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April 2013

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Enjoy Earth Day at home!

Enjoy Earth Day at home!

DIY kids projects celebrate Earth Day.

Body mass index tracks growth

Body mass index tracks growth

80% of kids have “normal” weight-to-height ratios. Body mass index (BMI) is a strong indicator of a child's health.

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Book Reviews

Stardines and plandas and slobsters, oh my!

Stardines and plandas and slobsters, oh my!

Book reviews: Stardines, Dirt on My Shirt, The Baby Book

Mix & mash play

Mix & mash play

Mashups come in all forms — board games included. These will definitely keep your family entertained when you’re stuck inside during those pesky April showers and rainy summer days.

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Music Reviews

Blues-ical genius and silly wit

Blues-ical genius and silly wit

Kids' music reviewer Kathy O'Connell recommends Blues in All Flavors by Gaye Adegbalola and Champions of the Universe by Ratboy Jr.

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Family Fun Features

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Meet a MetroKids Mom

Heidelinde Nitka

Heidelinde Nitka

Meet our April 2013 mom of the month.

The sports camp decision

The sports camp decision

How to choose a summer sports camp

Summer on the Spectrum

Summer on the Spectrum

Philadelphia-area summer camps for kids with special needs

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Child Care

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Education

Finish the school year strong

Finish the school year strong

Study tips for the end of the school year

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Early Education

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Mom Matters

4 diet traps new moms face

4 diet traps new moms face

4 new-mom diet traps

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Parenting

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Maternity

PRENATAL PREP

PRENATAL PREP

Less pain, more perks: Customized maternity care puts moms-to-be at ease.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Tips about caring for newborn twins and triplets

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Tweens & Teens

Teen jargon translated

Teen jargon translated

Learn to speak your teen's language

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SpecialKids

Summer on the Spectrum

Summer on the Spectrum

Philadelphia-area summer camps for kids with special needs

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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Other Disabilities Research & Advice

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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Special Needs Parenting

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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Autism Research & Advice

Hope on the horizon: Promising autism therapies

Hope on the horizon: Promising autism therapies

New therapies and treatments for autism

Summer on the Spectrum

Summer on the Spectrum

Philadelphia-area summer camps for kids with special needs

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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FYI

Info & events for Delaware Valley parents
Weekend Planner: September 4, 2015

Weekend Planner: September 4, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 4 - Sept. 6, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: August 28, 2015

Weekend Planner: August 28, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Aug. 29 - Aug. 30, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: August 21, 2015

Weekend Planner: August 21, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Aug. 21 - Aug. 23, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: August 14, 2015

Weekend Planner: August 14, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Aug. 14 - Aug. 16, 2015.

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4th of July fireworks & celebrations in Philadelphia area, South Jersey & Delaware

4th of July fireworks & celebrations in Philadelphia area, South Jersey & Delaware

Guide to 4th of July festivals and activities for kids and families in the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware areas for 2015.

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MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Papal Visit Playbook for Parents

Papal Visit Playbook for Parents

Here's a look at activities, closures and background information parents should know about for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia.

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CHOP's New Digs

CHOP's New Digs

Take a photo tour of CHOP's new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

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Art Splash: Summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Splash: Summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

What parents can expect at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Splash kids' summer program.

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Babies & Zoo Animals: July Preview

Babies & Zoo Animals: July Preview

Preview of the July 2015 edition of MetroKids, including baby products, VBAC and baby care class info, as well as an introduction to the animals who live at zoos and aquariums.

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The Marvel Experience: What Should Parents Expect?

The Marvel Experience: What Should Parents Expect?

A parent's guide to The Marvel Experience at Lincoln Financial Field through July 5

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MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Office Depot's Generous Program

Office Depot's Generous Program

Mom blogger Raya Fagg laud the Office Depot Foundation's program to help families who can't afford school supplies.

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Give to Your School, Cash Free!

Give to Your School, Cash Free!

There are a surprising number of ways to help your school besides donating money.

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20 Late Summer Family Fun Ideas

20 Late Summer Family Fun Ideas

Mom blogger Trina O'Boyle suggests ways to enjoy the last little bit of summer with your kids.

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Dad Music Review: Play Date

Dad Music Review: Play Date

Rock with this album for kids and parents alike.

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Mom's DIY Home Office

Mom's DIY Home Office

How to carve out a home office space in a cluttered dining room

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