Archives for November 1, 2015

Free and Low Cost Events throughout November at Michaels

During the month of November, Michaels will offer a variety of free and low-cost in-store crafting events including a Family Ornament Workshop and a Michaels Holiday Maker Party! Crafters of all skill levels and their families are invited to attend.

 

Kids Club events include holiday-themed projects such as a wish list ornament and a cute Christmas mouse.

FREE AND LOW COST EVENTS

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Family Ornament Workshop: Reindeer Ornament

Saturday, November 7 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

What’s cute, creative and full of good cheer? The delightful reindeer ornaments families can make together at the Michaels workshop! These delightful ‘deers make great gifts for grandparents, teachers, and friends. $5 per project, supplies included.

Holiday Maker Party

Saturday, November 14 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Bring a friend and try your hand at one of five jolly holiday crafts. Be sure to sign up early, because the first 25 guests get a brochure with photos, instructions, and a special coupon for savings on supplies! Supplies for classes not included.

 

KIDS CLUB EVENTS

Wish List Ornament

Saturday, November 7 | 10am — noon

Drop in and create a wintery wish list ornament for the tree. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

 

Christmas Mouse

Saturday, November 14 | 10am – noon

Kids can make a felt Christmas critter to get in the holiday spirit. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

Credit: Michaels.

 

Dog Waste Bag Dispenser To Clean And Pick Up After Your Pet A Dog Owner Must-Have!

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I’m not sure all what to say about poop bags but as a dog owner..these are a real must-have! I like that there are so many of them and they seem durable.They do not break..at least not when I have tried them. I like that there is a variety in colors and the Waste Bag Dispenser is great for travel too! I highly recommend to all who have a dog in their home! There are 10 rolls and I like the paw print design! They are available in different colors. I chose the Purple!

 

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an unbiased review.

Clarius’ MY ALL AMERICAN – Screening Invite

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What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys’ camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn the team around. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face. From the writer of HOOSIERS and RUDY, MY ALL AMERICAN tells the true story of a boy who became a hero and what it truly means to have the heart of a champion.

 

IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 13TH!

Screening Invite!

 

MY ALL AMERICAN

Thursday, November 5th @ 7 PM

Arclight Sherman Oaks

15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

 

Ticket Link: http://www.gofobo.com/MAASCCK

Credit: Clarius Entertainment.

Parents Magazine Reveals Best Toys of the Year Kid-Tested, Parents-Approved! Must-Have Toys for Holiday Shopping

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Holiday shopping will be here before you know it and Parents magazine has you covered for the little ones in your life!

As the holiday season nears, Parents magazine today revealed it’s picks for the best toys of the year for kids of all ages. Over the summer, kids, parents and editors tested the newest toys to hit the market and narrowed down their favorites to the top 49 toys for infants to school-age kids.

 

Compiled each year before the holidays, Parents magazine kid and parent testers play with hundreds of toys to choose their top picks for the must-have toys of the year. We consider ease of use, fun factor, how simple the assembly process is, length of play and first-person feedback from the kid toy testers.

 

The Parents Best Toys of 2015 list appears in the November issue of the magazine and online.  Check out their behind-the-scenes video of testing day here.

 

Parents Best Toys of 2015 list includes:

 

Birth to 12 Months:

  • Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBo, $40 at Fisher-Price.com
  • Yookidoo Gymotion Robo Playland, $70 at Amazon.com
  • Playskool Fold ‘n Go Busy Elephant, $25 at HasbroToyshop.com
  • Estella Baby Security Blanket, $30 at Estella-NYC.com
  • Skip-Hop Explore & More Rocking Owl Stacker, $16 at SkipHop.com
  • Chewbeads Baby Gramercy Stroller Toy, $15 at Chewbeads.com
  • Tiny Love Rock & Ball, $15 at Amazon.com
  • Little Tikes Lil’ Ocean Explorers 1-in-1 Adventure Course, $80 at LittleTikes.com

 

Toddlers:

  • Playskool Play All Day Elmo, $60 at HasbroToys.com
  • Chicco Fit & Fun Mini Golf, $25 at ChiccoShop.com
  • Haba Croco Kuno Dragon Crawling Tunnel, $70 at HabaUSA.com
  • LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven, $25 at ToysRUs.com
  • Tomy Push Me Pull Me Puppy, $30 at Amazon.com
  • VTech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train, $50 at VTechKids.com

 

Preschoolers:

  • Jakks Pacific Hulk Smash, $70 at Walmart.com
  • Spin Master Bunchems, $25 at ToysRUs.com
  • Fisher-Price Spinnyos Giant Yo-ller Coaster, $50 at ToysRUs.com
  • Mattel Barbie Color, Cut, and Curl Deluxe Styling Head, $30 at Kmart.com
  • LeapFrog Epic Kids’ Tablet, $140 at BestBuy.com
  • Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box, $60 at Lego.com
  • Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center, $80 at ToysRUs.com
  • Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper, $25 at Crayola.com
  • International Playthings Buddy’s Balloon Launch, $20 at intplay.com
  • Spin Master Paw Patrol Patroller, $60 at Target.com
  • Hasbro Jurassic World Chomping Velociraptor Head, $20 at HasbroToyshop.com
  • Educational Insights Design & Drill BrightWorks, $40 at Amazon.com
  • Hasbro FurReal Friends StarLily, My Magical Unicorn, $120 at HasbroToyshop.com

 

Ages 5 and Up:

  • Gerd Hahn’s Worry Eaters, starting at $16 at HaywireGroup.com
  • Uncle Milton T-Rexcavator, $20 at Unclemilton.com
  • Zing Firetek Zeon Bow, $15 at Walmart.com
  • Jakks Pacific Aladdin Magic Genie Lamp, $17 at Target.com
  • Hasbro Super Bumblebee, $50 at HasbroToyshop.com
  • Spin Master Zoomer Kitty, $100 at ToysRUs.com
  • Smak-a-Ball, $24 at FatBrainToys.com
  • Disney Playmation Marvel Avengers, $120 at DisneyStore.com
  • Lakeshore Learning My First Weaving Loom, $30 at LakeshoreLearning.com
  • PlayWheels Frozen Convertible Ice Skates, $50 at ToysRUs.com
  • GoldieBlox Craft-struction Box, $40 at Goldieblox.com
  • Mattel View-Master, $30 at Target.com
  • Crayola Color Alive Action Coloring Pages, $6 at Crayola.com
  • American Girl Truly Me, $115 at AmericanGirl.com
  • WowWee MiPosaur, $120 at Target.com
  • Anki Overdrive Starter Kit, $150 at Anki.com
  • Mattel Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator, $33 at MattelShop.com
  • Klutz Finger Knitting, $22 at Klutz.com
  • Educational Insights Read My List! Game, $15 at Amazon.com
  • Yomega Kendama Pro, $20 at Yomega.com

 

 

About Parents

Parents was founded in 1926 and, along with American Baby, FamilyFun, Parents Latina and Ser Padres, makes up the Meredith Parents Network portfolio of parenthood brands. Parents is the leading voice for a community of moms who are engaged and inspired by the brand’s trusted content. Reaching more than 15 million women through print and 8.5 million women online, Parents understands the issues and challenges that are important to moms. In turn, these moms enlighten and inspire others by joining ongoing conversations about parenthood via Parents.com and through Parents’ robust presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.  Parents is dedicated to engaging and inspiring moms with the information they need, wherever they go.

 

Credit: Parents.

 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Global Visitors to Preview “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Interactive Website

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With just one click, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” comes to life, transforming computer screens and smart phones around the globe into a virtual tour of the land as Universal Studios Hollywood launches the official website for the West Coast’s much-anticipated entertainment experience, opening in Spring 2016.

Hogwarts™ is coming to Hollywood, and the dynamic new website will sweep guests through Hogsmeade village to explore the place where magical spells and magical creatures meet dark villains and daring heroes within the soon-to-open “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters, brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, and being masterfully recreated with impeccable detail into a fully immersive land.

Stylistically designed to be authentic to the tone and feel of the Harry Potter films, the website invites guests to virtually sample the land’s many shops, establishments and attractions through an artfully recreated parchment map.

With each click of the mouse, guests will venture further into the land to uncover such specialty retail shops as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods™, along with such famous eateries as Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub.

As their virtual journey takes them through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, visitors will become acquainted with such iconic locations as Professor Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom and the Portrait Gallery.  Commentary from the cast, including Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), as well as Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative for Universal Parks & Resorts, is featured throughout the virtual tour.

And finally, guests will have a chance to explore the multidimensional thrill ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” which will make its U.S. debut in hyper-realistic 3D-HD to further immerse guests in the already captivating storyline, and “Flight of the Hippogriff,” which will be Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.

Currently, in-park guests at Universal Studios Hollywood can experience and purchase authentic merchandise, including wands, robes and other collectibles from “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” available within the Features Presentation shop, located just inside the theme park’s main entry.

As the countdown to the opening continues, the website will invite guests to learn more about the Spring 2016 opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood by signing up for the latest news and information at www.universalstudioshollywood.com/harrypotter/signup.

Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

About Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the intense “King Kong 360 3-D” attraction and the all-new “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride as the Studio Tour’s grand finale.  Other popular rides include the 3D-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour.”

 

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.