Someday, you’ll laugh at the horrors you’ve pried from your toddler’s mouth (shoes, cat litter, toilet scrubber). But for now, you can cross these natural finds off your watch list.
Dr. Sharp’s 100 percent vegan, botanical toothpaste ($12) is the only commercial toothpaste brand developed by a dentist. Fluoride free (fluoride is a no-no for young kids), it’s made with ingredients like sage and bambusa stem. Plus, the strawberry cream flavor scores big with little brushers.
Propolis, an ingredient in Kiddie Bee children’s honey cough syrup ($7), is proven to be antiviral, antibacterial, and safe for kids. Without using any herbal supplements, this medicine, made by a group of Atlanta-based beekeepers, suppresses coughs up to three and a half hours.
100% Pure’s Yummy Ice Cream two-in-one body wash and shampoo, bubble bath, and body cream ($12-$25, in strawberry, vanilla, or mint chocolate chip) smell good enough to eat. The new line is all natural and food based without added synthetics, chemicals, detergents, or fragrances. And though we wouldn’t recommend serving it for dessert, no harm will come if Junior sneaks a lick.
Earth and Sky 2010
What: Learn about telescopes, check out a show at the planetarium, and whip up UV bracelets with color-changing beads.
Why: Tours of the Solar Decathlon are out of this world.
When: Thurs., 4-8 p.m.; Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville (770-606-5700). Adults, $12; children, $8; under 3, free.
Battle of the Online Rock Solos
What: Even though camp’s not in session yet, aspiring musicians (ages 7-17) can get a head start by uploading a video of themselves shredding for a chance to win.
Why: Prizes like instruments and a jam session with a Camp Jam Rock Star.
When: Thru Apr. 30.
Where: Guidelines online at campjam.com.
Spring Chicken Festival
What: Face painting, carnival games, and plenty of good eats at the cook-off.
Why: Craft projects from Interactive Neighborhood for Kids will tickle their feathers.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Roosevelt Square, Washington St., at Main St., Gainesville (770-531-1102). Adults, $8; children 6-10, $5; 5 and under, free.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Sharp; Courtesy of Kiddie Bee; Courtesy of 100% Pure