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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Kindie Scene 6: Lori Henriques, The Twigs, Zee Avi, Stacey Peasley, Bari Koral and Joanie Leeds

Rock Father-Approved!A few times a year, I pull back and look at just how much new family music is coming across my desk here at Rock Father HQ - not only physical CDs (which still prevail in the kids and family realm), but also digital albums. The pile is never-ending, and that's one of the reasons why I've started the Kindie Scene 6 column - a quick look at six albums that are available for your enjoyment right now. This week, I'm highlighting four recent releases along with two that technically came out last year - all of which are worth your time. It's sort of a "Women Who Rock Edition," so let's take that theme and roll with it. Also, this time around, all six albums are Rock Father-approved!

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Giveaway: Win a WILD KRATTS Toys Prize Pack!

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Animal and adventure-loving kids that are fans of WILD KRATTS on PBS KIDS can now bring the fun home like never before with an all-new line of toys from Wicked Cool. Available online from the Wild Kratts Shop and in-stores at Toys "R" Us, the Wild Kratts collection features action figures, plush and more, and to kick things off, the Kratt Brothers, Wicked Cool Toys and THE ROCK FATHER are going to get one lucky reader set up with a WILD KRATTS PRIZE PACK including a Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set, one Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush and the Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins!” from Random House. Check out the details and enter for your chance below!

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Giveaway: Win the Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine Toddler Bed!

THE ROCK FATHER is a Step2 Brand AmbassadorAs part of my gig as Step2 Brand Ambassador, I recently took a trip to Step2 HQ in Ohio to take a peek at some of the latest toys and accessories that are at or headed to retail very soon (more on that shortly). In fact, my kids and I get to check out a lot of great new toys from Step2 (here's the latest) and while we won't be bringing this one home, I know a lot of families our there with a little conductor that would just love to ride the rails of the Isle of Sodor in their dreams with a Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ . My friends and fellow Step2 Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro have teamed-up to host a giveaway for the Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on the action, sharing your chance to win one of these cool beds below! 

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Review: LITE-BRITE Gets an Upgrade for 2014 with the Magic Screen...

About a year ago, my girls got their first LITE-BRITE, which on the surface, I would've called "an upgrade" from the classic toy that Hasbro has been marketing in one form or another since 1967, if only because it borrowed styling from the iPad and called itself the "Lite-Brite LED Flatscreen." Thing is, while the nostalgia factor was certainly there, the version was clumsy, not as bright as it's old-school counterpart (remember the, big hot light bulb inside?), and the pegs were meant to fit within a flip-open storage tray at the bottom of the unit... one that didn't really fit all the included pegs, and to be stored in it's box, had to be folded flat - thus dumping the pegs. There were design issues (Amazon reviews have not been kind), but at it's core was the peg fun that generations have enjoyed, complete with black paper designs that were essentially use-once-then-toss, but as in the past - we kept them and made them work more than once. Fast-forward a year and the Lite-Brite has received a true upgrade, and what it appears to have taken is some fresh eyes on the project, these courtesy of Basic Fun, who have licensed the Lite-Brite brand from Hasbro and have run with it, sending us for review their first incarnation - The LITE-BRITE MAGIC SCREEN.

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LANA DEL REY gets Lullabied by Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star...

Fans of LANA DEL REY have three new ways to experience her music this week, as the crew at Roma Music Group have just released a trio of new tributes to the talked-about songstress, starting with LULLABY VERSIONS OF LANA DEL REY (Amazon | iTunes) as part of their popular TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR series of baby-friendly nursery jams based on 14 of Lana's biggest hits and fan favorites. Check out "Summertime Sadness" and the full tracklisting below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Review: Ravensburger PLANES FIRE & RESCUE "Real Rescue Planes" Puzzle Set

In all the time that I've been doing THE ROCK FATHER, my little ones and I have never reviewed a puzzle. On the surface, the reason might be along the lines of what you might be thinking right now - "Why would you review a puzzle? - It's a puzzle!" But, the thing is, I don't believe that I've ever owned a Ravensburger Puzzle, and up until last week, I didn't know just how profoundly different the quality of a puzzle could be.

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