Someday, you’ll laugh at the horrors you’ve pried from your toddler’s mouth (shoes, cat litter, toilet scrubber). But for now, you can cross these natural finds off your watch list.
Dr. Sharp’s 100 percent vegan, botanical toothpaste ($12) is the only commercial toothpaste brand developed by a dentist. Fluoride free (fluoride is a no-no for young kids), it’s made with ingredients like sage and bambusa stem. Plus, the strawberry cream flavor scores big with little brushers.
Propolis, an ingredient in Kiddie Bee children’s honey cough syrup ($7), is proven to be antiviral, antibacterial, and safe for kids. Without using any herbal supplements, this medicine, made by a group of Atlanta-based beekeepers, suppresses coughs up to three and a half hours.
100% Pure’s Yummy Ice Cream two-in-one body wash and shampoo, bubble bath, and body cream ($12-$25, in strawberry, vanilla, or mint chocolate chip) smell good enough to eat. The new line is all natural and food based without added synthetics, chemicals, detergents, or fragrances. And though we wouldn’t recommend serving it for dessert, no harm will come if Junior sneaks a lick.
Earth Day Cleanup
What: Lend a hand and pick up bottles, wrappers, and litter from the zoo grounds.
Why: Stick around for the day to watch animal feedings and stroll the park.
When: Sat., 8-10 a.m. Register by 8 a.m.
Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, parking lot a (202-633-4800). Admission is free.
What: Search for frogs and toads in their natural habitat and learn how they differ from snakes and other slimy creatures.
Why: A chance to get a close look at a variety of specimens. (Just beware of warts.)
When: Thurs., 7-8 p.m.
Where: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. To register, call 703-631-0013. Adults and children 3 and up, $5; children 2 and under, free.
The Fool at the Circus
What: Watch mimes clown around in this colorful slapstick performance for kidders ages 4-10.
Why: Gives quiet time a whole new meaning.
When: Thru May 16. Times vary.
Where: Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington (703-824-8061). Tickets at 800-494-8497 or online at robot.boxofficetickets.com. Adults and children, $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Sharp; Courtesy of Kiddie Bee; Courtesy of 100% Pure