Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

April showers bring opportunities for kids and parents to stomp in the rain and strut around in their finest wet-weather gear. Here’s a roundup of the best and brightest under the rain clouds.

When it rains, grab this Unique Wood Toys duck

Hippos, ladybugs, lions, birds, sheep, elephants, cows and ducks. These are just a few of the animals to grace the umbrellas at Crafted with high-quality wood in the USA, you’ll have no trouble shepherding kids outside in wet weather when they can carry one of their favorite animals in umbrella form. Log on and choose the one that speaks to you or your child.

Kids will love these umbrellas!

If you’d rather have umbrellas festooned with Madonna’s English Roses, a circus tent, silver stars, a fireman’s ladder, a cat’s head or something more exotic, check out You can also find umbrella handles that contain toy frogs, ladybugs or goldfish floating in water – yahoo! Be the most original in the park.

These Pirate boots are for stomping

Koo Koo Bear Kids features Wild Pirate rain boots, Cool Creature Dinosaur raincoats, Dog and Cat raincoats, and a veritable storm of grin-inducing rain gear for little ones. The Mary Jane boots for girls meld formality with fun, and the Bear Toddler Boots are perfect for the wild at heart. Visit then hope for more rain.

Marmot Destination: Fashion

For moms or even mothers-to-be, the Marmot Destination Jacket in vanilla is just the thing needed to usher in spring with grace, style and warmth. Streamlined and secretly functional, this hard-working jacket will serve you well through rain or shine. Find it at

Round up the kids – spring is in the air and it’s time for singing in the rain.

Originally published April 2008
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