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Do Little Children Know What A Spa Is?

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Hi All,
I'm tinkering with a reference to a spa in a pb ms I'm working on,
but going back and forth with how exactly to do it because I'm
not sure it has a broad enough understanding for little children.
Well, unless they have moms or others they know who go to spas.
Any thoughts?
#1 - November 28, 2013, 07:55 AM

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I'm pretty sure Fancy Nancy does a spa day at some point... that's for children 4-8. But I think readers of Fancy Nancy might be more likely to get the reference because of the context - Fancy Nancy is into all that kind of stuff, after all.

My six-year-old wouldn't know what one is, I don't think, but she'd get it from the context.
#2 - November 28, 2013, 08:26 AM

Oh, yeah, I forgot about Fancy Nancy, lol.
Thanks, Franzilla.
#3 - November 28, 2013, 08:33 AM

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My daughter asked for a spa birthday party for her 5th birthday. The moms of the attendees (all in matching stylish Tees) gave Manis, Pedis, facials, hair syling and light makeup.
Our girl did not find out about spas from us. I think she found out about it from TV.
#4 - November 28, 2013, 03:42 PM

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My 5 and 7 year olds know all about spas and had a "spa day" today in fact (in play, upstairs in the bathroom), but they learned about it from their just turned 13 year old sister, who learned about them from friends when one had a "spa birthday party" in 5th grade. Come to think of it, the 7 year old had a spa birthday party in kindergarten with a friend getting mani/pedis.
#5 - November 28, 2013, 05:30 PM

Oh, this is great to know.
Thanks David and Writerhoo.    :fireworks
#6 - November 29, 2013, 07:29 AM

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Spa can mean more than one thing.  It could just be a hot tub. I don't know if my kids would get the reference. Certainly, kids of lower socioeconomic status wouldn't be as likely to have experience with a spa. School aged children may become familiar with spa parties and TV references, but younger kids probably wouldn't be.
#7 - December 02, 2013, 08:32 AM
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There are some new "spa" related accessories for American Girl dolls (spa chair, salon items, etc.). My 7-yr old is eyeing this stuff for Christmas...could be another way young girls are familiar with the word.
#8 - December 02, 2013, 07:58 PM
BACKHOE JOE, HarperCollins, 2014
FAMOUSLY PHOEBE, Sterling, 2017
ALL IN A DROP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

Ahh, fantastic - thanks Debbie and Lori.
#9 - December 03, 2013, 10:32 AM

Based on my own experiences, I do think most kids are familiar with spa things very early.

(While typing this I decided to just ask my kids so here's what they said first.)
I asked my kids where they hear about spas besides from Mommy. My 6-year-old says that The My Little Ponies have a spa day in one episode and Stella goes to the spa in Winx and Fancy Nancy always talks about her spa day. My 4-year-old says she knows all about spas because that's where she gets her hair done (they go to an Aveda for hair) and from the refrigerator (we always have spa water available mostly so they can choose, either water or spa water, and they don't miss the juices).

(Here's what I was going to say before asking them.)My 4 and 6 year olds love spa stuff. At their school they have spa water (labelled as such with different fruits in it each week) as one of the cafeteria options. One of their friends had a make your own spa products 5th birthday party this year and they made bubble bath and lotion. They and many of their friends have already gone to spas, usually for mani/pedis or hair but one of my kids' friends got a massage and facial just last week. There is a local kid spa that starts all services for 4 year olds with ice cream and other treat based scents and treatment names. Also, we have home spa days where we slice cucumbers for our eyes and make spa water and paint our nails and make soaps. And my 6-year-old asked Santa for a spa day kit with an inflatable pedicure tub and other little nail stuff. I love spas and my friends and I have a girls weekend at one, so that's how my kids know about it, though I guess they'd have seen the water at school and heard about it from their friends anyway.

That all being said, I think that a more accessible way to talk about spa stuff for little ones is to refer to things at a spa. Like "she's going to a place to get her nails done called a spa". Most kids know about painting their nails and may be able to use the words manicure and pedicure. I'd bet very few, even my kids who have probably more than the usual exposure to spas, could come up with a facial or any more rare things like waxing or laser hair removal or acupuncture or anything like that. Maybe a massage (I just asked my 4 year old and she knows what a massage is - actually had as good of a definition for one as I could give.) Most kids probably know about a hair salon moreso than a spa at least from their moms and from all of those hair styling dolls that come with salon chairs (Dream Dazzlers and Our Generation both have one) or whole salons (Barbie has one, Minnie Mouse has a pet salon, Rapunzel / Disney princesses and Polly Pocket have hair salons, and I'm sure there's many more.)

Hope that helps. I better get off the computer and put these kids to bed now.  :grin3
#10 - December 08, 2013, 05:27 PM

Hi Adia,
Thanks so much - such great, extensive info!

#11 - December 08, 2013, 09:17 PM


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