A Sunday Morning in Atwater Village

 

On Sunday we set out to spend the day at the Autry Museum, because on the first full weekend of every month museums offer free admissions to Bank of America cardholders  and because Ji was wearing her cute Minnetonka boots that seemed fitting for a day of American West history.  But first, we drove North on Los Feliz boulevard to find a place to eat. While at a red light I quickly spotted a wall full of hearts. I made mental note to have the hubby stop there after breakfast but he quickly read my mind and mentioned that we needed to stop there for some cool pictures for the blog. He’s a fast learner!

We decided on Mimi’s Café. I love Mimi’s because they serve delicious comfort food plus they have an all day breakfast menu. We were told the wait would be about 15-20 minutes so we headed outside to enjoy the sun and their charming home-like exterior. Our wait ended up being less than  5 minutes! My type of place 😉

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Ji had puppy griddlecakes with a side of fresh fruit.

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The hubby and I had a hearty  breakfast and delicious mango mimosa.

 

Next stop….

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Ji really loved this wall! She was having a blast pointing out all the colors and sizes while the hubby and I took pictures of/with her.

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I especially loved this mural because the night before someone had asked me what it felt like to be a mother. My response was that it felt like an overwhelming feeling of love that took over my body and soul. These hearts with my baby standing there taking it all in was a perfect visual for my feelings♥♥♥

Daddy was loving all the attention too…

 

As I went through my camera roll to pick pictures for this post I realized that this definitely  is not our first breakfast/mural  Sunday morning trip. I can’t wait to share more of them with you!

What are your Sunday morning rituals?  I would love to hear about how other families spend their Sundays!

Tag us on Instagram or use #iamLAmamacita and you may just be featured in the next post!

Con mucho AM♥R,

-Ruby

About Ji’s Outfit: Shirt and Shorts, Old Navy. Shoes, Minnetonka. Headband, Payless Shoe Source.

Mimi’s Café is located at: 2925 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Hearts Mural is located at the corner of Los Feliz Blvd and Brunswick Ave

 

 

Nine Free Things To Do in Los Angeles This Weekend

FREE THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles can be expensive but having fun with your family doesn’t have to break the bank.  From festivals, to movie events, to arts and crafts, everyone is sure to have some fun! As always, everything on my list is completely FREE!

Saturday, March 5th

Los Angeles Lantern Festival: 12pm-7pm

Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in the vibrance of Downtown L.A. for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The event culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks

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Gold Line Extension Celebration: 11am-4pm

Celebrate the Gold Line Extension with free metro rides, ribbon cuttings, live music, local businesses and food trucks and more, at all the new stations: Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa.

Lovely Lavender at Rancho Los Cerritos: 1pm-4pm

Old-fashioned, historically-themed crafts and activities for children ages 5-11, rain or shine. Projects include a variety of colorful creations and crafts kids will love making.

Zootopia Themed Day at L.A Live: 11am-5pm

A day full of giveaways and fun all for just the price of the movie ticket! FREE fun activities will include exclusive photo op, character headband giveaway, coloring station, themed raffle prize and additional giveaways.

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Crafterday at the Hart Mansion: 11am-4pm

The young ones can try their hands at simple crafts like making their own totem poles, designing their own rope art, making their own dreamcatchers, and so much more! There is also a barnyard area with live animals!

Cabrillo Art Corner at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: 11am-3pm

Have fun doing arts and crafts the first Saturday of the month. Each Cabrillo Art Corner will feature a unique ocean-themed project that jump starts your creativity, engages your senses and relaxes your mind. Focus on the task at hand and forget about life’s craziness for awhile.

Sunday, March 6th

CicLAvia in the Valley: 9 am – 4 pm

4 miles of LA streets open up to pedestrians & bicyclists for a giant experiment in new civic consciousness, from Panorama City to Pacoima. Festivals, performances, bike clinics, & more along the route. Check out their website for the official route.

Family Arts at Barnsdall in Hollywood: 10am-2pm

Free art workshops on arts & crafts from world cultures, led by a different artist each week. Call to verify.

MOCA Grand Sunday Studio: 1pm

Sunday Studio is MOCA’s drop-in gallery exploration and studio art program. Participate in an all-ages tour of MOCA’s permanent collection or join in on arts crafts for the entire family.

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As always check out the websites for directions and other information to help you plan your trip. I hope that these FREE Los Angeles events allow you and your family to make your weekend extra special!

P.S  I would love to see you and your family enjoying these events! Post pictures on  Instagram   and use #iamLAmamacita to be entered to win awesome prizes!

See you there.

 

-Ruby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Museums Free Admission Master List

At the end of January, many museums in Los Angeles will be offering free admission. I got excited about it but then realized (1)  I’m busy that day and (2) With a toddler in tow, we would only be able to make it to one, maybe two museums in one day. So, I decided to make my own list, because  (1) At least once a month, I find myself searching for museums that offering free admission (2) Because I often joke that the only time I ever visited a museum was when the trip was organized by my school and (3) I like making lists.  

 I’ve used my resources (the internet) to compile a master list of FREE admission days for Los Angeles Museums, and I’m sharing it with you! I went to straight to the source (the museum websites)  and came up with over 30 museums to add to the list, so you don’t have to rush on January 30th to hit up all of them.

I hope that this list will serve as a guide for you and your family to make fun memories in this big city we call L.A!

Enjoy!

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  1. Annenberg Photo Space, West L.A Admission is always FREE
  2. Armory Center for the Arts, PasadenaFREE for Seniors, Students and Armory Members
    $5 Suggested Donation
  3. California African American Museum, Exposition Park-Admission is always FREE
  4. California Science CenterAdmission to the  permanent exhibition galleries is FREE (excluding IMAX and Special Exhibits)
  5. Craft & Folk Art Museum, Museum Row-Children under 10 are always FREE ; Sundays: Pay what you can
  6. Dominguez Rancho Adobe MuseumAlways FREE
  7. Fowler MuseumAlways FREE
  8. Griffith ObservatoryAlways FREE
  9. Hammer Museum, UCLA- Always FREE
  10. Japanese American Museum, Little TokyoFree  every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month; Children under 5 are always FREE
  11. Kidspace MuseumThe first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm is Kidspace’s Free Family Night
  12. La Brea Tar PitsFREE Museum admission the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) and Free Museum Admission daily to: CA EBT cardholders with I.D, CA teachers with I.D, Active or retired military with I.D., Children 2 and under
  13.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)Children under 17 are always FREE;L.A. County residents receive free general admission after 3 pm every weekday LACMA is open!
  14. Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust-Always FREE
  15. Museum of Latin American ArtChildren under 12 are always FREE; FREE admission every Sunday; FREE admission the fourth Friday of every month between 5:00-9:00 p.m
  16. Natural History MuseumFREE admission the first Tuesday of every month (except July& August) and free Museum admission every Tuesday in September; FREE admission always to CA EBT cardholders with I.D., CA teachers with I.D., Active or retired military with I.D.,Children 2 and under
  17. Norton Simon Museum-Admission is FREE for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m; FREE admission for children under 18, students and  active military personnel and EBT cardholders with valid I.D.
  18. Orange County Museum of Art– FREE every Friday; Children under 12  are always FREE
  19. Pasadena Museum of California ArtChildren 12 and under are always FREE; FREE admission every 1st Friday from 12–5pm and 3rd Thursday from 5–8pm
  20. Skirball Cultural Center-Noah’s Ark tickets are FREE on Thursdays, first-come, first-served only, subject to availability (no advance tickets).
  21. The Autry, Griffith Park– FREE on the Second Tuesday of every month; Kids under 3 are always free
  22. The Autry, Mt. Washington Always FREE
  23. The Broad-Always FREE
  24. The Getty Center-Always FREE
  25. The Getty Villa, MalibuAlways FREE
  26. The Huntington FREE on the first Thursday of the month; must reserve in advance
  27. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand AveChildren under 12 are always FREE; Jurors with I.D.: FREE ;Present your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the MOCA Box Office to redeem two-for-one general admission.
  28. The Museum of Contemporary Art, GeffenChildren under 12 are always FREE;
    Jurors with I.D.: FREE; Buy One Get One FREE with valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID.
  29. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Design Center– Always FREE
  30. The Paley Center for MediaAdmission is always FREE but a contribution is suggested
  31. Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park Always FREE
  32. USC Pacific Asia MuseumFree for children 11 and under; Free for All on the Second Sunday of the Month
  33. USC Fisher Museum of ArtAlways Free
  34. Vincent Price Art Museum Always FREE
  35. William S. Hart Museum– Always FREE
  36. Zimmer Children’s MuseumChildren under 1: FREE; Grandparents: FREE on Thursdays

 Take lots of pictures when at the museums and don’t forget to use #iamLAmamacita on your Instagram posts to automatically be entered into my give aways!

-Ruby

Please note that free admission does not include parking or admission to special exhibits. I recommend visiting the museum website to plan your trip

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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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