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Top Off-Broadway Shows to Watch in NYC This Season: Part One

Jane Seo | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts
Jane Seo

While Broadway shows and musicals often top the list of must-do activities for visitors and New Yorkers alike, smaller scale and sometimes underrated Off-Broadway shows are making a heat wave this summer.

10 Reasons Why Being A Boy In The '80s Was The Best

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The '80s epitomized great (and a few not so great) clothing styles. The shorts left little to the imagination, but kids today don't appreciate the natural air conditioning these provided.

Hedgehog Gets Tickled... You're Welcome

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.22.2014 | Comedy

Prepare yourselves for the serious cuteness that is a hedgehog tickled pink. In this Vine, our favorite hedgehog, Marutaro, comes out of his shell ...

What You Should Really Do If You Want Your Kids to Read This Summer

Katie Hurley | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

The truth is that you can't force your kids to read. Or you can, if you want to raise kids who hate reading and avoid it at all costs. But you can inspire a love of reading.

How Queen Victoria Spared You the Agony

Todd Buchholz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Buchholz

Whenever someone tells you that the modern economy makes people miserable and that people felt just as happy generations ago, ask the following questi...

Speak 180: Why Is Game-Based Learning Good for Today's Youth?

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Marcus T. Wright

Researchers and educators have stated that we can create engaging academic learning experiences through the power of games. While the sentiment is growing, there are still those who aren't quite buying this argument.

Interview With Louise Munson, Playwright of Luigi

Teddy Wayne | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Teddy Wayne

I spoke with Munson about her new work, a story of poetry, memories and the intergenerational connection of family.

Why You Should Go Play After Reading This -- A Q&A With Kevin Carroll

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

What is play to you? Is it something you haven't done in years? Has the hustle and bustle of life caused the world of play to become unfamiliar territ...

Little Things: Boy and Ball at Brighton Beach

A.J. Condeelis | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
A.J. Condeelis

I extend my arm and he drops a pile of sticks, sand, broken shells, seaweed, and what looks like straw into my open hand. Admiring the offering, I smile and close my hand gently around his gift and give him a wink as I walk towards the boardwalk.

It May Just Be Time to Unlock Your Inner Kid!

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

The antidote to this shame is joy, and I believe that this joy can be found in play. As we all know, joy can never be held in or tethered -- it can only live if we release it, and it is within this release that my freedom will be found.

Why I'm Breaking up With Busy

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Busy has replaced the luxury car, the sprawling home or the designer handbag as the status symbol of the moment.

It's Time to Get Your Play On

Charles Sophy, D.O. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Charles Sophy, D.O.

I'm not asking you to live stress-free, as that's not a reasonable request. I'm simply asking you to constructively direct that stress or excess energy. This could be a form of exercise or a hobby.

Play Is in Our DNA

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

Just as every cell in your body contains the DNA of a whole new you and complete new life, every strand of DNA in every cell of every other living thing contains in it a fresh start and a new beginning.

Does Play Matter?

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

What if we told you that the answer to helping your kids thrive was to play with them? What if we told you that if you just played with them and talked to them about everyday household objects -- nothing fancy, no spinning and blinking electronic toys -- your child would succeed despite the odds?

Yes, You Can Be a Good Dad (Even if You Didn't Have One)

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Children of divorce can grow up to be good partners and mothers and fathers. It doesn't necessarily come naturally. It may take extra time, attention and focus. But going about making successful family relationships is a skill that can be learned.

Playing with Akka

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.06.2014 | Huffpost Code

On Tuesday, June 3rd, Henry Nissenbaum, The Huffington Post's Director of Engineering participated in TypeSafe's first-annual Play All Day. Play All D...

3 Ways To Work Less And Enjoy Life More This Summer

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Even if you can't head home at noon every day, how much more fun would you have with a few extra hours per week? This isn't shooting for the moon, people -- it's very, very possible, and quite simple. If you were more efficient at the office, you'd have more time to enjoy the season.

Screen-Free Week 2014: Look What's Possible!

Susan Linn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Susan Linn

Ever wonder what kids would do with that time if they powered down? On May 5-11, thousands of children around the world took a break from digital entertainment and celebrated Screen-Free Week.

Why Glitter May be Better Than Math Camp

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

Everyone experiences regret at one point or another -- it's part of life. And I'm not just talking about that spring break trip to Mexico, the unfortunate tattoo or that horrible haircut you had senior year in high school.

Why Do Helicopter Parents Loosen Up at Campgrounds?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Most of us remember playing outside till the streetlights came on, but our kids can't because of any of the following fears: crime, creeps, traffic, tennis lessons, homework... or all of the above. Except at RV campgrounds.

Summertime = Pause + Play

Rosalinda Mercado-Garza | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Rosalinda Mercado-Garza

We ask our children to press "play" when we need to prepare for the pool (e.g.,generously applying sunblock, consistently fastening a lifejacket, patiently walking towards the pool, etc.) and to press "pause" when they potentially may get too excited.

It's a Miracle Every Single Time

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

We arrived in London after a few days of meetings in Manchester. It had already been an interesting week of stops and starts. I've been to London many...

The One Habit We Should Adopt This Summer

Rupa Mehta | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

Having spent a lot of time at the beach, seeing my family, friends, and their little ones play in the sun, I think a lot of us have lost touch with the joy of summertime. This summer, I want us to revisit the simple, silly pleasures we loved as children.

Odd Job: A Short Interview With Buyer & Cellar's Christopher J. Hanke

Danny Groner | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

It's hard to believe that Buyer & Cellar is actually a one-man show and a work of fiction. That's because Christopher J. Hanke, in the starring role, does so much more than show you the tale of someone hired to work in the mall in Barbra Streisand's basement.

The Challenge of Adventure Playgrounds

Amy Fusselman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Amy Fusselman

We deride helicopter parenting, but maybe the problem is that we are thinking of the wrong person in the wrong helicopter. It's the children, not the parents, who are meant to fly.