Your Very Own Modern Family

moma modern playhouse!

You had every intention of making MoMA a cultural playground. Until you realized that your toddlers’ learning patterns were more hands-on, then get your hands off of that now!

Lucky for you, MoMA is getting down on their level with its own line of toys. The just-released collection includes String-Along Books, a set of ten brightly colored early readers that double as stacking blocks and beads, and Lacing Shapes, a series of bold, die-cut cards that can be laced alone or strung together to create one great work of art.

But it’s the modern playhouse we can’t wait to get our hands on. Comprising a set of six modular nesting boxes, each kit also includes mix-and-match furniture and plant and lamp clings for decorative flourish. Pair it with the modern play family — a collection of five press-out people, a dog, and more than 150 vinyl pieces of clothing — and you’ve got the makings of one very appealing home.

MoMA Design and Book Store, 11 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-708-9700 or momastore.org); MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring Street, at Crosby Street (646-613-1367); online at chroniclebooks.com, $13-$20.

this week in new york!

Showrooms Sample Sale
Stock up on clothing and accessories by Boboli, Lucky Jade, Oilily, Kit+Lili, and more.
Why: With everything priced $5-$30, you can’t go wrong.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Kids Building, 34 W. 33rd St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., 3rd, 9th & 12th flrs. Info at 917-881-8207. Cash only.

A Year with Children 2010: Selected Works from Learning Through Art
What: Drawings, sculptures, photographs, and collages created by public school students.
Why: Elementary students present artwork that inspires curiosity and critical thinking.
When: Fri.-June 20. Sun.-Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Where: Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th St. (212-423-3500). Adults, $18; students/seniors, $15; under 12, free.

The Big Draw
Wave Hill and The Drawing Center co-host an art-filled day for families.
Why: Kids connect to nature through creativity.
When: Sat. Two sessions, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Where: Wave Hill, W. 249th St., at Independence Ave., Bronx (718-549-3200). Free with admission to the grounds.

David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band

What: City kids will love this band’s electro-funk tunes about urban life.
Why: Classics such as the “Belly Button Song” will get everyone’s toes tapping.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.
Where: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., at Canal St. (212-601-1000). Adults and children 2 and up, $15; under 2, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Chronicle Books

MoMA Design Store
81 Spring St
@ Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
Kids Building
34 W 33rd St
bt 5th & 6th Aves
New York, NY 10001
200 Hudson St
@ Canal St
New York, NY 10013
Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
@ 89th St
New York, NY 10128
W 249th St
@ Independence Ave
New York, NY 10471
11 W 53rd St
bt 5th & 6th Aves
New York, NY 10019