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Dr. Toy Talks About Why Play is Essential

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 08.16.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Electronics are invading children's time and focus. Watching screens is mesmerizing, and the random movements a child makes while engaged in such pl...

Play: An Unexpected Force in Jumpstarting Our Economic Engine

Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary

Taking creativity seriously, appreciating how it can drive innovation is something to which we all need to give more thought. It's why play, not policy, just might be the long-term solution to igniting a stalled global economy.

Former 'Harry Potter' Star Does His Best Irish Accent

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts

LONDON — Daniel Radcliffe has won magical reviews for his latest stage role as a disabled Irish dreamer in Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Ini...

Have Lego Characters Become Angrier?

Andrea Bonior | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Legos used to be a blank slate. They were a bunch of blocks for constructing towers, roller coasters, dinosaurs, mustache combs; you name it. The sky was the limit.

Having Trouble Reducing Anxiety? Play!

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

You might strive to achieve a certain level of success in your chosen leisure activity, but the joy is truly in the doing and not in the outcome. This level of engagement is what makes it rejuvenating to your mind, body, and spirit.

Theater Takes On Reality TV

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Does a broadcast network's idea of good reality television necessarily mean the programs are good for the participants? Absolutely no...

Theater: Soggy "Little Mermaid," A Musical Very "Far From Heaven," A Blurry "Chalk Circle

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Turning a classic animated film into a stage musical isn't easy, especially when the setting is underwater and your stars include mermaids with fins, fish, crabs and seagulls. But The Little Mermaid is the movie that pushed the Disney creative and commercial revival into overdrive.

Dr. Toy Talks about Superhero Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Superheroes have abilities children only dream of -- they are strong, fast, courageous and can overcome obstacles... sometimes in a single bound. They also do many good deeds. After all, that is an important goal we hope children will internalize -- learning about doing good for others.

Dr. Toy Talks about Trends in Toys and Play Towards Technology

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

As parents and teachers, we may be wondering if the introduction of technology into the lives of children is changing the way children play, learn, think and express their own creativity.

Welcome Back 'Winslow Boy'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 07.15.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — A revival of Terence Rattigan's play "The Winslow Boy" starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Roger Rees is heading to Broadway nex...

Dr. Toy Talks about Overcoming Barriers to Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Safe and stimulating play promotes wholesome development and inspires a healthy future. Play is good for everyone!

A Trip That Is Truly Bountiful

Danny Groner | Posted 07.02.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

Upon seeing The Trip to Bountiful, you'll understand people have raved about Cicely Tyson's performance as Carrie Watts.

AlterTheater Presents The Dead Girl

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 06.29.2013 | San Francisco
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Ann Brebner's story takes place after a devastating loss that forces a multi-racial family to rebuild with the help -- and sometimes hindrance -- of an unexpected visitor.

Amanda Peet's Play Nabs Two Leading Ladies

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Actress Amanda Peet has managed to lure Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner to share a stage again with her first play. The Manha...

Eight Questions With Newsies' Director Jeff Calhoun

Danny Groner | Posted 06.25.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

Newsies on Broadway is an absolute joy to see. The music and choreography help make it a modern classic, but what stands out most is the immaculate set that caters to and escorts in a New York unseen since the turn of the 20th century.

The Business of Play

Michael Feigelson | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Michael Feigelson

Today, the day before the World Economic Forum conference in Lima, a group of Peruvian kids and their adult allies will make a case for why a childhood free from violence and filled with playful learning is the key to the kind of innovation that can drive economic prosperity in this century.

Jake Silbermann's Culture Mixtape

NYC-ARTS | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

NYC-ARTS gave Jake Silbermann free editorial rein to curate his own list of the best cultural events and art in New York City, the actor's hometown....

Occupy Childhood, or How I Learned to Love the Moment

Whit Honea | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.

Playing with Purpose

Janet Stanford | Posted 06.11.2013 | Parents
Janet Stanford

What will no doubt ensure our children's success, and what is provided in early education, is greater access to creative learning through the opportunity for more imaginative play.

Dr. Toy Talks About the Basics of Play ©

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Play is an on-going, natural process for children. Like little sponges, children begin observing and absorbing from infancy. They learn by using all t...

Dr. Toy Talks about Best Toys for Older Children

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Parents want to know more about play for children between age 9 and 12. During this period of development, children experience rapid social maturation and physical growth. They are in transition.

Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.16.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.

Bite Your Tongue at Theater for the New City

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.13.2013 | New York
Lauren Cahn

What if one day, for no explicable reason, every single one of these people - people like you and me and everyone we know - suddenly broke that long-standing contract we've made with society to keep our thoughts to ourselves?

The Best Toys for Children in Primary Grades

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Children enrolled in the primary grades are actively involved in friendships, interested in learning, happily engaged in outdoor play, rapidly gaining skills, and expanding a wide variety of interests.

Chicago Play Features Real Stories Of Youth Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...