Here Comes the Sunscreen

marie veronique organics kid safe screen!

He’s finally tolerating the head-to-toe slather up at the playground.

Now if you could just find a bottle of goo that works for you: easy to apply, long lasting, protective against both UVA and UVB rays, and no hormones to disrupt his growing body.

Marie Veronique Organics Kid Safe Screen has you (and him) covered. Brewed in the Berkeley laboratory of a mother-daughter team (chemist Marie Veronique and physicist Jay Nadeau), the sustainably produced sunscreen arms you with what’s currently considered the safest way to avoid skin damage while prancing in the sun: bulk zinc oxide.

The mineral’s telltale trace (think white lifeguard nose) is masterfully mixed so that it absorbs into the skin rather than hanging on the surface. Plus, it’s gentle enough to be used around the eyes. So you can both enjoy your day at the park.

Available online at mvorganics.com, $24.

this week in san francisco!

Summer Sunsets: Shipwrecked
Take the kids for sunset hues, a windy BBQ, and pirate-themed tales and tunes.
Why: Your matey likes to stay up latey.
When: Fri., 5-8 p.m.
Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum, E. Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito (415-339-3900). Tickets online at baykidsmuseum.org. Members, $5; general, $8.

Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s The Little Engine That Could
An acrobatic, musical rendition of the famous children’s book.
Why: You know they can; you know they can.
When: Thru Aug. 8. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Where: Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland (510-296-4433). Tickets online at bactheatre.org. Adults and children, $14.

See Chomp 2 Return of the Carnivorous Plants at the Conservatory of Flowers, then head to the Mission for deeper exploration, including thematic puppet-making and a killer plant dissection.
Why: Slime can be educational.
When: Sat., 2-4 p.m. Exhibit thru Oct. 31.
Where: Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids, 766 Valencia St., b/t 18th & 19th Sts. (415-252-9990); Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr.

Photo: George Travin / George Travin Photography

824 Valencia St
bt 19th & 20th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94110
100 John F Kennedy Dr
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
699 Bellevue Ave
@ Lake Merritt
Oakland, CA 94610
557 McReynolds Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965