The 2018 OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema Film Series schedule has been released! Enjoy summer nights at the parks with free concerts and movie screenings with family and friends. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. You’ll want to pack things like your own beach chairs that recline or a picnic blanket to sit on. There are (10) free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 21 – August 23 from 5 – 8 pm, and (14) free movie screenings June 16 – September 14. You can view the schedule below to start saving the dates! “We are thrilled to bring so much entertainment to the community this … READ MORE
April is National Autism-Awareness Month. I will be sharing resources throughout next month (primarily on my facebook page) that were helpful to us when we started out on our journey. One of the things we enjoy together as a family is watching the latest titles in the theater. It wasn’t so easy when the children were young and couldn’t sit through the film without disturbing others. It was discouraging and not fun so we stopped going for a while. When we learned of sensory-friendly films at AMC Theatres, I felt like it described us and gave us an opportunity to go back to the theater again without feeling judged. It … READ MORE
Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” is a heartwarming story of a 12-year-old boy named, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who dreams about becoming a musician. “No Music!” echoes his family. They have been against music for generations, because they believe it tore their family apart so when he plays, he has to play in secret. After his family discovers his secret space, his aunt destroys his guitar, and he becomes more ambitious to play. After a chain of events, he mysteriously crosses over to the colorful Land of the Dead and meets his ancestors. Miguel meets Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal) who promises to help him locate his great, great grandfather who he believes … READ MORE
As we all anticipate the new movie release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I know the last thing we want to do is fight with our children about brushing their teeth. I would like to know – at what age does the nagging stop, and when do they realize they need to take care of them on their own? I have become that nagging parent. If you are always looking for a fun way to get the children to brush their teeth, Firefly Toothbrush sent us these fun Star Wars Lightsaber themed toothbrushes that play sounds and light up! They are a hit with my kids! It comes in Kylo … READ MORE
It’s finally here! MOVIES ANYWHERE brings all your favorite digital movies together to one place! Recently launched in the U.S., five Hollywood Studios and four major digital retailers featuring films from Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. If you have movies on Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu, you can now merge them into one place. The other night we had friends over to celebrate, and we had the perfect movie title for Family Fright Night – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Check out our spread!
Summer is ending and we will soon be back to busy, busy schedules when the children are back in school. Need some down time? Help ease the transition with Family Movie Nights! We love in-home family movie nights, because it gives us a chance to catch up on popular titles that we might have missed in theaters but now we can enjoy them in the comfort of our own home. In the past, we threw some really fun themed-parties thanks to being a part of the Fox Home Entertainment Insider program. The children enjoyed the film even more when we went that extra mile. Which leads us to this next blogiversary online party giveaway – one LET’S PLAY OC! reader will win this wonderful movie bundle! Enter below for a chance to win (1) copy of DreamWorks’ SHREK Anniversary Edition 4-Movie Collection in DVD, (1) copy of Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD, (1) copy of DreamWorks’ KUNG FU PANDA 3 in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD, and (1) copy of Blue Sky’s THE PEANUTS MOVIE Collector’s Edition in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD!
The new SMURFS movie is about Smurfette. You might remember her origin from the cartoon series. She was created by the evil wizard Gargamel out of clay to find the Smurf Village. She turned good and became one of the most beloved Smurfs. However, in this film, everyone has an identity and a name that matches their personality. No one is able to define Smurfette and it really bothers her. To make her feel better, her friends take her out of the village for a day of surfing. Right before she is captured by Gargamel, she comes face to face with a mysterious creature. Gargamel discovers The Lost Village and the rest of the movie is about uncovering the mysteries in the Forbidden Forest. SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is now on digital and 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is fully animated unlike the other movies. I think I like this version way better. After seeing this film, I love Smurfette even more.
To celebrate Despicable Me 3 now in theaters, the children and I made Minions out of cardboard tubes this weekend. It is really simple to do with just a few materials, and you can go crazy and make a village full of Minions. Start saving the cardboard tubes for this easy craft!
- Six (6) Cardboard Tubes (4 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ diam)
- Construction Paper in Yellow (2 sheets), Blue (1 sheet), and Black (1 sheet).
- Glue – You can use spray craft glue, rubber cement, glue sticks or even tape. Need fast drying goopy glue.
- Large Googly Eyes
- Black Marker
- Pack of Bounty with Despicable Me 3 prints paper towels or napkins for easy clean up.