A Real Hamburger Helper

Luca and Company's Little Helper FunPod

luca and company funpod!

When it comes to cooking, you and your little are two peas in a pod.

A Little Helper FunPod, that is.

The genius contraption is a step up from your average stool and safer than standing on a chair. Just place the pod at the kitchen island or countertop edge — a good distance away from anything dangerous — and assign him kid-friendly kitchen tasks like mixing, stirring, or measuring. Four sturdy sides and an adjustable foot plate ensure that your sous chef is right in the heat of things but nowhere near the fire.

Your future Tyler Florence won’t even notice he’s on lockdown. The pod is designed to contain him, not the good times. And unlike other towers on the market, the modest footprint makes it a fit for small kitchens or apartment living.

We can hardly contain ourselves.

Available online at diapers.com, $190.

this week in philadelphia!

Charles Dickens Story Time

What: Kiddos (ages 4-9) listen to books read aloud in The Dandelion’s parlor and snack on free tea cakes and scones.
Why: CliffsNotes not required.
When: Sun., 10 a.m. & noon. (Also Feb. 12, 19 & 26.)
Where: 124 S. 18th St. Reservations (required) to 215-558-2500.

Winter Fun Day

What: Keep eyes peeled for animal tracks during the hike through the forest, make crafts, and partake in other free fun.
Why: With warm drinks and a campfire, shivers don’t stand a chance.
When: Sat., 1 p.m.
Where: Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Rd., Abington (215-887-6603).

Chinese New Year Celebration

What: Learn a few calligraphy strokes, practice martial arts moves, and don’t miss the puppet show.
Why: Your little dragon can’t resist the lion dance.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South St. (215-898-4001). Adults, $10; children, $6; under 6, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Luca and Company

Briar Bush Nature Center
1212 Edge Hill Rd
Abington, PA 19001
The Dandelion
124 S 18th St
@ Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
3260 South St
@ 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104