Monday, January 6, 2020

Immerse Yourself in the World of Dolittle: Imaginative Play and Adventure at the New CAMP Store

Look at that, the first full weekend of the New Year is behind us already! To celebrate the Dolittle movie coming to theaters on January 17th, this Saturday we were invited to immerse ourselves in a day of family fun at the new CAMP location at Hudson Yards. Despite it being an early morning, rainy day event we knew it was going to be a cool experience for my tween Tristan and my threenager nephew Q. 

We made our way downtown to 30 Hudson yards for a fun Dolittle-inspired day of crafting, balloon animals, singalongs and family photos.  PLUS we'd get to enjoy all the interactive fun CAMP has to offer! The boys and I had been to the amazing 5th avenue location twice so we knew we were in store for a good time surrounding the new adventure-comedy from Universal Pictures. 

Reel Families Watch: Must See Animated Movies Releasing in 2020

Are you looking forward to the new slate of family-friendly, animated movies coming to theaters and a couch near you in 2020? 2019 truly outdid itself, in good ways and bad and after watching underdog stop-motion/CGI movie Missing Link win the Golden Globe last night for Best Animated Film, we can't wait to see what's coming this year. 

There's a bunch of flicks giving new, shiny CGI life to favorite throwback characters that are over two decades old, plenty of origin stories, sequels, and some really exciting fantasy-based originals! Plus they are jam-packed with tons of your fave mega-talented (voice) actors. Surely there will be a movie out there to appeal to everyone's sense of humor (we should plan to laugh hard) or to tug at your heartstrings (we may cry even harder) or will have you raise an eyebrow in confusion. 

Movie watching has always been the ultimate way for us to spend time together as a family, with a teen, tween and threenager we have some really hysterical conversations and heated debates surrounding films we've seen. Get ready to mark your calendars, here's our list of upcoming highly-anticipated animated movies releasing in 2020. Stay tuned as we update the lineup with new choices and our latest trailer reaction videos

Friday, December 20, 2019

Geeking Out During our Exclusive Tour of Blue Sky Studios Plus a Q&A with Spies in Disguise Directors Troy Quane and Nick Bruno

Disclosure: We were invited to attend a media day at Blue Sky Studios in anticipation of the release of Spies in Disguise in theaters.

Blue Sky Studios is infamous for some of the most memorable movie-watching moments that we've had as a family and I'm sure you can relate. From insanely popular classics like Ice Age and Rio to newer titles like Horton Hears a Who, The Peanuts Movie, Ferdinand and the upcoming Spies in Disguise, we've been fans of Blue Sky Studios's innovative animation and storytelling style for over a decade.  

Were anyone else's kids completely obsessed with the opening musical sequence from the colorfully animated movie Rio like our two boys were? I'm telling you we played those first few minutes repeatedly while they danced around flapping their arms like crazed tropical birds in the Amazon. Watching them squawking and singing along have made for some adorable memories. You'd think that one catchy song was the entire full-length movie and don't get me started on the hilarious antics of Scrat from the Ice Age franchise! Poor thing can't ever catch a break and he gets a good laugh out of kids of all ages.

As you can imagine, the hubby and I completely geeked out over the opportunity to head to Connecticut to tour Blue Sky Studios. During the exclusive media tour, we'd get a first glimpse at some behind the scenes footage and art before chatting it up with the movie makers and debuting Directors Troy Quane and Nick Bruno over their new comedy adventure film Spies in Disguise which stars actors Will Smith and Tom Holland and hits theaters on Christmas Day.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Must Haves for Lil' Monsters 2019 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway for Tweens and Teens

And just like that Christmas is 1 week away and no thanks to me, our Christmas tree was finally put up on Monday! Every year I swear I'm going to do better and at this point, I don't think my 9-year-old believes a single word. With two visits to LA in just a month's time, somehow the holiday crept up on us but don't think for one second that the tween and teen haven't put in their wishlist requests from us and Santa already! 

We've had the chance to check out some of the coolest new toys for Gen Z kids in 2019 and have quite a few favorites that are definitely Must-Haves for your (not-so) Lil' Monsters. There are some pretty fun finds out on shelves and online and we've rounded them up in 6 categories: Trendy for Tweens, Trendy for Teens, STEM, Family Game Night, Video Games, and Books and Movies

Friday, December 13, 2019

Comedy-adventure Gold: Jumanji:The Next level Goes Above and Beyond the Classic

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Only one film franchise spans three decades of capturing the imaginations of what it’s like living out our favorite games: Jumanji! From the classic board game-based film in 1995 to the video reboot a little over two years ago in 2017, these films have never disappointed. This new installment in the, expected to go even longer, three-part (four if you really know your Jumanji lore) movie franchise, Jumanji: The Next Level brings back the last sequel’s cast and adds surprise performances, ageless relatable wisdom, and new adventures making for a great Christmas season release. Returning with the strong talents of what now must be considered one of the best comedy movie duos, in Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, along with Jack Black and Karen Gillan, only proves this is a recipe for comedy-adventure movie success and with a fun plot twist, this movie is definitely not just another old run at the Jumanji video game. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

You'll never look at Pigeons the Same! Grab Free Passes to NYC Advance Screening of Spies in Disguise

Disclosure: We were provided tickets to attend an advanced screening

NYC pigeons are pretty bold and unassuming and most times they don't even flinch a feather when you pass them in the streets. They really have a lot of nerve! After experiencing an early preview of the new Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios production of Spies in Disguise during the Geekly Retreat, I'm realizing the reason they're the most common creatures found across the globe is that they obviously must be top-secret international agents out to save the world. Ha!

Could you imagine if every NYC pigeon you'd ever passed on your walk to the subway or while sitting in Central Park was really a spy? 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

You Can't Fear What You Can't See: Unstoppable 14 Year old Football Player Adonis and The Marvel Hero Project

We may all sit back and ooh & ahh at the incredible powers of our favorite Marvel comic book heroes as they unfold in million-dollar CGI effects on the big screen, but there are everyday heroes among us in impressively passionate children who are suiting up to make the world a better place! 

Grab your kleenex because once you watch and read about the inspiring story of 14-year-old Football player Adonis and all of the extraordinary kids featured in the upcoming 20 episodes of The Marvel Hero Project, you'll undoubtedly end up a hot, ugly-crying mess. 

During our visit to Disney Studios, while attending the Geekly Retreat for entertainment writers, we had the opportunity to enjoy an early screening of episode 103 - The Unstoppable Adonis from the new Disney Plus original with an introduction from their VP of non-fiction content. 


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