Ever since the economy tanked, savvy parents are looking into the most affordable way to keep kids’ wardrobes up to date: consignment shops.

November’s gloomy weather can bring out couch-potato tendencies in kids. Not yours, though, because you, smart parent, have signed your child up to run the Seattle Marathon.

Is your living room awash in a sea of plastic toys?

Birthdays for wee ones should not be associated with nervous breakdowns. Here’s a trifecta of local talent that can assist you with planning a great celebration.

ART CLASS

Sometimes exposing kids to culture is akin to getting them to take yucky-tasting medicine: You have to hide it in something sweet to get it down. The folks at Frye Art Museum have figured this out.

THE MOD SQUAD - family portraits

The latest trend to get kids reading comes from the adult playbook:  Create a club-like atmosphere, serve up food and let the conversation flow.

Give it a twirl