Space Exploration From Your Living Room

kidscraft cardboard rocket!

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.

this week in atlanta!

Magic Mondays

What: Wander the grounds and participate in educational activities perfect for little adventurers ages 18 months to 5 years.
Why: Today’s theme is springtime on the farm, so expect to see a few new faces.
When: Today, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead (404-814-4000). For more info, call 404-814-4110. Adults, $6.50; children, $5.50.

Mary Poppins

What: See the high-flying show filled with classic songs that will have everyone singing along.
Why: Too bad you haven’t caught anything like this on your nanny cam.
When: Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Midtown (404-881-2100). Tickets online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $22-$127.

Sheep Shearing Day
What: Get up close and personal with sheep, learn about the uses of wool, and take a shot at combing, carding, and spinning.
Why: Their annual haircuts make for some hilarious before-and-after shots.
When: Sun. Shearing, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; demos, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard, Stone Mountain Park, Hwy. 78 E., exit 8, Stone Mountain (770-498-5690). Adults and children, $10; under 3, free.

Photo: Courtesy of KidsCraft

Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard
Hwy 78 E
exit 8
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305