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YO-YO amusement rides shut down for inspections

If you are heading out to a fair or amusement park this weekend, don't be surprised to find the YO-YO ride closed. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Chance Rides Manufacturing Inc. have closed down about 85 of the rides in order...

Sick of the staycation?

Chances are, if you weren't saving money hiding under a rock this summer you heard, perhaps one time too many, about the values and virtues of the 'staycation.' A staycation is exactly what it sounds like--a 'vacation' where you and your family...

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...

Looking for a new playground?

This is one of the best ideas I've seen in awhile. KaBOOM, an organization that helps communities build new playgrounds, has launched a new website called The Playspace Finder. In a nutshell, it's an online database of playgrounds and parks around...

The dangers of candid photos

So there you are, Aunt Reta's in from out of town, and you're trying to get a photo of the whole family. Snap! Everyone was looking at the camera, no one's eyes were closed, everyone smiled -- except for little Bobby. There he is, dead center in...

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...

Image of the Day: A boy on a frog

One of the great things about being a child is that adults construct giant sized animals for your enjoyment. This boy is discovering just how much fun it is to sit upon a larger than life frog and ponder the day. A big thank you to bigpurpleshoe for...

Image of the Day: Dreams and clouds

Some of the essential elements that make the perfect summer afternoon are caught in this beautiful Image of the Day sent to us by Emily (RWB). An exhilerating run through the park, a slight breeze in the air, a few puffy clouds framed against a crisp...

Image of the Day: Ups and downs on the playground

One of my kids' favorite activities is going to the park. It doesn't matter that they have been there a million times before or that they are too big for some of the toys. As a parent, there is something incredibally beautiful about watching kids...

Unusual Amusement Parks

There's Disneyland, there's not Disneyland, and there's Diggerland. Diggerland is just one of several unusual amusement parks highlighted recently by our friends over at Gadling. I think Diggerland is my favorite of the bunch because, well, let's...

Blogging Baby City Guides: San Francisco

We'll start the Blogging Baby City Guides series off with my own hometown -- San Francisco. San Francisco has a lot going for it, for kids and families, as well as the more worldly traveler. I'll avoid the more well-known tourist traps and...

Playground safety: choosing the right equipment for your child's age

The April issue of Parents magazine has a great blurb on playground safety. Making sure your child is playing on age-appropriate equipment will not only ensure a fun time, but also can reduce injuries. I love my local toddler park because it doesn't...

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