You are the queen of setting limits. No juice before dinner. No television without supervision. But when it comes to a toy store, you can’t control yourself.
Stop the plastic madness with a Makedo Construction Kit, the one-time buy is a 65-piece connector system that allows parents and kids to create DIY toys from stuff around the house. Based on the premise that we can all “make do” with what we’ve got, each cardboard tube comes with connectors, hinges, and a safe construction tool for piecing together found materials like cardboard, fabric, and plastic.
Kiddos will love making everything from costumes to forts by punching holes and joining scraps in every imaginable way. (It’s like a giant Tinker Toy.)
Best part: Makedo can easily be dismantled and reworked into new projects and toys. In other words, the possibilities are limitless.
Available at The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, at Water Street, Brooklyn (718-666-3049 or powerhousearena.com), $20.
World Financial Center’s Screamin’ Green Halloween
What: Spend the afternoon bowling for ghosts, making masks, and putting an earth-friendly twist on the holiday.
Why: He can give his getup a test run in the costume parade.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: 220 Vesey St., in the Winter Garden. Info at 212-945-0505. Admission is free.
Bash the Trash’s Spooky Celebration
What: Go in costume to this wacky, wonderful musical bash.
Why: Explore the silly, spooky sounds of instruments.
When: Sun., 3 p.m.
Where: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., at 92nd St. Tickets ($12) online at 92Y.org.
Halloween Festival & Parade
What: Keep it manageable with City Treehouse’s trick-or-treat parade for 2 t0 7 year olds.
Why: Face painting is the finishing touch.
When: Sun., 3-5 p.m.
Where: City Treehouse, 129a W. 20th St. To register, call 212-255-2050 or e-mail email@example.com. Adults, free; children, $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Photo: Courtesy of Makedo