Tinkerbell – DVD Review


We decided to buy the new DVD, Tinkerbell.  I was not to sure how the movie would be.  I was never a Peter Pan fan growing up but both my kids sure know who Peter Pan is.  Saturday night,  we sat down and watched the movie.  It was a very good straight to DVD movie from Disney.

Here is the basic description of the plot. Tinker Bell will speak in an original film that reveals many of the mysteries of nature through this Disney story.   Tinker Bell opens the doors to Pixie Hollow, a secret hideaway deep in the heart of Never Land, where the Disney Fairies make their home. 

I enjoyed the message from the film of recognizing who you are and what your talents are and how you can help the world with your own talents, instead of wishing for another person’s talent. Also a nice theme theme of dreaming for things that other people say you can never have, and having the will to work for it anyways is written into this story.

The animation is really good and the movie had a great story with some good themes. My 2 1/2 year old daughter sat through most of the movie as well as my four year old son.   If you are thinking of pick it up, I would highly recommend it.  I would give this movie a 4.5 stars out of 5.


Kung Fu Panda Review

I had the opportunity to go out with the family to see Kung Fu Panda.  This was not a movie i was looking forward to but I am always up to get out with the kids on the weekend.  I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old.  We were not sure how are two year old would do.  I knew my dour year old would sit through most of it.

 Overall the movie is cute.  Just imagine watching a Kung Fu movie in a cartoon format.  Here is the basic plot.

Po loves to play with action figures of the legendary Furious Five—Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. He dreams of being in their ranks as a true deliverer of kung fu awesomeness. But, alas, he is only a chubby, stumble-footed and easily winded panda, not a lightning-fast, disciplined martial artist. So he’s stuck in the family noodle business.

When word goes out that a Dragon Warrior will be chosen to fulfill legend and defend the Jade Kingdom from the dreaded martial arts master Tai Lung, Po can’t contain his excitement. With a great deal of effort he lugs his considerable heft up the hundreds of steps to the Jade Palace to see who will land the great honor.

Turns out, he lands it—after accidentally crashing the tryout party.

Nobody can believe it. Especially not the Furious Five and their kung fu master Shifu. But since the enemy is already on his way, they have to do something. If Tai Lung gets his hands on the lauded Dragon Scroll, he will surely be powerful enough to rule the world. Po must do whatever it takes to face the fearsome and treacherous foe. Uh … right after lunch, that is. ”

Overall the movie is fun.  My two year old was not into the movie that much.  My four year old got up a few times to go to the bathroom and since he saw his sister walking around, he want to do the same thing but he ended up watching 75% of the movie.  I asked him if he liked the movie and he gave me an enthusiastic yes!  What I saw of the movie, I enjoyed.  I would recommend taking your kids.  From personal experiences, I know my kids will copy what other kids do.  If they see someone else up, then they will do the same.  My son is older and better now.  i would take him to most kid’s movie.  My daughter I will probally wait another half year. 

So I would give Kung Fu Panda 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.  I would recommend it to anyone with kids or without.  In regards to taking the kids to the theater, it really depends on the kid.  It can be hit or miss, so beware.  The first time I took my son to see a movie (Cars), he watched about 10 minutes of the movie and walked out.  I would say this is definitely one of the best kid’s movie of 2008.

Tot T-Ball: It’s That Time of Year

Everyone has their stories about getting their kids involved in their first sports activity.

  My wife signed up our son for T-Ball on Saturday mornings.  It is more of a fundamental class on the basics of T-Ball for six weeks.   I must say I was a bit excited to take my son to his first t-ball activity.  To be honest, I am not a baseball fan but I know that any activity my son has the opportunity to hang out with other kids is great for him.  My son needs to work on catching the ball and hitting the ball with a bat but he can throw the ball very well.  The only thing about having two kids is my daughter wants to play some t-ball too.  She always wants to play with the bigger kids.  It is great to watch my kids have fun. 

Ice Cream Specials – Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day & Baskin Robbins 31 cent Scoop Night

I love ice cream! I can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I just received an e-mail with some exciting news.
Today, April 29th is Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream shops. Feel free to check out their website to find a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop near you.
Tomorrow, April 30th is 31 cent scoop night at Baskin Robbins. From 5pm until 10pm Baskin Robbins will be offering scoops of their 31 flavors for only 31 cents. Feel free to check out their website for a Baskin Robbins near you.
This is a great opportunity for individuals or families to get out.  It may even be a good excuse to go out on a date. Guys feel free to offer to pay and she will think you’re a stud. :>





Activities with Toddlers in Southern California -Griffith Observatory

Hi all,

Just last weekend the family took an outing to the Griffith Observatoryin Los Angeles.  There are so many activities available at Griffith Parkbut this blog  entry will focus on the observatory. In one of my earlier post, I mention the LA Zoo which is also located within the Griffith Park area.

We arrived at the observatory during the middle of the day.  My wife was patient and found a parking spot extremely close to the observatory.  Parking is free as is admission to the observatory.  Both my 22 month old and my 3 1/2 year old enjoyed the exhibits.  I am not sure how much of it they understood but it seems like they had fun.  It might have been the fact that they got to run around and see some interesting things.

The observatory has recently been remodeled.  A cafe has been added to lower right hand side of the observatory.  It is a great place to get a good view of Los Angeles.  If there is ever a clear day in Los Angeles, it is easy to see the ocean from there. They have expanded many exhibits to the lower level.  The observatory is nicely laid out with plenty of space to roam around.  There is a planetarium show for a nominal fee but it is not recommended for children under five.  The Hollywood sign is not far from the observatory and can easily be seen.  Parking is a battle but if you are patient a spot will open up.

I would highly recommend taking the kids out to the Griffith Observatory.  If the kids get bored, Griffith Park is a great place to let the kids get out to play and have a picnic.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the day.


Playtime with the kids – Geotrax Fun

I have to admit, lately I have been addicted to creating new Geotrax layouts with my kids.  Geotrax is an interactive railroad set for toddlers made by Fisher Price.  After laying the track, simply place the train on the track and the kids are free to operate the train with a remote control.  The first generation of trains only offered trains that moved forward.  The newer trains can go either forwards or backwards and include a lego like figure.

My 3 1/2 year old son helps me build the tracks.  Both he and his sister (22 month old) enjoy playing with the trains by remote control.  The also enjoy crashing the trains but it is worth the fun.  To be honest I can’t wait to see what fisher price comes out for the next add-on for the set.  I heard a rumor that they are making an airport add-on for the future.


Activites with Toddlers in Southern California – LA Zoo

   Well it is another beautiful sunny weekend in California.  My wife and I were set to take the kids to the LA Zoo.  It was not too hot and it was a short drive.  The La Zoo is locate at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and parking is always free. Tickets to the zoo are $10 for adults (13 and up) and $5 for kids (2 to 12).  Kids under 2 are free.  After much thinking my wife and I decided to get a year pass for the family for only $75.  This pass can be used to get into other participating  zoos throughout California and the US at a discounted price.  There is a list of around 140 zoos and aquariums that offer either discounted admissions or free admissions with the LA Zoo pass.

The LA Zoo has many exhibits to enjoy.  The monkeys were quite active today as were the giraffes.  There is even a petting zoo for the little kids to enjoy.  It was funny to watch my 3 1/2 year old son scared to get close to any off the animals in the petting zoo but my 21 month year old daughter who seems to have no fear when she gets around the animals.   The zoo has many different animals to see.  My son enjoyed the zoo more than my daughter.  The zoo has an assortment of animals from zebras to apes and gorillas to camels and even a spider exhibit. 

The zoo is a fun place for the kids to see some cool animals but let me give one warning.  Be prepared to do some walking and if you have kids, I would recommend a stroller for them.  My daughter spent a lot of time in the stroller and my son spent a little time in it as well.  There is a guided tram for an additional price that will take you around the zoo and make stops at various exhibits.  The LA Zoo is great day adventure for the kids!

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