Archives for May 27, 2021

Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids At Home

Like everyone else, children have had to stay at home for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The youngest had to get used to remote learning, with schools not being a viable option at this time. In such a situation, parents found their hands full with both their full-time jobs and full-time childcare.

As a result of so many things being closed, parents had to keep their kids entertained to tire them out at the end of the day. While life is slowly returning for adults, going back to complete normalcy might still be a few months away. There are places like Jumbaloo Playgrounds where your kids can have fun safely. Along with this, here are some activities that you can occupy your kids with when they’re at home beyond just reading books and spending time watching videos.

Build an indoor cave or fort

Building an indoor den or fort is a classic activity that almost all of us have enjoyed at some point in our lives. It’s a sure way of keeping your kids busy and entertained. The best (and safest) way to build an indoor fort is with blankets, bedsheets, pillows and some furniture pushed together. You can gather some of your kids’ toys and put it in the fort to create a playful area. Their imagination will run wild as they make up their own stories around the fort.

A treasure hunt

Creating a treasure hunt around your home is another way to keep your children engaged. You can hide small things like chocolates or toys and give them a map with the hidden treasures marked for them to find. You can explain the map to your children and even help them with clues if you have the time. This can be a family activity as the adults can get involved with guiding the kids around.

Life-size drawings

This activity is bound to keep your children busy for hours. You can stick together a load of sheets of paper, or you can buy a big paper roll instead, and place it on the floor. Ask your kids to lie down on it and outline their body on the paper. Once the outline is ready, they can go wild with crayons, paint, stickers, glitter and other accessories. You can then use these drawings as wall decor in their room walls afterwards.

Being locked inside can be difficult for children, as they likely miss their friends and being active. As kids continue to spend most of their time within their homes, it is important for the parents to keep them entertained and engaged in fun activities while helping them to think creatively. Many activities can also be turned into family activities to provide the adults a much-needed break from their work.

Photo Credit: Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash

P!nk: All I Know So Far * Each And Every Second Is Enjoyable

This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at P!NK as she balances family and life on the road, leading up to her first Wembley Stadium performance on 2019’s “Beautiful Trauma” world tour. The film follows P!nk as she balances being a performer with her role as a mother, wife and boss. It mixes footage from the road, behind the scenes interviews, and personal material. On the tour, P!nk played 156 shows in 18 countries. The film is produced by Michael Gracey and Isabella Parish, with Luminaries, Silent House and Lefty Paw Print.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Hazel A. comments, “I was intrigued by P!nk: All I Know So Far and enjoyed each and every second of it, from its realistic aspect to the behind-the-scenes showing them working on the performances. We see that P!nk loves her family just as much as she loves performing and how she makes time for both. Each and every part of this documentary is amazing.” Nathalia J. adds, “This film shows the true meaning of kindness. What I took away from watching it is: you are perfectly perfect just the way you are. You may appear “weird” and “not normal” to others, but do not let them define who you truly are.” See their full reviews below.

P!nk: All I Know So Far

By Hazel A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

I was intrigued by P!nk: All I Know So Far and enjoyed each and every second of it, from its realistic aspect to the behind-the-scenes showing them working on the performances. We see that P!nk loves her family just as much as she loves performing and how she makes time for both. Each and every part of this documentary is amazing.

This documentary gives the audience an inside peek into the life of P!nk as a performer and  a mom, while counting down to one of the biggest moments in her life – her 2019 Wembley Stadium performance. This film gives you a taste of all the hard work that P!nk and her team put into every performance. Plus, it shows how she balances her profession with being a mother of two and being absolutely great at both.

The beginning of P!nk: All I Know So Far pulled me in immediately as it gave me the feeling that I was about to see something incredible. And, I was one hundred percent right; I love everything about this documentary. I loved seeing the honest and hardworking P!nk on screen. She conveys how hard being the boss can be, especially as a woman in this industry. In P!nk’s case, her team respects her and is committed to perfecting their performance as they practice dance moves and rework blocking to make things easier on P!nk. This film shows you that Pink is just as human as the rest of us. She may be a singer with many hits, but at the end of the day, she is back with her family doing what most people do. She wants to be a great mom and that’s the main reason she brings her kids on tour with her. Seeing how much P!nk loves her family brings a calm and heartwarming aspect to the film. I learned a lot about P!nk that I didn’t know before and that helped me understand her better. I love seeing P!nk give advice to her younger self as well as to her kids. I found myself learning some things to use in my own life. My favorite thing was, “Lead by example, work hard.” She does both as she participates in this beautiful but overwhelming business, while absolutely killing it. You might find yourself learning new things about the pop-star P!nk and you will be inspired by what is on screen.

This film really shows audiences how much hard work P!nk puts into her art. We usually only see the final product of P!nk being on stage. This shows the ups and downs she goes through as a performer and how she deals with everything thrown at her. 

I give P!nk: All I Know So Far 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults.  P!nk: All I Know So Far can be streamed on Amazon Prime now.

P!nk: All I Know So Far

By Nathalia J, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

P!nk: All I Know So Far, a new Amazon concert documentary on the singer, by Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) highlights the daily struggles and fortunate moments through the eyes of Pink, showcasing how she balances being a wife, woman, Grammy-award winning singer and above all, a mother. 

The documentary shows Pink during the summer of 2019 as she travels throughout Europe on her “Beautiful Trauma” world visit with her kids and spouse, Carey Hart, a previously proficient motocross competitor. The opening minutes effectively compare two sides of the artist – the brave entertainer swinging on a chandelier-like structure over a swarmed stadium in a dark sparkle leotard and the active mother taking her family from one city to the next.

Beginning in Amsterdam, Pink talks about the road bumps of life on the road and the new struggles with being a mother of two children. She is not only hoping for a wonderful experience on tour for her fans, but also for the moment of a lifetime for her kids. “The only way I can justify dragging my family all over the world is that we are making memories together,” she says. It’s truly wonderful to see how passionate and dedicated she is in bringing out her best with every performance. However, it’s sad to see how much pressure she is put under and how tough she is on herself. 

P!nk: All I Know So Far reveals show rehearsals, bike rides through different cities and unplanned moments. These scenes highlight her family’s dynamics, showing her open communication with her kids, and showing Pink’s parenting style. Pink works hard to foster an inclusive nurturing environment; she wants her children to stay quirky and fun, and she encourages them to be nothing but themselves. P!nk: All I Know So Far doesn’t ever get as raw as promised. The film spends far more time telling rather than showing, and uses lots of explanatory narration. I found that a bit distracting and it didn’t hold my interest as much as when we actually got to peek behind the scenes of her life. After all, this is a film, not a short story or novel.  My favorite parts are the moments when Pink is hanging out with all her background dancers and seeing their connection with Pink’s oldest daughter, Willow and her youngest son, Jameson.  Of course, getting to see her practice all her stunts and almost flying through the air is exhilarating. She has so much love for everyone she associates herself with and who supports her. One moment that is extremely heartfelt, is when Pink reads messages from her fans. One woman that shared her story and battles told how Pink’s music and ‘I don’t care’ attitude has influenced her and ultimately saved her. 

This film shows the true meaning of kindness. What I took away from watching it is: you are perfectly perfect just the way you are. You may appear “weird” and “not normal” to others, but do not let them define who you truly are. 

I give P!nk: All I Know So Far 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18, plus adults. It’s available now on Amazon Prime Video.