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Keep 'em Busy: Rock It Out

Charlotte's Paul Green School of Rock offers two two-week summer camp sessions where kids will learn ten classic rock songs in ten days and then perform them as a band for parents and friends at a real-life music show. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday, they'll get instruction in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and keyboards from professional musicians. For the camp, which costs $900 a session, attendees need to be at least advanced beginners in their chosen instrument. 5533 Westpark Dr., 704-525-5857,

Pint-Sized Decor: Hip Habitat

Your hipster will dig the aesthetic at lucy and company, where designer Beth Keim can help you put together the coolest room in the neighborhood. She eschews cutesy themes and pastel colors for a bold, graphic look. Keim's husband, artist Keith Keim, creates the hand-painted wall treatments, which often mimic the pattern on a window treatment or bedspread. A lucy and company room isn't cheap, though, often running between $4,000 and $10,000, but it will include furniture and accessories your children can take with them into their teen years and beyond. Keep Your Eyes Peeled For: One-of-a kind works of art that Keim creates by enlarging a black-and-white photo of your child onto a three-by-four-foot stretched canvas and then painting the background with watercolor. Consider it the first piece in your kid's art collection. 1009 East Blvd., 704-342-6655,

Party Time: Artistic Bent

The cool kids are always looking for the latest trends, and Dish It Out is now offering a new take on the artistic birthday party theme. It still has the old standard paint-your-own-pottery party, but at a glass-fusing fest kids can take a blank glass form—say, a square plate or a nightlight cover—and add small pieces of colorful glass that are later fused on to create a fun and funky design. Have your party at one of two locations for the cost of the glass form ($16 and up, each) plus a flat fee of $25 for ten or fewer guests, and $50 for eleven or more. Stonecrest, 7828-C Rea Rd., 704-544-4848; 117 Middleton Dr., 704-333-1199,
Fruit Sushi

Fruit Sushi

Dressed to: Classic Cool

The front section of Jammie Dean's Latta Pavilion store, Petal, is for hip moms, but the back section is reserved for their kids. There are Seven For All Mankind jeans for girls ($78 to $98) and Joe's jeans for boys (around $75), along with fashion-forward styles from Splendid Littles, Little Ella Moss, and Kingsley. (Hint: look for twice-a-year 20-percent-off sales.)

On model: shirt: Trunk, $74; jeans: Joe's, $78, both at Petal; shoes: Converse, $39.99 at Finish Line

Summer must have
Dean likes the purple ruffled cotton dress from Ella Moss, $74. "It washes well, it keeps its color, it doesn't ball up," she says. Special feature: A selection of merchandise is available through the store's Web site,
1315 East Blvd., 704-817-8871

Fruiti Sushi

  • 1 1/4 cups Rice Chex® cereal (gluten free)
  • 1 cup white vanilla baking chips
  • 4 rolls Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® chewy fruit snack (any favorite flavor; from 5-ounce box), unwrapped
  • 12 candy worms

Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and crush with
fingers to make 3/4 cup.

In medium microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips as directed on package until melted and stirred smooth. Add crushed cereal; stir until well coated.

Unroll fruit snack rolls. For each sushi roll, spread 1/4 of cereal mixture on snack roll to within 1/2 inch of one short side. Arrange three candy worms, side by side, on cereal-covered short side.

Starting with short side topped with candy worms, roll up each snack roll tightly, pressing unfilled short side of roll to seal. Let sushi rolls stand 5 to 10 minutes or until firm. Cut each roll into four slices. Store loosely covered.

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