Mastered the art of the craft project lie you have, Jedi Mom (“Oh, I just love it!”). But sure what it is, you’re not.
If your youngling’s art is more messterpiece than masterpiece, introduce him to Master Kitz. Each box is packed with the necessary tools to teach littles to re-create pivotal works of art, such as Monet’s “Water Lilies,” Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” and Klimt’s “The Tree of Life.”
Stencils, stickers, acrylic paints, oil pastels, rollers — project materials are specifically chosen to reproduce the textures and techniques the masters used in their great works. And for parents, there’s a discussion guide/history lesson to help turn a rainy afternoon activity into a teachable moment.
Ensuring that the force is with you.
Available online at kidzaw.com, $30.
Magic Beans Boston
What: Sure, four outposts are sprinkled around town, but the shop finally opens a location close to home.
Why: Easier access to its award-winning selection of toys, furniture, and gear.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Prudential Center, 776 Boylston St. (617-383-8296).
What: Tuck into the three-course meal while tykes watch a movie and make Valentine-themed crafts with Samara Lamm of The Kid’s Place 4 Fun.
Why: The chef whips up seasonal purees for the littlest cupids.
When: Fri., 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Aura, 1 Seaport Ln., Seaport District. Reservations (recommended) to 617-385-4300 or online at opentable.com.
What: Stop by the Peabody Essex Museum for stories and easy art projects.
Why: The book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? is this week’s wintry twist.
When: Thru Feb. 29. Wed., 10:30 a.m.
What: 161 Essex St., Salem, meet at information desk (978-745-9500). Adults, $15; 16 and under and Salem residents, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Kidzaw