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    Watch American Idol with the kids tonight

    Tue Jan 12

    We've been so distracted by the news that this is Simon Cowell's last season on American Idol , we almost forgot that the ninth edition premieres tonight at 8pm on Fox . We ran an article in our January issue about why the TV talent competition is ideal family entertainment, so if your brood is bored this evening, we suggest you jump on the bandwagon and start rooting for your favorites. If watching the show puts you and your kids in the mood to belt out some tunes, be sure to check out our roundup of new karaoke video games . We tried them ourselves and we promise they're tons of fun.

    14 Queens libraries to end weekend hours

    Tue Jan 12

    As reported elsewhere , more than a dozen Queens Library branches will cease being open on weekends as of February 1 (blame cuts in city and state funding over the past couple of years). Weekend library hours are a boon to parents with weekday jobs, especially during winter. Sure, there are plenty of other great options both within and outside of the borough. But some of the weekday-only branches are in communities that sorely need all the family resources they can get. Where's this generation's Andrew Carnegie when we need him (or her)?

    Gumby creator dies at age 88

    Tue Jan 12

    Art Clokey, the animator who created the children's TV show about a green guy named Gumby and his horse sidekick, Pokey, died on Friday at the age of 88. The series began in the mid-'50s and stood out due to its use of its stop-motion animation. The character went on to become a pop-culture phenomenon, with new shows the '60s and '80s, a full-length film in 1995 and, of course, Eddie Murphy's famed "I'm Gumby, dammit!" Saturday Night Live sketch. If your 2000-era babes aren't familiar with the kiddie classic, this is the perfect time to introduce them to the rubber gang. RIP Art!

    Tuesday's pick of the day: Free trial classes at Still Hip

    Tue Jan 12

    The Clinton Hill, Brooklyn tot spot hosts an afternoon of trial classes for families, including its "Rolie Polie Guacamole" class, in which kids rock out with the eponymous band, and "Triangles, Squares and Circles", which helps babes become familiar with shapes. The sessions begin at 9:30am, so arrive early and stay to play all morning.

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