Kid Stuff


My Child Will Be a Star (or Else!)

My Child Will Be a Star (or Else!)

Join the Pasadena Musical Theatre Company’s 2011 winter  production of My Child Will Be a Star (or Else), directed by Ryan Scott Oliver. “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “When Ya Got It, Flaunt It,” “Gimme Gimme” and “Forget About the Boy,” are among the songs in the electric review inspired by musicals based upon movies, [...]

Tree Lighting, Santa & Rose Queen!

Tree Lighting, Santa & Rose Queen!

If your little elf is too shy to sit on Santa’s lap, I don’t blame him. Back in my years of believing, I steered clear of any mall outing that might involve that red-velvet belly and husky voice—writing hopeful letters in the comfort of my living room was much more appealing. Whether your child is [...]

Ivy & Bean Day

Ivy & Bean Day

Forget the perilous Elmer’s Glue, that sinful substance that stripped the finish off my dining room table after I completed my mobile solar system for the 4th grade astronomy fair. (Needless to say, my little sister was allowed only glue sticks.) This weekend, you can let someone else host the science-project mess if you bring your [...]

Eerie Events for Halloween

Eerie Events for Halloween

Ringing doorbells and chewing Kit-Kats aren’t the only Halloween activities for the Harry Potters and Cinderellas of Pasadena. If you’re looking for some safe family fun, with everything from monster music and ghoulish games to creepy crafts and spooky storytimes, we’ve got a pillowcase full of events to pick from: Old Pasadena Halloween Celebrations Saturday, [...]

Parenting the Average Child

Parenting the Average Child

In the era of the Superkid, it can be a lonely road parenting an average child. When you hear other parents talk, it seems like every other child but yours (and mine!) is an academically gifted, award-winning pianist who started a foundation for rescue dogs while averaging 17 points a game as a power forward. [...]

A Bus Ride, a Play & a Thank You Note

A Bus Ride, a Play & a Thank You Note

Dateline: Alhambra, 10/5/10 Twenty-seven students and three teachers headed to the Mark Taper Forum to see a Young Audience Program of The Glass Menagerie. Beforehand I must confess I sweated out the roll-taking, the body-counting, and the alphabetical lineup to the bus. But hadn’t the kids signed my homemade Pledge of Conduct, agreeing to sit [...]

Young Jazz Quartet for ArtNight

Young Jazz Quartet for ArtNight

As part of ArtNight in Pasadena, a remarkable quartet of young musicians who call themselves Solstice will be performing at a free concert in Old Pasadena early Saturday evening. (We know, ArtNight is a Friday-night event, but this fall it seems to have expanded to meander over three days.) The kids are all students at [...]

Etiquette: Job #1

Etiquette: Job #1

As a Mother of Boys — or a MOB — I feel like I have a duty to prepare my sons to take their place in society someday as informed citizens, productive employees, and really excellent dates. While teaching them about voting and completing chores may seem more important than, say, the art of small talk, [...]

To Clean or Not to Clean? I Don’t Really Care

To Clean or Not to Clean? I Don’t Really Care

I am hiding upstairs in my office while my husband supervises the boys in the now-ritualistic Back-in-School Room Clean-up. Today is the day the boys finally “get organized” for school, removing all Legos, Nerf guns and tools from the surface of their desks to make room for Serious Studying. Yes, my older son has been [...]

Labor Day Fun at Descanso Gardens

Labor Day Fun at Descanso Gardens

Speaking as a former child, there’s not usually a whole lot for kids to do at botanical gardens: walk around, look at plants, be shooed off the grass. Descanso Gardens, with its regular kid-focused events and that enchanted railroad, does a fine job of not being a bore for young people. This good work continues [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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