Get ready to play!

Tomorrow is the annual Worldwide Day of Play.

Each year on this designated date, Nickelodeon suspends programming from 12 noon-3pm, to encourage kids to get outside and play.

It’s a great excuse to enjoy the outdoors with a child!

Allergies gone wild

Administrators are trying a variety of approaches to keep allergic kids safe in school cafeterias this fall.

Some schools designate nut-free spaces, to cope with some of the most common foods. Many schools no longer allow students to bring any type of eatable birthday treats. And if full-day kindergarteners bring snacks to eat in the classroom, those snacks must respect the class-specific food list.

Allergies have gone wild. For example, here’s a list of allergies represented by students in a single elementary classroom: pork, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, pineapple, oranges, eggs, dairy, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, artificial color, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners.

Unreal, but all too believable.

September superheroes

If your kids are already dashing around in Halloween costumes, snap a photo of your superhero and send it to Marvel.

“Power up like a superhero” is the theme for a variety of contests and activities. For more info:

http://superheroseptember.marvel.com/

Next-gen foodies

New for after-school: Bolthouse Farms Kids fruit tubes.

The launch of better-for-you, kid-friendly snack packs offers food without preservatives in a variety of formats.

Products include “Carrots Meet Ranch” and “Carrots Meet Chili Lime.”

Sound appetizing?

House rules

When I heard that new Monopoly game rules would go into effect next year, my first thought wasn’t, “What are they?”

Instead, I wondered if today’s instant gratification kids would be able to sit through an entire game.

Perhaps the new “House rules” will work though. They include “Fast Cash” and “Dash for Cash.”

More from the good doctor

Tomorrow is the scheduled release date for a new compilation of “lost” stories authored by Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Originally published in Redbook Magazine in the 1950’s, the Dr. Seuss stories were essential “forgotten.”

The new volume from Random House Books for Young Readers will include “early incarnations” of both The Grinch and the friendly elephant, Horton.

Leave it to the Mouse

Leave it to Disney to come up with a breakthrough.

Although second generation 3D printing offers exciting possibilities with toys, until now, printed items are hard plastic. That eliminates an entire category of soft toys.

Now, evidently Disney has come up with a hybrid: a 3D printer and a sewing machine.

Will the timeline allow a launch for the coming holiday season?