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The Children's Museum of Manhattan is a jewel for Upper West Side families, an interactive feast for young hands and minds. And yet, we've recently received an unsettling series of invites from CMOM's membership department for special events sponsored by baby-product companies. Like most museums, CMOM relies on corporate sponsors to mount its exhibits, but these special events clearly put the institution in the position of product endorser. For example, the latest invite sounds like a virtual Tupperware party for Evenflo:

Please join the Evenflo Safe Baby & Toddler Council for an educational roundtable discussion on infant learning and development. This interactive workshop will bring together a diverse panel of industry leaders to share their expertise on important developmental issues and demonstrate practical tips to help today's time-starved parents maximize learning time with their children.

You'll also be the first to see the new Evenflo SmartSteps line – an entire suite of products that are designed to encourage the learning, interaction and social activity of infants and toddlers. Your infants and toddlers are invited too -- the new products will be on hand to "test-drive."

We're not calling for a boycott, but a family membership at CMOM is pricier than for most other museums or attractions in town. It wouldn't hurt their image to tone down the sales events.


DISNEY WORLD: GROPE-FREE FOR LONGER THAN YOU THOUGHT

The case of the groping Tigger ended quickly in an Orlando courtroom yesterday, as a jury took less than an hour to acquit an actor of fondling a teenage girl as she posed for a picture with him (as Tigger) at the theme park.

In a scene straight out of a David E. Kelley courtroom drama, one of the actor's defense lawyers actually donned a Tigger costume as part of his closing argument, to show the jury how difficult it is to maneuver, or even see straight, in the bouncy, trouncy tiger's skin. This scene is sure to be ripped from the headlines for TV soon. In fact, in the pool for which fictional defense attorney will be the first to wear a mascot costume in the courtroom this fall, I'll take Rhona Mitra, in a tight-fitting panther suit, in the season premiere of "The Practice" spinoff, "Boston Legal."


BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FD'S FAMILY

Just kidding. I mean, I suppose we may someday announce that we're going to have a new baby, but, I gotta tell you, that's not going to be until after Tiny Girl stops coming into our bed to throw up on us . . .

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