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    Kids Safety: Are kids too safe?

    Fri Nov 2

    Is it possible for kids to be too safe? That's basically the argument one author, who believe the government is too involved with parenting regulations, presented on NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams last night. Williams interviewed The Nanny State's David Harsanyi on child safety in general, but more specifically, what he thought about playgrounds that provide too much protection for rambunctious  Many new playgrounds, he said, are devoid of anything that could cause even a scraped knee, and this need for what he considers over-the-top safety is harming kids in the long run by teaching them that nothing hurts--that life, in essence, isn't hard. The video got me thinking about a press event I attended a few weeks ago for a fundraiser for the Imagination Playground, a new downtown place space designed by David Rockwell that's set to open next fall. There are no swings or jungle gyms in the designs for the playground, but the reasoning has less to do with safety and more to do...

    The African Children's Choir comes to Stony Brook

    Fri Nov 2

    Formed in 1984 during the last years of Idi Amin's regime in Uganda, the African Children's Choir has since helped thousands of their underprivileged peers by raising money for various relief efforts (not to mention, many of the members themselves are orphans of war). The roughly 20-member ensemble is comprised of boys and girls between seven and 12 years old. Fans of American Idol are likely to remember their performance during last spring's Idol Gives Back special; they got our vote for the most genuinely spirited act of the evening. Now, as part of their US Tour, the group is making an appearance at SUNY Stony Brook. It's a bit of a hike from the city, but this one should be worth the trip. The program includes songs from Baganda, Tiathoma and Mwije Bantumwe Runyankole tribes, as well as Rwandan, Nigerian and South African selections. Fans of The Lion King will recognize Shadowland. Sun 4 at 3pm. Staller Center for the Arts at SUNY Stony Brook, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook...

    Woo, Baby!

    Fri Nov 2

    Join Realbirth this weekend as they celebrate the grand opening of their new Midtown West location. Revelers can take part in free Baby & Me classes all day, plus sling and carrier demonstrations, face painting, balloon twisting, drinks, snacks and more. See schedule of classes below. All ages. 10:00-10:20: Creative Play 8-30 mos 10:30-10:50: Urban Naturalist Playgroup 18-36 mos 11:00-11:20: En Espanol walking-36 mos12:30pm: Baby Legs Fall Fashion Show 1:30-1:50: En Espanol Crawling 2:00-3:00: Sling & Carrier Demonstrations 3:00-3:20: Infant Massage 3:30-3:50: Baby Sign LanguageSat 3 10am-5pm. Realbirth, 715 9th Ave between 48th and 49th Sts (212-367-9006, realbirth.org). Subway: C, E to 50th St. FREE.  

    The Scariest Kids Movie Ever. Ever.

    Wed Oct 31

    Think any G-rated movie is okay for your kids? Think again. In honor of Halloween, Time magazine put together a fun slide show of the top 25 horror movies of all time. Of course, the likes of The Exorcist, Alien and Jaws showed up, but one classic Disney film also made the list: Bambi.  Yes, I'll admit that Bambi might not be 100-percent kid-friendly (hello, Bambi's mom dies), but I'm not sure it packs the same nightmare-inducing punch as, say, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Still, to get the real deal on Bambi, we went to an expert. Keep reading to find out what Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at NY Presbyterian Hospital, Greg Dillon, had to say. "[It's] No surprise and very insightful that Time named Bambi among the top 25 horror films. What makes horror truly terrifying is not simply fear, which is objective (i.e, be afraid of a knife-wielding criminal), but anxiety—the object of which is unknown and less rational (i.e, What happened to...

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