Achieving balance before you had kids meant managing a glass of champagne, plate of hors d’oeuvres, and the phone at the same time.
How simple that seems compared to your current battle: getting your kids to eat healthy meals.
Find your way to a happier dinnertime with the help of Nutri-plate, which visually reinforces the components of a balanced diet. Developed by two professors/moms — one with a background in developmental psychology, the other in industrial product design — the plate features kid-appropriate portions (fruit/veggies, protein, whole grains, and fats) laid out in a fun, graphic manner.
Proof it works: When we skimped on the steamed broccoli, our little soldier was quick to point out we had underserved the green stuff.
Looks like the war has been won.
Available online at nutri-plate.com, $12.
Fraser Cabin Heritage Day
What: Get a free peek at life in the 1880s with hands-on activities like butter churning and corn grinding.
Why: Pint-size pioneers learn what it was like to really rough it.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Pl. SE, Bellevue (425-452-7688). Info at 425-450-1049.
What: An adventurous princess steals the show in StoryBook Theater’s production.
Why: The plucky protagonist isn’t sitting around waiting for her prince to come.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.
Where: Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland (425-828-0422). Tickets at 425-893-9900 or online at ticketturtle.com. Adults and children, $9.
Dinosaurs. Real Close
What: Don’t miss towering animatronic replicas of creatures that once roamed the Earth.
Why: The T. rex looks so real, he’ll swear it roared.
When: Sat.-Sept. 5.
Where: Woodland Park Zoo, N. 50th St., b/t Fremont & Linden Aves. (206-548-2500). Zoo admission: adults and teens, $17.50; children, $11.50; under 3, free. Exhibit: adults and children, $3; under 3, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Nutri-plate