Space Exploration From Your Living Room

kidscraft cardboard rocket!

You’ve spoiled them with tot-friendly tech gadgets and custom-made pals, yet nothing captures their attention like a refrigerator box.

Foster their creativity with Shuttle Imagination, a biodegradable cardboard upgrade from KidsCraft Playhouses.

Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the precut, easy-to-assemble shuttle fits two to three mini moon walkers at a time. Orbital explorers can team up to decorate the shuttle’s blank white surface with crayons (think control panels, stellar discoveries, or mission names).

We recommend preparing for launch in a basement or backyard (unless you don’t mind a giant rocket in your living room). The best time to blast off? In the evening, when astronauts-to-be can view actual stars through a pair of portholes.

Available online at kidscraftusa.com.

this week in miami!

Greynolds Park Love-In

What: Wear love beads for the costume contest, wiggle in a Hula-hoop, and check out other kid-friendly activities.
Why: Little hippies can groove at the tie-dye station.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 17530 W. Dixie Hwy., N. Miami Beach (305-945-3425). Admission is free.

Chicken Little
What: Watch the story of a silly hen who thinks the sky is falling.
Why: Appalachian songs will have their toes tapping.
When: Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood (954-921-3439). For info, call 954-921-3274. Admission is free.

International Children’s Day

What: Listen to multicultural stories, make crafts, and hear a performance by Brazilian Voices Kids.
Why: A Shrek movie marathon for those who can never get enough of the big, green guy.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Young at Art Children’s Museum, 11584 W. State Rd. 84, Davie (954-424-0085). Adults and children, $8; under 2, free.

Photo: Courtesy of KidsCraft

Greynolds Park
17530 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Young at Art Children's Museum
11584 W State Rd 84
Davie, FL 33325
Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
1770 Monroe St
Hollywood, FL 33020