Tree Houses

Tree Houses

From a very young age, most kids have this insatiable desire to build small dwellings for themselves, a place to hide and imagine, and in some cases, just escape that annoying younger sibling. Couch forts were fine during cold winters, but as we headed into the summer months of our collective youth, we ventured outdoors to build our shelters. And if you really wanted to stretch your independent wings, you looked skyward, for a tall and sturdy tree to call your home away from home. This is for all of you who built a tree house or two in your day. Continue reading...

Tempera Paint

Tempera Paint

Let’s face it - art can be a messy ordeal. And budding Picasso or not, mom wasn’t going to be too thrilled if those new school clothes were ruined in art class. Luckily, for teachers, custodians and parents everywhere, there was the magical medium of Tempera paint, ready to assist the future little Rembrandts paint vivid blue skies, majestic trees, and wild animals aplenty. Continue reading...

The Velvet Mouse Show

The Velvet Mouse Show!

From the founders of Retroland comes a brand new transmedia animated series with a refreshing retro feel that promises the return of Saturday morning. Retroland is proud to announce the pilot episode of The Velvet Mouse Show, the first original production from Jetset Studios. The Velvet Mouse Show begins when teen brothers Shaun and Donny Paradise cross paths with two stranded time-travelers: Star Academy cadet Jupiter James and Luck E. Charm, a bumbling wizard’s apprentice. Brought together literally by accident, the gang decides to start a rock band and go into the mystery-solving business, all while staying one step ahead of their nemesis, the bald Dr. X (and his equally bald cat, Max.) Coordinating their efforts and acting as mentor […] Continue reading...

Yearbooks

Yearbooks

Few publications can conjure up as many memories as a high school yearbook. Dare to pull a dusty copy from your bookshelf and you are almost assured to spend a few hours of reminiscence. Each flip of the page brings the era back as if it were yesterday, making these very magical books indeed. Continue reading...

Wax Museums

Wax Museums

As a kid, I remember being fascinated by wax museums. The first one I visited was in Orlando, FL., and I remember being mesmerized by the elaborate sets and the many iconic characters from my favorite films and television series. There was the entire Enterprise bridge from Star Trek – with a realistic representation of every crew member. Around the corner, Fonzie and the entire cast of Happy Days were kicking back at “Arnolds,” and Archie and Edith Bunker reclining in the familiar living room set of All in the Family. So enthralled was I, that I never really cared that I was basically looking at a bunch of human-shaped candles. I just remember that, to a 12-year old, all of it was very cool. Continue reading...

Mystery Spots

Mystery Spots

No matter where you live, you probably aren’t too far away from a Mystery Spot – one of those strange roadside attractions that seemingly defy the physical laws of science, particularly gravity. Water flows uphill, people’s height appears to change as they walk, and items such as a ball seemingly roll up a ramp. Continue reading...

New Coke

New Coke

Perhaps one of the darkest days in soft drink history occurred on April 23, 1985, when a true American icon was altered beyond all recognition. Yes, this is the day that Coca-cola announced to the world that it was changing its formula. And for traditionalists, It's a day that will live in infamy. Continue reading...

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

When parents bring the whole family to Las Vegas these days, the kids really don’t realize just how lucky they have it. Today, most of the bigger hotels do their best to offer a multitude of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Excalibur entertains with jousting matches, Treasure Island provides a spectacular pirates show, and New York, New York offers a thrilling roller coaster. There are ride simulators, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, and a place where you can drink Coca-Cola from around the world, or purchase just about anything M&M's-related that your heart desires. And, as kid that visited Vegas in decades past can readily attest, it wasn't always that way. Continue reading...