| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Consider the holiday retail race to be in full swing, as both Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved early Thursday to stake a claim in the competitive toy market.
Discount behemoth Wal-Mart, which says it’s the largest toy seller in the nation, unveiled...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Free is good.
Free is really good for traveling families when it's something you want — say free kids admission to SeaWorld, as opposed to something you won't likely use like kids-eat-free from the kids' menu. (Don't you hate those promotions?)...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 11:39 AM
D'oh! This one was a no-brainer: The Simpsons are now Legos.
Lego and Twentieth Century Fox Television announced this week they had reached a much-anticipated deal to turn everyone's favorite dysfunctional family into Lego bricks.
There are six mini-...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 4:56 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Much is made of how New York City dresses up for the Christmas season, but this city makes a strong case for its own brand of holiday cheer, and some of it continues year round.
Hallmark Cards Inc. has a lot to do with it....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:36 PM
Have you seen the "Devil's Due" movie promotion featuring a robotic devil baby in a remote-controlled perambulator? Everyone else has.
Posted Monday, the viral video had nearly 9.4 million views on YouTube as of Tuesday afternoon. The stroller...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:43 PM
The actress Elizabeth Banks will make her feature directorial debut with "Pitch Perfect 2," a sequel to the hit 2012 musical comedy about an all-girls a cappella singing group, a Universal Pictures spokesperson confirmed Monday.
Banks, who produced...
| Dec 3, 2013
When parents tell me they're going to Europe and ask me where to take their kids, I'm sometimes tempted to answer, "To Grandma and Grandpa's on your way to the airport."
It's easy to make the case against taking the kids along. A European vacation with...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"Nymphomaniac" star Shia LaBeouf continued his recent bizarre behavior, this time at the Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday, first walking out of a media conference after cryptically responding to a single question, and later showing up for...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Parents poking around for things to do with their kids are a diverse lot. So smores and mimosas and Legos and mooncakes and soccer and golf and Tinker Bell and Olivia Newton-John in leather … It’s all good.
The funky and...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:44 PM
The following items were gathered from police reports:
•A Mercedes-Benz parked outside Rookies, 1545 W. Main St., was found with a "substantial" amount of damage, according to police. The car was vandalized between 2 p.m. Jan. 30...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The following items were taken from police reports:
A 10-year-old Oak Park girl said a man in a black, four-door car called out to her and offered her candy at 3 p.m. Jan. 21 outside Irving School on the 1100 block of South Cuyler Avenue. She...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 2:50 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo's revenue declined for the fourth straight quarter, walloped by declining online display advertising sales.
Shares fell nearly 4% to $36.77 in after-hours trading.
Yahoo reported $1.2 billion in net revenue in the fourth...