@TeddyOutReady: 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Look What Happens in Harajuku City! Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii DVD Giveaway CAN/US

Kuu Kuu Harajuku

The animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the fun-filled adventures of the band HJ5, formed by G. Five friends, members of super cool kawaii band: Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G, live in Harajuku City, a beautiful place where everything can happen. The inspiration for this popular animated series came from Grammy® Award-winning musician Stefani who wanted to create an animated series for girls that encourages and celebrates creativity, self-expression and individuality. The show’s setting is inspired by the extraordinary street fashion and creative youth culture of the Harajuku along with fantasy fashion.

The talented girls of HJ5 band love singing and dancing. Their fashionable outfit is a great way to express their style and imagination. HJ5 travels all over the globe to put on shows for their fans. Though their manager Rudie is a pretty good guy and dedicated to the band, he often does not pay attention to details when organizing concerts, which leads to total mess like in Water Baby episode. There sea horses love following Baby and break the underwater construction unintentionally, but HJ5 cannot finish the concert because of that. Rudie is not the only one who cause the band to stop or interrupt the performances, the whole bunch of villains, aliens and some random circumstances become obstacles on the talented girls path. But together the band is unstoppable, every downturn bring them new way to learn and show their creativity. I like that girls in these series show who they really are. They solve problems their own way, which may be girlish way not always the best but they true to themselves and show respect to everyone. HJ5 band works hard to present their songs to the audience and you can hear many of them in the series. Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii contains 12 episodes from Season One. Follow the girls as they go into the space in a spaceship, transform into chess figures on a stage, dive into the ocean and always true to their "kawaii" fashion. HJ5 do what it takes to perform, and maybe even save the day!
Kuu Kuu Harajuku SuperKawaii

Check out the "kawaii" soundtrack to the much-loved TV series, available for download now on itunes.com and Amazon.com, or stream it on Apple Music and Spotify.  HJ5: Kuu Kuu Harajuku features the show theme and five new songs from the hit children’s television series including, "Dancing in the Sunlight", "Change It Up" and possibly the cutest call to arms ever, "All For One"!

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii DVD is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and ShoutFactory.com. Initial shipments of the DVD contain nail decals of fun Kuu Kuu Harajuku-inspired emoticons (while supplies last). The 2D-animated series currently airs on Nick Jr. in the U.S. and on Family Channel in Canada.


Mattel, famous toy manufacture, launches Kuu Kuu Harajuku fashion doll and small doll line infuses popular Japanese harajuku fashion, and allows girls to customize and create their own fashions with interchangeable outfits and accessories. The line includes product based on singer G, plus Love, Angel, Music and Baby. Each best pal adds her unique personality to her fashion, band and fun.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii will be available on DVD on September 26, 2017. For our readers we are excited to giveaway a copy of Gwen Stefani's Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Super Kawaii DVD. Gwen even perform the main song there. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and Good Luck! The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents & ends October 10, 2017!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

My Little Pony: The Movie Advance Screening Passes Giveaway (8 Canadian Cities)

My Little Pony: The Movie is about to hit the big screen this October just on time for Canadian Thanksgiving. The beloved children’s series that teaches the magic of friendship is coming to a theatre near you. The world's coolest little pones are back and stronger than ever as they battle villains.

My Little Pony

A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

The film’s voice talent includes the Mane 6 from the hit TV show plus the addition of Hollywood heavyweights Emily Blunt, Live Schreiber, Michael Pena, Sia, Tay Diggs, Kristin Chenoweth and Zoe Saldana.

The official release date is October 6, and we are happy to partner with eOneFilms Entertainment and give our readers the opportunity to see the movie before the opening date. We are excited to giveaway advance screening passes to see My Little Pony: The Movie in the following Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Victoria and Halifax.


All screenings will take place on Saturday, September 30 at 10AM &10:30 AM(Vancouver only). There are few family passes per city to give away, each pass admit four. The winners will be sent GoFobo codes to redeem their passes.

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only & ends September 27, 2017.

Here is some details about the screenings:
Toronto
Yorkdale
10:00 AM

Vancouver 
International Village
10:30 AM

Winnipeg
St. Vital
10:00 AM

Edmonton
North Edmonton
10:00 AM

Calgary
Scotiabank Chinook
10:00 AM

Ottawa
South Keys
10:00 AM

Halifax
Scotiabank Halifax
10:00 AM

Victoria
Silvercity Victoria
10:00 AM


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Casa Loma Symphony in The Gardens by The Toronto Concert Orchestra

Casa Loma Outdoor Garden

Casa Loma Castle is one of the top famous Toronto attractions with unique architecture, design and history. It is always a pleasure to visit the Castle and enjoy every second being there. It is really beautiful inside and outside with sculptures, paintings, gardens and fountains. This year we had a chance to visit the Castle for Disney Beauty & The Beast event, there is no better place than Casa Loma for this magical story.

Casa Loma Fountain

During summer time Casa Loma also hosts Symphony in the Gardens once a week in the evening from June to September. The Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, brings the most popular musical compositions. Every performance is unique and the themes are meticulously chosen based on audience requests. For example, this season Star Wars fans could hear popular musical pieces from the movies and jazz and swing lovers could enjoy Frank Sinatra musical evening.

Sara Papini

This year we traveled a lot during summer time and were lucky to have an opportunity to join Symphony in the Gardens Grand Finale on September 12th thanks to warm Toronto weather (surprisingly this fall). We arrived early to the concert. The views of the city were stunning with CN Tower and the buildings. I wish Teddy could come to see and hear this performance but he has piano lesson that day. Not very often we have an opportunity to enjoy live classical music performed by professionals in outdoor majestic setting.

Casa Loma Garden

The performance was dedicated to classical musical pieces of famous composers like Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Bizet and others. The evening was amazing in the beautiful gardens with fountains and flowers. It was warm and something magical was in the air when we listened rebellious Carmen and mysterious Dvorak's Rusalka performed by Danielle MacMillan and Sara Papini. Tenor Vaguif Kerimov impressed the audience with his remarkable voice. We stayed at the event till dusk. The Castle was lit up with colors. Casa Loma and Toronto are even more beautiful in the dark. The sounds of orchestra, soloist's voices and warm weather made this evening really enjoyable.

Toronto Concert Orchestra

The performance was till 10 pm. Visitors could enjoy al fresco food and drink options. There are tables conveniently set in the garden behind Glass Pavilion. It was magical evening, we are looking forward to new concerts in Casa Loma. Hopefully the weather will give us more opportunities to enjoy music in the garden. For more information about The Toronto Concert Orchestra please visit http://www.torontoconcertorchestra.com

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Our Adventures in Italy Day VII: Pisa & The Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower

We left Rome early morning on the board of a high-speed rail train and arrived in Pisa around 10am. We booked a hotel just few hundred meters from train station, left our luggage there and took a taxi to Square of Miracles. I booked our tickets  to climb The Leaning Tower in advance and were afraid to be late. Train station appeared to be less then ten minutes drive from The Leaning Tower. The Square of Miracles is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistery, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Camposanto  Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery). It’s partly paved and partly grassed. It was crowded there with tourists and people trying to sell something to you. We walked around The Leaning Tower first, absorbing view that we heard so much about. To be honest, we chose to spend vacation in Italy because we wanted to visit The Leaning Tower.

Pisa Tower View Pisa Aerial View Pisa Italy summer

Then we entered the Pisa Cathedral (or Duomo) through the massive bronze main doors. Its construction began in 1064, and set the model for the distinctive Pisan style of architecture. The mosaics of the interior, as well as the pointed arches, show a strong Byzantine influence. The facade made of grey marble and white stone set with discs of colored marble.

Teddy in Pisa Ted Museum Pisa

The Baptistery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, stands opposite the west end of the Duomo. It is the largest baptistery in Italy. Its circumference measures 107.25 meters. Taking into account the statue of St. John the Baptist on top of the dome, it is even higher than The Leaning Tower. The Baptistery has remarkable acoustics and plain interior design with lack of decorations.

Pisa museum Huge Statue Pisa

It was time to climb The Leaning Tower. Unfortunately children before age of 8 are not allowed climbing and we had to take turns while Teddy had a lunch with other one of us in outdoor patio with tower view. You cannot take bags with you and have to leave all belongings (except camera and phone) in the locker. The tower looks from inside like a huge pipe with a covered top. The guide told us some interesting facts about building the tower and we started climbing 296 steps leading to the top. Construction of the tower began in 1173 and took place in three stages over the course of 177 years, with the bell-chamber only added in 1372.

Ted in Pisa Teddy Leaning Tower

The tower stands approximately 56 meters high, and was built to accommodate a total of seven main bells, cast to the musical scale. The tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 meters (12 ft 10 in) from where it would be, if the structure were perfectly vertical. You can feel that you climb stairs in leaning position and have to touch the wall from time to time in order to keep the balance. It wasn’t so difficult to get to the top where seven bells of different sizes are located.  The Pisa is a small city without hi-rise buildings and it can be seen completely and clearly from the top of The Leaning Tower.

Pisa Market Pisa Bell

After visiting The Leaning Tower we found shade a cool breeze in The Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery) that is located at the northern edge of the Square. It was a relief for us, considering 35C on that day. The Camposanto Monumentale once contained a large collection of Roman sculptures and sarcophagus, but now there are only 84 remaining. The walls were once covered in remarkable frescoes. On 27 July 1944, incendiary bombs dropped by allied aircraft set the roof of the building on fire and covered them in molten lead, mostly destroying them.

 Pisa History Italy Pisa Art

Since 1945, restoration works have been going on and now the Campo Santo has been brought back to its original state. Original drawings of the Campo Santo frescoes are kept in Sinopias Museum where we headed after Camposanto Monumentale. The museum is very small and it was good because we were so tired and ready to go to the hotel. Before going back we stopped at the local flee market and bought a few T-shots and souvenirs.

Pisa Street

We decided to go back on foot and see the city. We walked just several hundred meters and reached Knights' Square  where located a beautiful Palazzo della Carovana palace. Teddy liked the music local musician played on a guitar there and even dance with him. We walk through main shopping street in the center of Pisa and checked a couple boutiques. Within 30 minutes we got to the hotel squeezed like lemons. It was a very hot day; we woke up at 5am and had a very busy day.  A good rest was crucial for us. Next morning we had a train to Florence.

Pisa stroll


This is seventh post about our summer vacation in Italy.  Related posts can be found here: 
Our Adventures in Italy Day I: Rome, Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps, Fountain Trevi, Pinocchio Store
Our Adventures in Italy Day II - Borghese Gallery, the Pincian Hill, Piazza del Popolo, Dolce Vita Stroll #familytravel
Our Adventures in Italy Day III - the Vatican City #familytravel
Our Adventures in Italy Day IV - Colosseum
Our Adventures in Italy Day V - National Roman Museum, The Pyramid of Cestius & St Paul's Outside-the-Walls
Our Adventures in Italy Day VI Rome - Saint Peter in Chains Basilica, Capitoline Museum & Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven #travel
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Disney Movies Coming To The Big Screen In Canada This Fall #PixarCoco #ThorRagnarok

While it is sad that summer is over with hot days, splash pads, beaches and outdoor activities, new season takes its turn to bring colorful leaves, Halloween candies, colder weather and harvest time. Our Canadian fall and winter can be furious and very cold. But we do not let gloomy days destroy our cheerios mood and love spending time at the movies watching latest releases. This fall Disney releases two fantastic movies we are waiting for so long and can't wait to see them.

Save the dates - November 3 and November 22, 2017!  

Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel Studios
Release Date: November 3, 2017

Thor Ragnarok

If you the latest updates, the movie promises to give many interesting turnarounds, lots of interactions, encounters, powerful battles and funny moments, of course! In Marvel Studios’ "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

"Thor: Ragnarok" is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. The screenplay is by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson.

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins Director: Taika Waititi

COCO
DISNEY*PIXAR
Release Date: November 22, 2017


Coco

This animated movie is somewhat unique and special. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Directed by Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3"), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”).

Voice Cast: Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor Director: Lee Unkrich

Adrian Molina and Darla K. Anderson were in Toronto this summer and we had a chance to talk about the production of Coco, where the idea came from and how it was created. We will share it in another post very soon. And today check the latest Coco trailer:




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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Celebrating Time with Flik and Flak in Toronto #FlikFlakTurns30

Flik Flak Collection

Teaching kids time is not an easy task. While everything seems obvious to us, it is quite difficult to explain to our children. They could not understand seconds, minutes and hours and what time means. It was until Teddy went to school and learned everything with Flik and Flak thanks to his amazing teacher. It was easy and fast as Teddy explained and Flik & Flak were fun to learn with.


Flik Flak is the world’s favorite children’s watch. And Flik & Flak are characters who helping kids learn and tell the time. They find seconds, minutes and hours incredibly exciting. With Flik and Flak you will discover just how easy it is to know everything about the time. Flik and Flak are siblings. Flik is the big brother with very long legs and Flak is the clever little sister. Both of them love watches but, most of all, they love helping others to tell the time correctly. Flik has the job of showing the minutes. He takes a step forward every 60 seconds. After he has been round the whole watch face once, an hour has passed. Then it's Flak's turn: she jumps forward to show the next full hour.

Flik Flak Community Board

Since 1987, Flik Flak creates Swiss made watches for kids that help them to learn to tell the time so that they find it interesting and fun. This year Flik Flak celebrates 30 amazing years being best time friends with kids and we were happy to join the celebration in Toronto.

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The Flik Flak party was hosted at The Big Chill. Everyone knows that kids love ice-cream. We were treated with a wide selection of flavors so hard to choose from with desire to try them all. What a party without balloons and party favors and Birthday activities!

Teddy Flik Flak

At the party we had a chance to view the Flik Flak collection of watches and even try on some of them. With Back To School around the corner kids definitely needed watches to learn how to manage their time at home, at school and other places where they play.

Flik Flak App free

The Big Chill has a fancy Community Board where everyone wrote their best birthday withes to Flik and Flak, saying thank you for helping learning time and being best children friends. We were also introduced to Telling The Time with Flik and Flak. This app was developed in co-operation with teachers and educators to playfully teach children how to read time. Step by step, they learn how to read the numbers, hours and minutes as well as how to tell the time. It is really great application, Teddy already had it before the party and I agree that it helps a lot. It is free to download and has various funny games and activities. Kids will love to check them out. Flik Flak watches are all Swiss made, they are shock-resistant, what is good for playground activities and water resistant up to 3 bars so at splash pad children know that it is time to stop and take a break. Flik Flak watches are machine washable and can survive a normal 40°C cycle.

Flik Flak icecream

Available on-line and in Swatch store across Canada, Flik Flak watch makes not only a wonderful gift to every kid but also an essential item to help them learn time and help in daily activities. We are happy to say Happy Birthday to this dedicated to kids brand and wishing many successful years in Canada.


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

9/11 Film Starring Charlie Sheen & Whoopi Goldberg #Remember911 Gift Pack Giveaway CAN/US

The film 9/11 is based on a true story and chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.

It is an inspiring movie starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg titled 9/11, based on the original play, The Elevator and centers on the events of September 11, 2001.

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In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later ... their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.

No matter who you are or where you were, that moment and the aftermath is indelibly etched in everyone’s mind.

Please check facts about 9/11 provided by Tuesday’s Children, the leading response and recovery organization supporting youth and families impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss relating to 9/11. And watch behind-the-scenes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, and Luis Guzman.


Visit https://www.911movie.film for more information.

Everyone has a 9/11 Story. On September 11, 2001 I was in hospital and could not even walk. It was scary time, all our patients, doctors and nurses were stick to TV watching the news and could not believe what happened.

To Remember 911 events we are giving away #Remember911 Gift Pack that contains:
  •  9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
  • “Hope” Pendant with necklace
  • Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children
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Monday, September 4, 2017

It's Paw Patrol Party with PercyVites & Toys “R” Us

Percy Vites Personalized Invitation

We started using on-line invitations few years ago when decided to celebrate Teddy's Birthday Party and came across PercyVites. That time the idea of personalized video invitations was amazing and we were very excited to use it to invite our guest to the party at African Lion Safari. Since that time PercyVites grew up enormously adding new features, favorite characters and more videos to make sure everyone gets enjoyable experience using this popular planning service. Their invitations are very cool and easy to create, perfect for people of all ages and any special occasions. PercyVites planning tool allows easily manage party details, check who accepted your invitation, send reminders and updates, say thank you and much more.

Parties, especially birthday parties, are very important for kids. They can't wait to their next celebration. As much as they cherish, anticipate and really looking forward to Birthday celebration, the preparations should be made to ensure everything is smooth and fun.

PAW Patrol Party

So party is coming, guest list is prepared, a video made, invitations sent and party location booked. Now it is time to think about party supply. Unique Party Favors is a leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of party supplies, is partnering up with PercyVites so that you can organize your birthday kid an unforgettable memorable celebration featuring a few of their favourite canine characters with this fun PAW Patrol Party Kit.

PAW Patrol Party Kit

Teddy likes PAW Patrol series and is excited to see Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and Skye at the party. PAW Patrol Party Kit includes most of essential party items like napkin, plates, paper caps, favor bags and balloons. These items are great quality and come in one set, so you do not need to think how to put everything together.

PAW Patrol

PercyVites invitations and Unique Party Favors kits are the great ways to organize your child's special day and you can get everything in one place, our favorite store Toys “R” Us. You do not even need to visit the store, you can make all your purchases on-line, from invitations to table cover you can find there.

Percy Vites at ToysRUs

PercyVites videos can be played on smartphones, tablets, home computers and smart TVs. You can choose character from popular TV shows like Transformers, My Little Pony, NERF, Littlest Pet Shop, Shopkins, Sonic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more! The best thing you can ask your child to help to plan the party and enjoy preparing it together.

Percy Vites

Happy planning and enjoy those special moments with your kids you prepare with love and favorite characters. PercyVites is $0.79 per video invitation. PAW Patrol party kit is $49.99 for 8.

Marshall

*I received the party pack for the purpose of a review but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Magical Movie Night DVD Giveaway CAN/US

As much as kids love My Little Pony stories, new Shout!Factory Kids DVD release this month My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Magical Movie Night made them really happy. There are three episodes and they connected to each other. Join Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Sunset Shimmer, Starlight Glimmer and others in their magical movie journey. There are lots of music, dancing, movie shooting and mysteries!

My Little Pony

The first episode is Dance Magic where dance moves take you on an interesting adventures. The Equestria Girls need a plan to raise money for the Camp Everfree fundraising campaign. Rarity finds out about a music video competition with a pretty good cash prize at local mall and wants her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. Other contestants from Crystal Prep Academy also participate in the contest. And they practice vigorously and have an amazing choreography. Nevertheless every girls group have something to bring to the competition and to the dance. There are different dancing styles, dancers skill and levels. But the girls learn that teaming up produces better result that competing with each other.

The second episode is Movie Magic, where The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie. They are super excited especially Rainbow Dash, who is such a good fan of the main star of the shooting film. However, when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, The Equestria Girls has to find out what is going on and help the production continue. They have to track down the prop, find evidences and even save themselves against a malicious mysterious figure chasing them around the studio and trying to hurt them. So real adventures become more like a movie plot for the girls.

The last episode is Mirror Magic where Sunset Shimmer needs to return to Equestria as a pony to get a new journal as her old one is almost finishes. There, she meets new pony Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back through the mirror portal to experience life as a human girl at Canterlot High. while Sunset Shimmer is away, a revenge‐seeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. She buys the mirror in a regular store in the mall and quite fast finds out how it works. This mirror provides a window into another land and also makes things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms! When Sunset Shimmer returns girls are missing and Juniper Montage makes her disappear too. Luckily Starlight Glimmer is there who sees what is going on and eager to help!


My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Magical Movie Night is now available on DVD from Shout!Factory Kids. It also includes a Sing-Along from Dance Magic episode. For everyone how like activity kits there are also two coloring sheets available to download at Shout!Factory Kids site, completely free!

For our readers we are happy to give a chance to win two of My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Magical Movie Night DVD thanks to Shout!Factory and their amazing team. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents & ends September 5, 2017!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Disney's Descendants 2 is Now Available on DVD Giveaway (CAN)

Highly-anticipated Descendants 2 movie premiered this July on Disney Channel Canada. We launched a premiere party back in July on hot summer day with cold drinks and ice cream. Kids were very excited about it. Descendants movie and their characters are quite special to us, we named our bird after Mal, so basically we got her mini Auradon to find her happiness.

Descendants2

Now back to the movie! The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit "Descendants," as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains -- Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) -- try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town.  Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Descendants 2 DVD

Ready for the Isle? Descendants 2 is available on DVD today, August 15, 2017.  We are happy to giveaway a copy to one our lucky Canadian reader. For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and Good Luck. The giveaway ends August 25, 2017!

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Stolen Memories, Girl Power & More in New LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain DVD Release

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

The recent Warner Bros. Home Entertainment DVD release LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain  has interesting features to offer Lego and DC fans. It brings a wonderful team of superhero girls, all in one movie. This time the story takes us to a brain-twisting games and everyone involved in them. Even Superheros sometimes become victims of bad intentions and need help to find the truth. Join Lego DC Super Hero Girls in this new animated adventure. Brain game is about to begin and it is in Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Batgirl power to find out what is going on and what happened to them before. Memories lost and the girls cannot find out why. As the girls continue to dig into the mystery, they find out that Bumblebee and Katana also lost their memories. There must be a reason for that and they do not know is it good or bad in first place.

LEGO DC Brain Drain

When Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Katana suddenly realize they cannot remember a single moment from their Monday at Super Hero High, the young DC Super Heroes spring into sleuthing action! Suspecting foul-play, they band together to retrace their steps and uncover the mystery of who exactly stole their memories – and what nefarious plan might be afoot? It starts at school and later girls notices that their acquaintances behavior change. Good friends at school transform into to obvious villains for no reason. So Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Batgirl team up to helm themselves and other girls to find out why everything changes. They learn the power of teamwork, friendship and hard work besides their own special superpowers. Sometimes friends around are more helpful than strength or flying skills. 
LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Brain Drain DVD

The movie has lots of fights and encounters, as superpowers and abilities show up at every corner. With mental mix-up supergirls powers turn to become a weapon in someone's malicious intentions. Fly, swim, fight and find out what is behind all those misdoings. See the real girl power in action and know that they are more than just Lego bricks, they are all SuperHero Girls!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash Release Just On Time For Summer Fun #LEGOScoobyDoo

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

LEGO ScoobyDoo Blowout Beach Bash

I find this release is perfect for summer especially when kids are our of school and have time to watch it and enjoy the plot without next assignment waiting. Scooby-Doo and the gang are back to solve a brand new supernatural crime mystery in the recent Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash!

Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. After visiting museums for few hours and complaints that Velma and Fred do not even know how to have fun besides solving mysteries, reading books or exploring museums, Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party.  Every year this place become an amazing celebration for beach goers and attracts lots of tourists! Old stories only enhance beach party vibes until Pirate ghosts start to attack everyone and almost ruined Beach Bash people wait a whole year to join. Three days of activities, music, new rides and attractions is about to be abandoned due to scary pirates.

In this movie you can see how Velma and Fred dance and ignite the club to join their moves & beats! You can also watch how Daphne takes it serious when it comes to solving mysteries. And as for Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, these both do not disappoint with their habits: get some food and life is good - hot dog, pizza and sandwiches and they are the bravest in the world and all those ghost pirates are not scary at all. Everyone likes Scooby-Doo snacks but looks like no one knows how he really is and continue to call him "Strange Dog" because of his "SD" neck tag. There are also some good and bad inhabitants in the city. Teddy liked watching this movie, it filled with many Lego bricks related jokes. While the plot is pretty fun and kids all ages can watch, we like the story being more like for youth to enjoy. Plus what a pirate story without a treasure, the Mystery Inc. can show some help with that too!
  

Watch how the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes at Blowout Beach Bash and what the Gang do to save themselves, beach party and the city!

This all-new original movie LEGO® Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash is available on DVD, Blu-Ray combo pack today, July 25, 2017, and digital HD for the first time ever for kids & adults to enjoy.

Last time we received Lego Scooby-Doo! Blu-ray combo, it included Scooby-Doo mini-figure. Though Teddy has lots of Lego sets, getting new mini-figures is always like a celebration and the most important, they(LEGOs) are never enough!!!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Learn Hi-Tech Skills With Coding & Robotics at Hatch Canada Summer Camps

Teddy Hatch Canada

Summer is the best time to learn some new skills or enhance existing ones without any pressure. The variety of summer camps in Toronto and surrounding areas is enormous. Sometimes it is difficult to choose what your child would love to do during hot summer days. Since starting playing Minecraft Teddy asked to send him to coding camp to learn commands and other things. At the age of 7 he perhaps does not understand completely the concept of the game but what he know for sure - it is not just a game, it is the way to learn, create and solve.

We all know that the future of our world is digital. Decades ago programming belonged the narrow niche of engineers and was not very wide-spread. These days digital world appears in our everyday life almost everywhere, that's why it is important to provide a child with a rich foundation in critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be so valuable for success in his or her future world. Children are growing up in a very different world than their parents. Digital devices, computers, Youtube, Netflix, various apps and Facebook are now embedded in their daily lives.

Hatch Camp

Hatch offers weekly classes at Hatch Learning Centers in Toronto, Oakville and Richmond Hill along with camps and events where students of all ages can learn computer languages, how to code and how to design. Students learn how to be more comfortable with computers and most of all, how to build and create amazing things that change the way the world works using Python, JavaScript, typing, the fundamentals of computer science and more. Teddy joined Coding Camp in Richmond Hill and liked it a lot. From first day he started working on the projects from Hatch library which has a huge selection. At his age his knowledge of coding and programming is quite chaotic and mixed. He learned it from various sources but in Hatch camp he was able to put everything in order and see from "inside" how it works. How pieces of code become visual representation and how objects on the screen move and most important how to interact with other devices. He knows that there are so many things to learn and Teddy is not overwhelmed, he is eager to find out how it works.

Every project he finishes, Hatch library has over 600+ projects pieces and growing up, makes him proud and Teddy wants to move forward. From rotating objects to writing codes, Teddy had great experience at Hatch summer camp. He wants to continue building more items using various programming languages, he now has an idea of variables, arrays and loops after attending just one week of coding camp. His projects were in Java Script and was a combination from various games like Minecraft, Star Wars and Pokémon. Hatch’s educational platform is designed around the principles of self-paced and mastery-based learning to encourage children to challenge themselves. And I agree with that, Teddy learned everything what he really liked and based on his level, gradually moving on. One thing is to know how to play games, use technologies and digital devices. And absolutely another is to understand the logic behind them. When learning programming, children understand how the digital world works. Coding shows them the magic of technology so they can truly understand the logic and science that controls this technology and how they can control it too.

Hatch Canada

In order to obtain as much hands-on coaching as possible, Hatch Canada provides one instructor for each 6 students. Their programs are HST-exempt due to a positive ruling from the Ontario government, which believes in Hatch’s educational value. Novice or advanced student, Hatch designed programs for every level so kids gets projects according to his or her level with constant growth under dedicated coach's guidance. For example, Teddy was new to coding and he learned everything according to his level. He also met other campers who are older and more knowledgeable about programming and they gladly shared their experiences and offered some tips.

Every Friday students have a field trip to companies like Facebook, Google and others to see in real life how all the tech magic is created and get hands-on experience from tech professionals. Kids must be able to not only passively consume technology, but also to understand and control it, becoming an active part of this huge digital world and Hatch Canada is here to help. Hatch's fun and interactive program combines learning experience and creativity challenges.

Hatch Camp Toronto

This summer Hatch Canada offers full day and half day camps in Coding, Alpha and Space/robotics at 3 locations: Toronto, Richmond Hill and Oakville. We are excited to partner with Hatch Canada and offer a discount code teddyoutready ($50 off) to our followers so they they can join one of Hatch's summer camps for their kids and help them learn great skills. The code is valid until: 2017-08-27 for registration.  

We are happy to giveaway a free half-day camp one week camp (value $430), thanks to Hatch Canada, at one of three locations, winner's choice.

For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below and Good Luck! The giveaway is open to Canadian readers who can attend Hatch Canada camps. Ends August 5,2017!

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