Friday, December 10, 2010

Kristin’s Kickbacks List Week of 12-10


December 1-12. 12 Days of Holiday Cheer in Burbank. Various activities throughout the twelve days, including a snow day on the 11th (More details in the upcoming events section). See this website for more details.

December 10. 7 p.m. Polar Express Pajama Party at Barnes and Noble store in Burbank. Grab your PJ’s and snuggle up with your pillow or favorite stuffed animal while listening to a reading of The Polar Express and other holiday stories. A special holiday activity and hot chocolate will follow. 818-558-1383. 731 N San Fernando Boulevard.

December 11. 8:30-10 a.m. Burbank Town Center. Breakfast with Santa. Have breakfast with the big man himself! Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves in the food court for music, games, and lots of fun. Presented by the City of Burbank and the Burbank Town Center. Limited seating for an event that’s a sell-out every year. Tickets are required and cost $8. 818.238.5300.

December 11. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown Burbank has a Free Snow Day! Kids are invited to romp in 15 tons of snow and enjoy refreshments, music, an ice sculptor and more. 818.238.5180 AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue

December 11. 10 a.m. FREE Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. Bring your child to Lowe's and they can build a project. The kids get goggles and an apron and a kit to build an item. They use hammers their size and get a patch afterward for completing the project.

December 11. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Target Free Family Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum. Enjoy a day or origami with family-friendly activities, workshops and demonstrations. 369 E. First St., L.A. 213-625-0414.

December 11. 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Free admission to the Performing Books presentation. The Performing Books series is a monthly program designed to introduce children ages 4-10 to the performing arts through books. Professional storytellers and artists bring books to life through song, dance, voice and instruments. This month hear Knockin’ on Wood by Lynne Barasch. Learn the true story of the famous tap dancer Peg Leg Bates. A tragic accident left him with only one leg, but that didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dream to dance. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., L.A.

December 11. 7 p.m. Children’s Christmas Musical, “Back to the Manger” at Valley Vineyard Sanctuary. There is no entrance fee; instead they are asking that you bring an unwrapped gift for our Manna Ministry Christmas Give-away! 6642 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335.

December 12. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. This week: Members of the Capitol Ensemble, Phillip Levy (violin), Amy Hershberger (violin), Victoria Miskolczy (viola), David Low (cello), Stuart Clark (clarinet), perform Elgar: Serenade, Opus 20, and Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581.

December 14. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall. Theme this week is a visit from Santa and Christmas stories.

December 16. 6:30 p.m. Christian Performing Arts Center CHRISTMAS SHOW will be held at Houses of Light in Northridge. 19408 Londelius St., Northridge. $3.00 per person general admission. I went last year and enjoyed the show very much!

Ongoing Deals

Glen Ivy Spa 25% Off!
For those of you who like the elegance of the Glen Ivy Spa, you can now get gift cards for any of their locations at 25% off. Purchase a gift card worth $100 for only $75. Hurry, this offer ends December 20th.

Walmart has a deal right now where you can get a LEGO DUPLO Bricks and More Bricks Box for $29, plus you get a Bonus $20 eGift Card for Walmart! (Thanks Wendi, for the deal!) Great present for your little one or to keep for a birthday! You can have it shipped to the store near you for free or pay a small amount for shipping. Here’s the link:

December 13-January 9. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Science in Toyland at the California Science Center. In this exhibit, kids can play games while learning science concepts, like how to make bridges stronger or why tops spin. FREE! 700 Exposition Park Dr., L.A.

Christmas Light Locations

Here are some places to view amazing Christmas light displays.

Christmas Tree Lane. This site is located in Altadena on Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive. Viewings from dusk to 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on the weekends, starting December 11 and going through January 2.

Candy Cane Lane. Located in Woodland Hills, this has been a favorite since the 50’s. The lights are in the vicinity of Oxnard Street and Lubao Avenue, near Pierce College. You can view the lights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on the weekends.

The Grove. There's a 60 foot tall Christmas tree that lights up beautifully at night. There's also an electric sleigh that takes shoppers for a ride around the area. 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, 90036.

Fritz Coleman, a local weatherman, has a segment called "Fritz's Holiday Lights." He's detailed the most amazing holiday light displays across Southern California.
Below is a list of some of the displays from last year. They are hopefully still current.

Burbank. Three different areas in Burbank were detailed. They include the 600 Block of South Orchard Drive, North of Riverside, the 500 Block of N. Florence Street, Between Verdugo & Clark and the 800 Block of Bethany Road, North of Kenneth Road.

Chatsworth. The 19800 Block of Hiawatha Street, North of Devonshire, East of Corbin has a display.

Granada Hills. Check out the16800 Block of Ruffner Avenue, South of San Fernando Mission Road.

Porter Ranch.18500 Block of Brasilia Drive, off Reseda Blvd has two major displays.

Reseda. The entire block is decorated at 7300 Yolanda Ave., North of Sherman Way & West of Reseda Blvd.

Santa Clarita. There are displays at the 22500 Block of Ash Court,
16205 Lost Canyon Road, off Sand Canyon Road, the 29200 Block of Avenida Avila, off Avenida Rancho Tesoro and Northbridge Point Neighbordhood.

Sherman Oaks. The light exhibit at the 3900 Block of Longview Valley Road, off Beverly Glen Blvd.includes music!

Simi Valley. This city has lights on the 2200 Block of N. Callahan Ave., South of Cochran Street and the 2400 Block of N. Lita Place, South of Cochran Street.

You can check out the following website for more holiday light displays and more detailed driving directions.

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