Earth to Mom! Kids are like sponges, so model green habits from the start.
If it’s yellow, let it mellow. (You know the rest.) Make this rhyme a favorite in your potty trainer’s repertoire: Each flush uses gallons of water. Wipe with Bum Boosa bamboo toilet paper ($5 for four rolls). It’s easy on little bottoms and the planet.
No Waste, Better Taste
Buy Straus Organic milk in glass bottles ($3, at Whole Foods Markets and Gelson’s). Ditto for Saint Benoît yogurt ($3-$9, at Whole Foods Markets). Extra credit: Take a glass container from home for DIY peanut butter. Just ask the clerk to weigh your jar before you fill up.
When You Gotta To-Go
Show up to your favorite takeout joint armed with a bento box ($38, at Plastica, 8405 West Third Street; 323-655-1051) and a nylon bag ($8). Waive napkins, plasticware, chopsticks, or anything else bound for the garbage. You might have to suffer through an eye roll or two, but it will teach tykes to stick to their convictions.
Viewing the World Through the Eyes, Images, and Words of Our Children
What: Blueberry Atelier director Patricia Hunter-McGrath invites parents, teachers, and educators to learn more about the Reggio approach at this special workshop.
Why: Field trip to the Wonder of Learning exhibit included.
When: Thurs., 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, 1210 Fourth St., b/t Wilshire Blvd. & Arizona Ave., Santa Monica (310-395-1308). Participation fee, $15.
What: Papier-mâché volcanoes, a petting zoo, music, and more make for prehistoric family fun. Take your own water bottle to hydrate.
Why: Proceeds for this zero-waste event go toward preschool scholarships.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Growing Place, 401 Ashland Ave., at Fourth St., Santa Monica (310-399-7769). Free admission; activity tickets, two for $1.
Hamlet, Prince of Puddles
What: An all-ages adaptation of Shakespeare’s famously moody Prince of Denmark.
Why: New theater group L’Enfant Terrible hopes to woo a new generation of theatergoers with boundary-pushing family fare and budget-friendly prices.
When: Thru May 9. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.
Where: Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., b/t Roselake Ave. & Lake St. (213-389-3856). Tickets online at bootlegtheater.com. Adults, $10; children, $5.
Photo: Courtesy of Bum Boosa