Enlisting in motherhood is like shipping off to boot camp — especially with the 0500 hours wake-up calls.
Instead of wearing an initial or birthstone slung around your neck (a look that’s as tired as you are), commemorate your daily commitment to serve and protect with a portrait necklace from Ginette NY.
Here’s the drill: Send in a JPEG of your little general, and the designers will turn it sepia and print it onto a fourteen-karat round or rectangular gold disk. A polish is applied to keep it pristine. Opt for an accompanying charm or just keep your uniform simple by letting your baby shine.
Soldier on, Mom.
Available at Ginette NY Jewelry Bar, 172 West 4th Street, at Jones Street (212-627-3763), $395-$660. Please allow a four-week lead time.
Dirty Socks Music Romps
What: Get a sneak peek at the fall music class where tykes (ages 6 mos.-4 yrs.) bang on drums, shake tambourines, boogie down, and stretch their vocal cords.
Why: Singing along with the lead singer of The Dirty Sock Funtime Band sure beats washing dirty socks.
When: Today & Tues., 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd St. Registration (required) to 212-423-3225. Admission is free.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open
What: Let the kiddos (ages 4 and up) test their racket skills on seventeen courts, then head into Ashe Stadium to watch face-offs between the pros and jam to kid-friendly live tunes.
Why: Rub (tennis) elbows with the Williams sisters, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, and — this one’s for you, Mom — Bradley Cooper.
When: Sat. Court activities, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; stadium show, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Meridian Rd., at Grand Central Pkwy., Flushing. Tickets to the stadium show ($10-$20) online at ticketmaster.com. Court activities, free.
Taste of Brooklyn
What: Chow down on scrumptious fare (African pastels, Indian lassis) by some of the borough’s best chefs and get little hands dirty at workshops for cake baking and soda making.
Why: A side dish of culture never hurt. Settle the nuggets down for a reading of A Day at Grandpa’s Bakery by author/master baker Don Paco Lopez Jr.
When: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., at St. Marks Ave. Registration (required for cake-baking workshop and trying African pastels) to 718-735-4400 ext. 321. Museum admission for adults and children is $7.50.
Photo: Courtesy of Ginette NY