When your little prince demands you tie his shoes, you wait on him hand and foot. (How else would you get to school on time?)
The next time he barks, look to the new line of children’s shoes from Royal Elastics. Instead of laces, the togs have elastic bands that comfortably secure little piggies in place, allowing for easy slip-off/slip-on/race-out-the-door action.
Four skater-dude styles come in sizes 10.5 to 6, making them ideal kindergarten kicks. The black leather Icon sneaker has huge cush factor for monkey bar crash landings. For dressier occasions, the Brother Roland low-tops walk a unique line with camo lining and a cork sole.
All of the designs are scaled-down versions of the brand’s adult line, so you can grab yourself a grown-up pair. And given the precious little time you have to get dressed every morning, that’s, er, knot a bad idea.
Available online at store.royalelastics.com, $50-$60.
Seaport Parade of Lights
What: Mingle with the jolly guy in the Independence Seaport Museum and then watch the procession of boats float by.
Why: Santa ditches his sleigh for a ride on a sparkling ship.
When: Sat., 3:30-5:30 p.m.; parade, 5 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., at Walnut St. (215-413-8655). Museum admission, adults, $12; children, $7, under 3, free. Parade, free.
Kid Curio and the Improv Avengers
What: Tykes dream up plot lines for the interactive show.
Why: Sounds just right for your drama queen.
When: Sat., 1 p.m. (Also Dec. 28.)
Where: Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Ave, at S. 48th St. Tickets at 215-525-1350 or online at curiotheatre.org. Adults and children, $5.
Holiday Activities at the Historic Philadelphia Center
What: Drop by to make a gingerbread house bag.
Why: Better still? Take an unwrapped plaything for Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and get a free ticket to Liberty 360.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Christmas Eve, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Christmas Day, closed.)
Where: S. Sixth St., at Chestnut St. (215-629-4026). Free.
Photo: Courtesy of Royal Elastics