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  • Time to Play: Beach Bum Baby Essentials

    By Tara Bucci

    It's that time of year again and families all over are heading to the beach. We head to the shore every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Yes, I confess, I'm a confirmed beach bum but have realized that heading to the beach with your baby is a lot more work than heading there with just your husband or significant other. Before heading to the sand with your little ones in tow, plan an agenda. Having all the essentials is a great way to make the day on the beach a happy and healthy one. First things first, make sure to lather your children with sunscreen about a half hour to an hour before you head out into the sun. This allows the sunscreen to penetrate the skin and begin to work. Applying every two hours after the first application is recommended by the professionals. Below is a list of my top five beach baby must haves to make your day at the beach a more enjoyable, relaxing and memorable one. […]

  • Time to Play: NYC Playground Summer Toys

    By Kimberly Coleman

    There is nothing quite like city playgrounds. They are an entirely different animal than the suburban playgrounds that I grew up on. There is a lot of craziness and chaos, but along with that comes a lot of fun for the kids. Since most city kids don't have backyards, city parks and playgrounds fill that role. This is where you will see the kids running and playing in order to release their pent-up energy from being cooped up inside the close quarters of home, school and such. It is also the place to see the hottest toys on display. Over the last week or so, I have been observing the warm-weather toys that the city kids are enjoying in addition to the slides, swings and jungle gyms. Below, are the top five: […]

  • Time to Play: Summer Ride-On Toys for Kids

    By Tina Traver

    When the summertime comes, what better toy is there for your child to play with than a fantastic ride-on toy? These toys allow your child to go out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather while having fun on their new toy. There are many different types of ride-on toys of course, and choosing the right one can be a task in itself. Here are our top four picks for this summer: […]

  • Time to Play: Let's Build Language

    By Sherry Artemenko

    Great toys encourage creative play, building skills in many areas-but let's talk language. Certain features in a toy promote language learning and pretend play. What toys stimulate a story in a child's mind, start him weaving a tale, engaging in dialogue and solving problems? […]

  • Time to Play: Tips for Planning Summer Parties

    By Lisa Kothari

    It's summer, and that means it's time for some fun in the sun. Summer is such an easy season for a kid's party for several reasons: good weather means you can take the fun outdoors and summer vacations with school being out mean there is less pressure to invite absolutely everyone. Keep the following important tips in mind when planning your summer parties: […]

  • Time to Play: Raising Bookworms

    By Tara Rison

    It is widely agreed upon that one of the most important factors that contributes to a child's success in reading are his or her early experiences with literacy. Since a child's first teachers are parents, it is important for parents to offer their children many positive experiences with books and reading. […]

  • Time to Play: Spring Showcase

    By Zippy Sandler

    On April 27 in New York City I had the opportunity to meet up with some old friends and make a lot of new ones at the Time to Play Spring Showcase. Thanks to Time to Play Magazine, I won an all-expense-paid trip to the Big Apple to see what's new in toys this spring and summer season. […]

  • Time to Play: Inexpensive Outdoor Fun

    By Elizabeth Edwards

    Here in Michigan, it's finally warm and sunny enough to spend afternoons outside, which means it's time for me to drag the outdoor toys out of the garage onto the patio. Over the last thirteen years of being a mom, I've learned that when it comes to outdoor toys, the rules are simple - keep the toys simple, washable and inexpensive. […]

  • Time to Play: A Dollhouse

    By Mommy Niri

    When I was expecting my second child my older girl was barely 2 so I was (understandably) paranoid about whether my "baby" would accept the new "baby." In addition to all the transition a child approaching 2 has to deal with, having to share your parents with a new member of a family can be tough for anyone to handle. […]

  • Time to Play: The Teacher's Kid

    By Kathy Hodson

    I love my job. I teach kindergarten at a public school. Surrounding myself with children everyday has helped prepare me for motherhood. A recent conversation made me think, "Does having a teacher mom help prepare my son for school?" The other day, while eating lunch, my colleagues and I were talking about the pros and cons of having our kids attend the same school that we work in. […]

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