We ran the numbers: You could spend $1,000 on a crib and $500 on a mattress only to move your little beanstalk into a toddler bed before he’s 3.
Or you could take that $1,500 and spend it on Table Tots, a convertible, boothlike activity table that goes from scribble space to homework station in seconds.
The first piece of children’s furniture from Brooklyn-based design studio CounterEvolution comfortably entertains little ones from 18 months to 6 years old when it’s upright. Flip it on its side and remove the tabletop, and you’ve got a sturdy desk that will last far beyond elementary school.
In terms of sustainability, Table Tots hits the jackpot. It’s handcrafted from heart pinewood salvaged from old bowling lanes and coated in an earth-friendly, zero-VOC stain that’s nontoxic and scratch resistant. Plus, its sleek lines mesh with grown-up decor, so you can repurpose the piece (media stand, bookcase, side table) once its child-rearing days are over.
We’d bet the house on it.
Available online at counterev.com.
Little Orange Room Neighborhood T-Shirts
What: Tees ($22) emblazoned with local symbols show off citywide pride.
Why: With everything from the Fremont troll to Bellevue strawberries, you can bet your neck of the woods is covered.
When: She wants to represent.
Where: Online at etsy.com.
Birthday Party Celebration
What: Children’s Museum of Tacoma marks its 25th anniversary with crafts and bubble parades.
Why: Make Playdough cupcakes that look good enough to eat.
When: Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 936 Broadway, Tacoma (253-627-6031). Admission is free.
Movies at the Mural
What: Sprawl out on a blanket for Seattle Center’s last outdoor screenings of the season.
Why: Saturday’s showing of The Incredibles appeals to your little superhero.
When: Sat. & Sun., dusk.
Where: Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St. (206-684-7200). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of CounterEvolution