If you are the architect of your child’s future, and developmental toys are the building blocks, we suggest hiring Manzanita Kids as the contractor.
The Seattle-based venture, launched by David and Adrienne Minnery, turns walnut, cherry, and maple woods into modular building sets, stackers, puzzles, and blocks. The husband-and-wife duo draws upon their backgrounds (his in woodworking, hers in education) to create age-appropriate, ecofriendly, and safe toys for kids.
Our favorite pieces include the building walls and extender kits that let littles construct forts, castles, and underwater seascapes big enough for tushies to plop down in the middle and play. The modular stacking puzzle is designed to teach spatial relations to toddlers, but we think it’s intriguing enough to place on the living room coffee table.
After all, the family that plays together stays together.
Available online at etsy.com, $14-$148.
Photo: Courtesy of Manzanita Kids
Seed Factory Nursery Launch
What: Stop by for demos of the 4moms Origami stroller, enter the raffle, and check out the boutique’s new area for all things baby. Plus, get 20 percent off in-store sales on nursery items (reg. $590-$1,110).
Why: Stumped on how to decorate your peanut’s room? Hit up blogger Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay for pointers.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Joni Lay appearance, 1-3 p.m.
Where: 1170 Howell Mill Rd., Westside (404-355-2043).
Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
What: Cheer on horseshoe toss contestants, sample grub at the chuck wagon cook-off, and listen to fiddlers play old-time tunes.
Why: Treats from the Dutch oven transport you back home to the range.
When: Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. Chuck wagon cook-off, adults and children, $12. To make a reservation (recommended), call 770-387-1300. Event admission, adults and teens, $10; children, $3.
Story Time with Bella
What: The bovine beauty drops by for photo ops and fun every first Tues. of the month.
Why: Kids ages 6 and under get one free eight-ounce cup of yogurt when you buy a float or icy treat for yourself (so no one has to share).
When: Tues., 11 a.m.
Where: Cowlicks Yogurt and Floats Vinings, 2460 Cumberland Pkwy. (770-433-9008).