: Grand Park Lights Up The Holidays (NOV 26 thru DEC 25)

Details: Grand Park will magically come alive with park-inspired holiday décor for the holidays with a 45-foot tree as a highlight. Perfect for a festive DTLA stroll, or as the backdrop of the annual family holiday photo.

Location: Grand Park, Downtown LA

Time:  All day

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Saturday, December 10th 

Event: Parade in Echo Park

Details: The historic community of Echo Park celebrates with high school bands, local dignitaries, & some quirky surprises.

Location: Sunset Blvd, Elysian Park Ave to Park Ave, Echo Park

Time: 11am-2pm 

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Event: Holiday at Crenshaw Plaza

Details: Winter Wonderland: The City of LA hosts a holiday celebration, with snow sledding, food trucks, live music, Santa, s’mores, & more.

Location: Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 MLK Blvd, Leimert Park

Time: 12pm-4pm 

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Event: Holiday at the Workman Homestead

Details: Countdown to Christmas: Celebrate the season with self-guided tours of the historic houses, caroling, crafts, & visits with Santa Claus.

Location:Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd

Time: 12pm-4pm (also on Sunday, 12/11)

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Event: Holiday History at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Celebrate the season with period decorations, tours led by costumed characters, craft making, music & dancing. Donation + toy drive contribution appreciated.

Location: Dominguez Rancho Adobe, 18127 S Alameda St, Compton

Time: 3pm-5pm

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Snow Globes: Create a festive winter scene ornament.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm-4pm

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Sunday, December 11th 

Event: Fireworks in Manhattan Beach

Details: Bring blankets, beach chairs, & a picnic for the 28th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival, with closed streets, live music, a snow park  & sled hill, singalong, & fireworks at 7.

Location: Pier, Manhattan Beach

Time:  3pm-8pm

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Event: Guadalupe on Olvera Street

Details: Festive celebration of La Virgen De Guadalupe, with costumes & continuous entertainment, overnight vigil & rites in La Placita church.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown Los Angeles

Time:  6pm- overnight

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Sunday, December 18th 

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Event: Music at Cal Plaza

Details: Grand Performances presents The Joey Altruda Trio performing A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Location: California Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm

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Saturday, December 24th 

Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Christmas Eve & Hanukkah: Learn about artist wax resist techniques & watercolor to create a beautiful painting of a snowflake or Hanukkah motif.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time: 2pm-4pm

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Event: Holiday Celebration at the Music Center

Details: A wonderful afternoon of 23 performing arts ensembles from all around LA, presented for the 56th time by the County Arts Commission (broadcast live on KCET). Free parking, schedule online, come very early to get in.

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand, Downtown LA

Time: 3pm-6pm

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Event: Las Posadas at Olvera Street (Nightly starting on 12/16)

Details: The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown LA

Time: 5:30pm-8pm

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5 Free & Fun Activities You Must Do This Weekend

Do you ever wish you can be in two places at the same time? I wish I could be all over L.A this weekend. I’ve picked 5 places that are offering Free Fun Activities to share with my readers. Did I mention that they are FREE? All of these are sure to be a hit with the kids and I want to go to all of them!

See you there…somewhere.

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Saturday, October 10th

Event: Kids Craft Day at FIDM Museum

Details: Your little fashionistas will create spooky crafts while being inspired by the museums unique exhibitions

Time: 11AM-1PM

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Event: JANM Free Family Days: What’s Cookin’

Details: A day of food and fun with a green/sustainability theme

Time: 11AM-4PM

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Event: Felt Finger Puppets at 7th & Fig

Details: The kiddies will be able to make their very own monsters, bats, ghosts, cats, or pumpkin puppets.

Time: 2PM-4PM

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Event: Grand Ave Arts

Details: Open rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, food and drink, and kids film screenings. Grab the whole crew to take a peek behind-the-scenes for the ultimate Los Angeles field trip

Time:10AM-5PM

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Sunday, October 11th

Event: Los Angeles Ballet Community Day

Details: Ballet classes, alternative dance/fitness classes, and lectures/demonstrations

Time: 9AM-3PM (check schedule for specific class times)

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