Summer Movie Series at Malibu Country Mart

Great news! Malibu Country Mart’s Summer Movie Series begins tomorrow! 

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I don’t spend enough time at Malibu Country Mart. Every time I go there, I am reminded of how beautiful the location is, not to mention the people you see when you’re people watching there.

This weekend, Malibu Country Mart’s Summer Movie Series begins! The shopping center encourages families, shoppers, Malibu locals and movie fans to grab their beach blankets and picnic baskets to watch fun, family movies projected onto a giant outdoor screen.

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Saturday, June 11th: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Saturday, June 25th: Troop Beverly Hills

Saturday, July 2nd: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

This is a beautiful, calm place to bring your children. Swings and a sandbox are nearby if they somehow get bored! Parking is available all around Malibu Country Mart.

The movies chosen should appeal to children who are a little bit older. I watched Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure last summer with my kids who were 8 and 10 at the time. They laughed their little heads off, even if every other joke was a little too…mature…and didn’t register with them. On the other hand, they weren’t big fans of Pee Wee Herman. It wasn’t personal – they just hated his laugh. Blasphemy, I say. Your kids will probably appreciate him more…

Movies will begin at approximately 7:45 PM. Taverna Tony’s, Mr. Chow Malibu and Tra di Noi will also be open for guests to order menu items to enjoy during the films.

Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265

Old Agoura Park – aka “The Horse Park”


Our first excursion for the Summer Park Challenge was to Old Agoura Park, or “The Horse Park” as my family calls it. You will see that we have nicknames for every park, because when we moved here, the kids were 5 and 3 and could not quite identify with the parks’ proper names.

Old Agoura Park is located just east of Agoura Hills High School, and just north of the 101 freeway.

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See that blank space to the east of the park? It’s not a mistake. That is part of the Santa Monica National Recreation Area, and remains blessedly undeveloped. For now.

We have visited this park at many different times of the day and it has never been crowded. Plenty of parking, shade under the old oak trees, clean bathrooms, and different features for play. On this day, we were the only people in the play area:


IMG_8914Plenty of shade for a picnic


IMG_8919Standard issue bathroom house

IMG_8920“Hores are permitted only in designated areas.”

IMG_8922These out-of-water pier posts make for minutes of family fun.

IMG_8930If you build it, they will come.

IMG_8931Grand old oak roundabout

IMG_8933Track for people or horses around back of baseball field.

IMG_8934Horse trailer parking

IMG_8937Look out behind you…


IMG_8939The horse whisperer.