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Don't Drop The Ball On Father's Day

Where to make DIY gifts in LA

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