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Don't Drop The Ball On Father's Day

Where to make DIY gifts in LA

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For Father’s Day, we are all about putting the kids to work on something homemade. If you're short on ideas, try one of these crafting sessions around town.

Paint a ceramic platter ($45) at Studio City’s Color Me Mine. (Super useful for dads who grill.) Kids can also paint I “Heart” Dad mugs ($18), and sports-themed piggy banks (from $25). There's a studio fee of $6 for kids 12 and under, plus $10 per adult. Only projects completed by Wednesday will be ready in time for Father's Day. 12080 Ventura Pl. #4, Studio City; 818.762.4434

At Duff's Cakemix, little ones can decorate a 6- or 9-inch cake (from $32 to $48) or a set of 8 cupcakes (from $32) with daddyish themes like a shirt and tie, using frosting, spray, sprinkles, and edible glitter. Drop-ins are welcome. 8302 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 323.650.5555

Stop by the Lakeshore Learning Store on June 15th or 16th, from 11am to 3pm, to make a Father’s Day tie from construction paper, yarn, markers, and dot painters. All ages are welcome, and the project is free. 8888 Venice Blvd., West Los Angeles; 310.559.9630

Finally, the folks at Little Junebugs studio have created a selection of crafts easy enough for 3-year-old hands to master. Kids can choose from a cardboard tie desk accessory, a paper robot that looks like dad ($10 per hour), or a paper mache box that looks like a book ($10 per hour plus an additional $7). Drop-in during the week, weekends are reservation-only. 27 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; 626.440.7300