To trick out Junior’s brown bag, you call upon your best bubble letter skills and have a heyday with stickers. Still, it always winds up in the trash.
Give him something to treasure with Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened bags. The locally designed, washable cloth packs can be used again and again, so you cut back on waste. They’re the perfect size for a light bite (grapes, Goldfish crackers) or a small lunch. (Added bonus: Moms can store everything from makeup to cameras to cell phones in the jazzy pouches.)
Totally unbabyish designs (cats, stripes, camo) won’t embarrass your little show-off in the cafeteria.
He’ll simply eat up the attention.
Hunt for the Yule Log
What: Follow clues in the search for a brightly decorated wooden log that, in European tradition, is burned to celebrate the holidays.
Why: For the log-sawing celebration, bonfire, and caroling party, of course.
When: Sun., 1-3:30 p.m.
Where: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt. 53, at I-88, Lisle (630-968-0074).
Cirque du Marché New Year’s Eve
What: Paris-themed celebration includes a special party just for kids; they eat for free (chicken tenders, mac ’n’ cheese, mini burgers) with a dining parent.
Why: Snack up and join the circus.
When: Thurs., 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Family-friendly entertainment and dining continues ’til 12:30 a.m.)
Where: Marché, 833 W. Randolph St., at Green St. Reservations required to 312-226-8399.
What: New locally run website lets you easily compare, review, and rate stroller models.
Why: A handy glossary explains everything from fixed wheels to foot muffs.
When: You’re ready to roll.
Where: Online at stroller-source.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Itzy Ritzy