Super Soaker

Super Soaker

So many scientists insist upon wasting their time on the boring stuff – medicine, space exploration, computer circuitry. It is the select few, the ones who understand the importance of playtime, that truly make the worthwhile contributions. In the 60s, it was the tireless hours in a laboratory perfecting the Super Ball, simply so that millions of kids could have the opportunity to play with a ball that could bounce over a house. And in the 80s, one brave scientist would re-invent the whole concept of water warfare. Put away those water balloons, holster that measly water pistol – there was a new breed of aquatic artillery on the block and its name was Super Soaker. Let’s take a look at the origins of this terrific toy. Continue reading...

Peeps

Peeps

With the arrival of Spring each year comes baseball games, blooming flowers, and rows upon rows of those multicolored marshmallow confections known as Peeps. A staple of Easter baskets for decades, there are few among us who haven't eaten a row or two in a single sitting, then basked in the glow of a sugar rush like no other. Continue reading...

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

When the Ides of March approach, we can look forward to corned beef, mischievous leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and a sublime green confection from McDonald's called the Shamrock Shake. They've gone through many changes over the years, but one thing is clear - it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without them. Continue reading...

Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid

Few soft drinks share the pop culture significance of an ice-cold pitcher of Kool-Aid. A staple of summertime for literally generations of tykes, it is also a favorite among parents for it costs mere pennies per serving and is so easy to make - any youngster can whip up a batch on their own in just a few minutes - providing a perfect refreshment after a hard day's play. Continue reading...

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

On the second of February each year, we rely on some not-so-advanced technology to peer into the future and find out whether six more weeks of winter loom ominously ahead. That’s right, we're reminiscing about Groundhog Day and our forecaster remains a respected rodent named Phil, who resides in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Continue reading...

Fireworks

Fireworks

As the celebration of Independence Day draws near, we thought we would take a look at one of the oldest traditions of the holiday, fireworks. An iconic part of every Fourth of July celebration, they have accompanied the festivities since the earliest days of this country’s history. Every year, enormous public displays draw millions of families around the country to watch the sky awash in colorful explosions, usually accompanied by a rousing patriotic soundtrack. Continue reading...

Treehouses

Tree Houses

From a young age, most kids have this insatiable desire to build small dwellings for themselves, a place to imagine and play, maybe even escape that annoying younger sibling for a few precious moments. Couch forts were fine during cold winters, but as we headed into the summer months, we ventured outdoors to build our shelters - such as that big ol' tree in the backyard. Continue reading...