The day he took that crayon out of his mouth and put it to paper, two things were apparent. First, he was going to need a lot of paper. And second, you’d never see the front of your refrigerator again.
If your little Pollock seems primed for more than stick figures, it’s time to call SmallShop, the pop-up art studio that teaches tots right in your home. Founder and former LACMA educator Sage Raval has trained a team of fine artists to lead in-depth lessons in multimedia disciplines including painting, printmaking, and assemblage.
From weekly one-on-ones and small group sessions to art-filled birthday parties, every SmallShop class focuses on the joy of the artistic process and ends with a finished piece you’ll proudly hang — on your living room wall.
SmallShop (310-815-1669 or smallshopathome.com). Lessons start at $150 per hour for four students.
Fall Harvest Festival
What: Tractor rides, farm animals, and the biggest pumpkin patch in SoCal.
Why: You’ll fall for it.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark (805-529-3690). Adults and children 2 and older, $3 on Mon.-Fri., $12 on Sat. & Sun.; children under 2, free.
Giggles ’n’ Hugs Free Play
What: Head over to Century City’s famous play space before noon (Mon.-Thurs.) for no-cost entry to fun all day.
Why: The best things in life are free.
When: Thru Oct. 13.
Where: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., b/t Century Park W. & Ave. of the Stars, ste. 155 (310-553-4847).
Valley Kids Consignment Fall Sale
What: Save 50-90 percent on new and gently used nursery furniture, baby gear, and clothing.
Why: Prices start at $1.
When: Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 19500 Plummer St., at Shirley Ave., Northridge. Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of SmallShop