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Amazon Launches a STEM Club

Amazon has launched a new monthly subscription program for kids. This program includes highly curated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) toys that will encourage kids to learn through play. What’s in a box? Amazon editors work closely with smart brands to handpick the best STEM toys. From programmable robots to crystal kits and chemistry sets. How much does it cost? A STEM Club Toy Subscription costs $19.99/month plus applicable taxes. You can cancel your subscription at any time. For more details go to the site.

Play Spaces for Cloudy Days 

Here are  5 noteworthy indoor play spaces when there’s no sunshine in the forecast. The Big Playhouse, Westwood, NJ This playhouse is a big town where kids can socialize and work together. Kids can be entertained in the playhouse or the  barnyard. They can play with race cars or go pretend-grocery shopping. Splash Zone, Chelsea Piers, Stamford, CT If you want to splash some fun in the winter months, Chelsea Piers in Stamford has a 6,000 square foot “Splash Zone” that features 3 waters slides. The Art Farm In The City, New York, NY The Art Farm in the City is an upper east side fun space for kids. It’s an indoor petting zoo where kids can pet and feed chinchillas, lizards, rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs. Imajine That, Lawrence, MA This play space is an interactive kid’s center featuring a Whole Foods, a science station, a giant dinosaur climbing structure, a hospital-themed play space and an arts table. Please Touch, Philadelphia,PA This is a hands on museum where kids and adults can learn and …

The Future of Wearable Tech

With so much happening in the wearable technology space, it’s hard not to take notice. Technology giants, from Samsung to Apple, to smaller start-ups are getting in on the wearable gadgets industry.  Making these gadgets actually wearable by the masses can be challenging, so fashion houses have partnered with tech companies to create functional, yet fashionable gadgets.  These gadgets are quickly becoming an extension to our tech-driven world. From Rebecca Minkoff’s “notification” bracelet to the many other smart wristbands and watches, these gadgets are here to stay.  With your wrist wearables, you get notifications, emails, messages, or Facebook and Twitter mentions. And it doesn’t end there, they can provide directions and answer calls, monitor your heartbeat, log your daily footsteps and track your sleeping pattern. While wristbands and smart watches dominate the wearable tech industry today, technology is also being etched into shoes, rings, jewelry clothes and eye gears. For example, Lechal GPS Shoes is a pair of Bluetooth-connected shoes that use haptic feedback technology to notify users about the direction they must take. Then there’s the Ringly – the …

World’s First Biodegradable Watch

Luxury timepieces are just as important as sustainable timepieces. Geneva-based company Altanus conducted a four year research that resulted in a 100 percent eco-friendly watch, called Patch. Available at selected stores, including Madl’Or Horlogerie – Bijouterie in Monte Carlo and Old Village in Brighton, England. Costs about $33 (24 euros).  

Top iPhone Apps for Tots

Here’s our list of top tot-friendly apps (under $2.99) to help your little ones enjoy reading, singing, learning shapes, solving math problems, or simply just having some quiet fun time! Topple, Iphone App Screenshot Topple;  Free ($1.99 paid version eliminates ads): This is a Tetris-like game where you have to fit colorful shapes together as they fall from the top of the screen. 4 years and up TonePad; Free (.99cents for Pro version): TonePad is a fun way to make music and watch a colorful light show. The Pro version allows you to save your tones as cellphone ringtones. 4 years and up Bubbles:  This application is made for toddlers who need a fun distraction. It brings the simple pleasure of popping bubbles to your phone. Cute Math;  $1.99: Cute Math offers seven simple math games, perfectly animated. 3-6 years and up Curious George Coloring Book: This application includes over 40 unique coloring pages to choose from. You can store your child’s artwork in a gallery to use or e-mail it to friends and family later. Grover’s Number Special; …

The HereO Watch

HereO has made a cool gadget to keep tabs on your kids. This GPS watch device connects with a mobile and web app to allow parents to keep track of where their children are at all times. The watch retails for $149, and is available in June 2015 (sold out at the moment). The GPS tracking service used by the app is paid on subscription basis, $5/month.

Restaurant Allergy App

Does you child have food allergies?  Check out Allergy Eats – this site locates nearby restaurants to accommodate your kid’s food allergy. With its established web site at http://www.allergyeats.com, it can surely become your online and mobile guide to allergy-friendly restaurants across the United States. This app provides valuable feedback about how well (or poorly) restaurants accommodate the needs of food-allergic customers. People with food-allergies and gluten-intolerances can quickly and easily find restaurants that will cater to their special dietary requirements. With the AllergyEats app, you can: • Search for allergy-friendly restaurants wherever you are, without the need to be in front of a computer • View restaurant ratings based on their allergy-friendliness • Call restaurants of interest • Receive directions to your desired restaurant • Take valuable restaurant information, like allergen lists, nutrition data, and more, right to your table without having to wait for a server to find it • Rate restaurants immediately    

Coding for Kids: Hopscotch

Hopscotch , is a cool new iPad app for kids. It offers a fun, interactive way to teach kids to code. This app is geared to kids 8-12, and teaches how to program and code in a visual way. It’s available as a free app on iTunes. It joins Tynker , a great website to learn the basics of coding, and Hello Ruby, a picture book to get girls excited about programming.