Archives for October 24, 2013

New Room On The Broom Games app from Magic Light Pictures Fun for young children at Halloween and anytime!

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There’s room on the broom for everyone in this high quality game app for 3–7-year-olds, featuring beautiful design based on Alex Scheffler’s original illustrations.  Offering children a safe, entertaining and interactive experience they can enjoy time and time again, Room on the Broom Games provides eight imaginative activities that players can interact and explore within, while practicing early learning skills such as counting, creativity and literacy.   Collectively,the games explore the world of Room on the Broom, complementing the experience of reading the book and watching the film. Key characters are featured and players get to help them fly, eat and explore their world. Designed to ensure players and parents feel comfortable and safe in the digital space, there are no in-app purchases.


The new Room on the Broom Games interactive app is available through the iTunes store for iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iPod Touch; and on GooglePlay and Amazon for Android devices, priced at $4.99.


Julia Donaldson comments, “‘When Magic Light first mentioned to me the idea of producing a game offering children a different way to engage with the Room on the Broom characters, I was confident that they would produce another beautiful high-quality product to sit alongside their films and merchandise. The games have been especially designed to echo traditional children’s games of observation and memory and are a lovely addition to the world of Room on the Broom.” She adds, “ My own favorites are feeding fries to the dragon and creating constellations of stars!”


Axel Scheffler added,  “I’m delighted to see how my original artwork has been used to create such beautifully produced games that give children the opportunity to explore the world of Room on the Broom in a whole new way.”

I had the opportunity to try out this creative and fun app and was quite impressed with how creative it it! I loved the creating constellations of stars and young children will have so much fun with this app! I just love the characters! My favorite is the Cat!

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Fans can play with their favorite characters—Witch, Cat, Dog, Bird, Frog and Dragon in these magical games:


  • Join the stars – Fly through the air and connect all the sparkly stars to find the right image!
  • Find the hat – The Witch has lost her hat! Is it behind the tree? Help Dog find the hat in the woods.
  • Windy day collecting game – It’s a windy day and Cat needs help collecting a few things, will you help? Be careful not to miss them!
  • Find the bow – The Witch has lost her bow! Is it in the hay? Help Bird find the bow in the field.
  • Find the wand – The Witch has lost her wand! Is it under the lily pad? Help Frog find the wand in the pond.
  • Drawing with stars – Light up your imagination by creating pictures in the night sky. Place the numbered stars where you wish and watch the witch transform it into a dot-to-dot picture.
  • Dragon loves fries – The Dragon is hungry and is planning to have fries for his dinner! Feed the dragon fries and avoid the other falling objects from the sky!
  • Fly the magnificent broom – Whoosh! Join the gang on the magnificent broom and fly through the starry night sky. Take control and steer the broom to collect letters, which spell out a word!

Additional Room on the Broom products include:

Room on the Broom books from Penguin Group.  Hardcover (SRP: $16.99) and Board Book (SRP: $6.99) versions are available wherever books are sold.  I also received this book and it’s such a cute story!

   Room on the Broom DVD from NCircle Entertainment, available at Barnes & Noble, Target and Walmart, Toys”R”Us,, Kmart (SRP: $9.99).  Named “Best Animated Short” by the Toronto International Film Festival Kid’s Festival, beautiful CGI animation brings the book’s drawings to life under the direction of Max Lang & Jan Lachauer.  Gillian Anderson (The X Files) provides the voice of the witch; while Timothy Spall of Harry Potter fame, lends his voice to the dragon. Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) narrates the story, which also features the recognizable voices of Martin Clunes, Rob Brydon, Sally Hawkins and David Walliams portraying the helpful animals that comprise the witch’s family.

Room on the Broom plush from Kids Preferred, available at  Witch, Dragon and Cat are perfect for kids of all ages. These surface-washable, soft and moveable plush, help kids to bring the classic story to life with their own twists and imagination. The lovable Witch is 15 inches (SRP: $12.95), Dragon is 8 inches and Cat is 7.5 inches (pricing currently unavailable). I also received the Witch and she is just  perfect for Halloween!

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FYI: Watch out for a special Halloween broadcast of this multiple award-winning animated movie in its first U.S. broadcast slots on 24-hour preschool network Sprout, airing on Oct 30, 31, Nov 29 and Dec 7.

AND – check out The Room on the Broom website for some fun FREE activities including how to make your own wand, a “can you find” challenge, help Witch through the maze to find her bow, and a fun word search puzzle.

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Self Disclosure: I received products to feature this giveaway but any opinions are my own.


The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash Enter this Giveaway! If You Dare!

Author, Michael Phillip Cash is introducing arrival of his new novella, The Hanging Tree with a new giveaway just in time for Halloween. 
Don’t dare to miss this one!I know I can’t wait to read it!


Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life.
Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by
dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island,
Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s
destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are
determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or
will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

Along with a copy of his book, he is giving away a $50 Amazon card or Paypal cash!  Enter below for your chance to win, if you dare.


Disclosure: Author, Michael Phillip Cash is sponsoring this giveaway. SoCal City Kids and the blogs co-hosting this event are not responsible for prize shipment.
This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or and other social media outlet.
Giveaway is open World Wide.
Giveaway ends: Nov. 8, 2013 at 12 AM MST
Winner has 48 hours to respond after notification via e-mail or  forfeit prize and another winner will be drawn.

Simon’s GamePlay Tour Comes To Brea Mall Gamers of All Ages Get a Sneak Peek of Hottest New Video Games, Compete in Challenges, Win Prizes and More

Delivering yet again a unique top-level entertainment experience that no retail venue can match, Brea Mall announced today that the 2013 Simon GamePlay™ tour, connecting fans of all ages to the hottest video games before they are officially launched and available in stores, will come to Brea Mall on Saturday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court.

  Simon GamePlay, powered by Coke Zero, will take place exclusively in 27 Simon® properties around the country. The free event will run from August through November 2013. Last year, more than 900,000 gamers across the country participated  in Simon GamePlay.

“One of the great things about Simon GamePlay is that it has something for every gamer – from young kids to parents to hard-core gamers,” said Cathi Weiner, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Simon.  “The tour is one of our most successful on-mall programs, and we’re excited to present it to consumers across the country.”

“We are really looking forward to bringing this exciting event to Brea,” said Anna Cotter, director of marketing and business development at Brea Mall. “Brea Mall is the perfect place for this terrific event that appeals to all ages.”

The Nintendo Experience lounge will be at the center of this year’s GamePlay tour. Shoppers will have the opportunity to play the latest games on Wii U™ and Nintendo 3DS™. New games for Wii U such as The Wonderful 101™, The Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker HD, and Wii Party™ U, will be available to play as they release throughout the fall. For Animal Crossing: New Leaf fans, stop by the Nintendo booth on select dates throughout September for Animal Crossing gatherings from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. local time. Gamers are encouraged to bring their Nintendo 3DS to connect with other gamers through StreetPass™ while they visit. For the Animal Crossing gatherings, and Tour schedule, please visit:

Other sponsors include of the 2013 Simon GamePlay tour are Namco Bandi®, Ubisoft® and Leapfrog®.

The tour includes 10 gaming pods, including two mature zones, with a variety of products from leaders in the video gaming industry.


About Brea Mall

Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops. Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly remodeled Foodworks Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s, Le Diplomate Cafe and California Pizza Kitchen, which all feature outdoor patios. Since February 2013, Brea Mall has been undergoing a large-scale interior and exterior renovation, meant to touch several areas of the shopping center, including new mall entrances, the addition of family-style restrooms, a brand new children’s Play Area on the lower level and new flooring, landscaping, handrails, signage and lighting throughout. The center will showcase updated textures, colors and amenities, creating a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 714-990-2732. Visit Brea Mall on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at


About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in 326 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 241 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at


About Simon Brand Ventures

Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), Simon’s business-to-consumer arm, is pioneering the transformation of shopping centers into a medium where consumer brands can build relationships with Simon shoppers who make over 2.8 billion visits each year.  Simon’s vast franchise of market-leading shopping centers nationwide provides SBV the foundation to monetize the distribution system through numerous consumer ventures. SBV and its affiliates have engaged in a number of consumer business initiatives, including the Simon Visa Giftcard® and the American Express®/Simon Giftcard; launch of Simon platform programs such as Simon dTour Live® and Simon Kidgits Club®; a national media delivery channel including static, digital and experiential marketing and advertising vehicles; and multiple national and local marketing alliances with Coca-Cola and Visa U.S.A. among others.


Spooktacular Rocking Brunch for young families Saturday, October 26 at Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027(in Los Feliz Village).

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Performing in “The Groovy Lounge” on Saturday will be fabulous kindie musician Mista Cookie Jar andBronkar Lee (the world’s only rhythmic juggling beatboxer, as seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno).
Doors open at 10:00 am. for food, face painting and other fun activities. The show begins at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets are $10, with kids 2 and under free.
Valet parking is available behind the restaurant.
A  special kids’ menu will be available.
For complete event information or to make a reservation:
Phone reservations:  (323) 669-1550
For questions about this event or The Groovy Lounge series at Rockwell Table & Stage, please call Groovy David at(310) 614-8060 or email him at
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“The Hunters” Puts An Exciting Spin On The Classic “Snow White” Story

The Hunters is a modern day fairy tale adventure, based on the magical mirror from “Snow White,” and follows the brothers Flynn as they embark on an international quest to find their parents and save the world from the clutches of evil.  KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O says, “The Hunters” is a great and thrilling movie for everyone! There is comedy, romance, action, adventure, thrilling scenes, a great and engaging story line and, of course, a puzzle to solve!” The Hunters is the fifth world premier film in Hallmark Channel’s new Friday night movie series, “Walden Family Theatre,” airing this Friday, October 25th at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel. See Gerry’s full review below.

“The Hunters”
Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Video Review available here.

From the title, it’s really hard to predict what the movie will be about. Based on the title, I had an open mind. I only have one thing to say, I was pleasantly surprised! “The Hunters” is a great and thrilling movie for everyone!

I absolutely love how many things there is in this film! There is comedy, romance, action, adventure, thrilling scenes, a great and engaging story line and, of course, a puzzle to solve!

The adventure begins when three people are looking for some artifacts to build together a legendary item. When one turns on the others, everything goes wrong. The two kids of the couple who are searching for this item and their friend, go on a epic adventure to save the world and their parents!  If you want to find out if their parents are ok and if they were successful in this quest, you have to watch the film!

This film brings so many perks! It has especially great actors and the directing is also very good. The camerawork will impress you for sure – there are so many actions –  climbing and jumping and even some scary stuff. But, the picture if very clear and the storyline easy to follow!

I have to say that my favorite scene is when the older brother discovers his little brother has skipped school and he is very mad at him. I can greatly appreciate this scene. It has brotherly “love” or as I call it “bromance.” It’s extremely funny and will hit home with many viewers.

I recommend this movie to ages 8-18, because it is a very intense film. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars and wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually turn this movie into series. I know I will be watching out for that.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

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Need an Artful Dodger for Dickens Day @ The Printing Museum in Carson

Auditions (Non-union) local actors in South Bay Los Angeles area for “Dickens Day Celebration” in December  Sat. Dec. 14th &  Sun. 15th 2013 from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM”
Looking for Dickens characters to improvise and interact with guests at Dickens annual event @ International Printing Museum , Carson, CA  Sat. Dec. 14th &  Sun. 15th  2013 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Holiday Lunch included with comps)
Will be auditioning this Sat. Oct. 26th 12:30 pm-2:30 pm 
@ The International Printing Museum

315 Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745


Call Phil for information 310-515-7166 or 714-225-2078
Looking for:
Artful Dodger from “Oliver Twist”: Boy, 4′-5’8″, age range 12-15 yrs. Caucasian, impish boy, moves like a street rat, great angelic smile,good slapstick / body movement/pantomine, sleight of hand and magic a plus! Fagin’s right hand lad! Cockney or British accent a plus!
All roles require great Comedy & Improv skills!! * Minors must be accompanied by adult w/ application signed permission by parent /legal guardian required to participate in production.