Archives for May 18, 2017

Chuck E’ Cheese’s Gives away FREE CAKE for 40th Anniversary!

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Did you know your favorite birthday spot as a child is celebrating a birthday of its own this year? On May 19th, Chuck E’ Cheese’s will be celebrating its 40th birthday at locations around the country with an attempt to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title for the most birthday blowers blown simultaneously. Each participating location will offer free cake while supplies last, 40 free tickets with a $5 minimum purchase and birthday blowers to get the party started. The stunt will take place at 7:40 p.m. CST / 8:40 p.m. EST.

 

The first Chuck E. Cheese’s store opened in 1977 in San Jose, CA. Since then, the iconic family entertainment brand has made numerous changes including adding new, more adult-friendly menu items but remains America’s number one place for birthdays. Most recently, Chuck E. Cheese’s launched a program for children and families impacted by autism, called Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Throughout 40 years of the brand’s existence, Chuck E’ Cheese’s continues to be Where a Kid Can Be a Kid.

Credit: Chuck E. Cheese.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – More Thrilling and Hilarious Than its Predecessor

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Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Clayton P. comments, “Set to “Awesome Mixtape #2”, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. #2  is more thrilling and hilarious than its predecessor.” See his full review below.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By Clayton Pickard, KidsFirst! Critic, age 17

 

 

Set to “Awesome Mixtape #2”, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. #2  is more thrilling and hilarious than its predecessor. It is an action packed, sci-fi adventure about a group of intergalactic criminals who are tasked to work together to save the universe. Chris Pratt again stars as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord. The rest of the cast follows suit – Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket.

 

The film starts out with the classic 70s song “Brandi” by Looking Glass as we see two young people driving down the highway, very much in love. We later learn that this is the back story of Peter’s conception and is foreshadowing the main storyline of the film. The movie jumps 34 years and Peter is now Star Lord, captain of a band of reformed outlaws. The group is hired to guard the uber batteries of the Sovereign planet. Upon leaving, Rocket steals some of the batteries and a space battle ensues. Star Lord and his crew are shot down and make an emergency landing on a nearby planet. Before landing,  they notice a mysterious spaceship, which takes out the entire Sovereign fleet pursuing them. The rest of the film is an emotional, action-packed adventure, having to do with this mysterious personage. There are lots of battles between different factions in this crazy sci-fi, fantasy universe.

 

The movie has lots of lively and entertaining scenes. My favorite is when Rocket Raccoon uses traps to his advantage to defeat an incoming horde of ravagers. Every scene with Drax is terrific because he has a different philosophy of life and has the most infectious laugh of any character in any movie, ever. I also love how Peter is obsessed with 80s pop culture.  He references them all the time, but his companions never understand them, because they didn’t grow up on Earth. I especially love how 80s music is used to evoke nostalgia from Peter’s childhood, making for a terrific oldies soundtrack.

 

Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is phenomenal and full of whimsical jokes that don’t get old. It is a perfect family adventure that is suitable for ages 10 to 18. Parents and grandparents will even get a kick out of it. I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars for its engaging humor and captivating action. It opens in theaters on May 5 so, be sure to check it out.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

Keeping Tech in Check Giveaway Opportunity!

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More and more, contemporary parents feel “tech shamed” over the amount of time that their children spend consuming electronic media.  Research released almost daily warns of the mental health value of unplugging and the dangers of unrestricted time spent in front of a screen for kids of all ages. While parents recognize that today’s technology offers numerous developmental and educational benefits, parental anxiety over the tech takeover of family life is real and growing-but it’s time to reframe the conversation.
This past April, Cricket Media, the most award-winning children’s magazine publisher in the marketplace and Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys, will launch theKEEPING TECH IN CHECK campaign. With the tagline, “a balance, not a ban,” KEEPING TECH IN CHECK offers families across the country a wealth of tools, tips and resources to help them find the right balance between technology and real-life experiences at KeepingTechinCheck.com.
We have teamed up with Cricket Media to offer a Giveaway! One winner will win one annual subscription.

 Your choice of magazines. Perhaps something tied to literature/arts such as Babybug, Ladybug, Spider and Cricket. Or something science oriented, you would offer Dig, Ask, Muse, etc. Your choice of one! To enter, leave a comment below either telling us how you keep Teach in Check in your house or you can tell us your favorite magazine from Cricket.
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Deadline to enter is May 30th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 
Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids is a member of the  Keeping Tech in Check advisory panel.