Celebrate Arbor Day with Trees

April 24, 2015

If you download but one album this Arbor Day, let it be Trees, the new collaboration from Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly. I adore Molly Ledford’s work in her band, Lunch Money, so I’m not surprised that I like this album. Her work with Billy Kelly is lovely and playful and vintage in a way […]

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Wild and Wonderful Life at the Limits

April 3, 2015
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One of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on is Animal Genius, where I got to spend my days researching and designing games around animals. I developed a deep, deep love for weird animals. Axolotls, narwhals, Tasmanian devils … the weirder the better. It follows, then, that the American Museum of Natural History’s latest show, Life at […]

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NYICFF and the Secret of the Universe

April 2, 2015

I recently rounded up the short films we loved at the New York International Children’s Film Festival, and Olive and I caught one more show before the festival ended, the Girls POV shorts. There were beautiful, thought provoking shorts that Olive and I talked about well after the show ended. Layla’s Melody provided a heartbreaking picture into […]

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With Piper, Kids Make Minecraft Their Own

March 29, 2015

Last week I went to Sandbox Summit, an inspiring conference at MIT that was focused on play. There I met Shree Bose, winner of the 2011 Google Science Fair. She showed what she’s been working on with her co-founder, Mark Pavlyukovskyy. Minecraft fans, get ready to head over to Kickstarter. There are lots of different […]

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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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