Achieving balance before you had kids meant managing a glass of champagne, plate of hors d’oeuvres, and the phone at the same time.
How simple that seems compared to your current battle: getting your kids to eat healthy meals.
Find your way to a happier dinnertime with the help of Nutri-plate, which visually reinforces the components of a balanced diet. Developed by two professors/moms — one with a background in developmental psychology, the other in industrial product design — the plate features kid-appropriate portions (fruit/veggies, protein, whole grains, and fats) laid out in a fun, graphic manner.
Proof it works: When we skimped on the steamed broccoli, our little soldier was quick to point out we had underserved the green stuff.
Looks like the war has been won.
Available online at nutri-plate.com, $12.
What: A free celebration of Latin culture with folkloric dancing, crafts, and mucha musica.
Why: Bambinos strategize on the life-size chessboard.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. NW, Downtown. Info at 404-350-0200.
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Junior
What: Oompa Loompas, naughty kids, and a coveted golden ticket.
Why: No one can resist the mouthwatering tale.
When: Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Where: Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton (770-819-7765). Adults and teens, $5; children, free.
Atlanta Opera Family Day
What: Get a close look at costumes, make noise at the instrument petting zoo, and watch The Pirates of Penzance.
Why: Aspiring swashbucklers get a kick out of stage combat demos.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; performances, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
Where: The Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Dr., bldg. 300, ste. 350, Berkeley Park (404-881-8801). To pre-register (recommended), call 404-881-1082 or email email@example.com. Adults and children, $7; under 3, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Nutri-plate