PJ Masks Live!: Time To Be A Hero flies into the Theater at MSG

The Triple-Trouble Team Up This Fall & You’re Going To Have A Ball!

PJ Masks Live!: Time To Be A Hero on October 14 or 15 at MSG!

PJ MASKS LIVE is a brand new live show featuring the super-heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ MASKS!

Watch CATBOY, OWLETTE, and GEKKO as they try to save the day from their sneaky villains – ROMEO, LUNA GIRL and NIGHT NINJA! Fluttering Feathers! Leaping Lizards! What a CAT-tastrophe!

You’ve NEVER seen the PJ Masks like this before – leaping, flipping and climbing – live on stage! Complete with your favorite music and brand new songs you’ve never heard before! Don’t sleep through it – hop to it!

Get ready to shout hooray! ‘Cos the PJ Masks are on their way, into the night to save the day!

Save up to 25% on tickets!*

*Valid on select seats and performances

Use code: FAMPJM

URL: https://www.msg.com/the-theater-at-msg/pj-masks-live-fampjm/

Legal: *Valid on select tickets and performances. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. 8 ticket max per order. Discount is calculated off of the original box office price. Service charges apply to telephone and internet orders. All sales are final—no refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice and is subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply. Offer expires October 15, 2017. Accessible and companion seats are available via the Disabled Services Department at 212.465.6034.

Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember DVD

Elena is back with all-new adventures coming to DVD with the release ofElena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember! [amazon] 

Join Crown Princess Elena, along with her family and friends, as they honor the past, rejoice in the present and greet the future with music, laughter and love. Whether celebrating Navidad, Dia de los Muertos or Carnaval, new and older traditions alike play a part. And even though everyone doesn’t always agree on the best way to get the party started, one thing is perfectly clear: holidays aren’t about what you do; they’re about the special people you spend them with!

This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart. Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember [amazon] is a must-own for the entire family! Includes Four Celebration Themed Episodes, Plus Two Bonus Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Elena Locket! (The locket my daughter wears almost everyday FYI!)

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 lands on Blu-ray & Digital and I created a mix tape to celebrate

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [amazon] marks the Studios first in-home title to release in stunning 4K Ultra HD format [4k amazon], providing consumers with the ultimate home entertainment experience with next-generation high dynamic range visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the film’s storyline continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians (Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

This blockbuster sequel featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits, blasts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Aug. 8 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray on Aug. 22.

Here is the bonus material included with the version you choose:

Blu-ray:

  • The Making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
  • Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
  • Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party. [Crank the the volume all the way up and rock out!]
  • Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians.
  • Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

Digital:

All the features listed above plus four extra exclusives:

  • Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) – We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5–6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.”
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. Dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.

And now I present to you my ultimate mix tape of music from growing up…

Game time with YULU’s Safe Breaker and Break Free

Do you have a family game night? Do you kick the kids off minecraft when its time for a playdate? Are you just looking for something really entertaining for the kids to play with that arent electronic? If you answered yes to any of these questions then I’ve got something to talk to you about… way back at Toy Fair I saw this new company YULU they were putting out a few new games and I was really excited about a couple that I saw….

Safe Breaker [Target] is a new electronic game that combines spy skill, memory and a little bit of luck, challenging players to crack the code and break into the safe. This game does requires two or more players.

To start the mission, players pick a card and turn the safe combination to the corresponding number shown. Next, use the fingerprint scanner to test the number. If the light is green, the safe will release some coins. If the light is red, connect the spy listening gear to the safe to hear a top- secret clue to deduce the correct combination code. Clues include mathematical chances and luck elements, allowing for a new experience each round.

BEWARE! Players who release police coins will alert the police and must return all their coins to the safe. The spy who collects the five golden coins or two diamond coins first, wins the game.

The other game was Break Free [Target] which requires two or more players is a new, challenging action skill game full of urgency, suspense and tons of fun. The objective: players must race to pick the lock on their handcuff as quickly as possible and before everyone else!

First, players handcuff themselves together and insert a maze into each handcuff. The game includes three maze colors. Each color represents a different level of difficulty, making each round unpredictable. Using the lock pick, players must try to pick the lock on their handcuff as quickly as possible. The fastest to break free from their handcuff receives a token that corresponds with the maze color. There are points on the back of each token, the player with the most points after playing all three rounds, wins the game.

Now the great thing about both of these games are they’re fun for the kids to play and gets them off of screen time and breaks the typical board game dynamic.  Also the kids can become an official YULU Spy Code Spy? The Spy Code Academy encourages kids to become Spy Masters through the Spy Code episodes featured on spycode.toys. Record and complete the mission at the end of each episode and upload your video using upload it using #YULUTOYS. You may have a chance to be featured on spycode.toys and get exclusive rewards from YULU Toys.

Since both games are rated for ages 6 and up they are the perfect birthday present to give a child.

Now both games are listed on amazon but at double the price of that of Target (which is why I choose to link there)… I was provided product samples but all thoughts are my own.

It’s The Grossery Gang Putrid Power, the biggest, boldest and bestest series yet

Have you heard of The Grossery Gang? Its like shopkins for boys… Kids can now get a third dose of gross with The Grossery Gang Series 3 of these collectible figures. In this series things are about to get messier than ever with the introduction of Putrid Power! There’s 150 all new characters to collect, swap and squish, including the new Big Mouted Biters and Metallic characters.

Join Pizza Face, Rocky, Gooey and the rest of the gang as they Putrid Power up to fight the evil Clean Team, led by the wicked overlord Vac Attack. Will they be able to keep the streets of their beloved Cheap Town reeking? Or will the Clean Team wash away all the grime for good?! It’s an all-out battle between The Grossery Gang and the Clean Team in the Grossey Gang Movie! Be sure to check out the FREE Grossery Gang Putrid Power Movie (Clean Team vs. Grossery Gang), which premiered on YouTube. Watch the cartoon series from the beginning!

Using the stench of old bin juice, our heroes must band together and transform into the ultimate disgusting dudes to fight off the power of clean.

Learn More about The Grossery Gang by visiting the following sites.
http://www.grosserygang.com
http://www.facebook.com/thegrosserygang
http://www.instagram.com/thegrosserygang

Find out more on the App here: https://apps.grosserygang.com/

Earth, Wind, & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers comes to Madison Square Garden

Earth, Wind, & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers comes to Madison Square Garden August 7. [Tickets]

Special family 4-packs are available for purchase – get yours while they last!

Buy your tickets for the show at Madison Square Garden and Experience 2054:The Tour and dance along to the songs that defined your generation at this energetic show!

Giveaway: One lucky reader will win (2) tickets to see Earth, Wind, & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers: 2054 The Tour at Madison Square Garden on August 7th. You’ll find the giveaway on DadaRocks’s facebook page.

 

Disclosure: I am also receiving tickets to the show. All opinions are always 100% honest and our own

Talking to the people behind The Emoji Movie

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with some of the talent behind Sony Animation’s The Emoji Movie, including Director Tony Leondis, Producer Michelle Raimo, Maya Rudolph (who voices Smiler in the film), and World Emoji Day Creator Jeremy Burge.

Leondis and Raimo spoke primarily to the challenges of creating the film, and the many decisions that are involved in the process of building a movie like this. For example, they mentioned that many more apps were originally on the table in addition to the ones that were finally chosen to appear in The Emoji Movie, and that it was difficult to pick which should make the cut. However, they noted that the specific apps that made it in were selected according to the character’s journeys, and that story was considered top priority in regard to the film’s direction. “The movie’s all about identity,” Leondis said, “and each of the characters explores that in their own way.” In reference to the sequence that takes place inside Just Dance, Raimo added that “We even hired a choreographer to help us invent the Emoji Pop, to create a dance that felt unique and thematic for Gene.”

Rudolph, meanwhile, addressed the all-ages appeal of The Emoji Movie, asserting that its message appeals to kids and adults alike: “Sometimes, even as an adult, you think you know who you are,” she said, “and then you change. And you realize more about who you really want to be.” A mother herself, she also felt that the movie spoke to her about the unique worries that plague parents in this digital age. “It’s like the Wild West of parenting,” she said regarding electronic devices and the internet, “I hope that parents continue to have a dialogue with each other about it.”

Finally, we spoke with Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge, creator of World Emoji Day, about the ubiquitous nature of emojis in today’s culture and the rationale that went into creating this holiday. Burge noted that the official count lists 2,666 emojis overall presently in use, and that more are added each year. This, he added, was what sparked him to create World Emoji Day four years ago. “You look at the calendar and there’s all of these holidays, like World Pancake Day” he said, “and I thought– Emojis are cooler than some of these things! They should have a day!” So he chose July 17– the date shown on the calendar emoji– and declared it World Emoji Day on Emojipedia. In the years since, the holiday has only grown, and this year’s celebration included a red carpet party at Saks Fifth Avenue, closing the New York Stock Exchange, and lighting the Empire State Building yellow with the cast of The Emoji Movie.

Make sure you catch The Emoji Movie in theaters July 28– you won’t want to miss it!

Niko and the Sword of Light is a magical new show for kids on Amazon Prime Video

I had never heard of Niko before this week… now I’ve binged the entire season and my son is 1/4 the way through the show is that good.  Think a super kid friendly version of Samurai Jack blended with Thundarr the Barbarian.

Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko, the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world, as he embarks on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.

The show features the voice talent of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Andre Robinson (Doc McStuffins), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Penguins of Madagascar), Jim Cummings (Shrek), and Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness). Based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc., the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3; and Studio NX (The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom), Niko and the Sword of Light is animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse) and executive produced by Rob Hoegee (Generator RexTeen Titans), who also serves as showrunner.

As of July 21st you’ll be able to stream the entire first season of Niko and the Sword of Light is on Amazon Prime Video. As a bonus you’ll be able to grab a FREE digital comic book from Comixology of Niko and the Sword of Light.

I think this is great for kids ages 6 and up (and total cool dads too) and a perfect fit for Amazon Kids.

 

 

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