We didn’t fancy ourselves the homemade-baby food type until we spied mashed bananas in a jar at the grocery store and thought, “How hard can that be?”
Turns out, making baby food is a breeze — thanks to Baby Brezza, a new munchkin blender that steams and purees everything from pears to potatoes in one fell swoop.
Unlike other baby food blenders, this one doesn’t require that you drain the fruits and veggies from a steamer basket before whipping them into an infant-friendly consistency. Simply chop your produce, add water, and set to the recommended time. The Brezza does the rest.
It also has steam-only and blend-only (hello, breakfast smoothies) functionality, so we think of it more as a useful kitchen appliance than a must-have baby feeding fad.
That’s right — even preschoolers will go gaga for it.
Day Out with Thomas
What: Hear stories, mingle with costumed characters, and climb aboard for a train ride.
Why: Little conductors get a kick out of meeting Sir Topham Hatt.
When: Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (Also Apr. 1-3.)
Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine (817-410-3123). Tickets at 866-468-7630 or online at ticketweb.com. Adults and children, $18; under 2, free.
Take a Hike for Your Community
What: Go for a leisurely stroll, watch kayak demos, and jump in the bounce house. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross and dozens of other nonprofits.
Why: Get an early start on Easter fun at the egg hunt (ages 7 and under).
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-noon.
Where: The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl., McKinney (972-562-5566). Register online at heardmuseum.org. Adults, $20; children, $5; under 3, free.
Dallas Kids Expo
What: Get the lowdown on family-friendly resources, plus face painting and crafty activities for wee ones.
Why: Say hello to Lamar the llama at the petting zoo.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Fwy. (214-655-6181). Tickets online at dallaskidsexpo.com. Adults and teens, $7; children 12 and under, $1 or free with a jar of peanut butter.
Photo: Courtesy of Baby Brezza