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Archive for December, 2009

NANOOK Giveaway

"Nanook and Pryce" This week, we’re giving away Ned Crowley’s “Nanook and Pryce,” a picture book adventure about a pair of North Pole buddies – and their dog, Yukon – whose ice fishing expedition goes awry when they drift out to sea. Very cute illustrations coupled with a sing-song rhyme will make it a clear winner in the toddler bedtime sweepstakes. And it can be yours! Click “comments” and tell us, what’s your family’s favorite bedtime tale?

P.S. Congrats are due to Noreen, who won last week’s Muppet movie!

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2009
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PARENT TALKS: Play, Hollering & More

Volunteers (Gary Meader Illustration) The Importance of Play and Creativity Dec. 20 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Nurse Rona and guests, Karen Payne and David Hawkins, co-founders of the Wild Zones, discuss the importance of play.

Setting Limits and Yelling Less in the New Year Dec. 20 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Nurse Rona and Iris Bradford, education manager for Marin Head Start, discuss how to create loving boundaries and a calmer home for your family. Something to add to the list? E-mail us the details or click “comments” and add it right here.

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2009
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RECALL: 24K Baby Hammocks

Recalled baby hammock The federal consumer protection folks just recalled 24,000 of these Amby Baby Motion Beds after two babies suffocated – a Georgia 4-month-old in June 2009 and an Oregon 5-month-old in August. The hammock design means babies can roll and become wedged against the fabric and/or mattress pad. If you’ve got one of these, purchased at Ambybaby.com and other online retailers between 2003 and this fall, find a different sleeping arrangement for your baby and contact the company at once.

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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DISNEY’S First Black Princess Has Parents Excited

The Princess and the Frog (AP Photo/Disney) Cinderella … Sleeping Beauty … Disney has always had a great fondness for blond, blue-eyed princesses and it’s taken them forever to figure out that our nation’s girls don’t all look like that, says my Times colleague Chuck Barney in a wonderful, thought provoking story this morning. Now with the release of “The Princess and the Frog,” we’ve got our first African-American Disney princess and Bay Area parents are stoked.

“Our daughters have always known that they are princesses to us,” Richmond mom Timiza Johnson told Chuck. “But it’s important to have that validity in the pop-cultural images we see. It’s important that people all around us believe it.”

Is “Princess and the Frog” on your must-see list this month? And if so, why?

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Christmas RevelsChristmas Revels: Check out the music, dance and folklore of 19th century Bavaria in this theatrical celebration of the winter solstice Dec. 11-20 at Oakland’s Scottish Rite Theater. Tickets are $12-$50; 510-452-8800.

Six Holidays: Children’s Fairyland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas and Chinese New Year all at once during its “Holidays of the World” festivities Dec. 11-20. Tickets $7.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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MUPPET Christmas Giveaway

A Muppets Christmas Ho, ho, ho! This week we’re giving away a DVD of “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” – it’s the extended edition with “never before seen footage” and we’re not quite sure what that means, but the video features Kermit and the gang heading up to the North Pole to deliver the letters Gonzo forgot to mail the jolly one. Along with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets, the movie features some human stars as well, including Whoopie Goldberg and Nathan Lane. And it can be yours! Click “comments” and tell us, who’s your (or your child’s) favorite Muppet? We’ll pick a winner next Monday, Dec. 14.

Congrats, by the way, to Jennifer, who won last week’s Disney cookbook giveaway!

Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2009
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PARENT TALKS: Alcohol, Play & Limits

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Dec. 13 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Nurse Rona and Lisa Frederikson, author of If You Loved Me, You’d Stop, discuss parental drinking, alcoholism and the impact on families.

The Importance of Play and Creativity
Dec. 20 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Nurse Rona and guests, Karen Payne and David Hawkins, co-founders of the Wild Zones, discuss the importance of play.

Setting Limits and Yelling Less in the New Year
Dec. 20 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Nurse Rona and Iris Bradford, education manager for
Marin Head Start, discuss how to create loving boundaries and a calmer home for your family.

Something to add to the list? E-mail us the details or click “comments” and add it right here.

Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2009
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Grandparents Taking Over Facebook

Facebook
Saw a fun post this morning from my buddy Susan Adcox over on About.com – seems grandparents are taking over Facebook. While the number of college and high school kids on Facebook has been dropping this year – by 15-20% in the first six months of 2009 alone – the number of grownups, ages 55 and up, has soared. There were a million grandparents on Facebook last year. Now it’s 6 million. Um, you don’t think there’s a connection, do you?

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2009
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VIRTUAL Mozart

Secret Builders
Care to chat with Wolfgang? The San Francisco Opera has teamed up with SecretBuilders.com, a virtual world for kids with a focus on the creative arts, and the result is pretty cool: a meet-and-greet with a virtual Mozart , audio and video clips from the opera, “The Magic Flute,” and an “Art for Mozart” contest where kids can design their own Papageno posters. And your kids may not care about this part, but us opera-lovers think it’s wildly cool – it’s not just Mozart frolicking about that stage, there’s a David Gockley avatar too. Gockley, the San Francisco Opera’s general director, says he’s  looking forward to “rubbing shoulders with Mozart, even if only virtually.”

As for the rest of SecretBuilders, which is aimed at kids 6-14, you can also go on a quest with Galileo, visit Frank ‘n’Stein’s Gallery and nosh at the Macbeth-themed Weird Brew Cafe.

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Home Alone Ahhhhhh: Remember “Home Alone”? Rialto Cinemas Elmwood is relaunching its popular family matinee series with the famous cinematic tale of Kevin, whose family manages to leave him behind when they take off for a Parisian Christmas vacation. Now, the 8-year-old must defend his home against a pair of truly moronic burglars. Pick up free tickets at nearby boutiques or donate $4 — it’s a benefit for Berkeley PTA groups — at the box office. The movie screens at noon Dec. 5 and 6.

Tutus & nutcrackers: San Francisco’s Zeum hosts its first-ever, pint-size “Nutcracker” Dec. 4-20, featuring the Mark Foehringer Dance Project and the Magik*Magik Orchestra in a zany production aimed at kids 3 and up. $25.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
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