The Smart Car of Strollers

The Bloom Zen Stroller

the bloom zen stroller!

No matter how insignificant a decision seems to the unencumbered (Diaper Dekor or Diaper Genie?), every choice feels big to a pregnant woman.

An exception to the rule: the new Zen stroller from Bloom, or what we call the Smart Car of strollers.

When open, it functions as a high-end, all-terrain stroller should — puncture-proof wheels, front and rear shock absorbers, and a solar lighting system that activates for after-dark strolls.

But the real beauty of the stroller is that — with the seat still in place — it folds flat to a slender 9.8 inches. Pop it in the trunk and have room for groceries; slip it in the closet and have room for boots.

Though the stroller is designed for ages 6 months and up, it comes with two options for even tinier babes — either a car seat adapter or the Yoga, a travel bed/bassinet/bouncer that also works as a newborn cradle.

Have fun deciding.

Available exclusively for preorder to DailyCandy Kids readers online at bloombaby.com; Zen stroller, $799; Yoga nest, $250; car seat adapter, $45.

this week in seattle!

Mommy-and-Me Style Package

What: Grab your little lady (age 7 and under) and have both your locks styled ($55) or twisted into an updo ($75).
Why: Important meeting with Santa? Get decked out in braids or a fancy bun beforehand.
When: University Village, Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown, Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Swink Style Bar, 4610 Village Ct. NE (206-673-5070); 611 Stewart St. (206-682-7070).

Holiday Music, Motion & Magic
What: A scientist, magician, and juggler share the stage in the silly variety show.
Why: Prepare for a fit of giggles.
When: Sat., 2 & 7 p.m.
Where: Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn. Tickets at 253-931-3043 or online at brownpapertickets.com. Adults and children 10 and up, $10; children under 10, $8.

Cookies, Crafts & Carols

What: Decorate sweets, sip hot cocoa, and make ornaments and cards.
Why: Climb aboard a schooner, a steamship, and more historic vessels.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N. (206-684-7254); The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St. (206-382-2628). Free.

Photo: Courtesy of Bloom

4610 NE University Village St
@ University Village
Seattle, WA 98105
Auburn Avenue Theater
10 Auburn Ave
Auburn, WA 98002
860 Terry Ave N
@ Valley St
Seattle, WA 98109
611 Stewart St
bt 6th & 7th Aves
Seattle, WA 98101
1010 Valley St
bt Terry & Boren Aves N
Seattle, WA 98109