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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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MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
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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How to Get Kids to Drink Water

How to Get Kids to Drink Water

Make sure your kids stay hydrated this summer.

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5 Tips to Keep Kids Safe Around Open Water

5 Tips to Keep Kids Safe Around Open Water

Beach-bound? Keep your kids safe around open water this summer.

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FYI

Info & events for Delaware Valley parents
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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Weekend Planner: June 12, 2015

Weekend Planner: June 12, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 12 - June 14, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: June 5, 2015

Weekend Planner: June 5, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 5 - June 7, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: May 29, 2015

Weekend Planner: May 29, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 29 - May 31, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: May 22, 2015

Weekend Planner: May 22, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 22 - May 25, 2015.

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MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
10 Patriotic Songs for Your 4th of July

10 Patriotic Songs for Your 4th of July

Mom blogger Lisa Lightner serves up 10 classic music videos to celebrate America.

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5 Great Card Games for Kids

5 Great Card Games for Kids

5 fun card games for kids

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How to Sell Your Kids' Old Sports Equipment

How to Sell Your Kids' Old Sports Equipment

How to sell kids' old sports gear and organize the garage

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How to Choose an Adoption Agency from China

How to Choose an Adoption Agency from China

An adoptive mom's expert advice on how to choose the right adoption agency in China

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Mom's Backyard Summer Hacks

Mom's Backyard Summer Hacks

Easy hacks make summer backyard play easier for both moms and kids.

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