It's simple. Kids need to play. And it's not all fun and games. The truth is, play allows kids to develop healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally.
Despite the importance of play, it is often relegated to the "nice to do" column, pushed down by the "need to do"'s of work, school, and extra curriculars. However, in cities like Austin and San Francisco, parks and recreation departments and non-profit organizations are stepping in to develop more opportunities for play to occur.
Read more about their efforts at Toca Boca: Cool, Unique Ways Cities Are Encouraging Play | A new way to play | Toca Boca
While traveling long distances is not a part of every family's summer plans, for some families who live far away from grandparents and extended family, this is peak travel season. A useful, thrifty guide to activities and apps that help keep young kids entertained on long trips.
Holiday break is a great time for both you and the kids to get some much needed R&R, but without schools open, life can quickly become boring without its usual stimulation. That’s where the joy of STEAM comes in - with plenty of creative (and often inexpensive!) ways to stay entertained and active at home. Encourage everyone in the family to partake in a “STEAM Staycation” with some of our favorite engaging activities.
People with winter birthdays report being the most dissatisfied with their birth dates. The reasons are many. If a child has to have their big day smashed in between all the other big days, there are ways to make it work.