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With the December 4 release date for their new album, EXTRACTUM VICTORIS fast-approaching, The BOOGERS are back with another new video to showcase their furious brand of family-friendly kindie punk rock. "I Just Wanna Play" is my favorite BOOGERS video thus far, capturing the band in all their RAMONES-inspired glory, throwing down some infectious chords with an underlying message - that Free Play is essential for promoting healthy child development and parent-child bonding, in addition to being FUN. Rock out below!

Published in Family Music

GrowumsGrowums Garden Kits

If you've followed my Gardening Blog here on The Rock Father, then you already know that we're big fans of Growums. These fun kits are educational and offer a multi-platform approach to learning the ways of gardening. Through all-inclusive kits available in six themes (Taco, Salad, Pizza, Ratatouille, Herb, Stir-Fry), kids can grow their own garden from seeds, then track the progress online while learning even more.

To celebrate the release of the new GRAMMAROPOLIS album by Doctor Noize (get it here), The Rock Father has teamed up with The Mayor of Grammaropolis for a giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a one-year subscription to the award-winning Grammaropolis website, a fun place where kids can learn about language and speech through illustrated books, animated music videos, short films and quizzes!

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It's no secret that we enjoy a lot of programming from PBS Kids here at Rock Father HQ, so it should come as no surprise to other families with preschool-aged children that WordWorld is viewed on a frequent basis. For those that haven't yet seen WordWorld, it's a show in which words literally come alive as "WordFriends" - characters whose bodies spell the word they are. Throughout each episode, spelling and reading are taught through the thoughtful placement of various objects in the environment that are also comprised of words. Like most good shows, WordWorld has a Halloween edition, and it's been a fixture in our 31 Days of Halloween since last year.

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In all the pre-and-post baby commotion over the past month, there's a lot of stuff that I've missed. One such bit of news is the July 3 release of SCIENCE FAIR, a compilation of 18 exclusive tracks crafted to benefit science and engineering education for girls. This album features a ton of popular names in the family music world and beyond, and will be released on Spare the Rock Records. The first video from the album, MATES OF STATE performing ''I Am A Scientist'' can be viewed at Paste. Check out more details below...

Published in Family Music
Monday, May 07 2012 11:11

AMERICAN GIRL launches READ-A-PALOOZA

My daughter is a tad young for AMERICAN GIRL, but my wife is really looking forward to the time when she'll be able to attend some of their famed 'mother-daughter' events with the munchkin. While we're not there just yet, those of you with girls ages 8 to 12 should take a look at READ-A-PALOOZA, a new program launched on May 1 and running through September 3, 2012.  It's a full program ''packed with fun activities and incentives that encourage literacy.'' Check out the details below.

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