The Smart Car of Strollers

The Bloom Zen Stroller

the bloom zen stroller!

No matter how insignificant a decision seems to the unencumbered (Diaper Dekor or Diaper Genie?), every choice feels big to a pregnant woman.

An exception to the rule: the new Zen stroller from Bloom, or what we call the Smart Car of strollers.

When open, it functions as a high-end, all-terrain stroller should — puncture-proof wheels, front and rear shock absorbers, and a solar lighting system that activates for after-dark strolls.

But the real beauty of the stroller is that — with the seat still in place — it folds flat to a slender 9.8 inches. Pop it in the trunk and have room for groceries; slip it in the closet and have room for boots.

Though the stroller is designed for ages 6 months and up, it comes with two options for even tinier babes — either a car seat adapter or the Yoga, a travel bed/bassinet/bouncer that also works as a newborn cradle.

Have fun deciding.

Available exclusively for preorder to DailyCandy Kids readers online at bloombaby.com; Zen stroller, $799; Yoga nest, $250; car seat adapter, $45.

this week in philadelphia!

Latkepalooza and Holiday Bazaar

What: Snack on potato pancakes and pick out gifts while the West Philadelphia Orchestra plays klezmer tunes.
Why: Grandma’s are great, but you’re dying to try chef Michael Solmonov’s creations.
When: Sun., 2-4 p.m.
Where: UArts Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St. Tickets at 215-545-4400 or online at gershmany.org. Adults, $15; children, $5.

Gingerbread Workshop

What: Add creative touches to sugary abodes from Bredenbeck’s Bakery, mingle with some of the city’s top pastry chefs, and hang with Santa.
Why: Sweeten the holidays for everyone by taking along an unwrapped plaything for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
When: Sun., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St. Reservations (required) to 215-563-4810. Adults, free; children, $49.

Dickens Christmas Party

What: Hear classic stories, make cards, and peruse the gift shop.
Why: Cookies and punch, yes. Bah humbugs, no.
When: Sun., 2-5 p.m.
Where: Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St. Reservations (recommended) to 215-438-1861. Adults and children 11 and up, $18; under 10, free with adult.

Photo: Courtesy of Bloom

UArts Hamilton Hall
320 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 W Tulpehocken St
@ Greene St
Philadelphia, PA 19144
111 S 17th St
@ Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103