Epic Lives Up to its Name

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It’s a bold move to name your movie Epic. That’s a lot to live up to, even if you’re pretty sure your movie might be epic. Fortunately for us moviegoers, Epic lives up to its name.

Big, Big News for Lego Star Wars Fans

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Get to Times Square this weekend to see the largest Lego model ever made, the Lego Star Wars X-wing Starfighter celebrating the premiere of The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network.

May the Force Be With Your Thumb Doodles

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Klutz kits are consistently a hit in our house. We love the paper crafts and drawing and superheros and fashion crafts. And now we have added Star Wars to our collection.

What the GeekMoms Want for Mother’s Day

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Each year, as we contemplate gift guides for Mother’s Day, we think about what we want for Mother’s Day. Chances are good your GeekMom will like this stuff, too.

Screen Free Week: The Wrong Conversation

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As someone who makes games for kids to play on screens, I’m not a fan of the Center for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Screen-Free Week, which begins today. I’m all for kids getting more unstructured play, more time outdoors, more time reading, and other good stuff, but the label “Screen-Free Week” forces the wrong conversation that lasts all year long.

Playing in the Sandbox With Dale Dougherty

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Last week I attended Sandbox Summit, a conference at MIT that gathers great thinkers in children’s media. This year’s theme was was about nurturing kids’ imagination in the digital age, which stood in sharp contrast to the events unfolding in Boston while we were there. Instead of gluing ourselves to the news, we pressed on with the conference. It was so reassuring to talk about inspiring kids and the good that we can do through media.

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Radio Play Meets Graphic Novel

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My daughter and I were invited to the New Victory Theater over the weekend, and invitation I’m always quick to jump at because they have a great history of kid-friendly shows.
The current show is The Intergalactic Nemesis, billed as a live-action graphic novel.

Birthday Week: Conquer Kaos with a Skylanders Birthday Party

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A few of you have been asking in our previous Skylanders posts for ideas on what to do for a Skylanders birthday party. Couple that with the fact that I’m planning a party for my soon-to-be-seven Skylanders fanatic, and my tech gears have been turning. Here are some of my ideas and I invite you to add your own. With our hive mind, the Skylands

Right Where You Are Now: Painting our Planet’s History

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In the crowded aisles of New York ComicCon, a quiet book called out to me. My eye was drawn to the painterly, slightly retro style, and as I thumbed through the book, I fell in love with all of the paintings that let kids know about the wild ride our planet has been on for the past 250 million years or so. Right Where You

Make Your Date with Jon Stewart

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Living in New York City, we try to make the most of what the city has to offer. We hit the museums often, try out new restaurants when we can, and take in the occasional Broadway show. One thing that never occurs to us to do is go see a taping of a TV show, except for that one time I went with a group

Toy Fair 2012: Toys for GeekTots

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Every year I begin Toy Fair the same way, strolling the aisle searching for the big trends and narratives of the show, and every year I end up gravitating to the same things: toys that I would buy for my kids right now. All my six-year-old wanted was news about Skylanders, so I found myself looking at toys that would appeal to my 21-month-old. These

Silly Dragon, Robots Are for Toddlers

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I noticed the trend starting at Toy Fair last year: robots for kids. Booth after booth featured our future overlords, and I thought my six-year-old daughter would love most of them when she got her hands on them. About six months passed, and then the robots found their way to our house for us to review. Most followed the same pattern of use. My daughter

Molly Weasley Comfort Cooking

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After a long winter’s day, ever wish you could just cozy up in the Burrow and have Molly Weasley whip you up a little roast chicken with mashed potatoes? Or feast in the Great Hall on some lamb chops? Now you can… with a bit of Muggle work. When I was sent The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook for review, I thought it was going to be

Star Wars MMXII: A New Hope

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For New Year’s this year we rented a house in the Catskills with our good friends and their son. He and my daughter have been best friends since birth, and they’re now six years old. Our plans for the weekend were simple: eat delicious food, drink delicious drinks, and introduce our children to Star Wars. As every good parent knows, Episode IV comes first. I

Geek-Pleasing Finalists for the Toy Hall of Fame

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The Toy Hall of Fame put out the call to nominate toys for the 2011 batch of inductees, and apparently that call was answered by geeks. Just look at the amazing list of finalists. Dollhouse – Well deserved, I’d say. And while I might once have wanted Barbie’s Dreamhouse with the functional elevator, now all I can think about is a wildly expensive modern masterpiece

Music Week: Baby’s First Jazz

My kids love jazz. We can listen to John Coltrane albums on endless repeat thanks to a single animator, Michal Levy, who explores “the visualization of sound.” When my daughter was a few months old, my husband discovered Levy’s animation for Coltrane’s Giant Steps. She was riveted. We showed the animation to our 1-year-old and he had the same response. Every time he sees a

Book Expo’s Books for Geeks

Take a convention center, fill it with books and the people who love them, and you’re bound to make a geek happy. Book Expo America is such an event, and it’s one of my favorites each year. Though it’s largely about publishers letting book buyers and librarians know what’s new in their catalogues, Book Expo is great for fans, chocked with author and illustrator appearances

What to Get Your GeekMom for Mother’s Day

Here it is, the definitive GeekMom Mother’s Day shopping guide. I surveyed my fellow GeekMoms to see what everyone most wanted for Mother’s Day, outside of the lovely pleasantries of nice meals cooked for us, time spent with our adorable children, and moments of solitude. This is our list, and chances are there’s something on it for the GeekMom in your family. The Sims Medieval

That Coffee Table Is Gonna Kill Your Kid! (Not Really)

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An article appeared recently in the New York Times with the headline “With Kids and Coffee Tables, It’s Trip, Fall, Ouch.” The article goes to great lengths to warn parents of the dangers of having a coffee table in the home. OK, yes. When we were little, my younger brother went to the emergency room because of an altercation with a coffee table. And a survey

Pee-wee Herman: The Luckiest Boy in the World

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The temperatures dipped below freezing and the frigid winds were gusting. A stomach flu threatened to take down my whole family. But did that stop me from taking a friend’s extra ticket to see The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway? Of course not! I had been debating about taking my 5-year-old daughter, but it was great to go see the show with another Pee-wee Herman

Waiting–and Waitlisting–for Superman

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My daughter just started Kindergarten at a New York City public school. The process of getting her there began when she was two years old and I started touring schools, fearing that if I didn’t like any of the possibilities we’d need time to move. The past year has felt like a part-time job, my time filled with tours, applications, and even an essay. Fortunately,