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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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Stingrays At Caribbean Cove Returns to the Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo is bringing the ocean back to you in 2010 when Stingrays at Caribbean Cove reopens for the season on April 24.

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10 Books for Toddlers

Pinkalicious is my homegirl.

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The Clayton High School Student Who Launched St. Louis Volunteen

As a teen who wanted to spend her summers and free time volunteering for local organizations, Simone Bernstein found the most difficult part was locating volunteer opportunities for teens her age. From the age of 12 she spent time volunteering at her local library and The Magic House, and as she got older, the St. Louis Crisis Nursery and local hospitals. But she had to devote a significant amount of her time to approaching local organizations to ask them what volunteer opportunities were available. She decided that as her next project, she’d make finding volunteer opportunities easier for her and others her age.

“I was surprised at how few resources were available to search for local youth volunteer opportunities,” said Bernstein, a student at Clayton High School. “There are national Web sites that are geared toward ages 18 and older, but I could not find a local Web site for youth.”

So Bernstein launched last year. The site lists volunteer opportunities for teens and tweens (and even some for adults) at more than 40 local organizations.

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Come Visit Illinois - We Won't Bite

About a year ago, my family and I moved from St. Louis to the Metro East, or as I lovingly call it, the Dark Side.

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Parent and Me Series Returns to the Missouri History Museum

Bring your preschool-age children to see the Missouri History Museum’s The 1904 World’s Fair exhibit and participate in hands-on activities, including crafts, dress-up and more that incorporate touch, movement, smell, sound and art. Parent and Me Programs are held at the Missouri History Museum each Friday in April from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are $7 per class ($5 per class for members), or $20 for the four-class series per family ($15 for members). Activities are appropriate for children ages 2-5.

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More Moms Give Nursing a Try

We’re used to hearing medical experts talk about new treatments and drugs, but in one area, infant nutrition, they’re all in favor of the oldest method there is: breastfeeding. While formula is a necessary option for some moms, doctors and child development researchers agree that breast milk is best for babies. This is a big contrast to 40 years ago, when not even 25 percent of moms nursed at all. Now, a new report says, the national average of those who’ve ever nursed is nearly 75 percent.

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Plenty of Family Fun and Fitness at GO! St. Louis

2010 marks the 10th running of the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend, Missouri’s largest fitness event. In addition to the full and half-marathon events, there are plenty of activities for families and kids to enjoy some fit fun in the (hopefully) sun.

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Enjoy Outdoor Fun and Fitness with Your Baby at Strollerobics

Looking for a way to get some exercise with your baby or toddler while enjoying the great outdoors? Check out Strollerobics classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden from April 6 through May 28.

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Special Deals in Honor of a Special Man

Five of St. Louis’ top cultural institutions – the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and Saint Louis Zoo – will join together on Saturday, April 17, to observe “Des Lee Day” in honor of St. Louis philanthropist E. Desmond Lee, who died earlier this year at age 92.

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Trike Town at The Magic House

Adventures abound at Trike Town, the outdoor, child-size city at The Magic House. Kids can pick out their favorite little red tricycle and explore the entire city. The adventure includes a stop at the craft shop, where kids can create their own fall-themed craft, a candy shop, firehouse and more. 

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Teaching in Room 9 from Nine PBS

New this season, Teaching in Room 9 takes learning beyond the classroom as viewers discover our region's resources. Children will explore the coloring wall at the Missouri History Museum, learn about dinosaurs at the Saint Louis Science Center, and experience African art and mummies at the Saint Louis Art Museum, just to name a few. 


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Daytime Playtime at Olympia Gymnastics
Monday, September 25, 2023
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Monday, October 2, 2023

Daytime Playtime is an open gym for children ages 2-5 where the possibilities for fun and learning (through fun) are endless! Children will participate in activities that build coordination, strength, balance and self-confidence. They'll develop stronger motor skills, social skills, and take part in theme-based creative activities


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