Birthday parties are both a blessing and a curse. Kids get tuckered out by an afternoon of free entertainment; you get stuck holding the not-so-goodie bag.
When it’s your turn to host, fill it with something other than choking hazards and candy. Mabel’s Labels — beloved makers of customizable kiddie labels — just launched an affordable combo pack that makes a perfect party favor.
The personalized dog tag/sticker set comes in 27 designs, including hearts, robots, and cupcakes. Stick them on everything from sippies to toys to backpacks — anything that your kids (and you) want to return home.
At $5 a pop (a minimum order of six is required), you’ll spend about what you would in the dollar aisle at Target. But without feeling like a sucker.
Available online at mabelslabels.com.
First Communion Fair
What: Get her ready for her big day with veils, suits, shoes, and more ($8-$180).
Why: Tons of one-on-one attention make it a bit like Say Yes to the Dress.
When: Sun., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Monday’s Child, 218 N. Lee St., Alexandria (703-548-3505). Admission is free.
Meet Penguin Bob
What: Watch illustrator Joe Jamaldinian sketch a story on stage.
Why: Hear about the adventures of his feathered friend.
When: Sat., 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Where: Helen Hayes Gallery at The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (202-628-6161). Admission is free.
Preschool Songs and Stories
What: Carve out some hang time with your tot (ages 3-5).
Why: After all the singing and dancing, he won’t say no to a nap.
When: Thru June 30. First and third Thurs. of every month, 11-11:45 a.m.
Where: Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg (301-258-6394). Participation is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Mabel’s Labels
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