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.
National Astronomy Day
What: Budding Galileos can learn all about the night sky with shows and guest speakers.
Why: The free star-finders are truly stellar.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Where: Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave. (305-646-4200). Adults, $15; children 3-12, $11; under 3, free.
Haitian Art & Music Festival
What: Pounce on the moon bounce, fill up on popcorn and cotton candy, and check out performances, too.
Why: Proceeds benefit Haiti relief efforts.
When: Sat., noon-8 p.m.
Where: Pompano Citi Center, 1955-201 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach (954-943-4683). For info, call 954-654-3757. Admission is free.
Party for the Planet
What: Watch dancers twirl to the beat of Brazilian tunes, and see critters play with recycled materials like beer kegs and fire hoses.
Why: Turn in an old cell phone and get free admission.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Miami Metro Zoo, 12400 SW 152nd St. (305-251-0400). Adults and children 13 and up, $16; children 3-12, $12; under 2, free.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Sharp; Courtesy of Kiddie Bee; Courtesy of 100% Pure