The kids and I went to see the Harlem Globetrotters over the weekend. It was the first time any of us have seen the Globetrotters. The game was a nail-biter and went into sudden death before the Globetrotters finally beat the Washington Generals. BTW, the Generals have not beaten the Globetrotters since 1971. Even though the game was close, it wasn’t a great game because neither team played defense. However, the game was very entertaining and my kids laughed their heads off.
Summer has finally arrived here in the Pacific Northwest. The rain season doesn’t end until around the Fourth of July. That’s why I didn’t set up our swimming pool until last week. Now we have a mild heat wave and our kids love cooling off in the pool. I love seeing the kids playing in the pool, but I don’t exactly like maintaining the pool. That’s why I was happy to receive the new ePool Smart System for review and giveaway on my dad blog.
Summer is finally here. If you’re going on some road trips with the little ones this summer, then you’re going want to enter today’s giveaway. Thanks to Eric Carle, I’m giving away a prize pack on my dad blog. The prize pack consists of a Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Book & CD set from MacMillan; A Very Colorful Day coloring book from Random House; and an ABC Game Tin from U Games. The prize pack will keep your preschooler entertained and make your vacation a little more relaxing. BTW, all the items in the prize pack were illustrated by Eric Carle.
My son and I saw a screening of Battleship (Universal Pictures) on Tuesday. It’s an action film about an alien invasion. There’s a lot of action and mayhem in the movie. The story is loosely based on the Hasbro Battleship game. Battleship [Facebook | Twitter] opens in theater today. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of Battleship.
The 411 for Battleship
|The story||Alien space ships land in the Pacific Ocean and attack Earth|
|Appropriateness for children||Some bad language and a lot of intense action scenes and explosions. No nudity or sex scenes, but there is one slightly provocative scene.|
|Release date||May 18, 2012|
|Rating||PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and bad language|
It’s spring break here in Portland. To help kick off the spring, Chick-fil-A is offering new nutritious kid’s meals to fuel your children’s activities. Chick-fil-A also has a fun blog app, Old School Fun Blog App, that features classic old school games for the family and a fun throwback quiz. As if that’s not enough, Chick-fil-A is also giving away three kids meals on my dad blog. I don’t know about your children, but my little ones love kids meals.
Hello, readers. Thanks to Virtual Programming (Facebook | Twitter), I’m giving away two copies of the ItzaBitza computer game for kids. ItzaBitza is an educational game that encourages young kids to read and be creative. The software game asks children to draw things, like a house or a tree, then the drawings become part of the animation and story. My oldest girl and I reviewed the Windows version of ItzaBitza a couple years ago. We thought the game was pretty neat. Today’s giveaway is for the Mac version. I don’t have a Mac, but I assume the Mac version of ItzaBitza is similar to the Windows version.
Here’s a fun stocking stuffer for a Facebook friend — Facebook Credits gift cards. This I did not know, but you can purchase the Facebook gift cards at stores like BestBuy, Safeway, Target, WalMart, Radio Shack, and Gamestop. Denominations range from $5 to $50. Dads, moms, and kids can use the Facebook Credit Gift Cards on over 200 social games and applications on Facebook — titles like FarmVille, FrontierVille, Happy Aquarium, HelloCity, Bejeweled Blitz, and MONOPOLY. And thanks to Facebook, I’m giving away FIVE $15 gift cards on my dad blog. Nice!
PlaSmart recently sent their Perplexus toy to my kids to play with. Thanks to PlaSmart (Twitter | Facebook), I’m also giving away a couple of Perplexus games on my dad blog. Until recently, I have never heard of Perplexus, which is a maze game where you have to maneuver a small marble around 100 barriers inside a transparent sphere. Unlike other maze games, Perplexus is a three-dimensional game. This is not a mindless game and it has certainly left the kids and I perplexed. You have to focus to shift, flip, and twist the sphere to guide the marble. My ten-year old is getting pretty good at it, but my seven-year old is still having problems getting very far in the game. If your kids like challenging games, then they will probably like this game as well. Dads and moms will like Perplexus too because it will keep the kids distracted for hours. It’s a great travel toy (worked like a charm on our trip to grandpa’s house).
The kids and I have been playing the Marvel Super Hero Squad video game (by THQ) for over two months now (bought it over the Christmas holidays). As some of you know, my kids are into superheroes (just like super dad). And because my super kids love super heroes, they think Super Hero Squad is super awesome. If your kids are into superheroes and you’re looking for a gift idea, my kids recommend Super Hero Squad. The video game is fun for geek dads and moms too (I can vouch for that).
Video Gaming Console Platform
Sony PSP, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and Wii
The list price is $19.99 for the Sony PSP, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo DS. The list price is $29.99 for the Wii.
The weirdo-in-law gave my wife a Wii console for her birthday last summer. We have the Wii Sports that came with the system and LEGO Batman (the Little Princess bought it with her own money). For the holidays, I’m thinking about getting a game or two for the kids (really, the games are for the kids, not dad). I have never bought a video game before and I didn’t even know they had ratings like E for Everyone, T for Teen, and M for Mature (is there an I for Immature?).
According to an email I received recently, dads and moms can also get rating summaries about a game’s rating on the ESRB site, the ESRB mobile website, or via the free ESRB iPhone app. Rating summaries offer a little more information about the aspects of the game that led to the rating it was assigned. You can see some of the extra information below:
Rating: Everyone 10+
ESRB Rating Summary
Rating: Everyone 10+
Content descriptors: Cartoon Violence
Rating summary: This is an action adventure game in which players guide a group of stylized, “cartoony” Marvel Comics characters through bright and colorful levels. In “Adventure” mode, players engage in fast-paced hand-to-hand combat against villains, creatures, and henchmen who disappear when defeated. In “Battle” mode, players fight other Marvel characters in one-on-one, arena-based brawls. Realistic punching and kicking sounds, grunts, and occasional laser gun fire can be heard throughout the game.