A Real Hamburger Helper

Luca and Company's Little Helper FunPod

luca and company funpod!

When it comes to cooking, you and your little are two peas in a pod.

A Little Helper FunPod, that is.

The genius contraption is a step up from your average stool and safer than standing on a chair. Just place the pod at the kitchen island or countertop edge — a good distance away from anything dangerous — and assign him kid-friendly kitchen tasks like mixing, stirring, or measuring. Four sturdy sides and an adjustable foot plate ensure that your sous chef is right in the heat of things but nowhere near the fire.

Your future Tyler Florence won’t even notice he’s on lockdown. The pod is designed to contain him, not the good times. And unlike other towers on the market, the modest footprint makes it a fit for small kitchens or apartment living.

We can hardly contain ourselves.

Available online at diapers.com, $190.

this week in washington, d.c.!


What: Little rockers groove to the award-winning singer’s poppy tunes.
Why: He played a gig at the White House — we’re impressed.
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna (703-255-1566). Tickets online at jamminjava.com. Adults and children, $15.

Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World
What: Learn fun facts about insects at the hands-on exhibit.
Why: Cockroaches, scorpions, and plenty of other live creepy crawlers on view.
When: Sat.-Apr. 29. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore (410-685-2370). Adults and teens, $15; children 3-12, $12; under 3, free.

La Chandeleur
What: Make a Breton hat, listen to stories, and snack on sweets to celebrate Crepe Day.
Why: A holiday in honor of dessert? Boy, the French are clever.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW (202-686-5807). Adults, $15; children, $8; under 2, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Luca and Company

Maryland Science Center
601 Light St
Baltimore, MD 21230
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
4155 Linnean Ave NW
@ Tilden St
Washington, DC 20008