Tag: family activities

The best solar eclipse glasses for your family, in every price range. Because you like your retinas.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re geeking out over the total solar eclipse that’s coming on August 21. Where you live will determine what you see, but here in Nashville, viewing will be at a premium with almost 3 minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. So, I’ve been checking into which solar eclipse glasses are right for my family. Because we like our retinas. Ha. So, we found some great solar eclipse glasses in every price range, so you can watch safely with your kids too. CMT is an rstyle affiliate Related: 5 expert tips for...

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These DIY galaxy Easter eggs are out of this world.

My kids love decorating Easter eggs, but now that they’re hitting their tweens they’re getting a little more creative. That’s why I can’t wait to try these DIY galaxy Easter eggs at Dream a Little Bigger. And, based on the tutorial, they look like they’re not nearly as hard to make as you’d think. Related: Martha Stewart’s Easter egg app gives you the perfect recipe to dye eggs. Related: OMG: Unicorn Easter eggs. Allison’s step-by-step tutorial makes these space eggs easy enough for anyone to make. And she’s got great tips about the supplies you can buy to make it so much easier, and how...

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7 smart, cool coding books for kids that have us saying, “Go get on your screens!”

After seeing what Kristen’s kids did with Bitsbox, a cool coding subscription box for kids we featured awhile ago (and who was a sponsor over the holidays), my kids are now obsessed with the idea of creating their own apps. In fact, it’s piqued their interest in all things STEM, so I’ve been looking for some cool coding books for kids that might take them to the next level. Whether your kid wants to learn coding concepts in general, or is more excited about completing a specific DIY project with their new coding skills, these books will likely keep their interest going strong....

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Cakewalk: Our cool free app of the week

The kids have been out of school for a bit and chances are you’ve heard the “bored” word at least once. Or maybe you have a toddler who is ready for a new activity approximately every three-and-a-half minutes. Either way, check out the free Cakewalk app app which is like having a stack of quick ideas on hand to flip through when you need to come up with something to do, stat. Currently only for iOS (though Android is in the works), Cakewalk lets you tailor the ideas you see based on the ages of your kids, from babies all the way up...

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Yuggler for parents: Our cool free app of the week

It’s Sunday morning and your kids’ friends just had to cancel their afternoon playdate. Or, you are on vacation with your toddler, and rain has just ruined your plans to visit that cool new park you read about online. What to do? Well, nowadays, there are lots of resources like Mommy Poppins or even Yelp with lists of activities. Along those lines is a cool new find for me: The Yuggler app, free for iOS, is designed to help you find things to do with kids, fast. What I like most about Yuggler is the ability to customize the stuff I want to see so that I...

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Two fun, creative, and (mostly) free apps for kids to keep them engaged when they’re stuck indoors.

If you’re tearing through the list of snow day activities to keep the kids occupied when you’re stuck indoors, allow us help you with two beautifully designed, really fun new apps we’ve discovered from Seedling. As in, the same company whose affordable craft kits we’ve turned to for gifts and projects many times. While there’s no need to stock up on craft supplies with these apps, they are both super creative, imaginative, and pretty much free. Related: Scribble Creative Book Maker app makes kids instant authors and illustrators  Seedling Comic Studio App   If your kids like to make up stories, download a copy of Seedling’s Comic...

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27 cool things you can do with the Amazon Echo: From productive time-savers to just plain fun.

I received an Amazon Echo for Christmas this year, and I have to admit at first I was a little skeptical. What is all the buzz about anyway and what can I actually do with an Amazon Echo? I wasn’t sure it could really do more for me than Siri or my phone, but after having Alexa (that’s the voice’s name) in my home for a few weeks, connected to my Wifi and linked to my Amazon account I have to say she’s become a welcome houseguest. From productive time-savers to fun diversions, here are lots of cool things you can do with the...

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Our 11 coolest new tech toys of 2015: Editors best of the year

Okay, so this is the post in our editors’ top picks of the year series we know a lot of our readers have been waiting for: The coolest tech toys of 2015. There are so many amazing trends we’re seeing here:  Coding is becoming more accessible to even younger kids, interactivity is getting more interactive, and educational toys are blurring the line between education and toy. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings! – Liz + Kristen       This post is part of of our annual series featuring our Editors’ Best Tech of 2015. No pay-for-play, no contests to...

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The best apps for parents of the year: Editors’ Best Tech of 2015

Next up in our Editors’ Best of 2015, we’re sharing our picks for the best apps for parents. All of these apps made their debut in 2015 and really do help make our lives as parents a lot easier. Though, the truth is, plenty of these apps are terrific for non-parents too! We hope they help you as much as they’ve helped us. Because hey, we need all the help we can get. -Kristen + Liz     This post is part of of our annual series featuring our Editors’ Best Tech of 2015. No pay-for-play, no contests to enter, no...

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Make your own Star Wars BB-8 and more, with free tutorials from littleBits

To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens — you have heard of it, right? — the team behind one of our favorite tech toys, littleBits, has put together a very cool user-generated #BITSWARS campaign, generating nearly 100 (so far)  DIY project ideas conceived of by fans using their kids’ circuitry kits. And we think your Star Wars fans will think they’re pretty cool to watch. If you have one of their circuitry sets, be sure to check out all the step-by-step tutorials available, especially the ones that show you how to create some of Star Wars biggest icons like R2-D2, a light saber, and everyone’s new favorite, BB-8 — even...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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