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Is The Michelle Obama Rap Album The End Of First Lady Cool?

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Veggies are sick, yo. And the Michelle Obama rap album is a real thing that’s happening. When news broke that the First Lady is releasing a rap album called Songs for a Healthier America, along with a range of B-list collaborators (think about the people you used to know: Ashanti, Monifah, Jordin Sparks, Run DMC and… Read More »

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Music Magic: Capital Children’s Choir + Girls Rock Camp

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Sometimes I forget what a force music can be. I get caught up in the tedium of everyday stresses and then I forget to sing out loud. When I was growing up, singing was very important to me. In the schoolyard we sang. On the bus home we sang. In choir practice, at slumber parties,… Read More »

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Watch Toddlers Play Track Released as Fisher-Price Music Box single

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Remember us getting so excited about the Hilotrons track as a Fisher-Price Music Box single? We thought you’d like to see the calming effect it has on even the most rambunctious of toddlers: Er … or not so calming effect: But music, sweet music! Read the whole story about how a brand new – double-sided!… Read More »

Kids and Explicit Lyrics: Band Parents Weigh In

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We asked our favourite band parents if they let their kids listen to explicit lyrics Remember buying your first tape or CD with one of those Tipper Gore-era explicit lyric stickers? The feeling of anticipation as you pulled back the all-too-hard-to-open packaging and placed the contraband cassette/disc in your Walkman, only to set sail on… Read More »

Reggae for Kids: Playlists, DIY Drums and Island Recipes

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Everything you need for a funky family reggae party Break out those bongos and crack a ginger beer: summer is the time for reggae. Here are our top picks for family-friendly tunes, books, music videos and activities – everything you need to lively up yourselves! MUSIC Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers‘ 2010 album, Family Time has some… Read More »

Jane Lynch Helping the Republicans, Music Classes for 6-Month-Olds and Multi-Tasking Moms

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What the cool parents are reading today: 1. Remember that mom who was sent to jail for putting down her father’s address instead of her own so that she could get her daughters into a better school? Kelley Williams-Bolar is half-way through her sentence and giving a lot of speeches. 2. Does your baby need… Read More »

Kindiefest 2012 Kicked It

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Beth Blenz-Clucas was at Kindiefest in Brooklyn last weekend For folks who think children’s music begins and ends with the latest TV sensation, “kindie” will be a new concept. No one’s got an accurate count, but my estimate is that there are now literally thousands of unsigned singers and  bands making a career out of… Read More »

Dubstep for Kids: Pop Song Remixes, Dance Tutorials and Beat Boxing

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Dubstep for Kids! Coined as a term in South London circa 1998, dubstep is a genre of electronic music with roots in reggae and Jamaican dub. It’s characterized by intense baselines, shuffling rhythms, a heavy drum element and cross-genre samples. Usually slower than most electronic music, it requires some creative dance moves, and usually involves costumes to… Read More »

Sia’s Clap Your Hands is Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s Pick for an Instant Dance Party Tune

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Cool parents Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis share Lucky’s kid’s favourite grownup song  THE JAM: According to Alisha, “Ella loves Sia’s ‘Clap your hands.’ It is our go-to for house dance parties!” We can see why! Download Sia’s “Clap Your Hands” on iTunes. THE FAM: Kindie superstars Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis of Lucky Diaz… Read More »

Bunch Guide to the Beatles

The Beatles For Kids

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Cool ways you and your family can enjoy the Fab Four even more. The Beatles’ timeless tunes are good for everyone, so introduce your kids to the Beatles and they’ll be hooked for life. We’ve come up with such a crazy-exhaustive list of fun things for your Beatles-loving family to enjoy, it’ll keep you busy… Read More »

Cool Picnic Ideas, Kite Recipes and Family Volunteering: The Bunch Guide to Spring

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When it comes to the most magical time of the year, we know how to romp Spring really is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” Flowers are sprouting, the breeze is warm and trees are ripe for the climbing. We’ve rounded up our most stellar ideas to help you and your kids to take full… Read More »

News Round-Up Feb. 28: Hating on the Berenstein Bears, Wii Sports Does Not Lead to More Activity and Identifying Gifted Kids

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What we’re reading today: 1. Jan Berenstein, of Bears fame, has died.  One Slate writer is pleased that there will no more Berenstein Bears books, but good riddance is a bit much, isn’t it? 2. How do you get your kids to listen to socially conscious music? Put some K’Naan on. Also, keep them away… Read More »

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