Playtime Beanies and Booties from Apple Park

Animal Hats and Slippers for Dress-Up

apple park beanies!

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.

this week in washington d.c.!

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 education@wolftrap.org. Register online at wolftrap.org. Cost is $200 for an eight-week session.

Photo: Courtesy of Apple Park

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Center for Education at Wolf Trap
1645 Trap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
George Washington Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
bt G & H Sts
Washington, DC 20037