ActivitiesTraditions & Celebrations

It’s My Party!

Long ago, pre-children, I used to have fantasies of being one of those people who gives good party. These were largely wild fantasies in the truest sense of “this is kind of titillating, but I’m not sure I ever actually want to experience this” variety, because parties mean people and …

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Junior Ranger Badges
ActivitiesFamily Field Trips

America’s Best Idea – for Kids

One of the United States’ great legacies for the world is our National Parks. Starting with the founding of Yellowstone National Park, in 1872, National Parks have become one of the most important ways that natural treasures and important cultural sites have been protected and preserved for us and the …

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ActivitiesAges 2-5Media & Technology

TTT: The Best Laid Plans, or 5 Preschool TV Shows I Actually Kind of Miss

My original plan for this month was to write about the annoying insipidness that is Paw Patrol. Then, my daughter thankfully stopped watching it, deciding instead that she was in love with a silly and also annoying Disney short film one-off, Lucky Duck, which is duly vapid, but not nearly …

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ActivitiesAges 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 2-5Ages 6-9Media & Technology

The 10 Best Children’s Movies You’ve Never Seen

The genre of children’s movies is one of extremes. On one hand you have the Disney headliner films, big budget productions, sanitized but well written, fantastically animated, with jokes for the guardians sprinkled throughout. On the other, you have the knock-offs, the sequels, and the thinly veiled religious moralizing that …

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ActivitiesHistoryMedia & Technology

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Don’t try this at home edition

(TW: Really crummy ableist language) Going back over our many visits to the IMDD, we will find one theme recurring, nostalgia, a yearning on the part of the meme creator or sharer for the past. Usually the nostalgia is for an idealized past that was simpler, or more enlightened, or …

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ActivitiesAges 2-5BabiesEducationFeaturedMedia & TechnologyParenting Styles

How (I Try) to Make Little Scientists

It’s an oft-asked question. “How do I get my child interested in science?” I think at this point every parent understands STEM skills are likely to determine their success in a modern world.   Neil Degrasse Tyson had one of the most elegant answers, when he said, “Get out of their …

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ActivitiesPlayRound Table

Round Table: Ideas for Summer Activities with Kids/Family

Summer Break is nigh and kids are home from school. What are you going to do with your vacation time? For parents who stay at home, how do you spend all that extra time with your kids? Mary My daughter is only 13 months old, so we are limited in …

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ActivitiesHumor

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Happy Meme Edition

As much fun as it is to watch local reprobates demolish automobiles for your amusement, eventually you have to take a break, go get a hot dog and a beer and find a quieter, more wholesome pursuit at the County Fair. Maybe there’s some butter sculptures to see, or a …

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Beluga Whales (pic by Deek)
ActivitiesFamily Field Trips

Field Tripping: Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut

The east coast houses its fair share of amazing aquariums. It’s easy to expect a big space, glorious sweeping architecture, and expansive exhibits. Yet, I’ve always been a fan of smaller spaces with more quirks and character. Careful design and interesting exhibits work together to provide a great experience at the …

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ActivitiesFamily Field Trips

Field Tripping: Washington D.C.

Museums are part of the commons, our cultural and scientific storehouses and thus in a free and democratic society they should be open to all. If it where up to me the only charge at the door would be a suggested donation for those who feel blessed enough to spare it. …

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