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.
Cool de Sac Opens
What: Go wild in the play space, primp at the salon, or do crafty activities at the new Doral location.
Why: It’ll please the whole crew, from toddlers to tweens.
When: Opens Sat. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., 2nd flr., Doral (305-477-5505).
MiMo Madness Festival
What: Face painting, a circus workshop, and performers roaming the streets.
Why: Pooches are just as welcome at the annual party.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Legion Park, Biscayne Blvd., at 64th St. NE. For info, call 305-609-4288. Admission is free.
Day Out with Thomas
What: Hear stories, mingle with costumed characters, and climb aboard for a train ride.
Why: Little conductors get a kick out of meeting Sir Topham Hatt.
When: Thru Mar. 20. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St. (305-253-0063). Tickets for Thomas train ride at 866-468-7630 or online at ticketweb.com. Thomas train ride, adults and children, $18; under 2, free. Museum admission without Thomas train ride, adults and children, $10; under 2, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Apple Park