‘Strange Magic’ Hits Theaters | #StrangeMagic

Strange Magic

Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects and will be … [Read more...]

Rainbow Loom Charms – Christmas & Hanukkah Craft Ideas

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For almost two years, the Rainbow Loom has gotten a lot of attention in our house. The love has waned slightly from the days when it had pretty much taken over our house, but it is still there and is always a good idea for when the kids need some downtime. I can almost guarantee that your kids have a good amount of the Rainbow Loom bands still sitting in their organizers. Being in the midst of the holiday season is a crazy time of year for everyone, so we've rounded up some Rainbow Loom charms … [Read more...]

Muppets Most Wanted Hits Theaters March 2014

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A few years back, the Muppets came back to the movie theater. The movie was amazing, so many people of all ages saw it and loved loved loved it. This March, the Muppets are back in theaters with Muppets Most Wanted. See what their "fans" are tweeting about the upcoming film. #MuppetsMostWanted #MuppetsForLife … [Read more...]

Sing-Along Version of Frozen in Movie Theaters Tomorrow! #DisneyFrozen

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More than 1,000 theaters nationwide will be showing an all-new sing-along version of Frozen, Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014! That's tomorrow! Ever since she saw the movie, my daughter has been singing "Let It Go" from Frozen. And singing. And singing. And singing. Our house sounds much like this clip on repeat for about 6 hours every single day. So of course she is now totally excited because she can join the act - … [Read more...]

Disney Movies Coming in 2014!

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On this blog, we are often reviewing movies, and most of them are Disney movies. Why? Because Disney is probably the most family friendly company putting movies out there, and really their movies are usually pretty awesome. Disney just released their schedule for 2014 - read below to find out what's coming to theaters near you (click on the movie name to see the trailer, when available)! February 28, 2014 – The Wind Rises (Touchstone Pictures / Studio Ghibli) March 14, 2014 – Need for … [Read more...]

Great Books for Tweens & Young Teens

10 great books for tweens & young teens

It can be difficult to find great books for tweens and younger teens, and frustrating for both parents and kids. My son's birthday is right after New Year's, and so we spend most of December and January in a holiday/birthday frenzy. As he gets older, gifts are harder and harder to figure out. This year though was really a struggle, because even he had no idea what he wanted for his birthday (that was also realistic and reasonable). He is a reader, just like me. He really loves to read. Give … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Disney’s Frozen

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Expect the unexpected with Disney’s Frozen, the best movie from the house of mouse in a very, very long time. Sure, the movie has the typical trade dress of a Disney production - dead parents? Check. Damsels in distress? Check. Strapping young men? Yup. But the use of these characters and their situations are contrary to what you’ve come to love (or hate) and know about your typical animated Prince/Princess film. For one thing, the movie ends up being a huge protest to being swept off your feet … [Read more...]

Disney’s Maleficent Coming To Theaters Summer 2014 – Watch the Trailer!

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When I was in 6th grade, my class did the play Sleeping Beauty - I was the green fairy. The play was fantastic, and actually launched our amazing teacher's "side job" of running the drama club (which he still does today, many, many years later). Note, that's a story for another day. In the story of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, the evil villain puts a spell on a beautiful infant, Aurora, who eventually becomes Sleeping Beauty. What happened to Maleficent to make her so evil? Next summer, we … [Read more...]

Disney’s Frozen – Download Free Coloring & Activity Printables!

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My kids can not wait for the new Disney movie to come out on November 27, Frozen. They each have a birthday party lined up to see it, and they are beyond excited. If you haven't heard of this movie yet, here's the skinny (note the high profile stars of this movie!!). In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical … [Read more...]

FREE App for Kids – PlayTown: My Story Maker | Review

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I will admit, my kids are both addicted to their iPads. They each have their own (they saved up their birthday money to buy them) and they will happily use them to Skype with grandparents, text with friends, watch Netflix or play games. They're easy for travel too. While Aaron is into all types of sports games, Camryn often struggles with what to play - many games are often too babyish or too mature for her. When I was asked to review PlayTown: My Story Maker, although it notes as it is for … [Read more...]