Archives for October 8, 2014

Did you know National Haunted House Day is Friday?

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Did you know Friday, October 10th is National Haunted House Day?  Celebrate this year with The Haunted Attraction Association (HAA), the only official association in the haunt industry. Each year, HAA continues to spook people through its member haunts throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Gone are the days of black walls, masks and plastic knives.  Each year, haunted attraction owners and operators spend millions of dollars on state-of-the-art special effects and audio animatronic creatures, Hollywood-quality makeup and masks, costumes, lighting gear, sound equipment and more.  Owners and operators are also influenced by video games and invest year-round in research, consulting experts and psychologists on how to create the best immersive, interactive experience.

 

Use the HAA Haunt Finder to find one located nearest to you: http://hauntedattractionassociation.com/haunt-finder/

Credit: HAA Haunt Finder. No compensation was received to post.

 

Kid’s Pan For Gold Kit from Discover with Dr. Cool A cool way to learn about mining for gold!

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Looking for a great hands-on Science Kit?  The Kid’s Pan For Gold Kit from Discover with Dr. Cool is..well the coolest! Your child can actually really learn how to pan for gold just like a real prospector. This really is an awesome hands-on science kit for kids ages 6-12. I love the full color info and the Activity Guides have the coolest facts about gold. They also include 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges. My 11-year-old son liked the puzzles and challenges the best. Perfect for homeschooling and also would make a great holiday gift!

More info:

* Kit includes 10” prospectors pan, tools, storage vial, practice and advanced miner bags of paydirt, plus large fool’s gold nugget.

* Winner of Dr. Toy Best Picks for New Products Award
* Kids award winning pan for gold science toy

Currently, our readers have been offered this awesome kit for 50% off!  The product has been discounted on their website from now until the end of October.  The product will return to full price as of November 1st. So, don’t miss out!

https://www.discoverwithdrcool.com/science-kits/learn-how-pan-gold

 
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions www.kidsfirst.org

Alexander

This film, based on the beloved children’s book by Judith Viorst and starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Ed Oxenbould as Alexander is a wonderful family movie that can be enjoyed with your school-aged kids without worrying about violence, profanity or other unsavory behavior. There is some rude humor and a bit of reckless behavior but, overall, it’s pretty tame yet funny. Alexander’s bad luck spreads to his family members and once they experience their own “bad” things, the end result brings everyone closer together. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O., age 12, comments, “This film has comedy that isn’t just little jokes or things that are commonly seen in lots of normal comedies but, unique and creative comedy that is really funny.”  See his full review below.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Reviewed by Gerry Orz, Age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

What a hilarious adventure! Something I like about this film is that although it’s a comedy, at the same time, the directors have created a story so it doesn’t feel as if it’s just one big joke. In my estimation, it is just perfect.

This film has a bubble of unique comedy that sends the audience laughing out loud. And, it has a sprinkle of romance packaged with it which makes it a unique story.

The story starts out showing an eleven-(soon to be twelve)-year-old kid who always has bad days while everyone else in his entire family always has perfect days. On the very early morning of his 12th birthday he wishes that his family members would have a bad day. Well they do! And, phew, is it bad!

This film has comedy that isn’t just little jokes or things that are commonly seen in lots of normal comedies but, unique and creative comedy that is really funny. The actors are all well suited to their roles and, something I love about this film is that the ending is not easily predictable. Also, the story is created in such a way that the comedy is just a part of the story. The creators managed to get a very important message through to the audience.

My favorite scene is when the sister is under the weather with a common cold but has a play that day. She decides to drink a whole bunch of cough medicine and gets drunk during the play. This part is absolutely hilarious. The entire audience, including me, could not stop laughing during this scene.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a young kid film but not too young. I would recommend for ages 9 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars for a great story, fantastic acting and unbelievable comedy!

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions www.kidsfirst.org