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Stop Telling Your Kids They're Smart

Perhaps the most important new discovery in early learning is the fact that children can either shut down or expand their learning successes based solely on the way they think about themselves as learners. Here's how to tell if your child needs an attitude check. 

 

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The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World

Play comes naturally to kids. They use it as a way to express their feelings and learn new things. But in the age of electronics we live in, video games and screens can take over a child’s free time. Screen-free, or traditional play, offers benefits kids just don't get from playing on an iPad or on the latest game console.

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Challenger Learning Center to Mark 15th Year with Community Celebration, Logo Contest

On Saturday, November 3, the Challenger Learning Center will celebrate 15 years of bringing the wonders of space and STEM to local kids with a free community event. But before lift-off this fall, the Center is hosting a special logo competition that will give one young artist the chance to put their stamp on history.

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There's a Scientific Reason You Mix Up Your Kids' Names

If you’re like me, the dog makes an appearance in the list as well.

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Vetta Sports Expands Kickaroos Program to Help Kids Build Both Soccer and Life Skills

Some of life’s most important lessons are learned on the sports field – even if a child is still too young to understand the rules of the game. 

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Boo at the Zoo Nights
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Explore the St. Louis Zoo after dark during special Boo at the Zoo Nights. This non-scary celebration is designed just for kids and families, and costumes are encouraged.

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Tuesday Tails
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Visit the Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri for a free story time for preschoolers and help foster their love of animals.

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Parent & Me Pony Rides, Crafts and Farm Animal Experience
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Parents! Bring your little ones for this fun parent & me activity at Castlewood Stables. You'll participate in pony rides, equestrian interactions, enjoy a farm animal petting area and a craft session. Activities will be held rain or shine in an indoor facility. During October, this event will be Halloween-themed, and kids are welcome to wear costumes (as long as they won't get in the way of them riding a horse).

 

 

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Balloon Twisting Workshop
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Kids can bring out their inner sculptors and learn how to twist the basic balloon dog, a simple balloon hat, a huge octopus and more at this free workshop led by the pros at Circus Kaput. 

 

 

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Safety Town Opens at The Magic House

Kids can once again go to town learning about safety because Kirkwood Safety Town has returned to the Magic House. Safety Town features a child-sized neighborhood including a fire station, police station, electric company, farmers market, park, house, and even a train station!

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Locally Owned St. Louis Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

While national chains, like McAlister’s Deli, Fazoli’s and O’Charley’s, are famous for their kids’ promo nights, there are plenty of locally owned restaurants across the metro area that can curve your little ones’ cravings at no extra cost to you. Plus, it gives you a much-needed break from oven duty.

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This is How Your Sleep Habits Affect Your Kids

In the first two years of a child’s life, parents lose a whopping six months worth of sleep. When they do sleep, most don't stay asleep for more than three hours at a time. Ouch! Once kids are older we can finally start sleeping through the night, right? Uh, not exactly. 

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First-Time Dads are Getting Older. Does it Matter?

American men are taking a few more years to perfect their best dad jokes.

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12 Benefits of Exposing Your Children to the Arts

As school classrooms become more focused on math, science, reading and writing excellence, our children may be missing out on some of the most important skills they can learn—appreciation of and active participation in the arts.

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