A Real Hamburger Helper

Luca and Company's Little Helper FunPod

luca and company funpod!

When it comes to cooking, you and your little are two peas in a pod.

A Little Helper FunPod, that is.

The genius contraption is a step up from your average stool and safer than standing on a chair. Just place the pod at the kitchen island or countertop edge — a good distance away from anything dangerous — and assign him kid-friendly kitchen tasks like mixing, stirring, or measuring. Four sturdy sides and an adjustable foot plate ensure that your sous chef is right in the heat of things but nowhere near the fire.

Your future Tyler Florence won’t even notice he’s on lockdown. The pod is designed to contain him, not the good times. And unlike other towers on the market, the modest footprint makes it a fit for small kitchens or apartment living.

We can hardly contain ourselves.

Available online at diapers.com, $190.

this week in boston!

The Rink at The Charles Hotel

What: Teach your snowflake a few tricks or sign her up for lessons.
Why: You’re convinced her spins are gold medal worthy.
When: Thru Mar. 17. Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1 Bennett St., Cambridge (617-864-1200). Adults, $5; children, $3; skate rental, adults, $5; children, $3; lessons, $15-$35.

Broadmoor Owl Festival

What: Learn facts about local species and meet the birds face to face.
Why: Search for them way up in the branches during the guided stroll.
When: Sat., 3-5:30 p.m.
Where: Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick (508-655-2296). Reservations (required) online at massaudubon.org. Adults, $12-$18; children, $8-$10.

Twists on Old Tails Winter Festival

What: Young performers act out Once upon a Mattress, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Into the Woods.
Why: There’s not a drama queen in the bunch.
When: Wed.-Feb. 12. Schedule online at stonehamtheatre.org.
Where: Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. Tickets at 781-279-2200 or online at boxoffice.printtixusa.com. Adults, $10 thru Feb. 1, $15 after Feb. 1; children, $10.

Photo: Courtesy of Luca and Company

Stoneham Theatre
395 Main St
Stoneham, MA 02180
The Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot St
Natick, MA 01760