Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Nickelodeon's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader Returns with WWE Superstar John Cena


"You Can't See Me" is WWE superstar John Cena's infamous tagline, but it's the furthest from the truth because we can see him practically EVERYWHERE these days. From mainstream movies on the big screen to commercials w/ our favorite household brands on the small screen and even a children's book about a little monster truck with guts, the professional wrestler and actor has been solidifying his career outside of the ring as rumors swirl about his retirement. Nickelodeon is launching the family fun game show, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, with a week of premieres beginning Mondy, June 10th, at 7:00pm. (ET/PT). Hosted by John Cena, who also serves as executive producer. We love this show and play kids against grownups while tuned in and can't wait for the revamped series to start!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Sun is Also a Star: NYC Screening and Fandango Giftcard Giveaway




Disclosure: This is a sponsored post any opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Are you a believer in fate and destiny or do you think that life is purely based on fact and science? It's been a while since I've read a good romantic story that later unfolds on the big screen, so I'm really looking forward to seeing The Sun is also a Star. story that follows College-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) who meet -- and fall for each other -- over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City.  As a New Yorker born and raised I always enjoy movie scenes that use this crazy city I love as a backdrop, and spotting neighborhood staples, touristy spots and the mix of culturally diverse people that make this a special place.

Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family's deportation just as fiercely as she's fighting her growing feelings for Daniel.

In anticipation of the release of The Sun is Also a Star in theaters, we're giving away passes to an NYC screening and 10 Fandango gift cards. 


Friday, May 10, 2019

Mama's Night Out on Broadway: Pretty Woman the Musical and Discount Code



Disclosure: This post is made possible by support from Pretty Woman: The Musical. All opinions are my own.

Meeting up with my wifey for lifey Erin back at our old stomping grounds of Times Square (where we taught preschool together) for dinner while catching up on life and then to see Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway were the makings of a fantastic early Mother's Day celebration. Clearly, growing up we were both fans of the cult classic 1990's movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and wondered how this adaptation would translate on a Broadway stage. It can really be hit or miss trying to recreate such an iconic story to a live audience in a way that will allow viewers to separate the film from the show with an open mind and appreciation for any newer elements.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Make it a Movie Night: Lego Movie 2 the Second Part DVD Giveaway



Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Warner Bros to facilitate this giveaway 

Everything is still awesome for fans of the Lego Movie franchise because Lego Movie 2: the Second Part is officially out on DVD today! Our tribe of lil' monsters couldn't wait to get together for a chill viewing party and of course couldn't wait to sing along to that song that's clearly still stuck inside my head as I type this post. It’s time to go where no brick has gone before when “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. The much-anticipated sequel reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all-new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city and we're celebrating the DVD & digital release with a giveaway!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Detective Pikachu NYC Screening Ticket Giveaway


"I wanna be the very best, Like no one ever was.To catch them is my real test, To train them is my cause."  Lmao, I remember wanting to be a Pokemon Trainer with my own Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbosaur, and Jigglypuff - as 80's babies and 90's kids we knew we had to catch them all! Flashing back to my childhood whenever I see Pikachu, I crack up laughing because it's pretty crazy how the anime cartoon I loved watching is now an obsession with my tween and teen boys. Only they're on some next level fandom, with their toy pokeballs, Nintendo 3DS games, talking-light up plush and Pokemon cards all over our apartment floor. And now there's Detective Pikachu, a live-action moving hitting theaters on May 10th that we're all pretty hyped about. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About the Queens International Night Market


Spring in NYC means festival season is in full swing and NYC foodies and visiting tourists are going to get the most bang for their buck at the family-friendly Queens International Night Market. Growing up and raising children in Queens, New York has allowed Mike and I to expose our children to a diverse, variety of cultures that encompasses a beautiful mix of people, delicious flavorful foods and vibrant arts from around the world, without leaving the borough. 

Sneak previews began April 20th and 27th and because of the unexpectedly large turnout on opening nights their first two years, limited $5 tickets were sold to minimize traffic, congestion, and the impact on the surrounding community. At least 20% of the ticket proceeds will go to the charities New York Immigration Coalition and City HarvestThe Queens Night Market will feature 20 new vendors this year and will be free and open to all starting on May 4th and every Saturday night at 5pm through August 17th & from September 28th to October 26th. You can check out our video of the yummy experience we had last year and grab some useful tips on what you should know when you head to the market.

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Unplugged Fun to Get Tweens and Teens Moving in NYC #LilMonstersinNYC #LilMonstersMove


Spring break in NYC is wrapping up but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! The weather's warming, the sun shines brightly past 6pm and we're ready to get the boys out and about so they don't drive us nuts in the house with all of their energy. Who else can relate? We've got the ultimate guide to unplugged fun for your tweens and teens to stay active and off the gadgets and gizmos.

I'll be darned if we just sit at home and watch youtube stars have a great time experiencing cool things to do, from the sidelines of our sofa. We'll be adding along to this list periodically to help source places to go as Spring Break comes to an end, Summer fun (especially if you're camp mom), staycations and everything in between. So make sure to save this list to your favorite Pinterest boards for future planning and stay tuned for videos over on Lil' Monsters in NYC's Youtube channel.

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