You’re all for homegrown creativity, but mud pies and snail-shell collages are turning your living room into an impromptu art studio.
Time for a trip to Little Junebugs. The new children’s retail store and art studio for curious 3- to 10-year-olds hosts drop-in crafting sessions with supplies, instruction, and a healthy dose of imagination.
Every week a fun new project appears for the 3 to 5 p.m. sessions (tin can pencil kits, snowman wind chimes, water bottle ornaments). On Sundays, longer and more intricate DIYs keep your tinker tot entertained, while you settle down in the cozy reading nook or shop the boutique filled with books, toys, and gifts.
Plus, they host custom birthday parties. We like to think of that as the icing on the homemade cake.
Little Junebugs, 27 South El Molino Avenue, between East Colorado Boulevard and East Green Street, Pasadena (626-440-7300 or littlejunebugs.com). Crafting sessions are $10-$20; party packages start at $750.
Merry Little Mischief Kids’ Crafting Event
What: Park ’em in the store for three hours of high-energy holiday fun while you browse in peace.
Why: Shop till they drop.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Anthropologie, 1402 Third St. Promenade, at Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P. to 310-393-4763. Admission is free.
Build a Recycled Toy Workshop
What: Learn how recycling conserves natural resources and reduces global warming while making blocks, flying toys, or a doll.
Why: Reduce, reuse, recycle, rejoice.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., at Seco St., Pasadena (626-449-9144). Register online at kidspacemuseum.org. Child/adult pair, $7 in addition to museum admission (adults and children, $10).
Hanukkah Family Festival
What: Take in performances by puppets, songstresses, and storytellers celebrating the history of the holiday.
Why: Make and take home a handmade menorah or tzedakah box.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., at Skirball Center Dr. (310-440-4500). Adults and teens, $10; kids 2-12, $5; under 2, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Little Junebugs