Splish, Splash!

Spring’s finally here, and it’s time to gear up for some puddle-jumping fun

Whether you have a toddler or a teen, staying dry on those rainy days is the name of the game. For the smaller set, polka dots, pirate motifs and police gear are just a few of the fun rainwear themes Ottawa-area retailers are offering up. Big kids can take their pick from a number of sleek jacket designs in bold, bright colours this season.

just-for-kids-bogs-girls-may2014Seeing spots: These rain boots for girls— made by Bogs Footwear — are 100% waterproof and feature Bogs Max-Wick™ to move away sweat and keep those little tootsies dry. Available in several fun colour combinations, they retail for $45 at Bushtukah, Kanata Kidz, Kiddie Kobbler and West End Kids.

just-for-kids-bogs-boys-may2014Ahoy, matey! Boys will love the uber-cool skulls and treasure maps featured in the design of these rain boots by Bogs Footwear. Bogs Max-Wick™ moves sweat away and keeps feet dry, while DuraFresh bio-technology activates to fight unwanted odours. Priced at $45, look for them at Bushtukah, Kanata Kidz, Kiddie Kobbler and West End Kids.

newt rain suitLittle suit, big coverage: MEC’s ‘Newt Rain Suit’ for infants (6-24 months) wins rave customer reviews on their website for offering full coverage in the soggiest of conditions. Two front zips offer an easy on-and-off design, while the hood features a brim and elasticized sides to keep the drips off baby’s face. Available for $55 in Pink Punch, Royal Blue or Kelly Green.

just-for-kids-mec-aquanator-jacket-may2014It’s a guy thing: Whether he’s heading off to camp or just walking to school, the MEC Boys’ Aquanator Jacket will block out showers with style. With a relaxed cut designed for boys, this shell can accommodate a warm layer underneath. Reflective detailing on the back of the hood and lower arms offers night visibility. Available for $69 in sizes 8-16.

just-for-kids-autority-on-puddles-may2014The authority on puddles: Rainy days will be extra fun for kids when it means a chance to dress up as a fireman or police officer! These adorable jackets — with matching boots and umbrellas — help them play the part. Made by Drench, coats feature a non-PVC, washable fabric, a cotton lining and snap-off hood. Priced at $44.99 (coats), $29.99 (boots) and $15.99 (umbrella). Sized to fit from 18 months-7 years, Drench products can be found at Lulu & Coco, Kiddytown, Kiddie Kobbler and West End Kids.

Fossil fashions:Got a kid who digs dinosaurs? Check out Hatley’s prehistoric print on this boys’ raincoat, which is PVC-free, machine-washable and lined with comfy terrycloth (sizes 2-8). Grab the matching boots and umbrella to complete the look for your budding paleontologist! Priced at $52 (raincoat), $39 (boots) and $19 (umbrella). Look for Hatley products at Fab Baby Gear, Kanata Kidz, Kiddie Kobbler and Kiddytown.

Bye-bye, blues! Rainy-day blues don’t stand a chance with Hatley’s adorable spring looks for girls (sizes 2-12, depending on style). This red raincoat ($64) boasts a classic, nautical look and the matching boots — priced at $48 — feature reflective safety patches and an adorable side buckle detail.


If butterflies set your heart aflutter, you’ll love this brightly-coloured print; coordinate her look with a matching coat ($52), boots ($39) and umbrella ($19). Look for Hatley products at Fab Baby Gear, Kanata Kidz, Kiddie Kobbler and Kiddytown.