Due to a never-ending lineup of birthday parties, you reluctantly ordered 25 Thomas the Tank Engine play tents online at midnight.
But no matter how you wrap it, nothing beats a handpicked gift from Honey & Hazel Kids in East Williamsburg. Owner and new mom Mel Gorski stocks the pint-size version of her grown-up shop with homegrown indie spirit.
Indulge Brooklyn centricity with a Maptote onesie or a Gnome Enterprises tee of a squid swallowing the Brooklyn Bridge. Surprise an artsy toddler with paint-your-own wooden dolls and an easy-to-pack dollhouse by Goose Grease. Please little locavores with products made by local ladies: Rebecca Rosen’s bibdanas (yes, bibs that look like a Western hero’s neckwear), Diana Peixado’s hand-knit animal hats, and Bettina Dascoli’s cotton tees finished with capes.
Now you’re on the right track.
Honey & Hazel Kids, 770 Metropolitan Avenue, between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street (347-889-6555 or honeyandhazel.com).
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What: Sew scarves with Cynthia Rowley, say cheese for Nigel Barker, and jazz up a pumpkin with glitter and a hat.
Why: All proceeds go to Free Arts NYC’s creatively based mentoring programs.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Saatchi & Saatchi, 375 Hudson St., b/t W. Houston & King Sts. Info at 212-974-9092 ext. 224. Tickets online at app.etapestry.com. Adults, $100; children, $75; under 2, free.
Central Park Parade & Pumpkin Sail
What: Dress up in your costume finest for a trot through the park and take along a finely carved gourd to cruise in Harlem Meer at twilight.
Why: Spooky stories set the tone.
When: Sun., 4-7 p.m.
Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, enter at 110th St., at Fifth Ave. Free.
What: Kiddos learn the steps to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and show it off at the annual festival with scavenger hunts, puppets, and — of course — dancing.
Why: Your street cred shoots sky high when he realizes you’ve got the moves.
When: Lesson, Thurs., 4 p.m. Party, Fri., 3-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3-8:30 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., at St. Marks Ave. (718-735-4400). Tickets online at brooklynkids.org. Lesson, free. Party, Fri., adults and children, $10; under 1, free; Sat., adults and children, $12; under 1, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Honey & Hazel