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    Auction offers Yankee Stadium tour, other prizes

    Tue Jun 2

    Get your paddle, er, mouse ready. The online auction to benefit the preservation of Riverside Park starts tomorrow at noon, and there are a few packages up for bid that could earn you some serious props from your kid...assuming you win. Yankees fans will flip over this homerun prize: a private viewing of the new stadium. The behind-the-scenes tour for two comes with a pair of tickets to the September 9th game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The location of the seats: behind the home team's dugout along the first base line. Another item sure to be met with a thousand thank yous is a meeting with Eric Weiner, the the creator Dora the Explorer and an executive producer on Little Einsteins. Winners will get to pick his brain over lunch. Want to ask him how he feels about the new tween Dora? Now's your chance. Bidding for all items ends on June 18th.

    Mini Hollywood starlets: 9 going on 19

    Tue Jun 2

    Looking at these pics , you might think that Paris has gone and bought herself some kids, or hopped into a time machine to revisit her youth. But don't be fooled! The girl on the left is the future of Hollywood! If you notice a hint of similarity between her and Miss Miley Cyrus, you've successfully fine-tuned your celebrity-relations-ometer: That's Hannah Montana's little sis, named Noah. The prima donna was spotted out with some underage beauty pageant wannabe, who, at the ripe age of eight, has figured out how to flash the peace sign while strategically placing her arm akimbo so as to reduce the appearance of flab. Bravo! Are we overreacting when these images send our gag reflexes into overtime? Perhaps. But look at the handbag and the eyeliner and the leopard print and the Red Bull! Yikes. We're scared to watch their YouTube show .

    Play outside to help build a playground

    Fri May 29

    According to a recent study , kids, on average, spend approximately six hours a day in front of TVs and computers, and less than four minutes each day exercising their bodies and imaginations in unstructured, outdoor play. While we would guess that little New Yorkers spend more time playing outside than a measly 240 seconds—if only by virtue of their pedestrian-friendly surroundings—they're just as addicted to technology as their suburban and rural counterparts. In an effort to get kids to put down the remote and lace up their sneakers, grandparents.com has launched its "Go Play Outside" campaign, which encourages grandparents and their grandchildren to do just that. The site is asking the nation's 70 million grandparents to collectively log one million hours of outdoor playtime with their grandkids this summer. For each hour logged, the site will donate a penny to KaBOOM! , a non-profit that works to provide communities with the resources to build...

    Toys 'R' Us buys FAO Schwarz

    Fri May 29

    For a century and a half, FAO Schwarz has been a playful symbol of American capitalism. Frederick August Otto Schwarz and his three brothers hailed from Germany and opened the NYC store in 1862. Over the years, the stores mushroomed into a worldwide franchise and a brand. However, by 2004, FAO was in financial trouble and was purchased by D. E. Shaw & Company. As of today, only two stores remain: One in NYC, the other in Las Vegas. As the New York Times reported yesterday, FAO's remaining legacy was bought by Toys 'R' Us for an undisclosed price. FAO's new owners will keep the Big Apple store's name and layout, replete with giant plush dogs and wooden creations aplenty. While it feels a little strange—the Toys 'R' U in Times Square has always felt like it wanted to be FAO—the deal is a far better outcome than closure. Cheesy as it is, childhood just isn't complete without a dance on the giant piano and a hug from one of FAO's resident toy soldiers.

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