Michelle Woo, Los Angeles Times

Michelle Woo

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Michelle:

These are the 19 cleanest beaches in L.A.

Some L.A. County beaches received an A+ on Heal the Bay's latest report card. Which ones made the grade? → Read More

16 unexpected things to pack in the ultimate Disneyland bag

From onesies to your own straws, these items will make your day at Disneyland and California Adventure easier, comfier and even more magical. → Read More

How to have the best Sunday in L.A., according to Rainn Wilson

Meditating, tending to his pigs, grabbing pupusas at Grand Central Market, watching 'Succession' and connecting with the Bahá'i faith. It all brings delight to the former 'Office' star. → Read More

How to have the best Sunday in L.A., according to Rachel Bloom

The 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and 'Reboot' star shares kid-friendly activities, such as the Huntington Library children’s garden and Messhall dining in Los Feliz. → Read More

Sunday Funday in L.A. with Adam Conover: birdwatching, soccer and no cars

The investigative comedian and host of 'Adam Ruins Everything' shows how it's possible to ditch cars and still enjoy weekends in Los Angeles. → Read More

In a city built for cars, Angelenos discover the joys of cycling

There’s nothing like exploring the city on two wheels. → Read More

Download the checklist of the 101 best California experiences

Keep track of your jaunts throughout the state. → Read More

A travel reporter found 101 best things to do in California

A Q&A with travel reporter Christopher Reynolds, who scoured the Golden State for the most delightful, fascinating and awe-inspiring things to do. → Read More

How to plan a trip to Sesame Place in San Diego

What it's like inside Sesame Place San Diego, which is open now with discounted tickets. → Read More

Actually, It's Fine If Your Kids Don't Bathe That Often

You don't have to go as far as Ashton and Mila, but you might be over-bathing your kids. → Read More

What Your Pediatrician Should and Shouldn't Do During a Physical Exam

You should be able to trust your pediatrician—but you need to know what to do if something seems off. → Read More

How I Trained My Kid to Use the Potty in Three Messy Days

As far as being a parent, I can boast very few untarnished wins—namely, they are: 1) making my daughter believe that frozen grapes are a totally acceptable dessert, 2) teaching her to love Swiffer-ing, and 3) potty training. Potty training was the biggest surprise success as I was fully prepared for drawn-out doom. → Read More

Is It Too Early to Get a Flu Shot?

As you bask in the final weeks of summer, here’s something I’m sure you’re thinking about: flu shots. They’re already here—Rite Aid just announced that seasonal flu shots are available at all 2,466 of its pharmacies. → Read More

See What Children's Rashes Look Like on Darker Skin With 'Brown Skin Matters'

If you’ve ever seen something unusual on your kid’s skin, you’ve likely turned to the internet for guidance as you anxiously wait for an appointment with your pediatrician. On health education sites, you’ll find images of every common dermatological condition, including eczema, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, chicken pox, impetigo and measles. But the images almost exclusively feature white… → Read More

Make Frozen Teethers With Baby Food Pouches

We are at a stage with our infant son where every unexplained expression of discontentment is met with the question: “Do you think he’s teething?” Right now, it’s likely that he is. He’s drooly and a little fussy, and whenever I let him feel the “cold” of a canned beverage straight out of the fridge, he grabs it and holds it to his tiny mouth, giving me a look that says, “Thank you for the… → Read More

Print Out Your Kid's Nonfiction eBooks

I don’t read a lot of ebooks with my kid, but I can certainly appreciate the convenience of them. They’re fantastic for travel (take this from someone who just helped my daughter lug a backpack full of giant activity books onto an airplane). They can also cost less per title than print versions and may include bonus features such as built-in dictionaries, read-along functions and updates on… → Read More

Read Your Kid's Mind With This Magic Trick

You can’t read your kid’s mind. If you could, you would know that his new favorite color just became turquoise, even though you just bought him a cup that is blue, his favorite color from three hours ago. But you can make him think you can read his mind, thanks to this super fun trick posted on Reddit by u/trongs24. → Read More

Teach Your Kid That Every Task Has a Beginning, Middle and End

If I’m trying to help my six-year-old daughter Maggie become a more organized thinker, my instruction seems to be coming too late. “There are board game pieces everywhere,” I’ll tell her, having noticed the scene hours after she’s fled it and moved onto three different activities. As someone who currently has bookmarks in about seven different novels, I may not be the greatest teacher in how to… → Read More

Make a 'Homework Mat' for Your Kid

One thing I don’t like about homework for young kids is the fact that after they’ve just spent a whole day sitting at a desk at school, we direct them to another desk at home. It’s inhibiting. Their bodies are wiggly and restless and begging to move. → Read More

Help Your Kid Become a Better Problem Solver With These Video Games

If you haven’t picked up a controller in a while, you might see your kids’ video games as mindless fun, or as their reward for cleaning their room. But video games can be more than that. While immersed in a virtual world, children can learn how to solve complex problems—a skill they’ll need long after they run out of lives on the screen. → Read More