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20 Daytime Date Ideas If You’re Living In Los Angeles

Who made it a rule that dates should primarily be conducted in the nighttime? Although they’re arguably just as fun (if not more so) than evening dates, day dates have historically gotten the short-shafted. Even though day time activities are cheaper and less crowded than their nighttime counterparts, it seems that people have made going out at night a habit.

Well, we’re here to change that tradition. In a beautiful, beach-adjacent city like Los Angeles that boasts 284 sunny days out of the year, we think it’s time that Angelenos take advantage of their wonderful weather and make day-time dating great again. In light of this, we’ve compiled 20 amazing day-date ideas for people living in Los Angeles. Take a look below!

1. Santa Monica Pier

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You can’t beat the Santa Monica Pier for a fun, romantic, and Instagram-able daytime date. There are countless activities fit to entertain even the ficklest date–hop on the Ferris wheel, stroll the boardwalk, grab snacks from nearby vendors, or dip your toes in the ocean. If the date goes really well, you can even watch the sunset over the ocean together before heading home.

2. Griffith Observatory

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A fixture in famous movies such as La La Land and Rebel Without a Cause, the Griffith Observatory is as much a part of Los Angeles as the Hollywood Sign. It’s also one of the best (and most) romantic spots you can head with your partner–especially during the daytime. Both a look-out point for a perfect LA panorama view and a world-class planetarium, The Griffith makes for quality ingredients in the recipe for a perfect date and it’s easy on your wallet. So, not only is it educational, adventurous, and romantic, but it’s completely free.

3. Hiking Runyon Canyon

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Although Runyon Canyon has developed a local status of being an Instagram-trap, it still is one of the most scenic, hike-able, and centrally-located trails in Los Angeles. If you and your partner are the outdoorsy type, then this Hollywood Hills hiking scene is the perfect location for you both to get your endorphin fix while also engaging in celebrity-watching. That’s right–in addition to being Angelenos favorite hiking destination, it’s also a major destination for exercise-loving celebs.

4. Olvera Street

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The tree-shaded, pedestrian mall marketplace with craft shops, restaurants, and roving troubadours is a popular tourist destination. The street has been described as a “Top Five” in the “Great Streets of America” journal. About the nostalgic, yet timeless vibes Olvera Street offers, Yelp user Tiffany D. writes: “You feel like you were taken into another time and land walking through Olvera street. The music, smells, the people, and the vibes are just so worth the visit”. Not to mention, the Mexican food is to die for. But before you head over, make sure your phone is fully charged. You’re going to be taking plenty of pictures!

5. Malibu Wine Safari

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If you’re comfortable enough with your date to engage in some good ol’ fashioned day drinking, then give Malibu Wine Safaris a try. As Yelp user Evette R. stated: “This place is such a hidden gem in the hills of Malibu. The outside ambiance is so darling…Especially with all the adorable animals. If you’re looking for a fun, outdoor activity while enjoying the beautiful surroundings, then this is it!”. Be sure to book your tour in advance, though–reservations fill up quickly.

6. Smorgasburg Market

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There’s arguably no better date spot for LA foodies than the weekly Smorgasburg Market held on Sundays in Downtown LA. This weekly event boasts vendors from countless popular LA eateries and the food is affordable and always photogenic.

7. Air Hollywood Studios/ The Panam Experience

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For the couples who love DVD extras and lives off of “behind the scenes” movie trivia, Air Hollywood studios are the perfect choice for a daytime date. Air Hollywood has been the filming location for famous movies such as “Airplane” and “Bridesmaids”. And if you want to go a step further for daytime fun, opt to try out the “Panam Experience”, a “is a weekly retro-themed event” where guests are “sent back in time and fully immersed in the world of 1970s Pan Am”. As Yelp user Sage E. raves: “I was transported back in time to a world from the ’70s…Everyone on that ‘flight’ was flying high and having a ball”.

8. Underground LA tour

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Did you know that downtown LA has tunnels snaking below its grounds? For those couples who are a little more adventurous, “Beneath the hustle and bustle of Downtown Los Angeles, there are secret underground tunnels and speakeasies! Some of these locations are still accessible, but they are closed to the public, so the only way to see this piece of Los Angeles history is to book a Cartwheel Art Tour. In addition to going underground, they also offer tours about art, architecture, history and various L.A. neighborhood experiences.”

9. Art Classes at LACMA

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If you and your boo aren’t exactly the “outdoorsy” types, a great alternative to strenuous activities like hiking and street fairs is a one-day art workshop at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, more lovingly known as LACMA. The workshop starts off with an exploration of an art piece from LACMA’s collection and then continues onto the art studio. It’s there that you’ll enjoy “art, wine, creativity, and friendship” among kindred spirits. This is another activity that might have to be reserved for a more special occasion, as tickets are $45 for LACMA members and $55 for the general public.

10. Pantages

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Save some serious coin by snagging some matinee tickets for the renowned Hollywood Pantages Theater. The Pantages Theater rivals Broadway with its blockbuster musicals and celebrity headliners. The theater has boasted shows such as “Hamilton” and “Aladdin” on it marquee and is currently playing “Wicked”. After catching a show during the day, you have all night to stroll Hollywood Boulevard and grab a post-show drink or entree.

11. Dog Cafe

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If you’re the type of person who prefaces a date with “Must love dogs”, then The Dog Cafe in Silverlake might be the perfect daytime date spot for you and your partner. For $15 you get to hang out with dogs up for adoption while drinking coffee and eating snacks. It’s become a local favorite, with Angelenos such as Yelp user Jessica G. saying: “As a huge dog lover + coffee lover, there is no more perfect place in the world…If you love dogs, especially if you are looking to adopt one, The Dog Cafe has got to be your first stop…You get to play with dogs and The Dog Cafe gets to continue helping these dogs find a new home. It’s all a win-win!”

12. Little Tokyo

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Little Tokyo is one of those highly-walkable, visually stunning, and underrated pieces of LA culture on par with more popular destinations like The Grove. Walk through the unchanging Japanese Village Plaza, browse the Bunkado gift shop, or visit one of the myriads of delicious Japanese restaurants lining its streets. Be sure to keep your eye out for the James Irvine Japanese Garden as well–a free-to-enter “hidden gem” or LA that’s open to the public all year round.

13. Huntington Library and Gardens

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The historic Huntington has all the bells and whistles a culture-junkie lives for: it is a world class garden, a scholarly library and legitimate art museum. There is so much to see at The Huntington–located at ___–it would take a full day (or more) to truly see everything. And if you and your date are feeling hungry after walking and browsing all day, Huntington management has recently added new restaurants on site. Although usually, tickets to The Huntington will run you $29, they also have a monthly free day (details here). Be sure to book in advance, though–registration fills up fast!

14. Dodger’s Game

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There’s arguably no better way to pass the day than with a hot dog, a cold beer, and rooting for your home team. Arguably the gold-standard of daytime dates, heading to Dodgers stadium with your forge deeper bonds–whether the Blue Crew wins or loses. If you’re an avid baseball fan, why not invest in season tickets to get more bang for your buck.

15. Museum Hopping

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If you’re short on cash but rich with curiosity, take your date museum-hopping in LA–a surefire way to impress your date with your cultural knowledge and creativity. Some low-cost options are LACMA, where admission is free after 3 pm for Los Angeles County residents, or The Getty, which is always free but charges $15 for parking. Contemporary Art Museum “The Broad” is another great free option, but be sure to get there early (doors open at11 amm on weekdays and10 amm on weekends) to avoid the line. If, like many Angelenos, you’re a museum junkie, check out a list of LA’s museums and make it a goal for you and your date to hit as many of them as you can!

16. The Last Bookstore

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If you and your date share a bond over your love of books, The Last Bookstore should be next on your to-do list. This LA staple is a location that should be on the bucket list of every Angeleno worth their salt. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this old-school bookstore’s motto is to “keep the paper and ink book business alive in an era of e-readers and digital downloads”.  Founded in 2005, The Last Bookstore’s claim to fame is being California’s “largest used and new book and record store”. You may have already seen glimpses of its sculptural book displays and towering shelves on your Instagram feed. However, if you want to avoid crowds of tourists taking pictures, avoid this popular spot on the weekends.

17. Angeles National Forest

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If you want to take connecting with nature to another level (there’s only so much hiking one can handle), why not get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head out to a national park? Angeles National Forest is only a 30-minute drive away from the city and has some easy hiking trails along scenic creeks and waterfalls. After all, there’s no stronger aphrodisiac than fresh air.

18. Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables

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If the idea of a knight in shining armor riding on horseback gets you all hot and heavy, then we definitely recommend a horseback riding date through Sunset Ranch Hollywood. This horse-back tour leads you through stunning Beachwood Canyon and up through the hills by the Hollywood sign. And luckily, the horseback “Day Tour” is the cheapest option, with a one-hour tour costing $50 and a two-hour session only running you $75. Yelp reviewers rave that this place is “absolutely breathtaking” and “better than I could have ever expected”.

19. Brunch

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It may seem like a cliche, but LA brunch is popular for a reason! With an endless selection of bottomless mimosa brunches that is just a click away, why booze at night with your partner when doing so in the morning is so much more fun? Among the top-rated brunch spots in LA, head to Barbrix in Silverlake for $8 bottomless mimosas and delicious food, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in The Grove for a variety-filled dimsum brunch (including cronuts!), or one of the many Blu Jam Cafes across the LA Metro area for a trendy, solid brunch option. For brunch in LA, the possibilities are nearly endless.

20. Picnic at Will Rogers House

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Will Rogers was a famous American cowboy and actor from the Golden Age of Hollywood. His 186-acre ranch and 31-room mansion are located in the Pacific Palisades and were made into a public park after his death. Now, the grounds are a tribute to the beloved American icon and a place for the public to relax while enjoy the California sun. A great and inexpensive daytime date idea is to plan a picnic at Will Rogers house. Score extra points with your date by gathering a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres and chilled rose in your picnic basket and relax on the freshly-mowed lawn while watching a polo game.


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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