Mother-Daughter Bonding: Carnival-Style

Every morning while I'm getting ready for work, my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Mia, shows up and starts to root around in my makeup drawer. 

While I do love the fairly quiet together mother-daughter bonding time before she heads off to school, I consider this problematic for a few reasons: 


1. I'm not so keen on a preschooler in eyeshadow and a red lip

2. She messes up my deftly organized drawers!

3. Inevitably, my denying her the chance to wear glittery glosses or shimmery shadows makes makeup feel like something illicit, and perhaps gives it more power than it ought to. She gets whiny when all I'll allow is a dab of lip balm on her pucker!

That's just one of the reasons why I'm excited to take Mia to the carnival style-celebration at the Old Navy flagship store in New York City on Saturday, where, amongst other things, she can get her face painted to her heart's content. And besides that, there will be carnival games, a prize booth, balloon artists, arts and crafts, a photo backdrop station (where you and your kids can get your photo taken against a carnival backdrop), cotton candy, popcorn, and hot dogs. 

The cotton candy alone would probably be a big enough draw for my little sugar fiend. But I'm most excited to stock up on tons of spring clothes, some at only $10! That's right — there's a big sale for me to enjoy while Mia is getting her fill of carnival-type treats.

Here are the details, if you have a little one who might like to take part in the fun:

Saturday, May 10, from noon to 4 p.m.

Old Navy, 610 Avenue of the Americas at 18th Street, 2nd Floor

*This post was sponsored by Old Navy