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 seattle!

Valerie Ford Designs Trunk Show

What: Check out the local designer’s reconstructed, ’50s-inspired kids’ clothing.
Why: Nifty garb for yourself, too.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Bootyland, 1317 E. Pine St. (206-328-0636).

Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade & Street Fair

What: Don your best costume and wind through town.
Why: Pony rides, live music, and face painters keep the fun rolling.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; parade, 11 a.m.
Where: Parade starts at Corliss Ave., at 45th St.; street fair, Wallingford Ave., b/t N. 43rd & N. 45th Sts. For info, call 206-632-3165. Participation is free.

Family Game Night

What: The museum busts out both classic and new varieties for a bit of friendly competition.
Why: Show them board games are anything but boring.
When: Thurs., 5-8 p.m.
Where: KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4091 Factoria Mall SE (425-637-8100). Adults and children 1 and up, $7.50; under 1, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Haba

Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade
Corliss Ave N
@ 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Wallingford Seafair Street Fair
Wallingford Ave N
bt 43rd & 45th Sts
Seattle, WA 98103
4091 Factoria Mall
Bellevue, WA 98006
1317 E Pine St
@ 13th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122