Services & More: Readers' Picks
Kids' hair salon
West Seattle Kids was the scissors-down winner for best kids' hair salon. The shop features a farm theme, and kids can sit on a pony or tractor during their haircut (6965 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, 206-937-7017). Runners up: Li'l Klippers (1815 N. 45th St., Seattle, 206-633-2158, www.lilklippers.com) and The Hair Chair, located across from Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue (1313 156th Ave. N.E., 425-562-0430) and Kids Kuts (12811 8th Ave. W. Ste. B105, Everett, 425-710-9393).
Place that pampers moms
It's easy to dream of spending an entire day at Habitude, chosen by readers as a "Hidden Gem" that pampers moms. But even setting aside an hour for a pedicure or a hot rocks sauna will rejuvenate you for the day ahead. Located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, the full-service spa offers everything from haircuts and facials to massage and back salt scrubs, in a soothing, unhurried environment (2801 N.W. Market St., Seattle, 206-782-2298). Runners up: InSpa (Woodinville, Mill Creek, Factoria, Issaquah, University Village; visit www.inspa.com for addresses and phone numbers) and Olympus Spa (8615 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood, 253-588-3355 and 3815 196th St. S.W., Suite 160, Lynnwood, 425-697-3000, www.olympusspa.com).
Spa that caters to couples
Habitude was also our readers' "Hidden Gem" for a couples-friendly spa. Both of you can experience the relaxing Togetherness Massage in the Gathering Grove Room. Habitude also features a large selection of services tailored for men only, including sports pedicures and manicures. Runner up: Salish Lodge Spa (6501 Railroad Ave., Snoqualmie, 425-888-2556, www.salishlodge.com).
Services & More: Writer’s Picks
Hidden Gem green house cleaning
Fern Creek Natural Housecleaning leaves your home sparkling clean without toxic products. Fern Creek works with you to create a template with guidelines for cleaning your house and features a staff of experienced cleaning professionals. Since Fern Creek prefers natural products (like vinegar and water for hardwood floors) over chemicals, you can be assured that your house will be both clean and healthy for your children. Fern Creek serves Seattle and surrounding areas: 206-226-7017, www.naturalhousecleaning.com
Hidden Gem place to dance
Want to teach your child grace and coordination while developing his or her brain? Check out Seattle's Creative Dance Center, home of Ann Green Gilbert's Brain Dance. Used in all dance center classes, the Brain Dance is comprised of fundamental movement patterns that babies learn in the first year of life, which are crucial to the wiring of the nervous system. When children and adults cycle through these patterns regularly, it benefits their respiratory system and brain, and enhances their body strength and alignment. Classes include opportunities for families to dance together as well as for individual lessons. 12577 Densmore Ave. N., Seattle, 206-363-7281, www.creativedance.org
Hidden Gem healthy meals delivered to your door
What's for dinner? With Dancing Women Meal Delivery, you can have delicious, nutritious meals that even your kids will find appealing, delivered directly to your home. Dancing Women uses fresh and mostly organic products to create healthy, balanced and tasty meals. Use the handy form on the Dancing Women Web site to order from the weekly menu for a week, or get a discount for a full month of orders. With weekly deliveries to Snohomish County, north King County and parts of Seattle and the Eastside, Dancing Women feeds many lucky families healthy, whole food, heat-and-serve meals. 425-787-2821 or 206-940-6721, www.dancingwomen.com
Hidden Gem way to find child care
Choosing child care can be overwhelming. With close to 2,000 child-care facilities serving King County, how will you find one that serves your family in terms of location, services, hours and values? What questions should you ask a prospective child-care provider? Child Care Resources helps families by answering questions about child care, providing information on how to choose a provider and featuring an incredibly detailed, searchable database of child-care providers in King County at www.childcare.org
- Seattle/North King County: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Referral line: 206-329-5544
- East King County: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Referral line: 425-865-9350
- South King County: Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Referral line: 253-852-3080
Hidden Gem relationship resource
Well known for research on marriage and couples relationships, the Seattle-based Gottman Institute is also a great resource for parenting. John Gottman, Ph.D., and his colleagues have studied children and parents for 15 years, focusing on the emotional life of children and communication between parents and their children. Resources include books, videos, DVDs and the Bringing Baby Home program established to help parents navigate the first three years of parenting. 206-523-9042, www.gottman.com
-- Tera Schreiber