During our recent vacation, we spent some time with the family and a handful of 7- to 13-year-olds. Since not every day was sunny, the kids spent some time watching television and it was at this time that I was reminded of how superior Pee-wee’s Playhouse was to every children’s live action show ever made.I use the words “children’s live action show” loosely because when I saw Pee-wee’s Playhouse I was in college. The show ran from 1986 to 1990 on CBS and I saw almost every episode. I was far from a child, but the fact that it could be enjoyed by children and adults is what was so … [Read more...]
I’ll admit it: Yes, I started an Instagram account for my 5-year-old son.
I’ve been trying to find digital-age bonding methods for my son and I. Sure, we do all that old world stuff – play catch, cook together, read together, play with Legos. But we also bond over photography – and when my son started to commission me to take photos of things to post to my own account, I thought “why can’t he do this, too?”
I must admit – I’m also interested in the things he wants to present to the world. So starting … [Read more...]
Late July evenings along the Northeast corridor aren't typically this comfortable. Sweatpants comfortable. Feet in cool sand comfortable. Hand in hand with the one you love comfortable. Late July evenings along the Northeast corridor don't usually sound this wonderful either.This past Friday night, Philadelphia’s oldest toddler, the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park, began its 115th birthday weekend with a family-friendly bang in the form of Kidchella, the venue’s first ever kiddie indie rock music festival. I was happy to have been a small part of it, and happier … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: We explore the Exploratorium with our San Francisco Dads Group co-organizer Andy Chen as our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" rides into the sunset.The SF Dads Group had a meetup recently at one of the coolest venues in our city by the bay - The Exploratorium. What makes this museum so cool is the sheer number of interactive exhibits and activities (600+) that are sure to capture the attention of both dads and kids, preschool and up. Some of the exhibits are purely for fun but many are also educational.A bonus of the Exploratorium is … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" heads back to New York City and a little gem of playground.I hate going to parks alone. It always seems like the nannies, sitters and moms always stare at me like I was just released from Riker’s.
However, DeKovats Playground, a narrow triangle between the FDR and York Avenue on Manhattan's East Side., is a breath of fresh air.
Small enough to run into familiar faces after a couple visits and enough off the beaten path to keep away … [Read more...]