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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Open House
What: Hear musical performances, tour the museum, and get hands-on with crafts.
Why: Tykes create their own bit of history when they design a square for the community quilt.
When: Today, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. (617-267-9300). Admission is free.
What: On your next visit to Franklin Park Zoo, brainstorm a moniker for the new baby ape.
Why: The prize of a family membership will drive your little monkey wild.
When: Thru Feb. 25.
Where: 1 Franklin Park Rd., inside the Tropical Forest (617-541-5466). Adults and teens, $14; children, $8; under 2, free.
Giggle’s Winter Sale
What: Score up to 50 percent off clothing, gear, books, and more.
Why: Killer markdowns are the perfect excuse to raid the store.
When: Thru Jan. 31. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 528 Legacy Pl., Dedham (781-326-3622).
Photo: Courtesy of Mabel’s Labels