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Kid-Friendly Downtown

Downtown resident and mother Susana Benavidez writes weekly articles on living with kids in Downtown Los Angeles.

Nickelodeon's Storytime Live

By David Markland — October 08, 2010 — 10 Comments

We've got a family four pack to see Dora the Explorer, The Wonder Pets!, and other Nickelodeon pals on stage at the Nokia Theatre next weekend.

Grand Hope Park

By Susana Benavidez — September 28, 2010 — 2 Comments

Parents are invited to bring their kids to Grand Hope Park on Saturday where a clown and face painting will entertain as they learn about a nation children's study.

Taylor Tompkins

By David Markland — September 08, 2010 — 18 Comments

Taylor Tompkins may not be old enough to know it, but she’s a pioneer. She's part of a small group of kids whose parents see Downtown as a destination for their children's schooling.

Solano Elementary

By Susana Benavidez — November 19, 2009 — 6 Comments

It seems like I have been looking for a school since Bella and Iza were kicking in my belly: first there was the traumatic daycare hunt that aged me five years,...


By Susana Benavidez — October 15, 2009 — 10 Comments

Downtown Los Angeles might not immediately spring forth images of the Brady Bunch, but if you go to Grand Hope Park on Saturday mornings you will see a group of...

World City

By Susana Benavidez — October 06, 2009 — 1 Comment

This Saturday I woke up early and rushed to make breakfast, go for a run and get the girls ready for another treat at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheater...

By Susana Benavidez — March 20, 2009 — 4 Comments

Last weekend I had the pleasure and good fortune to attend the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre hosted by World City at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The...

By Susana Benavidez — March 06, 2009 — 1 Comment

Who says Downtown's no place for kids? This week's list of Kid-Friendly events is a big one. Before I get into the list, I want to invite parents to join me on...

REDCAT Lobby Display

By Susana Benavidez — February 27, 2009

Sunny warm weather, clear blue skies and a downtown bustling with people and activities; life this Saturday morning was picture perfect. The girls and I set off...

By Susana Benavidez — February 20, 2009 — 16 Comments

Last week I went to my first Neighborhood Council meeting. In a surprise to me, no one bit my head off, cursed me, or drove me away.

I have heard countless horror...

By Susana Benavidez — February 13, 2009 — 31 Comments

It rained in L.A. this weekend, which is news for most Angelinos. There was also the Firecracker Run in Chinatown, which I ran in. In the rain.

I didn’t brave the...

By Susana Benavidez — February 06, 2009 — 5 Comments

Last week was my birthday! I know - how could you not know? The world must have felt a shiver of delight at knowing that such a wonderful being as myself turned...