Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Sneak Previews: New Kids Movies in 2019 You're Going to Want to See!

It's a fun, family tradition that every summer the best family movies of the year are released during the crazy-days (and no schools) of summertime.

Below are the most exciting kids movies of Summer 2019!




Dumbo - March 29

Plot Summary
Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction -- bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture.
Cast: Colin FarrellMichael KeatonDanny DeVitoEva GreenAlan ArkinNico ParkerFinley Hobbins

Missing Link - April 12
Plot Summary
Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link -- 8 feet tall and covered in fur -- recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.

Ugly Dolls - May 3
Plot Summary
In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection -- a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different -- ultimately realizing that they don't have to be perfect to be amazing.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 - June 7
Plot Summary
The further adventures of Max the dog and his furry animal friends.

Toy Story 4 - June 21
Plot Summary
Woody and Buzz Lightyear embark on an adventurous road trip with old and new friends.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Kids: Birthday Party Ideas for April-May-June

April showers bring May flowers—and a whole new range of birthday party themes. Give your springtime baby a bash worth remembering with one of these fun spring birthday party ideas. Here are kids parties we think will be big this spring and beyond.


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Everything is Awesome

LEGO bricks never go out of style, but we predict LEGO parties will be especially big this spring building off of The LEGO Movie 2. We love this theme because the party activities plan themselves. Dump out a pile of bricks and let your master builder have at it. Pass out Minifigs as the perfect party favor. Then, follow Mer Mag's inspired example and set out a plate of rectangular cookies, bright icing, and Spree candies so kids can make their own party treats. For more LEGO party ideas, check out Mer Mag's post.

Fab Flamingo

Flamingos in party-perfect pink are an extra-festive kids' party theme. We love this party's tropical flair that will brighten up even the rainiest spring day. Plus, flamingos are the hot new bird—suddenly, we're seeing them everywhere. Flap on over to Catch My Party for more flamingo party style.





Splish-Splash

Think your springtime baby will never be able to have a pool party? Fear not! Pack up your pool noodles and head down to your local pool or an indoor water park. Great Wolf Lodge has 18 locations in the US and Canada full of water slides and wave pools. Bring your kiddo and their BFFs for a wild, splash-filled bash. Bonus: when the kids' fingers turn to prunes, they can have fun out of the water on Great Wolf Lodges' ropes courses or wand-waving magical quests. Check out the party packages with extras like Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream cake.



Camp It Out

You'll want to invite all your forest friends to this woodland lumberjack party. We love that it offers an indoor twist on a camping party, so you'll be ready to celebrate rain or shine. The animal-covered cupcakes are adorable and delicious. Pull out your plaid flannel and get inspired by the Woodland Lumberjack Party featured at Kara's Party Ideas.


Sleepunder + Donuts = Magic

If you're kiddo's begging for a sleepover, but you're worried about whether or not it's the right time to open that door, throw a sleepunder instead. It's all the fun of a sleepover—think PJs, movies, and giggle-fests—and then everyone goes home to sleep in their own cozy beds. Add in a giant pink donut cake like this one, and we think you've got a super spring party.




Fore!

A golf-themed party is a hole in one. We love Pretty My Party's birthday par-tee. Argyle-patterned pretzels and golf-adorned desserts make it a delicious celebration. For bigger kids, you can add some extra fun with a mini-golf outing.


Bug Out Bash

Bug out with the tiny critters that are buzzing in your garden. Little explorers will love a creepy crawly celebration complete with gummy worms and ants on a log. Check out this Events by Taryn party for some creature-filled ideas.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Find the Best Kids Shows to Watch on Netflix

Between Netflix Originals and new seasons of kids’ shows and movies that seem to debut daily, it can be hard to wade through it all to find what you really want to watch—especially when the platform currently doesn’t allow you to browse by categories.

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If you need a little help finding the good stuff, this Netflix sub-genre hack that uses secret Netflix codes is about to make your life a whole lot easier. Read on for more!

So, how do you use these Netflix secret codes? This magical list of every secret Netflix code can spare you the pain of searching for what feels like forever when your kiddo just wants to watch something—anything—right now.

To get started, simply copy and paste this URL into your browser bar: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/CODE. Just replace “CODE” with one of the numerical codes from the list below to view all the titles in the category you want.

Here are some all of the helpful Netflix sub-genre codes just for kids and family content:

Animal Tales (5507)
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy for ages 8 to 10 (2247)
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy for ages 11 to 12 (3392)
Ages 8-10 (561)
Biographical Children & Family Movies (2478)
British Children & Family Movies (2473)
British Education for Kids (1606)
British Movies for ages 2 to 4 (745)
Children & Family Movies (783)
Children & Family Movies based on real life (4927)
Children & Family Movies directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. (31)
Children & Family Movies directed by Dan Riba (2704)
Children & Family Movies directed by Dean Gordon (4379)
Children & Family Movies directed by Don Bluth (3202)
Children & Family Movies directed by Jules Bass (1495)
Children & Family Movies directed by Michael Hack (991)
Children & Family Movies directed by Richard Rich (2210)
Children & Family Movies directed by Roger McIntosh (2821)
Children & Family Movies directed by Vic Finch (4342)
Children & Family Movies from the 1930s (1831)
Children & Family Movies from the 1940s (1860)
Children & Family Movies from the 1950s (1883)
Children & Family Movies from the 1960s (1909)
Children & Family Movies from the 1970s (1929)
Children & Family Movies from the 1980s (1951)
Children & Family Movies on Blu-ray (3728)
Children & Family Movies starring Ashley Olsen (1329)
Children & Family Movies starring Don Knotts (3768)
Children & Family Movies starring Muppets (46)
Children & Family Movies starring Muppets (46)
Children & Family Movies starring Neil Morrissey (2909)
Christmas, Children & Family Films (1474017)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, Ages 5 to 7 (1477201)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, Ages 8 to 10 (1477204)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, Ages 11 to 12 (1477206)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, British (1527064)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, Canadian (1721544)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, European (1527063)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, Feel-good (1475066)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, From the 1990s (1476024)
Christmas, Children & Family Films, Goofy (1475071)
Christmas, Family-friendly Films (1394522)
Comedies for ages 5 to 7 (2514)
Comic Book and Superhero Movies (10118)
Comic Book and Superhero Movies for ages 5 to 7 (3562)
Comic Book and Superhero Movies for ages 11 to 12 (2072)
Comic Book and Superhero Movies from the 1940s (1825)
Comic Book and Superhero Movies from the 1960s (1876)
Comic Book and Superhero Movies from the 1980s (1925)
Coming-of-age Movies for ages 5 to 7 (989)
Coming-of-age Movies for ages 11 to 12 (535)
Dinosaurs (67687)
Disney (67673)
Disney Musicals (59433)
Dramas based on children’s books (1129)
Dramas for ages 8 to 10 (1267)
Education for Kids (10659)
Emotional Dramas for ages 11 to 12 (3498)
Family Features (51056)
Feel-good Children & Family Movies (4505)
Feel-good Children & Family Movies from the 1960s (4308)
Feel-good Children & Family Movies from the 1970s (4333)
Feel-good Children & Family Movies from the 1980s (4355)
Feel-good Children & Family Movies starring Muppets (2663)
Feel-good Dramas for ages 11 to 12 (2155)
Feel-good Dramas for ages 8 to 10 (4999)
Feel-good Education & Guidance starring Muppets (4699)
Feel-good Movies starring Muppets (3670)
Feel-good Sports Movies for ages 8 to 10 (855)
Feel-good Teen Coming-of-age Comedies (1301)
Feel-good Teen Dramas (4793)
Feel-good Teen Movies (2548)
Foreign Children & Family (3277)
Goofy Animal Tales (904)
Goofy Children & Family Movies (355)
Goofy Children & Family Movies on Blu-ray (958)
Goofy Comedies for ages 11 to 12 (2177)
Goofy Comedies for ages 5 to 7 (1552)
Goofy Comic Book and Superhero Movies (2127)
Goofy Sports Children & Family Movies (4173)
Homework Help (2380)
Imaginative Children & Family Movies (312)
Imaginative Children & Family Movies from the 1980s (36)
Imaginative Movies based on children’s books (2253)
Imaginative Movies for ages 2 to 4 (3164)
Imaginative Movies for ages 5 to 7 (2368)
Imaginative Movies for ages 8 to 10 (4420)
Independent Children & Family Movies (1525)
Inspiring Movies for ages 11 to 12 (4043)
Inspiring Movies for ages 5 to 7 (4561)
Inspiring Teen Movies (1349)
Kids Faith & Spirituality (751423)
Kids’ fitness (1530)
Kids’ Music (52843)
Kids’ TV (27346)
Movies based on children’s books (10056)
Movies for ages 0 to 2 (6796)
Movies for ages 2 to 4 (6218)
Movies for ages 5 to 7 (5455)
Movies for ages 8 to 10 (561)
Movies for ages 11 to 12 (6962)
Princesses (67624)
Quirky Children & Family Movies (4656)
Quirky Children & Family Movies from the 1980s (2005)
Quirky Movies based on children’s books (967)
Quirky Movies for ages 8 to 10 (4910)
Sentimental Animal Tales (3338)
Sentimental Children & Family Movies (4942)
Sentimental Children & Family Movies from the 1980s (3645)
Sentimental Dramas for ages 11 to 12 (4859)
Sentimental Movies based on children’s books (3869)
Slapstick Comedies for ages 11 to 12 (2093)
Slapstick Comedies for ages 5 to 7 (2499)
Sports Children & Family Movies (453)
Tearjerkers for ages 11 to 12 (128)
Teen Action & Adventure (3754)
Teen Comedies (3519)
Teen Coming-of-age Dramas (4295)
Teen Coming-of-age Movies (2916)
Teen Dramas (9299)
Teen Independent Comedies (4441)
Teen Movies (2340)
Teen Sports Comedies (945)
Teen Sports Movies (3410)
TV Cartoons (11177)
TV Comedies for ages 5 to 7 (4887)
TV Shows for ages 11 to 12 (4293)
War Movies for ages 8 to 10 (4194)
Check out the complete, utterly massive list of sub-genres and Netflix secret codes here.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Finish February Like a Champ, Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids

We all like to feel good; feel appreciated, feel like we matter.  What if I told you that you could make a meaningful difference to your kids in new ways, every day for the rest of the month?  Following the below ideas, you could even share more and create a stronger bond and happier days.

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While these gestures may seem trivial to adults, they go a long way with your little ones. Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile. 

1. Wear that macaroni necklace to work. Well, at least until you're safely out the door.

2.Tape a family mantra or slogan (Unstoppable! We can, we will! We've got this!) to your refrigerator door and invoke it whenever your child feels discouraged.

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3. Go for a walk with just one child.

4. Slip a note (and an occasional piece of chocolate) into her lunch box.

5. Build your own Minecraft world alongside his.

6. Say "yes" to something usually off-limits, like sitting on the counter. 

7. Show as much enthusiasm on amusement-park rides as they do. 

8. If you quarrel in front of your child, make sure that he also sees you make up.

9. When her room looks like a tsunami swept through it, close the door and get on with your day.

10. Skype or do FaceTime with Grandma every now and then. 

11. If your child has given it a good try, but he's still miserable and anxious and really, truly wants to quit the team, give him your blessing.

12. Go ahead: Let your 4-year-old stomp in every puddle along the way. Even without rain boots.

13. Get out the glitter glue and make a birthday card for your child.

14. Take in a pet that needs a home—and a child's love.

15. Hold off with the barrage of how-was-your-day questions if your child comes home from school grumpy and tired. You can always get the rundown at the dinner table.

BONUS IDEAS:

1. Cultivate your own rituals and traditions: Taco Tuesdays, Sunday-afternoon bike ride, apple picking every fall.

2. Ask your kid to teach you how to do something for a change. And once you get the hang of it, be sure to tell him what a good teacher he is.

3. Let your child wear her dress-up clothes to the supermarket. All month if she wants to.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Science-Cool? : New Netflix Show 'Brainchild' Makes Science Fun For Kids

Kids, are you the curious type?  Always asking questions?  Always wondering, hmmmm?  Well Netflix's newest show is for you!

Meet Netflix's new science show "Brainchild" and its host Sahana Srinivasan




Similar to popular family-friendly science shows — such as "Bill Nye the Science Guy" and "Beakman's World" — the show takes science and makes it fun.

The show's first season was released on Nov. 2, 2018 and features 13 episodes. The episodes range in topic, covering everything from the impact that social media has on our lives to whether there could be other life in the universe.

"I think what "Brainchild" does really well is explore topics that may not be discussed in school traditionally," Srinivasan said.

"Brainchild" also offers something new: it's hosted by a woman of color.

Srinivasan, 22, is an Indian-American woman from Texas who in addition to her role as "Brainchild" host, is also currently studying to get a degree in radio, television and film from the University of Texas. She told NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro that hosting the show allows her to represent greater diversity in science.

"In TV shows and movies ... it's almost always like a guy," she said. "When we see that, it could be discouraging for young girls who are very interested in going into STEM fields — or STEAM, which incorporates art into engineering and science, math, etc. So seeing a woman talk about science is very refreshing and engaging at the same time."

Monday, February 4, 2019

Netflix in February: Great Family Movies, Shows to Stream

As we enter a new month, it's time to spread the love on all the kids shows and movies coming to Netflix in February 2019. Yes, there are a handful of special Valentine’s Day-themed episodes of your favorite shows, as well as some new seasons of Netflix Original cartoons.

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Free Rein: Valentine's Day

The young ladies from your fave equestrian show are back in Free Rein: Valentine's Day. On a planned Galentine's Day adventure the girls are in search for the Maid's Stone, while battling adversaries and friendship woes. The original film gallops into town on Feb. 1.



True: Happy Hearts Day

True and Bartleby are on a mission to cheer up Glummy Glooma in this special episode of True: Happy Hearts Day. Everyone in the Rainbow Kingdom wants to share the love and their happy hearts on this special take on Valentine's Day. The episode lands on Feb. 1.


The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Season 2

Summer has arrived in season two of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants. The duo wants to spend the season at summer camp, but they have to manage their grades and Melvin before they can get there. Pants-dropping fun arrives on Feb. 8.



The Dragon Prince Season 2

Season two of the Netflix original The Dragon Prince follows Rayla and her quest for Xadia. Can she and the two princes make it before Claudia and Soren? Join the adventure on Feb. 15.


...And Even More Kids Movies!


Aside from Netflix's lineup of original content, some classic family movies and shows new to the steaming provider are hopping into rotation.

In the family and kids genre, hang with canine friends in Beverly Hills Chihuahua on Feb. 3. Get the family together for a watch of Little Women on Feb. 11. Take a swim with Dolphin Tale 2 starting Feb 25.

What's Leaving Netflix in February
Get ready to say goodbye to several kid favorites in February, too, as these titles are ditching Netflix:

Leaving Feb. 1:

Disney's The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Ella Enchanted
Leaving Feb 3:

Sing
Leaving Feb. 19:

Disney's Girl Meets World: Seasons 1-3

Monday, January 21, 2019

Kid-Friendly Facts for Lunar New Year 2019

Here are some interesting Chinese New Year Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.

This new year celebration is also called Lunar New Year and celebrated also as Spring Festival. It is celebrated in January or February in many countries around the world.

This year, the first month of the new lunar year starts according to the Chinese calendar on February 5, 2019.  
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What is Chinese New Year?
The Chinese Calendar
Lunar New Year Wishes
Chinese New Year Food
Lunar New Year Traditions
Chinese New Year Customs: What NOT TO DO
  • Do not wash or cut your hair on the first days of the Lunar New Year. This would be seen as a sign of washing and cutting away good luck.
  • Do not clean your house with a broom on the first day of Lunar New Year. Cleaning is a sign of swiping away good luck - so if one has to clean something away, then it must be done after dark.
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  • Do not do laundry on Chinese New Year. Doing laundry means washing away of good luck and wealth.
  • Don’t give gifts which are black or white in colour. Also do not give clocks or watches or shoes. Watches would mean that time is running out and shoes would mean that one could walk away from the friendship or relationship.
  • Don't give gifts in uneven numbers. Always give gifts in pairs such as two oranges or two coins.
  • Don't dress in white, black or dark blue during this time. Wear colourful clothing, especially red, orange, and yellow colours are appreciated.
Chinese Zodiac Signs
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Many countries celebrate the new year according to the Chinese Calendar and not only to our calendar which is the Gregorian calendar starting on the 1st of January.
Lunar New Year is an important public holiday for many countries including China, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan. In many countries, Chinese communities celebrate in the city's 'Chinatown' districts.
This important date on the Chinese calendar has been celebrated for many centuries. During the festivities ancestors are honoured and traditional ceremonies are held where people get together and welcome the new year with customs that shall bring good luck, good fortune, wealth, prosperity and happiness.


The spring festival festivities for the new year take 15 days in most countries. The new year is often celebrated with dragon dances, lion dances, gift exchanging and fireworks. It ends typically with lantern festivals on the 15th day of the first calendar month. See below an image from the Pingxi Sky Festival which is celebrated in Taiwan every year to end the new year's festivities.
The Chinese calendar is about one month behind our (so called Gregorian) calendar as it has between 30 and 50 more days per year. And the Chinese zodiac calendar has a cycle of 12 years. The calendar was started on astronomical observations of the moon's phases.
Each year a Chinese zodiac animal is the symbol for the year.
The 12 Chinese zodiac animals are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
Look again at the listing of animals! They always come in the same order, so 2018 was the year of the dog, 2019 is the year of the pig and 2020 will be the year of the rat. Which year will it be in 2021? (We share the answer at the bottom of the page under 'Resources')


People wish each other good luck, happiness and wealth for the new year. The words used most in good wishes are: happiness, wealth, prosperity, prosperous, auspicious
'Gong Xi Fa Cai' means 'Have a prosperous new year'
Most common are the Mandarin words: Gong Xi Fa Cai (try to pronounce it as Gong-she-faa-tsai) and the Cantonese: Gong Hey Fat Choy (pronounce it as: Gong Hee Faat Choy). Both wishes mean: Wishing you a prosperous new year. 
People eat ‘auspicious food’ during the new year period. For many, this means fish dishes. A fish is a symbol of good luck, wealth and healthy life.
Dumplings are traditionally eaten during the festivities. These little round rice flour balls are often filled with vegetables. Mandarin oranges, dried fruit and even sweets are seen as lucky food. Candy boxes and little round shaped biscuits symbolising gold or fortune are served everywhere.
And make sure your plate is never empty, as this would be seen as your luck has run out. Food is often prepared up to a week before, so one must not use a knife or fire for cooking on New Years day, as cutting with a knife for many would symbolise ill luck.
A popular food are long noodles that symbolise good fortune as well as a long life.
A typical new year's dish is Yusheng. This raw fish salad with rice or long noodles is eaten during by many during the festive period.
Many eat Yusheng on the seventh day of the new year. The dish is a symbol for wealth and longevity, this fish salad is usually served in a huge dish in the middle of a table, where family members and friends toss the noodles in the big bowl together and then eat.


Dragon dances and lion dance festivals will usher in the new year in many cities. Some families may even invite a dance troupe into their homes as well.
Firecrackers are lit as these shall bring good luck and fortune. However, due to security reasons, firecrackers are banned in many areas nowadays and official fireworks displays are held instead.
On the second day of the new year, families will visit each other and hand over little gifts. And sometimes the family dog gets a gift too!
Gifts are handed money or little tokens in red packets or envelopes as these symbolise prosperity and happiness. Married family members hand red envelopes (called hongbaoin Mandarin) with money to others to show their goodwill and give blessings for the new year to the other family members.
Children sometimes get oranges, sweets or coins. Always make sure to give an even number of gifts or in the amount of money. So always at least two mandarins, two packets or two coins. And the number eight is considered an especially lucky or auspicious number.
The bright colours and especially red colours are seen as a lucky symbol. Red decorations, lanterns and colourful symbols can be seen everywhere. These shall attract luck and prosperity for the year to come.
Many people dress mainly in red coloured clothing for the festivities. Often people also buy new clothes to show that a fresh beginning is celebrated with the new year. In the Mandarin language, the word for ‘red’ has the same sound as the word for ‘prosperous’.
There are some rules when observing Chinese New Year. For example, scissors and brooms are banned to stay in the cupboards on the first day of Lunar New Year. These tools are considered to create bad luck for the year to come and brush away the good luck. So better keep them out of sight and out of action on this day!
The Chinese distinguish between five types of each animal species in their zodiac according to the elements: fire, earth, metal, wood and water.

The Chinese zodiac signs will be combined with the five elements. There are five different specific animals such as the fire rooster (2017) or the earth ox (2009) or metal/gold tiger (2010). For 2019 we should say: 2019 is the Year of the earth pig. 

People are assigned a zodiac sign according to their year of their birth. And zodiac signs are said to show certain characteristics. 'Pig' characteristics would apply then for people born in the 'year of the pig': These people are considered as energetic, enthusiastic, tolerant and hard working but sometimes a bit overconfident and very busy.

Are you or anybody in your family born in the year of the dog? The last ‘pig’ years were: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971 or 1959.