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ItΓÇÖs Your Party

By Kay Wicker ┬á ChildrenΓÇÖs parties, for better or worse, have become extravaganzas rivaling weddingsΓÇöin both production and sometimes price. With tools like Pinterest at our fingertips, parties can now be so much more than cake and ice cream around the kitchen table. It can get pretty overwhelming planning a …

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Memory Lane

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis ΓÇ£It wasnΓÇÖt my party, but it was 1979 and I was 10-years-old. My grandfather was exactly 50 years older than meΓÇöhe was born in 1919. We drove to Florida to surprise him for his 60th birthday. And that was also my 10th birthday. Out of …

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Clown School

In the age of iPad games, YouTube and HBOΓÇÖs Sesame Street, kids are not always an easy sell on seemingly conventional live entertainment. But the best entertainers can bring wonder, music and even knowledge to their young audiences. Writers Saralyn Lyons and Kay Wicker talked to local childrenΓÇÖs entertainers to …

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BOOKnook

Each month, weΓÇÖre celebrating a birthday of literary significance. ThereΓÇÖs no place like homeΓÇöand, since its publication, there hasnΓÇÖt been anywhere quite like Oz either. May marks the 160th birthday of L. Frank Baum, the author responsible for DorothyΓÇÖs adventure in ΓÇ£The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.ΓÇ¥ The beloved childrenΓÇÖs book, …

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Savvy Baby

By Betsy Boyd I’ll forget shopping for myself for a few months. Cute kids’ clothes are this toddler mom’s latest addiction. Love Made Love is an award-winning children’s collection great for play dates to the zoo, birthday parties, or rainy day games of hide and seek–not to mention world travel …

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Gifts for Kids

By Hannah Monicken and Kay Wicker Ask kids what they want as gifts, and theyΓÇÖre usually not at all hesitant to tell you. But if those items are a tad unrealisticΓÇömost people canΓÇÖt afford a ponyΓÇöor youΓÇÖre buying this gift at the last minute, here are a few ideas for …

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Bookmarked

By Kay Wicker ΓÇ£CharlotteΓÇÖs Web,ΓÇ¥ ΓÇ£The Hardy Boys,ΓÇ¥ ΓÇ£GoosebumpsΓÇöwhat was your first chapter book as a kid? This month, we reached out to the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore to see what early chapter books young readers should consider adding to their lists. First Chapter Books (ages 6-7) ΓÇ£Dory and the …

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Tale as Old as Time

By Hannah Monicken If youΓÇÖre looking to treat the family this week, how about a night at the theater? The beloved Disney movie-turned-Broadway-musical ΓÇ£Beauty and the BeastΓÇ¥ will be playing at the Hippodrome through Sunday. With all your favorite songsΓÇöΓÇ£Be Our Guest,ΓÇ¥ in particular, is a rousing crowd-pleaserΓÇöand several new …

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Cosplaying Around

By Kimberly Uslin Be honest: Even though your eight-year-old may be drawing stares at Safeway, sometimes you wish you could wear an alien costume in public, tooΓÇöso why not spend Memorial Day weekend soaking up all things science fiction? Don your alternate reality finest and head to the Renaissance Baltimore …

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BΓÇÖMore Social

By Hannah Monicken ItΓÇÖs Memorial Day weekend! If youΓÇÖre not already headed out on a much-deserved vacation, revel in the (finally!) nice weather and consider these great options for your local stay-cation. Friday The sun is shining and the rain has receded (for now), so enjoy it while you can! …

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