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Kidspace Museum Celebrates Dr. Seuss Birthday

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at Kidspace

Celebrate Sunday, February 27 at Kidspace

including a free kids’ concert!

On Sunday, February 27, celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Kidspace Children’s Museum, free with paid admission. Enjoy special story times throughout the museum, as well as crafts and games inspired by Dr. Seuss classics.

While you’re there, be sure you stick around for Egg, a kids’ band that is holding a special performance in the Kidspace Amphitheatre at 1:30 p.m..

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena,CA 91103
http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/

Hours/Parking:

  • Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Free parking is available in Lot I, next to the west end of Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl.
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Join L.A. Parent live at L.A. Times Festival of Books

filler-banner_tdes2_finalCelebrity Authors Come Together

on Target Children’s Stage to Inspire Love of Learning

L.A. Parent Editor Carolyn Graham and I will be blogging and tweeting live behind the scenes this Saturday, April 24th, as we meet all your favorite authors.

What: Children of all ages and their families will gather at the Target Children’s Stage on the UCLA campus for the 15th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The event, which is free to the public, will feature two full days of celebrity book readings and signings, live entertainment and musical performances – all in the name of helping to foster children’s love of reading as a fun and recreational activity.

In addition, Target is partnering with Times in Education to support local Los Angeles schools. All attendees of the Festival of Books are welcome to bring new and gently used books to the Target Donation Station. All books collected will be donated to nine Los Angeles area K-6 schools.

songs-for-little280a6eter-yarrowWho: Celebrity authors including John Carter Cash, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Holly Robinson Peete, Carl Reiner, Bernadette Peters, Henry Winkler, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Shawn and Marlon Wayans will appear on the Target Children’s Stage to bring their books to life for children of all ages and the young at heart, while seated on the larger-than-life Target filler-banner_tdes3_final“Big Red Chair” – a symbol of the company’s commitment to supporting education and fostering children’s love of learning. Families are also invited to enjoy live musical performances by some of today’s most popular children’s groups including Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band, Hip Hop Harry and Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

When: Saturday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: UCLA Campus , Los Angeles, CA

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Putumayo Picnic Playground CD Giveaway Ending Soon!

picnic-playgroue280a6image-web1Monday, Aug. 24th is your last chance to enter the Good Reads With Ronna Picnic Playground CD giveaway courtesy of Putumayo Kids.

Take a minute to enter this new contest from Good Reads With Ronna for your chance to win one of 5 Putumayo Kids Picnic Playground CDs including music from L.A.’s very own Rhythm Child by clicking here. Remember to put Picnic Playground as your subject. Contest ends Monday, Aug. 24th. CLICK HERE FOR RULES.

Putumayo is serving up summertime music fun with its latest kids compilation, Picnic Playground, which dishes out a feast of delicious songs from Denmark to Australia. Work up an appetite grooving to tunes like Asheba’s Carribean-coated “Ice Cream” and the Cuban-flavored “Bolitas de Arroz con Pollo” by Jose Conde y Ola Fresca.
For a delicious contest, visit www.putumayokids.com to enter their cool recipe contest now until August 25th.

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Happy 40th Anniversary, Woodstock!

Three Days of Peace & Music

maxsaidyesbookcovercover3“Some boys and girls got the inspiration, to hold a giant celebration, where drums, pianos and electric guitars would play beneath a million stars.” That’s how Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story (Change The Universe Press, www.maxsaidyes.com; $17.95), written by Abigail Yasgur and her husband, Joseph Lipner with illustrations by Barbara Mendes, describes Woodstock, a festival billed as “three days of peace and music” celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Yasgur, a cousin of Max, felt compelled to tell his story in a way that would help children understand the historical significance of the event. This tribute leaves the sex and drugs out, but keeps the rock ‘n’ roll in. I like this book for ages five and up. After being turned down by owners of many local fields, organizers seeking a location for the festival finally heard a resounding “Yes!” from upstate New York dairy farmer Max Yasgur. On August 15, 16 and 17, 1969, musicians as varied as Janis Joplin to Sha Na Na performed before a reputed half a million people. Max became a local celebrity of sorts and Joni Mitchell mentions him in her song, “Woodstock:” “I’m going down to Yasgur’s farm. I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band. I’m going to camp out on the land. I’m going to try an’ get my soul free.”

abbyjoeyIn their Note on The Woodstock Festival, Yasgur and Lipner give more details about the famous festival. Dazzling artwork from Mendes accompanies the rhyming text and richly evokes the “Aquarian age” when “Rock songs and incense filled the air.” Not only will the kids enjoy learning about the Woodstock nation, they’ll get a big kick seeing mom and dad reliving an era when entry to such a huge concert cost only $6!

I had the chance to meet Lipner and Yasgur at a launch party earlier this summer at Every Picture Tells A Story in Santa Monica. I learned that, in regards to getting Max Said Yes! off the ground, everything came together about three years ago with the help of a a truly “magical person” named Cheryl Kusner, acccoring to Yasgur. Additionally the meeting with artist Mendes was also meant to be and the collaboration turned out to not only be a colorful one, but a meaningful one as well. At the launch I was also introduced to Stan Goldstein, who worked on Woodstock as the Campground Coordinator although on the organizational charts he was referred to as Chief of Staff. He told me the music was just one element of the three day event and showed me some wonderful souvenirs including a glass milk bottle from Yasgur’s dairy farm and original tickets.

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PUTUMAYO PICNIC PLAYGROUND CONTEST PLUS RHYTHM CHILD CONCERT

clip_image002GET OUT YOUR RED CHECKERED TABLECLOTHS. IT’S TIME FOR A PICNIC!

picnic-playgroue280a6image-webIf you’re looking for something fun to do that involves music and the outdoors, read what L.A. Parent Calendar Editor Michael Berick has to say about L.A.’s very own Rhythm Child. And after you’ve arranged your schedule to see the band perform, take a minute to enter this new contest from Good Reads With Ronna for your chance to win one of 5 Putumayo Kids Picnic Playground CDs from Rhythm Child by clicking here. Remember to put Picnic Playground as your subject. Contest ends Monday, Aug. 24th. CLICK HERE FOR RULES.

Rhythm Child drums up the fun this month!

Putamayo is serving up summertime music fun with its latest kids compilation, Picnic Playground, which dishes out a feast of delicious songs from Denmark to Australia. Work up an appetite grooving to tunes like Asheba’s Carribean-coated “Ice Cream” and the Cuban-flavored “Bolitas de Arroz con Pollo” by Jose Conde y Ola Fresca.
As an extra treat, Putamayo is taking this picnic on the road, with two local shows this month headlined by L.A.’s own Rhythm Child, whose tune “Bowl Of Cherries” is part of the disc. And speaking of cherries, visit www.putumayokids.com to enter their cool recipe contest now until August 25th.

_e2b3695 Rhythm Child’s frontman Norman Jones says he feels “honored to have the opportunity to promote this record, as well as act as an ambassador for the Putumayo Kids mission that introduces children to other cultures through music. It was very important for me to connect with (Putamayo) since I felt that they incorporated a lot of the same positive messages that I wanted to present.” Jones plans to bring out some friends and special guests for these Putamayo shows.
August is shaping up to be a busy month for Rhythm Child. The group also has shows at the Zimmer Museum and the Grove, and they are preparing for a September release of their new disc, Bowl of Cherries.

PUTUMAYO KIDS PICNIC PLAYGROUND TOUR DATES

Putamayo Kids Picnic Playground with Rhythm Child, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Levitt Pavilion, 30 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Free. www.levittpavilion.org and noon Aug. 13, Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Free. www.laparks.org/pershingsquare.

Wonderful Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, L.A. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children 3 and older. 323-761-8984.

Kids Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., L.A. Free. 323-900-8080.

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