We survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday but are pretty sure that a home made gift trumps all. Avoid the mall crush and get off the computer -- just put on some holiday music and muck up the kitchen table with crafts. What's better for putting everyone in a festive mood? (You'll be saving up for some of these splurge-worthy shows and exhibits around town).
LA Phil Presents Denève Conducts Debussy -- a Matinee Ticket Giveaway:Over the past month, the LA Phil has helped us send Kids Off the Couch subscribers to several classical concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This week, we're excited to have two sets of two tickets to a matinee performance of LA Phil Presents Denève Conducts Debussy (Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 PM). Concert-goers will be treated not only to Debussy, but also a Beethoven piano concerto performed by a brilliant pianist, as well as the West Coast premiere of a contemporary work composed for the conductor. Click here for more details,including a link to hear some of the music and to purchase tickets for this weekend's series, which is also being performed on Friday night at 8:00 PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.Click hereif you are free for this weekend's performance and please remember to leave us a telephone number; we'll notify the winner by Friday morning.
Get Scrooged This Weekend!Scrooge is one of the most adapted characters in all of cinema, so don't letJim Carreybe your family's only vision of Dicken's cranky old man. Get the family downtown for Albert Finney's rendition this Sunday (12/5) at a screening ofA Christmas Carolwith theLos Angeles Conservancyat the glorious Million Dollar Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 12. If you can't get there, at least read the book to the kids this holiday.The Dickens storyhas timeless wisdom, and is always fun to revisit, especially with thiscool pop-up story book.
DIY Ideas:Remember hand-loomed pot holders? These days, there are so many better options for handmade gifts in the craft section of any toy store. Check out a new generation ofShrinky Dinks(our faves). Little kids can create beautiful beaded bracelets and necklaces, or string cranberry and popcorn garlands for the tree. Tweens and teens can mix their favorite song onto CDs for cousins and parents, and love being dropped at one of the many craft houses around town: throw pots at theClayhouse, stop in for a class atThe Urban Craft Centeror pick up a manageable first project atArtesia Needlepointshop or one of the many cool knit shops around town. And, ultimately there is nothing better than baked goods for teachers or neighbors.Martha Stewartcan help you with a single sugar cookie recipe that can be adapted to tens of other treats.
Get to the Getty:We love the villa's newTea by the Seaservice (Thursdays at 1:00 PM) which is an especially nice treat for visiting grandparents. While the weather is spectacular, why not spend Sunday (12/5) at a Getty Villa Family Festival Celebrating the Art of Greek Theater. From 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. It's FREE, butclick here for entry ticket. Children and adults can fashion their own Greek theater masks, costume themselves as ancient actors, and applaud or join in pint-sized versions of classical Greek comedies onstage.
Family Flicks at the Hammer:This Sunday (12/5) the UCLA Film and Television Archive presentsFamily Flicks: Azur and Asmar, an unusual digital animation project about two rival princes. Screening is FREE and starts at 11:00. Enjoy free admission to the Hammer through December 18 as part of their 20th Anniversary celebration.
Kick Up Your Heels:From Radio City Music Hall, those famous legs travel across the nation and will be in Los Angeles for nine shows between December 9-12.Click here for tickets.These are pricey seats but doesn't everyone have to see this show once in their lifetime? Speaking of kicking up your heels the plastic starter ice rink at the W Hotel in Westwood is a fun and festive way for kids under ten to get their legs under them. Everyone else will loveICE at Santa Monica, open through February.
Giving Back:Most charities have a wish list, so let the kids check out these lists and give a gift to a child their age. We always get Target gift cards and send them to foster kids through United Friends of the Children.Here is their Holiday Wish List.Our favorite charity for kids to learn about during the holidays isHeifer International. Choose how much you want your kids to give away and then let them choose whether they want to give a pig, a cow or some honeybees!
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