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Celebrate Summer!

OI Solstice Girl

The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is nearly here. Lucky Angelenos bask in 14.5 hours of daylight. The Solstice marks the beginning of summer, three months of sun and fun. Make the most of it — celebrate the Solstice and kick-off summer with these family-friendly activities.

Summer Solstice Festival, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

Muckenthaler Ctr

TheMuck has something for everyone to love. Experience it for yourself; visit the Summer Solstice Festival at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton on Sunday, June 26 from 12 PM to 4 PM.

Enjoy the arts and crafts fair, children’s play area, storytellers, arts workshops, gallery tours and food booths. Tap your toes to live music performed by Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, the Bastards of Belleville and the Darden Sisters. Admission is free.

Summer Solstice Parade and Festival, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Solstice

Up for a little drive? Head north and immerse yourself in Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 25 from12 PM to 2 PM.

Conceived in 1974 by artist and mime Michael Gonzales, the Parade and Festival is “a celebration of life through art”, featuring colorful floats, whimsical costumes, music, drumming and dancing.

Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park

Autry Museum

Voted LA’s “Favorite Museum”, the Autry Museum of the American West offers a variety of family -friendly events during the summer. Here are a few highlights.

“Pan for Gold!” like a 49’er and relive the California Gold Rush. Open daily (except Mondays) through July 29, 11 AM to 3 PM.

Discover stories of people who shaped the American West at “Drop-In Summer Family Fun”. Dress-up, scavenger hunts and old-time parlor games are perfect for families with kids 5 years of age and older. Open Tuesdays to Fridays, June 28 to July 29, 11 AM to 3 PM.

Experience photography through “Family Vision” on Sunday, July 31, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Bring your camera and participate in the Autry’s photographic puzzle hunt. Designed for families with children up to 13 years old.

Hammer Museum, Westwood Village

Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum is located at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards in Westwood Village. Admission to all exhibits and public programs is free.

This summer, family programs include special guided sessions on Sunday, June 26, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Titled “Look Together: Art and Mindful Movement”, the sessions are designed for ages 8 and up. Learn how art can inspire relaxing movements and poses, and discover how the act of looking can put a person at ease.

Families with kids ages 5 and up explore art and create together at The Hammer’s Pop-Up Studios. On Sunday, July 17, from 11 AM to 1 PM, artist Silke Otto-Knapp offers “Your Sky, Our Horizon”. Paint the sky. Experiment with painting washes and create a landscape connected by a single horizon line.

 

OI Solstice 3 Colors

Hurray for summer! Let’s have some fun. Want to celebrate Solstice with the kids? Throw an outdoor party with LEGO or Race Car activities by playparty.net.

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Happy Halloween, Birthday Ghouls and Boys!

Happy Halloween!
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Was your child born on October 31? Throw a Halloween birthday party mash-up for your little ghoul or boy!

Add our secret ingredients, entertainment by playparty.net and DIY race car driver and LEGO brick costumes. Celebrate with a few tricks and lots of treats. Here’s how…

 

Race Car Driver Halloween Costume

Book the Ultimate Race Car Party.  Then, go from 0 to 50 in a jiffy with this easy homemade costume from Real Simple.

Materials

  • Track suit or matching sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • Baseball cap or painter’s hat
  • Black and white checkered duct tape
  • Black masking tape
  • Race car iron-on patch
  • Race car stickers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White ribbon (about 2 yards)
  • Black ribbon (about 2 yards)
  • Dowel

Jacket

Affix a length of the checkered duct tape down the middle of each sleeve. Use the black masking tape to make a horizontal stripe across the middle of the jacket. Glue the iron-on patch to the front of the jacket on the top left side.

Pants

Affix a length of the checkered duct tape along the side seams of each pant leg. Start from the waist and work your way down to the hem.

Cap

Decorate the front of the cap with the checkered duct tape, black masking tape and race car stickers.

Flag

Cut strips of black and white ribbon to the desired length of the flag. Weave the ribbons together and glue at each end. Cut off excess. Cut and sand the dowel. Glue ribbon flag to the dowel.

MetroWest-Mamas added a few special touches of their own.

More ideas for kid's race car driver costume
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Shoes

Sneakers or slip-ons go great with this costume. Checkered duct tape and race car stickers are optional embellishments. Even better if your kid already has a pair of Lightning McQueen sneakers or slippers!

Trick or Treat Bag

As a birthday present for your little speedster, get the Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels ZipBin Wheelie Car Case. The perfect accessory, it completes the race car driver costume and holds plenty of Halloween goodies. When Trick or Treat is over, it’s a storage case and two-lane race track.

 

LEGO Brick Halloween Costume

LEGO Brick Costume
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Book the Best LEGO Birthday Party.  Then, check out Country Living‘s directions for turning an ordinary cardboard box into a fun costume for the LEGO brick lover in your house.

Materials

Cardboard box, about 16” W X 29” H X 11” D
Utility knife
Packing tape
8 round craft boxes, 2” H X 4” diameter
Wood glue
Spray paint

Instructions

1. Cut off the bottom flaps of the box with a utility knife. Tape down the top flaps.

2. To create openings for your child’s head and arms, trace a dinner plate on the top of the box and saucers on each side of the box. Cut out the holes with the utility knife.

3. Place the box on a flat, hard surface. Use wood glue to affix the round craft boxes — without lids— in a 2 X 4 arrangement, as shown. Make sure the bottoms of the craft boxes face out.

4. Allow the glue to set. Then, spray-paint the entire box a bright, glossy color. Let dry and apply multiple coats as necessary.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

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