When Kalon Studios’s Hut-Hut, a modern interpretation of the rocking horse, crossed our path last spring, we oohed, we ahhed, and then we sighed. The $870 price tag meant no way, no how, not in our house.
Which is why we screamed, “Yes!” when we spied the new version (pictured) for a much more affordable $125.
Fashioned from recycled resin in brilliant playroom-ready colors (red, yellow, green, blue, pink), it has the same unique shape (we’d describe it as a cross between a saddle, stool, and balance board) and charming star-patterned seat as its solid-wood older sib.
The most obvious difference (besides the price) is the weight. The resin Hut-Hut weighs in at a manageable five pounds, which we find less worrisome (watch out little fingers!) than the heavier version. It’s got more giddyap all around.
Preorder online at kalonstudios.com. Shipping starts December 15.
Playgroup Connect Party
What: Get to know like-minded moms around town.
Why: Crafts and games to occupy your munchkin while you mingle.
When: Thurs., 4-6 p.m.
Where: Cafe Bambini, 3073 NE 163rd St. (305-944-1566). Adults, $5; children, free.
Miami Coloring Book
What: Add a bit of color to some of the city’s famous sites ($5-$6).
Why: Mazes and puzzles keep him busy on your next road trip.
When: The writing’s on the wall.
Where: Online at miamicoloringbook.com.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
What: Dance performances, folkloric music, and exhibits.
Why: Fancy footwork and clacking castanets.
When: Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Macy’s Women’s Court, Doral (305-593-1775). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Kalon Studios