Archives for July 5, 2016

A Must-Have for the Nintendo 3DS! Kirby Planet Robobot is a blast! Take Back the Planet in this Sci-Fi

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Kirby to the rescue against Robots?

Of course! Only the lovable, fun, pink character can stop them!

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I have to admit I am new to playing the Nintendo 3DS even though my son and husband have been playing for years! I am not new to Kirby. He has been one of my favorite characters since we have the Nintendo Wii game system. I recently had the opportunity to receive a Nintendo 3DS XL Game system and the New Kirby Planet Robobot game. Now, how cool is that?! You may remember that my son and I recently attended an event where Kirby was the special guest!

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My son already checked out the game and gave it a thumbs up! But, here are a few more details!

I have to admit that it is quite fun to smash through obstacles, lift heavy objects with ease and scan enemies to shape-shift into new Modes with powerful abilities-including a jet! Don’t you wish you could do this in real life? Now, this is really cool! We already know that Kirby can inhale and swallow hie enemies but Kirby can do this to gain more than 20 different Copy Abilities. I love the graphics and I think I am now a real fan of the Nintendo 3DS! What I really like about Kirby Planet Robobot is that the game can be played solo or with up to 4 players. As a solo player, I really enjoyed the different areas of Planet Popstar in Story mode. This game is definitely action-packed and I highly recommend!

Retails for $39.99.

 

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with KidzVuz.  I received compensation and free products to facilitate this post. Any opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products that I approve. 

 

 

 

Check out the game microsite for more information.

Soak City is the place to go to beat the heat and stay cool! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Summer is here and Soak City is one of our favorite places! My son and I love it there and can’t wait to go next week. I am looking forward to Sunset River and I know my son really likes the  750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay! What I really like is that this ia great place for the whole family!

Would you like to go? We have teamed up for a giveaway! We have a Family 4-Pack of tickets to give a way to one lucky winner! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what attraction at Soak City you would be most excited about! Deadline to enter is July 11th, 2016 at noon PST. Winner will be selected via Random.org and tickets will me mailed to the winner.

 

For more details about Soak City and hours, visit the website.

Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids has received tickets for a giveaway prize. No other compensation was receive to post. U.S. residents only.

The Legend of Tarzan – Returning to the Jungle to Help Save It

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This latest installation of the Tarzan mythology follows Tarzan who has acclimated to life in London and is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony M. comments, “Alas, Tarzan lovers rise to the continuation of this legendary story, but take a seat because this film is disappointing.” See her full review below.

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Alas, Tarzan lovers rise up to the continuation of this legendary story, but take a seat because this film is disappointing. The film covers Tarzan’s life after he left Africa to live in England as John Clayton and returns to Africa to help his country. After a series of dangerous obstacles and captures, Tarzan fights to save his love Jane.

I found the film’s plot so confusing and disconnected that it was difficult to give a thorough summary without looking it up. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan who, in the movie, is quite civilized, British and sophisticated despite the fact that he was raised by gorillas in the jungle. This disappointed me because it is one thing to make a bad movie but it’s even more disappointing when the film has a template to follow and doesn’t. In the original film, Jane is British but in this adaptation she is American. This really confused me because of its inconsistency with the original story. Another disappointing aspect is that the apes in this film were not his friends. They were his enemies. The back story of Tarzan is all about how he was raised by gorillas and how they are his family. I did not enjoy seeing Tarzan fighting the creatures that are supposed to be his family.

Looking past that inconsistency and hard-to-follow plot, on the positive side, the film has impressive visuals that make it quite entertaining. The characters are not ones you get attached to or gain a bond with and, me for that makes the movie lack the emotional connection it needs to really draw in the audience.

I feel as if the film doesn’t focus on appropriate things. It focuses a lot on business schemes to get money rather than the emotional struggles and journeys in the jungle.

The film has little details and aspects that are alright, such as the casting, but I just did not find the movie compelling. I think it would interest people that like historical fiction and recommend it for tweens and teens. People between the ages of 30 to 60 would also enjoy it because of its complexity and historical background. I would not go out of my way to see this and rank it 2 out of 5 stars because I was so disappointed in it.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

New California Tobacco Laws Go Into Effect

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Effective this past June, the minimum age of sale for tobacco products in California increases from 18 to 21, and for the first time e-cigarettes are added to the existing definition of tobacco products. California is the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21.

“Today marks a significant moment in California history as new tobacco control laws go into effect statewide. This is the first time the Golden State has raised the age of sale for tobacco since the law first took effect 144 years ago,” said Dr. Karen Smith, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer. “Our focus is on reaching more than 34,000 retailers with tobacco licenses and vape shops to provide them the information and resources needed to comply with the new tobacco 21 law.”

To help retailers comply with these new laws, CDPH developed a series of educational materials, including age-of-sale warning signs, window clings reminding customers of the new law and tips to help clerks check identification.

About 34,000 Californians die each year from tobacco use. In addition, tobacco-related diseases cost Californians $18.1 billion each year in both direct and indirect healthcare costs due to premature death and low productivity due to illness.

As part of the new law defining e-cigarettes as tobacco products, e-cigarettes, e-liquids including vaping devices and accessories can no longer be sold in self-service displays. E-cigarettes are also not allowed in locations where smoking has long been prohibited, including public transit, worksites, restaurants, schools and playgrounds. Approximately 217,000 California youth between the ages of 12 and 17 currently smoke traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

“California is taking a big step forward in preventing a new generation of young people from becoming addicted to nicotine,” said Dr. Smith. “The surge in e-cigarette use among teens and young adults is no accident. The tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing of e-cigarette gadgets and candy flavors is jeopardizing the health of our young people.”

Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive neurotoxin. Research shows that the brain continues to develop until age 25, and nicotine exposure before that age may cause permanent brain damage and fuel a lifelong battle with addiction. According to the California Department of Education’s California Healthy Kids Survey, middle and high school teens are currently using e-cigarettes at much higher rates than traditional cigarettes. Studies also show that teens who use e-cigarettes are three times more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes within a year.

For those struggling with nicotine addiction, resources are available at www.nobutts.org. Californians who want help quitting can call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS.

Some more facts:

Tobacco and Youth

  • Research shows that the brain continues to develop until age 25, and nicotine exposure before that age may cause permanent brain damage and fuel a lifelong battle with addiction.
  • According to the California Department of Education’s California Healthy Kids Survey, middle and high school teens are currently using e-cigarettes at much higher rates than traditional cigarettes.
  • Recent longitudinal studies show teens who use e-cigarettes are three times more likely to start smoking within a year.

 

About the California Tobacco Control Program

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco-use and secondhand smoke. California’s tobacco control efforts have reduced both adult and youth smoking rates by 50 percent, saved more than one million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more at TobaccoFreeCA.com.

About the Food and Drug Branch

The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch is charged with enforcing the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act, and conducts ongoing illegal sales enforcement operations. California retailers caught selling tobacco products to minors during these enforcement operations are subject to fines up to $6,000. 

For more information, visit www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/Tobacco.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. 

Kids going to summer camp and playing sports?

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Kids attending summer sports camp, school activities/practice need to pay special attention to their teeth and overall oral health, as moms may not realize the amount of sugary sports drinks their kids are consuming.

WHY: Because the constant sipping of sports drinks and juice boxes is like soaking teeth in a sugar bath and the frequent sipping of sports drinks increases the time that the acid sits on the teeth. Over the years as this has been studied, dentists have seen an increase in decay, cavities and tooth erosion in athletes and people who engage in sports/workouts because of their intake of sports drinks and because of dry mouths needing hydration – and being filled with sugar instead. While it seems ironic since athletes and kids participating in sports are choosing to be healthy by exercising, eating well to fuel their workouts, and drinking “healthy drinks,” unfortunately the sugar and acid content in these can really take its toll on the teeth.

I have to admit, that I sometimes let my son have sports drinks and I know they really aren’t the healthiest of drinks!

Here are some true facts:

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·         Tooth decay is always caused by sugar and acid erodes away the enamel

·         Studies performed on athletes during the London Olympics in 2012 indicated that approximately 45-55% of the athletes had either tooth decay or abrasion, while 76% had gum disease

·         When the braces are put on, teeth accumulate much more plaque and bacteria, since the brackets makes it much harder to brush well, hiding the plaque underneath

·         Plaque HD Plaque-Identifying Toothpaste identifies and combats the plaque buildup found on kids teeth, and especially the buildup that covers the teeth of kids with braces, making it a must to prevent plaque accumulation.

HOW TO COMBAT IT:

Help your kids stave off cavities and other dental issues with Plaque HD, a new and first-to-market toothpaste that contains a natural plaque-indicating dye that turns the plaque on your teeth teal… and only disappears once you’ve brushed it all off, targeting any areas of plaque that may have been missed during usual brushing. Do you remember when we were kids and popped the hot pink tablet that tasted like candy but turned your mouth fuchsia to show plaque? We now have the 2016 version of that – but this one contains natural teal-colored disclosing agents to color and identify clear plaque build-up on teeth, helping consumers brush better and smarter. Independent studies conducted in the orthodontic department at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry show that patients who used Plaque HD had four times as much plaque removal compared to patients who used a standard toothpaste on the market – leading to brighter, whiter and healthier teeth. These results were recently published in the prestigious Journal of Dentistry and Oral Science.

We received a sample and I have to say that I was quite impressed! I’m not sure if my son liked the extra brushing he had to do. He hates to brush his teeth! But, as a Mom I was quite thrilled!

Price: $14.95, Available in Fresh Mint and Berry at Amazon.com.

More info:

DR. LAWRENCE HIER, FOUNDER OF PLAQUE HD
Dr. Lawrence Hier is an orthodontist in South Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Hier continued his training in Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and simultaneously obtained his Masters Degree in Oral Sciences while conducting innovative computer animated imaging studies in facial esthetics. Dr. Hier has been published and featured  in scientific journals as well as various media outlets. Dr. Hier is an associate clinical professor in the orthodontic program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been practicing orthodontics for nearly two decades. While in practice, Dr. Hier invented and recently launched a revolutionary toothpaste, Plaque HD, the first ever plaque-identifying toothpaste. Plaque HD has changed the way in which dentists all over the country are educating their patients on the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Dr. Hier currently resides in Palm Beach county with his wife and three sons.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos and info was provided but any opinions about trying the product are my own.

MICROSOFT STORE COMING TO BREA MALL THIS JULY ECCO Shoes Recently Opened and Australia’s Typo also Headed to the Center

After recently welcoming new tenants this spring to its already impressive retail roster, Brea Mall continues to grow, adding two new shops and welcoming a previously announced new retailer to the center.

 

“We are so excited about the continual expansion of our retail roster,” said Nate Weirbach, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Brea Mall. “We’re providing our shoppers with even more options allowing them to experience our center as one of Orange County’s go-to retail, dining and entertainment hubs.”

 

Microsoft Store at Brea Mall will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. Located on the lower level in Center Court near PacSun and Pandora, this Specialty Store will feature a curated selection of best-in-class products and services from Microsoft and its partners.

 

In celebration of the new store, customers can take advantage of grand opening offers including the NuVision 8-inch Tablet for $40 ($89 savings) and $200 off select Surface Pro 4 models. Deals available while supplies last. For more information about the store and grand opening details, visit microsoftstore.com.  

 

In other retailer momentum news, ECCO Shoes, a footwear company that offers stylish and comfortable shoes for men and women, recently opened its doors to a new 1,500-square-foot storefront. Visitors can shop Summer’s latest trends in sandals, boots, dress shoes, athletic shoes and more.  ECCO Shoes is located in the lower level of the center, in the Nordstrom wing, near Talbots and Bebe.

 

Furthermore, Typo, known as The Cotton On Group’s rowdy cousin that encourages and enables customers to personalize their space and express their individualism, is under construction on the upper level in the Sears wing. Typo, which started as a stationery brand, has expanded its reach with products across the categories of housewares, travel, tech, office and DIY crafts. Its one-of-a-kind products have made Typo the place for cool customers from around the world to shop.

 

For more information, visit Brea Mall on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BreaMall, on Twitter at twitter.com/ShopBreaMall and on Instagram at instagram.com/shopbreamall/.

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About Brea Mall

Brea Mall is a modern shopping center that features some of the best names in retail including Nordstrom, Macy & Macy Men Children & Home, JCPenney, and Sears, and more. In addition the mall offers more than 175 specialty shops, a full service day spa, and several popular restaurants. Brea Mall is highlighted by Italian tile walkways, vaulted skylights, fountains and original art sculptures which produce an unforgettable Southern California shopping and entertainment experience. A multi-million dollar property renovation has recently been completed. The project included: new light fixtures at the centers two primary entrances, elevation and redesign of the mall’s four entrances and new signage at the main entrance, new landscaping at all mall entrances, a new Children’s Play Area, restroom upgrades including a new family restroom by the new Play Area, larger elevator at Center Court and improved stairways throughout the mall, cosmetic upgrades to the surfaces of Food Court, new flooring throughout the center, and new overhead lighting. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/brea-mall or call (714) 990-2732.

 

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

Don’t Open, Dead Inside: The Walking Dead Daytime Attraction Makes Its Debut at Universal Studios Hollywood Attraction Officially Opens Monday, July 4, 2016

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Universal Studios Hollywood unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Open, Dead Inside” doors to usher in its all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction, based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most watched show in cable television history, which officially opened to the public on Monday, July 4.

Joining in the celebration was Greg Nicotero (Executive Producer, Director of “The Walking Dead” and owner of KNB Efx), Kyla Kenedy (“Mika Samuels” on “The Walking Dead”), Ross Marquand (“Aaron” on “the Walking Dead”), Brighton Sharbino (“Lizzie Samuels” on “The Walking Dead”), Michael Traynor (“Nicholas” on “The Walking Dead”), Scott Wilson (“Hershel Green” on “The Walking Dead”), and Yvette Nicole Brown (actress and “The Walking Dead” uber fan).

A horde of 100 ravenous walkers were also on hand to help bring the event to life.

Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze for years.  This newly enhanced venture takes the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.

“‘The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis since its debut,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood.  “We’re taking its authenticity to the next level by collaborating with the show’s award-winning production team to create a thrilling, living representation of the series that can only be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood.”

To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.  The integral involvement of the creative team not only inspires the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that define it as a living representation of the show.

“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have this great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into this amazing and truly one-of-a-kind attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood,” said Greg Nicotero.  “Guests can now come face-to-face with live and animatronic Walkers that are indiscernible from the Walkers from the show. It’s very exciting, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” attraction is located within an entirely new, custom-built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience. The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in its ambitious epic transformation.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” depicts the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating walkers. It is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years and will debut its seventh season this October.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

WIN! Autographed Copies of “The Deep” Graphic Novels by Best Selling Author Tom Taylor – for kids 6+

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Are you looking for something new and fun to watch as a family? 

 

Check out The Deep, now available to stream on Netflix, based on the Aurealis Award-winning graphic novels from #1 New York Times bestselling comic book author Tom Taylor! The Deep is a visually stunning underwater adventure series for kids ages 6 – 12 and their families!

“The Deep” exists, first-and-foremost, because I’m a comics fan,” says Tom Taylor.  “I developed this love of comics when I was young and I desperately wanted my own children to develop this too. However, most comics aren’t geared toward, or attractive to, children. So, I wanted to create something I could share with my kids, something truly all ages, which would appeal to everyone. The Deep is something I hope all parents can enjoy WITH their children.”    

 

The Deep follows the adventures of the Nekton family—a brilliant team of underwater explorers.  There’s 12-year-old Antaeus (Ant); his analytical 15-year-old sister Fontaine, an astute navigator; and their parents Will, an oceanographer, and Kaiko, a marine biologist; and, of course… Ant’s pet fish!

 

Continuing a long family legacy, the Nektons live aboard a state-of-the-art submarine, the Aronnax, while exploring uncharted areas of the earth’s oceans to unravel the mysteries of the deep sea where most of our world lies unexplored and unexplained.

 

While others look up to the stars, this family knows that an infinite number of things shine brightly in the darkness below. The Deep is a place where sea monsters swim through sunken cities, pirates lurk amidst floating black markets, and where a mysterious group of Guardians hide long lost secrets.

The Deep is based on the graphic novels The Deep: Here Be Dragons (SRP: $11.95) and The Deep: The Vanishing Island (SRP: $11.95), authored by Taylor, illustrated by James Brouwer, and published by Gestalt Comics, each featuring 80 full-color pages that you can read with your children.  Both titles can be purchased at Last Gasp Books and Comics.   Or check out The Deep web page at Australia based Gestalt Comics for more information and other digital purchases.

We have teamed up with Technicolor for a Giveaway Opportunity! 

Technicolor is the underlying rights holder to The Deep, which is co-produced by Australia-based A Stark Production and Canada-based DHX Media.

One winner will win these delightful books! To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you think you and your children would like to watch the series! Deadline to enter is July 11. 2016 at noon PST. Only U.S. participants only please. 

Self Disclosure: I received copies of the books to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. SoCal City Kids will select the winner via Random.org and the books will be sent to the winner.