When Kalon Studios’s Hut-Hut, a modern interpretation of the rocking horse, crossed our path last spring, we oohed, we ahhed, and then we sighed. The $870 price tag meant no way, no how, not in our house.
Which is why we screamed, “Yes!” when we spied the new version (pictured) for a much more affordable $125.
Fashioned from recycled resin in brilliant playroom-ready colors (red, yellow, green, blue, pink), it has the same unique shape (we’d describe it as a cross between a saddle, stool, and balance board) and charming star-patterned seat as its solid-wood older sib.
The most obvious difference (besides the price) is the weight. The resin Hut-Hut weighs in at a manageable five pounds, which we find less worrisome (watch out little fingers!) than the heavier version. It’s got more giddyap all around.
Preorder online at kalonstudios.com. Shipping starts December 15.
What: See magician G.G. Green perform sleights of hand.
Why: Plenty of audience participation to get everyone chuckling.
When: Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Where: Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 SE 40th St., Mercer Island (206-232-4145). For tickets, call 425-737-0690 or e-mail email@example.com. Adults and children, $10.
Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever
What: Author Laura Numeroff reads from her new book.
Why: She penned If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, so you know it’s gotta be good.
When: Thurs., 1 p.m.
Where: The Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 Tenth Ave. (206-624-6600). Participation is free.
What: Take a hayride and wind through a maze, then warm up with hot apple cider.
Why: Plenty of pumpkins await to be turned into jack-o’-lanterns.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd., Carnation (425-222-4558). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Kalon Studios