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Fluent in whining, tantrum, thumb wrestling and name-that- cartoon-character, this frazzled lot is driving the swagger wagon in front of you while wildly reaching in the backseat to dispense treats or swat a toddler. Pipe dream: to recoup all those lost toy aisle hours. BY MI S S Y B LAC K


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With an exhibition name like Tiny Treasures, the phrase “good things come in small


packages” comes to mind and might be the reason parents can identify with the exhibit’s collection on display through Feb. 19, 2012. Small scale works remind mom and dad of their little treasures back home and at the same time are an aesthetic escape from all that child-rearing noise. Who wouldn’t be intrigued with more than 250 miniature boxes and card cases collected from around the world?


Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon muskegonartmuseum.org, (231) 720-2570


DRINK


The Honey Don’t is a specialty sip featuring American Honey bourbon, ginger ale and granu-


lated honey. Whether that name is a play on


the proverbial chore list or when your spouse makes a move and you wish they hadn’t — a little sweetness goes a long way. After a full day of diapers and fight club among siblings, this is the booze that might just bring you back from the brink. Pony up $6.50 for the drink and sigh (sweetly).


Salt of the Earth


114 East Main St., Fennville saltoftheearthfennville.com, (269) 561-SALT


LISTEN


During torturous rides to holiday parties, forego the auto-tune tween pop junk for a holiday


album from two harmonious parents who “get it.” Local lovelies Brian Vander Ark and Lux Land’s collaboration of original songs and clas- sic seasonal tunes are a gift for “the musical


parent that wants something a little different,” says Land. “For me, I love those Christmas songs that are more melancholy and have an element


of longing — people tend to reflect on their lives and family.” You can purchase the album on both artists’ websites (and at Lamb) and you get two for the price of one — a physical album and a digital download. Word is out that a holiday concert is in the works at the new UICA.


Brian Vander Ark and Lux Land Wonderland Available at brianvanderark.com and luxland- music.com


EAT


Parents, on average, make 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a year — we pin-


ky swear! So, Palazzolo’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Gelato is just for them. “Food has become some- what of an escape — it gives you a little recess from reality,” says Pete Palazzolo, CEO and presi- dent of Palazzolo’s. It won’t break the piggybank either coming in at less than $6. Check the web- site for plenty of locations and varieties of flavors.


Palazzolo’s Artisan Gelato & Sorbetto 4gelato.com, (800) 4gelato


WATCH


Date night!!! Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame rolls into Kalamazoo on Dec. 6 with his


Songbook tour performing tunes from his entire career, acoustically — and nothing says intimate like an acoustic set. “We only hold about 1,500 people, so it’s very intimate,” says Marketing Coordinator Kelly Graham. Moms are sure to con- nect with Cornell’s rugged good looks while dad will appreciate the familiar songs in a new context.


Kalamazoo State Theatre 404 South Burdick, Kalamazoo kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500


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