Shhhhh. Do you hear that? Wait - I think.... Yep! They're gone! All those people whose families live on the east coast, in the Midwest, in the Bay Area - they're all standing in their socks at airport security, telling their kids to hurry up and knock back that juice box before they miss their plane. Doesn't it make you glad to be in LA?
The marvelous secret I never knew in my childless, travel-at-will days is that for roughly 10 blessed days in December every year the highways of Los Angeles open up - and I'm not talking the San Andreas Fault way. For the next 10 days, you can do anything, anywhere, and it need not take you more than 20 minutes to get there. Have friends you miss in Burbank? Never get to the beach? Now is the time to start checking items off our 100 Things To Do in LA Bucket List - or try a few of the far-fetched and fun outings below that won't feel nearly so far during LA's true Holy Week!
Lythgoe Family Productions once again offers its holiday gift to Southern California families: the British panto-style production of Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight at the Pasadena Playhouse. With a star-studded cast brimming with talent, Sleeping Beauty is a truly joyful theatrical experience. If you're wondering whether this holiday show is the right one for your family, read on!
Congratulations, folks; we're almost there. We've spent weeks preparing, planning, shopping, making our lists and checking them twice, posing for holiday pictures and sending missives to our entire address book, and our hard work is about to pay off. The holidays are upon us. Some of us are smack dab in the middle of Hanukkah, those eight crazy nights of latkes, presents, and menorah lightingsaplenty. For others, this weekend offers one last shot to complete any unfinished business: buy a tree, meet the big guy, maybe string a few lights around the house.
Basic salt dough only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard. Despite its simplicity, salt dough makes perfect keepsake-worthy ornaments. Start a tradition and each year your ornament will remind you of back when your child's hand was 'just so big'. These holiday ornaments aren't just great memory-makers for your family, they make wonderful gifts too. Baby footprints, handprints, thumbprint hearts...your ornaments are sure to impress.
There is nothing cookie-cutter about these colorful ornaments. Christmas cookies and ornaments are a holiday staple, so why not combine these two institutions and create your own cookie cutter ornaments!
If you have the cutters out, and your oven on, you are already halfway to making these treasures. Create this craft by adding Perler, or fusible, beads to metal cookie cutters. Perler beads are inexpensive little plastic beads that stick together like magic with a little bit of heat. The end result is stainedglass-like ornaments that will look as pretty catching light in your window as they will on your tree.
The tree is trimmed; the presents are wrapped, and the cookies are baked and boxed. Hmm. Now what shall you make for Christmas dinner. Our suggestion? Reservations. That’s right. Many Southland restaurants will be open and happy to serve you on Christmas day.
You’ve already done so much to get ready for the big day. Instead of once again slaving over that hot stove, pile your family and out-of-town guests into the car and give yourself the gift of dining out. That way you can kick back and enjoy the day!
The opening of the new Taylor Swift Experience, combined with the presence of 'tweens in my world, made a vist to the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live an absolute imperative this past weekend. Luckily we're big fans of the GRAMMY Museum at Mommy Poppins; hey, any museum that keeps the whole family singing and dancing all the way through is worth the price of admission in my book. I've enjoyed recent exhibits aimed at the parental generation, like Ringo Starr: Peace and Love and California Dreamin'. And while I don't fit the demographic of the "Swifties," I was quite willing to suffer through a little Top 40s stuff to rack up a couple of Cool Mom points.
It turns out no suffering was required. I may have arrived in a cloud of toleration, but I left a total Taylor fan! (And it's not just because that tune Shake It Off will now never leave my head.)
The trees are lit; now it’s time for the menorahs. The eight crazy nights of Hanukkah commence Tuesday, and there are festive lighting ceremonies all over town. Meanwhile, on Olvera Street, the story of Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn is recreated nightly through Christmas Eve. This is the week to celebrate all beliefs and cultures. The kids love it because no matter which direction they turn, a present is involved. It may also be time to check out some giving opportunities. There are many holiday gift drives. While our kids may need a little prompting when it comes to giving, children usually enjoy an opportunity to be benevolent, particularly if it involves choosing a cool toy.
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