We ran the numbers: You could spend $1,000 on a crib and $500 on a mattress only to move your little beanstalk into a toddler bed before he’s 3.
Or you could take that $1,500 and spend it on Table Tots, a convertible, boothlike activity table that goes from scribble space to homework station in seconds.
The first piece of children’s furniture from Brooklyn-based design studio CounterEvolution comfortably entertains little ones from 18 months to 6 years old when it’s upright. Flip it on its side and remove the tabletop, and you’ve got a sturdy desk that will last far beyond elementary school.
In terms of sustainability, Table Tots hits the jackpot. It’s handcrafted from heart pinewood salvaged from old bowling lanes and coated in an earth-friendly, zero-VOC stain that’s nontoxic and scratch resistant. Plus, its sleek lines mesh with grown-up decor, so you can repurpose the piece (media stand, bookcase, side table) once its child-rearing days are over.
We’d bet the house on it.
Available online at counterev.com.
Little Play Spaces
What: Designed by a local mom, the cardboard replica ($49-$79) of a French cafe allows enfants to let their imaginations run wild.
Why: The blackboard and menus are très bien.
When: She wants to bon appetit.
Where: Online at littleplayspaces.com.
Motherhood the Musical
What: From preggers to empty nester, women of all ages laugh out loud at the hilarious show.
Why: You’ve made peace with owning a minivan.
When: Thru Sept. 4. Tues.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth (817-738-1938). Tickets at 817-840-5920 or online at motherhoodfortworth.com. Adults and children, $45.
Nature Kids Class
What: Visit the critters at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge’s marsh boardwalk (ages 3-7).
Why: Lend a hand feeding snacks to hungry turtles.
When: Sun., 1-2 p.m.
Where: 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth (817-392-7410). Park admission, adults, $5; children, $2; under 3, free. Class, adults, free; children, $5.
Photo: Courtesy of CounterEvolution