3 Ways to Clean Up the Toys

Swoop Bags, Wall Pockets, Storage Boxes

swoop bags!

This little piggy tripped over a half-dressed Barbie. This little piggy took a foot full of Legos. This little piggy got stubbed. And this little piggy got smart and cleaned up.

These new products put it away when playtime is done.

Swoop Bags
A heavy-duty cotton canvas sack ($45) gives piles of blocks, Matchbox cars, and trains a home. Simply pull the cord to close and store; plop it down on the floor to set the collection free.

woolly wall pockets!Cate & Levi Woolly Wall Pockets
As playful as toys themselves, each one-of-a-kind wall pocket ($50) has real character. Hang one bedside to keep favorite books, buddies, and other trinkets within reach.

3 sprouts!3 Sprouts Storage Boxes
We’ve long been fans of the company’s canvas storage bins and love that its new cubes ($28 each) have the same felt appliques. The boxes work as stand-alone catchalls, as well as drawers in a cubed storage unit.

And that’s something to oink about.

kids' room decor!Kid-friendly homes don’t have to be a snooze. Find more design ideas your whole brood will love.

this week in seattle!

Big Top Rock
What: Grab a seat in the 100-year-old spiegeltent and prepare to be dazzled by circus stunts and Kindiependent bands.
Why: With carnival games and snacks, the preshow allows for plenty of clowning around.
When: Thru Oct. 22. Sat., 11 a.m.; doors, 10 a.m.
Where: Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St. Tickets at 206-802-0015 or online at tzseattle-tickets.zinzanni.org. Adults and children, $12-$25.

ParentMap’s Education Extravaganza

What: Listen to speakers and get the scoop on local tutors, extracurricular activities, and more.
Why: Give the babysitter a night off; kids stay occupied with crafts and a magic show.
When: Tues., 5-8 p.m.
Where: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue. Registration (recommended) online at parentmap.com. Free.

Fall City Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: Meander through the hay maze, hop on a hayride, and visit the animals.
Why: Opt for a pink or green pumpkin and you’ll have the best jack-o’-lantern on the block.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 3636 Neal Rd., Fall City (425-222-4553). Free.

Photos: Courtesy of Swoop; Courtesy of Cate & Levi; Courtesy of 3 Sprouts

Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
222 Mercer St
@ 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
3636 Neal Rd SE
Fall City, WA 98024