Tag: summer activities

Make sure what goes to camp, doesn’t stay at camp

I’ve never been good at labeling my kids’ stuff which means I’ve paid the price in misplaced water bottles, forgotten jackets and other random missing objects. But with three kids going to camp this summer, I’d better get on my game to make sure what walks out of the house in the morning walks back in at the end of the day, albeit dirty and stinky. I’m a big fan of Name Bubbles’ Camp Pack of colorful waterproof and laundry-safe personalized labels which get the job done in a lot less time than a Sharpie. You’ll get 124 press-and-stick...

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Don’t spend another summer blowing those perfect snapshots

I got a snazzy new camera for Mother’s Day and hoped it would instantly turn me into a photographer that makes grown men cry. Instead, I’m still taking loads of uninspired, far-away photos of my kids doing various inexplicable things. What I need is a little direction and inspiration to turn my ho-hum photos into things of beauty, and Tracey Clark, pro photographer, good friend to CMP and the founder of Shutter Sisters, is stepping in to help me. And you. And anyone who cares to sign up for her 30-day online photography and scrapbooking workshop, Picture Summer. Hosted...

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Tools for those a little green around the grills

Yes it’s kind of a cliche that all dads like barbecuing and therefore all need grill tools for Father’s Day. But at least in my family, all the dads do like barbecuing and need grill tools for Father’s Day, so there. I love the look of all the eco-friendly grill tools from Outset, just in to Olive and Myrtle. But more so, I like the backstory; the spatula, tongs, fork and grill brush all made of 100% recycled stainless steel and farm-raised bamboo. Even the packaging is green. Now go enjoy your free-range, organic, grass-fed chicken sausages on Father’s...

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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! At Radio City! And why can’t I stop using these exclamation points!

The only thing more trippy than watching a guy in a giant yellow neoprene robot costume singing “Don’t Bite Your Friends” to a hiphop beat on your big screen TV might just be watching it live. And I don’t want to hear it from you cynics. Any children’s show that features Amy Sedaris as the tooth fairy and gets my kids singing along with the Roots is a-okay by me. Which is why we’re so excited to let you know that Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City is heading to Radio City Music hall in...

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Summer Camp – it’s come a long way from lanyards and capture the flag

While suburban kids have access to pools and lakes and campgrounds, we city folk make do with our own assets when it comes to summer camps for preschoolers–like museum trips and cooking classes and lots and lots of arts and crafts. And of course, we justify it by telling ourselves that the kids will be more comfortable out of the humidity anyway. So I laughed to learn who else has thrown their hat into the day camp ring this year; it seems that NYC institution, Dylan’s Candy Bar, is introducing Manhattan tots to Dylan’s Candy Bar Camp. Yes, it’s...

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Sex and the City 2, and a peek into the wardrobe of my dreams

The premiere of Sex and the City 2 hits tonight, and the women I’ve talked to seem to be divided into two groups: Those who care, and those who won’t admit they care — just a little bit. I admit it! I care! I want to gawk at Aiden, and marvel at everyone’s perfect triceps, and learn why the heck they’re riding camels in $16,000 outfits. For those of you who are interested in the always fabulous Patricia Field styling above all, check out the Sex and the City Closet on the movie’s website. This interactive app lets you...

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Baby sun protection in handy blanket form

We rarely leave the house without our Rain or Shine Kids waterproof stroller blanket – whether it’s a cool fall picnic, winter jog, or spring walk in the park. And now, with their organic sun protection blanket, I think they’ve pretty much got us covered for summer too. Literally. This simple, organic cotton blanket is made from UPF 30+ fabric, which helps keep the sun rays away from your baby or kiddos without roasting them in a little fabric oven. So smart. And the extremely handy ties let you attach the blanket to your stroller, infant carrier, or infant...

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Another hour of daylight? Tell them to MOOV it.

I really hate losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time, but I’m also thrilled beyond belief that the season of Throwing the Children Outside to Play is nigh. And I’m pretty sure they will stay out even longer if they have something as cool as MOOV to keep them occupied. MOOV had me all a-flutter when I saw their booth this past February at Toy Fair. Kind of like a giant Erector Set of wood and rubber, MOOV goes from a pile of pieces into super cool-looking kid-sized toys like the coasting bike in the Starter Kit...

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Baby Banz Swim Goggles: Essential eye protection goes underwater

If you’re a longtime Cool Mom Picks reader, then you already know Baby Banz as the quintessential purveyor of eye protection for little ones in the sun–plus we were excited when they started making Baby Banz sun protection beachwear. But now, right in time for winter swim lessons, we’re happy to learn they’ve branched out into swim goggles. And right when it’s nearly impossible to find goggles in the store. They’ve got the 100% UV protection we’d expect from Baby Banz plus they’re anti-fog, but it’s more than that. Unlike adult goggles in miniature for kids, these ones are actually...

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Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open – Definitely not just for kids.

I have such fond memories of scoring US Open tickets a kid, roaming the grounds, and sitting slack-jawed in awe of all the incredible talent. (This was the McEnroe days. I’m that old. ) But back then, they didn’t have anything like the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day, which is coming up this Saturday. If you’re lucky enough to be in the NY area, it’s totally worth a trip. In addition to getting to watch amazing athletes like Serena Williams, and Maria Sharipova (which honestly, would be enough), there’s an entire 2 hour big deal kind of stadium show,...

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An all-natural sunscreen – bug repellent mashup

Our New England summer started off as one big, wet petri dish for mosquitoes, meaning the buggers are now swarming even in the middle of the day. And there’s no sign of it letting up until fall. I have no intention of mixing DEET into my kids sunscreen, so I’m grateful that California Baby has an all-natural SPF 30+ Sunscreen Citronella Bug Blend to protect our family’s lily-white skin from both dangerous rays and flying biters. The thick PABA-and-chemical free lotion with SPF 30 is great for us non-tanners, and my skin can attest to its effectiveness after a...

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Don’t burn, baby burn

The best part of the summer, for me, are the days spend hanging out at our local pool, but worst part is getting my son to put on sunscreen. No, strike that, usually I can pin him down long enough to slather him with the first coating; it’s arguing over how long the sunscreen lasts and when it’s time to reapply that’s brutal. Even with just 6 weeks of summer left, I am thrilled to have found the genius UVSunSense wristbands that show both of us exactly when his SPF 55 has worn off. I put the bracelet on...

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This build-your-own solar kit isn’t rocket science

We’re a crazy homeschooling family, minus the denim jumpers and 65 children (Kidding! Kidding!)  and I’m always on the lookout for ways to teach the kids things without boring them to tears with text books and lectures. The 6 in 1 Educational Solar Kit is now a part of my educational bag of tricks — a fun, kid-friendly way to demonstrate how solar power works. It took me just a few minutes for this mechanically-challenged mama to put together a little solar-powered windmill which, thankfully, was no harder to assemble than some of my son’s Lego contraptions. Even better...

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Top rainy day activities for kids (or when the temp hits 110 in the shade)

When the thunderclouds roll in, digging up rainy day kids’ activities to keep the brood entertained indoors isn’t so easy. Especially when all they can think about are beaches, bikes and bothering each other. So we thought it was high time to revisit some of Cool Mom Picks’ favorite past ideas for cool indoor fun. A craft a day keeps the remote control away Crafts are of course the first thing we think of for rainy days or brutal heatwaves. I absolutely love the all-inclusive, adorable and affordable craft kits from the Little Experiences, like the Rocket kit (shown)...

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Protecting kids from sunburn, petrochemicals, and shoddy package design

We’ve gotten our fair share of baby lotions and bath products from Little Twig as gifts and I must say, they’re often the ones I reach for first. I love the adorable packaging, but even more so I love the pthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free products inside which are consistently excellent across the line.  So of course I had high expectations for their new SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen for children. The first sign that I was going to like this sunscreen was the scent, which is light and not chemical-y, probably because it’s actually not chemical-y. It goes on really nicely...

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The Cool Mom Picks Summer Road Trip Mix Tape

I’ve done enough seven-hour road trips with the kids to know that the right music can eliminate the fear of “are we there yet?” So before strapping the kids into their car seats, I spruce up our music collection with some new tunes for less money than we’ll spend on snacks and Tylenol. We thought it would be fun to offer up a selection of some stand-out singles from some of the newer kid-and-parent friendly CD’s that have come our way recently. Just take a listen to a sample, and if you dig it (which we think you will),...

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Home of the Brave, the Furry and the Grouchy

With a little one who hates loud noises and falls asleep before 9, seeing big Fourth of July fireworks has become one of those “maybe next year” dreams we tell his older siblings. So we were happy to learn about PBS’ A Capitol Fourth which will have a whole bunch of Sesame Street Characters on the US Capitol lawn plus some fireworks to keep the kids entertained. All commercial free–yay! I’m sure the kids will also be entertained when they see their mom singing shamelessly along with Barry Manilow and Aretha Franklin’s performances. And when their father pretends not...

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Go play outside!

While I wholeheartedly support the idea of grandparents getting outside to play with the grandkids, don’t let the fact that this downloadable Go Play Outside guide is being offered through Grandparents.com dissuade you from checking it out yourself, mamas. It’s packed with 97 different suggestions for outdoor fun for just about anyone. And it’s totally free. As are plenty of the suggestions. Of course if you can con, er, convince a grandparent to hang out with the kids in the great outdoors and log their hours on the site, Grandparents.com and KaBOOM! will donate up to $10,000 towards building...

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The plastic pail that’s all pail, no plastic

When I find myself packing our bags for a beach side vacation, I always look for ways to cut back on the number of space-hogging things we’re taking. With the SandSac they can bring their sand pail and shovel without taking up too much precious luggage space. No kidding. This collapsible square cotton canvas beach pail can squish down to fit into our bags, then open up for collecting sea shells, rocks and even the occasional sea creature–temporarily of course. Or fill it with sand using the renewable bamboo shovel and flip it over to make sandcastles. And, since...

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Buh-bye macaroni art

Craft kits are perfect for moms lacking that creativity gene, but then there are moms like me who combine both lack of creativity with an aversion to clutter. Our kids happily create, but then we wonder what to do with the (precious and unique but totally useless) results. The kids’ craft kits from The Little Experience are right up my rainy-day alley.  Not only are these craft kids an ideal way to spend an afternoon or two, I’m really impressed by all the cool stuff you can make whether your kids are 3 or 13. We (and by “we”,...

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