Sweet Charity

independent infants!

Thus far, your squirt’s only contributions to society are sleepless nights, earth-shattering wails, and endless strands of spittle.

Don’t fret. Solidify his status as a future good Samaritan with one of Ahyana King’s socially conscious designs.

Following a stint as an AIDS outreach worker, the local do-gooder channeled her altruistic efforts into Independent Infants. The pint-size offshoot of her Phreedum T-shirt line features bold graphics and silhouettes screened onto super-soft cotton onesies.

Every quarter, King donates a portion of the proceeds to a different nonprofit. Up now: Philadelphia Futures, which assists disadvantaged youths in their quest to obtain a college education.

Because it’s never too early to start them down the right path.

Available at Mew Gallery, 906 Christian Street (215-625-2424 or mewgallery.org); online at phreeduminfants.blogspot.com.

This Week in Philadelphia!

After-School Youth Classes

What: Keep tykes (ages 5-12) busy with a smattering of affordable courses that range from pottery and painting to karate and Mandarin.
Why: Live and learn.
When: Register now for the fall session beginning Sept. 14.
Where: University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St. Call 215-382-7811 to sign up.

Viv Pickle

What: Treat them to the special kid-size Lil’ Bit for $25 when you spend $40 or more on your own custom purse.
Why: It’s in the bag.
When: You’ve got pocket change.
Where: 21 N. Third St. (215-922-5904); online at vivpickle.com.

Fractured Fairy Tales

What: Familiar stories are turned on their heads in this zany, interactive performance.
Why: Mother goosed.
When: Thru Sept. 19. Sat., noon; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. (215-427-9255).

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2509 Frankford Ave
bt E Cumberland & E Sergeant Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19125