Growing up, it was always a treat when my mom would invite me along to the salon to get a manicure and pedicure. We also turned some Saturday afternoons into "spa day" at the house—my sister and I would pull chairs up to our kitchen counter, protected by magazines at my mother's request, and chat away as we painted our nails.
Today, a spa visit for children seems to go far beyond a mother-daughter manicure. Spas are targeting children in a whole new way, now offering a separate kids menu or opening venues that are exclusively for kids. The menu at New York City's Milk and Cookies Kids Spa does in fact look notably delicious. I am admittedly intrigued by the "mint chocolate chip" mani/pedi. For 'cool dudes' the trendy new spot also offers a "cookie monster attack" treatment. "We believe children deserve the right to look good and feel confident," reads Milk and Cookie's website.
For moms who still want that same bonding experience I grew up with, the spa at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California offers both adult and kids menus. Here you can sign your children up for packages like "Superstar" or "Princess," which include treatments such as facials, massages, and manicures.
According to the International Spa Association, approximately 25 percent of America's spas now offer services to children under 13. Spas have traditionally been thought of as "adult territory" but that's all changing.
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