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Let Adults Hang Out at the Playground (Even if They Don't Have Kids)

What would you do if you saw a man hanging around the playground and he didn't have any kids there? Well, soon that question may be moot. Miami Beach is just the latest locality considering legislation that would make 19 playgrounds "children's...

Can Kids Play by Themselves at the Park?

Yes, yes, it's my idea: "Take Our Kids to the Park...And Leave Them There Day." Some people think it's crazy -- usually because they think I'm suggesting leaving kids there all day (I actually say even 10 minutes is a good start), and also because...

Tickle monster banned from park

(Click the photo for the 10 Dumbest Laws in America) I thought I had invented the tickle monster, but apparently there are others out there roaming the streets and parks of America. Well, not so much in parks anymore, after a judge issued an order...

Labor day - day of last chances?

For pretty much everyone, Labor Day signifies the last day of summer. Never mind that most kids go back to school either the week before or after Labor Day, which many feel like is the real end of summer. Never mind that the actual end of summer is...

Camping with kids

This past weekend, I took the kids camping (didja miss me?). We went with five other families we'd met through Jared's preschool. All told, there were eleven adults and thirteen kids in our group. We all had adjoining or nearby campsites and shared...

Disney exploring adult themes

In a move that at first sounds more at home in Las Vegas than Central Florida, Jim Hill Media, which offers "News, reviews, history and commentary about the entertainment industry (But mostly about the Mouse)", is reporting that the Disney...

Camping while pregnant

Some friends -- part of the same group we went with last time -- are organizing another camping trip. This time, it's the last weekend in April. Naturally, I want to go. Rachel, however, is complaining that it is close to her due date and she doesn't...

Children threatened with fine for playing in park

Officials near Melbourne, Australia have threatened local children with a $250AU fine if they continue playing in a local park. Parents, who include Olympic marathon runners Steve Moneghetti and Kerryn McCann, as well as basketball champ Andrew Gaze,...

Camping with kids

So we finally got to go camping and all I can say is I'm sorry we didn't go sooner. (Thanks for all the great advice!) It's a little late in the year now to be thinking about going again, even for me, but come next spring, you can bet your bottom...

Going campin'

Back in the day, I used to do a lot of camping and backpacking. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. As in, leading trips for the Sierra Club. As in knowing the exact weight of every piece of gear I owned (baby scales are good for that). As in, having had...

Haunted houses

When I was a kid the biggest thing in my town to do besides go trick or treating was to visit the big haunted house. I think it was all part of some radio promotion, but I was too young to know the difference. Every year it was held in a...

The mothering instinct

There was a time not so long ago when I would've taken in pretty much any animal in need of a home that I came across. I ended up with a cat that way. I almost ended up with another dog that way, and almost ended up with another cat that way....

Off to daycare

Today, Wednesday, is the last day I get to spend with my baby before he goes off to daycare. Tomorrow and Friday I'll be at work and Daddy will watch him. We'll have the weekend as a threesome. Then, bright and early Monday morning we'll start our...

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt take their kids to the parc

After finishing work on her new movie, Wanted, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took their family to a French amusement park for a bit of fun and games. Aventure-Parc, located in the Charente-Limousin area in Southwestern France, features a ropes course...

NYC real estate

Well, it's official. I will NEVER own real estate in my neighborhood. Unless we hit the lotto anytime soon, which is basically never going to happen, I will eventually be pushed out of my neighborhood and deep into the heart of Brooklyn. This...

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