Space Exploration From Your Living Room

kidscraft cardboard shuttle!

You’ve spoiled them with tot-friendly tech gadgets and custom-made pals, yet nothing captures their attention like a refrigerator box.

Foster their creativity with Shuttle Imagination, a biodegradable cardboard upgrade from KidsCraft Playhouses.

Made from 100 percent recycled materials, the precut, easy-to-assemble shuttle fits two to three mini moon walkers at a time. Orbital explorers can team up to decorate the shuttle’s blank white surface with crayons (think control panels, stellar discoveries, or mission names).

We recommend preparing for launch in a basement or backyard (unless you don’t mind a giant rocket in your living room). The best time to blast off? In the evening, when astronauts-to-be can view actual stars through a pair of portholes.

Available online at kidscraftusa.com.

this week in philadelphia!

Shake of the Month

What: Treat them to an ever-changing array of frosty treats like May’s marshmallow fluff and peanut-laden concoction ($5).
Why: Luckily, the Cake Shake, loaded with Tastykake Krimpets, is a permanent fixture.
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: SquareBurger, at Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St. (215-629-4026).

Seger Park Spring Festival

What: Get airborne on a moon bounce, participate in a tennis clinic, and indulge at the bake sale at this fundraiser organized by Friends of Seger Park Playground.
Why: Proceeds go right back into sprucing up the outdoor playground.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Rain date, May 23.)
Where: 1020 Lombard St. (267-507-5558). Admission is free.

What: Pages to Pirouettes performs a show about Dr. Coppélius and his lifelike doll.
Why: Your little bun head will love that it’s only about an hour long.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St. (215-732-2515). Adults, $12; children 2-12, $6; under 2, free.

Photo: Courtesy of KidsCraft

Trinity Center for Urban Life
2212 Spruce St
@ 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
200 N 6th St
@ Race St, Franklin Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Seger Park Playground
1020 Lombard St
@ 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147