You’ve spoiled them with tot-friendly tech gadgets and custom-made pals, yet nothing captures their attention like a refrigerator box.
Foster their creativity with Shuttle Imagination, a biodegradable cardboard upgrade from KidsCraft Playhouses.
Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the precut, easy-to-assemble shuttle fits two to three mini moon walkers at a time. Orbital explorers can team up to decorate the shuttle’s blank white surface with crayons (think control panels, stellar discoveries, or mission names).
We recommend preparing for launch in a basement or backyard (unless you don’t mind a giant rocket in your living room). The best time to blast off? In the evening, when astronauts-to-be can view actual stars through a pair of portholes.
Available online at kidscraftusa.com.
BabyLove DC Clothing and Gear Drive
What: Lend a hand by dropping off new and gently used gear and clothing (maternity, infant-6 years).
Why: Your strollers will ensure inner city kids have a smooth ride.
When: Sat., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market, at Hardy Middle School, Wisconsin Ave. NW, at 34th St.
What: Mini globe-trotters (ages 5-11) hear a story from a different country each week, then enjoy corresponding crafts and snacks.
Why: This week’s theme is Italy, so be prepared to manga.
When: Ongoing. Thurs., 7 p.m.
Where: Palisades Library, 4901 V St. N., off MacArthur Blvd. (202-282-3139). Participation is free.
Kick Off Summer Children’s Sale
What: Score 25 percent off spring and summer togs from lines like Petit Bateau, Little Ella, and Daily Tea (reg. $40-$75).
Why: Snatch up a wildly popular Ergo baby carrier while you’re there.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Apple Seed Maternity & Baby Boutique, 115 S. Columbus St., Alexandria (703-535-5446).
Photo: Courtesy of KidsCraft