Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista
Is your family part of the 2020 class of new pet owners? If you have a new furry family member, are begged daily to adopt one by a persistent child, or simply have an animal-loving kid, PetSpace Kids Camp Online is the perfect combination of education and cuteness. A mix of games, activities, and demonstrations teach campers about grooming, animal behavior, nutrition, and more. There are plenty of virtual animal encounters, too. If a full week isn’t your jam, PetSpace also has a weekly Paws and Pages virtual story time and animal encounter, along with other online programming.
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
Bring little kids for a weekend matinee or let teens do their own thing later in the evening (and rest easy—masks are required any time you leave the car and spaces are set six feet apart). This may be the perfect summer 2020 activity—the film curation is on point, social distancing is enforced, and snacks are (safely) for sale. Pro tip: Buy tickets online, but get there early, as spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Big & Tiny
1731 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
This education and creative childcare center has always been ahead of the curve: The Santa Monica and Silver Lake locations offer parents a place to work while kids take classes, engage with educators and other kids, and have a blast while they’re at it. Both locations have summer programs up and running. There’s baby bootcamp for infants from three to thirty-six months, and summer camp for three- to six-year-olds with enhanced safety measures firmly in place. Kids can spend half days or full days with the same group, exploring yoga, music, creative arts, dance, group discussion, and the outdoors. The coworking space is open, so parents can stay, work, and peek in on little ones at play. And for parents who prefer in-home education (and some alone time), the Big & Tiny team will bring STEM-focused activities and a customized curriculum to you or your quaranteam.
Camp’d Out Escapes
Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Santa Barbara
Flip summer vacation on its head and give the kids a fun, safe camping experience without the sweaty sleeping bags and failed campfire. Nestled in a secluded corner of Dos Pueblos orchid farm, with easy beach access, Camp’d Out’s location gets campsite views right, but also sets you up with queen beds, lightweight linens, lanterns, umbrellas, chairs, and a shared bathroom. While smaller families will fit in one tent, there’s also a three-tent setup available for groups of up to ten.
The Gentle Barn
15825 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita
Forty minutes north of Los Angeles, this animal rescue and educational center has switched up its tour program and is now offering a drive-through experience that takes kids (and their chauffeurs) on a behind-the-scenes farm tour. Four-legged residents include cows, pigs, donkeys, sheep, emus, horses, chickens, and more. After their epic drive-through day trip, kids can check in with the animals on The Gentle Barn’s livestreams—and even sponsor an animal or send them some hay. The Gentle Barn also offers personalized virtual tours for a fun surprise without leaving home.
Schentell Nunn has a knack for crafting wildly textural statement bouquets and floral installations with a distinctly modern edge. When it comes to weddings and events, Nunn is seriously in demand, which is no surprise after scrolling through her IG feed and website. Her arrangements contrast full petals from plump flowers like peonies and roses with long grasses, wispy leaves, and other jaw-dropping blooms we can’t name or look away from. Look through the floral offerings section of her site for arrangements available to order. Oh, and as if the flowers weren’t enough, Nunn also designs perfect-for-everyday chunky rings, stackable bracelets, and other gorgeous pieces for her jewelry line, NÜN. Images courtesy of Ashley Randall and Casa de Perrin.
Tabia Yapp’s floral arrangements are like fragrant art installations for the home. Each month Yapp creates a limited number of vibrant vases (get your order in early) filled with florals styled to play with color and scale. A happy ten minutes scrolling through the Bia Blooms Instagram feels like art therapy; it’s impossible not to feel soothed by the beauty of these arrangements. Sign up for Yapp’s newsletter (the appropriately named Bloomsletter) for details on her monthly limited floral collections. When she’s not crafting bouquets, Yapp runs Beotis, a boutique talent agency for creatives of color. Images courtesy of Tabia Yapp and Dean Castano.
616 N Hoover St., Silver Lake
There’s something seriously appealing about a store with a point of view. Vinovore focuses its lens on female winemakers, a rare breed in an industry heavily dominated by men. Curbside pickup and delivery to several Los Angeles zip codes are available from the location on Hoover, in that patch of East LA that’s not quite Silver Lake but not East Hollywood proper. When stores reopen, we strongly recommend stopping by for wine, as well as quality tinned fish, charcuterie, and artisanal chocolate. In the interim, we’re deep in the thrall of Vinovore’s wine club, the Wolfpack. Owner and sommelier Coly Den Haan selects two to four female-made natural wines monthly, and tasting notes and pairing suggestions are included in the box.
55827 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Yucca Valley
No, Desierto Alto is not in LA (though it does deliver throughout Los Angeles County on Fridays). Still, given the frequency of locals road-tripping to Joshua Tree, we consider that patch of the desert LA-adjacent. Desierto Alto is the newish brainchild of three former wine professionals who have an affinity for the Yucca Valley. It’s stocked with all manner of liquors, wines, cheeses, and excellent iced tea, and all are available for delivery within the Joshua Tree/Pioneertown/Yucca Valley/Flamingo Heights area. If you’re further afield and absolutely must have an icy bottle of Grüner Veltliner on the table, get in touch with the Desierto Alto team and they’ll do their best to accommodate.
4648 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Kismet is one of the most refreshing restaurants in Los Angeles, not because the Mediterranean food naturally leans healthy but because it’s not trying to be healthy. Sommelier Kae Whalen curates the wine list. And while you don’t know what you’re getting in advance (embrace the unknown!), breathe easy in the knowledge that, like Kismet’s light, bright Mediterranean-leaning food, the wines are best-in-class and reasonably priced. Order via Caviar for at-home delivery.
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