Our weekend with the kids at the family-focused Crafting Community blew us away. Not a detail forgotten; no memory-making opportunity missed. So we asked Kid Concierge, half of the partnership behind the magical weekends, for their tips on making all our family getaways equally memorable.
1. Make your kid the official trip photographer.
Supply your mini paparazzo with a disposable camera and let her snap away. Use the roll to create an awesome album from your tot’s viewpoint. Watch as her perspective grows from year to year.
2. Create a sound track for your journey.
Prepare for impromptu family dance parties on the road with a mix of kid-friendly travel tunes like Renee & Jeremy’s “It’s a Big World” and Ladybug Music’s “Coming Down with the Lemonade.” When you get home, just press play to be transported back to the big adventure.
3. Build a vacation time capsule.
Take a container to stuff with little mementos that capture the sights, smells, and sounds of your voyage: a shell, artisan necklace, wristband, or local flower. Pack it away for future reminiscing or display it on the fireplace mantel: It’s a vacation in a box.
Find out more about Kid Concierge at kid-concierge.com.
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Comedy Camp for Kids
What: School is out for Veteran’s Day; send the kids (ages 4-7) to this one-day workshop where they will learn to make people laugh.
Why: It’s something to smile about.
When: Thurs., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Studio LOL, 11634 Ventura Blvd., b/t Tujunga & Colfax Aves. (818-660-3460 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Cost is $75.
Emily the Strange Pop-Up Shop
What: Emily the Strange and her four black cats visit for a month of limited-edition dolls, artwork, and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
Why: Enjoy some Strange Brew chocolate tea and black kitty cupcakes.
When: Mon., Tues. & Thurs.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Royal T Cafe, 8910 Washington Blvd., b/t S. Robertson & National Blvds. (310-559-6300).
The Sample Room Sale
What: Fifty percent off kids’ clothing by Kicky Pants and guest designer City Threads.
Why: Start stocking up on stocking stuffers.
When: Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 4363 S. Sepulveda Blvd., b/t Culver Blvd. & Braddock Dr. (310-492-5707).
Photo: mel_rowling / Flickr
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