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Yosemite and Monterey

We (me, wife, kids 5 and 10) are traveling from Salt Lake City to Yosemite for 3 days of camping, and then to Monterey for 3 days. Help us plan the rest of a great trip. [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jul 25, 2016 - 23 answers

Ideas for volunteering with children?

I have very young children. I'd love to get into some volunteer activity. BUT I am basically a stay at home mom now. It would be great if I could think of a volunteer activity that I could do with my kids in any form, esp. if the kids were an advantage! [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 23, 2016 - 11 answers

How To Asheville: Family Edition

Freecellwizard and I will be heading to Asheville, NC for a week with two kids, ages 9 and 11. Although we've visited the area several times, we've never had the kids with us and are wondering if there are kid-specific fun things to see/do up there that would appeal to a pair of Pokemon/Minecraft/Steven Universe/Undertale-loving children who must be cajoled away from their various digital devices. [more inside]
posted by little mouth on Jul 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Where you stop overnight on road trip from NJ to Bar Harbor, ME?

Driving from Northern NJ to Bar Harbor ME in late august (peak tourism!), and trying to find a good place to spend the night on the way up. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Jul 21, 2016 - 20 answers

iOS apps, websites and cartoons for a beginning Mandarin learner?

My 7-year-old took some Mandarin at school last year. I'd like to find something for him to continue to be exposed to it throughout the summer. Are there kid-friendly iOS apps (best), cartoons available on streaming (good), or websites (works for him some days) that I should point him towards?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Jul 17, 2016 - 0 answers

Computer Programs for a 10-year old

I'm giving my 10 year old niece an old iMac and I'd like to load up some awesome programs for her to use and learn from. Help! [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jul 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Seeking songs to laugh at kids by.

I need ideas for G-rated pop music for camp video newsletters! [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 11, 2016 - 18 answers

DC/Winchester to Jacksonville with kids

I'm heading off for my first semi-solo road trip with kids (and my mom) from either DC or Winchester to the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area of Florida. We are planning to take two days and stop every few hours for a break, preferably somewhere scenic and fun for the kids. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Jul 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Orlando bus hire company that doesn't suck?

A friend of mine is taking a group of 20 high school kids to Orlando this month. Does anybody know of a good reliable company that will send a driver in a 20-30 seater on time each day to drive them to and from the airport, and around Orlando and surrounding areas while they're there? They're going to all the usual attractions, and all they want is a company that will show up on time, won't kill everyone onboard, won't traffic the students to an international crime ring and won't charge through the nose.
posted by tel3path on Jul 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Brunch me. Difficulty level: ankle biters.

I've recently moved to a new city. I've met a few cool people that I'd like to make friends with, and I'd love to invite them round for brunch. The only problem is, since the last time I was doing this, I've reached an age where most people have kids. I'm totally happy to have the kids around but I don't know how to do it?! - what food for them, but also how to keep them entertained while the adults chat. [more inside]
posted by ontheradio on Jul 2, 2016 - 14 answers

Seeking great subject-matter introductions for a voraciously curious kid

My ten-year old son wants to understand everything. He is a voracious reader and doesn't confine himself to kids books. He loves reading the newspaper (NYTimes, Boston Globe), fiction, and non-fiction books. He's old enough to really learn things by reading. Agatha Christie is fun, but he's ready for more than that. He's full of questions about society, politics, science, economics. I'd like to get him some books that will expand his mind, begin answering his questions, and show him how the world fits together. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 1, 2016 - 43 answers

Is this what the kids are saying these days?

I've got a list of supposedly trending slang terms among the middle-to-high-school set, and I need to know whether it's accurate, especially for different regions of the U.S. [more inside]
posted by terilou on Jun 29, 2016 - 46 answers

Mess Makin' In the Kitchen

I am teaching a cooking class to smallish children at a summer camp next week. Help me figure out what do/make with with time constraints and young children! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Jun 28, 2016 - 19 answers

What was this childhood playground game?

So back in 1980s Massachusetts we used to play a game during recess, more frequently in the winter and it was icy and we couldn't run around. [more inside]
posted by emd3737 on Jun 26, 2016 - 27 answers

Any tips for booking something last minute in NYC area.

My son is attending a "theater camp" in NYC in 2 weeks. He's staying with the group, we were planning to do touristy stuff during the week. We had booked an Airbnb a couple weeks ago in West Orange NJ. This morning it cancelled on us. This was an awesome place that had a pool and other amenities that my wife was looking forward to help keep our other children busy during the days that I would also be working in Manhattan. Needless to say we're pretty disappointed. [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Jun 16, 2016 - 10 answers

Mexico City and beyond with children?

My family is traveling to Mexico City in August for a 10 day vacation. It will be myself, my wife, and our three boys - ages 5 years, 3 years and 8 months. We're planning to spend four days in Mexico City, two near Teotihuacan, and the rest is to be determined. What are your recommendations? Is there another side trip after Teotihuacan we should consider spending 2-3 days at before flying home? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Jun 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Buying a bike to shuttle kids

It's time for me to buy a bike, and this bike also needs to work for transporting one or more children. Do you have tips on buying a bike to carry around a little one? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 8, 2016 - 25 answers

Kindergarten and Public Schools 101. What do you wish you knew?

Help me navigate American public schools. What is Teacher Appreciation Day? How do birthday treats and holiday treats work? Do I have to join Pinterest to keep up with the crafts? Tell me how classroom gifts work, and what you wish you knew before your kids started school. [more inside]
posted by areaperson on Jun 7, 2016 - 22 answers

Children: what do they eat?

I need to pack a handful of transportable (jiggle-proof), nutritious, disposable, filling, tasty, exciting lunches that DO NOT require any sort of refrigeration, can be packed the night before (stowed in the fridge if needed), and will be able to hack it between 70-80 degrees for about 5 hours prior to being eaten. Difficulty level: no pb&j (historically unpopular with this group). [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 31, 2016 - 30 answers

Help me help my favourite person.

How can I help a young child who has recently lost a parent? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on May 26, 2016 - 21 answers

Seeking diversity in family movies

Appropriate for elementary school age kids. Looking to expand our repertoire of movies that feature families with same sex relationships, racial diversity, disabilities visible or not. This does not need to be the focus of the movie, just present.
posted by loopsun on May 22, 2016 - 25 answers

Most amazing aviation themed play space in North America?

I have a nearly four year old who is mesmerized by all things aviation, plus I have a mass of airline miles and hotel points. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on May 22, 2016 - 20 answers

Comedy for kids

I am looking for jokes that will crack up a 5 year old. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on May 18, 2016 - 36 answers

Junior Time Lord Needs Reading List

Our kid is seven. He's asking for books and graphic novels he can read that are about time travel and/or parallel dimensions. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 17, 2016 - 46 answers

Long flight with a baby and toddler alone -- guaranteed disaster?

Is this crazy? If not, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on May 14, 2016 - 41 answers

Discussing minstrel songs with kid's school

I'd like some educational resources that I can share with my kid's daycare to help them understand why I don't want my toddler to learn blackface minstrel songs in music class. [more inside]
posted by medusa on May 12, 2016 - 17 answers

Travel versions of medical equipment

We are taking a long-deferred trip to visit family on the other side of the globe for 10 days. Yay! However, we have a little one who gets very ill from garden-variety colds (the kind that live on airplanes). At home we have accumulated several pieces of medical equipment that help us keep her out of the hospital. I'm working on the contingency planning for our trip, and wondering about things like travel nebulizers, use of nebulizers on airplanes, and small portable suction that can do better than a Nosefrida. Lung-impaired travelers (or the family thereof), please share your insight. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on May 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I still use these? Tampon edition.

I have about 100 tampons that got wet under the sink sometime in the past five hours. They're not exactly soaked, but they're all decidedly damp (wrapped in paper), and the cardboard applicators kind of collapse if pushed on. Is it safe to use them if they can be dried out? If so, how best to quickly & thoroughly dry them out? [more inside]
posted by cogitron on May 8, 2016 - 23 answers

Need advice on helping my wife cope with her best friend moving away

My wife just learned her best friend is moving to a different city and is now very sad. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on May 5, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me make the most of Vancouver this August

My SO is teaching a summer course at UBC this August. I'm tagging along with our two kids, 7 and 10. Help me make this an amazing month for all of us. [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 on May 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Moving to Ann Arbor, need help finding a school and summer child care!

What are good summer and fall school/child care options for a kindergarten-bound child in Ann Arbor, MI? [more inside]
posted by msladygrey on May 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Kid introduced to holocaust history too soon. How do I fix this?

My 7-year-old came home from religious school with a lot of questions about the holocaust, a subject we hadn't talked to him about yet. Now he's freaking out and I don't know how to frame the conversation. Help! [more inside]
posted by LKWorking on May 2, 2016 - 23 answers

Too much Star Wars? I find your lack of faith disturbing...

I'm visiting my sister and her family for the weekend. My (almost) seven year old nephew is obsessed with Star Wars and I have been informed that my visit will be dominated by same. I'm totally fine with this. In fact, I'd like to bring him even MORE Star Wars! [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Apr 28, 2016 - 10 answers

iPad apps and learning games for a four-year-old?

Looking for iPad apps and learning games for a four-year-old. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Apr 27, 2016 - 9 answers

If you could move anywhere for 6 months to a year where would you go?

We currently live in the US Virgin Islands. We have a healthy little 15-month old boy and we are hoping for a +/-2 year difference in age for our 2nd, so family planning begins now. Zika is expected to rip around the Caribbean islands for the foreseeable future. That means we have to move. [more inside]
posted by karst on Apr 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Help me think of ecological & botanical demos that are kinda magical.

I have been told to lead a nature walk & workshop for a Girl Scout event that has a "magic" theme. This will be in the Pacific Northwest in a coniferous-riparian setting, and these are 7-17 year old girls. Yeah, I know. that's a broad range of ages. That's why I need your help. I'm a botanist. EVERYTHING sciency and outside is magical to me, so I'm hoping to make a list of very quick (<5 minute) demos with things found outside that have a big impact or are somehow surprising to a non-science audience. I'd like to avoid the pointing-and-telling kind of nature activity - I want these concepts to show themselves off somehow. Apparently I'll be doing this multiple times throughout the year so seasonality doesn't matter. [more inside]
posted by bravecanary on Apr 26, 2016 - 27 answers

Bird experiments for six-year-olds?

Can you help me come up with some bird-related experiments or projects for six-year-olds that teach a simple version of the scientific method? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Apr 20, 2016 - 17 answers

Comic recommendations for 10 yr old girl please

I would like to broaden her mind a little and give her a selection of comics to see which she likes best and see if she takes to reading as a life habit. [more inside]
posted by lapsang on Apr 17, 2016 - 37 answers

Science Toys / Gifts for a 9 Year Old

My nephew has a birthday coming up. This year he's really in to outer space (from the horse's mouth; really includes most space related things). Please help me find this year's birthday present. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Apr 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Help Me Talk to My Son About the Police

ParentFilter: My five-year-old son has a lot of questions about the police. (Also the army, but mostly the police.) He wants to know who the police are, why do they come, who goes to jail, are the police the good guys, do they get the bad guys -- that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by janet lynn on Apr 12, 2016 - 10 answers

help me build parenting confidence

still not feeling the self-confidence I hoped I'd have by now; looking for anecdotes. how do I not feel like a shit parent all the time? I'm NOT looking for parenting advice, because it's precisely that advice that sends me into a self-doubting tailspin. I want to know how to feel confident and natural as a parent instead of riddled with anxiety, self doubt and impatience. I want to feel like I know my kid and what I do is "good enough" mothering. Then I want to let. it. go. [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish on Apr 12, 2016 - 46 answers

Where in the world are truly great castles...for kids?

My daughter, who is 5, would really like to visit a castle. She's very interested in Princesses and seems fascinated that I lived in England as a kid. "Right next door to the Queen?!?" she asks. Well, not exactly. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 11, 2016 - 41 answers

Tips for a first-timer to Legoland California (and southern California)?

Tips for a first-timer to Legoland California (and southern California)? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Apr 11, 2016 - 16 answers

Adapting the Risk Boardgame for Kids

My eight year old is fascinated by my copy of the boardgame, Risk. The two of us have tried playing a couple of times using the standard rules but it isn't much fun. Has anyone come across some modified rules for kids, or have any suggestions for me?
posted by jjderooy on Apr 11, 2016 - 20 answers

Consumable Gifts for Kids

What are some good consumable gifts for children? [more inside]
posted by bimbam on Apr 10, 2016 - 26 answers

Music theory iPad app for middle school kid?

I'm looking for the best app to help a middle-school age kid learn the very basics of music theory. Assuming virtual lessons + practice mode and a virtual keyboard of some kind?
posted by gwint on Apr 6, 2016 - 3 answers

My kid wants to play an online game with his friend and I need help.

My 7-year-old would like to play some sort of online game with his friend in the evenings. They own different platforms of game systems, so I don't think they can play a game through one of those. Is there a free or inexpensive app or game they can play together? Specific requirements within. [more inside]
posted by LKWorking on Apr 6, 2016 - 12 answers

I want cool creepy stuff but not stomach hurt creepy stuff

Those articles that have been making the rounds lately, usually sourced from Reddit but not always, that ask people what the most eerie/scary/least explainable/most scary things that... [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Apr 5, 2016 - 24 answers

Off the Beaten Path: Chicago with a 7 year old

My wife is travelling to Chicago with our 7 year old son tomorrow, and she'll be in town through Wednesday. She really only has 2 items on her must-do list right now: the Field Museum & the Museum of Science and Industry. Any other ideas for off-beat food / additional attractions that might be in the same general areas? We can find the traditional "touristy" stuff easily enough, but I'd love to hear suggestions with more of a local flair - - the kind of things you'd never know to try unless someone tipped you off...
posted by richmondparker on Apr 3, 2016 - 11 answers

Videos explaining the origin of life and evolution for very young kids.

I am struggling with explaining the origin of life, evolution and natural selection in a tangible way to my kids 4 & 5. Informing myself better has helped in the explaining, but I hope you can direct me towards videos aimed at young children which do a better job. Those I have found online are great for adults and slightly older kids, but level of detail is off-putting for them e.g. From the big bang to me, great video, but slightly too advanced.
posted by therubettes on Apr 2, 2016 - 7 answers

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