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Going to DC Sept. 16, 17 and 18. Yay! Fun things to do?

Hi everyone! My work is sending me to DC to, you know, get that whole federal government thing straightened out. What fun things are going on on the evenings of the 16th, 17th and 18th? Or, where do I look to find such things? Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Alaska Jack at 9:48 AM on September 7, 2014 (14 comments)

2 year old son loves numbers - how can I nurture his talent?

My 2 year old son loves numbers. He can count by himself well into the 50s and can tell you what number he's looking at to at least as high as 110. As for me, well, numbers and I have never been the best of friends. How can I, a numbers-adverse dad, encourage and nurture his talent?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Effigy2000 at 4:13 PM on September 6, 2014 (23 comments)

Fascinating True Crime Documentaries or Books?

I am looking for recommendations for documentaries about true crime cases.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bearette at 7:30 PM on August 24, 2014 (44 comments)

How does Hawaii work?

My family and I are planning a trip to Hawaii, but we don't know where to even start. Family of four; two adults, two kids who will be 4 and 1.5. We're total Hawaii newbies. We don't even know which island to visit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by linettasky at 2:09 PM on July 23, 2014 (21 comments)

What are you reading besides The Atlantic?

A long time ago, Time Magazine used to provide moderately thoughtful, longer form articles about current events and culture. For the past few decades, that niche has been filled for me by a mix of Harper's, The Atlantic, and The Economist. None of these are perfect, but they provide a nice mix of interesting content on a monthly basis. What else is out there that you'd recommend? It doesn't need to be print, online would work as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by leotrotsky at 9:17 AM on July 10, 2014 (36 comments)

Have toddler, will travel, but how to minimize protesting?

Can you suggest some good classic (read: legally free) ebooks for little people around the age of 3? We're planning for a road trip, and we have a long list of good distractions, but I want to lighten our load of books by utilizing our Kindle Fire and the wonders of the Internet Archive and other sources for high quality digital books. Do you know of any good sites that compile such lists, or can you suggest some good picture books from such sources? And any suggestions for distracting a little person on a road trip would also be appreciated.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 8:38 PM on June 4, 2014 (21 comments)

Explosions for Three-Year-Olds

The coolest, smartest almost-three-year-old I know is having his birthday next month. He's really into explosions--what kind of experiments can we perform that will blow his little mind (beyond baking powder volcanoes)? Thank you!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sugarbomb at 10:56 AM on May 13, 2014 (19 comments)

Ideal instrument for a child to learn music?

My child (almost 5) is showing an interest in music and I would like to get him started with music lessons. Please help me pick an instrument for him.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rada at 8:40 AM on April 11, 2014 (42 comments)

Tips for a Hawaii vacation on a budget

Looking for tips on how to do Hawaii affordably. My GF and I would like to go for about 5-7 days and if we can keep air, lodging and car rental to $1000 each we'd be happy. We realize that may not be possible. Since many aspects of a trip to Hawaii seem to be more expensive than other sunny getaways we're researching any ways to keep costs lower.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fx3000 at 11:03 AM on March 2, 2014 (19 comments)

What are good "screentime" guidelines for my toddler?

My toddler son is finally of an age where the iPad and youtube are beginning to be a big draw. This is great, but I'd like to have some good guidelines from the start that allow him some screentime but prevent it from taking over too much of his life. I'm looking for a sense of what others have found works and doesn't work for them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by forza at 4:28 PM on February 22, 2014 (28 comments)

First comes the Strider bike, then comes....?

Darling Boy is nigh on his 4th birthday and we are looking to get him a bike. He has had since Christmas a Strider balance bike which he loves and has done very well on. We are looking for the next level of bike with pedals (and without training wheels) but are somewhat overwhelmed with our choices. What is a good quality next level pedal bike that will see him through until he is older?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tafetta, darling! at 7:25 PM on February 18, 2014 (5 comments)

A Step Above Dr. Seuss

I am looking for (fiction) books that are a step above Dr. Seuss. I don't really remember any of these from when I was young so I'm not really sure what to look for. The extra hurdle is, I have a very precocious reader who's awesome at reading, but age-level at social stuff/plot understanding.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 8:33 PM on February 5, 2014 (41 comments)

Best place to see stars near San Francisco?

I have a hunger to see the night sky in all its glory. Where can I go to within 50 miles of San Francisco to be awed by a sky full of stars?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mono blanco at 7:34 PM on December 29, 2013 (10 comments)

Feminist basics for dads?

I'd like to get some recommendations on the basics of feminism, especially as it might relate to things a dad can do to help his daughters prepare for and deal with sexism in society and also do his part in understanding the world and making it a better place for women (and by extension all people).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Reverend John at 9:58 PM on December 21, 2013 (34 comments)

An Introvert's Guide to Better Presentations

Improve your public speaking with the help of MeFi's own Mathowie.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:33 AM on December 11, 2013 (62 comments)

Most enjoyable books for the world history neophyte

My wife & I share an interest in history, but where I had a succession of quite good history teachers, she did not. We're many years out of college now, but she wants to broaden her knowledge through (relatively) easy reads.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Z. Aurelius Fraught at 7:26 AM on September 26, 2013 (23 comments)

Non-Heated Daycare Lunches

Need lot of ideas for lunches for a 1 year old.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by HMSSM at 11:17 PM on January 29, 2013 (21 comments)

Toddler lunch ideas.

What do you feed your toddler for lunch?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by that's how you get ants at 6:16 AM on May 2, 2013 (28 comments)

Where to go for a child-friendly vacation in Europe?

My family are heading to Europe this summer for a vacation. Mainly we are visiting family in the UK and France, but we are planning on a week to go off by ourselves somewhere and have fun. We have two boys who will be 4 and 6 when we travel. We want to go somewhere that will be enjoyable for the boys, so that we all have a relatively stress-free time. Where should we go?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Joh at 9:28 AM on April 11, 2013 (14 comments)

Heavily Illustrated "Serious" Books

I'm looking for examples of informative nonfiction books that are heavily illustrated, but are not textbooks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cmoj at 10:40 AM on April 10, 2013 (30 comments)

About a girl(s)

Movie recommendations for stories about young women (heroines) and their lives and times....
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kettleoffish at 5:47 PM on April 5, 2013 (40 comments)

Critique my California Road Trip/San Francisco Visit Itinerary!

In one short month Mr. Bruno and I are traveling to California (from Boston) for a long overdue vacation. I am hoping you can help me make it even more awesome (it’s been years since we got to travel without a family visit or a wedding to attend, so it’s already pretty awesome). I have seen this thread, and used it to plan parts of this trip, and would like some specific feed back as well as general recommendations, if you’ve got ‘em. Accomodations and number of nights are set, but activities are not. Things we like: eating, walking/not-too-long hikes (especially in parks/gardens), people watching, unusual museums/unique visitor attractions, farmer’s markets, bookstores, unique food shops. Most of our vacations are just walking around, poking into places that look interesting, and eating.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hungrybruno at 11:06 AM on April 5, 2013 (51 comments)

Explain life, the universe, and everything to a 5 year-old.

What are some good resources to help explain the Big Bang, evolution and, the meaning of life to my delightful 5 year-old nephew? Fairly equal emphasis for each, but I am stumped most by "but why are all the things and people here, mayurasana?" than the rest.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mayurasana at 1:46 PM on April 5, 2013 (10 comments)

Heavy Questions from my 5 year old son

"Daddy, where do we come from? How did people get here?". I love my inquisitive little guy! Can anyone point me to a good illustrated resource on evolutionary biology for little kids?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Scoo at 6:40 PM on May 8, 2005 (9 comments)

Seeking book suggestions to read aloud to a 3 year old

My daughter is 3 years old, and I'm looking for recommendations for books to read aloud to her at night.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Nickel Pickle at 10:28 AM on March 24, 2013 (33 comments)

Looking for wonderful books I can read to my kids, one chapter at a time

My kids (a boy and a girl) are now five years old, and my wife or I read to them every night before bed. I'd like to start reading larger books to them which we can stretch out throughout a week or more, by reading them a chapter a night. Please help me put together a great reading list of age-appropriate books that will capture their imaginations and inspire happy dreams.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by zarq at 2:06 PM on April 2, 2013 (61 comments)

Glowing like District 12

Looking for reflective "things" for my bike.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DisreputableDog at 4:53 AM on March 8, 2013 (16 comments)

The World According to Someone Other Than Garp

I recently read and enjoyed John Irving's The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, and was wondering what other novels, by other authors, people have enjoyed that have a similar subject matter and vibe to Garp -- specifically, birth-to-death stories of writers or creative individuals, with leisurely, meandering plots and profound things to say about living, loving, and learning. This thread had some good suggestions, but I was looking for something more specifically Garp-y -- set in the 20th/21st century, with a middle-class male protagonist in fairly mundane circumstances (nothing fantastical or on the fringes of society), and spans the entire life of the protagonist. Mood should be melancholic but not overly bleak. Thanks for any suggestions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by El Sabor Asiatico at 12:13 PM on February 21, 2013 (38 comments)

I before E except after an odd number. Uh...

What financial rules do you follow that you'd suggest to others?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by andrewcilento at 6:50 PM on September 1, 2012 (55 comments)

What makes a good wall in a garage?

What would you put up for the interior walls of your man cave in the garage?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by otto42 at 1:55 PM on July 26, 2012 (27 comments)

New Moon

Kelly Beatty of Sky & Telescope magazine has introduced the first entirely new Moon globe in 40 years using high-resolution data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). You may know LROC as the satellite that showed us the remains of the Apollo missions (previously). One nice detail is that they got the Moon's asphalt-like color correct.
posted to MetaFilter by dirigibleman at 7:24 PM on June 16, 2012 (16 comments)

hey, it's better than socks

Do you have FABULOUS bath towels? Tell me about them!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Bebo at 12:20 PM on June 26, 2012 (33 comments)

Introducing The Beatles et. al. to a 2.5 year old

I want to introduce my 2.5 year old daughter to songs & tunes that will stay with her for the rest of her life. When she was born, I used to sing to her Ringo’s "Good Night" as her first lullaby, and recently when she found it on ‘her Youtube’, she was astonished & happy to rediscover it. I want to feed her with many more great Beatles tunes to grow up with, as well as any and all other great & necessary melodies.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by growabrain at 12:18 PM on June 7, 2012 (42 comments)

Help me not screw up my kid!

Please tell me about your toddler's difficult questions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rabbitrabbit at 1:21 PM on June 7, 2012 (20 comments)

+1 Parenting Skills?

How were your parents awesome?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by woodvine at 5:22 PM on June 5, 2012 (74 comments)

Screenwriting for fun and not profit.

I have no aspirations of being a screenwriter; I'd just like to write a screenplay. I've been jotting down and scrawling ideas, on and off, for the longest time. How do I connect 1 to 2a to 2b to 3?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by TheSecretDecoderRing at 10:18 PM on June 5, 2012 (7 comments)

How do we keep a house from falling apart?

Can you recommend a good book (or website or other resource) about home maintenance? We are buying our first home this summer and need guidance on all sorts of things.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sutel at 10:40 AM on May 24, 2012 (13 comments)

Help me pick a uniform!

I'm thinking about simplifying my wardrobe by adopting some kind of "uniform" for the work days. Have you done something similar? Please help me choose a sartorial theme for my work uniform.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by racingjs at 9:04 AM on May 24, 2012 (30 comments)

Looking for music tinged with nostalgia and sad longing.

Songs like Jackson Browne's These Days are suffused with nostalgia and wistfulness, what other great songs fit this mold? Help me find them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by MasonDixon at 7:35 AM on May 16, 2012 (60 comments)

Apparently when you hit your early 30s everyone you know gets pregnant at the same time?

I want to give a standard starter library of awesome children's picture books as baby shower gifts for my close friends who are first time mothers. What should I include?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by charmedimsure at 12:57 AM on May 16, 2012 (37 comments)

Fiction that's like Game of Thrones

I'm looking for something like game of thrones, but real. Epic, sweeping historical fiction with complex stories, political intrigue, backstabbing, and moral ambiguity.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Green Winnebago at 10:57 PM on May 3, 2012 (53 comments)

Specialization is for insects

Ten desirable skills you can teach yourself is a nice round-up of terrific guides to teaching yourself new tricks including basic repair skills, learning a language (the Foreign Services Institute has a chart of how hard various languages are to learn), teaching yourself to code, building electronics (starting with soldering), getting yourself up to speed in photography, learning an instrument, developing a basic sense of design, the inevitable cooking tips, and even some starter self-defense moves. Also, a very nicely organized list of free online college courses.
posted to MetaFilter by blahblahblah at 8:55 AM on May 2, 2012 (30 comments)

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by stuck on an island at 4:44 PM on April 15, 2012 (35 comments)

A Better Brand of Bubblegum

Fun but not vacuous, positive, current pop for my Katie Perry, Nicki Minaj obsessed 9 and 10 year old daughters. Help me guide their musical tastes toward the eclectic and sophisticated, while still being young, poppy, and fun.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cross_impact at 1:50 PM on April 10, 2012 (41 comments)

Help my sing to my baby!

Our son (6 months) loves it when I sing to him, and I love singing to him too! I'm looking for great songs to sing to my baby. Bonus points for songs which have the word "baby" in them or ones which are fun but subversive.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Deathalicious at 12:12 PM on March 30, 2012 (76 comments)

I want to make something beautiful, but I need some help with this paintbrush here.

I want to make an awesome web resource, but have hit a wall on the technical side of it and need to know what to ask for. I want to make an image with a slider that reveals and hides different triggerable pop-ups depending on where you move the slider.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by history is a weapon at 5:26 PM on March 29, 2012 (25 comments)

Simple illustrations in kids' books

Children's books with uncluttered, simple illustrations
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Ideal Impulse at 7:50 AM on March 29, 2012 (31 comments)

The best non-fiction of recent years?

What is considered to be the best non-fiction of recent years?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by csjc at 5:55 PM on March 27, 2012 (35 comments)

What are your five favourite websites of the last year?

What are the top five awesome websites you've found in the last year?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rudhraigh at 7:39 AM on March 14, 2012 (24 comments)
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