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Kid-Friendly Nail Polish, Nailed

hopscotch kids kid safe nail polish!

When she was first born you marveled at her perfect little fingers and toes. And then she turned 2 and started ogling yours.

File this one away for the day your little lady asks for a mani/pedi — Hopscotch Kids, a nontoxic, water-based nail polish line free of the damaging, stinky chemicals kids should do without.

The bright polishes — everything from traditional pinks and reds to funky greens, blues, and a statement-making black — contain only three ingredients: water, acrylic polymer (a nonhazardous compound that helps eliminate smell and shortens drying time), and colorants. The same thoughtful formulation went into creating the accompanying remover that conditions little nails instead of stripping and damaging them.

We tested the Bubble Gum pink and Eenie Meenie Minie Moe green and were impressed with how quickly they dried and how shiny the tips of our fingers stayed. Looks like they nailed it.

Available online at hopscotchkids.com, $13 each.

this week in seattle!
SPLASH
Discovery Pond

What: Check out the tree house, scramble across rocks, and see waterfalls at the new play space.
Why: Go wheeeee down the hollow log slide.
When: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-sunset.
Where: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma (253-591-6439). Admission is free.

CRUNCH
Apple Festival

What: Wander through a maze, see a bluegrass show, and more.
Why: Fritters and apple pie mark the arrival of fall.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm, 9402 Rich Rd. SE, Olympia (360-491-7328). Admission is free.

CELEBRATE
Lake Union Park Grand Opening

What: See an exhibit of Native American canoes, jam to live music, and watch model boats skim across the water.
Why: Wet your whistle at the root beer garden.
When: Sat., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N. (206-684-7254). For info, call 206-332-9900. Participation is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Hopscotch Kids

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LOCATIONS
Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm
9402 Rich Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-491-7328
1919 S Tyler St
@ S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-591-6439
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