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Slide Safety Tips

A tipster sent me a link over the weekend that gave me goosebumps because it’s something that pretty much all well-meaning parents have done at the playground: give our toddlers a ride on our laps down a big slide. I would never have imagined it could cause a broken leg.

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The One Time of Year When Trees Are My Enemy

Usually press releases about health topics play it safe. It’s rare to read words like “staggering,” “severe,” “deluge” and “tidal wave of patients.” But this allergy season has even the medical professionals talking in apocalyptic adjectives.  A tree pollen explosion is causing colossal sneezing from the eastern Rockies to the East Coast. In our house, it's also causing runny noses, itchy eyes, gunky throats and wheezing.

In some places, it's been a record-breakingly bad year. For example, MSNBC reported that the pollen count in Kansas City on Tuesday, April 12, was a record 8,000 – up from 5,000 the day before. Normal pollen counts this time of year are 500 to 800.

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April Showers Seeking Soap

Could you imagine going without toilet paper? Deodorant? Or diapers for your infant? 

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Peanut-free at the Ol' Ball Game

Happy first day of baseball in St. Louis! Seeing half the town decked out in red t-shirts and caps has been fun – and even those of us who aren’t going to the game today are looking forward to seeing one sometime this season. Unless you have a peanut allergy sufferer in your household. Then probably you weren’t.

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Your Kids Can Color for the Planet

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is hosting a coloring contest for kids ages 1-12 to help celebrate Earth Day this year.

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Mom on Foursquare

I thought Facebook and Twitter were bad enough. Now new social networking service Foursquare is telling me I’m pretty much a loser.

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Experience Chinese Culture at the Botanical Garden

Give your kids a truly international experience at Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Become immersed in traditional Chinese arts, music, culture and cuisine at the Garden on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16.

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Spotlighting the Show Choir

Hey, my fellow Gleeks! If you’re just as excited about the return of Glee on April 13 on Fox as I am, flash me some jazz hands!

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Look, Dad, No Hands!

At the park we get a lot of weird looks
He’s wiping noses and he cleans and he cooks
And when I’m standing at the top of that slide
All the Moms are freaking when he goes for a ride

                    – from the song “Stay-At-Home Dad” by Justin Roberts

The stereotype of men as the ones who toss babies in the air, wrestle on the floor with preschoolers and throw out their backs playing tackle football with teenagers holds true in real life. And it’s great for kids who get this kind of interaction from their dads, both boys and girls.

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Get an Early Jump on Earth Day This Weekend

It’s never too soon to start teaching your kids the importance of protecting the Earth and it’s natural resources. The Magic House in Kirkwood is kicking off Earth Day a little early with “Recycled Creations” this Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11.

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COCA Holding Auditions for Summer Musical

Is your child a budding young actor with a love of musical theater? The Center of Creative Arts in University City is holding auditions on April 23 and 24 for its 2010 summer musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA. The production, supported in part by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, has available roles for children and teens ages 10 to 18. Students should prepare 32 bars of a song and provide sheet music. A headshot and resume is appreciated, but not required.

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Local Stem Cells Save Lives Around the World

I’m not big on blood. Not only do I swoon while having it drawn for tests, but after two kids I still can’t even remember my own type.

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Red Hot Romance

My husband did the most romantic thing ever this past week.

He called the mortgage company.

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Little Dreams Come True at Fairy Tale Tea

Calling all little princes and princesses in the Kingdom of St. Louis – The Magic House will host its annual Fairy Tale Tea on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

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Omnimax Movies at the Saint Louis Science Center

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown featuring the IMAX with Laser. This state-of-the-art theater provides the sharpest images, unmatched sound quality and 40% greater color range than traditional theaters. The five-story, 80-foot-diameter dome will fill your entire field of vision providing a truly immersive experience. 

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Water Waddlers Indoor Drop-In Swim

Stop in and have some fun in the indoor pool at the Lodge of Des Peres with your little one at this drop-in swim time for kids up to age 6. No pre-registration is needed; Water Waddlers is open to residents and non-residents of Des Peres.

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Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym
Friday, March 31, 2023
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Friday, April 7, 2023

Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Reservations are not necessary.

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Life Lessons Learned at Overnight Camp

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Drawn In: The New Animated, Literacy-Boosting Series that's Made in STL

Tyler, Nevaeh, Jadyn, and Grace – the fearless foursome of the new animated series “Drawn In” – have captured the imagination of viewers in St. Louis and ignited their love of learning with every new adventure. The show was conceived, created, and produced in St. Louis, and the majority of voice talent is based in the metro area. You can catch it on Nine PBS.

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