It’s snowing. It’s pouring. Being stuck inside is boooooring.
Before you pull out a crafty distraction, protect your kids (and your house) with Luke & Loolu. Made from vinyl-coated fabric, the new collection’s smocks, aprons, and table mats are designed to keep project messes to a minimum.
So go ahead and set the kids loose with glue, paint, and markers; creative offenders easily wipe clean. Pockets on the apron and smock are sized just right for crayons and paintbrushes, and the cheerful prints bring a little sunshine to even the gloomiest of days.
Showing once again that home is where the art is.
Available online at lukeandloolu.com, $11-$24.
Just in case Punxsutawney Phil wasn’t right — sixteen ways to beat the winter blahs.
Valentine’s Ball with Clifford the Big Red Dog
What: Make-and-take art projects, a concert by Sara O’Brien, and treats from Pretty Sweet Bakery.
Why: Create surprises for furry friends at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: WHYY, 150 N. Sixth St., Independence Mall W. (215-351-1200). Tickets online at secure2.convio.net. Adults and children, $15.
MaederMade Pop-Up Studio Craft Workshops
What: Turn paper and pictures into masterpieces with former curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Edward Maeder.
Why: Little cupids snip photos into fancy cards.
When: Sun. Ages 8 and up, 10 a.m.; ages 6 and up, 1:30 p.m.; ages 3-5, 4 p.m.
Where Green on Greene Building, 6819 Greene St. Register (recommended) at 215-842-1040 or e-mail email@example.com. Adults and children, $10-$12.
A Guide to Green Toys
What: Eco expert Paige Wolf shares a few tips on selecting safe playthings.
Why: Apply your newfound knowledge and scoop up a cuddly MiYim stuffed animal afterward.
When: Wed., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Lolli Lolli, 713 Walnut St. (215-625-2655). R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Luke & Loolu