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Smart Summer Science: Turn Cooking and Collecting Into Summer Learning Fun
Want to keep your child science-smart in the summer? Perhaps you feel your daughter isn’t engaged enough in science during the school year, and you think the summer months might be the perfect time to sharpen her interest and skills. Or maybe your son simply doesn’t have time to focus on hands-on scRead More »
Nose in a Book: 5 Kids' Books About Spring, Green and Gardening
Tops & Bottoms, by Janet Stevens Tops & Bottoms is a wonderful folk story about hard work. A poor hare needs to provide for his large family and rich Bear is happy to have him take care of his fields. “You get tops and I get bottoms,” promises clever Hare who sorts the harvest into root vegRead More »
Cultural Intelligence: What’s Your Child’s Global IQ?
Tacoma chiropractor and mom Laelle Martin always knew she wanted her future children to embrace dual cultures: that of her native Pacific Northwest as well as the Latin American culture she grew to love when she spent a year and a half as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Puerto Rico after college. But likRead More »
The Poetry Café: Kids, Poems, and One Simple, Exceptional Practice
Dinner in the small cabin was over and our two families had no electricity or wi-fi to worry us, just the sound of the ocean waves crashing outside, the crackle of a log in the woodstove and the low hum of the propane lantern hanging above our wooden table. Now what? “Anyone know anything to reciteRead More »
Seattle Travel for Families: Great Wolf Lodge
Northwest weather and water: They go hand in hand. So, you may ask, what is the draw of a pricey resort that promises to douse you from every angle? The answer involves gravity, speed and indoor bathing-suit craziness that would otherwise be hard to find without getting on a plane. Great Wolf LodgeRead More »
11 Great Spring Break Camps in the Seattle Area for 2013
Editor's note: This article was originally written in 2012 and updated in March 2013. Back in simpler times — like the 1980s — we spent spring break sitting on a bean-bag chair and watching Day of Our Lives. Of course we’re all for kids having unstructured time, but we know watching the soaps is thRead More »
40 of the Best Smart Phone Apps for Kids and Parents
Imagine: You’re stuck in line at the grocery store when your 4-year-old starts his pre-meltdown routine. As he’s winding up for an epic shriek fest, you suavely whip out your phone and punch up “Sneezies.” Seconds later, the crisis is averted.Hey, it could happen. Though we would never recommend buyRead More »
35 Windows Phone Apps for Kids and Parents
Here are our picks for fantastic Windows Phone apps that are great for kids and parents, just in time for holiday shopping. Got a favorite not listed here? Please share it with us in the comments. Fantastic apps for parents1. App Discovery. First things first, are you looking for apps for your chRead More »