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This Month’s Screen-Time Finds

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Here are some of our favorite new movies, games, and more!

Movies and DVD

An intelligent dog (Ty Burrell) and his adopted son (Max Charles) time-travel in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. While the two experience world-changing events and meet some of the greats, including Mona Lisa, King Tut, and Abe Lincoln, Sherman almost alters world history, with comical results.
*What’s in it for you The goofy sense of humor and one-liners will bring out your inner kid.
PG; opens March 7

The gang returns with Muppets Most Wanted. The sequel to the popular 2011 film opens with the characters on a sold-out tour around Europe. But mayhem begins when Kermit’s doppelganger—and the world’s number-one criminal—appears.
PG; opens March 21

Action fans eagerly awaiting the next blockbuster can prepare with Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee. The DVD release features four exciting episodes about the brave and determined Autobot.
7 years+, $10

The DVD release of Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help features three episodes focused on teaching children to help out whenever they can. Whether it’s Strawberry babysitting or Orange adopting a homesick tadpole, the girls learn that a little assistance can go a long way.
2 years+, $15

Video Games

One of the highest-rated sports-game franchises is back with MLB 14 The Show. Realistic enhancements let users play faster than ever before, as well as save games to be carried over to future versions of The Show.
6 years+, $60 for PS3 and PS4, price not yet released for PS Vita

Mario lovers will want to check out Yoshi’s New Island, the third installment in the popular franchise. Use Mega Eggdozers to mow down obstacles, destroy pipes and blocks, and reveal hidden doors. The new binocular ability lets players uncover hidden areas and improve their aim.
6 years+, $40 for 3DS 


School-age kids can test their vocabulary skills with the WordGirl Superhero Training app, based on the PBS Kids TV series. Players choose a superhero name, customize an avatar, and complete mini game challenges involving logic, navigation, and memory to defeat the evil villains.
6 years+, $2 for iPad and Android

Learning the alphabet is a blast with Jamaroos Musical ABCs. There’s an animal and an instrument for each letter. When you put them together, it creates a fun medley of music and sounds that will help preschoolers develop reading skills. Bright colors and bold graphics make the app even more engaging.
2 years+, $3 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android

Pet Bingo makes learning basic math—including addition, multiplication, and geometry—a playful and fun experience. As kids solve problems and complete bingos, they earn virtual pets. Plus, a Report Card section lets Mom and Dad keep tabs on all the activities.
4 years+, $2 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android

Both kids and adults will get a kick out of Skee Ball Arcade, the only officially licensed game from the classic franchise. It’s all the fun of the original activity, without the need to spend your quarters or carry around a big bag of tickets. A variety of different challenges and power-ups keeps the activity fresh and exciting.
4 years+, free for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android

The Sesame Street gang is here to help your little one build her vocabulary with Big Bird’s Words. Using augmented reality technology, the app’s Word-o-Scope recognizes 1,500 food words through the device’s camera. As your kid hunts for certain items at home or in the grocery store, Big Bird offers trivia and encouragement.
3 years+, $1 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android


Image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation

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This Month’s Screen-Time Finds

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Here are some of our favorite new movies, apps, and more!

DVDs and TV

Walk on the wild side with The Jungle Book Diamond EditionThe beloved film is coming to Blu-ray for the first time February 11.
*What’s in it for you Grown-up fans won’t want to miss the bonus features: behind-the-scenes interviews, an alternate ending, and a “Bear-E-Oke” sing-along.
Rated G, $40

Teach your child about important social and life skills with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Big Feelings and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Life’s Little LessonsThe PBS Kids series—which is inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—is coming to DVD for the first time. The little tiger attends many everyday activities such as going to school and visiting the doctor, but things never get boring when he utilizes his imagination. 2 years+, $13

Four popular films are returning to DVD on the My Little Pony: Classic Movie CollectionJoin the girls as they dance in the clouds, plan a party for friends, and deal with a dragon. 2 years+, $15

A young plane trains for a prestigious flight competition in WingsIn order to follow his dreams, he must remain determined and learn to become a hero. Rated G, $15

In Angelina Ballerina: On With the Show, Ms. Mimi loses her voice right before a big recital. But her performers get creative to keep the celebration going. 2 years+, $15

Video Games

If your family loved The Lego Moviecontinue the fun with The Lego Movie Videogame on February 28. Help Emmet save the world—with the help of some new friends, of course. 10 years+, price varies by platform for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, PC, and Wii U

Gamers of all ages will love celebrating the Olympics with classic characters in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter GamesCompete or work cooperatively in 24 exciting events including bobsleigh, skiing, figure skating, and snowboarding. 6 years+, $50 for Wii U

Football season may be over, but your little athlete can keep playing with Madden NFL 25New technology allows gamers to have more control over moves and makes the physics seem more realistic. Plus, the brand-new Owner Mode lets your kid manage personnel, set prices, and build a new stadium. 6 years+, $60 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4


Experience The Little Mermaid like never before with Ariel’s Musical Surprise app. Your child can explore Ariel’s grotto, teach fish to sing, and even create her own music. Unlock even more games by purchasing select toys, like a light-up dress or musical-instrument set. 4 years+, free for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Help little ones recognize faces with NameGames. Start by uploading pictures of family and friends and record your voice saying each name. Young kids can then play games that will help them learn the important people in their life. 8 months+, free for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android

Kids can learn geography with Travelzoo’s Map the World app. Players select from nine interactive maps including the 50 states, oceans, and seas around the globe. A narrator announces the name of each place, so little ones can learn correct pronunciation. And for those looking for a challenge, the timer monitors speed. 4 years+, free for iPad

Encourage healthy habits with a new app from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. I See the Animals Sleeping stresses the importance of getting enough rest, whether you’re a child or a critter. Explore different sleeping habits from around the world with a story, coloring pages, a puzzle, and quiz games. 3 years+, free for iPad and Android

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace takes readers underwater for a thrilling adventure. In the interactive story, our heroine befriends a mermaid and must help save her kingdom. After the story is over, your little one can create and record her own virtual puppet show. 4 years+, $5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Gather up to four players around your device for some word-building fun with Sushi Scramble. Compete or work cooperatively to collect letters from sushi boats, and complete challenges—such as creating the highest valued word—to “serve” customers. 4 years+, $3 for iPad and Android

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Valentine's Day Heart Pop-up Card
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The Jungle Book image courtesy of Walt Disney

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Win an Xbox 360 Console and Support a Children’s Charity

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

This sweepstakes is now closed.  Congratulations to Stacey S. of Florida for winning the Xbox 360 Console + Kinect!

Who says video games aren’t good for you?  The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the largest children’s hospital charity, will be hosting its annual 24-hour video game fundraising marathon, called Extra Life, on Saturday, October 15.  The marathon is in honor of  the late Victoria (Tori) Enmon, a 15-year-old girl who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 

In honor of this fundraising event that carries on Tori’s legacy, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has offered to give away one Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect to a lucky reader. The prize package is valued at $299.99 and includes: built-in wi-fi, a black wireless controller, a standard definition composite A/V cable, a Kinect Sensor, the Kinect Adventures game, and  a free one-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership. 

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada for research, training, equipment, and other healthcare issues related to children.  Participants can get involved in the marathon (or make donations) by registering on Even if your family doesn’t play video games, mobile games and board games are also encouraged.

Xbox 360 also hosted a Gaming and Giving for Good (G3) Xbox LIVE charity event earlier this month on Saturday, October 1, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  9,600 individuals participated, including celebrities such as actress Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) and professional sports players such as Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Andrew Bynum (LA Lakers), and Shawn Marrion (Dallas Mavericks).

To win the Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect, share a favorite family memory involving video, mobile, or board games in our Comments section below.  One winner will be chosen randomly to win this sweepstakes giveaway, which runs from Monday, October 10 to Saturday, October 15.  Please click here to read the full sweepstakes rules.

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Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Children Make Parents Happy … Eventually
Parents: The late-night feedings, midnight diaper changes and temper-tantruming toddlers might be worth it after all. A new study finds that while having more children makes young couples unhappy, bigger families bring parents joy in midlife and beyond. (Yahoo)

Noninvasive Test May Identify Down Syndrome  Early On
A simple blood test may one day offer a safe way to detect Down syndrome during pregnancy, researchers say. In a small study, an experimental blood test identified a gene mutation associated with Down syndrome with 100 percent accuracy, according to the Cyprus scientists. (Yahoo)

Bipartisan Group Backs Common School Curriculum
A bipartisan group of educators and business and labor leaders announced on Monday their support for a common curriculum that states could adopt for public schools across the nation.  The proposal, if it gains traction, would go beyond the common academic standards in English and mathematics that about 40 states adopted last year, by providing specific guidelines for schools and teachers about what should be taught in each grade. (New York Times)

Video Games That Make Kids Move Burn Calories
Interactive video games that require high-energy movement raised middle school kids’ metabolisms to levels typically seen with moderate or vigorous exercise, a new study finds. Researchers evaluated the effect of six forms of so-called “exergaming” on energy expenditure in 39 children of various body-mass indexes (BMIs) at a youth fitness research and training center at the University of Massachusetts. (Yahoo)

Japan halts vaccines after deaths of 4 children
Japan has temporarily stopped using vaccines from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and Sanofi-Aventis SA of France while it investigates the deaths of four children who were inoculated, the health ministry said Monday. (MSNBC)

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Wii Got One

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’ve never been a video game person, so my husband was surprised when I suggested that we buy our family a Wii for Christmas. My daughters are 11 years apart—Jane is almost 6 and Abby is 17—and with Abby’s busy schedule (homework, sports, friends, college applications), they really don’t get to spend that much quality time together. Something told me that a Wii would be good family activity, and I was right. Jane has a chip on her shoulder about being the youngest and assumes she will always lose at games, but she was able to hold her own with Abby on the Wii. It was great to see the two of them giggling together. For some reason, my little girly girl’s favorite game is Swordfighting, but maybe it’ll be assertiveness training.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Survey Finds Much Victimization of Children Goes Unreported
Health Day News found that in the past year 60 percent of 10 to 17-year olds surveyed were victims of violence, abuse, or crime.  The survey also found that close to 46 percent of all incidents had been reported.  This is a great improvement since previous years, but still more than half of the victims are seeking emotional and physical help.  (Yahoo News)

Chickenpox Vaccine Cuts Hospitalization Rates: Study
In the past decade there has been increasingly less hospitalizations of children suffering from the chickenpox.  The newer two-dose vaccine released in 2006 is believed to offer better protection, according to the Center for Disease Control.  (Health

Visual Skills Required for Independence Are Impaired in Children With Autism Research Finds

According to the University of Bristol new research indicates that children with autism are unable to search effectively for objects in real-life situations, which is contrary to previous studies that show that children with Autism often demonstrate outstanding visual skills. (Science

Brain Scans Show Children with ADHD Have Faculty Off Switch for Mind-Wandering

Researchers from the Motivation, Inhibition and Development in ADHD Study (MIDAS) group at the University of Nottingham found evidence that children with ADHD require either much greater incentives — or their usual stimulant medication — to focus on a task.  (Science


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Tony Hawk Talks Video Games

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Tony_Grind 3I have a confession to make. When I sat down to chat with Tony a few weeks ago about  Shred, I wasn’t convinced that a video game revolving around skateboarding and snowboarding would be able to capture my attention. I mean, I didn’t know much about the sport, so what would I have to say?

I was wrong. Not only was the game itself challenging and super-easy to play all at the same time,  but Tony was so obviously passionate about it that his love of skateboarding sort of rubbed off on me. I mean, I’m no pro, but let’s just say that at the next family get-together, my younger cousins should definitely watch their backs—cause I’ve been practicing…

What age-range is best for this game?
I really think it’s an all-ages game. I think kids sort of go to it quicker and with less trepidation because they just get on and hop around. Some parents think somehow this game is as hard as real skateboarding, but it’s not. And adults think they’re going to get on and the board is going to shoot out from under them, but it’s not. And so I think the kids, they just love trying it—they’re down for anything. If I had to make a guess at an age range, I’d say 4 to 14 would be who would get it the most, get it quickly.

Have your kids played it?
Yeah, they like it. It’s funny, my 9-year-old doesn’t skate very much, and when he gets on he has his own take on it, and he has tricks that none of us use, I think because he doesn’t come from that mindset that he has to do it like a professional skateboarder. He’s just having fun.

What would you say the best part of skateboarding is in terms of what kids can learn from it?
I think it really teaches you a lot about self-confidence and self-motivation, because it’s not someone telling you that you have to go and do these drills and try these specific things. You can go at your own pace, and if you want to get better at it, it’s all about you setting those challenges for yourself. I feel like kids are capable of anything that they want to do, and they don’t have to have someone drilling ideas into them and telling them how to do it.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Childhood: Sick in Day Care May Mean Healthier in SchoolGoody Blog Daily News Roundup
The Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development followed 1,238 Canadian children from 5 months old, in 1998, to 8 years, in 2006 and found that Children who started going to large-group care centers before age 2 ∏ had 61 percent more ear and respiratory infections with fever than those at home.  But, once they reached elementary school, they had 21 percent fewer respiratory infections and 43 percent fewer ear infections.  (New York Times)

Kids Not So Stuck on Sugary Breakfast Cereals, Study Finds
A study due to be released in Pediatrics this January revealed that children may be more likely to opt for cereals with less sugar if given the choice, and will even compensate for taste with fruit. (Mount Carmel Health)

Neighboring Apartments May Expose Kids to Cigarette Smoke
Kids who live in apartments have 45 percent more cotinine, a marker of tobacco exposure, in their blood than children who live in detached homes.   (Health Finder)

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