Build a Sand Castle Empire

haba bucket!

In pursuit of the perfect sand castle, we’ve been known to scout real estate the night before a beach day.

But a prime location isn’t worth much without a well-equipped contractor.

Set your little architect on a path to success with Haba’s new collapsible water bucket. The lightweight nylon bag has a valve that lets you control the flow of water. When your sand seems too dry, give the nozzle a turn to release only what you need — no worries about washing away your building materials or turning a tunnel into a moat.

The bucket also packs flat, taking up less space in your beach tote than a traditional plastic bucket. And with sunblock, towels, sippies, and snacks, we know how valuable that real estate is.

Available online at maukilo.com, $22.

this week in philadelphia!

Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival

What: Shop for handmade items, hear live music, and pick up a snack at the outdoor cafes.
Why: Face painting, henna, and airbrush tattoos make your tyke a work of art, too.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Kings Ct., at Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ. For info, call 856-216-7253. Admission is free.

The Mad Science Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt
What: Search for answers to tricky questions throughout the museum (ages 7 and up).
Why: Moon rocks and Ben’s zany inventions make learning fun.
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. (215-448-1200). For info, call 877-946-4868. Tickets at 866-811-4111 or online at ovationtix.com. Adults, $28; children, $26.

Bastille Day
Celebrate the day with a French-themed street fair, pet parade, and Tricycle Tour de France.
Why: The 2,000 Tastykakes flung from the prison towers would do Marie Antoinette proud.
When: Sat., 2-6 p.m. Pet parade, 2 p.m.; tricycle Tour de France, 3 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. To register for pet parade and race, call 215-236-3300 or e-mail petparade@easternstate.org or tricyclerace@easternstate.org. Participation is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Haba

Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival
Kings Ln
@ Kings Hwy
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
222 N 20th St
bt Winter & Race Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19103
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130