Friday, June 08, 2007

Family Fun Guides

This is my first year to experience the end of the school year as a parent. Now that school is over (as are several of Ethan's other regularly scheduled activities), we are looking for fun ways to spend time together as a family. Two of our favorite places to find out what is going on in and around town are Kidsguide and GoCityKids.

Kidsguide distributes a free monthly magazine and a great summer calendar loaded with activities for kids of all ages (pick up a free copy at most family friendly businesses in south LA County and Orange County). This year Liz and her team have added a weekly e-mail newsletter, called The Buzz, that includes information on upcoming events, a feature from the print magazine and a weekly tip.

GoCityKids is an online directory that also has a great weekly e-mail newsletter highlighting upcoming events in several major cities around the country. They recently added a weekly Deals & Steals newsletter, that, as the name implies, offers coupons and other deals at local family friendly business. The only drawback for us is that most of the businesses and activities they highlight are in north Los Angeles County. However, since their content is largely based on suggestions from local families, you can submit your favorite businesses and activities, as well as, add comments, reviews and ratings to those already listed. [Hint: Dodgen Photography is listed here. You could be the first to comment and/or rate us!]

TIP: Going out of town this summer? is also a good resource for learning about family friendly activities at major cities around the country.

What are your favorite online resources for learning about all that there is to do in and around town? Add them to the comments.

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