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Kids’ Shows this week at the Coolidge Corner theatre

Saturday, January 8, 2011 @ 10:30 a.m. Debbie and Friends This Saturday morning bring your kids to the Coolidge for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in a rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs! Debbie and Friends concerts are fun for the whole family. Parents and kids join in this interactive “variety show,” which includes a ... Read More »

What’s Sprouting: Jan 3-9

Your weekly curated guide to activities in and around Boston. By Kim Foley MacKinnon January 3-9 Saturday, January 8 2011 Camp & Summer Expo Figure out your kids’ summer plans. The Boston Parents Paper hosts this annual event where you can meet with representatives from more than 85 day and overnight camps and summer programs. Family entertainment includes interactive games, ... Read More »

Play with your food

Looking for a way to get your kids to stay at the dinner table a little longer? The Food Face Dinner Plate should do the trick. Using the same artwork as the classic “Dapper Dan” magnetic toy (remember him, from back before Game Boy, when we could be entertained by making moustaches out of metal shavings and a magnetic stylus?), ... Read More »

11 products to watch for in 2011

Out with the old, in with the new. Here are 11 noteworthy baby products scheduled to debut in 2011. Bugaboo Donkey – the long-awaited Bugaboo expandable double stroller should make it’s highly anticipated debut this spring. We’re expecting big demand and short supply. Mountain Buggy Duet – the narrowest side-by-side double stroller is coming soon from Mountain Buggy. At just ... Read More »

Resolved

I’m old enough to know this: A New Year’s resolution is only as good as its follow-through. It’s easy to make a list on January 1st of all the things you’d like to change in the upcoming year. Sticking with the plan is much harder. When I heard about the Blog Dare, I loved the idea, but had serious doubts ... Read More »

Twenty and Ten: the best new kids’ products from 2010

Happy New Year! Inspired by other year-end roundups, I decided to do one of my own. Here are my picks for the twenty best new baby gear items and the ten best new toys from 2010. Enjoy! Baby Gear Grass by Boon – a drying rack that’s beautiful, whimsical and utterly functional. Mamaroo by 4Moms – a soup-to-nuts overhaul of ... Read More »

What’s Sprouting in Boston 12/27-1/2

Your weekly curated guide to activities in and around Boston. By Kim Foley MacKinnon Wednesday, December 29 Enrichment Treat Day Animals like to get presents too! Visit the Tropical Forest at Franklin Park Zoo to watch as several of the animals, including the gorillas, get special holiday-themed treats. They have to explore their exhibits to find special treats, such as ... Read More »

Kindness, overflowing

On Wednesday, I got a strange email from a woman in LA claiming to represent Yahoo!. She asked if they could come into one of our stores on Thursday and spend $6,000 paying for people’s purchases, up to $150 per person. We were pretty sure it was some sort of weird hoax, but I called them anyway. The woman assured ... Read More »

The most fun bath toy EVER

After watching the Yookidoo Stack n’ Spray Tub Fountain in action at our magalog photo shoot, I was really excited to bring the sample home for my 2-year-old son. Since that day, it has become his absolute favorite bath toy, eclipsing a full bin of other options. I have to admit, I love it too, if only for the belly ... Read More »

Belgian foam playmat ban – should you be worried?

Yesterday, Belgium announced  a new ban on foam puzzle mats, due to the presence of formamides, a type of chemical used to soften the foam for the mats. These chemicals are byproducts of the manufacturing process and residues can be left behind on the foam. For a country to immediately outlaw the sale of a product indicates a fairly serious ... Read More »

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