Charming Lunch Spot That Caters to Kids

kid-friendly mendocino farms!

Trying to find a place for lunch that welcomes a stroller and satisfies your palate has you headed for the funny farm.

Turn around and head to Mendocino Farms in Marina del Rey instead. Opening this Thursday, the haute hoagie joint’s newest location was designed specifically with whippersnappers in mind.

Park your wheels in the stroller lane at the door and head inside the charming, rustic restaurant. A kid-height communal table surrounded by a chalkboard encourages minis to add to the barnyard tableau. Classic kids’ sammies ($5) with a healthy twist, like house-made peanut butter, cranberry jam, and green apples, or roasted chicken and smashed avocado, are sure to please finicky eaters.

Plans are for fenced-in outdoor patio seating. And an ingenious table transforms into a stage for weekly distractions, er, performances, so you can enjoy your Kurobuta pork belly banh mi in peace.

Mendocino Farms, 4724 Admiralty Way, between Fiji and Mindanao Ways, Marina Del Rey (310-822-2300 or mendocinofarms.com).

this week in los angeles!

Lollipop Theater Network’s Game Day
What: Life-size board games, like Candy Land and Connect Four, are the main draw at this lively charity event. A spin art booth, coloring tables, food, and music up the ante.
Why: All proceeds go to bring films currently running in theaters to hospitalized children nationwide.
When: Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Nickelodeon Animation Studios, 231 W. Olive Ave., b/t S. Lake St. & S. Victory Blvd., Burbank (818-736-3000). Tickets online at eventbrite.com. Adults, $200; children, $75; under 3, free.

Motherhood Begins Now: Celebrating Motherhood & Mother Earth
What: Pregnancy Awareness Month starts with a bang at this star-studded green lifestyle event. Take a nature hike, participate in panel discussions, pamper in the mommy lounge. Nontoxic arts and crafts keep toddlers busy.
Why: The expert lineup is a who’s who of the healthy parenting world.
When: Sun., 12:30-4 p.m.
Where: TreePeople, 12601 Mulholland Dr., at Coldwater Canyon Ave., Beverly Hills (818-753-4600). Admission is free.

Rock Your Tutu for St. Jude
What: Classic Kids Photography is snapping photos of ballerinas big and small to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Why: Help them reach their goal of raising $45,000 nationally.
When: Thru May 31.
Where: 1627 Montana Ave., b/t 16th & 17th Sts., Santa Monica (310-395-1468); 219 Marine Ave., on Balboa Island, Newport Beach (949-642-0200). Mini sessions (30-45 min.), $125.

Photo: Courtesy of Mendocino Farms

Classic Kids Photography
219 Marine Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92662
4724 Admiralty Way
bt Fiji & Mindanao Ways
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Classic Kids Photography
1627 Montana Ave
bt 16th & 17th Sts
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
231 W Olive Ave
bt S Lake St & S Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
12601 Mulholland Dr
@ Coldwater Canyon Ave
Beverly Hills, CA 90210