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Toy Fair Trends, 2012

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Discovering new games is always a delight at Toy Fair, but my favorite game is a very old one: trendspotting! There are always running themes that pop up each year, and it’s fun to see how each manufacturer puts its own unique spin on a hot trend. Here are a few themes that we saw everywhere at the fair: 1) ... Read More »

Dan Zanes & friends Concert – February 5

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Who’s this goony-looking dude with the big poofy hair and the guitar? Kids and parents love Dan Zanes, and since he’s playing a show at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square on February 5, we figured we’d check him out. It turns out that Dan Zanes, formerly of the Boston rock band the Del Fuegos*, is a cottage industry unto ... Read More »

Meet the Playmaker: An interview with Steve Gross

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This weekend’s Life is good festival will be a blast, but don’t forget: this is also an event benefiting one of our favorite charities, the Life is good Kids Foundation, which executes the Playmakers Initiative. Playmakers provides training, resources, and support to professionals who work with kids who are dealing with life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness, and extreme poverty. ... Read More »

The Perfect Nursery: Q&A With Interior Designer Rachel Reider

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Your baby’s room should be a soothing, restful place for you as well as your child. We asked interior designer Rachel Reider for tips on creating a peaceful space for sleeping, nursing, diapering, and growing. Q: What’s the first step in the nursery room design process? I would recommend going through magazines and catalogs and pulling images of spaces you ... Read More »

Madpax Backpacks: Turtles, Dinosaurs, Koopas, and Kindergarten

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We all know that we’re supposed to root for the good guy in the movies, but some bad guys are just irresistible. Like Darth Vader, or Cruella De Vil, or the Wicked Witch of the West, sometimes bad guys just steal the show. Let’s face it: the mild-mannered Mario Brothers suffer in comparison to their nemesis, the much cooler-looking Bowser, ... Read More »

A very Smurfy Blog

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On Saturday mornings in the early 1980s, it wasn’t hard to find my sister and me: like millions of other kids, we were sunk deep into the living room sofa (a plushy red relic that sits in my current living room today), drinking chocolate milk and watching the Smurfs. The Hanna Barbera show was based on the comics by Belgian ... Read More »

Day 30: Playmobil Lion Knight’s Castle

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Unstructured, imaginative play is loads of fun for kids – plus, it helps them to develop their creativity, and learn social skills. Playmobil sets give kids a setting and some characters to populate a fantasy world and then interact within it, and the Playmobil Lion Knight’s Castle, today’s giveaway, is full of fuel for an active imagination. The enormous castle ... Read More »

Day 29: Nook Pebble Lite Mattress

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The Nook Pebble Lite Crib mattress has the ultimate recipe for a good night’s sleep. It isn’t something you can whip up in your kitchen, but here’s some information about the ingredients. Eucalyptus: You’re probably familiar with this tree as an ingredient in your cough drops, and as a home for koalas. But did you know that eucalyptus can also ... Read More »

Day 28: Monte Designs Ninna Nanna Bassinet

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Today’s prize comes from Monte Design, one of our favorite furniture companies. Monte’s owners, Ralph and Michelle Montemurro, started the company in part to create the sort of family furniture they wanted to use, and so we’re not surprised by the look of their home, displayed in this photoset by designers Gianonne Petricone Associates: Ralph and Michelle Montemurro, founders Monte ... Read More »