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March 24th, 2015

Spotlight On: Marina del Rey’s Spring Adventure Camp

Courtesy of Burton Chace Park Website

Courtesy of Burton Chace Park Website

Calling all parents! If you’re looking for a super fun, activity-filled, social retreat for your kids this spring break, you have to check out Burton Chace Park’s Spring Adventure Camp. The overall theme of the camp is “A Voyage to Experience” and if you reserve your spot now, your 6 to 12 year olds could be entertained for hours in a “welcoming, fun and stimulating” environment from March 30 to April 3 (LAUSD’s spring recess). We’re not sure what the staff has in store for your little bundles of energy, but judging from the daily themes (Pajama Jam on Monday, Spring Adventure on Wednesday and Luau Beach Party on Thursday), there is going to be some major fun to be had.

Living

March 17th, 2015

How to Spend 2015’s First Spring Weekend in the Marina

Image Courtesy of Flickr

Image Courtesy of Flickr

Not only is it St. Patrick’s Day today, but we are also officially only three days away from the first day of spring! Yep, at exactly 3:45 pm on March 20th, the sun crosses the celestial equator on its way to the ecliptic and we have (allegedly have) exactly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night— and that my friends is what we call the Spring Equinox. That information would be more exciting if the super cool solar eclipse was visible from Marina del Rey, but sadly, we’d have to travel to London to catch a good view in person. However, thanks to the magic of technology, we can still witness the celestial excitement by watching it unfold online at Space.com. There’s also a nifty Day and Night iPhone App that might come in handy that day.

Now that we’ve had our equinox lesson for the year, let’s think about how we should ring in the first weekend of spring! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Holidays

March 10th, 2015

Your Guide to St. Patty’s Day Fun Around Town

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No matter where your family tree may plant its roots in the world, there’s one date that arrives this month that magically unites us all — and that would, of course, be March 17th. Yes, on St. Patrick’s Day, we’re all Irish! Suddenly, we tout wise proverbs to friends and co-workers (“May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint.”), we suddenly crave Trader Joe’s Irish Soda Bread for breakfast, and we take our beer either green or in a thick, frothy stout.

Living

March 4th, 2015

Winter Reflections: 5 Past Times that Never Get Old

 

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It’s hard to believe that March is already here and we’re in the last couple of weeks of wintertime. Before we know it, spring will have sprung, and then — boom! Summer weather will be back and we’ll be soaking in the rays, getting in on the volleyball action, SUP-ing by Mother’s Beach, and dockside brunching in tanks and flip flops. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves — for the moment, we’re on the cusp of spring and it’s the perfect time to reflect on these last few months of fun; all of those activities that we immersed ourselves in when old man winter came to town.

Here are 5 of the best seasonal activities — and the great thing is, in Marina del Rey, we can keep doing them all year long!

Events

February 23rd, 2015

Plunge Into Fun for the Special Olympics

It may be wintertime in Marina del Rey, but come February 28, Mother’s Beach is going to be filled to the gills with zany, bathing suit wearing, costume-donning, soon-to-be-shivering heroes taking part in the 2015 Polar Plunge. This super cool event does mean you’re diving into 63-degree water (that’s where the “super cool” comes in), but the major bonus is that with your $50 donation, you’re benefiting the Special Olympics! That donation helps enrich the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities by providing equipment, training, uniforms, and most importantly — empowerment, joy and improved health. So worthwhile.