Fresh Paint

little lane studios!
Photos: Courtesy of Little Lane Studios

Despite your tot’s repeated attempts, spaghetti sauce, crayons, and white walls do not a masterpiece make.

Channel her artistic inclinations at soon-to-open Little Lane Studios.

The brainchild of veteran art teacher Julie Benjamin, the charming space will open its doors to wee creatives in early January, sparking imagination with a ceiling of pick-up sticks, a giant bird’s nest, and art supplies like plants and found materials.

Tykes ages 5 and up will learn various techniques (painting, printmaking, collage), as well as how to put art into action. Low-priced community workshops and one-of-a-kind series will allow them to dream up projects to benefit the community (covering a street with stars, building a sun shelter at the dog park).

It’ll be your artiste’s finest work yet.

Little Lane Studios, 380a Ivy Street, between Octavia and Gough Streets (415-934-0900 or littlelanestudios.com). To register for January classes, e-mail info@littlelanestudios.com.

this week in san francisco!

New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop

What: A daytime celebration with a dramatic countdown set to Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra (for ages 6 and up).
Why: They’ll be out for the (real) count.
When: Thurs., 12:45 & 3:45 p.m.
Where: Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Register at 510-336-7373.

Animal Friends
Check in with current patients like Pinkie (a California sea lion) and Carino (a Northern fur seal) during kid-friendly holiday tours of Sausalito’s new marine mammal hospital.
Why: Flip out.
When: Mon.-Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: The Marine Mammal Center, Marin Headlands, 2000 Bunker Rd., Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. Reservations online at acteva.com.

Yes Sweet Can
Hour-long holiday circus about connecting, featuring the local troupe’s signature aerial derring-do and live music.
Why: Can do.
When: Tues.-Sun. Times vary.
Where: Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., b/t Mission & Osage Sts. (415-273-4633). Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com.

Photo: Julie Benjamin / Courtesy of Little Lane Studios

380 Ivy St
bt Octavia & Gough Sts
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965
3316 24th St
@ Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94611