When it comes to kids’ footwear, you try to buy practical, useful shoes that will stand the test of (okay, a short period of) time.
But it’s hard not to succumb to the adorable, frilly, fancy varieties on store shelves.
Morgan & Milo makes traditionally inspired kicks with a twist — and the new Mary Janes are a brilliant blend of fashion and function. The summery sneakeresque style comes in turquoise and pink glitter with sparkly sequin trim and Liberty print-inspired Velcro closures. Sturdy rubber soles offer plenty of support and will last into autumn.
So you can jump in with both feet.
Available online at morganandmilo.com.
What: In addition to great instruction, this two-day class includes starter needles, yarn, a baby hat pattern, snacks, and good conversation.
Why: Sew darn good.
When: Tues. & Thurs., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Leshem Loft, 12 E. 20th St., b/t Fifth Ave. & Broadway, 4th flr. To sign up, e-mail email@example.com or call 888-790-9066.
Statue Tales: David Gonzalez & Diane Wolkstein
What: Stories by the Brothers Grimm, a telling of “The Glass Mountain,” and more.
Why: Airy tales.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-noon.
Where: Central Park, at the Hans Christian Andersen statue by the boat pond. Enter the park at 72nd St., at Fifth Ave., and head north.
The Unlimited Enthusiasm Expo
What: Harry and the Potters, Uncle Monsterface, and Math the Band rock Park Slope.
Why: Unbridled fun.
When: Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave., Park Slope (718-230-0236). Tickets online at ticketweb.com.
What: Experts lead tours of the Rubin Museum of Art, looking for rainbows and helping kids create their own arcs.
Why: Pots of gold.
When: Sat., 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: 150 W. 17th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves. (212-620-5000).