Kids’ Masks by Charlie Hustle, a KC Favorite

This post is sponsored by Charlie Hustle, a Kansas City based brand representing the civic pride of the Midwest. Use the promo code COLLECTIVE15 for 15% off purchases of $25 or more. Valid 9/08 – 9/30 at

If you’d told me last year that one of my top concerns on outings with my children this summer and fall would be mask wearing, I wouldn’t have believed you…probably would have given you a strange look and texted my mom friends about my confusion.

Well, it’s 2020 — the year of the unexpected.

Kids have returned or are gearing up to return to school. Those attending in-person will need to wear masks a lot of time. We take masks with us when we leave the house even for outdoor fun in case we get into a crowded situation or if we need to use a restroom.

Masks have become a staple thanks to COVID-19.

How to Get Your Kids to Wear Masks

Though my kids have been generally willing to wear their masks, I know many haven’t been. Here are some tips to help your kiddos adjust to this new normal (aren’t we all tired of that phrase?):

  • Stay positive even if you aren’t super thrilled about your mask and try to model good mask habits. Explain how a mask is one way they can help keep their community safe.
  • Practice at home. Consider trying a screen time = mask time approach. Encouraging masks while having screen time might make practicing easier since they’ll probably forget they have it on.
  • Avoid treating masks as a choice. Instead, make them a non-negotiable — “If you want to go into the library, you have to wear a mask.”
  • Point masks out when you see them on other people, so your kids don’t feel like it’s weird and can get used to them being a required accessory.
  • Give kids choices. “Would you like to put it on in the car or parking lot?” “Would you like help or do it yourself?” “Which mask would you like to wear?”

Charlie Hustle KC Heart Face Masks

While we’ve acquired a wide selection of masks in our home to allow our kids choices, we recently got our hands on face masks from Charlie Hustle. They are super cute, super soft, come in fun colors, and fit my little ones really well. While they are recommended for ages 5 to 10, my three-year-old has no problem wearing her Charlie Hustle mask. She even asked for it the other day as we were headed out the door.

I like that the Charlie Hustle masks reflect pride in our city, that they use recycled materials, that they’re washable (we hang dry ours), and that they’re made in the USA. As for specs, they are two layers and measure approximately 6.5″ wide x 4″; worth noting that the kids’ masks come in a three-pack.

An added bonus: For every mask purchased, Charlie Hustle will donate one mask to the Fox 4 Love Fund for Children campaign to provide 40,000 youth face masks to KC students. Masks are available online and at the Made in KC Plaza Store.

Show your KC pride and get your hands on these stylish masks for the entire family! Use the promo code COLLECTIVE15 for 15% off purchases of $25 or more. Valid 9/08 – 9/30 at

Claire made her way to Kansas City after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she met her husband Scott (a KC native and Mizzou grad). Both are high school educators; she teaches English while he often schools her in history. They live in Olathe with their two small children -- Evan 5 & Abbie 3. Claire regularly spends time advocating for early childhood education/intervention and is always looking for ways to become more civically engaged. She loves cheering on the Huskers and the Royals, date nights, reading five books at once, writing, contemplating the deeper issues of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and listening to her kids giggle together. Catch some of those giggles on Instagram @clairebear_kc.