Wee Bits: An ADHD Bombshell, Refusing To Overspend This Season, Best 2018 Books, and a Whole Bunch of Holiday Stuff To Do With Kids

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Welp, it’s time again for our annual reminder of how to pluralize your last name! Via Slate.

This story/controversy about rock ‘n plays (which, I have to say, we used a lot for baby napping) is so sad and alarming, and raises some very real issues. (WSJ)

Guys, Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is getting an actual store! The Shop at Puttyworld in Norristown opens this Saturday — the grand opening is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — and it’s going to have more than 100 varieties of putty!

Ice sculptures! Gingerbread-making at Play Arts! Santa at Frankford Hall! This Fishtown Freeze event sounds awesome. Dec. 8.

Also Dec. 8: Smith Memorial Playground is hosting its Winter Wonderland event with ice sculpture, s’mores, a petting zoo, live music and more fun stuff. $10 per kid and free for members and Access card holders.

Lots of tree lightings still happening, y’all, and Visit Philly has cataloged them …  (and they have a whole bunch of holiday guides worth checking out, as well …)

Here’s your reading list for 2019! (Via NYT)

Well, this sounds cool: Figmano — a “drop-in holiday experience” that runs from Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. December 1 to December 29 — is a self-guided 45 minute treasure hunt through the studio of renowned muralist Meg Saligman. (It’s done up like a winter wonderland, and little ones — and parents — can collect silver bells as they walk through the studio, post in a life-sized holiday card, shadow dance with Santa, and more fun, out-of-the-ordinary stuff.) It’s been described as part art installation, part museum, and part escape room adventure. $10 for adults, $8 for students and kids 4 to 15, and free for kids 3 and under. Tickets are here.

From NPR: Milwaukee Girl Who Condemned Gun Violence Is Killed By Bullet. (She was 13.)

Related: We should all go buy some Toms?

Y’all, there’s a new exhibit in town — Independence Seaport Museum just opened River Alive, a huge exhibition that focuses on the life and challenges of the Delaware River watershed. It’s got a ton of interactive, high-tech, artistic and hands-on components, as well as field stations for learning. Nice to have a new stop on the riverfront!

This New Yorker piece is one of the saddest things I read about the horrors of separation moms and kids at our border (and I read a LOT of sad stories about that), because it’s so spot-on: as a mother, the pain of even thinking about separation from a nursing baby is personal, and it is physical. I will read parts of this to my Senator the next time I call (tomorrow).

Another bit of holiday fun for y’all — at the Please Touch Museum’s Polar Express event, kids can meet and share their wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus, then settle in (in their PJs!) for a story time of, yes, The Polar Express. Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m.

This bit of info about ADHD is not so surprising.

Really, truly smart advice on how not to overspend and blow your budget on gifts this season. Via the Cut.

Y’all, the Museum of the American Revolution has a ton of fun stuff planned for families all throughout the month of December.