A Note From Your Publisher

By Chanin Victor April 13, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your April.  Many of you are just getting back from Spring Break and perhaps some fun adventures.  Our family traveled to Iceland and then stopped in Montreal, Canada to visit grandparents.  We arrived back on Monday and it has been hard trying to adjust to the time and going back to school & work, but we wouldn't trade it for anything.  In next week's Newsletter, you can read all about our travels to Iceland as well as see some photos on my Instagram as I will be posting them all next week.  It was such an amazing trip and many of you have asked me exactly how we did it, so I'm giving you all that info to plan your own family vacation to Iceland. I highly recommend it.  

I'd love to hear about where our Santa Monica Macaroni Kid families traveled over Spring Break, so please let us know in the comments section below.  

Be sure to check out our calendar of events for this weekend's coolest activities.  If you're looking to relax a little bit, maybe catch a movie, I highly recommend the animated "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero", out in theaters today.  We've seen it and you can read SMMK's review HERE!  Also, this weekend only, El Capitan Theatre will be showing WALL-E in honor of Earth Day and the movie's 10th anniversary.  You can also relax at a Dodgers Game tonight, Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks and there will be fireworks!  Sunday is Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium and you will get a free t-shirt.

If you're feeling some Spring vibes, you can go to the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum, the Daily Butterfly Exploration everyday at the Kidspace Children's Museum, or the Very Eric Carle Exhibit at Discovery Cube L.A.

The Santa Monica area will host the Otis Kite Festival on Saturday at 11am, north of the SM Pier.  It is FREE and you'll get a cool kite.  You could also go to the new location of the Zimmer Children’s Museum at Santa Monica Place, where ShareWell will host their third annual WE ALL PLAY FUNdraiser and preview their future home. As Zimmer’s largest family event of the year, We All Play will feature live performances, interactive art stations, food, and much more!  Tickets are $50 online or $65 at the door.  The Junior League of Los Angeles is also hosting Touch-A-Truck™, a family-friendly event designed to allow children to explore, climb, and TOUCH vehicles of all shapes and sizes. There will be fun for everyone in the family - meet the people who build, protect and serve Los Angeles County or get creative at the arts and crafts table.  Hungry? Food trucks will be on-site offering lunch and snacks for purchase.  The Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica has a great kids musical happening at 11am on Saturday and Sunday, "Curious George: The Golden Meatball" as well as the last two night's of the musical "Little Women". Both are must see productions at this great theatre!  Also, don't forget about CANDYTOPIA!

If you have not bought tickets yet for KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center, be sure to do so ASAP as it is only here for a limited time and will be forever housed at the Grand Egyptian Museum after it leaves LA. There is an IMAX movie that is not to be missed; plus, don't forget you can always see the ENDEAVOR there as well.  Don't forget Family Day at the Norton Simon Museum on Saturday and Andell Family Sundays at LACMA on Sunday.

If your kids are into MINEFAIRE, be sure to head over to the Convention Center this weekend only. Tickets are $45-$69, kids 2 and under are FREE.  

Not sure what to do with your kids for the summer? Be sure to take a look at our Summer Camp Guide or head over to the Crossroads: Summer Fun and Camp Fair this Sunday at 10AM.  

Finally, The CHUMASH DAY POWWOW celebrating Native Americans from all over the country,  will happen at Malibu Bluffs Park on Saturday and Sunday 10AM-6PM and admission is FREE.  Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies, and dances will be a part of the event on both days.  SHEN YUN, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company, will also be at the Microsoft Theatre in DTLA this weekend only, and they are spectacular. 

Have a fun weekend!