Small children can be beasts at heart. They refuse baths, throw toys, and forage for food on the floor. So when it comes to table manners, it helps to have some tricks up your sleeve.
Like Fabkins: pint-size napkins that, because they are paper free, encourage civilized behavior and environmental awareness.
Each striped, solid, or gingham square has an embroidered applique in a range of charming designs (surfboards, cherries, giraffes). Tuck them into diaper bags and lunch boxes or use them at home.
They clean up real nice in the washing machine.
If only you could bathe your little savage that way.
Available online at fabkins.com.
Exploring the Choreography of West Side Story Suite
What: Kids learn moves from Jerome Robbins’s famous opus with dancers from the Smuin and San Francisco ballets.
Why: When you’re a Jet, you stay a Jet.
When: Sat. Movement workshop, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; presentation, 11:30 a.m.
Where: San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Fisher’s Children Center (workshop) & Koret Auditorium (presentation), 100 Larkin St., at Grove St. (415-557-4554).
Via Toy Box Leap Year Sale
What: Take 20 bucks off each of the Portland shop’s super flexy modular toy boxes.
Why: Everybody clean up.
When: Thru Feb. 29.
Where: Online at viatoybox.com.
What: Join the Baby Brigade and catch the brilliant Oscar-nominated animated flick about the Iranian Revolution with your infant.
Why: Breastfeeding and a movie.
When: Mon., 6:30 p.m.
Where: Parkway Speakeasy Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., b/t 18th & 19th Sts., Oakland (510-814-2400).