Anybody who has spent any time at The Hangar at Long Beach Exchange can attest to one thing: the place is positively crawling with families. So many kids. It’s no surprise that a kid-friendly brand has popped up for the month of July in one of the two retail spaces at The Hangar. If you’re not familiar with Youth Independent Party (YIP), you’re missing out.
Eco-friendly, designed and manufactured right here in Long Beach and, did we mention their clothes are super adorable. The pop up shop features goods from other vendors like Long Beach faves, hats and pins from Stay Anchored and cards from Richie Designs.
The shop also aims to highlight Long Beach’s creative energy through interesting and accessible products from local brands for kids and adults alike. Founded by designer, Krysta Lin, YIP’s super cute basics are largely gender-neutral and quite affordable with most pieces ranging around $20.
Krysta’s story of creating YIP is familiar to lots of parents who struggle to make more eco-conscious choices, but are hindered by price. “Becoming a parent made me realize how hard it is to find environmentally and socially responsible kids’ basics at an accessible price,” she says. “I created YIP to change that, with easy-to-wear clothes kids can play in and parents can feel good about.”
Open from noon until early evening for the entire month of July, there’s lots in store for local shopping at the YIP pop-up. Plus, rumor has it you can snag some LB Littles stickers there and keep the kiddos busy there (for a few minutes, at least) with their coloring table.
With over 1,400 families with more than a thousand kids in attendance, it’s safe to say that LB Littles’ second annual Littlepalooza was a hit! Thank you so much to everyone who chose to spend their Labor Day bouncing, and painting, and dancing, and skating with us.
We’ve been patiently… okay, maybe not so patiently waiting for the new family fitness center and indoor play space, Red Ball Fun Zone to open
Indoor play spaces are all the rage these days, and a new indoor bounce house playground has been added to the mix with The Bounce Place at Lakewood Center Mall.
If you’re not familiar with Steelcraft, they call themselves an “outdoor urban eatery,” entire built with repurposed shipping containers. They have consistent programming of live music, shopping pop-ups, and even have played host to LB Littles events.