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Outside fun with the Bubble Twister and Junkball Review and Giveaway

There are two things about spring and summer that I love its finally time to get outside and play. This spring was pretty lackluster in NYC as it was raining most of the time but now summer is around the bend the sprinklers are in the park and its a great time to get outside and play. In my mind there are many great outdoor play games…

When you have a young child nothing beats watching them chase after bubbles – it used to be that you’d get light headed after 5 minutes of blowing said bubbles but with recent technology you can have hundreds of bubbles being blown for as long as the batteries last (which will be much longer then the kid who is chasing them will be).

We’ve got the Blastos! Bubble Twister [amazon] here is a demo video by my friends over at TimetoPlayMag.com – clearly this will keep a couple of kids chasing in circles for a good while and good laugh for the parents just watching them do just that.  The toy has a few seconds between bursts of bubbles giving a fair amount of bubbles in each burst… This is great because it gives the kids a few seconds to catch their breath too.

When the kids get a bit older you’ll start doing the sports but even when the sun goes down doesn’t mean the play has to end – thats why I love the new Junkball glow in the dark set [junk ball shop online]- its always easy to spot a glowing ball in the field at night. The cool thing about junk ball is that the middle is an adjustable ring that will make the ball do different by changing the air flow that goes though the ball… So its easier to pitch a curve or sinker – its a great concept and I know my nephew loves it.

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. June 9th, 2011.
Tell us which toy you’d like to win, randomly we’ll select one winner to take home a nice little kids prize pack and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: @little_kids_inc @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/k86ljD and you must also comment with the link to your twitter message.

Example: I want to win the @little_kids_inc spring prize pack from @dadarocks  – http://dad.tc/k86ljD

You get 1 extra entry for following us on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

You get 1 extra entry for following them on twitter – twitter.com/little_kids_inc

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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: Thanks to Little Kids Inc for provided the prizes for this raffle

Kinectimals on Kinect for xbox 360 review and giveaway

The idea of the virtual pet has come along way from the days of little black and white little egg shaped toys years ago.  Now children (and adults) can raise their own interactive pets… Kinectimals [amazon] is the first video games that allows you to be the controller using the xbox 360 kinect system to interact with your virtual pet.  There of course is a great twist which is you can purchase different stuff animals/plush toys to unlock different characters.  Since this was one of the first games being developed for the system its still by far one of the best.  Microsoft certainly has put a ton of work into this game and it show, from the details in the blades of grass to the interactions the animals have with the game player.

I’m not sure I love the fact that all the interactions are so standard it does make it hard for a toddler (my 2.5 year old) to interact with animals at times but I think any 3.5 year old or 4 year old should be able to control their emotions and arms for the 10 seconds to choose the different game plays. If thats the only fault of this game – then really its not a fault at all… its an advanced gaming system I’m not so sure its made for my toddler 😛 (shhh dont tell the wife I’m playing video games while she sleeps at night).

Here’s a clip of the video game I’m sure you’ve seen it before – its just great…

As you can see it does for allow for the full body tracking and is pretty awesome at the interactions with the animal on screen.

A wide-eyed Bengal tiger cub cocks its head to the side and playfully peers at you. Memories of your first trip to the zoo come rushing back. Through the magic of Kinect that furry tiger cub is in your living room and about to become your best friend.

“Kinectimals” invites children, their parents and animal lovers of all ages to build lasting friendships with some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Just like real pets, your “Kinectimals” will come running when they hear your voice, respond to commands such as “jump,” “roll over” and “play dead,” and purr with joy when you scratch them behind their ears.

Details

  • Get in touch with your wild side. Your journey begins when you adopt and name one of 20 playful friends, including a lion, cheetah and Bengal tiger.
  • Create memories that last a lifetime. From the first time she recognizes her name to when she learns to fetch, your cub will grow up as your sidekick, eager to discover the island around you. She will always be ready for a scratch and a belly rub with smiles and purrs.
  • The fun never ends. There are new ways to train tricks such as fetch, play activities such as jump rope, and even master agilvity courses with hops, stops and balancing acts. Invite a friend with his or her pet for some fun contests.
  • Discover, collect and customize. “Kinectimals” rewards those who are curious about the island they live on. Travel far and wide to discover treasures and toys, and find and unlock new environments. You can customize your pet and decorate your home, plus use the in-game store to shop for items to nurture and care for your new best friend.
  • Grow your “Kinectimals” family. Collectible, limited-edition plush toys will be available online and at popular retail stores. Choose your new friend, scan the code with the Kinect sensor, then watch it come to life on the screen right before your eyes. With your very own plush pal you can keep your new friend with you even when you’re away from your Xbox 360.

 

you do need the kinect senor for your xbox 360 to get this game up and running in your house (so dont forget that).

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. April 20th, 2011.
Leave a comment below with what big cat you’d have as your kinectimals pet and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).
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You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: @xboxforall @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/ihieaL  and you must also comment with the link to your tweet.

Example: I want to win #kinectimals for #kinect for #xbox360 thanks to @xboxforall & @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/ihieaL

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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!
Disclaimer: Thanks to microsoft xbox 360 kinect team  for this giveaway.

YO GABBA GABBA: LET’S VISIT THE DOCTOR! DVD GIVEAWAY

Is that a sniffle?  Have a dose of fun medicine and get ready to dance and sing with the all-new DVD release Yo Gabba Gabba: Let’s Visit the Doctor! [Amazon] Join Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex for four fun episodes that deal with all-too-common illnesses.  Special guests featured in these episodes include Anthony Bourdain, Of Montreal and Biz Markie. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Yo Gabba Gabba: Let’s Visit The Doctor! was released on January 11, 2011 and for $16.99 for Approximately 96 minutes of peace and quite – well worth it!



Yo Gabba Gabba: Let’s Visit the Doctor! Episode Synopses:

Doctor

Toodee gets sick and needs to rest. The doctor visits and everyone helps Toodee feel better.


Teeth
Muno has a loose tooth and wiggles it until it comes out, then writes a note and the Tooth Fairy brings him a toothbrush.  With only one tooth Muno looks strange, but in the end it starts to grow back.


Clean
Everyone learns good clean manners when they play with toys and have to clean them up.  Afterwards, they learn to wash their hands and brush their teeth.  At the end, they all sing a fun bath time song playing with bath toys.


Car
It’s time to go for a ride in a car!  “Keep Trying” familiarizes them with the seat belt and encourages them to buckle up.  “Danger” keeps the characters from playing in the road and “Car Ride” teaches them all about the thrill of traveling.


How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. February 6th, 2011.
2 Lucky people will win the Yo Gabba Gabba DVD Lets Visit the Doctor! Tell us your favorite character or guest on Yo Gabba Gabba and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: @NickJrDVD @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/hzyHSj and you must also comment with the link to your twitter message.

Example: I want to win the @yogabbagabba doctor DVD from @dadarocks & @NickJrDVD – http://dad.tc/hzyHSj

You get 1 extra entry for following us on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: NickJrDVD provided the DVD for this raffle

Holiday craft build your own snow globe

Now that the kids are off from school you’ll be ready to jump off a bridge play with them. I figured this might help those that are starting to run out of ideas…

What you’ll need…
Empty Jar with Tight Lid (Baby food, apple sauce, and olive jars are good choices.)
Distilled Water (bottle is better, just not greener)
Super Glue or hot glue (with hot glue gun)
Kid’s Toy/keepsake (Look for plastic or ceramic figurines – metal ones are prone to rust)
White and/or silver glitter or fake snow or you could use Sequins, Beads, Glitter, Metallic Confetti, etc.
dish soap (clear) or glycerin (available at drugstores)

How to put it all together now…
Step One:
Thoroughly was the empty jar and remove any labeling.

Step Two:
Choose which toy/keepsake to put into the snow globe. Remember that it is plastic and has no metal parts, they may rust. Parent should use the Super Glue to stick the toy to the inside of the lid of the jar.

Step Three:
Fill the jar with distilled water and a little squirt of the dish soap or a dash of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly, also helps the items float and swirl. Sprinkle in glitter, sequins, confetti, beads, etc. for decoration

Step Four:
Make sure the jar is filled all the way to the top with the distilled water then carefully put the lid with the toy on the jar. It will overflow slightly so do it in the sink or outside. Make sure you don’t get any air bubbles. Seal the lid with the superglue/glue gun (wait for it to dry/cool) Now, give it a shake and watch it “snow”!

Maybe snow isnt your thing, so maybe you’ll make a beach version!
You could also make a beach collection jar by using sand, shells, and rocks instead of toys/keepsakes.

Just Dance Kids for Wii – Review and Giveaway!

Just Dance Kids [ Amazon ] is just that a dance game for kids. Its pretty awesome to see my son’s face light up when we pull it out… cause he knows its time to DANCE!!! and thats just it since this has three yo gabba gabba songs we created a custom playlist and thats pretty much all he dances too.

I challenged my wife to a few goes to the random choice, of course she kicked my butt! Over 40 fun dances/songs that are led by real kids, which really gets my son into the game (as he watches the kids on TV and tries to follow along – monkey see monkey do right?!).

It is a family game that’s for sure and in the end a game that gets you off the couch and into dance mode. I highly recommend this for the kids (yes, there are 3 or 4 songs that are snoozers like Happy Birthday) but otherwise its a great kiddie sound track!


How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. December 19th, 2010.

You must comment telling us which song your kid would rock out too? please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

You get 1 extra entry for following us on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

You get 1 extra entry for following @ubisoft on twitter – twitter.com/ubisoft

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information:

@ubisoft #JustDance Kids @dadarocks – http://bit.ly/gnuy6b #UbiChamps  and you must also comment with the link to your twitter message.

Example: I want to win @ubisoft #JustDance Kids Thanks to @dadarocks – http://bit.ly/gnuy6b #UbiChamps

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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: Thanks to Ubisoft & Clever girls collective for the prize for this raffle. It’s also limited to the USA too.


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XBox 360 & Kinect with 2 games giveaway!

A few weeks ago I gave everyone a good scare (myself included) and as I tweeted from the hospital the King himself gave me a gift of an XBox 360 & Kinect, I was trying to win one just like everyone else. I cant wait! It’s by far the most popular video game gift of the season.

I went to my friends at Burger King (because they partnered with Microsoft for the release of this amazing game system) and asked if I could share the joy of giving a family a Kinect prize pack because this will really help out with their holiday shopping! Of course was their answer!

The Prize Pack includes an Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect sensor and two games – Kinect ADVENTURES and Kinect SPORTS. Along with the Kinect, Burger King will give the lucky winner a $10 Burger King Crown Card.

While running around, picking up presents this holiday season, be sure to stop by Burger King to fuel up with a hot, flame-broiled WHOPPER or my new favorite TENDERGRILL Chicken Sandwich. It’s a great pit stop this holiday season, although we’ll be saving someone a drive from picking up the xbox 360 & Kinect from a store.

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. December 17th, 2010.

You must comment telling us what your favorite menu item from Burger King is? please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

You get 1 extra entry for following @DadaRocks on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: Thanks to BURGER KING for this AMAZING prize for this raffle.

John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean review and giveaway

John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean is an amazing show for kids 2 and up. The story of 3 fish is highly engaging to the kids as they’re super bright in colors based on the blacklight approach the show takes.  Its interactive as many times the puppets break the 4th wall to interact with the crowd.

The story is great for kids as it adds some mystery as the main characters are taken on a treasure hunt.  There are of course morals being shown to kids during each of the acts. Be it sharing or not being afraid the show incorporated story, song and more into a very fun filled time.

I totally recommend this show for kids as young as two years old, I took my 27 month old and he loved it! The characters are something that you’d figure would be in a disney movie and as such my child really wants a Dorsal doll.  John has put together an amazing cast of voices that do a great job bring the characters to life.

To purchase tickets http://www.imaginoceanthemusical.com/tickets/calendar.html
New World Stages
340 West 50th Street
between 8th and 9th Avenues
New York, New York

Wednesday @ 11 am & 2 pm
Saturday @ 11 am, 2 pm & 4:30 pm
Sunday @ 12 pm & 3 pm



Running time: 50 minutes



Ticket Price:
$39.00 – Wednesday
$55.00 – Saturday/Sunday
$75.00 – Premium ticket which includes premium seating, autographed poster, bucket of goodies and a meet ‘n greet with several characters

Of course it being the holiday season the show is running with an added sing-along until January 2nd. They do a bunch of holiday songs that just make everyone smile and boogie in their seats.

How to win it (family 4 pack of tickets!)… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. December 13rd, 2010.

You must comment telling us which fish is your favorite character from the show (if you need their names check http://www.imaginoceanthemusical.com)? please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

You get 1 extra entry for following us on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

You get 1 extra entry for following @ImaginOceanLive on twitter – twitter.com/ImaginOceanLive

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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: Thanks to Imaginocean for the prize for this raffle.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY – Frisco, Texas / Dallas, Texas Ticket Giveaway

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WILL STOP IN FRISCO, TX ON DECEMBER 12 FOR SINGING & DANCING

$1 From Every Ticket Sold To Benefit Habitat for Humanity Affiliate

Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are heading back on the road with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans in Frisco Texas.

VIP packages with premium tickets and meet and greets will also be available. For complete tour, ticket information and VIP packages, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap. The other thing to know is if you already got tickets you can always add on the VIP package here http://yogabbagabbalive.com/vipupgrade


YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY

Frisco Texas at the Dr. Pepper Arena – which is as close to Dallas & Fort Worth as this tour will get

2 Shows on Sunday, December 12 @ 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM to purchase tickets http://yogabbagabbalive.com/tickets/59-dr-pepper-arena-frisco

The state-of-the-art production features music, singing, dancing and animation. The show is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life. Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day”. Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments.

Released in October, 2009, YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 1 topped kids and overall music charts at iTunes (#1 kids album), Amazon (top 5 kids album) and Target sales, which reached more than 40,000 copies in only 6 months since its release. YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME was picked as one of 2009’s top holiday gifts for toddlers by both PARENTS magazine and the popular Mom web destination MomLogic.com. YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 2 will be released on iTunes and hit shelves nationwide this past September.


Dates, venues and ticket prices are subject to change.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Yo-Gabba-Gabba/42220833615?ref=ts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/yogabbagabba


Winner will get 4 tickets for the 2pm show on Dec 12th (this is also considered the Dallas / Fort Worth show!)

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. December 6th 2010.

You must comment telling us who would you love to see do a dancey dance at the live show? please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

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@yogabbagabba #FriscoTX @dadarocks – http://bit.ly/fMeEVb and you must also comment with the link to your twitter message.

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You will have 12 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a party in my city is providing the tickets for the raffle.