Curated by Merci Milo
Caroline Rodrigues is the founder of the toy shop Merci Milo—which has a brick-and-mortar outpost in Highland Park, Los Angeles—inspired by her daughter, and chief toy tester, Milo. After experiencing the artistry and whimsy of toy stores in Paris, Caroline decided to bring that same attention, care, and curation to the States where Merci Milo showcases unique handmade toys and accessories from local artisans, traditional toy makers, creative mamas, and global heirloom brands. Sourcing the highest quality toys and ethically made goods from all over the world, Merci Milo brings beauty and fun into the daily lives of children and their families.
Shop Merci Milo | Misha & Puff | Korimi Kids | Little Moon Society | Camper General Store | Haptic Lab | Nico Nico | Brookes Boswell | Hey Gang | Willaby | Costa Sur | Wolfechild | Bonbonsito Kids | Laguna Vintage Books | Good Moon | The Wax Apple | Micaela Greg | Chaboukie | Snakeroot Apothecary | Elizabeth Antonia from The Littlest | Yuko Vega | Forestkind | Jon Klassen | Yeah Rentals | Manimal Moccasins
worshops for children
PLEASE ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY. SPACE IS LIMITED. VISIT MERCI MILO IN THE CHILDREN’S “SAGRIDITOS” AREA TO PURCHASE A TICKET AND RESERVE A SPACE FOR YOUR CHILD. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS ARE MOST APPROPRIATE FOR KDIS AGES 4-12. WORKSHOP FEE IS IN ADDITION TO MERCADO SAGRADO ENTRANCE FEE.
When storytelling with pictures, those pictures don't have to be complicated or difficult to draw. Learn how very simple shapes can be used to tell many different stories. We’ll read some picture books and do some drawings to show how these ideas are used. A book by Jon Klassen will be included.
Jon Klassen is an author/illustrator who lives in Los Angeles. His children’s books include I Want My Hat Back, Caldecott Medal–winner This Is Not My Hat, and We Found A Hat.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11:30AM
As parents, we are the healers and rhythm keepers of the home. We create a sanctuary for ourselves and our children, and hold space for quiet and magic. These are the ideas behind Elizabeth Antonia’s Early Riser concept. Early Riser is for those who face the yawn of the day with a newborn or toddler and don't know what to do. It is for those who rush through bedtime and are looking for a shift in perspective. Early Riser can help you pinpoint the difficult moments of the day and find creative ways to turn them into loving, consistent rituals. This workshop is focused on autumn and will include songs, rhymes, and the creation of a weekly rhythm wheel. It will inspire parents to explore their identity and establish a fresh view of daily life in the home and the family.
Elizabeth Antonia is a mother of two daughters (ages 5 and 9), a lifelong yogi, co-owner of Yeah! Rentals, and author of the blog The Littlest. She is currently writing Early Riser Companion, a book about creating a more reverent family life.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1:30PM
Plants have been used for healing since the dawn of time. At this hands-on workshop, little ones will learn about a handful of herbs and play a game to explore when and how to use them. They will also learn how to make simple medicines and everyone will walk away with an infused herbal vinegar!
Rachel Burgos is a clinical herbalist in Highland Park, Los Angeles. She runs Snakeroot Apothecary as well as a consultation-based herbal practice.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 3:30PM
Use up-cycled scrap fabric to make a hataki, a cloth-strip duster that is a cleaning essential in Japanese households. Fabric will be pre-cut and crafters will bind the strips to a wooden handle with an elastic tie and some glue. This traditional Japanese craft is perfect for both adults and children.
Yoko Vega studied at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, and moved to Los Angeles in 2009, when she launched Homako, her fabric jewelry line. She is working on a kids’ pattern brand to encourage people to create clothes for little ones.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 11:30AM
This hour-long soundbath is open to all families, and members of every age, from babies to adults, who wish to be bathed in vibrational energy from chakra-attuned crystal and Tibetan singing bowls along with other sacred instruments. You may join in or lie down, sit, or sway to the sounds as you feel called.
Forestkind, started by Lulu and Nicki, is a soundbath community in Los Angeles that fosters awareness of the present moment through the healing sounds of quartz crystal bowls, Usui Reiki energy work, and aromatherapy.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1:30PM
Help your little one craft a special leather locket. Children will combine colors, choose a design, and hand stitch a sweet keepsake to hold a tiny Polaroid or drawing. All materials and tools will be provided. This workshop is best suited for children 5 and up.
New Englander Kristen Lombardi formed Manimal, a moccasin-focused leather-goods company, in 2004. Taking cues from nature and handcrafting traditions, Lombardi designs Manimal pieces to be well worn and treasured.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 3:30PM