Bringing the NYICFF to You

March 20, 2015

The New York International Children’s Film Festival wraps up this Sunday. (HURRY! There a a couple tickets left!) Every year we try to make it to at least one of the shows. We adore the various shorts program. Last weekend, we went to Short Films One, the best short films around the world for ages […]

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Strongarmed into liking Transformers: Robots in Disguise

March 14, 2015

Another day on Earth, another threat from the Decepticons, amirite? Last week, my Transformer-loving 4-year-old and I got to see a preview of the new Cartoon Network show, Transformers: Robots in Disguise. In the Transformers universe, Robots in Disguise takes place after the timeline of Transformers Prime. That doesn’t mean a lot to young watchers like Ozzie, who’s only […]

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The Light Princess Defies Gravity

March 4, 2015

If you’re looking for something delightful to do with the kids this weekend, treat them to The Light Princess at the New Victory Theater. The Light Princess, a creation of Harvard’s A.R.T. Institute, is a classic fairy tale about a cursed princess that must find love. Of course, if you know me, that’s not all it is or […]

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Toy Fair: Best of the Rest

March 1, 2015

Let’s see… I’ve covered toys for makers, toys with girl power, cool tech toys, games, and what’s new from Lego. What about the rest of Toy Fair? There was so much other good stuff to see. Here are the rest of my Toy Fair favorites. Worry Eaters I can’t think of a more adorable way […]

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Toy Fair: Games

February 27, 2015

It’s like I’m not even close to being done with telling you about all of the cool things I saw at Toy Fair. Now it’s time for some games. Laser Maze Jr.  We love the original Laser Maze in our house. At 4, Ozzie discovered it and loves to set up the pieces just like it […]

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Toy Fair: Cool Tech Toys

February 25, 2015

It’s cool to walk the floor of Toy Fair and see how tech is added to toys for all different age groups, and with all different play purposes. I met some of our future robot overlords, too. Legendary Yoda Spin Master only teased this new Yoda toy at Toy Fair but I can tell you […]

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Toy Fair: Girl Power

February 21, 2015

As I’ve already shown with Lego, toymakers are happily starting to move beyond the if-it’s-for-girls-it’s-girly way of thinking. There’s nothing wrong with girly girl toys, but girls should have choices beyond them. Here are some cool finds from Toy Fair. I Am Elemental I not only want these for the kids, I want these action […]

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Toy Fair: New from Lego

February 20, 2015

After spending an hour in the Lego booth, it’s only logical that I’d need to devote a whole post to the new brick goodies. This is but a fraction of what you can expect this year. Now, I’ve been tough on Lego Friends in the past, but my view has softened a bit because the […]

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Toy Fair 2015: Year of the Maker

February 19, 2015

Toy Fair New York tapped into the Maker movement big time this year. I could tell you about many, many more than the ones I’ve listed here, but I’d like to showcase the toys that address my criticisms of the Maker movement: Entry points are often too complicated and way too expensive. Oh, your kid wants […]

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Language Learning with Pacca Alpaca

February 14, 2015

“Talk regular,” Ozzie says when we try to slip different languages into our day, like when my husband started counting in Japanese the other day. Occasionally Ozzie will lament that he doesn’t know Spanish, but so many of his friends do. We were given a copy of the new language-learning app adventure, Pacca Alpaca – […]

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