Disney * Pixar Inside Out Halloween Activities


  My daughter and I love going to the movies together.  Sometimes I am not sure which she likes more, the movie or popcorn!  But in the case of Disney * Pixar Inside Out - the movie definitely won out!  In fact I believe we saw it at least four times in the theater.  We both loved how funny the different characters are and I loved the message the movie taught to kids. That we are all filled with lots of different emotions and sometimes you will feel sad - but that is okay and a normal part of growing up. As you get ready for treats - no tricks, we have these really “ghoul” activity sheets to share with you in honor of Halloween, which is quickly creeping up to tie in with Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out arriving on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and On-Demand November 3rd (now available in Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD)!   The fun activity sheets include: … [Read more...]

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Cast Hawaiian Newcomer in “Moana”


  My daughter and I have seen previews for the new Disney Animation Studios' movie "Moana" had loved what we saw!  I loved how funny the demi-god Maui is and the animation is gorgeous.  I mean it is set in the Pacific Islands so I guess it would be breathtaking scenery.  It is always fun to hear the backstory of the characters and the actors who play them.  Come meet Hawaiian newcomer Auli'i Cravalho! Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” has found her voice following a worldwide search to cast the film’s title character. Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, 14, joins Dwayne Johnson in the big-screen adventure about a spirited and fearless teenager named Moana (voice of Cravalho) who, with help from demi-god Maui (voice of Johnson), sets out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder. While hundreds of talented people from across the Pacific Islands were … [Read more...]

Nick Jr.’s Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Airs on Mondays

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Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, a magical animated series for preschoolers from the creators of children’s TV sensation Peppa Pig, will make its U.S. debut on Nick Jr. on Monday, October 5, at 6:30pm! Preschoolers join Holly, a young fairy princess whose magic doesn’t always go according to plan, and her best friend Ben Elf, who doesn’t have wings and doesn’t do magic (but is extremely good at making things!), as they embark on exciting adventures throughout the Little Kingdom and work together to fix magical mishaps all along the way. 3 LK sizzle from Sara Baker on Vimeo. If you missed it the series premiere will also be available online at NickJr.com and on the Nick Jr. App starting Tuesday, October 6, along with special video clips from the show. Additional episodes of the charming new series will continue to roll out on Nick Jr. this fall. … [Read more...]

Talk Like a Pirate Day Giveaway!


  It is one of our favorite times of the year - yes, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Saturday the 19th and we are hoisting a pirate booty giveaway!  We appreciate all of you and the support you have shown over the years!  We couldn't have done it without you!   Hope your weekend is filled with pirate talk with ye mate's!     This pirate treasure includes for one lucky mate: Penelope the Purple Pirate signed copy PBS Kids Pirates Ahoy! DVD Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate Music DVD's (2) and music videos disc Penelope Poster Pirate Treasure from Disneyland Disney Parks Authentic Pirate Pin $25 Disney Gift Card Code for The Day I Became a Pirate       Code for Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Treasure Island           Yo ho yo ho it's a … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Nighty Night Construction Trucks


  Nighty Night Construction Trucks is an interactive book app for children five and younger.  You have options to "read to me" or "read by myself". There is a soft lullaby playing when the storybook first opens that will stop while most of the story is being told until it is time for the day to end. You are able to choose a particular page by tapping the open book icon [top left corner] on main page. It's easy to turn the pages by tapping on an arrow at the bottom right corner of each page. The storybook app is interactive and children are able to recognize by stars and sparkles with a [very light] intensity of which item(s) on the pages. Each word is highlighted in the "read to me" option which makes it easy to follow along.     Nighty Night Construction Trucks is the second installment in the Nighty Night bedtime book series. Overall, it is the fourth … [Read more...]

Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighbhorhood


This week PBS KIDS announced the launch of Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a new app based on the hit series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD.  Come see and explore Daniel Tiger's neighborhood in this fun new app.   We just love Daniel Tiger for many reasons!  I love how he and his friends help kids learn about the world around them in such a playful way! The new Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood app is designed for kids ages 2-5, and extends the series’ social-emotional curriculum by encouraging open-ended, imaginative play. Bringing the neighborhood directly to your fingertips, the app allows kids to visit familiar places and create stories about their friend Daniel Tiger. If your children like Daniel Tiger, they will get a kick out of visiting the neighborhood and playing in the music store, at the doctors, and even decorate a cake at the bakery.  Warning: this … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight :: Author Chris Pedersen


Today I am writing about one of my favorite authors!  We met through the app world  a few years back and Chris is one of those people who really works hard at providing quality storybook apps and books.  She is also a big supporter of other authors and is always willing to help out a fellow author!  She is the author of the popular The Prisoner of Carrot Castle and recently released a new Middle Grade chapter book Ethan Blecher Braves a Bully for children who can read on their own but not quite ready for the larger Middle Grade chapter books.  It is the perfect book for this in-between stage.  She says it is geared for children ages 5-8 years of age and is about a boy, Ethan, who stands up to the local bully.  Bullying is a something that most of us had experienced in some form in grade school and I think it is such an important life lesson to teach our kids how to handle this … [Read more...]

Adventure Time :: Season 5 Now on DVD

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Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and we we have some bonus clips that take a nostalgic look at the early stages from this beloved franchise. My daughter absolutely loves Adventure Time and has spent many a day coloring in the different characters and even made a short comic book featuring the main characters that she carried around with her to our local comic books shop. I was surprised that this show crosses all age boundaries as she had several college students mention to her that they liked her pictures of "Adventure Time."   To celebrate Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season out on Blu-ray and DVD this past week (7/14) we have these flopping amazing coloring sheets featuring your favorite characters from the show!  Who is your child's favorite character?  My daughter love Finn best!     Here's a short … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Achoo Gaboo

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      Achoo Gaboo is a wonderful interactive children's story that was "crafted by a small team of dreamers at Pixure Book Publishing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," says their intro on the Grown Ups section.  I love seeing authors and developers put their heart and soul into a children's storybook app!  And in Achoo Gaboo storybook app geared towards children 2-5 years of age, the star of this sweet tale is a blue elephant named Gaboo who will engage and entertain your kids! Created by Josie Cellone, illustrated by Timothy Banks (Wilkinson Studios) and built in Unity, Achoo Gaboo features an original soundtrack and humorous sound effects to entertain and engage early readers who are learning word association. Every time Gaboo achoos, kids can pop the rainbow bubbles that trumpet from his trunk and tickle his monkey friends who giggle "bless you." Readers … [Read more...]

Movie Review :: Disney’s Teen Beach Movie 2 is loads of fun!


The waves have finally settled in and Teen Beach 2 is riding its way onto DVD! Ready, Daddy-O? Cowabunga! It’s time to go back to the beach! Combine Grease, the Beach Boys, and Disney magic and you have Teen Beach Movie 2. This movie takes place 3 months after Mack (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Ross Lynch), first meet.  It’s the end of Summer and time for school to start. While Brady is a laid back surfer, Mack is really into school.  How will heading back to school affect their friendship?   The original Teen Beach Movie found them travelling back in time into the set of Brady’s favorite movie – “Wet Side Story” which was set in 1962. It was there they met Lela (Grace Phipps), Tanner (Garrett Clayton) and the rest of the gang in a surfers meets bikers adventure on the beach. In this sequel, Lela and Tanner find their way into our world where Mack and Brady live. … [Read more...]