No matter which way you rub them, there are some stuffed animals that stand the test of time. Add the velvet plush by textile designer (and new dad) Kevin O’Brien to the list. Each of his homegrown creatures is made from recycled hand-painted fabric scraps sewn together anew. Known for his luxe linens, O’Brien has turned to owls, elephants, turtles, and squirrels that are just as cozy to snuggle up with. And since each animal is handcrafted, sizes, colors, and materials (woven jacquards, printed cotton velvets, silks, and linens) all vary slightly, making for a one-of-a-kind friend. Without anything ugly about it. Available at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, at 19th Street, 3rd floor (212-473-3000 or abchome.com). To see animals, go to kevinobrienstudio.com. CREATE Preschool Art at Rockefeller Park What: Each week an artist teaches kids about creating with clay, paper, wood, or paint. Why: Make a marvelous mess. When: Thru Oct. 28. Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Where: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, entrance at Murray St. Info at 212-267-9700. WALK Fourth Annual Strides for Life What: A family-friendly three-mile walk around Lake Agawam to raise funds for the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Why: Race for this cure. When: Sun., 9 a.m. Where: Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Ln., at Jobs Ln., Southampton. Register online at lungfund.org or call 212-332-4403 thru Wed. SEE Life on a Desert Island: Robinson Crusoe What: This one-man outdoor play is perfect theater for all ages. Why: Free fun in the fresh air. When: Thru Aug. 29. Sat., 4:30 p.m. Where: Central Park, northwest of Sheep Meadow, enter at W. 68th St. Info at 646-964-7007.