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Kidulting: Still kids at heart

Julia Rancone

Stranger Things, a show set in 1980s America, has masterfully recreated the feeling and visuals of an era that is back in vogue. In an episode of Stranger Things Season 2, one of the main characters, Dustin, is wearing a purple Science Museum of Minnesota Brontosaurus sweatshirt. The Science Museum quickly took advantage of the{...}

Neutral Territory – the new kids and gender

JoEllen M. Davis

Two years ago as my husband and I prepared to become parents we made the decision not to find out the sex of our baby despite many opportunities to know. We went ahead with baby prep regardless of who might show up in our arms, taking a gender neutral view. We fashioned a room, buying{...}

Between the Lines of Adult Coloring

Julia Rancone

How do you decompress after a long day? Aromatherapy? Yoga? How about raiding a kid’s crayon box and coloring? The notion of adult coloring books has been picking up interest for about a year and signals a shift (or, maybe a hard right) towards adult playtime.{...}