Monday, August 13, 2018

The Floor is Lava "Hot" Game for All Ages | #Disconnect2Connect

Ted Floor Is Lava

We all played this game in the childhood, pretending that the floor is lava and we must find ways to avoid touching the floor, jump over or even stretch and use something to help only to stay off the hot floor.

The Floor is Lava takes old favorite childhood game to a new level and gives kids and adults lots of fun. Designed for children aged five and up & adults, the game includes 25 Colored Foam “Safety Stones, 27 Challenge Cards and 1 Game Spinner Card. First, players need to lay out the tiles for the game area. It can be indoor in the room or outdoor in the park, backyard or playground wherever you prefer.

Second, the game goes on by spinning Game Spinner Card. It has five colors which are the same  as 25 foam tiles. When a designated player spins, all players have to jump along foam game pieces to the selected color in order to reach safety. Whoever is last to reach safety has their original tile removed from the game.
Ted The Floor Is Lava

If a player can successfully jump to the next color that is spun without touching the floor, the participant is safe. Whenever a player cannot successfully reach a tile, or if any part of the player touches the floor, the player is out. Some tiles are quite small so if you want to stand on them safely, you must stand on one foot or toes, which is like a balance game. Should a player land on a tile with a “?” on it, he/she must perform the action on the next challenge card in the deck. For example, "Kick an imaginary soccer ball" or "Do a squat".

Floor is Lava

The game is easy to play and really entertaining. It promotes physical activity, balance and really fun to play for all ages. The interesting part begins when tiles start removing with each turn. Less tiles means more challenges to reach next color tile we got from Spinner Card. When we played sometimes our leaps were really long, and few times Teddy jumped on a knee but still kept the balance.

The Floor Is Lava game

The Floor is Lava is such a fun game, I cannot think about better game for birthday parties, family gatherings, holidays and vacation all year long, because you can play indoor and outdoor and take it with you anywhere. The box holds all necessary tiles, cards and a spinner.

Available on Amazon, Walmart and major toy retailers across North America for about $19.99 US, The Floor is Lava is amazing family game all year round!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dive Into Action With Aquaman & The Justice League, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis is Available on Blu-ray & Digital | WarnerBros.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

We  like watching  LEGO movies when you dive into the world where everything and everybody made of LEGO blocks. The recent Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release  LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis Teddy was looking forward to watch. Summer is on its peak, it is hot outside, kids are on vacation and eager to enjoy Superheroes films.

The movie starts with showing Atlantis, the Kingdom of Water and Wonder. The King of Atlantis must make some difficult decisions to ensure the future of his ocean realm. Under attack from Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns, Aquaman realizes he must find ways to get his water kingdom back and go on a journey to regain his confidence before returning to his rightful throne. Aquaman cannot fight the villains alone, the Justice League comes to Atlantis to help. While the most powerful team is on-site, it seems not that easy to conquer in the depths of the Seven Seas. Even Aquaman's wife joined Atrocitus army along with the whole population of Atlantis under the power of the Red Lanterns.

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman make a great team as usual, impressive with their skills but not enough to win Atlantis. At the same time Aquaman gets into silly situations and almost loses any respect as a powerful superhero. But when gets out of the Seven Seas with his friends from the Justice League, Aquaman learns how to use his abilities and, the most important, becomes confident in his plans and actions. Superheroes must conquer Atlantis enemies not only in the depths of the water but also in the air, on land and another planet!

The newest member of The Justice League Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern plays a vital role in the battles, her abilities find new outcomes in difficult situations. Her mini-figure is included in our LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis movie set. Though superhero fights are usually very tough and destructive, in LEGO movies they end up in broken blocks.
DC Aquaman

At the beginning of the movie we were not sure if Aquaman should continue to be The King of Atlantis, his behavior was amusing but not the king level. Even Queen Mera, his wife, finds his actions foolish. But as the story goes on you realize that Aquaman is more than just a funny character who lives underwater and talks to sea animals. Once troubles hit his Kingdom, he shows new abilities and some wisdom to fight back against villains ready to dry the ocean and take the water to their planet.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman – Rage of Atlantis is new story of underwater battles where lots of favorite superheroes are involved. Teddy finds this movie is similar to previous release LEGO® DC Super Heroes: The Flash but with new to him character - Aquaman. Overall, it was funny movie to watch and we liked how Atlantis is built of LEGO blocks.

The movie is available on Digital and Blu-ray today, July 31!
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Master A Million Toy With Tracking App For Summer Adventures | JAKKS Pacific

Master A Million Teddy

Kids love playing with ball and sometimes it is hard to convince them to switch to another activity. Now when summer is in full swing and vacation is wanted to last forever, children get an opportunity to count their ball bounces with new JAKKS Pacific toy called Master A Million. The toy comes as a regular ball but has special slot where you can track your bounces. To make it work, the ball needs to be set by opening special compartment using a coin and taking it off trial mode by pressing red button for 5 secs. Master A Million also includes free app you can find on Google Play or Apple store. This app allows you to track the bounces and compare your achievements with other ball bouncers. Designed for kids ages five and up, this ball requires CR2032 batteries (included in the set).

Master A Million Jakks toy

The idea of achieving to One Million bounces is really fun but not the easiest goal to reach. Playing with be ball make you quite addictive because there are many milestones to reach before the player gets finally a million bounces. Teddy likes the idea of getting to million bounces, though it is hard to reach he is not upset or disappointed, in opposite very excited when he reaches next milestone. It is 10, 1000, 10,000 bounces, it is fun to play.

It is probably not a good idea to bounce a ball on hardwood or carpet at home, but on other hard surfaces it works fine, even walls. To share your bounces on-line, you need to do it via built in the ball cord to reconnect to the device where you set Master A Million app. We expected the app to track bounces in real-time mode, but does not. You need to share your bounces by connecting to your toy.

Master A Million Bounces

To get more bounces Teddy suggested to use a staircase, the longer stairs is better, that way we get more bounces and from that two people can play with the ball, on top throwing it and at the bottom catching it. Let's count how many steps the ball goes through. He was thinking to let it go down staircase in Pisa Tower or Spanish Stairs in Rome.

Master A Million Ball

Overall, Master A Million is simple and fun idea to play during summer time. I like that our kids not much obsessed getting to a million bounces but rather playing with the ball and watching the numbers keep going up. Available for $16.50CAD on Amazon.ca, Walmart, ToysRUs and other major toy retailers across North America.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Join Bollywood Monster Mashup In Mississauga This Weekend, The Largest South Asian Festival in Canada | #BollywoodMonster

Bollywood Monster MashUp

Launched in 2011, and organized by an award-winning team, #BollywoodMonster Mashup is not only the LARGEST but also favorite South Asian festival in Canada! This event brings the best talents from over the world to the Canadian audience.  This year #BollywoodMonster Mashup is gearing up to kick off its eighth season. From July 19 to 21, join three days of music, dance, family-friendly activities, delicious food and be ready to have a monstrous good time!

The full line of talented performers will be on stage for the #BollywoodMonster Concert on July 20, as well as the #BollywoodMonster Family Day and Finale on July 21. The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra will blow people’s minds by featuring top 40 hits from George Michael, Black Eyed Peas, and Gloria Estefan mashed up with Bollywood hits from films such as Ram Balram, Don and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. This goes along with a lineup consisting of internationally renowned Sufi and Indian classical singer, Anandita Basu, original dance and poetry collaboration Triple Goddess, as well as spectacular performances from Shiamak Summer Funk, Shiamak Showkids and Tricube Dance.

On July 21, as part of the #BollywoodMonster Family Day starting at 2pm, there will be a flurry of action to choose from including the KidZone with various games and activities, shopping, finger-licking food, free dance workshops and more. Family Day will also have activities for children looking for a little more physical recreation. Brought to you by Mohawk Park Tennis Club, kids will be able to let loose, swing those rackets and get on the court to learn tennis skills in a mini tennis court! If that doesn’t break a sweat, Heal with Kare also brings to the fold a parent and child yoga workshop. If you’re up to the challenge, throughout the day’s festivities, Shiamak’s dance troupe and Tricube Dance will present free Bollywood dance workshops on the main stage for the audience to get those hips moving and body grooving.

Toronto Area Ford Dealers  are bringing the free mini car rides to the KidZone for #BollywoodMonster Family Day! In collaboration with Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), and Heritage Mississauga, the #BollywoodMonster KidZone presents an exciting array of free arts and crafts such as creating pinwheels, bowl painting and flyable kites. Free games will also be provided courtesy of #MonsterArts for Youth and The Vaarso Foundation, who will be bringing a giant snakes and ladders board game, as well as teaching kids how to make their very own board games!

This year’s headliners at the festival are Bollywood star performers - Aaman Trikha, brought to you by TELUS, voice of Salman Khan in Prem Leela on July 21 and Khushboo Grewal, voice of Sunny Leone and actor from Carry on Jatta on July 20.

Aaman Trikha

Aaman Trikha is a playback singer and performer from Mumbai, India. He has recorded songs in more than 10 different languages, including south languages such as Tamil and Malayalam, but is widely recognized as a Bollywood artist. In 2013, Trikha was nominated at the Stardust Awards for Best Upcoming Male Musical Sensation, as well as winning the Best Emerging Singer Award in Lions Club Gold Awards the same year. Trikha released his first solo music video in 2014, titled “Mahiya Tu Hi Tu” and has appeared in Bollywood films Khiladi 786, Prem Leela, Son of Sardaar and many more.

Khushboo Grewal

Khushboo Grewal is a Punjabi film actress, veejay and singer from Chandigarh, India. She got her first taste in the entertainment industry at 15 years old when she finished runner up for Miss India North, followed by reaching the finals in Channel V Popstar in 2002. Later, Grewal became a beloved veejay working for B4u music and her career began to skyrocket from there. Not long after she appeared as the voice of Sunny Leone in Pink Lips (Hate Story 2), which topped the international and national charts. Always on the go, her hands are always full with multiple assignments at a time, from shoots for films to television and documentaries, the work never stops with Khushboo Grewal.

The #Bollywood Monster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #Bollywood Monster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds: from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. This year, the ensemble will perform a number of traditional Bollywood hits, fused with classics from North American rock and pop. Though #Bollywood Monster Orchestra is constantly evolving, one thing stays the same from year to year, it’s guaranteed to knock your expectations out of the park!

#BollywoodMonster Mashup Calendar:
  • #BollywoodMonster VIP and Media Cocktail Reception
    C Banquets, Mississauga
    Thursday July 19th, 8 PM onwards
  • #BollywoodMonster Concert
    Mississauga Celebration Square
    Friday July 20th, 4 PM - 11 PM
  • #BollywoodMonster Family Day & Finale
    Mississauga Celebration Square
    Saturday July 21st, 2 PM - 11 PM
For full line of activities, performances, vendors and participants, please visit www.BollywoodMonsterMashup.com! And do not forget to follow #BollywoodMonster Mashup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for latest updates and daily event coverage!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Duck Tales from Disney Channel Canada Welcome You To The 2018 Honda Indy Toronto | #indyTO

Junior Red Riders Teddy

Dating back to the first race in 1986, Honda Indy Toronto is a prestigious motorsports festival which takes place annually near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. The event presents many attractions on-track and off-track for the whole family including Honda Speed Zone, Honda World, Junior Red Riders along with multiple food trucks, interactive displays and activities, and charity events. Get your family in the mood for racing, Honda Indy will be roaring in Toronto this weekend! This popular summer event will return to Exhibition Place on July 13-15!

Duck Tales Honda Indy

To celebrate the racing spirit Disney Channel Canada is bringing Duck Tales to the 2018 Honda Indy this year. They are the Official Kids TV Partner of the event and duckifying the track walls and signage, participating in the Rookie Racer program, and giving kids complimentary access to the IndyCar Paddock garage! Kids 12 & under will get in the paddock for free all weekend long with a ticketed adult.

The show Duck Tales follows the adventures of Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby who inspire Scrooge McDuck back to a life of globe-trotting adventures, treasure hunts, and uncover family secrets along the way. Scrooge is the wealthiest duck in the world, he constantly tries to find ways to increase his wealth which bring new adventures, new friends and new enemies by the way. Overall, ducks continue have fun together!

Honda Indy

Do not miss three days of fun and family activities at Honda Indy Toronto starting with Fan Friday on July 13. For more information, please, visit  here. Note, that there will be road closures in Toronto downtown for this annual event, so plan your trip in advance.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Join Epic Adventures of Disney Favorite "Peter Pan" & "A Wrinkle in Time" Giveaway | Disney StudiosCA

Peter Pan

Summer is the time to relax, enjoy holidays and watch favorite movies. Luckily, Disney besides big screen releases brings fantastic Blu-rays to their fans. New titles which are available this June include Disney’s "Peter Pan" and "A Wrinkle in Time".

In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Disney's beloved flight of fantasy, "Peter Pan," joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, landing in homes on Digital and Movies and on Blu-ray. With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, every member of the family will let their imagination soar on this epic adventure to Never Land, sparkling with legendary animation, extraordinary music and both all-new and classic bonus features. One of our favorite features is Sing Along so we can join flying adventures with music. We also like that this release includes French version.

The second movie which was on the big screen quite recently and now available on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital. The story is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic directed by Ava DuVernay and follows Meg Murray, typical middle school student trying to fit in the school environment. Four years ago her father, famous physicist mysteriously disappeared leaving more questions than answers. Bullies at school along with teachers use this fact to hurt Meg and write ugly notes. No one believes that Mr.Murray ever comes back except Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace. While the girl is struggling at school and can't cope with father's disappearance, her brother, little genius, helps her in every step and also wants to know what happened to their father.

With help of Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Meg, her brother and their friend Calvin take a challenge to travel across the Universe and find Mr.Murray. During their journey, they visit incredible, never been before places, which takes years to reach but kids were able to get there fast. Beautiful landscapes, creatures, weird people, creepy situations and strange encounters.

Children also have to challenge their fears, go deep inside their souls and find what they really want and determine who they are. In addition to testing science knowledge, children have to follow the intuition to determine what is going on. The evil, that took Mr. Murray, uses creative weapons and targets on to the darkest memories and wishes to fulfill. Tricky situations created to deceive your vision but to offer something to reduce the pain from the past. No matter if it comes from bullies, demanding parents, or disappeared father, the evil knows which buttons to push. In this story every kid needs to learn something about themselves to find Mr.Murray and get back home.

To celebrate June Disney home releases we are excited to give away both titles to one our lucky reader thanks to Walt Disney Studios Canada. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only & ends June 20, 2018.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow - Subtle & Delightful Story | Shout!Factory

Satellite Girl

If you like animated movies, there is something special one just came out from Shout! Factory & GKID. They introduced fantasy/science fiction romance Satellite Girl and Milk Cow. The story starts with a satellite flying in space and it catches lovely song with its transmitter. Following the sounds the satellite descends to Earth to find where those emotions are created and transformed into the music. On the way to the source of the love ballad the satellite becomes involved into a mysterious battle and turns into Satellite Girl. At the same time the musician Kyung-chun who sings about his broken love, full of emotions and pain transforms into a farm animal, exactly into Milk Cow.

There is no reason for Satellite Girl and Milk Cow to be together until powerful Merlin the Wizard who turned into a roll of toilet paper tells that Milk Cow needs protection and some villains try to catch him. Milk Cow is attacked by various monsters and Satellite Girl tries to protect him multiple times. Milk Cow, the guy can hardly accept himself as a cow and struggles not only with broken heart but also with his appearance.

Satelite Girl and Milk Cow

Satellite Girl is not good in human relationships, she often cannot get why if Kyung-chun likes someone, he cannot say it straight without being hesitant and shy. If his girl does not love him, it is time to move on and forget her.

It was interesting to watch how practical tech device who tries to understand human emotions over the time turns into human. And the guy who turned into Milk Cow realizes that there is much more in this world he never noticed before. Even cow has something special to offer, live and enjoy the life. While Kyung-chun suffers and tries to heal his wounds, he put up with the fact that he will be a cow forever. Until he finds that Satellite Girl left and may never come back.

There are some amazing and touching moments when Satellite Girl brings a bouquet of favorite flowers to Milk Cow to eat or when Satellite Girl needs a charge at the gas station, you need to watch the whole story. Though flying arms and finger antenna were a little bit disturbing, overall, the story melts your heart and gives some food for thoughts!

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow on now available on Blu-ray/DVD from Shout!Factory. This movie is a debut feature-length film in North America from Korean director Chang Hyung-yun, acclaimed creator of animated short films that have premiered and won prizes at festivals worldwide. The release also includes bonus features - the short film Coffee Vending Machine And Its Sword, and trailers.

We are excited to partner with Shout!Factory and giveaway a copy of Satellite Girl and Milk Cow Blu-ray/DVD to one of our US and Canadian readers. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and good luck! The giveaway ends June 25, 2018!

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