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Room to Groove Giveaway!

On Saturday June 16 (one week from today) at 10:30am, don’t miss Room to Groove, a family concert in Boston featuring children’s artists including Elizabeth Mitchell and David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band. Sponsored by WBOS and Boston Common Magazine, Room to Groove is a fundraiser for one of my favorite local organizations, Room to Grow. This promises ... Read More »

Get out the vote!

Last year, with your help, Magic Beans was the winner of Boston’s A-List award for best children’s gift store. We were both flattered and delighted to receive this honor. Now, the A-List voting for 2007 is on, through June 1. Help us keep our title by clicking here and casting your vote. Thanks so much! Read More »

Got opinions?

Some friends of mine at Continuum, a design and research firm, are conducting interviews at their West Newton offices with mothers who are either due between now and August or have an infant 7 months or younger. It will be a 90 minute, one-on-one discussion about baby gear. Here’s the best part – respondents will receive a stipend for their ... Read More »

M-o-m-m-y needs (free iced) c-o-f-f-e-e

(If you don’t get the above reference, that means you’ve never heard The Coffee Song by Ralph’s World. I suggest you download it from iTunes or buy the whole album – it’s one of my favorites.) This Thursday, the local ice cream chain JP Licks will be giving away free iced coffee at all their locations (there’s one across the ... Read More »

The Ultimate Egg Hunt is on

FYI – Magic Beans is running an Ultimate Egg Hunt right now, and the grand prize is a $100 shopping spree. There’s one ultimate egg, well-hidden in the Coolidge Corner area. To find it, junior treasure hunters need to follow a series of clues. The first clue is in the store, and children can stop by and pick it up ... Read More »

Cold Play

We’re back from Toy Fair and rested. Now if only they would coordinate Toy Fair with school vacation week. Instead, we take the kids out of school for a week, and then get back home only to have them out of school for another week. It doesn’t help matters that the entire city of Boston is covered in ice. There’s ... Read More »

Tantrum cuts trip short

The Boston Globe covered an interesting story. Apparently, AirTran booted a family after their 3-year old threw a temper tantrum and refused to sit in her seat before the flight took off. The parents asked if the child could sit in a lap, but the flight attendants wouldn’t allow it. Instead, they removed them from the plane. I can actually ... Read More »

Think you can?

On August 24th, Jumpstart is trying to set a world record for the largest shared reading experience ever. The chosen title? That evergreen classic, The Little Engine that Could. To participate with your children, go to www.readfortherecord.org and register to read. There will be events all over the country on that day, including a great looking celebration at the Boston ... Read More »

Tax Free and Lights Out

A big, huge thank you to anyone who visited us this past weekend. The crowds of the Tax Free weekend would have been challenging enough, but right around the time we opened for business on Saturday, the power went out throughout the Coolidge Corner area. We lost our phones, our computers, our cash registers and our credit card processing, but ... Read More »

Who ever heard of a stroller mechanic?

Lots of people, now. The Boston Herald did a very cute profile about Dave, our warehouse manager and de facto stroller mechanic. To read the article, follow this link. Also, stay tuned. In the wake of this article, a crew from the local Fox affiliate spent some time interviewing Dave and filming him at work today. Looks like we’ll be ... Read More »