Things about toddlerdom that trump grown-up life:
1. Unlimited mac ’n’ cheese.
2. Afternoon naps.
3. Coloring books.
4. Daily hairdressing.
Really, the only thing we had over our kids was fleece-lined tights.
Now that gig is up, thanks to Plush legwear’s new line of cozy tights for girls.
Say good-bye to endless mommy-daughter battles over cotton/nylon/spandex-blend leggings that are not warm enough for winter. Dress her instead in tights that hide a thin layer of fleece for extra insulation.
Choose from pink, navy, gray, brown, and black (all colors come in footless and footed styles) to match any outfit. And don’t worry about finicky dressers; the fleece is so thin, her party shoes will glide on without bunching the tights or crunching her toes.
Good luck explaining that it’s boot season.
Available online at plush-apparel.com, $30.
What: Go for a guided hike, check out a puppet show, and make scarecrows.
Why: Furry friends await at the petting zoo.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills (443-738-9200). Adults, free; children, $10; under 3, free.
Alexandria Arts Safari
What: A slew of free craft projects including block printing, papier-mache, and collage.
Why: Your mini Matisse jumps on any excuse to wear her smock.
When: Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria (703-838-4565).
Cox Farms Fall Festival
What: Feed the goats, sip apple cider, and crawl through the straw tunnels.
Why: Five not-too-scary slides for your little ghoul to get his kicks on.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville (703-830-4121). Tickets online at coxfarms.com. Mon.-Fri., adults and children, $9; under 2, free; Sat., Sun. & Columbus Day, adults and children, $15; under 2, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Plush