You figured your kiddo had an earthy side when he suggested using the swimming pool for worm composting.
Before jumping into dirty work, start an ecofriendly routine with Duck Duck Green. The website run by two moms/sisters-in-law sells natural, safe loot for newborns and toddlers. They’ve whittled the field down to their absolute faves for feeding, baths, play, clothing, and bedtime — all of it toxin free and fair trade.
Finds like BabyGanics’s Germinator alcohol-free hand sanitizer and Natursutten natural rubber pacis don’t turn up at your local drugstore. Gift boxes, which gather all the category bests in recycled packaging, make it easy to give the most coveted present at the shower (the Bum Bums kit featuring nontoxic stuff for tushes is a big awwww waiting to happen).
A portion of every sale goes to nonprofit 1% for the Planet, which supports environmental groups worldwide — a cause you’ll happily worm your way into.
Available online at duckduckgreen.com.
Pink & Brown Boutique
What: Buy one get one half off when you choose from all summer clothing from lines like Tea and Egg (reg. $30-$80).
Why: Soaring temps call for breezy togs.
When: Thru Aug. 15. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 1212 King St., Alexandria (703-684-1050).
Friendship Firehouse Festival
What: Check out antique fire equipment, hear live music, and make crafts.
Why: The dalmatian will steal the show.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: S. Alfred St., b/t Prince & King Sts., Alexandria. For info, go to virginia.org. Participation is free.
How I Became a Pirate
What: A silly musical about little Jeremy Jacob and a motley crew of swashbucklers at sea (ages 3 and up).
Why: He quickly realizes there’s no place like home.
When: Thru Aug. 14. Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1:30 & 4 p.m.
Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Tickets at 301-280-1660 or online at imaginationstage.org. Adults and children, $11-$21.
Photo: Courtesy of Duck Duck Green
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