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Day Spas For Kids - How to choose a spa for your child

Updated on September 2, 2016
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

Day Spa for Kids
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Spas for kids.

Spas are not for adults anymore. Kids are being exposed to these wonderful get-aways as well. You might say that this is just taking spoiling our kids a bit too far, but I beg to differ. I think kids should be exposed to spas for several reasons:

  1. Kids can be stressed just like adults and they too need some form of alternative relaxation.
  2. Kids can bond with Mom and Dad at a spa.
  3. Spas for kids are learning experiences. Spas can teach kids how to properly care for certain parts of their bodies, they can learn about skin care products and how to apply them, and they can hear all these things from professionals, even though they may hear them from Mom and Dad. Sometime when kids hear things from other people they take it to heart a little more.
  4. Spas can provide a bit more healthy menus teaching kids that it's OK to be "health nuts." Spas usually present food that is colorful and styled on a plate as eye candy. Kids may be willing to try something different because it looks pretty.
  5. Spas for kids can help provide them with a self image that is positive.
  6. Spas teach kids that it's OK to take care of themselves as they take care of others. A caregiver is just as important as the one being cared for.

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How to choose a kids' spa and its services

  • Make sure you choose a spa that is kid-friendly or one that is totally for kids.
  • Choose a kids' spa that is not hesitant to show training and licenses of its technicians.
  • You and your child may choose the spa services / spa packages that he or she will enjoy.
  • Some kid spas have parents sign a Parental Agreement which may limit certain services that can be provided to children of certain ages. This agreement, the majority of the time, will state that a parent MUST accompany children under a certain age and/or children under a certain age MUST remain fully clothed.
  • While researching kids' spas look for references on the spas' websites or look for any reviews online or in hard copy print. Look for what the kids say about their spa experiences.
  • Ask if the kids' spa has family packages.
  • If your child has any allergies choose a kids' spa that can offer non-allergenic products.
  • Ask if the kids' spa has a Spa Form to fill out for your child. This form may inquire about allergies, medications or any other sensitivities your child may have. The kids' spa is not being nosy, it wants to make sure your child has a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • You want a kids' spa to use 100 percent cotton robes, slippers, headbands, spa masks and other linens. This should be your fabric of choice - other fabric can be itchy.
  • Technicians should use rubber gloves so ask what type of material the gloves are made from. Some kids may be allergic to latex.
  • If food is served, again, be conscience of your child's allergies. Is the food gluten free, no peanuts or dairy, etc.
  • Ask the kids' spa if they provide safety talks to the children before they begin their treatment. This will let kids know what to look for in the future whenever they visit a spa. The talk should include how NOT to share nail clippers, fingernail files, flip flops or soaking bins, etc. The talk should include how the spa sanitizes ALL utensils and equipment. Spa safety videos narrated by a child would be ideal.
  • I recommend the kids are provided their own nail polish bottles.

Girl taking a break in a spa pool
Girl taking a break in a spa pool | Source

Your child's day at the spa may include:

  • A shampooing
  • Hair cut - bangs trimmed
  • Hair braided
  • Hair curled
  • Hair flat-ironed
  • Manicure and Pedicure - some manicures and pedicures are decorative ONLY, meaning there is no cutting or clipping a child's nails just slight shaping
  • Nail art with appliques or painted on flowers or hearts, for girls of course
  • Massage
  • Introduction to skin care products
  • Facial
  • Ear piercing
  • Spa lunch & learn
  • Some pool time (with Mom and/or Dad present)
  • Some spas offer kids yoga classes
  • Teens and Tweens may learn how to apply make-up for a natural look
  • A FREE take home gift
  • A plush robe and matching slippers (usually at an extra cost)
  • Soak & Soothe area - your child can soak their feet in a foot Jacuzzi and listen to soothing music
  • A Storyteller on site to stimulate their imagination
  • A smoothie or fruit juice bar
  • An ice cream bar

When to give a kid a spa gift certificate:

  • For a Birthday celebration - have their Birthday party at the spa
  • For a Graduation gift
  • For winning a competition
  • For an acceptance to college
  • Because the kid has reached a weight loss goal
  • For doing well on a school project
  • For doing well in a small business
  • For recovering from a life-threatening illness
  • Just because you love them

Get on several kid spas' mailing lists to receive special offers, promotions, to enter your child in give-aways, for discount coupons or for printable invitations. Give your child a Spa-velous experience.


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      Allie 4 years ago

      I have never thought about taking my child to a spa - this is a great idea!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Abigail, glad you like it. Thanks

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      Abigail 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful article. My daughters would love to go to a spa.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Some of my friends are glad they have boys, too. LOL!

      Thanks for reading.

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      hbentleymom 5 years ago from Alabama

      I am glad I have boys!!