Best Kids Crafts, August 2012

Entertaining your children shouldn’t be grueling; Swain’s sells hundreds of kits that will keep the brood occupied. The hobby shop stocks all the big names—Alex, Klutz, and Fashion Angels—as well as products for independent types, such as Sculpey clay and Sun Art paper. Classes are held throughout the summer; upcoming themes include “The Art of Scratching” and “Sticky Mosaics Crown & Tiara.” They’re $5 a pop, and you won’t have to clean up the kitchen afterward. » 537 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale.