Space Exploration From Your Living Room

kidscraft cardboard rocket!

You’ve spoiled them with tot-friendly tech gadgets and custom-made pals, yet nothing captures their attention like a refrigerator box.

Foster their creativity with Shuttle Imagination, a biodegradable cardboard upgrade from KidsCraft Playhouses.

Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the precut, easy-to-assemble shuttle fits two to three mini moon walkers at a time. Orbital explorers can team up to decorate the shuttle’s blank white surface with crayons (think control panels, stellar discoveries, or mission names).

We recommend preparing for launch in a basement or backyard (unless you don’t mind a giant rocket in your living room). The best time to blast off? In the evening, when astronauts-to-be can view actual stars through a pair of portholes.

Available online at kidscraftusa.com.

this week in dallas!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

What: See the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico dancers clap, swoop, and twirl across the stage.
Why: The swirly skirts are a colorful taste of tradition.
When: Fri., 11:30 a.m.-noon.
Where: Museum of Nature & Science, 1318 S. Second Ave., at Grand Ave., Fair Park (214-428-5555). Adults, $10; children 12-17, $8; children 3-11, $6; under 3, free.

Vilebrequin Pop-Up Shop Opens
What: Pick up jazzy, printed swim trunks for your little fish from the famed French line ($110-$170).
Why: Ward off those rays with caps and T-shirts.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 29 Highland Park Village (214-526-2300).

Butterfly Festival

What: Wander through a foliage-lined tent filled with hundreds of winged beauties.
Tempt them toward you with cotton swabs dipped in Gatorade.
When: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Collin Creek Mall, 811 N. Central Expwy., Plano (972-422-1070). Adults, $6; children, $3.

Photo: Courtesy of KidsCraft

Vilebrequin Pop-Up Shop
29 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
Collin Creek Mall
811 N Central Expwy
Plano, TX 75075
Museum of Nature & Science
1318 S 2nd Ave
@ Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75210