You live in the land of fresh, global cuisine, and yet junior won’t open up for anything but chicken fingers and plain pasta.
Sounds like a job for SuperTryer.
The colorful place mat encourages children to be adventurous, healthy eaters with illustrations of nutritious fruits, veggies, grains, and dairy products (think apricots, asparagus, whole wheat macaroni, and Greek yogurt). Once curiosity for new tastes is piqued, discuss and have them choose what they want to sample next.
Kiddos will delight in checking off the items they’ve tried with grease pencils, while the flip side of the mat features a journal page where growing gourmands can detail what they’d like to nosh on next. Invite them to help prepare fresh snacks and meals — and don’t fret if their picks fall flat at first.
They’ll be leaping for seaweed rice crackers with hummus in no time.
Available at Moomah, 161 Hudson Street, between Hubert and Laight Streets (212-226-0345 or moomah.com); $10.
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A Wonderfully Flat Thing
What: Join Mark Twain and his animal friends on a journey full of magical puppets, dance, and music.
Why: Kids ages 3 and up will love this technological riddle featuring an ostrich, a snake, and an elephant prince.
When: Thru Jan. 16. Sat., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 & 5 p.m.
Where: 14th Street Y, LABA Theatre, 344 E. 14th St., b/t 1st & 2nd Aves. (646-395-4322). Tickets online at 14sty.org. Adults and children, $15.
Three Kings Day Parade
What: Join El Museo del Barrio’s 34th annual celebration of the lively Latin American and Caribbean festival.
Why: The colorful live-music procession of schoolchildren in amazing costumes will leave them spinning.
When: Thurs., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Lexington Ave., b/t 106th & 112th Sts. Info at 212-831-7272. Admission is free.
Camels & Kings Workshop: A Celebration
What: Hear stories and make gift boxes and sparkling crowns at a gathering focused on the Three Wise Men and their famous pilgrimage.
Why: It’s an excuse to visit one of the city’s most spectacular landmarks.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St. Register at 212-932-7347. Adults, free; children, $5.
Photo: Courtesy of Moomah