Today’s family forecast: crazy with a chance of insane.
Keep your head on straight at Well Baby Center, Mar Vista’s new nonprofit community center. A beacon of calm in the storm of parenthood (pregnancy through the preschool years), it offers affordable classes, counseling, and consulting services run by family experts and early childhood specialists.
Find a doula, learn infant massage, or sing nursery songs in Spanish. For a real boost, join one of the small, mindful parenting groups that discusses the joys and challenges of babydom. There’s also a sunny yard where little ones cut loose.
Sounds like a no-brainer.
Well Baby Center, 12316 Venice Boulevard, between South Centinela Avenue and Grand View Boulevard, Mar Vista (310-402-2229 or wellbabycenter.org).
Shopping Safari for Curious Kids
What: Workshop/sale teaches youngsters responsible consumption by exposing them to global artisanal products. There are make-your-own cards and wrapping paper, too.
Why: Joy to the world.
When: Sat., 9-10:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Where: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., at Curson Ave., Miracle Mile (323-937-4230). Registration (required) online at cafam.org.
Frosty the Snow Manilow
What: The musical set to Barry’s famous love tunes parodies the holiday classic.
Why: You can’t smile without it.
When: Thru Jan. 17. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 & 7 p.m. (No shows Dec. 3 & 4)
Where: Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., at Rose St., Burbank (818-955-8101).
So Low Sample Sale
What: Cozy yoga pants, leggings, tops, tunics, and more for under $20. A portion of proceeds goes to animal rescue.
Why: Redefine the term “sweatpants mom.”
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 2907 Glenview Ave., at Ripple St., Los Feliz (323-664-7772). Cash only.
Photo: Alan Shaffer / Courtesy of Well Baby Center