Though you’d love to have lilting French lullabies coming out of your child’s mouth, it’s usually buttons or the computer cord.
That’s why you’ll sing the praises of Little Alouette teethers and baby toys. Created by a master carpenter father and educator mother, the charmingly simple pieces are crafted from locally sourced hardwoods finished in baby-safe organic flaxseed oil. Choose from moon, star, animal, and fruit shapes, as well as rattles, stackers, and blocks sized for tiny hands.
For frequent players, there are the Wood of the Month club and custom designs. Coming up next: ride-on toys.
That doesn’t bite.
Available at Proper Topper, 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, between N Street and Dupont Circle (202-842-3055); 3213 P Street NW, at Wisconsin Avenue (202-333-6200 or propertopper.com). To see styles, go to littlealouette.etsy.com.
Kids’ Menu at The Majestic
What: Chefs Cathal Armstrong and Shannon Overmiller serve healthy options like dumplings (potato gnocchi) and fancy fish sticks (hake with bread crumbs).
Why: They cried more, more, more.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 1-9 p.m.
Where: 911 King St., Alexandria (703-837-9117).
Kaydee Puppet Show
What: Head to the old movie theater where tots (ages 2 and up) catch big-mouthed creatures acting out fairy tales.
Why: Your little dictators demand to go.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.
Where: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, b/t Northampton & McKinley Sts. (202-966-6000). Tickets online at theavalon.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
What: Teach them the value of helping others by volunteering for service projects or tackling something on your own, like picking up trash at the playground.
Why: Do unto others.
When: Mon. (and every day).
Where: Wherever help is needed.
Photo: Courtesy of Little Alouette