Parenting is full of things you say are for your kids but are actually all about you. (“Her hair was in her eyes, so I had to cut bangs.”)
Add Apple Park’s beanies and booties to the list. You’ll buy the cuter-than-a-button toppers and slippers in the name of encouraging imaginative play, but secretly it’s just to make you smile.
Representing all the Picnic Pals — bunny, monkey, cubby, lamby, and ducky — the coordinating combos are crafted from organic cotton and natural silk-blended hemp. Cozy booties in the shape of animal feet slip on without a struggle. And the soft beanies have a Velcro-like closure that fastens under the chin without inducing a case of the itchy-scratchies.
In fact, our usually antihat 1-year-old completely forgot she was sporting a lamb up top as she played around the house.
Much to our delight.
Available online at applepark.com, $24-$28.
What: Go tubing, snack on s’mores, and build igloos out of the shivery stuff.
Why: All the more fun when there’s not a real blizzard looming.
When: Fri., 4-8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Stone Mountain Park, U.S. Hwy. 78 E., at exit 8, Stone Mountain (770-498-5690). Reservations (required) online at snowmountainpark.com. Adults and children, $27.
National Association of Professional Child Photographers
What: Find a local shutterbug to capture your kiddo’s antics on the easy-to-navigate site.
Why: Priceless tips (selecting cameras, posing), should you decide to snap your own brood.
When: She’s ready for her close-up.
Where: Online at napcp.com.
Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids
What: See prehistoric fossils, check out towering models of mystical beings, and more at the new exhibit.
Why: With art and objects from around the world, he’ll wonder if they were real after all.
When: Thru Aug. 14.
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd., Druid Hills (404-929-6400). Adults and children 13 and up, $15; children, $13; under 3, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Apple Park