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 washington d.c.!

What: Local artist Anne Leslie creates a paper likeness of your pip-squeak.
Why: More heirloom-worthy than all those digital photos.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Hooray for Books, 1555 King St., Alexandria. To register (required), call 703-548-4092 or e-mail info@hooray4books.com. Cost is $40 and up.

Fall Fest

What: Swoop down giant slides, meander through the cornfield, and hop on a hayride.
Why: Pumpkins and apple cider mean fall’s officially here.
When: Sat.-Nov. 7.
Where: Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville (703-830-4121). Mon.-Fri., adults and children, $9; under 2, free; Sat. & Sun., adults and children, $15; under 2, free.

Plum District Launches
What: Sign up for daily mom-friendly discounts on shopping, entertainment, and other great stuff around town.
Why: There’s no reason to shell out major moolah.
When: You’re looking for a bargain.
Where: Online at plumdistrict.com. Participation is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Hopscotch Kids

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Cox Farms
15621 Braddock Rd
Centreville, VA 20120
1555 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314