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DreamWorks Animation Studio Tour: Watching Kung Fu Panda Get Back in Action

DreamWorks Animation Studio Tour: Watching Kung Fu Panda Get Back in Action

Surprisingly, in the (almost) 11 years I've lived in Southern California, I've never been on a film studio tour. I guess after the novelty of moving here wore off, I felt the same way about going on[...]
Whale Watching Season is in Full Swing

Whale Watching Season is in Full Swing

On Sunday, January 17, 2016, Island Packers Captain Jimmy McWaters captured aerial footage of a mating pod of Gray Whales in the Santa Barbara Channel, indicating that whale watching and whale mating [...]
The Best Apps for Family Travel

The Best Apps for Family Travel

With winter in full force, families may want to hit the road for a mountain getaway or plan ahead for springtime road trips. To help in every aspect of planning, FamilyFun Magazine has compiled a [...]
Paramount Ranch: Hikes for Kids and a Little Dose of the Wild West in the Hills of L.A.

Paramount Ranch: Hikes for Kids and a Little Dose of the Wild West in the Hills of L.A.

If you're looking for hikes for kids and your family enjoys watching cowboy movies about life in the Old West, then you'll get a kick out of visiting Paramount Ranch in the Malibu hills. History [...]
5 Tips for Busy Travelers during National Staying Healthy Month

5 Tips for Busy Travelers during National Staying Healthy Month

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans take 2.1 billion trips for business or leisure annually. Unfortunately, your health takes a toll when you are in constant motion, introduced to new [...]
Arizona Inn Celebrates 85 Years of Luxury Hospitality

Arizona Inn Celebrates 85 Years of Luxury Hospitality

The Arizona Inn, one of the West’s most glamorous hotels for nearly nine decades, is marking 85 years of understated elegance and authentic hospitality. In addition to throwback menus, events and [...]
5 Healthy Travel Trends for the New Year

5 Healthy Travel Trends for the New Year

The New Year is a time when people announce resolutions and work to create new habits. However, out of the 45 percent of the population that is estimated to make them, only around 8 percent actually[...]
Legoland on a Budget, Day #4 and How Much We Actually Spent

Legoland on a Budget, Day #4 and How Much We Actually Spent

On our last day at Legoland, the park was actually closed but the aquarium was open. During off-season in the winter, the park closes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which makes staying at the Legoland ho[...]
Legoland on a Budget, Day #3

Legoland on a Budget, Day #3

Day 3 of Legoland on a Budget brought us to the Legoland Hotel and they girls were beyond excited. Even though they had a lot of fun hanging out all day at the park for the previous two days, they[...]
Legoland on a Budget, Day #2

Legoland on a Budget, Day #2

Things went well on our first night at the Ramada hotel and our second day at the park. The weather ended up being even better than expected, so we had a beautiful warm day where we didn't even ha[...]
Legoland & Legoland Hotel on a Budget

Legoland & Legoland Hotel on a Budget

If you've read this blog in the past, chances are you've come across a post about Legoland at some point. My kids have loved it since they were about 5 and 6 years old, so we have made several tri[...]
Tips for Taking Your Little Ones to a Sports Game

Tips for Taking Your Little Ones to a Sports Game

As one season ends, another begins. Well...continues. Football season may have begun way back in September, but with February’s Super Bowl right around the corner, sports fans around the world get[...]
Montrose, California: Small Town Chic

Montrose, California: Small Town Chic

Montrose, CA As a kid growing up in New York City, I was fascinated by small towns. I loved what I knew of city living but, my family moved around a lot so, to me, there was something comfortin[...]
Exploring the Magic & Mystery of Caves with Caltech's Reel Science Series

Exploring the Magic & Mystery of Caves with Caltech's Reel Science Series

"some of the most remarkable and bizarre animals on earth...troglodytic animals that never see daylight or ever set foot on the surface...Troglodytes like the Texas cave salamander and Thailand's cave[...]
Head Downtown for the Area's Biggest Monthly Event: Downtown L.A. ArtWalk

Head Downtown for the Area's Biggest Monthly Event: Downtown L.A. ArtWalk

This self-guided walking tour of the downtown arts' district has grown from a grassroots effort by local artists to encourage interest in the downtown art scene to the area's most popular and well kno[...]
Enjoy Telescope & Mirror Making at the Garvey Ranch Observatory Night

Enjoy Telescope & Mirror Making at the Garvey Ranch Observatory Night

If your kids got super-excited about their field trip to the planetarium (I know mine did!) they'll love expanding on things they learned there at Garvey Ranch's weekly public star-gazing and telescop[...]
Make Change Awards Bash Celebrating Community-Conscious Businesses in L.A.

Make Change Awards Bash Celebrating Community-Conscious Businesses in L.A.

The Inaugural 2015 MakeChange Awards recognizes the efforts of businesses and organizations that are striving to make a better Los Angeles. With the awards happening earlier in the day at a spe[...]
The Hero of the Holidays: 4 Ways to Bring Family Together

The Hero of the Holidays: 4 Ways to Bring Family Together

This is a guest post by Margery Leveen Sher, author of The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing: Change Your Life Without Changing Your Routine. Ah, the holidays are upon us. What does it bring t[...]
Dinner, Shopping and Kicking Off a Multi-Cultural Holiday Season with a Hannukah Menorah Lighting

Dinner, Shopping and Kicking Off a Multi-Cultural Holiday Season with a Hannukah Menorah Lighting

Start your holiday shopping at the Sherman Oaks Galleria and afterwards, enjoy musical performances and free activities that the whole family can enjoy in honor of the Festival of Lights. Finally, bef[...]
Stories in the Afternoon @ Norton Simon Museum

Stories in the Afternoon @ Norton Simon Museum

One of the things I love about living in L.A. is that so many of the local museums have opportunities not just to explore beautiful art hanging in galleries, but also to experience nature by havin[...]
Support Underpriviledged Women Entrepreneur Artisans & Get Great, Original Holiday Gifts

Support Underpriviledged Women Entrepreneur Artisans & Get Great, Original Holiday Gifts

If you haven’t already heard about 5by20, it is Coca-Cola’s commitment to economically empower 5 million women entrepreneurs across our global value chain by 2020. So far, Coca-Cola has empowered 865,[...]
Pasadena Shops on Lake Avenue: It's a Holiday Party!

Pasadena Shops on Lake Avenue: It's a Holiday Party!

Pasadena Shops Join in the Holiday Fun We all know the drill: when you brave the malls and shopping centers during the holiday season, it's going to be a day filled with long lines, exhaustion, exasp[...]
Shrek, The Musical at The Morgan-Wixon Theater in Santa Monica

Shrek, The Musical at The Morgan-Wixon Theater in Santa Monica

As a former theater geek, I don't think I've done my due diligence in exposing my kids to live theater. When they were toddlers, and even during the kinder years, my husband and I did take them to[...]
Calling All Super-Humans: This Epilepsy Walk Needs YOU

Calling All Super-Humans: This Epilepsy Walk Needs YOU

If you haven't made plans yet for this weekend but you're looking for something to do that will leave you feeling uplifted and grateful in this season of giving? Join my dear friend and her beautiful [...]
Free Wine Tasting & History Presentation in Altadena - An Educational Cheap Date

Free Wine Tasting & History Presentation in Altadena - An Educational Cheap Date

Free Wine Tasting on Friday Night If I were to make a list of my top favorite things, wine and free stuff would probably rate pretty high. So when there's an opportunity for free wine, I say "where?![...]

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Top Mom blog featuring events and family travel in Los Angeles.

convertible car parked near palm trees on Rodeo Drive on a sunny dayWelcome to Thrifty Travelist!

This is our family’s online home-base where we share what we’ve been up to with family travel in Los Angeles as well as on our travels around the country and the world. We love visiting new places, eating out together as a family and are always game to try activities and events that may be a little bit off the beaten path. Feel free to look around for suggestions on things to do, places to go and deals to seek out. We’d love to hear about your adventures too, so please do share in the comments if you have any good tips! Thanks for stopping by and maybe one of these days, our paths will cross out there on the road. :)

As a blogger and web copywriter who works from home, I’m really lucky to have a flexible work schedule so I can be available for my kids whenever they need me. Although I’ve written on hundreds of different topics over the years across a wide range of industries, the two subjects about which I have been most passionate are family travel in Los Angeles (exploring new places in our city) and volunteering in the community together as a family. Since my kids were very little, my husband and I have tried hard to expose our girls to charity events and to have them participate in as many volunteer activities as possible. And traveling together with our kids has also been important to us because we both think that visiting different places and learning about other cultures is one of the best ways to teach them about the world and to help them eventually grow into compassionate, curious, knowledgeable and well-rounded adults. This blogging journey I’ve been on has been interesting, varied and lots of fun, but never more so than when I’ve been able to experience the adventures with my husband and kids along for the ride. Lately, our motto has become “having fun IS the family business!”

And we’re enjoying every single moment.

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