May 26, 2016

LEGO The Angry Birds Movie Building Sets #LEGOAngryBirds #AngryBirdsMovie


With the Angry Birds Movie playing in theaters, kids (and many adults) are searching for the latest Angry Birds toys and products. If your family are LEGO fans then they will LOVE the LEGO Angry Birds collection of new building sets!

New LEGO The Angry Birds™ Movie line brings Red and his friends to life in hilarious and action-packed building sets inspired by The Angry Birds Movie. The six sets range from $12.99 to $89.99 and feature special launching functions to inspire hours of play.

LEGO The Angry Birds Movie Building Sets

Bird Island Egg Heist $29.99 (USD), 277 pieces. Age 6+.

Don’t get angry, get even! Help Red save the eggs from the Piggy Trike, and create scenes from The Angry Birds Movie with a fun action twist. Includes 3 figures

LEGO The Angry Birds Movie Building Sets

Piggy Pirate Ship $59.99 (USD) 620 pieces. Age 7+.

An aquatic avian adventure awaits with the awesome Piggy Pirate Ship, featuring moving oars and paddle wheel, sails and a jetty with catapult. Includes 4 figures

LEGO The Angry Birds Movie Building Sets

Pig City Teardown $39.99 (USD) 386 pieces. Age 7+.

Crash the piggy party! Catapult the birds into Pig City, including a box of TNT, hot dog stand and a zip-lining pig for really explosive fun! Includes 4 figures

LEGO The Angry Birds Movie Building Sets

Piggy Plane Attack $19.99 (USD), 168 pieces. Age 6+.

Rescue the eggs from the Piggy Plane—featuring a spinning propeller and 2 flick missiles—and play out fun scenes from The Angry BirdsTM Movie. Includes 2 figures.

LEGO The Angry Birds Movie Building Sets

Piggy Car Escape $12.99 (USD) 74 pieces. Age 6+.

Can Chuck catch the pesky pig? Play out scenes from The Angry BirdsTM Movie in this fun set, featuring Piggy Car Escape with a cool ice cream shooter. Includes 2 figures.

LEGO The Angry Birds Movie Building Sets

King Pig's Castle $89.99 (USD) 859 pieces. Age 8+.

Launch the birds at the castle and rescue the eggs in this action-packed set, featuring 5 target zones including Golden Crown Tower and a spinning tower, plus 5 figures.

To learn more, visit - www.lego.com/angrybirdsmovie


7 Products from New York Baby Show 2016 with Momtrends #MomtrendsLounge #NewYorkBabyShow


Each year new baby gear and products are released for parents to get excited about. But with limited time, how can parents see and learn about them? One easy way is to attend a family-friendly event for new and expectant parents like the annual New York Baby Show.

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Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. While this is a sponsored post, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own

The New York Baby Show features 140+ displays and exhibitors, workshops and talks to provide help to parents in different areas for their lives.

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Once again the New York Baby Show partnered with Momtrends to invite a group of bloggers to walk the show and check out the mix of top products and services for maternity, baby and toddler.

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Before starting my day walking the New York Baby Show, I dropped my son off in child care area staffed by Nanny League, where he can play with the others kids.

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Then I stopped into the #MomtrendsLounge, where bloggers could receive some pampering, enjoy lunch and do hand-lettering crafts using the new book DIY Hand Lettering.

Then it was time to walk the show. After LOTS of walking and talking, here are my 7 products picks I found at New York Baby Show.

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Evenflo Feeding Sip and Seek

Cups have a unique outer wall that turns to reveal fun surprises so little ones can swim MERMAIDS, romp with UNICORNS, track DINOSAURS or explore strange planets with ASTRONAUTS. Adjusts with 3 flow rates to grow with your child “Close-off” position for leak-free, on-the-go use. BPA-Free

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Baby Mantra Calming Lotion

Infused with Vitamin E & Shea Butter to quickly absorbs into baby skin and provide just the right amount of moisture protection. Apricot Kernel Oil provides a light soothing scent to calm and nurture baby, making it the perfect bed time choice. Made with natural and organic ingredients and contains no artificial dyes or fragrances.

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Love To Dream SwaddleUP

A baby's more natural sleep position is with their arms up. Allow your baby to self-soothe in Love To SwaddleUP! This zip-UP swaddle allows you to swaddle right every time. No wrapping required.

The Love To SwaddleUP Stage 2 innovative baby wrap solution allows you to transition your baby from being snuggly swaddled towards the independence with arms free.

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Luv Bug Company UPF 50+ Sun Protection Blanket

This UPF 50 +UV Protection fabric is perfect for your child on those sunny days. With this hooded sun protection blanket, it's perfect for the pool, stroll in the park, the beach, or even a baseball game. Also perfect for covering your child's legs in a stroller or while in their car seat.

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Savor The Library: Baby Edition Keepsake Gift Box

Savor makes saving and organizing your baby's mementos easy and enjoyable. Keepsake Gift Box includes: 50+ illustrated, pre-categorized labels to guide you with what to save and where; boxes for documents or small objects; vertical files to hold welcome letters, sonogram pictures, and other papers; drawers for baby shoes or locks of hair; envelopes for small keepsakes; Birthday Survey Fabric/paperboard construction

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BOB Revolution PRO stroller

For both off- and on-road fitness and perfect for jogging or walking on all terrains, the refreshed Revolution PRO & Revolution FLEX stroller models have been updated with:

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  • Easy, one-hand recline for on-the-go adjustments
  • Increased weight capacity to 75lbs (single models only) for longer lifespan
  • 25% larger Low Boy storage basket for added convenience during all types of strolls
  • Improved quick-release on front & back wheels for added safety and usability
  • More upright seating for the child’s comfort

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Keekaroo Peanut Changer

Made from unique soft and cushy material that was designed and tested for hospital use, the keekaroo peanut changer provides a clean, safe and comfortable diaper changer surface for diaper changes. Impermeable to fluids, the soft-to-the-touch keekaroo peanut changer needs no additional sheets or pads commonly required for other diaper changing pads.

As you can see, if your expect or a new parent, the New York Baby Show is the show to check out. See you next year!

To learn more about New York Baby Show, visit - www.newyorkbabyshow.com


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Join “I Am a Witness” Bullying Prevention Campaign #TMNT2 #IAmAWitness


Did you celebrate Happy World Turtle Day? It was this week and there was lots of turtle love going around in connection with the upcoming release of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS in-theaters June 3, 2016!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles join I Am a Witness Bullying Prevention Campaign

WORLD TURTLE DAY was celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways. This year, the TMNT team are adding an additional layer to the holiday by partnering with the Ad Council on their “I Am a Witness” campaign for June’s National Safety Month.

Watch the Turtles Ad Council video


The Turtles are often viewed as a symbol of courage and doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity, supporting one another for a safer, bully-free world.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows Poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).

After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world.

As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang

To learn more about the movie, visit - www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com

On Facebook - www.facebook.com/TMNT
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/tmntmovie
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/tmntmovie



Netflix Chef's Table Season 2 Premiere & Trailer #StreamTeam


Chef's Table, Netflix Original Documentary Series, showcases a variety of chefs from all over the world talking about challenging conventions and what inspires them.

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Note: I'm part of Netflix #StreamTeam sponsored program and will share monthly information and news about their service. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

“With a wide range of disciplines and culinary talent, there was no way we could pack all of the incredible chef stories into one season,” adds creator David Gelb. “I’m particularly excited that we will have episodes dedicated to female chefs Ana Ros, Dominique Crenn, Jeong Kwan, Nancy Silverton, and Adeline Grattard -- who will be one of four chefs we will highlight in our French season. I am beyond honored to be able to share a more personal look into each of these chefs’ lives with gastronomy experts and global households alike!”


The filmmakers embark on a personal journey into the daily lives of these carefully curated chefs, from their diverse backgrounds to the evolution of their crafts as well as their quests for sensory perfection.

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Chef's Table premieres Friday, May 27, globally on Netflix, followed by four special episodes later in the year dedicated to four of the world’s most renowned French chefs, with the third course highlighting another six chefs to release in early 2017.


The following international chefs will be featured in upcoming seasons:

Chef’s Table, Season 2 - May 27

Alex Atala, Dom, (Brazil)

Ana Ros, Hiša Franko (Slovenia)

Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn (United States)

Enrique Olvera, Pujol (Mexico)

Gaggan Anand, Gaggan (Thailand)

Grant Achatz, Alinea, Next, The Aviary (United States)


Chef’s Table, Season 3 - French Installment, TBD 2016

Alain Passard, L’Arpege (France)

Michel Troisgros, Maison Troisgros (France)

Adeline Grattard, Yam’Tcha (France)

Alexandre Couillon, La Marine (France)


Chef’s Table, Season 4 - TBD 2017

Ivan Orkin, Ivan Ramen (United States, Japan)

Jeong Kwan, Chunjinam Hermitage, Baekyangsa Temple (South Korea)

Nancy Silverton, Mozza (United States)

Tim Raue, Restaurant Tim Raue (Germany)

Virgilio Martinez, Central (Peru)

Vladimir Mukhin, White Rabbit (Russia)


A Boardwalk Pictures production, Chef's Table is created, executive produced and directed by Gelb. Clay Jeter, Andrew Fried and Brian McGinn return as directors, with Abigail Fuller directing as well. Fried and McGinn are executive producers with Dane Lillegard as Co-Executive Producer for Boardwalk Pictures.



May 24, 2016

Christina Li Interview for Halo Effect “Hello World" Episode #HALOEffectChallenge #HALOEffect


Last week I shared my interview with Sydney Park about hosting Nickelodeon's "The HALO Effect" and what viewers can look forward to when watching the next episode “Hello World", featuring Christina Li camp for girls interested in computer science.

Christina Li Interview for Halo Effect Hello World, a computer science camp for girls

Falling in love with tech and being a natural, Christina Li joined her school’s Robotics Club and participated in numerous summer tech programs to advance her learning. During a computer science summer class, she noticed that most of the students were males and there was only one other girl besides herself.

Looking to close the gender gap in the tech world, Li created Hello World, a computer science day camp specifically for young girls. The camp aims to teach programing code, web development, app and game design and robotics through fun and immersive workshops.

In recognition of her outstanding leadership and encouragement, Nickelodeon awarded a $10,000 grant to Li’s camp. I hope you watched the episode, but if you missed it, you can still catch the encore on Sunday, May 29, at 9:30pm (ET/PT) on TeenNick.

To learn more about “Hello World" camp, I was able to interview Christina Li and learn how she came up with the idea and her advice to other young girls interested in computer science.


Christina Li Interview for Halo Effect Hello World, a computer science camp for girls

Onica {MommyFactor}: You were featured in the “Hello World" episode of Nickelodeon's The HALO Effect. Can you tell me how that happened? And how you felt when you were contacted to be part of this episode?

Christina Li: I as really surprised when I was contacted. I wasn't sure how Nickelodeon heard about my camp. But there was some press last year, the first time we ran the camp, there was a local newspaper and a couple of Detroit TV channels. But it was just local news so I didn't expect too much from it.

But I think how they (Nickelodeon HALO Effect) found out about it was because I wrote a medium article last summer and that received a ton of views. And I think that's how lot more people heard about my camp and how they (Nickelodeon HALO Effect) found me. But I'm still really surprised that out of everybody that does amazing things they (Nickelodeon HALO Effect) contacted me and wanted to do something.

Christina Li Interview for Halo Effect Hello World, a computer science camp for girls

Onica {MommyFactor}: But your camp idea is pretty cool. Can you tell me how you came up with a camp idea versus a class or something else. What made you say, I want to make this a camp and just for girls?

Christina Li: As far as the camp idea, I did a lot of summer camps in high school. In my sophomore year I did a camp at Michigan tech, and I really enjoyed it. It was like a computer science camp and we had a week to make an app. It was pretty basic but it was lot of fun to me.

In middle school, I did a couple camps also but in high school I really found out how important these camp were. For my junior year I did another camp at Stanford University, which will be the school I'm going to next year. I just took classes at Stanford and it was really cool. I got to meet so many amazing people. Obviously I learned things, and that was cool. But what really made an impact was all the cool people that I meet that has the same interest and drive as I did. I'm still good friends with some of the people I lived with there 2 to 3 years later.

So I wanted to make “Hello World” kind of a camp of spring/winter break. I realized the idea of coming in during break to actually learn something instead of just staying at home on the couch, was really cool. There was also people from all over the district, and a even couple outside the district, and they got to meet each other, talk together and make friends.

When I talked to them after everything was over, I asked what was your favorite part of the camp? Some of them said learning to make a game but others said making new friends there. And I was really happy to hear that, because there's not that many women now in computer science now and it's really important.

So it's really essential to get encouragement from each other.


Onica {MommyFactor}: I know that you started getting into Technology very young from the 3rd grade. Where your parents/friends supportive of you or did they think this is going to be a hobby that will pass?

Christina Li: I'm a triple, so I have two brothers the same ago. So my parents are use to us doing random things because we wanted to. It's something that I'm really glad about, looking back at it now. My parents never said you can't, they were always encouraging and gave us many opportunities to try something new.

So they (parents) never discouraged me from it.


Onica {MommyFactor}: Can you talk about the #HALOEffectChallenge that's connected with your episode?

Christina Li: The emoji challenge is a cute idea that's target toward younger kids. The coding game I'm really excited about. There's this article floating around by tech crunch saying that coding shouldn't be the new literacy. That you don't expect ever person to know how to do plumbing, etc.

But the thing is, since so much of our lives will be touch by technology, no matter what field you are in. With programing almost anything can be done and make our life much easier. Which would be good whether you are a lawyer, just an ever day person or whatever. There's just so many applications to technology. Especially when you are young coding games or whatever doing coding exercise are a really good start.


Onica {MommyFactor}: A lot of young girls, even though they have an interested in technology and computer science, they lack the confidence to continue their tech interest. What advice would you give them?

Christina Li: I have a story. When I was at a hack-a-ton in San Francisco, there was this guy who wouldn't let me and another girl work on anything. Since that was my first hack-a-ton, I thought we had such a short time-frame, so I kinda understood why I wasn't allowed to work on anything. But the other girl there was a Google intern and she wasn't allowed to do anything either.

So the major thing is don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't do. And if they say that you can't do it, then use what they said. Just keep that in the back of your mind whenever your doing things. So at the end of the day you can prove them wrong.

That's a great way of looking at challenges. Thanks to Nickelodeon and Christina Li for the interview.

Halo Effect episode Christina Li Hello World a computer science camp for middle school girls

In the HALO Effect, “Hello World,” episode which premiered Friday, May 20, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, extraordinary teen Christina Li uses her passion for technology to increase female participation in the field of computer science.

The episode follows Li as she organizes and instructs a computer science camp for middle school girls in her Michigan school district.

“Hello World” will encore Monday, May 23, at 8:00pm (ET/PT) on Nicktoons and Sunday, May 29, at 9:30pm (ET/PT) on TeenNick.


Nickelodeon's The HALO Effect, 30-minute monthly episodes focus on a teen taking on issues ranging from poverty, to helping military families, to the environment.

The HALO Effect aims to inspire kids and teens to be active leaders in their communities by offering an insider’s look at the personal stories of individuals who have been inspired to give back.

The HALO Effect is executive produced by Nick Cannon and NCredible Entertainment, as well as Morgan Spurlock, Richard Arlook, Jeremy Chilnick and Ethan Goldman of Warrior Poets.

To learn more about The HALO Effect, visit - www.nick.com/halo-effect/
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/NickelodeonHALO
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/NickelodeonHALO



Giveaway: Yvolution NEON Street Rollers Gets Kids Active


A great way to keep kids active and moving this summer is with a pair of Yvolution NEON Street Rollers.

Yvolution NEON Street Rollers Gets Kids Active

The Yvolution NEON Street Rollers will revolutionize your kids favorite pair of shoes instantly. These heel skates can fit most shoes and offer a customized fit with an adjustable quick lock size system.

They are so simply to use that you kid can adjust it, strap in and GO! From there its easy to master, so kids can control how fast they ride and just put their foot down to stop.

Yvolution NEON Street Rollers Gets Kids Active

The NEON Street Rollers also feature innovative wheel technology with bright light-up LED’s. With each turn of the wheel, the LED’s glow. No batteries needed!

Available for MSRP: $29.99; Ages 6+ in pink, green and blue. You can find at major retailers including Walmart and Toys “R” Us.

To learn more about Yvolution NEON Street Rollers, visit - www.neonstreetrollers.com

On Facebook - www.Facebook.com/YvolutionWorld
On Twitter - www.Twitter.com/YvolutionWorld


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May 23, 2016

Celebrating The Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo #AngryBirdsMovie


To get ready for the release of Angry Birds Movie, we joined KidzVuz for an advanced screening followed by a Angry Birds themed day at the Bronx Zoo.

Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. While this is a sponsored post, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own

Our first activity was seeing The Angry Birds Movie! Both my son and I enjoyed seeing our favorite gaming birds on the big screen.


The story of Red's adventure against the Pigs to find the stolen eggs is both touching and funny. Helping Red on his adventure are fellow birds Chuck and Bomb.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

By the end of the movie the bird trio not only showed those bad piggies who's boss but also formed an amazing birdship (yes I made that word up) that helps to warm Red's heart and make him less Angry. But still don't mess with him. Ha!


Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo

photo credit: Gemarla Babilonia-Gaskin/ The Mommy Elf

After such a fun and heart warming story, we couldn't wait to visit the Bronx Zoo and continue our day with KidzVuz. We enjoyed a nice lunch (sorry no photos, was busy eating) before heading out to catch the Birds in Flight show.

Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo

During “Birds in Flight,” presented by JetBlue, we learned a lot about different types of birds including macaws, condors, falcons, hawks, vultures, and others.

Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoog
Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo
Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo
Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo


We were amazed as the birds literally flew over our heads and did other mid-air acrobatics. We learned about their natural flight behaviors, lifestyles and the conservation needs of the species.

Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo
Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo

Some lucky guest were able to interact with the birds as live perches to help with feeding.

What's funny is during the show a few birds decided to do their own thing and fly around into the trees. All while "calling" very loudly. While the audience were safe and had no need to worry, I had to laugh that these birds were channeling their inner Angry Birds.

Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo
Celebrating Angry Birds Movie with KidzVuz at Bronx Zoo

After the “Birds in Flight,” we headed to other parts of the Zoo to enjoy other The Angry Birds crafts and other bird themed activities including posing for a photos with Red, coloring and making mini binoculars for bird watching.

It was a great way to end our Angry Birds day with KidzVuz!

The Angry Birds Movie

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

Now in theaters, the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders.

But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.



Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale,Keegan-Michael Key, Ike Barinholtz, Tituss Burgess, with Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage

To learn more about the movie, visit - www.AngryBirds-Movie.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/AngryBirdsMovie
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/AngryBirds




Liberty the Musical Preview & NYC Performances Schedule #LibertytheMusical


Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, which follows the story of the Statue of Liberty as a young immigrant coming to the US will open at 42West (514 West 42nd Street), with performances beginning on June 6th with its official opening set for July 4th, 2016.

Liberty the Musical Preview and Performances Schedule

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To learn more about the Liberty the Musical, I attended a media preview to meet the cast and watch them perform a few songs from the show.

Liberty the Musical Preview and Performances Schedule

Based on true events, Liberty is an entertaining 80-minute theatrical experience starring Abigail Shapiro (How The Grinch Stole Christmas) as Liberty, telling the story of a young French immigrant who arrives in New York Harbor in 1884.

Liberty the Musical Preview and Performances Schedule

"I'm so excited to take on the role of the iconic Lady Liberty once again," said star of Liberty The Musical, Abigail Shapiro, 15. "She's an incredibly powerful character, one whose strengths I greatly admire, and I look forward to sharing her story with an even larger audience."

Coming to the United States in the middle of a national immigration debate and a terrible recession, political forces are aligning to deport her. With a strong resolve and a mighty spirit, she battles to gain acceptance and eventually becomes a lasting symbol of the young country.


Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, is adapted from original material by Dana Leslie Goldstein, Jon Goldstein and Robert Bruce McIntosh, features a book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein with music by Jon Goldstein. Form Theatricals, Anthony Francavilla and Zachary Laks (General Management). Creative team and remaining cast TBA.

Liberty the Musical Preview and Performances Schedule

“We are so excited to bring Liberty back to NYC just in time for the summer. Where else can you witness the story of one of the most celebrated landmarks in the world, The Statue of Liberty, then hop on the subway and actually see it? Our director, Evan Pappas, has such an amazing, creative vision for this piece that it will be a must see experience for all ages, New Yorkers and tourist alike.” Theresa Wozunk, Liberty the Musical producer

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical Performances schedule:
  • Begins performances on June 6; opening on July 4, 2016 at 3pm
  • June 6 - July 3: Monday and Friday at 12pm & 3pm
  • After July 4: Monday; Tuesday; Thursday & Friday at 12pm at 3pm
Tickets are $63 (Adult); $27 (Children 4-12); $72/$36 (Adult Premium/ Child Premium) and can be purchased by calling 1.866.811.4111, visiting the box office or online via the website.

For more information, visit www.LibertyTheMusical.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/libertythemusical
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/LibertyMusical



May 20, 2016

Curious World Launch on Apple TV Preview #CuriousWorld


Curious World, the expansive collection of games, videos and eBooks by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), have announced that its interactive content is now available on Apple TV. The service will be accessible on the newest generation Apple TV device.

Curious World Launch on Apple TV

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a Curious World subscription. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

“Curious World encourages parents to share in their child’s learning journey,” said CJ Kettler, Chief of Consumer Brands and Strategy, HMH. “With the launch of Curious World on Apple TV, our goal is to expand traditional conventions around ‘story time’ by offering another layer of family engagement.

We recognize that parental involvement is key in early learning, and Apple TV offers another opportunity, beyond mobile devices and tablets, to cultivate a trustworthy, safe learning digital environment that balances screen-time with activities that families can enjoy together offline as well.”

Curious World Launch on Apple TV

Of course I had to get a first look at how Curious World works when moved from a mobile platform to a home based platform. Here's a few things I learned.

  • This partnership extends the availability of Curious World’s multimedia platform, making its ever-growing library of learning content accessible on three screens for one subscription price
  • With Apple TV, Curious World has transferred classic children’s books to the television screen, complete with illustrations and audio capabilities like read-along functionality and sound-effects.

>Curious World Launch on Apple TV

  • Parents can still use the “parent dashboard,” to track their children’s progress, learn more about a child's interests and see recommendations for extending the learning journey through offline activity.
  • Content is simple to explore and organized into kid-friendly categories including Animals, Cooking, Crafts, Space, Wheels, eBooks and Videos. Initially, only the videos and books from the mobile version will be available on Apple TV, with games to come later this year.

Curious World Launch on Apple TV

  • Curious World’s library includes close to 1000 titles, including originally produced games, original video series and books, as well as licensed titles. The app’s content is curated and created by HMH’s internal development team of education experts and award-winning creative partners such as Bix Pix and CloudKid, and also includes licensed programming from leading kids content providers like National Geographic, Storybots, Caspar Babypants, PBS Kids and Young Rembrandts.
  • All content within Curious World aligns to eight key learning areas (science, math, language and literacy, health and wellness, creative expression, social emotional, executive function, and family community). The content is designed to give kids a balanced learning experience across these essential learning areas, and provide parents with the confidence that programming will be educational, relevant and fun to their young learners.

Overall I think children (and parents) will enjoy this new extention of the program. It allows families to access the same educational system they love using the app mobility but now on their Apple TV devices.

Curious World is a subscription-based experience ($7.99 per month or $64.99 per year) for kids aged 2yrs to 7yrs. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store with sample content and features.

Using the companion site, parents can learn more about their child’s personal learning journey, on www.curiousworld.com

On Facebook - www.facebook.com/HMHCuriousWorld
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/CuriousWorld



 
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