A Sweet Way To Spend a Day

By Michael Berick

Fun Ideas for Kids: Cookie Con

Bake something great at Cookie Con.

Are you a chocoholic? Is baking one of your favorite fun ideas for kids? Ever wonder how to make a great ganache? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the L.A. Cookie Con and Sweets Show is for you. Even if you only dream about desserts, you’ll find things to enjoy at the West Coast’s biggest baking and pastry convention.

There will be decorating and baking classes, demos and workshops for all skill levels, plus edible crafts including candy-apple making and edible nail polish mini-manicures. For those with dietary restrictions, there will be allergen-friendly exhibitors and vegan and gluten-free offerings. The expo also features celebrity meet-and-greets and baking contests.

What makes this event, where L.A. Parent will host a free face painting area, even sweeter is that a portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena; www.lacookiecon.com. $21; free for ages 12 and younger (tickets must be purchased in advance).

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