Disney Pixar Coco

Disney•Pixar’s COCO Activity Sheets + Digital Code Giveaway!

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

Firefly Toothbrushes Star Wars Brush Battle Using Force

Ultimate #BrushBattle with Firefly Star Wars Lightsaber Toothbrushes + Sweepstakes!

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

Party Ideas for Family Fright Night with New Movies Anywhere! #AnywhereIsHere

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!

End of Summer Family Movie Nights DVD Bundle Giveaway!

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!

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray DVD Digital

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.

Easy Despicable Me 3 Minion Cardboard Craft


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!


Materials needed:

  • 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.

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review + Printables

If you love “Despicable Me” movies, you will not be disappointed in their latest film, “Despicable Me 3”. I most recently saw a prescreening in Los Angeles (don’t worry, no spoilers here), and we loved it! It had something for all ages. It’s funny because their new villain, Evil Bratt, is stuck in the 80’s and the irony right now is everyone from that generation is having kids right now so this is a tribute to them. My children are still crazy for minions, and just because these guys are little, doesn’t mean they can’t take on the big bad guys. The graphics were amazing, the story is well written, and adding a twin element was brilliant. Just when you think, what else can the writers do to surprise us, they introduce a twin brother. There is a lot going on in this movie, because his wife is also struggling to bond with the girls and she learns how to be a mother. This film is rated PG. Run time is 1 hour and 30 minutes and hits theaters every where Friday, June 30th! It’s going to do be a hit this summer!

Fun Facts about Lido Theater in Newport Beach

A few weeks ago we caught a movie at the historical LIDO THEATER in Newport Beach. To my surprise, it had plenty of seating, and I do not like large crowds so it was perfect. They have added new state-of-the-art projection and sound system. It only has one screen so they rotate the films out often. Located in Via Lido Plaza, it has been restored in recent years yet still has Old Hollywood charm with beautiful lobby chandeliers, vintage poster cases, a working original box office, ocean murals that glow in the dark, art deco architectural details, and waterfall red velvet curtains. It still features its original Catalina tilework which are hand painted and colorful. There is also a balcony which isn’t found in modern theaters these days. It is celebrating its 80th anniversary next year! Here are some fun facts about the theater…