Home Improvement for Kids Events and "Back to the Shtetl" Hannukah party includes Jewish and Russian folk
music, refreshments and a sing-along. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. $15. Call (818) 887-6053 for location . . . Also Saturday, Children 6 through 16 are invited to play in the snow. About 15 tons of snow will be brought to Grant Howald Park, where there will also be holiday crafts, a snowman building contest and Santa Claus. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Corner of 5th and Iris avenues in Corona del Mar. Information: (714) 644-3151 . . . "Holidays in the Garden" takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Events for all ages include St. Nick, trees decorated by elementary students, miniature horses and model trains. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. adults, $6; members, $4; children 2-17 when accompanied by an adult, $2. Call (818) 447-8207 for more information . . . A poetry reading for children is set for Sunday at Children's Book World, 1-4 p.m. Free. 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd. Call (310) 559-BOOK for details . . . On Dec. 16 and 17, Paramount Pictures studios will turn into a Christmas shoppers' wonderland to benefit the Cedars-Sinai Psychological Trauma Center. Santa will be there along with Dickens characters, carolers and a 50-foot Christmas tree. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. For ticket information, call (310) 855-3506 . . . Children can celebrate all the winter holidays by making cards. Dec. 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 admission per person. Los Angeles Children's Museum, 310 N. Main St. Information: (213) 687-8800 . . . Storyopolis presents "Chanukah at Home" with musical storytelling for children. Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. $5 for children 12 and under; $7 for adults and teens. 116 N. Robertson Blvd., Plaza A, Los Angeles. Call (310) 358-2500 for reservations.