The New Brown Bag Lunch

paleta kids food delivery service!

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but these days it’s the stage for mealtime meltdowns. Pack one more PB&J for lunch and Junior’s threatening a hunger strike.

Broker a deal with chef Kelly Boyer’s Paleta Kids, a mini version of the popular organic meal delivery service. Simply sign up, answer questions about dietary goals, allergies, and no-I-will-not-eat-that-ever foods, then sit back and relax as kid-size meals arrive on your doorstep.

With locally sourced ingredients each item on the ever-changing menu packs a veggie punch (only mom will know there’s spinach in that brownie). Whimsical details like smiley face oatmeal cookies and a BLT-on-a-stick will have them licking their lips in anticipation.

Plus, food comes packed in a reusable cooler ready to send off to school. Love note from mom not included.

Available online at paleta.com, $5-$11 per meal, including delivery.

this week in los angeles!

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

What: More than just a place to pick your gourd, this fest features a straw maze, bouncy house, superslide, and petting zoo.
Why: Halloween fun in the heart of the city.
When: Thru Oct. 30. Mon., Thurs.-Sun., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, 702 N. Doheny Dr., at Harland Ave. (310-276-9827). Weekdays: free; weekends: adults, $4; children, $2.

Spider Pavilion

What: Observe our creepy, crawly friends as they spin spectacular webs.
Why: Flashlight tours available for the brave.
When: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., b/t Vermont Ave. & Figueroa St. (213-763-3466). Adults, $3; children, $1 with museum admission.

Kindergarten Diaries Book Signin
What: Take the scare out of the first day of school with a signed copy of Antoinette Portis’s sweet new book.
Why: Big girls don’t cry.
When: Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., b/t N. El Molino & N. Oak Knoll Aves., Pasadena (626-449-5320).

Photo: Courtesy of Paleta

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Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
702 N Doheny Dr
@ Harland Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
695 E Colorado Blvd
bt N El Molino & N Oak Knoll Aves
Pasadena, CA 91101
900 Exposition Blvd
bt Vermont Ave & Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90007