Reading in the Digital Age

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In the 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report™, a national survey released today, children age 6 – 17 and their parents share their views on a wide range of topics regarding reading in the 21st Century. The study, conducted by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and Harrison Group, a leading marketing and strategic research consulting firm, found that from age 6 - 17, the time kids spend reading books for fun declines while the time kids spend going online for fun and using a cell phone to text or talk increases. … [Read more...]

The Daily Squiggle on Facebook

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Experts agree that “imagination and reading comprehension skills go hand in hand.”  Check out this fun, FREE daily brain exercise regimen for families? RandomLine just introduced The Daily Squiggle on Facebook.  Here's how to participate: 1.    Log onto the Daily Squiggle on Facebook. 2.    Tell them what you see. (ie. “I see a mermaid’s body.”) 3.    “Suggest to Friends” or SHARE with friends to accumulate the most “Likes” on their comment. 4.    Gets the most “Likes” and watch your guess “come to life” in a drawing the following day. Monday … [Read more...]

One Woman Show: Stretch Marks

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Stretch Marks is a one woman show about giving birth and being born, what we are born into, the circumstances of our birth and the legacies we inherit. Forget about the meaning of life, what does it mean to be alive? A dynamic performance that is serious and seriously funny. Stretch Marks is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project.  These performances mark its New York premiere. “This performance has potential to resonate with a variety of demographics,” says star and writer Angela Kariotis. “After all, we were all born once. We all … [Read more...]

Help Green Coney Island

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MillionTreesNYC – a joint initiative between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs by 2017 – invites you to come plant trees, garden and adopt a free tree for your home on  Saturday, October 2nd 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  You can sign up to volunteer at www.milliontreesnyc.org Here is the info: Who: MillionTreesNYC, American Express, Bloomberg Philanthropies and David Rockefeller When: Saturday, October 2nd 9:00 am – 3:00 … [Read more...]

Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation Fund-raising Event at Build-A-Bear

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The Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) will be holding a fund-raising event at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in NYC on Tuesday, October 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Build-A-Bear Workshop will be closing its doors to allow for our supporters to build their very own bears, enjoy games and activities, and have some dinner and drinks. Each child receives a free bear so that everyone can be included. Proceeds from the benefit enable us to support children with cancer and blood disorders who cannot otherwise afford care. It is going to be a great … [Read more...]

My New Broadway Buddy and I See the Show “Wicked”

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A few months ago, I wrote about taking Olivia to her first musical on Broadway, Mary Poppins, and what a special experience it was for me as a culture-loving mom.  I talked about how we both got dressed up; about how when the curtain rose, she took a deep breath (as did I) and leaned forward to take it all in: about the costumes, the singing and dancing; about the set; about the live orchestra; her excitement during intermission at the candy calendar.  She was only four years-old at the time, and little did she know that her destiny would include many … [Read more...]

Cool Parenting Links of the Week

Here are my interesting parenting links of the week that you should be sure not to miss: Mom Finds: Baby Halloween Costumes Shiny Brite: Tips For Helping Your Child Learn to Read Mom Delicious: How Many Do-Overs Are Mommies Allowed in a Single Day? A Child Grows: Kids Music Listings this Weekend: September 24, 25, 26 Plus Lily Makes Three: Fried Green Tomatoes NYC Single Mom:Visiting Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom Kitchen Conundrum: Who Are You Anyways?  Project Food Blog Challenge #1: Ready, Set, Blog! Stage Mama Have You … [Read more...]

Toshiba and Best Buy Collaborate to Introduce Children’s Laptop

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Toshiba's Digital Products Division, (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Satellite® L635 Kids’ PC, Toshiba’s first kid-centric laptop design, available exclusively at Best Buy. Designed in collaboration with Best Buy, the Satellite L635 Kids’ PC is a full-size laptop made for children aged five to 10 that provides a suite of entertainment and education software and allows parents to help ensure their children are staying safe on the Web. Technology products are … [Read more...]

Julianne Moore’s Best-Selling Children’s Book “Freckleface Strawberry” Hits NYC

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The beloved New York Times best selling children’s book Freckleface Strawberry by the celebrated actress Julianne Moore is adapted into a 75-minute musical chock full of  music, dance and fun. The show now opens on Friday, October 1st with previews starting on Thursday, September 9th at New World Stages (340 West 50th St- between 8th and 9th Avenues) . Opening night will benefit the Save The Children Organization. I can't wait to see this play.  I love Julianne Moore, love her children's story.  I can't wait to see how they adapted this book to bring … [Read more...]

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Brings Kid Hop Sounds to Symphony Space’s Just Kidding Series on October 16th

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One of the nation’s top independent family music artists, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, makes his debut performance at Symphony on Saturday, October 16th.  The family friendly hip hop concert is the first of this year’s “Fresh Sounds” series, with all tickets priced at just $10 each. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is known as the King of Kid Hop, or Positive Hip Hop for Kids. Bringing together a love for hip hop roots and culture with a true respect for the unlimited creativity of children, he crafts tunes that bump up both the volume and the self esteem. … [Read more...]