Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Stripped-Down Motor

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #8, and the final in the series. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Straw Oboe

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #7. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Rig a Rocketship

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #6. Continue reading

Nintendo Gives Us the Greens of Summer

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In my house, at least, this has definitely been a Nintendo summer. Starting with the June release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf – and yes, I’m still playing that one – the Big N touched off a string of high profile releases rooted in the company’s rich history of fun first-party offerings, with each reflecting the vibrant color palette of the season. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Surprising Structures

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #5. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Your Dear Old Mummy

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #4. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: The Rainbow Explosion

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #3. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Black Magic

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #2. Continue reading

Backpack Science with Ken Finn: Buzz Like a Bee

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Backpack Science is a summer series of easy at-home experiments geek dads can perform with their kids while school’s out. It is written by (San Francisco) Exploratorium science educator Ken Finn. This article is #1. Continue reading

Beat the Heat With This DIY Slip ‘n’ Slide

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When I was a kid, I remember building a homemade Slip ‘n’ Slide with my friends to have some outdoor fun on a hot summer day. We’d usually cut up a number of black garbage bags and try to overlap them to create a good run. Then turn a sprinkler or two on them, and get busy. Continue reading

Exclusive Video: Phineas and Ferb, Other Disney Animation Creators on What Summer Means to Them

We asked Disney to talk to the shows’ creators about what summer means to them, but they went us one better and put together this awesome video wherein they do just that, only with lots of cool animation mixed in. … Continue reading

17 Summer Vacation Ideas for Your Kids

What do your kids do on their summer vacation? Many kids go to camp, or visit relatives, or enroll in special classes designed for children. But no matter if your kids are heavily scheduled, or if their time is completely … Continue reading

Gadgets and Websites to Help With Your Kids’ Summer To-Do Lists

The summer months are a time when we dads get to spend a little more time with the family because the kids are out of school. Yes, it’s a little more taxing on the family agenda (and your wallet), but … Continue reading

Geeky Summer Reading for the Two-to-Fives

The two-to-five contingent are a wild and wily folk, changing whims and wants at a moment’s notice. And while the summer months are certainly time for play outside, having good books to lean on during thunderstorms, at bedtime and any … Continue reading