Birthday parties are both a blessing and a curse. Kids get tuckered out by an afternoon of free entertainment; you get stuck holding the not-so-goodie bag.
When it’s your turn to host, fill it with something other than choking hazards and candy. Mabel’s Labels — beloved makers of customizable kiddie labels — just launched an affordable combo pack that makes a perfect party favor.
The personalized dog tag/sticker set comes in 27 designs, including hearts, robots, and cupcakes. Stick them on everything from sippies to toys to backpacks — anything that your kids (and you) want to return home.
At $5 a pop (a minimum order of six is required), you’ll spend about what you would in the dollar aisle at Target. But without feeling like a sucker.
Available online at mabelslabels.com.
Brothers from Different Mothers
What: The comedic duo puts on a high-energy show full of juggling and stunts.
Why: Don’t drop the ball on this one.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.
Where: Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. NE, Shoreline (206-417-4645). Tickets online at shorelinearts.net. Adults and children, $7.
Waving Fairwell to Clifford
What: Say good-bye to the big red dog; it’s the last day of the exhibit.
Why: Mud painting, games, and stories ensure it ends on a high note.
When: Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison St. (206-441-1768). Adults and children, $7.50; under 1, free.
Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
What: A performance of The Magic Flute, plus cupcakes, and activities (ages 6-11).
Why: A 50-minute concert holds the attention of mini maestros.
When: Sat. Preconcert activities, 10 a.m.; concert, 11 a.m.
Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. (206-215-4800). Tickets at 206-215-4747 or online at seattlesymphony.org. Adults, $20; children, $15.
Photo: Courtesy of Mabel’s Labels