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.
What’s the Weather Forecasting Dial
What: Mini meteorologists get crafty with paper plates.
Why: If only it were this easy to control the weather.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Lakeshore Learning Materials, 13846 N. Dallas Pkwy. (972-934-8866). Participation is free.
What: Tchaikovsky’s classic score backs the marionettes in Dallas Puppet Theater’s lively adaptation.
Why: Maybe Miss Cranky Pants will pick up a few napping tips from Princess Aurora.
When: Thru Jan. 30. Fri., 11 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: The Women’s Museum, 3800 Parry Ave., Fair Park (214-915-0860). Tickets at 214-515-0004 or online at puppetry.org. Adults, $7; children, $6; under 2, free.
Race for Hunger
What: Watch Cub Scouts whoosh makeshift cars around a track at the annual event.
Why: Take along a few nonperishable food items for the CCA Food Pantry.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.
Where: Vista Ridge Mall, Hexagon Court, 2401 S. Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville (972-315-0015). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Mabel’s Labels