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New-York Historical Society’s Holiday Express exhibit is a magical wonderland of model trains and old-fashioned toys

New-York Historical Society's Holiday Express exhibit is a magical wonderland of model trains and old-fashioned toys

Train fever among our kids goes into overdrive during the holiday season: we watch Polar Express, pull out our old model train sets and lay track around the house, and love visiting train-themed holiday

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Kids can fashion handmade gifts and donate them to people in need via Little Loving Hands craft kits

Kids can fashion handmade gifts and donate them to people in need via Little Loving Hands craft kits

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Jumbo wooden cat stacking game balances family fun and building skills

Jumbo wooden cat stacking game balances family fun and building skills

And now for a family activity to partake in over the holidays that doesn’t include shopping, eating, or arguing: stacking cats. This new, larger version of the popular balance game features six

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Infinite Galaxy Puzzle can be continuously assembled in any direction in thousands of different ways

Infinite Galaxy Puzzle can be continuously assembled in any direction in thousands of different ways

Puzzles are one of our go-to rainy and snow day activities since they keeps kids’ hands busy for big chunks of time while they polish their motor and problem solving skills. This new galaxy-themed

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Santa’s workshop made out of 700,000 LEGO bricks on display in London’s Covent Garden

Santa's workshop made out of 700,000 LEGO bricks on display in London's Covent Garden

Santa’s workshop has been temporarily relocated from the North Pole to Covent Garden in London. LEGO-certified professional Duncan Titmarsh, one of only 14 people in the world to hold the

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Hanukkah menorah featuring customized dolls wearing flame hats

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Hanukkah menorah featuring customized dolls wearing flame hats

Kiddos love to partake in the Hanukkah tradition of candle-lighting, an integral part of the Festival of Lights, but with little ones it’s tricky because, you know, FIRE! This menorah of little

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Girl invents KidKnits knitting kits to support women in Rwanda and Chile

Girl invents KidKnits knitting kits to support women in Rwanda and Chile

We love presents that give back, we love gifts that get our kids involved in crafts, and we especially love when forces align to create an activity/present that also helps others in need. Such is the

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Handcrafted unicorn horn headbands open new portals of magical make believe

Handcrafted unicorn horn headbands open new portals of magical make believe

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Kids can build countless furniture and toy configurations using 100% recyclable Spyntex

Kids can build countless furniture and toy configurations using 100% recyclable Spyntex

How about instead of telling a child to pull up a chair, you challenge her to build it herself? She might make a chaise lounge, a slide, a sofa of sorts, a rocking chair, or perhaps a little table. Using

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WonderSphere is a sealed mobile chamber that enables hospitalized children to interact with nature

WonderSphere is a sealed mobile chamber that enables hospitalized children to interact with nature

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HOW TO: Make vegan ‘no-chicken’ rice and veggie soup for getting well soon

HOW TO: Make vegan 'no-chicken' rice and veggie soup for getting well soon

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Holiday-inspired Color-in-Dress lets kids design their own festive attire

Holiday-inspired Color-in-Dress lets kids design their own festive attire

The struggle for the ultimate holiday outfit is over, courtesy of a cotton dress that kids will clamor to color. With festive designs including candy canes, snowmen, a gingerbread house, and Christmas

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Infento lets kids build the life-size constructible rides of their dreams

Infento lets kids build the life-size constructible rides of their dreams

Give a kid some blocks or LEGO bricks, and she’ll build towers, bridges, castles, and all sorts of other contraptions. Give a kid an Infento, and you won’t believe what she’ll create.

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First toy store designed for children on the autism spectrum opens in Chicago

First toy store designed for children on the autism spectrum opens in Chicago

There are few things more frustrating than buying a toy that seems perfect for your child and then discovering it’s not up their alley at all. For parents of children with autism, this can be

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Mom draws her daughter lunchbox napkin art portraits of feminists and their empowering quotes

Mom draws her daughter lunchbox napkin art portraits of feminists and their empowering quotes

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HOW TO: Make luscious, vegan and gluten-free layered pumpkin pudding pie

HOW TO: Make luscious, vegan and gluten-free layered pumpkin pudding pie

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10 year-old survives leukemia, invents award-winning bandage dispenser, and wins a trip to NASA

10 year-old survives leukemia, invents award-winning bandage dispenser, and wins a trip to NASA

Bridgette Veneris, a 10 year-old from Melbourne, Australia, certainly knows how to make lemonade out of lemons. After being diagnosed with leukemia last year, Veneris underwent 18 grueling months of

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Move over, Elf on the Shelf — Kindness Elves spread the spirit of giving and gratitude all year long

Move over, Elf on the Shelf -- Kindness Elves spread the spirit of giving and gratitude all year long

If the idea of a judgmental elf watching your family at all hours and trying to catch them being naughty creeps you out a little bit, Kindness Elves are a sweet alternative. Kindness Elves emphasize

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