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Rx for Adult Play Year Round

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Stevanne Auerbach

Whatever you select to play with, make it a great opportunity to learn something new, be more creative, and take ample time to relax, and experience more joyful play times.

Princess Butterfly Sparkle Pants: What Toys Are Telling You About the Girl on Your Holiday List

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Sheila Moeschen

Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.

The Importance of Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

While a good play environment and the right types of toys are important, the participatory role of parents is crucial.

A Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Stevanne Auerbach

You can join a special holiday gift giving campaign (in cooperation with Save the Children) and purchase a One World Futbol.

Dr. Toy's Rx for Playful Spontaneity

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Having fun as a parent does not have to cost you anything. You don't need anything but your creative imagination.

Dr. Toy Muses on Toys and Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

"Open-ended" toys and activities like blocks, puppets, dolls and art supplies stimulate creativity, a sense of humor, a sense of discovery, wonder, reasoning, social development and much more.

Getting to the Core: 4 Myths About Strengthening Your Abs

Stacy Barrows | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacy Barrows

Activating our core muscles has been a mantra by many professionals helping their clients in seeking better overall strength, protecting from back pain and improving performance. But what I learned early in my PT practice is that our brains do not know muscles, only movement.

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys for Holiday Joy

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Sometimes it seems that books have lost their appeal to children (and to adults), but this may be simply competition between traditional forms of learning and new electronics that appear compelling.

In the Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Kids Need to Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Darell Hammond

After Hurricane Sandy, all people want is for things to return to "normal." Adults who remain displaced from their homes no doubt crave the comfort of their own beds, a running refrigerator and a hot shower. But for kids, "normal" might be as simple as a chance to play.

Couples That Play Together, Stay Together

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

In his book Play, psychiatrist Stewart Brown says that play is key to keeping relationships from hardening into drudgery. But once you're coupled up and having regular discussions about who did the dishes last, play may not come as easily.

Dr. Toy's Tips on Toys and Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Regardless of circumstances, children often need comfort and reassurance. Play can provide them with both and more.

4 of Play's Lesser-Known Benefits

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

You probably already know that playing makes you smarter, more creative and happier. But if that research hasn't convinced you, consider the following.

Jamaica, Farewell Thrills Audiences at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

A thrill ride from beginning to end, with equal parts suspense and laughter, Jamaica, Farewell has been captivating audiences worldwide for five years and returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse on November 9.

Bully Me No More

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Lee's energy is so positive, energetic and even ebullient that it's hard to imagine his life being anything but charmed. So when he revealed that this play was inspired by his 6th grade diary entries, I was more than shocked.

Tomboy Mom Wrestles With Roughhousing

Jennifer Dorr | Posted 12.20.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Dorr

It turns out roughhousing is socially, cognitively, and physically essential for children. It incorporates fantasy and physicality, and as play, it helps children acquire cognitive flexibility.

Let My Daughter Roughhouse

Lyz Lenz | Posted 12.19.2012 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

I can't stop people from telling their children that girls don't run, yell, punch or get rowdy. But I wish I could.

In Defense of Play

Zahra Ebrahim | Posted 12.17.2012 | Arts
Zahra Ebrahim

Everyone loves to play. How many of us have listened to guilty confessions from friends and family who sneak off for "bathroom visits" to finish a game of online scrabble?

Brilliant Scholar Didn't Regret Losing His Mind

Marie Marley | Posted 12.17.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

We often refer to such people as "walking encyclopedias," but Ed was far more. Ed was a walking library.

'Grace': When Faith Isn't Enough

Danny Groner | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

Thanks to stellar acting from his small cast portraying complex characters, Grace is saved. Paul Rudd may lead the way, but his character Steve is actually the least complex of them all.

Resident Evil 6 -- Live Commentary From SeaNanners and Voice Star Matthew Mercer (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

YouTuberSeaNanners brings his famous gaming commentary live to the What's Trending studio while answering fan questions and guiding me through Residen...

Boys Flying High: Why Adults Should Play

Bob Brody | Posted 11.21.2012 | New York
Bob Brody

Play could turn out to be powerful therapy. It might even be exactly the kind of health care reform the doctor ordered.

A Quest for the Perfect Sleepaway Camp

Wendy Sachs | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Wendy Sachs

From rural Maine to the Berkshires, at summer's peak you can spot them -- swarms of SUV's pulling out of roadside motels and quaint B&B's -- packed with "camp tourists" with kids in tow.

3 Signs You're A Creative Soul

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Having the authority to open your mind in a designated area gives you both the freedom to imagine and the boundaries of knowing that whatever you dream up or create does not need to be subjected to the rules of reason that govern the rest of the world.

5 Easy Tips to Connect with Nature and the World During the 2012 Olympics -- and Beyond

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Imagine if the children of leaders from Iran, North Korea, the United States and Cuba could meet in a park far away from political posturing and just play outside.

Livestreamed OP Shakespeare Performance by International Cast

Beth Burns | Posted 10.03.2012 | Arts
Beth Burns

"Ambitious" is a word that gets used a lot in describing the Hidden Room's production of Rose Rage. We get it. It is ambitious, no doubt, and also it was kind of inevitable.