Space Exploration From Your Living Room

kidscraft cardboard rocket!

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 seattle!

General Aviation Day
What: Gobble up a pancake breakfast, check out planes, and let big kids (ages 8-17) take a free flight in new or vintage aircrafts.
Why: It’s the grand kickoff to summer’s Free Fly Days.
When: Sat., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Flying Heritage Collection, Paine Field, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett. Admission is free.

Maternity Spa Treatments

What: Bliss out with luxurious services that target swollen feet, achy backs, and growing tummies ($55-$185).
Why: You’ll leave with skin as soft as a baby’s bottom.
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Salish Lodge & Spa, 6501 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie (425-888-2556).

Story Time

What: Kick back, hear a few books, and explore The Elliott Bay Book Company’s new digs.
Why: Over 10,000 tales to entice your little reader.
When: Tues., 11 a.m.
Where: 1521 Tenth Ave. (206-624-6600).

Photo: Courtesy of KidsCraft

6501 Railroad Ave SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98024
1521 10th Ave
@ E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
Flying Heritage Collection
3407 109th St SW
Everett, WA 98204