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    2-for-1 museum admissions this weekend

    Fri Jan 9

    The temperature is heading south again this weekend and the last thing you want to do is sit and shiver while your kid runs amok in the snow. Why not take advantage of the 2-for-1 entries at most Big Apple museums courtesy of The New York Times' Arts and Leisure Weekend? A ton of the city's museums are participating, including: American Museum of Natural History Bronx Museum of the Arts Brooklyn Children's Museum Children's Museum of Manhattan Children's Museum of the Arts Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Jewish Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art Micro Museum New York Transit Museum Staten Island Children's Museum Whitney Museum of American Art

    Electric Company classic clips countdown

    Thu Jan 8

    There are lots of classic children's TV shows, but how many boast not one but two Oscar winners? While Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman are fabulous, they alone are not what earn the '70s stalwart an indelible place in kid-tsch culture. A surreal combination of educational sketches, songs and psychedelic graphics, The Electric Company took Sesame Street graduates to the next level, both in terms of learning (it's how most Gen Xers found out about silent e) and the appreciation of campy comedy (Freeman as Dracula taking a bath in his casket). In honor of PBS's 21st century revamp of Electric Company, premiering January 19, we're counting down our top ten favorite clips from the beloved original. 10. Opening song Although the show originally had a different intro , this is the one most folks remember, which kicks off with Rita Moreno's unforgettable catchphrase, " Hey you guuuuuys!! " 9. Sounding out words Would we have learned to spell any other...

    Parenting Poop: What Big Apple moms and dads are buzzing about

    Thu Jan 8

    Resolutions, schmesolutions Now that the holidays are over, the mom-versators are back with a post on New Year's resolutions. Waste of time or necessary evil? You tell us. Forget-me-not Few things inspire as much nostalgic as watching your little one toddle around in videos you shot when he was but a wee babe. Jeff Scher, who pens The Animated Life blog for the Times , has posted this sweet video of his youngest son, a sequel to a film he made of his older son in 2007. The footage will start you down your own memory lane... School admissions SNAFU Just when you thought getting your tot a spot in the right public school couldn't get any more confusing, it does . The Department of Education announced that kindergarten admissions for 2009-2010 are changing in some big ways--admissions start and end earlier, for example. What's your take on the new policies? Brews for (unborn) baby Conventional wisdom claims that...

    Why the Travoltas shouldn't be forced to be the face of autism

    Tue Jan 6

    I'm probably the wrong person to be writing about the death of John Travolta's son Jett because even though I have a son with autism, I couldn't care less about celebrity autism. The Travoltas never acknowledged their son's autism. Instead, they blamed his issues and the seizure that killed him on Kawasaki disease. So I'm not sure whether to think of them as a family living with autism at all. Then again, the celebs who acknowledge their kids' autism also leave me cold. I loathe Jenny McCarthy for claiming to have cured her son. If it were easy enough for an ex-MTV star to do, wouldn't we all follow suit? It's not the Travoltas' job to be the public face of a family living with autism. Whatever their reasons for not coming forward, religious or otherwise, it's okay with me, and I wish it were okay with everyone else. I'm finding the media swirl of doubt and suspicion a little more distasteful than usual, in part because when I look at those pictures of Jett, I feel my own swirl of...

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