Archives for July 12, 2012

Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting its first-ever 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, July 22, 2012 starting at 7:30 a.m. The scenic course will take participants around the Aquarium and surrounding shoreline area. Admission to the Aquarium is included in the registration fee. Registrants will receive bib, timing tag, goody bag, free ticket to Aquarium, and T-shirt (for those that pre-register only). Finishers will receive medal. Top overall male and female finishers receive $500 prizes. For age divisions and additional information, visit their website.  Cost: $39 for youths age 17 and under, $44 AFTER June 4; $47 for adults, $52 AFTER June 4. $27 for Aquarium member youths, $32 AFTER June 4; $35 for Aquarium member adults, $40 AFTER June 4.  Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802    RSVP: 626-755-8489

Summer Family Sleepover

Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer Family Sleepover

5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m.

Grab your sleeping bag and prepare for an adventure this summer at the Aquarium with your family! Explore our exhibits with your family as you complete a scavenger hunt. Touch marine animals like sharks, sea stars, and sea jellies. Participate in a fish feeding, and paint your very own souvenir T-shirt in the art of Gyotaku. Included in your sleepover will be a pizza dinner, light snack, and cereal breakfast. Space is limited so sign up today. Check-in is at 5:00 p.m. and the sleepover ends at 7:00 a.m. the next morning.  [Read more…]

‘Spider-Man’ on the Red Carpet and the Silver Screen KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Marvel Comics’ heroes transfer well to the silver screen, but those who think they know Spider-Man from previous incarnations will meet a different Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ current release The Amazing Spider-Man. “… it is a completely different film that starts at the beginning of Spider-Man’s journey,” says KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Raven Devanney, age 15, in her review (below). Well, maybe not completely different, as the familiar events set the story in motion. But it is a new villain and a new love interest. And there is plenty of humor. “In fact, this whole film is filled with comedy and action,” says Raven.   

KIDS FIRST! youth film critics were also there at the exciting red carpet event on Saturday. Be sure to check out the KIDS FIRST! website to share their experience on video.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Reviewed by Raven Devanney

The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone definitely lives up to its title because it is truly amazing. I was expecting this film to be an add-on to the most recent Spider-Man series, but it is a completely different film that starts at the beginning of Spider-Man’s journey. Of course, Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically modified spider and transforms into Spider-Man, his uncle Ben dies, and that’s all the same in the past films about this spandex-sporting hero, but instead of falling for his typical love interest, MJ, Peter falls for Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). And there is no Green Goblin in this film, but instead a new villain for Spider-Man to face.

 I love this movie! The special effects are phenomenal, especially in 3-D. I love Andrew Garfield in the part of Peter Parker because he does a fantastic job portraying him and he and Emma Stone have such great chemistry, which really shows in their characters. My favorite scene is when Peter is transforming into Spider-Man, because his aunt and uncle have no idea what’s wrong with him and it’s so funny. In fact, this whole film is filled with comedy and action. My favorite character would have to be Gwen Stacy played by Emma Stone because I really admire her and she does a wonderful job playing this role.

 I think something very different about this film is it seems that the target audience is just teens, whereas in past Spider-Man movies the main audience is teens and adults. Overall, I give The Amazing Spider-Man 5 out of 5 stars because it is amazing and I want to see it over and over again. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Go catch it in a theater near you!

Watch Raven’s video review  here!