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Afternoon Roundup: Theatre for Babies, Car Seat Inspections, Brilliant Dog Vid, More…

The Lion King

My daughter at age 1, touring the stage of The Lion King.

Would you take a one-year-old to see a play?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Seattle Children’s Theatre and the New Victory Theatre in New York are among a new crop of American companies hoping you’ll bring your small children to see live work on the stage.  In Europe, directors are asking children as young as 6 months to attend avant-garde performance art about being born, featuring lines like, “Embraced by water, embedded in my mum, warming and worry-free, just being.”  Sounds horrible if you ask me, but I do believe kids should see live performance as often as they can.  I took my daughter to The Lion King on Broadway when she was a year old, but we went on friends and family night.  I’m not sure I would have risked her freaking out if I had to cough up a hundred bucks.

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

Safe Kids coalitions will join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this weekend for “Seat Check Saturday” on September 25.  I just bought a new booster seat for my daughter (the Evenflo Maestro, which thanks to SD blogger Sandy, I’m happy to report has been rated a “Best Bet” by the IIHS) and I plan to have it installed by a professional this weekend at my local car seat check-up event.  If there isn’t a Safe Kids event in your area, try your local police department, local hospitals or local fire department.  Or, call DaimlerChrysler’s Fit For A Kid program at 1-877-FIT-F-AKID or 1-866-SEAT-CHECK.  Booster seats have resulted in an 18% decrease in traffic-related injuries in children age 4-6, and many states require your child be in a booster seat through age 8.

Cold No Excuse to Be Fat

SD’s Paula announced yesterday that the common cold may be a causal factor in the childhood obesity epidemic.  But Nancy Shute at US News and World Report says “the association between infection and weight is far from proven.”  She notes that “the majority of the obese children in the study hadn’t been exposed to adenovirus 36, yet they were still fat. So the “obesity is an infection” theory doesn’t let anyone abandon a healthy diet and exercise in favor of antiviral medications.”  Amen to that!

Do you love amazing music videos?  And dogs?

Finally, let me (hopefully) be the first to introduce you to the latest viral sensation by video wizards OK Go.  This song is called White Knuckles, but like with most other OK Go videos, you won’t really pay attention to the music.  You will however be amazed by another of their astonishing feats of choreography – this time involving DOGS!  Lots of them.  Take a look:

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