Archives for December 13, 2019

Holiday Merriment with the Animals of the OC Zoo Dec. 14th!

The County of Orange, OC Parks and the loveable animals of the OC Zoo are spreading the holiday spirit with the annual Christmas at the OC Zoo on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Families from near and far are invited to spend a winter day at the seasonally decorated OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park. Throughout the festive day, furry residents will be opening treat-filled gifts and searching for special goodies hidden in Christmas trees. Children of all ages can enjoy holiday inspired crafts and games. Special guests Mr. and Mrs. Claus, will be sprinkling holiday cheer throughout the OC Zoo as they visit with children and spread holiday cheer. Reservations are not required for Christmas at the OC Zoo, as admission tickets will be sold at the door. All holiday festivities are free with paid zoo admission. Coupons and passes are not valid for special events.

Join the festive fun with OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo!

December 14 – Christmas at the Zoo

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park)

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Cost: $2 per person (ages 2 & under are free)

Parking: $5 per vehicle 

Contact: (714) 973-6847

http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/

Credit: OC Parks/Zoo.

Dickens Holiday Celebration at The Printing Museum in Carson, Ca Sat. Dec. 14th 2019

Dickens Holiday Celebration

at The International Printing Museum

315 W. Torrance Blvd.

Carson, CA 90745

(310) 515-7166  www.printmuseum.org

 Sat. Dec. 14th 2019

10:00 am-4:00 pm

“Christmas Carol “performances 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm 

Reservations req. for play Note: Advised for children 10 years & up w/ Adults

Admission includes activities, play w/ reservations & Holiday Lunch

Admission $25 per guest $80 Group rate up to 4

The Museum is transformed into Fezziwig’s warehouse replete with Victorian decorations and lamp posts.  Several Dickens characters are around to meet up with our guests like “Fagin” from Oliver Twist teaching how to pick pockets whiles he picks yer’s with the “Artful Dodger” in tow.   Nathaniel Winklefrom The Pickwick Papers is all “a-dither” as he demonstrates a health cure via The Electro-static Generator while “Miss Havisham” has Great Expectations for her ward “Estella” by instructing her in the art of insulting the gentlemen in attendance.

All the while mini tours of the fascinating collection of working antique printing presses are in full swing while other guests get to print their own Victorian Holiday Cards & Gift tags with type and cuts from that era on Victorian presses (Talk about a unique Christmas keepsake for a special loved one!)

Many will be serenaded while munching on a Holiday Lunch of Bangers, Gingerbread and Punch (part of the admission) by Capt. Jack & his 1895 Player-Organ cranking out old carols as well as “Steerforth” from David Copperfield with his Holiday Dulcimer plus “Queen Victoria and Father Christmas “!  Guests will be filing into our theatre to meet up with Charles Dickens himself as he changes his lecture into an “interactive “event using audience members as part of his cast for a fun rendition of his classic Christmas Carol !  

****Returning This Year!! Have a “tin-type” victorian photograph done of you, your family or friends c/o Victorian Photgraphers!!!  The Bailey Denton Photographers…Even if you aren’t dressed victorian they can supply some costume pieces that will send you back in time.  Great Holiday Gift Idea!

All this and other surprises are in store for those attending and we do encourage our guests to dress Victorian!

Credit: The International Printing Museum.

Perfect, Dec. 12th Pet of the Week!

Perfect is perfectly named. He possesses the gravitas of Morgan Freeman, the class of Ricardo Montalban and the sense of fun of Bill Murray. Perfect was surrendered by his owner, which is too bad because he belongs in a home. He rolls on his back to solicit belly rubs, and he’s affectionate as can be. He’s only a year old, so he has lots of years to spend with a forever person. Meet Perfect on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID #A634593.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Top Five Reasons To Go Little Tokyo This Holiday Season

Photo provided courtesy of Go Little Tokyo.

Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights to one of LA’s most lively neighborhoods, is excited to announce the return of Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays, kicking-off with “Small Business Saturday” on November 30. ‘Tis the season in the streets of Little Tokyo spreading holiday cheer for families to enjoy boutique shopping, delicious seasonal treats, and an array of cultural festivities through the new year. Ditch the mall this season and support Little Tokyo’s many historic small businesses by picking up one-of-a-kind items not available anywhere else in LA! Celebrate this special community and make new memories in the heart of Downtown LA with a curated gift guide and the top five reasons to Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays.

  1. Shogun Santa is Coming to Town: The Holidays will be in full swing as Shogun Santa’s sleigh makes a stop in Little Tokyo on December 14, 15, 21, & 22, from 11 a.m-3 p.m. at the Japanese Village Plaza stage! Make this a picture-perfect moment by capturing a selfie or family photo while supporting the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA). Free admission, donations encouraged.

  2. Gifts of Landmarks Past: The inaugural Little Tokyo Pin Collection will be celebrating the neighborhood with enamel pins from 5 iconic Little Tokyo landmarks. Sport some J-town pride and choose from 5 iconic Little Tokyo landmarks: the Yagura fire tower, the Toyo Miyatake camera, the Neon Storefront ‘Sho Tokyo’ Sign, the Home is Little Tokyo Street Sign from the community mural, and the Yokoso, for the perfect little gift! The full collection is available at Cafe Dulce and Bunkado and all proceeds benefit the Little Tokyo Community Council.

  3. Reusable Gifts That Keep On Giving: Join in the Mottainai (Don’t waste anything!) culture and wrap tasty potluck items and gifts of all sizes in reusable Japanese furoshiki available from Rafu Bassan. These traditional wrapping cloths replace the one-time-use wrapping paper with a unique touch for a true holiday gift that keeps on giving.

  4. The Technological Magic of the Holidays: Retro Game Camp in the Little Tokyo Mall is offering a gift for every gamer with their refurbished console and controller bundle. Along with their standard English language game consoles, this hidden store gem offers in-language Japanese import consoles for those that want that extra bit of authenticity in their gaming experience.

  5. A Seasonal Stocking Stuffer: Japanese artist Mizucat unwraps his aesthetic Mizucat x Popkiller apparel collection with custom made design t-shirts to dive into this holiday season with style. Influenced by retro anime, synth wave music, and vaporware style, this collaboration features everything from anime space babes to City pop idols.

Go Little Tokyo is your guide to discovering the holiday magic in the historical neighborhood all season long. Starting on Black Friday, pick up your very own 2019-2020 Go Little Tokyo Holiday Guide featuring a curated list of sustainable gift ideas and festive local neighborhood cultural events. Guides will be available for pick up at various locations throughout Little Tokyo and online at golittletokyo.com/holidays.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

Explore Top Holiday Events and Destinations on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Travel by train and enjoy seasonal events between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

Photo provided courtesy of Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.

‘Tis the season for holiday events and attractions across Southern California, including parades, light displays, toy drives, and more. Travel to the festivities on the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner®, and trade road trip hassles for scenic views, comfortable onboard amenities, and quality time with family and loved ones.

Here are some festive holiday events near Pacific Surfliner stations that are perfect for a weekend getaway:

  1. Holidays at The Disneyland® Resort – Through January 6, 2020
    Experience the most magical time of the year at Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure. Both parks feature festive sights and events all season long, including special holiday foods, parades, entertainment, and decorations. Amtrak riders can unlock a 5 percent savings on Theme Park admission and the Disney MaxPass at PacificSurfliner.com/DisneyEvent Info

    Getting There: Ride the train to Anaheim and show your Pacific Surfliner ticket for a free shuttle ride to and from the resort area on Anaheim Resort Transportation Route 15. The bus drops off and picks up passengers at the Disneyland® Main Transportation Center.

  2. Julefest – Through January 3, 2020
    Considered one of the “10 most Christmassy towns in America,” the Danish village of Solvang brings Old World traditions to the holiday season with beautiful lights, pop-up shops, Santa’s Village, a parade, candlelight tours, and more. Event Info

    Getting There: Book a Pacific Surfliner trip to Solvang (SLV). Riders connect to an Amtrak Thruway bus at the Santa Barbara Station for a 50-minute ride to downtown Solvang.

  3. Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo – Through January 5, 2020
    During the holiday season, the San Diego Zoo, one of the top zoos in the world, is transformed into a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, special performances, a “holiday forest” with reindeer, and festive foods. Event Info

    Getting There: Ride to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego. From the station, catch MTS bus route 215 for a 15-minute ride to the zoo. Discounted one-day MTS transit passes can be purchased onboard the train in the Market Café (located on the lower level of Car 3).

  4. San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl – December 27, 2019
    The USC Trojans are headed to San Diego to play Iowa Hawkeyes in the 42nd annual Holiday Bowl. Don’t miss special events around San Diego celebrating the game, including a parade, pre-game party, musical performances, and more. Event Info

    Getting There: Ride to the San Diego Old Town station and take the MTS trolley to the SDCCU Stadium. Discounted one-day MTS transit passes can be purchased onboard the train in the Market Café (located on the lower level of Car 3).

  5. Rose Parade – Wednesday, January 1
    Visit Pasadena to experience the historic Rose Parade, an internationally-recognized New Year’s Day celebration. This tradition has been part of the community for more than 100 years, with floats that are meticulously decorated with flowers and plants by hundreds of volunteers. Event Info

    Getting There: Ride to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles and connect to the Metro Gold Line which stops near the parade route. Discounted one-day LA Metro transit passes can be purchased onboard the train in the Market Café (located on the lower level of Car 3).

Embrace the journey to destinations and events like these across Southern California with a trip on the Pacific Surfliner. Read our insider tips article for guidance on trip planning, booking, and saving money on your trip this holiday season. To explore options and prices, visit PacificSurfliner.com.
To stay up to date on the latest announcements, breaking news and information for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner visit news.pacificsurfliner.com/.

Credit: Pacific Surfliner®

Charlie Brown Christmas Album Holiday Giveaway!

As Christmas draws nearer, so do feelings of nostalgia and reminiscence on childhood memories the holidays hold. To many, the iconic Charlie Brown Christmas album, featuring memorable performances by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, brings fond memories of the magic of Christmas.

This soundtrack, featuring music from the 1965 animated television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” includes timeless classics such as “Christmas Time is Here”, “O Tannenbaum”, and “Linus and Lucy.” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was the first television special based on the Peanuts comic strip, created by Charles M. Schulz. In this special, Charlie Brown is encouraged by Lucy to put on a community Christmas play and is reminded by Linus the true meaning of Christmas.

This certified 4x Platinum soundtrack album remains the second best-selling jazz title in history, and the animated show continues to be a signature television special of the holiday season. Available this season from Craft Recordings, A Charlie Brown Christmas album is available from many music sources, including Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify and more. I received a copy of the CD and I just love all of the songs! My favorite is Christmas Time is Here!

You can enter to win either a CD or vinyl copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This giveaway ends soon so enter now! One lucky winner will win! To enter leave a comment below telling us your favorite Peanuts character! My favorite is Snoopy! I’m a big Snoopy fan! The deadline to enter is Sunday, December 15th at noon PST. U.S Residents only, please.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate this giveaway. SoCal City Kids will choose the winner randomly from all the comments. The image was provided.


Jumanji: The Next Level * Entertaining, Hilarious. Perhaps Surpasses the Original

When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But the game is now broken — and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there’s more obstacles and more danger to overcome. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “This film is pretty entertaining and hilarious, and a surprisingly impressive sequel. It’s a good example of “stupid fun,” and I mean that in a good way. And it is surprisingly emotional too.” Arjun N. adds, “Jumanji: The Next Level keeps things playable, perhaps surpassing the first. The ensemble cast and direction add newfound levels of entertainment. Anyone interested in the Jumanji franchise must catch this on the biggest screen possible.” Abraham F., wraps it up with, “Jumanji: The Next Level is one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen in a while and is an excellent sequel. The movie is funny when it knows to be and serious when called for as well. I do have a concern for this series though, because the entire premise is the same as the original and it could wear out in the near future. Also, some of the tonal switches are really sudden and it throws you off on how to feel in those scenes.” See their full reviews below.

Jumanji: The Next Level
By Calista B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16

This film is pretty entertaining and hilarious, and a surprisingly impressive sequel. It’s a good example of “stupid fun,” and I mean that in a good way. And it is surprisingly emotional too.

This film takes place in an unknown time, sometime after the 2017 Jumanji. Spencer has gone back into the game and the other three players need to go back to rescue him. However, due to the console being broken, Spencer’s grandpa, Eddie and his friend Milo enter the game along with Martha and Fridge, instead of Bethany.

Now, an issue with sequels is the possibility of new viewers being confused and alienated, due to not having seen the first one. However, because Martha and Fridge have to explain the rules of the game to Eddie and Milo, the movie explains the rules to the audience, without it seeming forced.

Speaking of Eddie and Milo, they’re a pretty fun inclusion to this film. As a formula changer they work really well and they easily steal the show. They both have a nice chemistry and, having Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart (of all people) acting like elderly men, makes it even funnier. Honestly, the cast is perfect. Of course, all the returning actors are great, especially Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, since they’re now playing new characters. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Awkwafina is in this film. She’s recently become one of my favorite actresses, so I was really happy when she showed up.

Since this film is a comedy, you’re probably wondering how good the comedy is. Overall, this film is pretty hilarious. In the beginning, most of the comedy comes from Eddie and Milo being confused about the game. While this is pretty funny, it does become somewhat repetitive. Thankfully, the film has a lot of really nice details, such as Eddie admiring his tattoos in the game and Fridge freaking out over cake, due to events from the first movie. Plus, the action scenes are really energetic and fun. They are the perfect definition of “stupid fun.” They’re absolutely ridiculous, but you’re still having a blast.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. If you liked the first film I bet you’ll like this. The film opens in theaters nationwide December 13, 2019. Look for it.

Jumanji: The Next Level
By Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

Jumanji: The Next Level keeps things playable, perhaps surpassing the first. The ensemble cast and direction add newfound levels of entertainment. Anyone interested in the Jumanji franchise must catch this on the biggest screen possible.

The game has changed as the gang returns to Jumanji to rescue one of their own. The players will have to explore parts unknown, from the salty deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to win the world’s most dangerous game.

All of the returning original cast is great, and there is a longer setup that allows for further characterization. Alex Wolff and Morgan Turner, as Spencer and Martha, continue their budding romance as Spencer struggles to manage long-distance dating. Madison Iseman and Ser’Darius Blain, as Bethany and Fridge, show their maturity and growth since the first, especially Bethany who is more inclusive and less cliquey. Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, as Eddie and Milo, add heart and dynamic as their grouchy and forgetful antics are always a good laugh. As you may know from the trailers, the roster of characters makes it back, but not everyone is in the same avatar they were last time. Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan effectively play this change. Awkwafina makes a debut and standouts among this roster as her signature fast mouth is always hilarious.

Jake Kasan directs, as he did the first, and this is even better than the first in terms of stylistic choices and pacing. In fact, it captures the feel of a videogame better than the first. Every sequence feels like a level and the special effects are impressive, especially in the bridge chase which is inspired by the likes of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and the monkeys add pure adrenaline rush. This is truly my favorite scene in the movie.

The message of this film is about teamwork, as the gang is willing to sacrifice themselves to rescue Spencer and leave no one behind. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18 due to action, suggestive content and some language. The movie releases in theaters on December 13, 2019, so check it out.

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

By Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Jumanji: The Next Level is one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen in a while and is an excellent sequel. The movie is funny when it knows to be and serious when called for as well. I do have a concern for this series though, because the entire premise is the same as the original and it could wear out in the near future. Also, some of the tonal switches are really sudden and it throws you off on how to feel in those scenes.

Jumanji: The Next Level takes place two years after the events of the first Jumanji movie. The four friends – Martha, Spencer, Fridge and Bethany – have all gone their separate ways. Over winter break they plan to get back together at a cafe called Nora’s. When Spencer gets home he finds out his grandfather is staying with them as he recovers from hip surgery. The night before the meet-up Spencer is feeling lost and goes to find the Jumanji game console, which we thought had been destroyed. The following morning Martha, Fridge and Bethany show up at Nora’s and wait for Spencer. They call him and he doesn’t pick, which makes them suspicious. So they go to his house where he cannot be found anywhere. Suddenly they hear ominous drumming so they check the basement where a fixed Jumanji console sits.

My favorite part of this movie is the expansion of the already interesting video game world. They keep the video game aspect of the non-playing characters that serve the same purpose as the first film, but give them slight alterations like a classic video game. They also expand on the weaknesses and skills of each of the characters based on what’s coming, as a video game should.

This movie has some amazing star power! My personal favorites are Danny DeVito and Karen Gillan. Danny DeVito is a veteran actor who has starred in films such as The Rainmaker and L.A. Confidential. On the other side of the age spectrum is Karen Gillan, an amazing young actress known for playing Nebula in the MCU and Amy Pond, the companion to the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who.

The message of this movie is the same as the original Jumanji – be yourself because ultimately that’s what matters most. This movie will appeal most to fans of the first installment of the series and The Fast and Furious movies. I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18, but adults will enjoy it as well. I give Jumanji: The Next Level  3.5 out of 5 stars. It opens in theaters December 12, 2019. Look for it.

Merry Christmas Llama Llama! * Three Sweet Stories About Friendship And Everyday Kid Problems

Llama Llama springs to life in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Celebrate the holidays with Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid Sheep, and Gilroy Goat as they give gifts, sing songs, and build snow sculptures. It’s a very Merry Christmas indeed! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Beatrice N. comments, “The holiday season has begun and Llama Llama is soooooooo ready for it! We all remember the loveable Llama Llama books, and now he has sprung to life on screen along with his besties including Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid, and Gilory Goat!” Tiana S., adds, “Merry Christmas Llama Llama! is the perfect holiday movie for kids. Plus, it has two of my favorite holiday things – SNOW and GIFTS! It’s really great how all the episodes focus on friendship and giving.” Christine R. wraps it up with, “These sweet stories about friendship and everyday kid problems are presented in a comfortable, entertaining way that young fans of Llama Llama are sure to enjoy. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8.” See their full reviews below.

Merry Christmas Llama Llama!
By Beatrice Nail, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Merry Christmas! The holiday season has begun and Llama Llama is soooooooo ready for it! We all remember the loveable Llama Llama books, and now he has sprung to life on screen along with his besties including Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid, and Gilory Goat!

In this new holiday DVD Llama Llama starts his season off with a snow sculpting contest, singing Christmas songs and some secret Santa fun! If you are an imagination filled, wholehearted kid who enjoyed the books, written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney, this DVD is for you. I would have thought these episodes were so much fun when I was little, and I still enjoyed them as 10-year-old. My favorite episode is when Llama Llama is the judge of a snow sculpture contest and is having trouble deciding who the winner should be, between his friends. When faced with a problem little Llama turns to Mama Llama (Jennifer Garner) to help him out. Together, Mama and Llama Llama take you through solving the problem with a little bit of imagination and kindness.

The animation is really cool and unique. The characters are all hand-drawn, while the background is painted. There is also a bonus episode about Llama Llama’s favorite library book that someone else has checked out. This episode really deals with the love of reading and how sometimes we need to try different types of books and we may find something new we enjoy. The setting is mostly in Llama Llama’s friendly neighborhood, though he often goes to many different places during the day, such as school, the library, the park and much more. Llama Llama is voiced by Shayle Simons creates the perfect Llama Llama voice. There are three episodes included in this DVD and it is a little over 30 minutes long. 

The message of these episodes is that, even if you are little, you can solve big problems with some imagination, so always use it!

I rate this DVD 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. The DVD is available now, just in time for the holidays. Look for it.

Merry Christmas Llama Llama!
By Tiana Sirmans KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 9

Merry Christmas Llama Llama! is the perfect holiday movie for kids. Plus, it has two of my favorite holiday things – SNOW and GIFTS! It’s really great how all the episodes focus on friendship and giving.

Merry Christmas Llama Llama! is based on the book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. The DVD includes three short stories of adventures that the lead character, Llama Llama (Shayle Simmons), goes on with his friends. In the first short story, Llama Llama has to judge a snow sculpture contest between his friends and pick a winner without hurting anyone’s feelings. In the next one, Secret Santa, Llama Llama and his friends are secret Santas and have trouble picking gifts and keeping their secret Santas a secret. In the bonus episode, Llama Llama Loves to Read, Llama Llama and his friends have to pick out books to read out loud to the younger kids. Llama Llama can’t find his favorite book at the library and his friend Gilroy Goat is nervous about reading out loud. In all three episodes, I really love seeing the great friendship between Llama Llama and how they always support each other. They always find ways to make other people feel good about themselves.

The three stories are all quite good and have great animation. One of my favorite parts was watching Llama Llama finish reading and then jumping into a pile of leaves. One cool thing is seeing how they finish things they have to do and are off to do something fun, like sledding. George Gabriel’s music is really catchy and short, which is perfect for the short episodes.

The DVD has two different stories and a bonus story and they all have different messages, but they all have the same theme of friendship! In each episode there is some problem that needs to be solved and gives them a chance to show what good friends should do for each other.

Merry Christmas Llama Llama! is a great DVD for movie days around holiday break. I rate this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for age 3 to 12. Merry Christmas Llama Llama! is currently available on where DVDs are sold.

Merry Christmas Llama Llama!

Reviewed by Christine R, KIDS FIRST! Reviewer

The DVD Merry Christmas Llama Llama! delivers two holiday stories and a bonus story about reading. This series is based on the Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney. In “Snow Show,” the teacher announces a snow sculpture contest and the judge will be one of the students themselves. No surprise when Llama Llama is chosen, but can he be fair and choose just one winner? Mama Llama, voiced by Jennifer Garner, gives him advice that helps devise a clever way to ensure all his friends are recognized, while still awarding one champion. In the second story “Secret Santa,” classmates must keep their Secret Santa from each other, made especially tricky when they all end up at the same store. The timeless lesson is that giving gifts makes you feel good. Bonus episode, “Llama Llama Loves to Read” highlights the importance of reading practice. Gilroy Goat must overcome his reluctance to read aloud, which he does when paired with the perfect book and many repeated readings. Llama Llama must find a new book when his first choice is not in the library. These sweet stories about friendship and everyday kid problems are presented in a comfortable, entertaining way that young fans of Llama Llama are sure to enjoy. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8.