Tag: kids’ DVDs

3 great new albums for your next family road trip

There are few sounds as jarring and mind-numbing as super bored kids whining, Are we there yet? (I mean, could we be little more cliché, kids?) So, with spring break here for lots of families and summer vacations and other road trip opportunities on the way, I’ve rounded up a few new album releases by some of our kindie music favorites to help make the miles a lot more enjoyable. Whether you’re embarking on a long weekend adventure or a cross-country road trip, we think you’ll have fun with some of these sing-a-longs. Related: Family road trip tips: Tons of sanity-savers, tricks, and essential products to keep...

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Feelings, nothing more than feelings: Inside Out now available on DVD and digital download

If you missed Disney Pixar’s Inside Out when it came to the theaters, perhaps you thought that getting kids to watch an animated movie about “feelings” would be about as exciting to them as one of those hour-long health movies that they have to watch in school. And yet, after laughing and crying through the film together — even my picky young teen — we can’t wait to do it all over again in the comfort of our home with the release of Inside Out on Blu-Ray/DVD. Just in time for a long, active weekend with family, when a little quiet time in front of the TV might be...

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A musical walk Through the Woods with Grammy winners The Okee Dokee Brothers

Grammy-award winners and all around super guys The Okee Dokee Brothers follow up their stellar Mississippi River-themed album, Can You Canoe?, with Through the Woods, all about their adventures hiking a chunk of the Appalachian Mountain trail. This is another collection of songs that should rightfully become a family classic for the joy, fun, and great music it’ll bring into your home and on your family’s travels.   Childhood friends Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander pack Through the Woods with a variety of “mountain music”, including American folk, bluegrass, blues, and a bunch of cool-sounding instruments. Songs like the gently rambling title tune that invites you to join them...

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Ways to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the kids

From books that celebrate his life’s story, to activities you can do with the kids on this Day of Service, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, or any day of the year.    Volunteer opportunities If your local newspaper or websites don’t list any special events, check out All For Good’s searchable database for Martin Luther King Day events in your area. In the Boston area, I was able to find events where people of all ages will make fleece scarves for homeless people, serve at...

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Gustafer Yellowgold’s musical tour through the holidays is a trip worth taking

Yes, the years are going by so fast, though I’ve never had one whiz by in 28.4 minutes, thank goodness. But if anyone can make that happen in a way that will put a smile on your face, it’s the musical, yellow-hued cartoon Gustafer Yellowgold, whose latest release takes us through a year of holidays, seen from the point of view of an outer-space creature who came here from the sun in 2005. Yeah, it’s a bit weird, but a whole lot of awesome. As with Gustafer Yellowgold’s previous releases, Year in the Day is a combo DVD/CD. I love the combo concept...

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Science rocks in Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention

Long before I had children, I fell in love with the clay stop-motion characters of nerdy inventor Wallace and his lovable dog Gromit. And now that I’ve succeeded in bringing three more over to Wallace & Gromit fandom, I’ve found a fun little series that couples our love of these characters with stories about the coolest-of-the-cool inventions from around the world to get kids excited about science. Six episodes of Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention have been neatly packaged for us here in the states since we didn’t catch them when they originally aired on the BBC1. Wallace, the...

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Journey to Africa for Black History Month and beyond

Black History Month is rolling to a close, but it’s never to late to share new learning resources with your kids. Along with some great books, movies and music picks that honor African American culture and history, I have recently come upon some more terrific books and media that help expose kids of any skin color to the diversity and wonder of the continent of Africa.  –Christina We have long owned a copy of the African folk tale Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears in our home, but I love hearing James Earl Jones narrating it on the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD version. Like...

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Yoga for Kids – more plausible than you might think

The thing about kids –and I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume it’s not just my own who are like this– is that they don’t always have the patience to hold yoga postures or meditate. But they certainly like stories. And excitement. And good old-fashioned silliness. Not exactly three things I think of when I think of yoga, but that’s exactly what I love about this new yoga DVD for kids. Ahmed Fahmy, a certified children’s yoga instructor, is a gentle presence who isn’t afraid of being silly. On the StorylandYoga DVD, he teaches yoga...

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Does your pre-schooler habla perro y gato?

Garfield and Odie, Ren and Stimpy, Sylvester and Hector–cartoon teams of cats and dogs have been used to teach kids a wide variety of lessons for decades. (Sometimes just how to beat each other up.) But now, the creative minds at HBO family are bringing us two new characters in a series of bilingual specials I know pre-schoolers will love.  In El Perro y El Gato, an energetic chihuahua and a perpetually hungry, very laid-back kitty are best friends who weave through a series of comical situations all the while teaching phrases in English and Spanish to your little ones. It’s bright and silly, and does...

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5 picks you might have missed

Whether they’re dog tired after their first week of school or howling like baboons, chances are your house has a lot in common with a zoo this week. Here are five picks you might have missed while tending to your herd. 1. This board game based on the Awkward Family Photos website will have you laughing like a bunch of hyenas. 2. Forget a better mouse trap. We’ve found a better sleep sack. 3. A portable restaurant high chair based on a lobster? We’ll belly up to the table for that! 4. Put this pretty peacock box on your shelf...

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Party with Laurie Berkner

My kids and I fell for Laurie Berkner years ago while watching her appearances on Nickelodeon’s Jack’s Big Music Show. Her sweetness and likability, paired with her pretty voice and super-fun songs, translated so well to the screen, she made me feel a little less silly bopping along to Victor Vito because, hey, she was doing it too. It’s that kind of contagious enthusiasm that is all over her latest DVD release. In fact, it is so much fun, it’s a party.  {keep reading for a chance to win your own copy!} The Laurie Berkner Band’s new DVD release, Party Day!, features...

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Feelings, nothing more than feelings

I consider myself fairly tuned in to my kids’ emotional health but I must confess, I don’t really know what to say to an angry six-year-old in the heat of the moment other than Stop hitting that! Which is why I’m glad some other moms have come to the rescue and developed an intelligent, age-appropriate and truly fun DVD that helps kids understand the why’s behind what they feel. Plus it gives them tools for dealing with their feelings, and makes them realize that they aren’t alone. All in one beautifully produced package. {keep reading for a great give...

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Tangled now on DVD. Let the hair puns begin.

When I took my six-year-old to see the newest Disney movie Tangled last Fall, I think I may have laughed, cried, and enjoyed it more than she did. Of course, I was also 40 weeks pregnant and hopped up on hormones. In honor of its DVD and Blu-Ray release this week, I grabbed my lucky press preview copy and hosted a little viewing with a couple of my daughter’s friends as well as my other children. And even without the hormones, I had the same reaction. So, if you’re still on the fence about this movie, here’s a little...

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Stretch your imagination with Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock

Though “infinity sock” sounds like what I face when I’m matching up pairs in another endless load of laundry, it’s actually the name of the fourth DVD/CD combo in the amazing Gustafer Yellowgold series by illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor. For those of your who already know and love Gustafer Yellowgold, I have a feeling you don’t need to know much more to make you want to grab this newest release—yes, the music is that consistently good. {don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!} Like the previous DVD/CD releases, the much-loved Mello Fever, Have You Never Been Yellow and...

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Go ask Alice

For all the eye-goggling special effects and “3D everything” in kids’ movies nowadays, the 60-year-old Alice in Wonderland will still leave your kids’ mouths agape as it still does mine, no funny glasses needed. If you want to take your kids down the rabbit hole, now is a great time to do it because the Disney vault has opened to let a shinier, brighter and Blu-ray’d Alice out for a little while. Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland’s 60th Anniversary Edition may be a familiar story to most, but I was blown away with how gorgeous this remastered version looks, from...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest books, music, and DVDs for kids

Enjoy these, our editors’ favorite books, music, and DVDs of the year to help keep our kids entertained and educated. And frankly, us too. Books for little kids Even after reading it oh, every night for a month, my youngest daughter still laughs at the ending Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen (at top). And she’s a tough critic. –Liz ABC is for Circus gives a welcome twist to the gazillion other regular old ABC books. D is for Daredevil? Awesome. –Kristen Books for big kids Phillipe Lechermeir’s The Secret Lives of Princesses offers sophisticated, witty bios of alternative...

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The coolest family movies for Christmas day.

In my family our Christmas day tradition always involved a nice big breakfast, lots of coffee, lots of gifts, and then afterward, we’d bundle up and brave the crowds at a midtown movie theater for one of the big releases. (Yes, crowds–clearly we’re not the only one with this tradition in Manhattan!) Since having kids who are only just now old enough to make it through a movie in a theater, our tradition has been put on temporary hiatus. So we thought we’d bring it back gently this year, by watching a favorite movie right in the cozy, crowd-free...

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You’ve come a long way, Juno Baby!

Here at CMP, we love the thrill of bringing you something new and exciting– from gummi bear chandeliers to faux fur blackboards and the practical, super-cool stuff in between. And we really, really love it when one of our picks starts out small, then makes it to the big time. Today’s example is Juno Baby. Way back in 2006 — right before my oldest kid’s due date, in fact — Kristen reported on the watchability, elegant sophistication, and just all-around coolness of Juno Baby, a series of DVDs created by husband and wife team Belinda Takahashi and Adam Adelman...

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Classic children’s books that help you listen with your eyes

Love it or hate it ( and we know the book is a bit polarizing with our readers!), there’s a reason Goodnight Moon has been around since the late 1940’s and is still a favorite today; there is something calming and beautiful about the repetitive, rhythmic prose that kids totally connect with. In a genius move, Scholastic Storybook Treasures has put out this classic on video, along with several others, but with a twist; they not only show the words on the screen, along with the original classic artwork, but there is an ASL presenter in front of the...

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A second reason it’s nice when your kids outgrow their Care Bears DVD

My kids are outgrowing more than their clothes: We now have dozens of DVDs that are considered too “babyish” for my precocious offspring. Instead of just leaving them in an ever-growing pile in my basement, I’m sending my stack to Kidflicks.org who forwards gently used DVDs to children’s hospitals and pediatric wards. Kidflicks was started about eight years ago by two smart sisters, Marni and Berni Barta who donated their own video castoffs to a local pediatric ward, and were told that kids who enter the hospital request movies more than anything else to help pass the time. Now,...

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