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.
Three Kings Day
What: Learn about the holiday through storytelling, music, and other fun activities.
Why: Free snacks satisfy Her Majesty.
When: Sun., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Buckhead (404-814-4000). Adults and teens, $13-$16.50; ages 4-12, $11; 3 and under, free.
The Snow Queen
What: A brave girl ventures to icy lands to rescue her friend in the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.
Why: A visit to the North Pole without having to shiver.
When: Thru Jan. 29. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Where: Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 8534 Main St., Woodstock. Tickets at 678-494-4251 or online at tlaclive.org. Adults and children, $9.
Mornin’ o’ Maple Sugaring
What: Watch how sap is collected from trees and then turned into a palate-pleasing concoction.
Why: Who could pass up a chance to sample the sweet stuff?
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Where: Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody (770-394-3322). Adults and children, $5; under 3, free. Cash only.
Photo: Courtesy of Mabel’s Labels