Trying to keep kids and the kids-at-heart occupied as we approach summer is more of a challenge than ever.  Whether it’s baking camp, a virtual visit to Toy Story’s Pizza Planet or driving down The Grove’s Main Street, here’s what’s popping up to help keep the troops entertained.

Friday, May 15

Pizza lovers of all sizes can celebrate #NationalPizzaPartyDay and the 25th anniversary of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story with plenty of at-home activities and merchandise to help bring Pizza Planet from Toy Story to your kitchen. Themed recipes are available for download at the link for the ultimate family pizza party at home, including  alien meatballs and rocket ship pizza, and where to find a Toy Story Pizza Maker from Pizza Planet. For more information, click here.

Toy Story Pizza Party (Courtesy Pixar Disney)

Saturday, May 16

The Grove‘s Main Street will open to vehicles and welcome visitors this weekend to drive through the property for the first time in its history. For the past 18 years, the property’s trolley has been the only vehicle to putter through its famous streets, but on Saturday Rosewood Miramar Beach will bring its Miramar To-Go food truck to Los Angeles for a throwback drive-in experience.

Available for “drive-thru” service only, guests will be able to cruise through The Grove Street and take in the property’s fountain show and  music from a  new perspective while picking up  chef Massimo Falsini’s menu of resort favorites served up  drive-in style. The menu features Hank’s famous Double Diamond burger, tacos, fried chicken sandwiches, salads, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.  Purest tasting still and sparkling water in flavors such as Sicilian lemon and Bulgarian elderflower will also be available for purchase as well as kid’s meals which include a special memento from Rosewood Miramar Beach.

As part of the #MiramarOnTheMove initiative, for every meal sold during this one-day event, the company will donate a meal to Para Los Niños, the  skid row-based nonprofit that provides education and wraparound support to over 6,000 of the county’s most vulnerable children and families each year.

Chocolate Caramel Nuggets (Courtesy Bake-A-Camp)

All Summer Long

For parents who are on the lookout for new ways to make a lockdown summer enjoyable and engaging for kids, Baketivity has launched  a baking camp for kids. Bake-A-Camp campers will get a big baking box featuring four themed  kits with pre-measured ingredients, step by step instructions, and an activity book, all you need are the eggs, oil and water. Each week’s kit will take campers through progressively advanced recipes and techniques as they explore one theme, or cuisine throughout the month. With hands-on instructions, behind-the-science tips, and easy-to-read baking guides, Bake-A-Camp can give any child the skills and confidence to bake like a pro:

Week one kicks off with the first recipe for  chocolate caramel nuggets.  Week two  gets a little more  intermediate with cream puffs, followed by the chocolate log kit and  whipped gourmet cupcake kit.  Bake-A-Camp is a one-time skill-building box containing four individual baking boxes, focusing on teaching and experimenting with the building blocks of baking and kitchen know-how for kids ages 6-11.

LA Weekly