Introducing Gwen, the homeless American Girl
Fri Oct 2
The American Girl Company has had its triumphs (the introduction of Rebecca, a historically accurate Jewish girl!) and its defeats (the discontinuation of the line's classic Samantha). But the recent controversy over Gwen, the newest AG doll, has us just downright confused. It appears that Gwen was released back in February 2009, but is just now seeing all kinds of hype; the HuffPo recently ran an article about the doll's most prominent characteristic: homelessness. Wait, what? Though many commenters, both on and offline, have tried to make the "Oh, she's just a doll!" argument, the fact is the issue at stake goes beyond the toy. At $95 a pop, with not a penny going toward fund-raising for homeless children and teens, Gwen becomes a joke. While the intention to teach children about homelessness, a very real problem, is noble, selling that lesson for $95 in the form of a shiny doll that an actual homeless girl could never afford doesn't exactly have us running...
Visit the Baby Show NYC this weekend
Fri Oct 2
The Metropolitan Pavilion may be best known for hosting high-end samples sales, but this weekend it's attracting a different type of audience: parents and babies. On Saturday and Sunday, the Baby Show NYC will take over the space. Moms and dads can peruse over 50 different vendors to find the latest baby products and services from Babies "R" Us , Maclaren , Milkdot , Mabel's Labels and more. There's also a whole slew of seminars and panels lined up. Denise Spatafora, author of Better Birth Book , will talk about childbirth options, while Sophie Demenge of Oeuf and Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitots will give tips on green parenting. And even the littlest visitors can get in on the act: Citibabes will be sponsoring games and activities from their Power Baby program. Tickets in advance are $20 for one-day and $30 for two-days. At the door, the price goes up to $30 for one-day and $40 for two-days, so buy now! Plus, the first 500...
Big literary names this weekend at Books of Wonder
Fri Oct 2
The iconic Chelsea children's bookshop consistently showcases top-notch authors and illustrators, and this Saturday is no exception. Two of our favorites will be there: The delightful Patrick McDonnell will present his latest work, Wag! (you may remember his Hug Time , which charmed the heck out of us), and Brooklyn's Michael Rex will get goofy with The Runaway Mummy, one of five Halloween parodies featured in our current issue. We're not sure what connects the two authors—or the seven others making an appearance at the event—but no doubt there's a method to BoW's inspired madness.
Family Day at the Whitney tomorrow
Fri Oct 2
If you've yet to see the Whitney's Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition which we touted in our September issue , tomorrow afternoon is the perfect time to check it out. During the museum's annual Family Day , admission is just 10 bucks for your entire brood. (Technically kids under 18 get in free, but we assume parents are going too!) The fee includes access to the exhibition plus a ton of awesome, kid-friendly activities, including guided gallery tours, abstract art workshops and even window box planting in honor of O'Keeffe's signature subject. Bonus: With tons of kids running around, no one will notice if your darlings misbehave.
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