Kids like making stuff. But not every parent has the patience or wherewithal to come up with a project on demand. Sure there’s always good old paper and crayons. But we live in Los Angeles, where there are all sorts of businesses that cater to creative kids. Many offer drop-in options, which means zero commitment. And no advance planning is required. So whether it’s throwing a clay pot, crafting a puppet or decorating a cake, little artists can get their muse on.
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Out Now Global, an Australian research firm, predicted enormous growth in LGBT travel to the United States as a result of the recent landmark Supreme Court decision that established gay marriage as a fully legal right in the U.S. The firm predicts LGBT tourism will likely increase by 9 percent over the next three years, creating an influx of 1.3 LGBT tourists spending more than $4.25 billion over that same period. Seven key LGBT markets were surveyed including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Each country showed an increase of LGBT visitors of between 9 and 11 percent. Brazil showed the largest projected increase with 465,000 visitors.
The Metro Expo Line extension (Phase 2) from Culver City to Santa Monica is nearly 90 percent complete and is on pace to open by spring 2016. The extension, a 6.6-mile corridor, will connect Downtown L.A. to the beach in an estimated 46 minutes. The project is expected to carry up to 64,000 people by 2030 with the addition of Santa Monica to the existing line.
Air China recently launched the airline’s third daily nonstop service from Beijing to Los Angeles. With the launch, Air China also began operations at LAX’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Air China is the only airline with nonstop service between the two cities.
The experience at LAX's Terminal 5 now reflects the style of L.A. and its travelers as Delta Air Lines unveiled the completion of a three-year terminal wide refurbishment, including the airline’s first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE. The $229-million project included enhancements such as new jet bridges; a renovated Sky Priority lobby; an expanded ticketing lobby and four additional security screening checkpoints; and new baggage carousels and international baggage recheck facilities.
Who said you could only enjoy fair food once a year? Sure, the L.A. County Fair takes over the Pomona Fairplex every September, but that hasn’t stopped creative chefs from riffing on popular fair foods year-round. Learn about 10 great foods that are deep-fried, served on a stick or shrouded in sugary excess. Either way, you win.
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There's much more to Hollywood than world-famous attractions like the Hollywood Bowl, TCL Chinese Theatre and the Walk of Fame. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a thriving dining scene with acclaimed restaurants. One of the best ways to discover Hollywood is during Restaurant Week. Read on for selected Hollywood restaurants that are participating, as well as events and hotels that will make your dining experience even more memorable.