One mom’s freezing (50 degrees and gray in Miami) is another mom’s heaven (a blustery 30 degrees in Boston). But no matter on which side of the jet stream you fall, you’re bitter about winter.
So you’ll warm right up to the Haypenny Handmitten, a mom-invented slipcover for your stroller push bar.
Made of a soft alpaca wool blend and lined in cozy fleece, it snaps over the handle. The roomy pocket is perfectly positioned for you to stick your hands in and push the carriage.
No more freezing digits, chapped fingers, or dropping gloves in the struggle to answer the phone. Plus, Handmittens are made by female fair trade artisans in Nepal and Peru who receive training, support, and a living wage.
So no one’s left out in the cold.
Available online at haypennydesign.bigcartel.com, $68-$100.
Model Train Festival
What: Check out choo choos whizzing around tons of tracks.
Why: Little conductors get a kick out of the tiny railroad towns.
When: Sun.-Jan. 1. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma (888-238-4373). Adults, $8; children, $6; under 6, free.
What: Marvel at ice sculptures and catch a few fireside performances.
Why: Snowflakes show off skating skills at the rink.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Ice rink thru Jan. 2. Schedule online at seattlecenter.com.
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. (206-684-7200). Ice rink admission: Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5; under 6, $2.
Video Calls with Santa
What: The new app ($1) lets little elves interact with the big guy.
Why: The dreaded naughty message puts the kibosh on bratty behavior.
When: Before he leaves the North Pole.
Where: Online at itunes.apple.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Haypenny Design