Decoding kids is a full-time job. Was that an I-ate-a-cupcake-and-now-I’m-crashing meltdown or an I-feel-a-cold-coming-on-and-I’m-2-and-can’t-tell-you catastrophe?
Either way, we’re grateful for the simple things, like Boy + Girl, a new collection of understated clothing for — you guessed it — boys and girls. Founded by fashion industry vet Christine Chang (Nike, Ralph Lauren), it fills the gap left in the marketplace by, er, the Gap.
There’s no flash or dazzle, just straight-up, laid-back, wash-and-wear sweatshirts with raw edges; wide-neck striped tees; and muted pastel peasant tops constructed from silk/linen blends.
It’s easy does it with fleece sweatpants cut like chinos, ankle-zipper leggings, and cotton twirling skirts with wide, ruched waistbands. Lightweight square blankets in linen and cotton work overtime as scarves for mom and dad — and that’s as complicated as the collection gets.
Available online at shopboyandgirl.com, $32-$98.
Year of the Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration
What: Feast on dim sum, make crafts, and don’t miss the lion dance.
Why: Practice a few hi-yahs at the kung fu demo.
When: Sun., 4-7 p.m.
Where: China Blossom Restaurant & Lounge, 946 Osgood St., North Andover (978-682-2242). For reservations (required), call 978-470-2293 or email email@example.com. Adults and children 12 and up, $25; under 11, $15; under 5, $9.
Man = Carrot Circus
What: Outfitted with papier-mache masks, Bread and Puppet Theater puts on a family-friendly show.
Why: The famed troupe sneaks in just the right amount of satire.
When: Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Cyclorama at the BCA, 539 Tremont St., South End (617-426-5000). Tickets online at web.ovationtix.com. Adults, $12; students, $6; under 3, free.
Winter Fun Day
What: Kick the cold-weather blues to the curb with a snow sculpture contest and indoor and outdoor activities.
Why: Forget there’s still weeks ’til spring.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S. Great Rd., Lincoln (781-259-2200). Adults and teens, $7; children, $5; under 2, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Boy + Girl