Food & Drink

Tie One On

When you’re rushing out the door, you bless the man who invented Velcro. Slip ’em on; slide ’em off.

But just when you hit your morning routine stride, Junior requests sneakers that actually lace up.

Get sweet relief from Tie Buddies, little gadgets that live up to their name. When threaded onto shoelaces, the tiny plastic cubes keep bunny ears in place and give kids an extra handle to pull the laces through the loops.

Decorated with race cars, fairies, and magic wands, they make for a much-expedited, fumble-free entry into the world of big-kid shoes.

Here’s hoping this one sticks.

Available at Sole Food, 2619 Northeast Village Lane (206-526-7184); online at tiebuddies.com.

This Week in Seattle
Juggle Club at Top Ten Toys
What: Learn to juggle, yo-yo, or use a diabolo.
Why: Keep things up in the air.
When: Wed., 7-8 p.m.
Where: 104 N. 85th St. (206-782-0098).

The Adventures of Sinbad
What: Shadow puppet show featuring the Baghdad sailor.
Why: It’s a swashbuckling spectacular.
When: Sat.-Mar. 22. Sat. & Sun., 1 & 3 p.m.
Where: Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. NE (206-523-2579).

Story Time at University Book Store

What: Anna and Kitri from the University Book Store’s kids’ department entertain.
Why: Stories + juice + cookies = kiddie contentment.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: 4326 University Way NE (206-634-3400).

9123 15th Ave NE
bt NE 91st & 92nd Sts
Seattle, WA 98115
104 N 85th St
@ 1st Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98103
4326 University Way NE
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105