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. TOSS 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). GASP 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). READ 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).