Augason Farms is Helping Parents Remain Earthquake-Ready
L.A. Parent
by Cindy Hadash
1w ago
Presented by SSA Public Relations  Parents’ top priority is always the safety and well-being of their family. In Southern California, that means being prepared for all kinds of unforeseen occurrences, especially weather-related events and, of course, earthquakes. Many of you reading this are familiar with emergency-preparedness foods; in fact, an entire industry has been built around food products with a multiyear lifespan that families store for a rainy day (literally). In the case of Augason Farms, here is a company that not only founded the entire industry more than ..read more
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2024 L.A. Times Festival of Books
L.A. Parent
by Cindy Hadash
1w ago
Looking for a family friendly weekend activity that will delight kids and parents alike? Look no further than the 2024 L.A. Times Festival of Books, April 20th and 21st on the USC Campus.  Now in its 29th year, the L.A. Times Festival of Books is the country’s largest book festival — and it goes far beyond books. With hundreds of exhibitor booths, there are exciting experiences for all ages including live performances, cooking demonstrations, screenings, live readings and plenty of food and drink options. It’s a great way to nurture a love of books and reading, and best of all ..read more
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Meet Mia Armstrong: Young Actress with Down syndrome adds author to her resume
L.A. Parent
by Cassandra Lane
2w ago
Mia Armstrong. PHOTOS COURTESY CARA ARMSTRONG Simi Valley teen Mia Armstrong made history as the first child with Down syndrome to voice a cartoon character on Netflix. The 13-year-old actress, model and voiceover artist starred as the superhero EON in “Action Pack.” And she recently added author to her resume.  “I Am a Masterpiece!” is a story about acceptance and belonging. We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Mia and her mom, Cara Armstrong.  Please tell us a little about your new picture book, “I Am a Masterpiece.” Why did you decide to write a book? I wanted to ..read more
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AXS TV, SPECTRUM, SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION
L.A. Parent
by Cassandra Lane
2w ago
In an era where arts education is deeply underfunded, AXS TV and Spectrum continue to partner to increase access to music education. The AXS TV Band Together For Music Education initiative recently awarded 10 more $10,000 grants to music education programs across the country. Since its inception in 2022, AXS TV Band Together For Music Education has connected the network with affiliates, local communities and schools nationwide in support of vital music education programs and the vast benefits they provide students. From building confidence and creativity to improving reading, ma ..read more
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Blind Children’s Center Lighting the Way Since 1938
L.A. Parent
by Cindy Hadash
3w ago
Are you seeking specialized support for a young child who is blind or has been diagnosed with a visual impairment? Then look no further than the Blind Children’s Center! Enroll your child ages birth to 5 years-old in our specialized early learning programs today and experience the difference our expertise makes in their development and growth. The Blind Children’s Center, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1938, stands out with its distinctive mission: To prepare infants, toddlers and preschoolers of all abilities to thrive through inclusive, family-focused early childh ..read more
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Celebrate Earth Day 2024 in Los Angeles with These Kid-Friendly Events
L.A. Parent
by Nina Harada
3w ago
Hear stories from Natural History Museum’s scientists about their research and discoveries throughout April. PHOTO COURTESY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Looking for ways to honor Mother Earth this Earth Day? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite family-friendly community events, activities and festivals Earth Day weekend and throughout the month of April. Natural History Museum Celebrate Earth Day all month long at the Natural History Museum, which is hosting various Earth Day-themed events and experiences in addition to its annual Earth Day event on April 21. From April 1-30, expect daily stories h ..read more
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Meet Ali Kermani, L.A. Dad and inventor of Razor’s Crazy Cart Shuffle
L.A. Parent
by Nina Harada
3w ago
PHOTOS COURTESY ALI KERMANI The Crazy Cart Shuffle—tell us how it all started. The creation of the Crazy Cart Shuffle was a direct result of countless hours spent engaged in play and creative collaboration with my two sons, Justice and Merit, during the 2020 pandemic lockdown. With the Razor offices empty, I was able to bring my family with me to an empty design space and deep dive into exploration of what elements of various wheeled rides the kids find appealing, explore ways we could amplify those elements, and then spend a summer prototyping, testing, refining our designs, and repeatin ..read more
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Playing Your Way to a Better World at the Cayton Children’s Museum
L.A. Parent
by Cindy Hadash
3w ago
Photo by Hannah Benet Those who prioritize play lead happier, more successful lives. This simple yet powerful tool for building our minds encourages new neural connections that lead to better critical thinking, problem-solving and overall learning. It also expands our worldview by understanding different cultures and perspectives, fostering empathy and a sense of belonging. As children grow, play builds resilience, helping them adapt to new situations and reducing stress. Plus, it is so much fun!  At the Cayton, we understand the profound impact of play in fostering a deep love for self-d ..read more
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Meet: Sonia Smith-Kang, Founder and Designer of Mixed Up Clothing
L.A. Parent
by Elena Epstein
3w ago
PHOTO COURTESY SONIA SMITH-KANG You have a wonderfully diverse background. Please share with us a little about your cultural background. Sure, I’m an AfroLatina and proud military brat born in Puerto Rico. After Puerto Rico, my family and I were stationed on the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu. I live in L.A. with my Korean American husband and our four children. What stands out most in your memory growing up? Growing up multicultural, what stands out the most has been calling different places home, taking in diverse cultures, eating various foods, listening to different music and being exposed to nu ..read more
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Dr. Judy Ho on ‘The New Rules of Attachment’
L.A. Parent
by Elena Epstein
3w ago
Judy Ho, PhD, ABPP, ABPdN, CFMHE. PHOTO COURTESY DR. HO Los Angeles-based Dr. Judy Ho, is a triple board-certified and licensed Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University and former host of “The Doctors.” We recently had the opportunity to chat regarding her new book published this month, “The New Rules of Attachment: How to Heal Your Relationships, Reparent Your Inner Child, and Secure Your Life Vision.” Please tell us a little about why you wrote “The New Rules of Attachment” I wrote “The New Rules of Attachment” because I noticed that so ma ..read more
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