Archives for June 21, 2017

Friends and Family pricing for award-winning and ad-free magazines for kids and teens


Cricket Media is offering friends and colleagues a special subscription deal for their 11 ad-free, Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning magazines for kids, from tots  to teens. Please take advantage of this 50 percent off deal. Here’s the link to your special Friends and Family discount with Cricket Media.
In these screen-saturated times, the unplugged pleasures of colorful and intelligently written magazines make a fantastic gift for the kids in your life.

Also, have you seen the FREE Bug Camp stories and activities this summer on Cricket Media’s “Keeping Tech in Check” page? Check it out:


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Harry Potter in Concert Returns to the Hollywood Bowl

Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 8:00 PM

Friday and Saturday, July 7 & 8, 2017, at 8:00 PM

Harry Potter returns to the Hollywood Bowl with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ – in Concert, the second film in the Harry Potter series, on Thursday, July 7, at 8:00 PM, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ – in Concert, the third film in the series, on Friday and Saturday, July 7and 8, at 8:00 PM. TheLos Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Justin Freer, will perform John Williams’ unforgettable scores from both films, while the entire films are projected on the Bowl’s big HD screen.
The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, began in June 2016 and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018. In July 2016, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed the score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone live-to-picture at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf pays Harry a visit to warn him of what lies ahead this year in the world of wizardry. Adventure and danger await when writing on the wall announces: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.” In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it is Harry, Ron and Hermione’s third year at Hogwarts, where they meet escaped prisoner Sirius Black and learn to handle a half-horse, half-eagle creature known as a Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. Harry faces a werewolf and even withstands soul-sucking Dementors.
The incredible music composed by John Williams for these films became instant classics, conjuring beautiful and soaring motifs as we continue the adventures of Harry Potter on his journeys.

This film concert series has been created by CineConcerts, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. CineConcerts’ creator and producer Justin Freer explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we are bringing back this opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved films are simultaneously projected onto the big screen. This will be another unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movies, audiences will enjoy returning to this magical world, and to the many wonderful magical characters that inhabit it.”

Tickets are on sale now at, via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, or in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.

For more information, please visit:

HarryPotter and the Chamber of Secrets™ – in Concert:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ – in Concert:
About the Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2017, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the thirteenth year in a row at the 28th Annual Pollstar Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.
About CineConcerts
CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media. Founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged millions of people worldwide in concert presentations that redefine the evolution of live experience. Recent and current live concert experiences include Gladiator,The Godfather, It’s a Wonderful Life, DreamWorks Animation In Concert,Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour, andBreakfast at Tiffany’s.
Justin Freer has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects.  He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

Baby Penguin hatches at Aquarium of the Pacific

Roxy Floyd Chick

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the arrival of a Magellanic Penguin chick. The penguin hatched at the Aquarium in late May. Parents Roxy and Floyd, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat, cared for the baby penguin until it was ready to go to its behind-the-scenes nursery to learn to take whole fish from keepers for feedings and to swim in shallow pools. The approximately one-month-old chick will be on public view when it joins the other birds in the penguin habitat sometime in August. In the meantime, the chick can be seen via webcam from the Aquarium of the Pacific’s website. The Penguin Cam is available courtesy of, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.


Roxy, the penguin chick’s mother, came to the Aquarium from Brazil. She was rescued and deemed non-releasable to the wild. The Aquarium nursed her back to health after she arrived at the Aquarium in 2005, and she paired up with Floyd shortly after. Their new chick will be joining its older siblingsSkipper, Lily, Heidi, and Anderson (also Roxy and Floyd’s offspring) when it is ready to make its home in the penguin habitat. Around that time, the Aquarium expects to know if the baby penguin is male or female. In celebration of the baby bird, the Aquarium is offering the opportunity to adopt the chick through its Adopt an Animal program. Those adopting a penguin chick at the $100 level or higher before September 30, 2017, will have a chance to go behind the scenes for a feeding and training session with the penguins.


Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with watertight adult feathers, after about ninety days. The Aquarium’s penguin chick is expected to fledge in August and join its parents and the other penguins on exhibit in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat.


WHEN:           Starting Friday, June 23, 2017 / Penguin chick webcam (at


The chick will move to the June Keyes Penguin Habitat sometime in August 2017.


WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Photo Credit: Robin Riggs.


Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the new FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, Our Water Future, and Archerfish exhibits. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other benefits. 

YouCam Celebrates National Selfie Day!


With National Selfie Day just around the corner, YouCam, the #1 downloaded beauty augmented reality app,  will let you instantly perfect the art of the “Selfie”. YouCam is the number one interactive platform offering users the complete beauty journey, from selfie expression to makeup experimentation, and empowerment through social sharing.   YouCam launched  in 2014, and in only three  years’ time, they have amassed over 400 million global downloads.


Did you know these “Selfie Stats?”

  • Since 2012, the word “Selfie” grew in popularity more than 17,000%
  • 93 Million Selfies are taken everyday
  • #Selfie has 304 million posts on Instagram 
  • 36% of people use filters and apps to edit their Selfies


In Addition to the above overall Selfie stats, the YOUCAM apps have their own astonishing numbers!


  • Over 400 million global downloads to date
  • More than 16 billion selfies have been taken on the YouCam app since their launch in 2014
  • 30 million Selfies taken daily
  • 800 Million minutes are spent on Selfie Cam every month
  • Over 140 Million users look to YouCam’s beauty circle social platform to discover beauty and fashion inspiration
  • Over 40% of users spend more than 5 minutes per session perfecting their selfie


On the YOUCAM app, the top selfie-taking locations around the world are: 

  • Disneyworld, Florida
  • Top of The Rock, New York
  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Big Ben, London
  • Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Disney Land, Paris
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai


Credit: YOUCAM.