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The Real Stuff: Hot Chocolate for the Holidays!
Most hot chocolate is a misnomer: It’s usually cocoa. But these restaurants make this winter treat with the real thing... (read the story...)

Holiday Toy Guide
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Where The Cows Come Home
New Yorkers may get our water from upstate reservoirs, but did you know that the milk that most of us drink is from Queens? (read the story...)

Slings Made Easier
Slings in the City, a group devoted to baby-wearing, is the brainchild of Queens mom Bianca Fehn. (read the story...)

New Kids on the Block
Store openings, new companies, new ideas and concepts — all geared to parents. (read the story...)

Product Reviews
Reviews of books, kids' music, games and toys. Editors' picks. (read the story...)

FAMILY CAR BUYING GUIDE — Understanding vehicle safety ratings
What do all those stars mean, anyway? In a nutshell, the more stars the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives a car, the safer it is. (read the story...)

Here’s a quick look at the best small cars for today’s active families: (read the story...)

September Reviews
The latest from Winnie the Pooh and The Big Bad Wolf! (read the story...)

Top Billing: Big Adventure for Small Fry
One thing the big red apple needs is a big red dog. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has obliged with Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, their new exhibit. The show features a 9-foot-tall Clifford complete with a tail slide, and all the locations familiar to readers of the Clifford books: Birdwell Island’s library, post office and huge dog house. (read the story...)

The Pharmacy for Families
After a fitful night of sleep with your ailing child, you finally emerge from the doctor’s office with intentions of heading home. But then you remember you still have to haul yourself to the pharmacy to get your child’s prescription filled. (read the story...)

Brooklyn Schools “Leap” Into Learning
You’re probably familiar with Leapfrog’s interactive products, which use sound effects, games, and visuals to teach skills in phonics, reading, and math. If you’re a parent, chances are there’s at least one in your house right now. Since 1999, the Leapfrog SchoolHouse division has brought the company’s technology to the classroom, too, with a range of programs for preK-8th grade, all designed to meet state and national standards. Among the most popular offerings are “The Literacy Center”, an early literacy program for preK-2nd grade; “Language First!”, an English language development system; and “Ready, Set, Leap!”, a reading readiness curriculum for preschoolers. Over 14,000 classrooms nationwide have implemented Leapfrog SchoolHouse, including more than 30 schools in NYC. (read the story...)

Family-friendly … heavenly!
Burger Heaven has opened a new restaurant, on the corner of Third Avenue and 86th Street, in Yorkville. At 5,000 square feet, this newest Burger Heaven seats 150 and sports something key for families: a free stroller valet service. (read the story...)

Ultimate Frisbee = Ultimate Independence
Many parents worry that their teens spend too much time in front of computer screens. But the parents of the high school students who play Ultimate Frisbee on the juniors’ circuit know that part of the time their teens spend online will translate into hours of outdoor activity. Although it’s a team club sport at some area high schools, and even a varsity sport at a few schools, such as The Beacon School in Manhattan, Ultimate, as the game is called, is very much one in which the kids themselves recruit and teach others. They also coordinate their own schedules. (read the story...)

Investing in a custom-made mouth guard
High-impact sports like football and hockey have had a long association with concussions, broken jaws and knocked-out teeth. But they no longer lead the sports pack in facial trauma. "The sports with the most orafacial injuries are not football and hockey any more because mouth guards are mandatory,” says Robert Peracchia, D.D.S., assistant clinical professor at Columbia University's Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “The most injurious sports to the head, face and teeth are basketball and baseball." (read the story...)

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAPThe Dangers of Trampolines
Seven-year-old Jennifer* lay whimpering on the emergency room bed. The ambulance ride had been frightening and the nurse was just now giving her pain medication. What had been a glorious spring day complete with a team barbecue after a successful soccer season had suddenly turned tragic when Jennifer took a nasty spill on her coach's backyard trampoline. (read the story...)

Dolly World!
Little girls will be awestruck this fall as they explore the unique world of American Girl Place New York, opening on Fifth Avenue, Saturday, November 8. The 43,000-square-foot retail and entertainment site is designed to reflect American girls both past and present. (read the story...)

The Internet’s New Kid-Safe ZoneKids.us designations offer quality and decency
Sooner or later, nearly every parent wishes for a magic wand that will protect young children from things that aren’t good for them. That’s especially true on the Internet where nothing but a mouse click separates even the youngest children from pornography, gambling, and other adult vices. (read the story...)

Big, Bold and Beautiful: Maternity with PizazzLiz Lange's stylish-but-simple fashions put the 'sexy' back in maternity wear
Liz Lange’s Maternity Style: How to Look Fabulous During the Most Fashion-Challenged Time (Clarkson Potter/Crown Publishing Group, $22.50) begins with a romp through the history of maternity wear. (read the story...)

Playtime Aplenty!
Indoor playgrounds would be around even if some weather warlock exercised his atmospheric magic on New York and bestowed it with San Diego-consistent temperatures. There are always indoor people and outdoor people, even in the most unswervingly agreeable climates. Sydney's Playground is one of the city's new indoor hotspots for play, and it doesn't much matter whether you're an indoor or outdoor type to enjoy it: it just looks like fun. (read the story...)

A New Quest Begins in Queens
ThinkQuest is getting students thinking. They’re thinking about alcohol abuse, the Civil War, lasers, bridges, penguins, U.S. Presidents, and families; and they’re putting these thoughts into websites for the entire world to see. (read the story...)

STUDY: New Benefits Shown for Car Booster Seats
No one would consider driving with an infant without placing the child in a car seat, yet few people think twice about letting a 7-year-old ride using only the adult seatbelt. But it is becoming clear that they should. At least 21 states have recognized this by passing laws that require booster seat usage up to a certain age, weight and height limits. New Jersey and Pennsylvania are among them, but New York is lagging behind. (read the story...)

Make Way Zagat — for an Insider's Guide to Visiting NY With Kids
It’s called The Grownup’s Guide: Visiting New York City With Kids, but you don’t have to be a visitor (you don’t even have to be a grownup) to take advantage of this incredibly comprehensive resource guide to New York City. (read the story...)

Antidepressants Safe for Mother and Child, Study ShowsBut doctors urge caution
Conventional advice used to steer pregnant women away from antidepressant drugs, but new research suggests there may be more risk to the child if the mother's depression isn't treated during pregnancy. (read the story...)

Are There Toxins in the Toy Box? Petition to ban PVC in children’s products denied
Are toys made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) safe? No doubt many parents have heard the claim that they are not — that toxic substances can leach out of rubber duckies and other playthings as children chew and suck on them. Still, government agencies have held steadfast that chemicals released from PVC in toys aren’t significant enough to bring harm to children. (read the story...)

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