At Smart Toys, parents don't have to choose between fun and educational. That's because the staff at each location stocks their shelves with toys that fit both categories. Youngsters can learn as they play, developing eye-hand coordination while operating flying helicopters or practicing parallel parking with Hot Wheels. They can also express themselves creatively with art supplies by Crayola or boost critical thinking skills with board games including Clue and Monopoly.
Dalton Brody provides an upscale boutique atmosphere nestled in a cozy storefront of mottled stone and regal green awnings. The shop is stuffed to the rafters with crystal and glassware, painted serving trays, candles, handbags, picture frames, and much more. Fill your home with the mingling aromas of lavender and rosemary from a petite air essence incense-like air freshener ($45), or dappify the gentleman of your choosing with a pale-green American–sailboat tie ($75). For the homosapien who has everything, leather money clips ($38) come in a variety of grains and colors, while a small photo album bound in gentle green-and-pink floral tapestry ($34) will hold a variety of memories, images from the future, and souls. Dalton Brody also stocks numerous gifts for new moms and their babies; perk up a nursery with a pink piggy bank ($52) coated in white polka-dots.
As every mom knows, kids grow up too fast. And though moms want to keep their kids looking stylish, new clothes only seem to get a few wears before growing limbs necessitate a complete wardrobe makeover. But at 529 Kids Consign, moms can fashionably outfit kids through their growth spurts with gently used baby and toddler from well-known brands such as Ralph Lauren and bumGenius. Mothers-to-be can also find clothes that flatter their budding bellies, ensuring they feel trendy until the stork comes to switch their pile of maternity clothes for its equal weight in babies.
Save babies and expecting mothers the sartorial embarrassment of being wrapped inside oversized t-shirts or second-hand onesies with today’s Groupon: $35 for $70 worth of fashionable baby duds and maternity clothes at Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique. Located in Old Town Alexandria, this trendy shop for the pleasantly pregnant carries stylish clothes for the expecting and gear, strollers, and children’s clothing for the expected. There is no ban against the non-pregnant, so it’s also a great place for friends and family to pick up gifts for an upcoming baby shower. Funnel cake: Your baby wishes to attend the carnival! While most physicians agree that pregnant women cannot ride rollycoasters and should not be spooked by Doctor Frankendracula's House of Stuff Jumping Out At You, your baby will be very impressed when its weight is accurately predicted at 8 lbs., 2 oz.
Target Portrait Studios are operated by professional photographers who aim to help you capture special moments. Target's studios can be decorated for most any type of shoot, whether you're celebrating a mom-to-be, a graduation, or an upcoming holiday. Subjects also have the opportunity to choose their own backdrops or props, and they can even bring in their favorite toy or invisible friend. The customization doesn't end with the shoot, though?digital files can be personalized with borders, designs, and quotes and then printed in a variety of sizes.
Baby Genius's award-winning children's products teach babies and toddlers essential skills through the power of music. Based on a bounty of research, the company's DVDs enrich the learning experience by merging classical pieces and familiar songs with vibrant images, keeping kids entertained for hours. Parents can sit back while animated animal educators teach pocket-size pupils better motor skills, dictionary-defying vocabularies, vampire-free counting, and nap-inducing dance moves that ready little ones for kindergarten and beyond.