My Tween Does Laundry. Yours Can, Too

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Laundry may be the most Sisyphean of household chores: Unless everyone in your house is stark naked, it’s literally never done. That’s why, when my son turned 11, I decided he could do his own laundry. That’s right, he washes, dries, folds and puts away his own clothes. Reactions to this news from other moms fall into one of three categories: How can I get

Minifig Madness: A Legoland Insider Tip

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Legoland Florida had just opened for the day, and we were hot on the trail of the park’s retail manager. We had reason to believe he had the much-desired mobster minifig, and if we could find him, that minifig would be ours. Trading minifigs is a big part of the fun of visiting Legoland, although many park-goers don’t know about the tradition. Guests who bring a

The Rock with Kids: Making the Most of a Family Trip to Alcatraz

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  From appearances on “Mythbusters” to a cameo in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game, the spooky cells and windswept vistas of Alcatraz Island are enjoying a renewed moment in the pop-culture spotlight. If you’re considering taking your family to The Rock, these tips will help you get the most out of your trip. Try the night tour for smaller crowds. While planning our

So You Want to Be a Video-Game Developer? Here’s How.

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If you or your geeklings harbor dreams of working as a video-game developer, here’s the inside scoop from three producers of The Malgrave Incident, the latest  Mystery Case Files game and the series’ first title for the Wii. Nintendo’s Azusa Tajima and Masa Miyazaki, along with producer Shawn Seavers and the team from Big Fish Games fielded GeekMom’s questions about what it takes to make

A Q&A with the Developers of the New Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident — Now Available for Wii!

  To celebrate the release of The Malgrave Incident, the latest game in the Mystery Case Files series, three producers from Nintendo and Big Fish Games fielded questions from GeekMom on what goes into developing a video game. Nintendo’s Azusa Tajima and Masa Miyazaki, along with producer Shawn Seavers and the team from Big Fish Games, told us how they keep the world’s leading hidden-object

Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? California Academy of Sciences Hosts a Grownup Sleepover

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Museum overnight programs have sprung up across the country, offering kids a chance to roll out their sleeping bags beneath some of the most iconic and beloved museum displays in the nation. But why should kids have all the fun? For the first time, San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences is hosting an adults-only sleepover on June 4. Adults ages 21 and up can spend

Postmodern Parenting Worry of the Week: Are You Raising a Narcissist?

Sorting through the daily influx of press releases that journalists like me face whenever they brave their inbox, this one caught my eye: “Are You Raising a Narcissist?” Having an only child makes me constantly on alert for signs that we’re spoiling, coddling or otherwise crippling him through our well-intentioned parenting, so I read the release with interest. “Do you blog about your children?” it

The Magic Behind Real-Life Butterbeer

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure just sold its millionth butterbeer, which creates a nice segue into two burning questions about the Hogsmeade brew of choice: Does it contain butter? Does it contain beer? No on both counts. Having a son who’s ragingly allergic to dairy, I shook down several WWoHP staffers on several different occasions about the dairy content,

Does this Emoticon Make Me Look Like a Girl?

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Something weirdly enlightening happened to me during a tech-support chat today. Chatting online with customer service agent “Jared,” I mistyped a number that caused some confusion in our interaction. When he figured out that I had botched the number, I gave him the correct number along with the message: “Sorry, cold fingers ;)” Then I realized that I was signed into my husband’s account and

Epic Werewolf Fails: 5 Awful Transformations

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From fabric-store fur to Lee press-on nails, werewolf transformations on film have a checkered past. Movie versions of the werewolf metamorphosis usually rely on the actors to stare wide-eyed at their furry hands and creepy nails and emit panicky, mortified screams, although not nearly as convincing as the ones that must have escaped them at the movie’s premiere. Most werewolf transformations–let’s face it–are epic fails.