When your little prince demands you tie his shoes, you wait on him hand and foot. (How else would you get to school on time?)
The next time he barks, look to the new line of children’s shoes from Royal Elastics. Instead of laces, the togs have elastic bands that comfortably secure little piggies in place, allowing for easy slip-off/slip-on/race-out-the-door action.
Four skater-dude styles come in sizes 10.5 to 6, making them ideal kindergarten kicks. The black leather Icon sneaker has huge cush factor for monkey bar crash landings. For dressier occasions, the Brother Roland low-tops walk a unique line with camo lining and a cork sole.
All of the designs are scaled-down versions of the brand’s adult line, so you can grab yourself a grown-up pair. And given the precious little time you have to get dressed every morning, that’s, er, knot a bad idea.
Available online at store.royalelastics.com, $50-$60.
Once upon a Time Winter Camp
What: Keep them busy during break with crafts, singing, and more (ages 3-6).
Why: Sneak in a little learning even when he’s not in school.
When: Register now for sessions Dec. 19-23 & Dec. 26-30.
Where: Tangerine Learning Center, 7699 Biscayne Blvd. To register, call 786-389-9538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $200 per week.
Movie Classics in the Fountain Courtyard
What: Munch popcorn and watch the free outdoor showing of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Why: Revel in the fact that there’s no chance of snow.
When: Sat., 7 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove (305-644-4680).
What: Miami Ballet performs the holiday favorite replete with tiny mice, a trip to the Land of Sweets, and a towering tree.
Why: Miss the annual tradition? Your sugarplum wouldn’t dream of it.
When: Thru Sun., Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; Dec. 21-24, Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. (305-949-6722); Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-462-0222).
Tickets at 877-929-7010 or online at miamicityballet.org. Adults and children, $20-$68.
Photo: Courtesy of Royal Elastics