• Halloween & “Spooky Season” During Covid

    In a year of unexpected surprises, Halloween is the latest holiday undergoing a reinvention in the pandemic year. But before you cry “boo hoo,” there are many ways to get your “boo” on that are monstrously fun, even if you don’t go further than the driveway or the backyard. Right now, everyone is being asked to

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  • Back to School In The Year of COVID-19

    The traditional Back to School season is a big time for most kids. Like the calendar New Year, it’s a time for a new beginning, a time of adventure and looking forward with excitement about what may lie ahead. Even if they’re going back to a physical school, this year’s Back to School is like

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  • Summer Play…At Home

    School’s out early. Weather’s getting warmer. Most traditional vacation activities for kids are cancelled. Welcome to the summer of Coronavirus. It may stress out some parents and caregivers, but let’s look at the bright side, shall we? Our prediction is that, with certain obvious restrictions to keep kids healthy, this may end up being an

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  • You’ve Got Game! Great Ideas For Players of All Ages

    UPDATED: August 11, 2020 Here we are nearing the end of the summer, and there’s a lot of question about whether schools will open, how families will get through the next few weeks, or months, or, really, however long it takes. Not surprisingly, board game sales (and puzzle sales) are up significantly this year as

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  • Productive Play for Uncertain Times

    If you read my previous post, you know how valuable play is for kids right now. Here’s a link, in case you didn’t. Chances are you’ve got tons of toys around your house, and many will work to provide this kind of variety. And they’re all types of play that kids already love. Often, when

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  • Great Holiday Toy Ideas 2019

    The holidays are here…well, at least the shopping is! The shopping season is just kicking off, and we’re excited about many of the new toys this year. The good news is that there are some wonderful ideas for virtually every kid, from preschoolers to teenagers…and beyond. The toy year that began more than a year

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  • Summer Fun on WGN in Chicago

    When I was a kid, we didn’t have too much scheduled activity. We were left to our own devices, and after breakfast my mom would turn us out of the house to play. There was no sitting inside watching TV. Well, maybe on a rainy day, though we were much more likely to play games

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  • Summer Fun with Gayle Anderson & KTLA

    I’ve been playing with Gayle Anderson at KTLA for the better part of two decades! When it comes to just plain having fun, she’s simply the best. No wonder she’s beloved throughout LA! Over the years, Gayle’s dressed me in silly hats, and we’ve ridden roller coasters together and gotten to all sorts of fun

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  • Summer Fun with Kelly & Ryan

    Summer fun means summer toys,  and who better to kick off this season of play than Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. The most playful (and Emmy Winning) daytime hosts on TV know a thing or two about great play. Here are the toys that made the cut! By the way, it’s not easy to make

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