A Gameboy Onesie for Your Little Gamer

Before there were tablets and iPads and Nintendo DSes, there was the Gameboy. A portable, hand-held gaming console with interchangeable cartridges, the Nintendo Gameboy was every kid’s best friend. Finally, you could play your favorite arcade games in the car on long trips, beneath your covers at bedtime, even at your desk at school, if […]

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5 Fantasy Action Figures Your Kid Will Fall In Love With

When I was a kid I played with action figures all the time. I would take my Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Marvel, DC and Transformers figures and create a whole new world for them to interact in. Hours were spent pitting good against evil. Unfortunately, I didn’t own that many fantasy genre figures. It was […]

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Making Children’s Theater Interesting & A Little Steampunk

“In this time, 1866,” says a young man wearing a bowler hat and goggles, “few people had ever heard of a submarine, let alone seen one.” His partner in the vest nods emphatically to the crowd, as she adds, “But Jules Verne had! And it inspired him to invent this marvelous ship!” The duo runs […]

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Hey Kids, Grow Your Own! (Mushroom Garden, That Is)

It’s planting season, which for kids usually means: dig dirt, put seeds in, water, and like Toad in Frog and Toad Together, they wait and wait and wait and wait. Now, if Toad had simply chosen to grow mushrooms, the story would have gone a little differently. Toad would have seen growth within a couple […]

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Retro Superheroes: Remembering Our Childhoods With Our Kids

That’s the strange thing about superheroes, to me, anyway: There are so few “new” ones out there. Occasionally a genuinely new superhero will come along, with unique powers and an intriguing backstory. The Incredibles come to mind, that adorable family of reluctant superfreaks who save the planet in their own bumbling way. There’s Finn and […]

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Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholders

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but anyone who’s played a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons will agree that the truth is often much, much darker. There’s very little beauty in an 8-foot-wide ball of flesh, eyes and teeth. Any but the most experienced characters will wet their chainmail at the […]

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MyMimi Cassette Pillows for Hipster Kids (And Parents, Too)

I was fortunate enough to be a child in the greatest decade in human history: the ‘70s. Everything was coming together. The Vietnam War was ending, the Civil Rights movement was reaping its first wave of benefits, prog-rock and proto-metal were young and vibrant, and the clothes were awesomely garish. Free love (which I was […]

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Crayola Color Studio HD

You’ve probably got some fond memories of coloring, whether you were caking on thick layers of Burnt Umber and True Blue on scrap paper at your grandma’s house, or just making masterpieces during free time in first grade. Either way, you remember with equal clarity these humble beginnings to your artistic aspirations, and the smell […]

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