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Based on books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat Offers Lessons and Fun Stories for Preschoolers KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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Looking for something special for your preschoolers? Check out Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures based on the British author Lara Kate Jones and airing on Sprout. The series is seen through the eyes of Poppy’s imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara. Each episode tells the tale of a very special cat and her colorful band of friends as they embark on extraordinary adventures through fantastical lands. “A great thing about this DVD is that it makes my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat,” comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jeremy B., age 7. Morgan B. (age 9) adds, “My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent.”

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Reviewed by Jeremy B., age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is an exciting, funny, and adventurous series of animated films for preschoolers. They are based on the best-selling books by Lara Jones. There are lots of bright colors and friendly characters throughout the film which will keep kids entertained for a long time.

This DVD is a collection of seven animated films. In the main episode, Poppy Cat celebrates her birthday. She receives a lot of presents from her friends including a treasure map. Poppy and her friends journey to the Mystery Jungle to find the treasure.

Each episode on this DVD takes you on a different adventure and they all are really cute. The characters are friendly and treat each other nicely, which is good for preschoolers to see.  Each episode only lasts for eleven minutes so it is a good length for young children whose attention span is pretty short. The episodes are full of bright colors that are very appealing and I think young children will really like. The music is very pleasant too. My favorite episode is “Marshmallow Mines” because one of my favorite characters, Rocket Cat, is in it. Rocket Cat is brave and thankful throughout the episode, which I really appreciate and I know parents will too. Another great thing about this DVD is that it made my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat.

What I like best about Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is that each episode teaches an important lesson about friendship and teamwork. At the end of each segment, Poppy Cat’s owner explains the message and gives examples.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars because it is educational, adventurous and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to5, especially for kids who like animals, music and bright colors.  I think young kids will really enjoy the friendly and silly characters.

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasures and Other Adventures
By Morgan B., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Are you ready for fun and adventure?

Our stories begin with Poppy’s owner, Lara, telling her cat a story. In Poppy Cat:

Birthday Treasures and other Adventures we see seven episodes with Poppy’s friends – Owl, Zuzu, Mo, Egbert and Alma. My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent.

I loved “The Birthday Treasure” because it has lots of adventures. This episode is about Poppy receiving a treasure map for her birthday and following the treasure map as it leads them to a mysterious jungle. A Bad Robot attacks Poppy and her gang’s favorite superhero, Rocket Cat so they take a spaceship to see if they can help him. When Owl performs his magic show, Owl makes Zuzu’s skateboard accidentally disappear. Then, Owl’s magic wand breaks and the gang must find a way to fix it or lose the skateboard forever. This leads them to a dark and dangerous cave. “Sunken Ship” has the gang making a statue for their friend the Frog Prince.  Egbert the Badger ruins the day by telling them they need gold for their statue and they set out to find some. They head to the ocean in hopes of finding a sunken ship full of treasure. “Bumble Fumble” is about a bird that loses her baby egg. Poppy Cat and friends are at a picnic and they spot the lost polka dotted egg. Owl notices that the egg is from a Bumble Fumble who is known for his poor eyesight and the gang tries to find the mother and the nest. “Cheese Mountain” begins when the gang slides down a slide and decides to go to Cheese Mountain. “Marshmallow Mines” is another story featuring Rocket Cat. The electricity goes out during a show and they decide to help Rocket Cat out of his marshmallow world.

All the episodes feature Egbert the Badger causing some sort of trouble. Plus, there are all kinds of ways that they travel – an airplane, rocket ship, car, submarine and a hot air balloon. My favorite was the rocket ship. I like the animation of the ship traveling in space.

I really enjoyed the DVD because it took back to my youth when I used to love watching Poppy Cat on Sprout. I recommend this for ages 2 to 9. I loved this DVD because it is fun and full of adventure.

JeremyBadour          Morgan

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

 

Brian James™ Debuts Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Angela Edgeworth, founder of pediped®, brings fashion and comfort together in women’s line

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Women’s footwear line Brian James™ debuts its Spring/Summer 2014 Collection offering a variety of styles that reflect a sense of timelessness and relaxed elegance. Luxurious materials, flattering silhouettes, and eye-catching embellishments are highlighted throughout the collection. Trend conscious French Blue and dashes of snakeskin blend with padded foot beds, ankle support, and adjustable straps to create stylish footwear that not only looks good, but feels great to wear. For its third season, Brian James™ continues to combine style and comfort by focusing equally on design and construction.

 

“Season after season, more women are discovering they don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort”, said founder, Angela Edgeworth. “Brian James™ continues to be well received due to its emphasis on fashionable footwear that can be easily worn all day. They’re great for women who want to look good and feel good, too.”

 

Brian James™ Spring/Summer 14 Collection offers six new essential styles that are easily wearable and certain to become everyday favorites. The Liza, Monique, Gabrielle, Ines, Lynette, and Angelique each contain a soft, flexible sole designed in luxurious Napa Leather or Kid Suede. The collection is available in sizes EU 36-41 (US 5.5-11).

 

Liza Sandal

  • Eye-catching sandal available in Noir, Taupe, and French Blue.
  • Jazzed up with sleek stone embellishments and vivid Kid suede, designed with a Velcro strap for adjustability, features seamless leather lining and a cushioned foot bed for added comfort.

Monique Sandal

  • Minimally sleek sandal available in Noir, Nude and Noir, Snake.
  • Classic ankle strap sandal reincarnated with tonal color block and snakeskin embossed Leather, designed in silky Napa leather with a cushioned foot bed and flexible rubber outsole to create a lux feel without the fuss.

I received a pair of the Monique Sandal in Nude & Noir. I simply love how stylish and sleek they are! But, most important, they are extremely comfortable! Sleek, comfy and stylish! What more could you ask for? I love the tonal color block and the velcro ankle strap for adjustability. These are a Must-Have for the Spring & Summer!

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Gabrielle Wedge Sandal

  • 3.5 inches of contemporary comfort available in Noir and Taupe Kid Suede.
  • Wedge sandal fashioned with stone embellishments and unique cutouts with Velcro closure for full adjustability and raw edges for buttery comfort.

Ines Wedge Sandal

  • Crisp and casual wedge sandal available in Noir and Taupe Kid Suede.
  • 3.5 inches stacked comfortably and chic with a hidden elastic gore for flexibility and a cushioned foot bed for added softness.

Lynnette Wedge Sandal

  • Flawless and delicately elegant wedge sandal available in Noir, Taupe, and French Blue.
  • Feel effortless in 2.5 inches of luxurious Kid Suede designed with a Velcro closure for full adjustability and seamless linings for extreme comfort.

Angelic Ballet Flat

  • Ballet flat with exotic toe cap available in Noir, Snake and Taupe, Snake.
  • Fashion-forward ballet mixes classic hues with bold snakeskin designed in silky Napa Leather with elastic and Memory Foam for added comfort.

Also, returning to the Spring/Summer 14 Collection is the Katherine, Angelle, and Chantal sandal, the 2.5 and 3.5 wedge pump, and best-selling Angie ballet flat. All 12 styles are available for purchase online at www.brianjamesfootwear.com and in select retail stores.

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About Brian James™

Henderson, Nevada-based Brian James™ footwear was founded in 2012 by Angela Edgeworth, best known for creating pediped®, the award winning children’s footwear brand.  The Brian James™ Collection is designed for women who adore fashion as much as they love comfort.  Brian James™ offers a variety of sandals, wedge sandals, wedge pumps, boots, booties, and ballet flats available in sizes 5.5-11 (EU 36-41). For more information visit www.brianjamesfootwear.com. Check them out on Facebook too!

Self Disclosure: I received a pair of sandals for free to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are 100% truthful and honest. Photo Credit: Brian James Footwear. (Except for the one of my son and I)

 

 

Cosmetic Executive Women Announces The Year’s Best Beauty Products Industry Leaders Select 2014’s Most Innovative Products at the 20th Anniversary Insiders’ Choice Awards

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Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) recognized the most innovative beauty products of the year today at the 20th Annual CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards. The award-winning products ranged across 36 categories including skin care, cosmetics, hair care, fragrance and more. The complete list of the winning products is included below.

 

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the CEW Beauty Awards is the only awards program in which the winners are determined exclusively by beauty industry professionals, CEW’s 6,000 members.  The CEW Beauty Awards are the industry’s highest recognition for brands and manufacturers, and serve as a guide for consumers to the most innovative new products for the year.

 

“When a shopper purchases a beauty product, she is looking for performance and value,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. “The CEW Beauty Awards seal helps consumers cut through the clutter so they can make an informed decision about the best products the industry has to offer.”

 

In celebration of its two decades of recognizing innovation in beauty products, CEW announced the winners of the first-ever Iconic Beauty Award, sponsored by DSM Personal Care, which recognized two products (one in mass and one in prestige) that have transcended 20 or more years in the industry. The Iconic Beauty Award winner in the mass category is Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, and YSL Beaute Touche Éclat is the winner in the prestige category.

 

Also new this year, CEW presented the Most Buzzed About Beauty Award, sponsored by Yahoo! to L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara and Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum, which recognizes the mass and prestige beauty products consumers are talking about online.

 

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • More than 750 entries
  • 193 Finalists
  • Host: Aisha Tyler
  • Presenters  Included:

o   Industry Experts

  • Louis Licari, Owner, Louis Licari Color Group and Contributing Editor to the Today Show
  • Dr Ellen Marmur, Founder and President, Marmur Medical

o   Online & Print Editors

  • Zuania Capo, Executive Editor, Siempre Mujer
  • Jenn Falik, On-Air Style Correspondent and Host of “Selective Eye” on YouTube
  • Dori Katz, Senior Beauty Editor, Family Circle
  • Abbie Kozolchyk, Beauty and Travel Editor, Every Day with Rachael Ray
  • Ellen Miller, Fashion & Beauty Director, Better Homes and Gardens
  • Gretta Monahan, Rachael Ray Fashion & Beauty Expert
  • Genevieve Monsma, Beauty Director, More
  • Jeannine Morris, On Air Beauty Expert & Founder of BeautySweetSpot.com
  • Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor in Chief, More magazine and Editorial Content Director, Meredith Beauty Center of Excellence

o   Sponsors

  • Wilfrid Gambade, President, Personal Care, DSM Nutritional Products
  • Kate Greene, Vice President, Marketing, Fine Fragrances, Givaudan
  • Lisa Ryan Howard, Operations Director for Women’s Lifestyle Properties, Yahoo
  • Claudia Lucas, Director, Merchandising, Beauty, QVC
  • Diane Nicholson, President, Beauty, Fashion & Sports, The NPD Group
  • Cos Policastro, Executive Vice President Fine Fragrance, Givaudan

 

  • 39 awards were given: Acne Treatment, Anti-Aging Mass, Anti-Aging Prestige, Bath and Body Mass, Bath and Body Prestige, Best Seller Award Mass, Best Seller Award Prestige, Cleanser & Scrub, Eco Beauty Award, Eye Product Mass, Eye Product Prestige, Eye Treatment Mass, Eye Treatment Prestige, Face Product Mass, Face Product Prestige, Hair Care Product, Hair Coloring Product, Hair Styling Product, new Iconic Beauty Award Mass and Iconic Beauty Award Prestige, Indie Beauty Award, Lip Product Mass, Lip Product Prestige, Lip Treatment, Men’s Grooming, Men’s Scent, Perfumer for Men’s Scent, Moisturizer Mass, Moisturizer Prestige, new Most Buzzed About Award Mass and Most Buzzed About Award Prestige, Nail Product, QVC Beauty Quest Award, Skincare Tools, Sun Product, Women’s Scent Mass, Perfumer for Women’s Scent Mass, Women’s Scent Prestige, Perfumer for Women’s Scent Prestige.

 

The 2014 CEW Beauty Awards presenting sponsor is Meredith Corporation. CEW and the Meredith Corporation have partnered to reach consumers through Meredith’s multiple media platforms, which include magazines, television, and digital properties. In addition to driving awareness for the awards, the partnership will align the CEW Beauty Awards with Meredith’s Beauty Center of Excellence, a consumer insights-driven beauty leadership group and content curator with its finger on the pulse of what real women want when it comes to beauty.

 

This year’s CEW Beauty Awards were also sponsored by Givaudan, Crest and Oral-B 3D White, QVC, U by Kotex, Walgreens, Unilever, Beauty Inc, Arcade Marketing, DSM Personal Care, Yahoo!, Birchbox, RPG, Conair, MaCher, Albéa, Rpr Marketing Communications, Mintel, Sally Hansen, Yes To Inc., KraftWorks, Consultancy Media, Suite K, Raw Media, Proof 7, The Natural Step, WWD, The NPD Group, and Ernst & Young.

 

A full list of winners can be found below and online at www.cew.org

 

The 2014 CEW Beauty Awards winners are:

BATH AND BODY

Bath and Body Mass

Vaseline® – Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture

 

Bath and Body Prestige

Shiseido Cosmetics America – Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

 

SKINCARE
Acne Treatment
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ – One Step Acne Eliminating Pads

 

Anti-Aging Mass

L’Oréal Paris – Revitalift Miracle Blur

 

Anti-Aging Prestige

 

Clé de Peau Beauté – Le Sérum

 

Cleanser & Scrub

Yes to Grapefruit – Brightening Facial Towelettes

 

Eye Treatment Mass

Vichy – Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

 

Eye Treatment Prestige

GLAMGLOW Inc. – Brightmud Eye Treatment

 

Lip Treatment

Fresh – Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

 

Moisturizer Mass

L’Oréal Paris – Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil

 

Moisturizer Prestige

Josie Maran Cosmetics – 100% Pure Argan Oil Light

 

HAIR

Hair Care Product

Kérastase – Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate

 

Hair Coloring Product

Color Wow – Root Cover Up

 

Hair Styling Product

Living Proof – Perfect Hair Day (PHD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

 

MAKEUP

Eye Product Mass

L’Oréal Paris – Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

 

Eye Product Prestige

Dior – Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

 

Face Product Mass

Sonia Kashuk for Target® – Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo

 

Face Product Prestige

bareMinerals – Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette

 

Lip Product Mass

 

Sonia Kashuk for Target® – Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour

 

Lip Product Prestige

Clé de Peau Beauté – Extra Rich Lipstick

 

MEN’S GROOMING

Lab Series Skincare for Men – Pro LS All-in-one Face Treatment

 

NAIL PRODUCT

Dior – Nail Glow

 

SCENT

Men’s Scent

Ralph Lauren Fragrances – Polo Red

 

Women’s Scent Mass

Sonia Kashuk for Target® – Eau De Toilette in Pink Innocencia

 

Women’s Scent Prestige

Coty Prestige – Honey Marc Jacobs

 

INDIE BEAUTY AWARD

GLAMGLOW Inc.

 

ECO BEAUTY AWARD

Aveda

 

BEST SELLER MASS

Maybelline New York – Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

 

BEST SELLER PRESTIGE

Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

 

ICONIC BEAUTY AWARD MASS

Maybelline New York – Great Lash Mascara

 

ICONIC BEAUTY AWARD PRESTIGE

YSL Beaute – Touche Éclat

 

MOST BUZZED ABOUT MASS

L’Oréal Paris – Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

 

MOST BUZZED ABOUT PRESTIGE

Estée Lauder – Modern Muse Eau de Parfum

 

 

QVC BEAUTY QUEST AWARD

Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Actives

 

SKINCARE TOOLS

TRIA Beauty, Inc. – Age-defying Laser

 

SUN PRODUCT

La Roche-Posay – Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid

 

 

About CEW

Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) is a nonprofit professional organization with more than 6,000 members, both men and women, from over 1,700 companies in the beauty and related industries. CEW advances the professional growth and leadership potential of its members through networking, industry insights, access to leaders, professional development programs and recognition of achievement and innovation. CEW’s membership is multi-generational and equally representative of entry level, mid-career level and senior level executives. CEW is based in New York City, and it also hosts events for the beauty community in Los Angeles. Additionally, CEW has associated organizations in France and the United Kingdom. The CEW Foundation supports Cancer and Careers, a resource for employees balancing work and cancer treatment. For more information, log on to cew.org.

Self Disclosure: No compensation received. CEW sponsored feature.

 

Million Dollar Arm – A Game Changer in More Ways Than One KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who finds his career teetering on the edge. Sports films generally carry an important social message in them and this film does that and more. “Once JB finds the boys he is looking for, it becomes less about business, and more about friendship,” comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D, age 16. Brianna B, age 14 adds, “I absolutely love this film. A big part of why I like it so much is because it’s based on a true story that is so inspirational.” Their full reviews are below.

 

Million Dollar Arm

Reviewed by Raven D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Interviews with talent at premiere by Gerry Orz here: http://youtu.be/FTIc7HyEHNA

 

 

Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of a sports agent and three young men from small villages in India as they make baseball history. Jon Hamm plays a sports agent named JB whose business is teetering on either making it big or failing completely. When his big plan of managing a major league NFL player falls through, all seems lost. That is until one night when he finds himself watching Indian cricket with his friend and gets a brilliant idea. Cricket is such a huge sport in India. He wondered what would happen if he found two cricket players, brought them to America and trained them for major league baseball. His idea seemed foolproof, he would make baseball history by recruiting the first Indian players plus, he would get an entirely new following of Indian fans. Once JB finds the boys he is looking for, it becomes less about business, and more about friendship.

 

I found this film very pleasing. I didn’t know much about it and wasn’t quite sure what to expect but, once I got into it, I was very touched. The cinematography is very well executed and, during the portion of the film that is shot in India, the landscape and culture are captured beautifully. Even the slums and run down villages are filmed in a way that makes you feel as if you are under the sweltering heat of the sun or in the chaotic mix of vendors and civilians on the crowded streets. The music in this film is fantastic. It features the essence of Indian music with a twist of modern American pop, making it perfect for this multicultural film.

 

My favorite character is Amit played by Pitobash. He is recruited early on in the film, almost by accident, to be an assistant and translator for JB. He is one of the funniest characters because he is so polite and hospitable to JB and his recruiting team but he often gets himself into funny situations while trying to accommodate everyone. In one scene, Alan Arkin’s character Ray says something along the lines of “…this guy has juice” as a way to express the potential he saw in a player. However, Amit overhears this and immediately goes sprinting away to find his boss some juice to drink. It is quite hilarious. My favorite scene is when Amit, Rinku and Dinesh come to America for the first time. They have spent their entire lives in small villages in India so you can imagine their adjustment to the extravagant LA lifestyle JB is living. There is such a funny scene when they all get into an elevator for the first time and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) is so impressed by its motion sensors that he repeatedly sticks his hand in between the doors right as they close just to see the “magic” of them automatically opening again.

 

I was very touched by this film. Not only does it show the historical achievement of the first Indian major league baseball players but, it also made me laugh out loud and tugged on my heart strings. JB starts out viewing the boys as his project, a way to make a lot of money and propel himself forward in the sports industry, but soon he realizes that they are so much more than just a paycheck. As he lets his defensiveness down, he sees how kind, funny and talented they each are and an unforgettable bond is formed between them. Because of this, I give the film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Million Dollar Arm hits a homerun into theaters on May 16th so be sure to check it out at a theater near you!

 

Million Dollar Arm

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14.

Disney’s Million Dollar Arm is based on a true story that is very inspirational, funny and great to see.

 

Sports Agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), needs to find other clients that will bring in the money. He is on the verge of a big break and without this deal he is broke. JB comes up with a strategy of getting Asian cricket players to play for a Major League Baseball team in the United States. He travels to India and holds auditions to see who will win the prize money and make the Baseball try outs. Rinku (Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire)) is able to beat out thousands of other kids for the chance to play on a major league team. Will they make it?

 

I absolutely love this film. A big part of why I like it so much is because it’s based on a true story that is so inspirational. It shows that you can dream, work hard and with dedication you can fulfill those dreams. I love the little bits of comedy, they are unexpected and funny. My favorite character is Amit Rohan (Pitobash), because he is very funny, excited about everything and always lightens the scene. One of the filming locations is set in India. It gives us an up close view of how the people live there, how the children play and their culture. I like the music; it really represents the emotions that are displaying on the screen. In a scene when the mood is happy, the music is upbeat and exciting. My favorite scene is when Rinku is auditioning for the baseball tryouts; he stands like a flamingo prior to pitching the ball which I have never seen anyone do this before and it’s really funny to see.

 

One message I found is when you support people, they need to see that you care about what they do. That means going to their practices, motivating them and letting them know you are there for them.
I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18 and anyone who loves the game of baseball. It is a great family film. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Phonics and Reading with McGuffey for iPad

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Do you have a child who is struggling with reading skills? Phonics and Reading with McGuffey is an all in one low cost tool for teaching beginning reading for all age groups. We had the opportunity to try it out and discovered that it is not only for young children.  It doe snot patronize older students. My son is a really good reader so he was a bit reluctant to try it out but we had his friend try it out (who is having some difficulties with reading) and he enjoyed it. He was very happy that it didn’t seem like it was “just for little kids.” I like the drills and the real world reading practice. It is also great for students that aren’t struggling. I recommend it for children ages 5+ and it is one of the better reading apps I have seen for the iPad. You can find it on itunes.

 

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Simon shopping centers dish up food, fun and learning experiences SIMON KIDGITS CLUB WELCOMES YOUNG FOODIES AND FAMILIES TO ANNUAL SIMON KIDGITS CLUB SUPER DUPER LIL CHEFS EVENT AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SIMON MALLS

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Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), a leading global retail real estate company, is stirring up tasty fun for families as Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs makes its annual appearance at Simon Malls throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. Lil Chefs events are being presented at approximately 100 Simon® shopping centers nationwide to get kids learning about the craft of cooking and having fun with food.

 

Whip up some fun with food at the following Simon Malls locations:

 

ORANGE COUNTY

  • Westminster MallSaturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in Target Court. Children can participate in cookie decorating and a teacup-balancing relay race.
  • Brea MallSaturday, May 24 from noon to 2 p.m. in Center Court. Children can make their own Sweet Treat Necklace and Pasta Art, as well as participate in Coloring Food Fun.
  • The Shops at Mission ViejoSaturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon on the upper level, near the Children’s Play Area. Children can participate in cookie decorating and a teacup race.

 

LOS ANGELES

  • The Shops at MontebelloSaturday, May 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Center Court. The event features acooking demonstration by The Olive Garden, which will treat families to complimentary breadsticks. Montebello Christian School will host a Pastry Charity Event, where families can purchase pastries for a small donation to the school. In addition, balloon artists will be onsite to delight children. Parents can also pick up information on upcoming activities from the Montebello-Commerce YMCA and the Montebello Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Del Amo Fashion CenterSaturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in JoAnn’s Court. As part of the Lil Chefs event, kids are encouraged to help those in need by bringing a non-perishable food item to Del Amo Fashion Center to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, a local hunger relief organization.

 

The hands-on atmosphere of Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs will engage both parents and children in exploring the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. The event menu offers a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cooking demonstrations to etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items. The event is free and open to the public, however Simon Kidgits Club Members will receive a free Kidgits pizza plate and pizza cutter, while supplies last!

 

Additionally, Simon Kidgits Club® is teaming up with Lil Chefs presenting sponsor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the launch of Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure, coming to DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD Tuesday, May 20. The super-cute, talented two-some of Sophia Grace and Rosie sang and danced their way to stardom on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and now families can see the little, lovable performers in their first original live-action movie. As part of the celebration, children can participate in a Tiara decorating craft.

 

“Simon Kidgits Club provides the community ongoing opportunities to enhance the shopping experience at Simon properties,” said Jayne Stilson, assistant vice president of business development for Simon Brand Ventures, the business-to-consumer division of Simon Property Group. “Lil Chefs events are designed to immerse families in discovering that enjoying food doesn’t have to be limited to meal time and make visiting the mall an even more memorable experience.”

 

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3 to 8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games. Simon Kidgits Club programs have engaged more than 1.8 million parents and kids since its inception.

 

In Los Angeles, parents can also check out the progress on the complete transformation of Del Amo Fashion Center, which includes the brand new garden-like Patio Cafes dining pavilion, as well as the upcoming creation of a new state-of-the-art two-level mall, new entrances, landscaping, flooring and lighting upgrades, enhancements to the ambiance in the outdoor lifestyle village and a new Nordstrom slated to open in Fall 2015.

 

For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs events, visitwww.simon.com/kidgits.