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25 Kids Shows That Should Be On DVD
Forgotten classics, from Captain Kangaroo to Zoom.
Hallmark Card Design Contest
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to design a card for Hallmark? Now’s your chance. Hallmark and Ovation TV are sponsoring a contest for creative folks who think they’ve got a great idea for a greeting card.
We Are The World Again [Morning News]
In 1985 a bunch of pop stars came together as one to record the song ‘We Are The World’ under the mantle USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa). Here we are in 2010, and We Are The World Again. This time the goal is to raise money for Haiti.
Political Instability in the United States [Morning News]
The notion that our two-party political system is broken seems to be catching fire. Reporting from a gathering of the rich and powerful in Davos, Switzerland, the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman ponders the notion of political instability in the United States.
The Spy Next Door – Movie Review
Reviewing kids’ movies is tricky. Critics are supposed to write reviews based on the merits of the work itself. But with entertainment specifically aimed at children, I think it’s important to mention whether or not the target audience is likely to enjoy it, even if, as a critic, I didn’t. So here is my review...
Jimmy Fallon Sings Pants On The Ground As Neil Young – Morning News
That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Jimmy Fallon Sings Pants On The Ground As Neil Young. So what am I talking about? And how is it part of Morning News? Read on.
Will Iron Man 2 Be OK For Kids?
The Iron Man 2 trailer is out. The movie looks like it will be nothing short of awesome. But will Iron Man 2 be OK for kids? Take a look at the trailer and then let’s discuss, shall we?
Toy Story in Kids Comics This Week
My kid got a bigger stack of comics this week than I did, including the new Toy Story comic from BOOM! Studios. This week we’re also starting a new feature in this column — the Dopey Twilight Item Of The Week. Read on for details.
X-Babies and Barack The Barbarian – Kids Comics This Week
Quick note about this week’s list — Barack The Barbarian is not a comic for younger kids. Older, more politically savvy kids, perhaps. Read on for details.
Is 'Where the Wild Things Are' For Kids?
“Where the Wild Things Are” is probably one of the most hyped films of the year. I had reservations going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. By almost any measure, this is a very well made movie. The visuals are terrific, the creatures look about as real as they can, and the kid who plays...
Mike Messer of The Dirty Sock Funtime Band Live
You may know Mike Messer as the lead singer of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. And you may know the Dirty Sock Funtime Band from their appearances on Jack’s Big Music Show. Or you may know Mike, and the Dirty Socks, from someplace else. Either way, you can see Mike Messer perform live this Saturday,...
Disney Offers Subscription eBooks For Kids
Disney is now offering a new subscription service called Disney Digital Books. For $8.95/month (or $79.95/year), you and your kids will be able to access more than 500 “new and classic Disney books,” according to the company.
Kids Comics This Week – Twilight Action Figures
Yes, there are comics this week, but there are also Twilight action figures. As a public service, I will provide you information about 7-inch tall versions of Bella, Alice, Edward and Jacob. But first — comics!
Boy Brings Cocaine To Day Care, Girl Eats It
A 4-year-old girl ate a bag of cocaine after a fellow student gave it to her. He thought it was candy. Why? Because that’s what his dad told him after he shoved the illegal drugs in his son’s pocket.
What Happened to the Lunch Box?
Wired’s Dave Banks has a story over at GeekDad asking the immortal question: Where Have All the Geeky Lunch Boxes Gone? I hadn’t thought about it but I admit that I also have some nostalgia for the nerdy metal food boxes of yesteryear.
Man Accused of Slapping Toddler at Walmart
Roger Stephens was at a Walmart in Atlanta, Georgia when he heard a 2-year-old girl crying. So he allegedly smacked her four times in order to “shut her up.” Here is what allegedly happened.
Birthers Wonder If Obama Is Circumcised
For some members of the Birther movement, it won’t be enough for President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate. He’ll need to drop his pants. So they can see whether or not he was circumcised. Because as we all know, no real American has a foreskin. Got that?
Real Life Timon And Pumba
You’ve heard of “The Lion King.” You thought it was just a story. Turns out it might be a documentary. The Real Life Timon and Pumba, after the jump.
Nipple Tassels on Toddler Shirt
Would you buy a shirt for your baby that had nipple tassels on it? One company is hoping you will. ParentDish interviewed the designer behind TwistedTwee, which is selling t-shirts for babies and preschoolers that include nipple tassels, among other items.
Prop 8 Funder Doug Manchester Files For Divorce
Doug Manchester, the California businessman “who helped finance the 2008 fight against same-sex marriage in California” is getting a divorce, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. The paper says that the divorce could “complicate Manchester’s finances” and possibly give him trouble in a major development project on the San Diego waterfront.
Morning News – Taliban Chief Killed While Getting Massage
Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was reportedly killed last week by a CIA drone plane — while getting a leg massage. No, I did not make that up. That’s assuming he’s really dead. A Taliban spokesman says he’s alive. Why would they lie? A massive landslide, caused by a typhoon, has caused major damage and casualties...
100 Things Your Children Will Never Do Or See
The headline on Wired uses the word “may”, as in “things your kids may never know about.” But I’m feeling old and cynical, hence the more affirmative language. For example, does anyone really think that their kids will ever listen to music “on an audio tape using a personal stereo”? Heck, even the name “Walkman”...
Kids Comics This Week – Wordgirl, Archie, Sonic
This is a new column on Strollerderby. Every week I’ll be highlighting the kid-friendly comic books that are hitting the racks on Wednesday, which is the day the new stuff comes in. But you knew that. I get my weekly comic book fix at Midtown Comics (they’re not paying me to say that, but darn...
iPhone Sex Offender Finder
The POM Offender Locator from Vision 20/20 lets you find out how close you are to registered sex offenders, no matter where you happen to be. It’s an iPhone app, meaning you can get real-time information on this subject while on the go. I tried out a free version of the app. It gives me...
German Sesame Street Parody – Bernie und Ert
I’m not sure what I was looking for when I came across this one. Must have been something Sesame Street related. But wow. This just blew my mind. For a moment I thought that this was the German version of Sesame Street. There are many international versions of the show, so I thought this could...