Build a Sand Castle Empire

haba bucket!

In pursuit of the perfect sand castle, we’ve been known to scout real estate the night before a beach day.

But a prime location isn’t worth much without a well-equipped contractor.

Set your little architect on a path to success with Haba’s new collapsible water bucket. The lightweight nylon bag has a valve that lets you control the flow of water. When your sand seems too dry, give the nozzle a turn to release only what you need — no worries about washing away your building materials or turning a tunnel into a moat.

The bucket also packs flat, taking up less space in your beach tote than a traditional plastic bucket. And with sunblock, towels, sippies, and snacks, we know how valuable that real estate is.

Available online at maukilo.com, $22.

this week in dallas!

Little Nest Furniture

What: Splurge on pint-size replicas of 20th-century classics ($89-$900).
Why: It’s never too early to introduce them to Eames.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Nest, 6731 Snider Plaza (214-741-4004).

Free Gelato 
What: Sugar boogers (ages 12 and under) get a free two-scoop kids’ cup with any adult purchase.
Why: An activity table, balloons, and stickers make for an even sweeter deal.
When: Thru July 27. Tues., 4-9 p.m.
Where: Paciugo, 3699 McKinney Ave., West Village (214-219-2665); 5915 Forest Ln., at Preston Rd. (972-392-0319); 8687 N. Central Expwy., NorthPark Center (214-692-0600).

Bite-Size Self-Guided Tours

What: Search for works of art that correspond to five fun themes, including superheroes, colors, and glittery objects.
Why: Each tour clocks in at under an hour to hold your mini Monet’s attention.
When: Ongoing. Tues., Wed. & Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. (214-922-1200). Adults and children, $10; under 12, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Haba

5915 Forest Ln
@ Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75230
3699 McKinney Ave
in the West Village
Dallas, TX 75204
4524 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
8687 N Central Expy
NorthPark Center
Dallas, TX 75231
1717 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201