Parenting is full of things you say are for your kids but are actually all about you. (“Her hair was in her eyes, so I had to cut bangs.”)
Add Apple Park’s beanies and booties to the list. You’ll buy the cuter-than-a-button toppers and slippers in the name of encouraging imaginative play, but secretly it’s just to make you smile.
Representing all the Picnic Pals — bunny, monkey, cubby, lamby, and ducky — the coordinating combos are crafted from organic cotton and natural silk-blended hemp. Cozy booties in the shape of animal feet slip on without a struggle. And the soft beanies have a Velcro-like closure that fastens under the chin without inducing a case of the itchy-scratchies.
In fact, our usually antihat 1-year-old completely forgot she was sporting a lamb up top as she played around the house.
Much to our delight.
Available online at applepark.com, $24-$28.
D.C. Color Splash
What: Create kaleidoscope collages, tie-dye fabric, and watch members of Holly Bass Performance Projects make masterpieces with their feet.
Why: Face painting turns kids into canvases, too.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW (202-639-1805). Admission is free.
The Laurie Berkner Band
What: Put on a festive hat and rock out at the birthday-themed show.
Why: Check out Berkner’s instructions for making silly chapeaus.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Where: George Washington Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (202-994-6800). Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $25-$35; children under 1, free.
Wolf Trap Performing Arts Classes
What: Enroll mini maestros in courses that combine music, movement, and drama.
Why: Bust out beats during djembe drumming.
When: Book now for the spring session beginning Mar. 14.
Where: Center for Education at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. For more info, call 703-937-6304 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Register online at wolftrap.org. Cost is $200 for an eight-week session.
Photo: Courtesy of Apple Park
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