Baby’s too heavy for the Bjorn. And the bassinet/car seat/stroller system you had to have has gone the way of Craigslist.
So it seems wrong that while a lone umbrella stroller stands in the garage (finally!), we’re suggesting that you add a new item to your arsenal. But we are — the Magic Stroller Bag.
On first sight, the small and unimpressive package doesn’t seem worth its $72 price tag, but the aptly named lightweight product seriously transforms your toddler’s current mode of transport. Unzip the pouch (it folds into itself), unfold the bag (with roomy interior storage, an attached key ring, and an easy-to-access outside pocket), place the silver grommets over the handles of your umbrella stroller, and you’ll be sold.
No more balancing a tricky tote or digging through the underbasket to score a sippy. Plus, it comes with a detachable strap, so if you need to close the stroller for lunch or a spin around the playground, presto chango: Just sling the bag across your chest and go.
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What: Pamper yourself with a manicure, facial, and other beauty treatments ($18-$110) while tykes play safely nearby.
Why: Forgo the hand flapping; an overflowing toy box keeps ’em occupied until you’re set to go.
When: Ongoing. University District, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Bellevue, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Julep Nail Parlor University District, 5001 25th Ave. NE (206-985-6644); Bellevue, Park Row Shopping Center, 221 Bellevue Way NE (425-440-0861).
Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
What: Take a glide on an old-fashioned vessel, compete in a coloring contest, and go on a treasure hunt.
Why: Little sailors will love demos on rope making and celestial navigation.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1010 Valley St. Info at 206-382-2628. Admission is free.
Family Fourth at Lake Union
What: Make a kite, play carnival games, and catch the dazzling fireworks show.
Why: Kids get a sugar rush with free mini cuppies from Trophy Cupcakes.
When: Sun., noon-11 p.m.
Where: Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way. Info at 206-281-8111. Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Magic Stroller Bag