Once Wednesday rolls around you’re stuck somewhere in between manic Monday blues and TGIF elation. Don’t get lost in the middle – take Hump Day by storm. LA boasts a variety of only-on-Wednesday activities from an evening kids club to a craft spot with a weekly food drive. Here is your guide to making your midweek just as happening as your weekend.

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Kids Club & Play Dates, Oh My
The Lakes at Thousand Oaks are swimming with small fry every Wednesday from 11:00 am to noon.  A petting zoo of feathery friends, hand puppet hilarity and marionettes are among the rotating roster of frivolity, with free participation.

2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, 91362
Phone: (818) 637-8923
Online:  shoplakes.com

Spin art, suncatchers, hair clips and dreidels are among the varied crafts offered free for the whole family at Play Dates in Center Court at Westfield Century City.  The fun launches from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm every 4th Wednesday of each month with a themed activity for all ages (mostly 1-5 year olds) to participate in.   Before or after, artsy kiddos can run off steam (and grab a snack) at Totally Awesome Award winner Giggles N’Hugs, around the corner from Center Court activities.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Century City, 90067
Phone: (310) 277-3898
Online: westfield.com/centurycity

Getting the run around before bedtime?  Pack up your brood and head to Westside Pavilion for an evening Kids Club on the 4th Wednesday each month.  Mall management teams up with National Geographic Kids to present educational games and activities to help them discover through play.  Convening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, all ages are welcome but most fun geared towards 2-5 years.

10800 W. Pico Blvd. (meet at 3rd floor Food Court)
LA, 90064
Phone: (310) 470-8752
Online: westsidepavilion.com

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Get Creative & Give Back
Do-it-yourself ceramics studio Color Me Mine in Pasadena hosts a weekly food drive, with an incentive of $2 off its studio fee with each canned food donation.  Community-minded minis can bring up to 3 cans (adults up to 5) for even better savings and good feelings all around.    Add to an exploratory visit to Old Pasadena, or take an easy (and super scenic) drive from nearby Kidspace.

81 So. Fair Oaks Ave. (at Green St.)
Pasadena, 91105
Phone: (626) 298-6765
Online: Pasadena.colormemine.com

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Soak Up a Little Culture
Often overlooked on Museum Row, the storefront Craft and Folk Art Museum boasts free admission on the first Wednesday of the month (though wee ones under 10 are always free).  It’s an intimate setting that may not be best for toddlers who haven’t mastered “looking, not touching”, yet will intrigue any age with varied exhibits of Tinker Toy towers, dyed yarns or tattoo art to name a few.   Stoke the creative fires with a stop in the unique gift shop too, carrying cool creative kits and handcrafted trinkets from around the world.   At lunchtime there’s a full array of food truck to satisfy any craving inspired by the multicultural exhibits.  The pint-sized museum’s proximity to LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits (see below) and the Peterson Auto Museum make it a must-do add-on any day.

5814 Wilshire Blvd. (at Curson)
Miracle Mile, 90036
Phone: (323) 937-4230
Online: cafam.org

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The venerable Vroman’s Boosktore, a Pasadena institution, welcomes kids every Wednesday at 10:00 am for a lively hour of storytelling.  Lead by Mr. Steve, aka Steve Ross – a fixture in the Children’s Dept for nearly 25 years – storytime gives grownups a chance to wander the aisles while the little ones delight in the latest and greatest from the extensive selection.  Feel free to pick Steve’s brain about bargains too:  he’s also the store’s remainder buyer.

695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, 91101
Phone: (626) 449-5320
Online: vromansbookstore.com

Make Some Noise
Books and Cookies in Santa Monica is hopping on Wednesday mornings with a drop-in, interactive music class for toddlers and preschoolers.  Snap up a healthy snack from their in-house café while the youngsters get their ya-yas out at grooving to the Latin beats in a 45-minute parent & me jam session.  Rhythm and humming are not a prerequisite, but reservations are (at least, they’re recommended as space is limited).  Individual classes run $15 or swing for a series of 8 and get one free.  Walkers & runners can stay for “Free Play Fun” immediately following.  Worn-out grown ups can sip a strong one from Urth Caffe down the street.

2300 Main Street
Santa Monica, 90405
Phone: (424) 238-5299
Online: booksandcookiesla.com

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Design Zone
Itty-bitty inventors will be tickled by this California Science Center exhibit that goes behind the scenes to show how video games are made, roller coasters are designed and music is mixed.  Step into a sound booth and let them try their little hands at being a DJ or figure out formulas to take their favorite game to the next level.  There’s something for everyone who loves art, music and action at this interactive installation, running thru the beginning of January 2014.  Hop a ride on the Expo Line that lets you out steps away from the Science Center (and space shuttle Endeavor) entrance.

700 Exposition Park Drive
LA, 90037
Phone: 323-SCIENCE
Online: californiasciencecenter.org

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What do you like to do to break up your week?  Share your Wednesday secrets in the comments below.

– Kim Orchen Cooper

Photos credits: Westfield Century City via facebook, Color Me Mine via facebook, Vroman’s Bookstore and Sam Howzit via Creative Commons.