Articles Written By: Cindy Donnelly

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Book Review: Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf

Book Review: Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf

How do you explain to children who believe in Santa Clause why some of their friends miss out on gifts from Saint Nick? How do you bring alive the magic of Hanukkah to both Jewish children and their non-Jewish pals? What about families that celebrate both holiday traditions? Written by Greg Wolfe and illustrated by…

Lovepop Cards

Lovepop Cards

What’s Up for Kids was recently introduced to Lovepop Cards and we were charmed. Each unassuming card opens up to an unexpected surprise, a mini paper sculpture to delight young and old.  Lovepop’s mission is to make it easy for people to do special things for the people in their lives that they care about…

Book Review: A Farmer’s Alphabet

Book Review: A Farmer’s Alphabet

What’s Up for Kids received a copy of A Farmer’s Alphabet illustrated by Christina Allen and written by Charles Long and found the illustrations and verse charming.  It was a refreshing update to the typical farm books that usually only feature the same few familiar farm animals. This book expands the child’s world to include sustainable…

Spotlight on Crescendo Music and Dance Academy

Spotlight on Crescendo Music and Dance Academy

Recently I had a chance to sit down with Garry Lawrence, the Director of Crescendo Music and Dance Academy in Torrance. I was surprised to learn about all the exciting programs going on at the new facility, and to find out about additions to their facilities coming soon.

Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Gift Reviews

Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Gift Reviews

This year our December issue of What’s Up for Kids has some one of a kind gift ideas for Babies, Preschool, Elementary and Moms. Here is a sneak peak of the baby gifts we reviewed this year, look out for the December issue coming out next week for the full Holiday Gift Guide! Avoid the…

Book Review: What Color is the Wind

Book Review: What Color is the Wind

Kids have a keen ability to ask questions that make adults stop, think, and see the world for a moment through new eyes. While giving a reading, author Anne Herbauts was asked by a blind child, “What color is the wind?” Her 2012 award-winning book What Color is the Wind is her brilliant and thoughtful…

Happy Kids-Happy Pets Dealing With Bullies Trading Cards

Happy Kids-Happy Pets Dealing With Bullies Trading Cards

Recently What’s Up for Kids was introduced to the Happy Kids-Happy Pets line of trading cards, winner of a 2014 Family Choice Award. With the school year starting off and October being National Bullying Prevention Month, we thought parents would be interested to learn about the Dealing with Bullies cards along with the other topics offered.

Easy Halloween Treats

Easy Halloween Treats

Even the very youngest cooks can get in on the fun with these super-simple Halloween goodies! Tangerine Pumpkins For each pumpkin you will need: • 1 Tangerine/Cutie/small orange of your choice • 1 piece of celery • A knife sharp enough to cut the celery into small pieces Cut the celery into pieces approximately ½…

Spotlight on Salle D’Asaro Fencing Club

Spotlight on Salle D’Asaro Fencing Club

Did you know there is a place for kids and adults to learn fencing right here in the South Bay! The Salle D’Asaro Fencing Club in Torrance offers instruction for kids and adults. Fencing offers a great alternative to traditional sports.  At the same location  there is a full service fencing gear shop, Gladius Fencing…

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