Far-out Voyages
Take the coolest trip around the world with Boowa and Kwala, a hilarious duo who love to play games, sing and dance. Their Web site features the best in animations, sounds and interactive games. Your passport to fun awaits at www.boowakwala.com. Through illustrated stories and activities, you'll voyage to such far-off places as the Land of Pretty Shells and the Land of Hats. These awesome games feature jugglers, hot-air balloon rides and exotic animals. Along the way, you'll help Kwala find her way through a maze, and join Boowa in merry song. Check out the coloring pages, because if you send in your drawing of Boowa and Kwala, they'll show it on the site! Best of all, the site features new stories and music every month. Seeing the world has never been so much fun! (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

The Art of Medicine Join the Pocantico Hills School fifth-grade class to find out what they discovered about Buddha's Art of Healing. Put your finger on the pulse of this project by clicking to www2.lhric.org/ pocantico/ tibet/ tibet.htm. First, tag along on the field trip to the amazing Chuang Yen Monastery, where you'll learn about the basics of Buddhist living. When you get back from the monastery, you can follow the children's guide to Tibetan medicine. These kids have been analyzing ancient Tibetan paintings that reveal all the secrets to Buddhist healing. Each painting is like a puzzle, and the fun activities help you explore these unusual works of art. After learning about Buddhist healing, you will be a whole lot wiser. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Star Surfer
Reach for the skies and discover why we definitely aren't alone in the universe. The North American Skies Web site provides information on stars, planets, eclipses, meteor showers and more. Bring your telescope out to www.webcom.com/safezone/NAS and get the lowdown on everything from the "face" of Mars to the legacy of Carl Sagan. Check out the site's sky calendar and find out when to watch out for full moons and planet alignments. By downloading a copy of the sky chart, locating the Milky Way, the North Star and the Big Dipper should be a breeze. The site also fills you in on which planets can be seen with the unaided eye. And you can keep track of daily sunrises and moonrises with the help of computer data from the U.S. Naval Observatory. North American Skies is truly a breathtaking look at the universe around us! (This site is no longer available.)

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