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Coolidge Corner Kids Shows

Magic Beans is proudly co-sponsoring the weekly Coolidge Kids Show at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. These shows are a great way to get out  and about on Sunday mornings. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids, and free for lap-sitters! Here are some of their upcoming attractions: Best of New York International Children’s Film Festival: Kid Flix ... Read More »

Best Toys for Kids 2010

This Saturday, Nov. 13, is ASTRA’s (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) first ever Neighborhood Toy Store Day. As a local toy store, we’re so excited to be a part of this celebration. With the economic ups and downs of the last decade, neighborhood toy stores have become something of an endangered species. But many of the ones that remain are ... Read More »

What’s Sprouting this week?

Your weekly curated guide to activities in and around Boston. By Kim Foley MacKinnon November 8-14 November through April Belmont Kidspace Opens Need an indoor space when the weather is bad and the four walls of your house are closing in? Just in time for winter, the Belmont Kidspace opens for the season. There’s a large play area, trains, trucks, ... Read More »

Traveling with kids: Miles of smiles

Traveling with kids always provokes some anxiety, whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth time. Will you be the weary (and despised) parent who can’t get her kid to stop screaming? There are no guarantees, but here are 10 things you can do to stack the odds in your favor. 1. Free your hands. Between airline fees and fears ... Read More »

Moms’ Night Out in Hingham tonight with Chevy

Come out tonight and hang with me and Annie Stow at Best Chevrolet in Hingham. It’s a Moms’ Night Out event that promises fun, prizes and cool cars. They’ll have valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, many amazing raffle prizes, Traverse test-drives, Spafinder gift cards and members of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel there to answer your questions about visiting Disney ... Read More »

What’s a “magalog” anyway?

It didn’t take more than a couple of weeks after we opened the first Magic Beans store for the first customer to ask for our catalog. A catalog!? We had a garage full of Legos and a basement full of Maclaren strollers. We definitely did not have a catalog. Fast forward a couple of years later, and the idea no ... Read More »

Face Painting with Jill!

Halloween is coming. Are you going to be using face paint to put the finishing touches on your child’s costume? Let us give you a hand with that. This Thursday, Oct. 28th, Magic Beans is hosting a pre-Halloween party for parents (we’re calling it Night of the Living Beans). We’ve invited Boston-based face painter Jill Reed, of Baja Face Painting, ... Read More »

Sharing the love – your Labor Day advice

This past Labor Day we asked you all to give us your personal “Labor Day” advice. We were inundated with great responses and it took a while to figure out the best way to compile it all. Eventually, we decided to organize the tips by the three stages of labor – before, during and after. Before: What to pack: iPod ... Read More »

What’s sprouting in Boston this weekend

Brought to you by Kim Foley MacKinnon, author of Boston Baby: A Field Guide for Urban Parents and editor of TheSavvyFactory.com Friday, October 22 – Annie The sun will come out tomorrow for everyone’s favorite orphan in this classic musical. Wheelock opens its 30th season with this heartwarming tale based on the comic strip. If your child has never seen the show ... Read More »

Orbit Baby G2 Upgrade Program

Orbit Baby launched their new Sidekick at the ABC Show, perfect for parents who bought into the Orbit Baby system with their first child and are now expecting baby #2. Their innovative wheeled board design looks more like a skateboard than a traditional wheeled board, and it sits over to one side, creating less interference with the parent pushing the ... Read More »