Kids

How To Pick Kids' Apps For The Backseat This Summer

It's summer vacation season and many families will be lucky enough to be heading off for at least a few days. At least half of parents say quality time together is the most important reason to take a family vacation, according to a national survey by the rental car company Alamo.<p>Still, there will …

Parenting

Counting on Their Fingers Is a Good Way for Kids to Learn Math, Study Says

A new study has found that using their fingers can help young children learn math skills more effectively than some traditional classroom methods.<p>My son may be in sixth-grade advanced math, but there are still times when I still catch him hiding his hands under the table and counting on his fingers …

Parenting

Elmo: Refugee kids are just like us

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sesame Street's Elmo says refugee kids are just like kids everywhere.<p>"They like to play and learn just like Elmo and all his friends at Sesame street" he said during a Facebook Live interview with CNN on Monday.<p>The 3 1/2-year-old Sesame street character visited a refugee camp in Jordan back …

Refugees

9 Ways to Entertain the Kids During Your Fourth of July BBQ

Your Fourth of July BBQ is coming up soon. You’ve already decked out the picnic tables in your best red, white, and blue party decorations you nabbed from Pinterest, and you’ve even managed to whip up more than a few Instagram-worthy patriotic desserts. Along with everything else you’re planning, …

Holidays

Summer TV shows that get kids moving and thinking

When you think about summertime, you might think about swimming, camping, bike riding, and other outdoor fun. The reality is that summer also means …

Parenting

Anki's cute Cozmo robot can teach kids how to code

In addition to being an adorable robot companion, Anki's Cozmo is now getting a programming platform of its very own. Starting today, Cozmo owners will have access to "Code Lab," a visual programming platform based on MIT's popular Scratch Blocks. Basically, it breaks down all of Cozmo's …

Robots

Jimmy Kimmel's Health Care Chat With Kids Is Funny And Sad At The Same Time

Leave it to kids to keep it real.<p>Jimmy Kimmel recently got some different takes on health care from an unlikely source: kids.<p>On Thursday, Senate Republicans offered a draft of their secretive health care bill. That night, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” acknowledged the news by showing viewers a segment in …

Health Care

Anki Wants To Use Its Toy Robot To Hook In Kid Coders

A new upgrade to Anki’s Cozmo app lets kids control the robot with a drag-and-drop interface that transitions to real programming languages.<p>What do college robotics students and grade-school kids have in common? Both can now learn programing with Anki’s $180 Cozmo robot. After releasing a …

Technology

What's the best way to look after our kids over the summer holiday?

Time with parents, holiday clubs … we’re wondering what others do to cover the six weeks<p><b>Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.</b><p><b>This week’s question:</b><p>Any answers?My husband …

Summer Vacation

The Rules for Fireworks for Kids for a Safe Fourth

For as long as you can probably remember, you’ve associated Fourth of July celebrations with colorful fireworks. There’s nothing quite like seeing …

July 4th

See the Stars on a Summer (Game) Night With These Three Picks

There’s nothing quite like laying on a blanket on a cool summer night and watching the stars gently glide across the dark sky. Summer nights might be …

Geek

High School Students Not Allowed to Cross this Road

0<p>A reader writes that her high school student son is not allowed to cross the street you see here:<p>Dear Free-Range Kids: So, my son is going to Summer …

Education

Photos: Kids Show Off Their Summer Treads At Arroyo Seco Weekend Music Festival

Groom kids early for their music festival livelihoods. [ more › ]

Parenting

14 apps to play with Dad

Whatever Dad's into — from sports to science — we have an app he and the kids can play together<p>Looking for a fun way to share time with Dad? You might be surprised to find that some of his interests are only an app screen away. We’ve gathered 14 cool apps that should fit just about any father out …

Parenting

How to spot fake news (and teach kids to be media-savvy)

Clickbait, hyper-partisan opinion, and completely false information are running wild across the internet.<p>This just in! Breaking news! You don’t want to miss THIS!<p>If you get your news online or from social media, this type of headline sounds very familiar. What’s real? What’s fake? What’s satire? …

Lifestyle

7 Books Both You and Your Toddler Will Love

When your toddler finds a book that they absolutely, positively, completely, and entirely love, they’ll demand to hear it no fewer than 436 times a day. They’ll bring it to you, point to it, and force it into your hands. Yeah, you’re all about reading to your kiddo. But pick the wrong book and you …

Brit + Co

11 online summer camps to keep kids busy (and learning) while school’s out

From outdoor adventures to summer enrichment to computer coding, online camps keep kids learning and having fun<p>Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. But don’t worry: These aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you …

Parenting

A Summer of Science: 25 Science Kits for Independent Exploration

<i>A Mighty Girl's top picks of science kits for summer fun, learning, & discovery!</i><p>With summer here, there's no better time for kids to delve deeper …

For Kids

This Slime Creator Makes Up to $200,000 A Month

Slime queen Karina Garcia makes BANK.<p>I, like I suspect many of you have, got into slime by poking around (pun intended) on social media. I started getting into those "satisfying" videos through YouTube, and have since discovered the wonderful world of slime videos. Whether creators and posters are …

Pregnancy

Here's An Amazing Way To Explain Drag Culture To Kids

❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜<p>The latest episode of our favorite queer web series for kids is tackling the nuances of drag culture and performance in the queer community.<p>“Queer Kid Stuff” is an LGBTQ web series that breaks down queer themes, experiences and topics in ways that are accessible, fun and educational …

LGBTQ

Disney experiments look to make kid-robot interactions more natural

Sooner or later, our children will be raised by robots, so it’s natural that Disney, purveyor of both robots and child-related goods, would want to get ahead of that trend. A trio of studies from its Research division aim at understanding and improving how kids converse with and otherwise interact …

Robots

Surf summit teaches kids to ride the waves

<i>A girl practices during a surfing class at Vina del Mar beach in Chile.; Credit: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images</i>KPCC StaffKids across Los Angeles …

Southern California

Videos

CRAB/Police Kids Sailing Camp.<br>Anne Arundel County Police Officers and kids from their communities learn to sail together in this Chesapeake Region …

Parenting

How To Prepare Your Child For Summer Camp

Summer is here and it is a great time to enroll your child in a summer camp. There are all types of summer camps available from STEM learning camps, …

Parenting

Keep Kids Busy on Summer Road Trips With These Movie-Themed Puzzles & Games

Tisha Berg is an award-winning family lifestyle blogger that has been featured on CBS-TV's "The Talk" and in Maria T. Bailey's book "Power Moms: The …

Parenting

fostering-an-environment-of-creativity - GeekMom

The Broadway musical <i>Hamilton</i> is the current obsession of my sister and two nieces. Now, some families would simply play the soundtrack and sing along …

Creativity

Kids' camps being offered at Naper Settlement

Registration is under way for the following children's camps and programs at Naper Settlement in downtown Naperville.<p><b>Sampler Scrambler</b>: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10-14, for grades 1 to 6, $210 for the week. Each day offers something different: Monday, Super Hero Science; Tuesday, Amazing Art; …

Parenting

Rock On! A Geology Game

Spark kids' interest in rocks, geology, and our magnificent Earth via this teacher-recommended, fun, learning game from iLaughnLearn. This American …

For Kids

27 things to do in San Francisco with kids - Curbed SF

Known around the world as a first-rate destination, San Francisco has carved out an enviable reputation for its steep rolling hills, pastel-painted Victorians, cable cars, and iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But the city is also a mecca for families, with a laundry list of kid-friendly attractions that …

San Francisco

Feel the Noise: Homemade Slime Becomes Big Business

“Slime is about the noise,” said Goldie Bronson<b>,</b> a Los Angeles fifth grader. “Most people like the noise.”<p>By slime, Goldie, 10, was referring to the sticky substance with a well-known heritage that includes the buckets of green stuff dumped on Nickelodeon guests, the goo spewed by Bill Murray and …

Parenting