Archives for November 27, 2018

5 Project To Do With Your Kids This Winter

Winter can be a great time to enjoy different projects with your children. In the summer time, your family focus is probably on getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors. However, once the winter comes around, you’re probably more willing to stay inside and keep warm. However, just because the weather is turning cold doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself with your kids. You just need to change your focus from outdoors to indoors.

With that in mind, here are five fun projects that you can try with your little ones during the winter months. You’re sure to love them and we know your children will too.

1.Cooking Up A Storm

Winter is the perfect time to hit the kitchen with your kids and start a cooking project. It’s never too early to begin teaching your little ones how to cook, and experts believe that children who get hands-on in the kitchen become more willing to try a wider range of foods and will naturally choose healthier options. With these benefits in mind, it’s time to think about cooking with your kids this winter. There are lots of brilliant cooking projects that you can try which will teach them all about healthy eating while also teaching them useful skills that will set them up for life. Hearty vegetable soups are just one thing that is fun to prepare with the children. Weighing, measuring, chopping and peeling are all jobs that you can give your children to do. The best thing is that they’re much more likely to eat healthy food that they’ve prepared themselves!

2. A Winter Collage

Even the youngest children can get involved with an art project, and what could be more fun than making a collage that reflects the season? Winter can be a magical time, so why not create a seasonal collage with different materials that perfectly represent this time of year. Silver glitter to represent ice, paper doilies to represent snowflakes, cotton wool for snow, sticks to represent the bare trees… you can use natural materials alongside man-made ones to create exciting textures. Children will also learn greater creative skills as well as practical ones such as gluing and cutting.

3. Acrylic Pouring Paintings

Even if you don’t think you’re very artistic, anyone can try acrylic pouring. It’s a surprisingly simple art form, and the great thing is that the result is so abstract that you’ll never have to worry about the final product looking nothing like the way you intended! Although it might sound like an expensive project, in fact it’s perfect possible to do acrylic painting on a budget. Just view this link to find out more about how you can use cheaper alternative equipment to get the same effects at a fraction of the cost.

4. Make A Bird Feeder

Remember the birds at this time of year and help to keep them fed by making a bird feeder of your own. This is a simple yet rewarding project that your children can help you with. They’ll also love watching the birds come to your garden to eat the results of their hard work too. There are lots of different bird feeders you can make, but one of the easiest versions involves a piece of toasted bread, cut into the shape of your child’s choice using a cutter, spread with peanut butter and then sprinkled with a topping of bird seed. Really easy, but surprisingly effective!

5. Make Colored Ice Balls

Although this is a messy activity, it’s one that the kids are going to love. You need to wait until the snow comes though! All you need is a few balloons, some food coloring and some water. Drip a tiny amount of your chosen food coloring into each balloon and fill up with water. Tie the end  then freeze the balloon until the water has turned to ice. Once the balloon is frozen, carefully cut the balloon away from the ice. You will have colorful balls of bright ice left to play with. Now take them outdoors into the snow and you can play! Remember to wear old clothes though – food coloring stains!

These five fun projects will brighten up your winter, and your kids are sure to love them!

Kick off the Chanukah festivities at LA’s favorite gathering place

 Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish festival also commonly known as the ‘Festival of Lights,’ begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2, and there is no better place to begin the celebrations than in the heart of the Fairfax District at The Original Farmers Market! The Annual Chanukah Celebration returns to the Farmers Market Plaza with fun activities for all ages.


  • The Jewish Federation’s PJ Library, a Jewish engagement and literacy program dedicated to providing free Jewish children’s books to families across the world, will be facilitating Chanukah story time readings and arts and crafts
  • PJ Library will also be inviting attendees to share their favorite Chanukah traditions by contributing to a giant interactive mural where they can create an image of themselves enjoying and celebrating the holiday
  • Kids are invited to participate in the building of a giant LEGO menorah, an annual tradition started by Rabbi Fischer of Miracle Mile Chabad in 2009.
  • Live musical performances by Jewish song leader and acoustic guitarist, Charlie Kramer, who, along with his band Chayut will bring the Jewish world of song to life in honor of the holiday
  • Honor the first night of Chanukah with a special lighting ceremony of the first candle in the LEGO Menorah as led by Rabbi Fischer


WHEN:                 Sunday, December 2

                                2:30-4:30 pm: Chanukah Crafts, Stories and Fun on the Market Plaza

                                4:30 pm: The Music of Charlie Kramer & Chayut

                                5:15 pm: Menorah Lighting Ceremony with Rabbi Fischer of Miracle Mile Chabad


WHERE:                The Original Farmers Market  @ 6333 W Third St.

                                Los Angeles, CA 90036




Credit:  The Original Farmers Market:

The Original Farmers Market has been Los Angeles’ favorite gathering place since 1934. With more than 100 grocers, retailers and restaurants—as well as year-round activities for the whole family—the Farmers Market is a beloved place for locals and one of the top tourist destinations in Los Angeles.  For more information, visit   Follow the Farmers Market on Facebook at, Instagram at, and Twitter at @FarmersMarketLA.

Slide Into Season at San Diego’s Newly Reimagined Waterfront Holiday Adventure Park HOLIDAY BY THE BAY November 21, 2018 – January 5, 2019

 Hilton San Diego Bayfront is pleased to unveil a newly reimagined Holiday by the Bay on select nights starting Wednesday, November 21, 2018, through January 5, 2019. The all-new Holiday by the Bay will transform Bayfront Park into the ultimate holiday destination and ice adventure park featuring San Diego’s only two-story, 100-foot ice tubing slide, ice bumpers cars, nightly snow flurries, an interactive light show featuring a 30-foot tall Christmas tree, festive fare, craft holiday cocktails, cozy fire-side lounges, gingerbread decorating, stocking trimming, and much more. A portion of every ticket to the annual holiday tradition will benefit United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) San Diego, supporting America’s military service members.

Executive Producers of The Queen Mary’s “Chill” and “Dark Harbor,” Los Angeles-based EPIC Entertainment Group, has developed an enchanting wonderland experience at Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Holiday by the Bay, offering an exhilarating winter adventure park packed with inventive yuletide twists among traditional festivities. Visitors will experience breathtaking activities including Reindeer Run, an exhilarating two-story, 100-foot ice tubing slide, Iceberg Bumper Boats, and an hourly interactive dynamic light show called Shine, sure to bring a smile to even the biggest humbug.

Adults can rediscover the cheer of childhood holiday memories while creating new ones with their families participating in time-honored traditions such as trimming stockings in Santa’s Workshop and decorating gingerbread in Claus Kitchen. Imbibe in craft holiday cocktails in cozy Yule Lodge, sip cocoa and toast s’mores at a private Fireside Lounge and gather loved ones on Polar Patio for festive fare from Elven Eatery and sweet treats from Kringle Bakery. There’s something fun for everyone at Holiday by the Bay.

Holiday by the Bay is located at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Bayfront Park, 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101. Discounted tickets are available online at starting at $20.00 for adults (age 12+) and $15.00 for children (ages 4 – 11). Children under the age of 3 are free. Active duty military saves $5.00 with valid military I.D. Parking is a flat fee of $20.00 with a Holiday by the Bay validation. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

About Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a 30-story, 1,190 room hotel is located on the edge of the bay in downtown San Diego and situated on 12.79 acres of Bayfront land. The hotel boasts 165,000 square feet of meeting and event space, four restaurants, a 7,300 square foot health club and spa, 3,000 square feet of retail space, a 2,400 square foot business center along with San Diego’s first heated saltwater hotel swimming pool and nearly $2-million of commissioned public art. Hilton San Diego Bayfront is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park, located at One Park Boulevard, San Diego, 92101. For additional information, please visit:

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Begin your journey at and learn more about the brand by visiting or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Epic Entertainment Group
Founders Steve Sheldon and Charity Hill launched EPIC Entertainment Group in 2016. The company has been instrumental in leading the way for live event production, themed entertainment, location-based attractions, and brand activations. Epic Entertainment Group is a collective of innovative producers, experiential marketers, and creative designers whose sole mission is to produce unrivaled immersive experiences while having a kick-ass time doing it. This team of fine-tuned experience architects execute every facet of development, production, operation and integration with flawless precision for events of every scope and scale. To learn more visit

About USO San Diego
Since 1941, USO San Diego has been serving active-duty, reserve, guard and military families. USO San Diego strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. USO San Diego is a premier USO Chartered Center providing morale and support services, as well as a home away from home for all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information, please visit:

Shadow, Nov. 28th Pet of the Week!

Shadow is a loving senior German shepherd mix. He was brought to the shelter on two occasions—the second time, his owner didn’t return to bring him home. He’s 14 years old, knows all his commands, and deserves better than this in his late years. Could you bring him home for a holiday dinner and an extended stay, like forever? Shadow deserves his place in the sun. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A614577.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.