11th Annual Museum Day Live!

Education: Saturday, September 26, 2015 is the Smithsonian's 11th Annual Museum Day Live! In the spirit of the Smithsonian's Washington, D.C. museum, which is free to visitors every day, museums all around the country will open their doors for free to those who download a ticket. Each ticket grants the holder and one guest entry to participating museums (one ticket per email address). Visit smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to download your ticket, beginning August 1. Read more…
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Max: A Movie Review

Movies: Not all dogs are created equal. This story features a U.S. Marine dog that served in  Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome. When he returns to the U.S., he has issues not uncommon to humans who’ve experienced similar experiences. This original story will pull on the heart-strings of any animal lover. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “Max is truly an inspirational adventure many will love and enjoy.” Read more…
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Movie Review

Movies: This film follows high schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl and finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D., comments, “This film is beautiful, truly a must see for not only teens, but adults as well. It is so refreshing. It’s very rare that I find a movie that depicts what it’s like to be a teenager and grow up in this day and age with such honesty and genuine emotion.” See her full review below. Read more…
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Inside Out Movie Review

Quick, Easy, Healthy Baby Food

Nutrition: Baby’s transition from milk and formula to solid foods is an exciting time for any parent. The added preservatives and fillers often found in store-bought baby food can be a source of worry but making baby food at home can seem overwhelming at first. Read more…

Broadway: The Best Family Shows

Hot Topics: Many new musicals opened on Broadway this past spring. Here is my pecking order, and age-appropriate recommendations. Read more…

Summer Beach Reads 2015

Family Favorite Winners - 2015

Hot Topics: Click here for the winners of the 2016 Family Favorites Awards? Kids have their favorites. It can be a favorite number, color or ice cream flavor, but they most certainly know what they like. And parents do too. Read more…

Parents: Are YOU Vaccinated Too?

Hot Topics: Prior to the advent of vaccinations, diseases such as polio, measles, rubella, flu and whooping cough killed thousands of infants, children, and adults yearly. Today, these childhood illnesses have largely become a thing of the past in the United States due to routine vaccinations. Not just vaccinations of our children, but also routine vaccinations of adults. These two measures, vaccinating children and adults, have nearly eradicated these diseases in the U.S. The only way that we can continue to be free of these debilitating and deadly diseases is to continue this trend. Read more…

Best Amusement Parks for Kids 2015

Entertainment: Playland has been providing amusement to local residents since 1928. There are more than 50 rides for children, youngsters and adults, free entertainment, beach, pool, boardwalk and pier, lake boating, picnic area, mini golf and indoor ice-skating. Fireworks are displayed every Wednesday and Friday evening during July and August. Read more…

10 Tips to Tackle Temper Tantrums

Relationships: Temper tantrums are common between the ages of 1 and 4; when children don’t get what they want and lack the coping skills to appropriately deal with the disappointment. Here are 10 tips to help. Read more…

Health & Wellness Expo

Where to See Fourth of July Fireworks!

Holidays: • Cross County Fireworks. Summer Fest 15 is a summer-long festival of free family activities, and features an Independence Day Celebration for the whole family. There’s a live performance, strolling entertainers, face painting and a fireworks display that can be seen from anywhere in the mall. 6-9:30pm Jul Read more…

Moderne Barn Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

Hot Topics: Join Moderne Barn in celebrating their 5 year anniversary on Friday, June 12 from 9pm until late, featuring a free live DJ and plenty of dancing! Read more…