The best fire station and female firefighter toys (or how to practice for being a firefighter mommy)

We are a little obsessed with firefighters around here. Ok, make that majorly obsessed. When the kids were asked in school last year what they wanted to be when they grew up, my daughter’s answer was “a firefighter mommy doctor.” Then she considered this for a while and said “or just a firefighter mommy” and got…

National Free Museum Day this Saturday (9/26) – includes Ecotarium, Discovery Museums, etc. Thanks to the Smithsonian!

The Smithsonian Institute and Smithsonian Magazine are sponsoring free admission to tons of museums around the country for Free Museum Day this Saturday, September 26th. Not all museums are participating, but lots are – it’s not just the Smithsonian or Smithsonian-affiliated musuems. For example, here in Boston you can get free admission to the Ecotarium,…

Children’s audiobooks, part 2 – your recommendations and an evaluation of Audible, Hoopla, and more

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on my post on downloading children’s audiobooks on Audible! Here’s part two – a compilation of all the favorite audiobook titles that were submitted and an evaluation of Audible vs. the other players that folks said that they sometimes used, Spotify and Hoopla, and of course the folks who picked…

More time in the car – anyone tried children’s audiobooks? And some recs for books we like and how to get free ones!

Back to school time – do you love it or hate it? I feel bittersweet about it and seem to have the lyrics from “Sunrise, Sunset” stuck in my head constantly (“seedlings grow overnight to sunflowers. . .” And my kids aren’t even that old!) It definitely means a lot more time in the car…

Library Passes – free and discounted admission to museums, zoos, and other attractions

Now that it’s (finally) spring, we can all breath a sigh of relief and start heading to our favorite outdoor places again. But some our favorite places can be pretty darn expensive. The Franklin Park Zoo charges $17.95 per adult and $11.95 per child. And some of our favorite places can be, well, inside. It’s…

Best baby/toddler toy ever? Wooden activity cubes.

Now I’m going to talk about my latest favorite kid’s item – wooden activity cubes. There was one of these in the baby room at my daughter’s daycare, and she was obsessed with it. When her big sister would come along, she’d get obsessed with it as well. Then our Early Intervention specialist showed us…