Achieving balance before you had kids meant managing a glass of champagne, plate of hors d’oeuvres, and the phone at the same time.
How simple that seems compared to your current battle: getting your kids to eat healthy meals.
Find your way to a happier dinnertime with the help of Nutri-plate, which visually reinforces the components of a balanced diet. Developed by two professors/moms — one with a background in developmental psychology, the other in industrial product design — the plate features kid-appropriate portions (fruit/veggies, protein, whole grains, and fats) laid out in a fun, graphic manner.
Proof it works: When we skimped on the steamed broccoli, our little soldier was quick to point out we had underserved the green stuff.
Looks like the war has been won.
Available online at nutri-plate.com, $12.
Day Out with Thomas
What: Wander through a hay maze, check out the petting zoo, and ride the tank engine.
Why: Conductors get a kick out of meeting Sir Topham Hatt.
When: Fri. & May 6-8, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore (410-752-2490). Tickets at 866-468-7630 or online at ticketweb.com. Adults and children, $19; under 2, free.
What: Leafy crafts, bird-watching, and plenty of plants for sale.
Why: Hitch a ride in a bucket up to the treetops.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda (301-765-8660). Pre-registration (recommended) online at parkpass.org. Adults and children, $4 in advance/$5 at the door; under 2, free.
Move Me Arts Experience Festival
What: Learn to belly dance, hear a harmonious Suzuki demo, and catch family-friendly performances.
Why: BalletNova Center for Dance teaches future sugarplums a step or two.
When: Sat., 2-5 p.m.
Where: Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington (703-228-6800). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Nutri-plate