April 19, 2016

Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Anatomy: educational & fun way kids learn the human body


My son loves science and learning how things work. So I knew he'd enjoy helping me review Oregon Scientific "Smart Anatomy", an educational toy that helps kids learn about the human body.

Oregon Scientific Smart Anatomy is an educational and fun way kids learn the human body

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Oregon Scientific Smart Anatomy is an educational and fun way kids learn the human body

The first exciting feature about the Smart Anatomy from Oregon Scientific ($79.99; for ages 5+) is that it's made in a way to encourage kids to learn and explore. The kit comes with an anatomy body that can be personalized with a boy or girl face.

Oregon Scientific Smart Anatomy is an educational and fun way kids learn the human body

The anatomy also has magnetic pieces that kids can remove and try to fit back into the correct order. This puzzle like activity help kids learn how the body fits together.

Oregon Scientific Smart Anatomy is an educational and fun way kids learn the human body

At the base of the Smart Anatomy kids can play with 5 game modes (Fun, Games, Nutrition, System, Touch) and can choose from 20 activities including: True or False, Memory, Weird Facts, Spelling, Food Categories, How Does it Work? and more.


My son had a blast trying out the different game modes. At first he didn't know alot of the answers, but the game encouraged him to figure things out before telling him. After going over some of the different area, he soon knew the answers to the questions. He was so proud!

Oregon Scientific Smart Anatomy is an educational and fun way kids learn the human body

The Smart Anatomy kit also includes:

  • Hands-on Play with Wireless Smart Pen - Touch the wireless Smart Pen to one of the 16 detachable body parts to learn facts about the human body – there are over 150 Smart Pen touchpoints to discover! The Smart Pen will read invisible dots printed on each body part, triggering over 600 sounds played directly out of the Smart Pen or via headphones. Choose between 3 languages: English, Spanish or Italian.
  • Booklet & Double Side Poster - The 16 page booklet & double side poster with facts that can be used while playing with Smart Anatomy. The booklet contains information about major body systems, nutrition and food categories. The double-sided poster with body diagram is a quick reference guide that list the names of major body parts.

Whether for school or at home fun, Smart Anatomy is a great tool for kids to learn so much about their bodies and how things work.

To learn more Smart Anatomy, visit- www.oregonscientific.com

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Giveaway: 5 Ways to Join ASPCA 150 Days of Rescue


This month the ASPCA is celebrating their 150th anniversary by launching the "150 Days of Rescue" nationwide action campaign, that seeks to unite the country in making a difference in the lives of animals.

5 Ways to Join ASPCA 150 Days of Rescue

As part of this campaign, from April 10 and September 7, kids and their families are encouraged to pledge their time to help animals in need, with the goal of reaching 150,000 actions for animals in 150 days.


Want to be involved? Here is a list for ways kids (and their families) can help animals in need.

  • Host a Bake Sale: Kids can cook up fun food items for bake sales and sweet swaps to raise funds for animals. Animal-shaped cookie cutters make the point deliciously clear.
  • Organize a Supply Drive: Collaborating with others or on their own, kids can create school or community donation drives that collect crucial shelter supplies like towels, food, newspaper, cleaning products, blankets, toys, and more. Check with your local shelter first to see what they need most.
  • Become a Foster Family: When families provide temporary homes for animals awaiting adoption, they help animals get used to home environments, expose them to new potential adopters, and help prevent overcrowding at local rescues and shelters. Visit your local shelter to learn more about their foster programs.
  • Donate a Special Day: Kids can make their birthdays or other special days more meaningful by asking friends and family to donate to an animal welfare cause instead of – or in addition to – giving traditional gifts. These events are also great opportunities for donation drives.
  • Write About Animal Welfare: Animal welfare issues make great essay and report topics because they combine compassion with a strong and specific cause, like animal homelessness, puppy mills, dog fighting, animal cruelty, and more.

To learn more about being part of ASPCA 150, visit www.ASPCA.org/150days

5 Ways to Join ASPCA 150 Days of Rescue

To celebrate this campaign, here's a giveaway for commemorative ASPCA 150 gift pack


ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!

ASPCA 150 gift pack includes
  • ASPCA 150th Beach Ball
  • ASPCA 150th Towel
  • ASPCA 150th Luggage Tag
  • ASPCA Frisbee
  • ASPCA Tote

WAYS TO ENTER:

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. April 29, 2016.

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April 16, 2016

United Palace Spirit of Polynesia Show: Hula Lesson, Arts & Crafts & more


Experience the spirit of Polynesia as you take on a journey through Hawaii, Tahiti and Aotearoa (New Zealand) as part of United Palace Earth Day festivities, which will focus on connecting with indigenous ancestry.

United Palace Spirit of Polynesia Show Hula Lesson, Arts and Crafts and more

Enjoy a show filled with fire and traditional dancing and music from Ori Manea and Polynesian Dance Productions, along with audience participation activities from each island.

Earth Day: Spirit of Polynesia Show
Friday, April 22
6pm doors, 6:30-7:30pm show
Performance takes place in the Palace Foyer
FREE with RSVP, seating limited to 100.


Preshow: Learn the hula

Before the show, at 4:30pm under the marquee (at the entrance on 175th Street), kids from the performing arts academy will perform followed by arts and crafts.


United Palace Spirit of Polynesia Show Hula Lesson, Arts and Crafts and more

Spirit of Polynesia Show

  • Ori Manea Tahitian Dance School offers NYC's most authentic Tahitian dance classes and workshops. All classes and workshops are led by Tehani Benjamin of Tahiti Ora, one of Tahiti's most renowned dance companies.
  • Polynesian Dance Productions brings you the most elite Polynesian dance revue in the tri-state area. All featured dancers were born and raised in the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, or New Zeland, and we boast a combined 80+ years of experience studying, performing, and teaching the traditional dances of Polynesia throughout the islands and beyond.

FREE and open to the public and all ages. You are encouraged to dress in your latest Polynesian fashion!

Learn more about United Palace entire "Origin Stories" series and plan a visit with your whole family. Children are allowed to attend all the "Origin Stories" events.

To learn more about United Palace, visit - wwww.unitedpalace.org

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April 9, 2016

CURLS Mentors Empowers Next Generation of Black Female Entrepreneurs


During the "CURLS Girls Rule the World: Empowering Entrepreneurs Luncheon" a new type of mentorship program was launched to support and encourage female entrepreneurship.

CURLS Girls Rule The World Luncheon Empowers Next Generation of Black Female Entrepreneurs

photo credit: J. Brooks Photography

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

Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO and Founder, said, “My goal of giving young women access to resources and connections were truly realized. Having our girls meet face-to-face with women who have and are still succeeding will empower them to live the lives they have always desired. This is only the beginning.”

CURLS Girls Rule The World Luncheon Empowers Next Generation of Black Female Entrepreneurs

photo credit: J. Brooks Photography

Over 100 girls were paired with accomplished ‘Celebrity Expert Mentors’ in various industries so they could begin to learn how they can also make their dreams come true. During the event the Mentors began their connection with the girls by sharing their life and careers lessons

CURLS Girls Rule The World Luncheon Empowers Next Generation of Black Female Entrepreneurs

photo credit: J. Brooks Photography

The connections will continue over the summer and fall of 2016, with the ‘Celebrity Expert Mentors’ also hosting seminars and workshops for the girls on a broad range of topics from business writing to event production.

CURLS Girls Rule The World Luncheon Empowers Next Generation of Black Female Entrepreneurs

photo credit: J. Brooks Photography

Event highlights included a grand introduction of the CURLS ‘Celebrity Expert Mentors’ by “the
voice himself,” Nationally Syndicated Radio Host of The Quiet Storm, Mr. Lenny Green; and special attendance from actress Nicole Ari Parker of FOX’s Rosewood.

A portion of the proceeds from the event went towards the education programs at the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers, New York and Iris House in Harlem, New York.

ABOUT CURLS

Founded in 2002, CURLS continues to be one of the best recognized natural hair care brands in North America. CURLS offers over 40 natural hair care products made with certified organic ingredients for women, kids, and babies.

For more information, visit www.curls.biz



Shtty Mom for All Seasons Book Available Now #ShttyMom


When it comes to being a mom, I'll be the first to confess that it's a mixture of love, tears and moments where you think "What is going on?!"

Being a mom isn't easy. And I'm so thankful that Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, my fellow mothers in the hood, acknowledge this and try to help me (and you) get through it with humor!

Shtty Mom for All Seasons Book Available Now

photo credit: © Heidi Green Photography

Together with humorist Erin Clune, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner aka Emmy Award–winning TODAY show producers, the brains behind Today's Moms, and self-proclaimed sh*tty moms have released their second book, Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons: Half-@ssing It All Year Long (Abrams; April 5, 2016; U.S. $19.95; Hardcover with jacket).

Shtty Mom for All Seasons Book Available Now

“There’s a time and place for sentimental parenting. But school drop-off is not that time and place, and neither is this book.”

So begins Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons: Half-@ssing It All Year Long, chock-full of helpful shortcuts, clever justifications, and self-serving rationales to help you survive your calendar year, which include:
  • Fall: “Braving the Bus Stop: A Field Guide for Anxious Moms”
  • Winter: “Cold and Flu Season: Tired Old Wives’ Tales for Tired Old Wives”
  • Spring: “Finding Your Lost Kids and Other Practical Spring Break Advice”
  • Summer: “Go Away, Kid: How to Make Sure Your ‘Homesick’ Kid Goes to Camp”
I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet but you bet I will soon! You should also! Then get ready to read the Sh*tty Mom wisdom!

To learn more about being a Sh*tty Mom, visit - www.shttymom.com

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April 8, 2016

Star Wars BB-8 Concept Art Clip and Around the World


Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 has rolled it's way into the hearts of many. Including mine.

Star Wars BB-8 Concept Art Airplane

So I wanted to share this special bonus clip and concept art showing the design process behind creating the world's new favorite droid!


Since BB-8 big screen debut, this little celeBOTy has been very busy off screen as well!


BB-8 made a special visit to NASA's JPL laboratories where he interacted with the best and brightest droids from this galaxy.

Star Wars BB-8 Concept Art Airplane

photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

BB-8 also celebrated the inaugural international flight of Japan's ANA BB-8 Jet, the final of three aircrafts with special Star Wars decoration.

Star Wars BB-8 Concept Art Airplane

photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The aircraft is scheduled to fly various international routes, principally routes linking Haneda, Narita and US - Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, and Singapore

Star Wars BB-8 Concept Art Airplane

photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Passengers on the BB-8™ ANA JET experienced the world of Star Wars with specially-designed BB-8 paper cups and headrest covers and cabin attendants wearing BB-8 aprons.

That's one very busy little robot. Catch BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack!


Star Wars: Force For Change Charity Campaign


Star War fans here's a chance to use your force for good. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill announced a new campaign Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world sponsored by CrowdRise.

Star Wars Force For Change Charity Campaign

“Star Wars fans are some of the most generous, thoughtful, and sympathetic people I have ever met,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “I am so proud of the charitable work they have done over the years and hope this month-long donation-matching campaign will go some way to express our sincere thanks for their tireless efforts.”

Starting April 5th, Star Wars: Force for Change will match the donations of Star Wars fans to four select charities up to $1,000,000!


The four select charities include the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish®

  • During the first week, the first 20 fans to raise or donate at least $500 will win a Blu-ray of The Force Awakens signed by the cast[i], with more incentives to come.
  • All participants who enter will also have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland, including Skellig Michael along the Wild Atlantic Way, the location of the dramatic final scene from The Force Awakens[ii].

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack!

This month-long campaign will lead up to “Star Wars Day” on May the 4th.

For more details and to show your Force, visit www.CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange


[i] Must be at least at least age eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is greater, at the time of entry and an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Starts on April 5, 2016 at 4:00am PST and ends as soon as there are twenty (20) individuals that have donated and/or fundraised at least $500 online on the Website here: https://www.crowdrise.com/ForceForChange or on April 11, 2016 at 11:59:59pm PST, whichever comes first. To enter, follow the on-screen instructions to donate or fundraise. ARV: $500. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, Click Here CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange. Sponsor: CrowdRise. Prize Provider: Lucasfilm Ltd. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

[ii] No Purchase or Donation Necessary. Must be at least at least age eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is greater, at the time of entry and an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Starts on April 5, 2016 at 4:00am PST and ends on May 4, 2016 at 11:59:59pm PST. To enter, either (1) follow the on-screen instructions to donate or fundraise or (2) email Kennedy@crowdrise.com with the subject line: “Please enter me in the Win A Trip to Ireland and Skellig Michael Sweepstakes”, and your full name, birthday, address, email and “I agree to these Official Rules and CrowdRise Terms and Conditions.” Limit 200 entries per person. ARV: $4,999. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, Click Here CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange. Sponsor: CrowdRise. Prize Provider: Tourism Ireland. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

April 4, 2016

Our The Jungle Book VR Experience: Through Mowgli's Eyes #JungleBook #ThroughMowglisEyes


This weekend we visited our AMC Empire theater to get a first look at the Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK interactive virtual reality experience.

Disney The Jungle Book VR Experience Through Mowgli's Eyes

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

Disney The Jungle Book VR Experience Through Mowgli's Eyes

Like most VR experiences we had to put on the goggles and headgear to be fully immersed in the "world". And what a world it was! The Jungle Book world where I could be Mowgli in a tree... in the jungle... with Kaa the Snake.

Disney The Jungle Book VR Experience Through Mowgli's Eyes
Disney The Jungle Book VR Experience Through Mowgli's Eyes

Now I'm not going to tell you what I saw, but I will warn you to be prepared. It REALLY feels like your part of that well known moment when Mowgli and Kaa meet.

Disney The Jungle Book VR Experience Through Mowgli's Eyes

While I had a blast acting out the scene, my son only enjoyed being in the VR world and looking around. When it came to meeting Kaa, he didn't like that part very much. LOL

Overall it's a great way to get kids (and adults) excited for when Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK releases in theaters on April 15, 2016. Be on the lookout for Through Mowglis Eyes: The Jungle Book VR Experience to come to a theater in your area!

Disney The Jungle Book VR Experience Through Mowgli's Eyes

In this real-time rendered VR experience, you are placed high-up on a tree in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by lush trees and dense fog.

You suddenly hear a voice in the distance. Where is it coming from? Who might it be? Suddenly, your surroundings start to move. A chill goes through your body. Before you know what’s happening, you see her...KAA, the snake. Coiling around the trees, she approaches you slowly but surely...

Disney The Jungle Book VR Experience Through Mowgli's Eyes

The Walt Disney Studios released an interactive 360 video and virtual reality experience tied to the upcoming live action film The Jungle Book exclusively on Facebook.

“Through Mowgli’s Eyes Part 1: Trust in Me,” debuted on The Jungle Book Facebook page and will also be available as a virtual reality experience in select IMAX theaters at AMC locations across the country.

The simultaneous release of a virtual reality experience and watch the 360 video on Facebook is unprecedented, and in the weeks leading up to the film’s debut additional content will transport audiences deeper into the world of The Jungle Book.

To ensure the experience remains authentic to the film, director Jon Favreau oversaw production and direction of both experiences, working closely with the VFX companies who created the incredible characters and settings of the film.

To learn more about The Jungle Book, visit - www.movies.disney.com/the-jungle-book-2016

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Zack Snyder Talks Dolby Technology in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice #dolbycinema #BatmanvSuperman


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released in theaters on March 25 and it was awesome! Part of what made this film so great was the amazing sounds, especially since it was released in Dolby Cinema, which is outfitted with Dolby Atmos sound and Dolby Vision!

Zack Snyder Talks Dolby Technology in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Note: I'm part of Dolby influencer program and will share information and news about their products. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

The film’s director, Zack Snyder, recently chatted about how Dolby’s technologies had a profound impact in bringing the world’s greatest gladiator fight to life.


Zack Snyder, the film’s director, said,
“Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos are definite game changers for filmmakers. The blacks are truly black, and the deep contrast and brightness levels are amazing. They make these powerful and iconographic superhero characters that we’ve known all our lives truly come alive, and I’m thrilled we get to see—and especially to hear—this film in Dolby on the big screen.”

Dolby Cinema begins with the filmmaker’s vision—using the full storytelling capabilities that Dolby offers in image and sound production to transform the way movies are made. This combination of state-of-the-art image, sound, and acoustic capabilities makes every visit to the theatre a completely captivating cinematic event.

“With incredible realism and wonderfully clear and nuanced sound, Dolby technologies have helped filmmakers hit the visual and audio sweet spot, enhancing the movie into a captivating and complete picture,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories. “Warner Bros. continues to be a leading creative force for film innovation in content and technology, and we are eager for audiences to see the powerfully immersive film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a Dolby Cinema.

With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema enables richer and more detailed storytelling. The Dolby Vision projection system, which uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing, delivers high dynamic range with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today.

The result is a viewing experience that delivers strikingly vivid and realistic images that make viewers feel like they are in the movie’s world. Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby® sound technology, Dolby Atmos, which moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth.

To learn more about Dolby, visit www.dolby.com
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice poster

From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before.

The film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.

To learn more about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, visit - www.batmanvsuperman.com

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Family Fun at Universoul Circus 2016 NYC Tour #UniversoulCircus


This weekend we spent a day at the circus! The Universoul Circus started it's NYC tour in the Bronx and of course we had to be there to see the show.

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Note: I was invited as media to this event and received show tickets for review purpose. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

It's been a while since we last saw the Universoul Circus. My son was less then 2 years old! But I remember we both enjoyed all the excitement. Now that's he's older, I looked forward to once again sharing the experience with him.

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Before The Universoul Circus exciting performances, the kids enjoyed pony rides. They were all so cute.

Then the lights dimmed and it was time for the action to start!

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We danced along with the ring master and clowns!

We were then amazed by

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The Ethiopian Pole Act.

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The Aerial Duet from Colombia

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The Bicycle Tricks from China ( my son's favorite)

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Airborne Motorcycles from California (one of my favorites)

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Caribbean Dance and Limbo from Trinidad and Tobago (my other favorite)

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And that was just a few. There's was TONS more including interactive sessions with the audience where we danced with clowns, help do performances INSIDE the ring and bounce giant balls from one section to another.

So fun! The Universoul Circus offers so much for the ENTIRE family and shouldn't be missed if in your area!

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $16 through $40. Prices vary by venue and by day.

THE BRONX
March 30 thru April 10, 2016
50 E. 150th St., Bronx, NY 10451 (Across from Bronx Terminal Market at 149th St. and Exterior St. Next to the bridge)

BROOKLYN
April 12-24, 2016
3159 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 10451 (Floyd Bennett Field @ Aviator Sports. Just down from Kings Plaza Mall)

QUEENS
April 27-May 15, 2016
Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick Blvd. and Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11434

NEWARK
May 18-30, 2016
430 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102 (Across from Broad Street Train Station next to the Riverfront Bears Stadium)

For more info, show times, and schedules, visit www.universoulcircus.com
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Giveaway: Supporting Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters


On March 31, we visited our local Chuck E. Cheese’s to celebrate "Little Big Night Out" and show our support for their partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Chuck E. Cheese's Little Big Night Out Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Little Big Night Out event was the start of Chuck E. Cheese’s nationwide fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters in connection with National Volunteer Month.

Chuck E. Cheese's Little Big Night Out Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

I'm proud to say that I donated 15% of our visit's purchase to help support the local Big Brothers Big Sisters in our area.

Chuck E. Cheese's Little Big Night Out Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

You can also do your part! From March 31 throughout April when visiting their local Chuck E. Cheese, customers can donate $1, $5 or any amount of their choice at the register to the nonprofit organization to help match “Littles” with “Big” mentors.

"We admire Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's commitment to making a positive impact in so many children's lives and are delighted to provide a fun and nurturing environment where Bigs and Littles can create lifelong memories," said Michael Hartman, CMO of CEC Entertainment, Inc. "Our team at Chuck E. Cheese's aims to foster an atmosphere that encourages our local communities to take an active role in making a lasting difference in the life of a youth, whether through a monetary donation or volunteering."

With your donation, you help raise more funds so BBBS can find matches for all the Littles in the area that are Big-less. Having a mentor can make such a big difference in the life of a child.



Check out this video of how one child's life was changed through the impact of mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit - www.bbbs.org

To find your Chuck E. Cheese's location, visit - www.chuckecheese.com


To celebrate Chuck E. Cheese’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, here's a great giveaway!

ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
  • Chuck E. Cheese guest pass (good for a large pizza, 4 drinks and 30 tokens)
  • 1,000 Chuck E. Cheese tickets (for prizes)
WAYS TO ENTER:

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April 1, 2016

The Jungle Book Legacy Featurette & Advance NYC Screening #JungleBook


Disney’s live action remake of THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere on April 15th, 2016 but you and your family can see it earlier during a special advance NYC screening!

Read on to find out how to attend the advance NYC screening!


Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK movie poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.

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But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray).

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Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

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The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela.

“The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.

Watch the "Legacy Featurette" - Disney's The Jungle Book


Go deep in the Jungle to discuss what it was like to bring the Disney classic to life with never-before-seen interviews from the cast and filmmakers including Jon Favreau, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Sir Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson.

Ready to attend an advance screening of THE JUNGLE BOOK starring Idris Elba and Lupita Nyong’o?

  • RSVP go to www.bit.ly/1MWI9QI
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30PM 
  • Location: AMC 34th Street 14, (312 West 34th Street).

Just a FYI, Ppease arrive early. No one will be admitted once the film begins. Theater is overbooked to ensure capacity. SEATING AT THE THEATER IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE.

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March 30, 2016

AMNH Dinosaurs Among Us: Educational and Interactive Fun #DinosAmongUs


Did you know that some dinosaurs had feathers! To learn more about these feathery dinos, we checked out the latest American Museum of Natural History exhibition "Dinosaurs Among Us", which highlighted the connection between extinct dinosaurs and modern day living birds.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

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

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

photo credit: © AMNH/D. Finnin

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

photo credit: © AMNH/R. Mickens

The "Dinosaurs Among Us" exhibit was visually AMAZING, educational and fun for dino loving kids (and families). My son was fascinated to learn so many new things about dinos and birds.

Dinosaurs Among Us features ancient, rarely seen fossils, and life-like models, including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur (Yutyrannus huali) and a small four-winged dromeosaur (Anchiornis huxleyi) with a 22-inch wingspan and vivid, patterned plumage.

Visitors will encounter a tiny dinosaur whose sleeping posture precisely echoes that of a living bird, an extinct-dinosaur nest containing remains of the adult that guarded the hatchlings, and the fossil cast of a relative of Triceratops that had simple feathers on its body.

The exhibition is part of a series of events, public programs, exhibitions, and digital offerings highlighting dramatic developments in paleontology.

"Dinosaurs Among Us" exhibit had lots of interactive stations. My son was able to

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Watch a great mini movie to understand how dinos evolved into birds

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Help hatch eggs. Do you think he will have a boy or girl? LOL. Did you know some extinct dinosaurs made nests and brooded their young in a manner very like that of some living birds?

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Learn about different types of eggs. Did you know today’s birds are the only living animals to have colored eggshells? Crocs and alligators, and other reptiles and mammals all have white eggs.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Use a microscope to learn more about bones and how they help birds fly. Birds have hollow bones and most scientists assumed this trait evolved along with flight. But recent discoveries of hollow bones of large, flightless dinosaurs like Allosaurus, indicate that like many other bird characteristics, hollow bones appear early in the dinosaur family tree.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Use a digital display while together pieces to see if an animal will fly. After building an animal it came alive on screen.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit
American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

But my son wasn't the only one who enjoyed learning via the displays. I took some time to learn about one of my favorite dinos, the Velociraptor! Hello Jurassic World fans!

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

There was a very cool section that explained the differences between the Velociraptor we see in the movie and how they might have appearance in real life. Much shorter!

As you can see there's lots to learn in the "Dinosaurs Among Us" curated by Mark Norell, Macaulay Curator in the Division of Paleontology and the division’s chair. Make sure to stop in the exhibition. It will be open to the public from Monday, March 21, 2016, to January 2, 2017.


Admission

Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum’s 45 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $22 (adults) suggested:
$17 (students/seniors) suggested
$12.50 (children) suggested

All prices are subject to change.

The Museum offers discounted combination ticket prices that include suggested general admission plus special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D films, and Space Shows.

Museum Plus One includes one special exhibition, IMAX or 3D film, or Space Show:
$27 (adults)
$22 (students/seniors)
$16 (children)

Museum Supersaver includes all special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D film, and Space Show:
$35 (adults)
$28 (students/seniors)
$22 (children)

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