Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

When it’s too chilly to frolic outside, boost your child’s IQ and fun quotient with these thought-provoking, action-oriented or glee-inducing games.

Raise your kid’s Fundex this winter, since there’s something for all ages at http://www.Fundex.com: from the whimsical Alex Beard board games and card sets for younger aged children (including The Jungle Grapevine matching game and 3-in-1 Card Games), and classics such as Bingo and Chess for older children, to family games Mumbo Jumbo and One Word. Fundex also offers a wide selection of vintage games, including Booby Trap, the Magic 8-Ball and a modern version of Mystery Date for girls. This is a one-stop shopping site for amazing games.

What could be better in the middle of winter than dancing indoors? With Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3, your kids will get in the groove and move. Gamers will stomp their feet to these new modes and tracks, and the Wii balance board keeps things interesting. This version offers 50 hit songs from artists that include Rihanna, Coldplay, and Gorillaz. There’s a “Kids” mode, “Lesson” mode, “Story” mode for the more experienced and “Work Out” mode for the whole family. Find it at Amazon.com, Walmoart.com or Kmart.com.

Set up an indoor tea party at home with the new Madame Alexander Favorite Friends dolls, such as the After School Cool, Spring Fling Dance, Oh So Groovy or Urban Cowgirl dolls — and if your daughter has a winter birthday, have a personalized birthday party at the Madame Alexander store in New York City as well. Madame Alexander also has a Doll Hospital, so if something goes awry, you’re covered. Peruse the doll selection at http://www.madamealexander.com.

Jishaku is a Japanese word that means magnet, and this portable strategy game is reminiscent of chess or checkers, with several variations of the game. It’s ideal for any situation that requires travel, whether it’s in the car, on vacation at the beach, or sleeping over at a friend’s house. Order it at http://www.amazon.com, or http://www.uncommongoods.com.

Keep your kids engaged and active, even when weather isn’t cooperating.

Originally published February 2010
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