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Last Chance for a Skate at Steinberg

Looks to be sunny and in the 40s this weekend – outstanding weather for late-February in St. Louis. It's also outstanding weather for the last weekend of the outdoor ice skating season at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park.

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Thinking Twice About Hot Dogs

Come April, the only thing in Busch Stadium more maligned than Mark McGwire might just be the good old fan favorite, the hot dog. Today the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement online outlining the choking hazards posed by foods, coins and toys. Foods cause more than half of the non-fatal choking situations serious enough to require medical treatment in kids 14 and under -- and of choking deaths in kids under age 10, about 17 percent involved hot dogs, according to the AAP's policy statement.

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Free Screening of 'Consuming Kids' at Schlafly Bottleworks

In today’s media-saturated world, it’s important to understand the marketing messages being fired at your children in a nearly non-stop stream. Educating yourself about how these messages affect kids as they grow up is important so you can make the best decisions about what they see and what they consume.

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Baby Talk Goes Mobile

With an eight-month-old at home, I’ve dreamed of a guidebook that would help me navigate that tricky first year.

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The Flip Side of Cover Songs

This past week, rapper Jay-Z shared his reason for not participating in the 25th anniversary of “We Are the World,” a charity remake to help raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief. 

Said Jay-Z to MTV News, “I know everyone is going to take this wrong: ‘We Are the World,’ I love it, and I understand the point and I think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched.” 

In a way, I kind of agree with him. 

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Take the Kids on a Musical Adventure with Big Smith

Next up in KDHX community radio’s Musical Merry-Go-Round concert series is Springfield, Mo. “hillbilly” band Big Smith performing a special concert for kids this Sunday afternoon at Off Broadway in South City.

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Metro Theater Company Presents Delilah’s Wish

Metro Theater Company, which creates professional theater for children performed in hundreds of schools, theaters and community centers throughout St. Louis and surrounding communities in Missouri, will present a special public performance of a new play called Delilah’s Wish at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on February 27 and 28.

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Blinking Pink and Seeing Red

The moment my 3-year-old woke up today, I knew we were in for a long morning. His eye was red and gunky, and he was rubbing it vigorously. Pink eye strikes again, for the second time in a week. It seemed like it was awfully soon for a relapse to me -- like maybe the previous drops hadn't worked. Like maybe it was time to call out the big guns.

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St. Louis' Old Courthouse Provides Black History Lesson

February is Black History Month, and a very important part of black history took place right in downtown St. Louis at The Old Courthouse. This historic landmark, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, was the site of the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott slavery case in 1847 and 1850.

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The Little Things That Make Life Easier

You know those articles. The ones that spotlight products that makes a mom’s life easier, like $800 diaper bags and $2,500 strollers.
 
Mommy don’t play that.
 
Mommy’s on a budget and knows that many of her mommy friends are as well.
 
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Autism and Diet in the News

Are bread and milk factors in autism? Last week, the British medical journal that first published the study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism took it back, but its action has refocused attention on another component of the research: diet.

The Lancet retracted the 1998 study on the basis that the vaccine research was flawed and the researcher was unethical. (He reportedly had a financial interest in the alternative to the MMR vaccine.)  However, on Tuesday, The Washington Post ran an article looking at whether one of the discredited study's other findings, that diet could be an underlying factor in some autism symptoms, has more merit than the vaccine research did.

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Throw Me Some Beads!

This week is St. Louis’ annual Mardi Gras celebration in Historic Soulard.

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You’re Beautiful, Girlfriend

I’m not a huge reality TV fan, but when you’re doing some mind-numbing chore, it’s good background entertainment. One of my favorites has been Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. Until recently. One Sunday, I was folding laundry, watching the Bad Girls hit some random L.A. club. I didn’t notice my 3-year-old sneak in and catch up on the action herself, which was particularly lovely since there was some major cat fighting going on.

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Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019

You and your kids can learn about space, science, the solar system and lots more in a fun, hands-on way during Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center. Simulated Space missions are geared for families with kids ages 6 and up, and some for families with kids ages 11 and up.

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Applefest at Eckert Farms
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Wagon rides, live entertainment, great festival foods, a petting zoo and much more make this an apple pickin' good time for the whole family. There will be pony rides, a children's carnival, opportunities to feed goats and other farm animals, caramel apples, funnel cakes and more. 

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Fox Park Fall Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Kids can enjoy bubble fun from The Magic House, the St. Louis Police Department Operation Polar Cops ice cream truck, face painting, games, and explore the St. Louis Fire Department fire truck. There will be 300 free lunches provided for children 12 and under.

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