When I have to explain a concept to my kids, there are so many awesome educational videos out there on all kinds of subjects, but I admit, I often still turn to the Schoolhouse Rock videos I grew up with as a kid. Today we’re watching Where the Money Goes, in which the awesome Jack Sheldon as the dad, explains to his tuba-playing son why he doesn’t have enough money to send him on a band trip by describing a family’s monthly expenses. Related: The best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube In time though, he realizes wait, maybe we do have the money...Read More
I have no idea why I have never discovered National Geographic’s Brain Games before this weekend. But as my kids browsed Netflix yesterday — and I prayed for anything not animated — my seven-year-old paused on Season 1, asked if we could watch, and we gave it a shot. Consider us all instantly hooked. Right from the first episode about optical illusions, my kids were utterly captivated by the experiments, illusions, and demos from engaging host Jason Silva, and then the brain science that explains all of it. These cubes above? They are the exact same color. Whoa. In other words, there’s a reason people...Read More
As someone who has been trying to cut the cord from cable TV, I’m pretty excited to learn that HBO NOW means the network is taking that first step towards saying, hey cable companies, we don’t actually need you anymore. And that’s a huge deal, both for the future of cable, and for families trying to cut back on entertainment bills but not their entertainment options. Essentially HBO NOW is a new subscription service that allows you to keep your weekly dates with Game of Thrones, Girls, and True Detective, all through your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV — and without the downer of a cable bill. Sorry Android...Read More
Oscars online resources: Live backstage feeds, red carpet interviews, celebrities on Twitter, and more.
Not all of us will be able to focus on every moment of the red carpet entrances (kids needing dinner), the Oscars monologue (kid needs to use the bathroom), or even the one award you’ve been waiting for all night (kids have to go to bed) but you can get a ton of the glitz, glamour, and that new 21st century essential–celebrity tweets–by starting at one site: The ABC Oscars Site. Click over to Oscars.go.com and you’ll find a highly slick, well produced homepage with an abundance of info and lots of sponsorships. Some highlights: -The list of presenters. (Cumberbatch! Cumberbatch!). -A live...Read More
Football fans or not, millions of viewers flock to the Super Bowl for the commercials. Pretty much everyone wants to see the ads that will have everyone buzzing the next day — or in real time on Twitter. But if you want a pre-game sneak peek at the Super Bowl ads — or should you actually want to hit the loo during commercials, just like in the old days — we have three sites you can check out. Aside from your favorite social media sites, which will surely be buzzing with unfiltered, opinionated commentary. Mostly from us. [Pictured above: Mophie commercial...Read More
Trying to find appropriate content on YouTube for kids can be a challenge. Because you know, YouTube isn’t always super kid-friendly — especially YouTube comments. Good news: we found two new kids’ channels on YouTube that I think parents will love too. Related: 14 of the best (this means fun!) YouTube videos for kids PBS Kids YouTube channel PBS Kids has built a sturdy reputation over the years, becoming the top kids’ educational media brand. The TV shows, the apps, the videos — you just know your kids are in good hands. So when I heard about the launch of the PBS Kids...Read More
Every year for a looong time now I’ve looked forward to the annual Simpsons holiday intro that takes seasonal themes and runs with them, hilariously. This year’s sequence does not disappoint–a Christmas (or Hanukkah?) miracle in itself considering how long Groening and team have been doing these. The best part is the obligatory Frozen reference, which you can’t miss. Probably because they refer to it as OBLIGATORY FROZEN REFERENCE. I think you’ll want to show it to the kids, if only for the awesome Frozen couch scene at the end with Homer, of course, as Olaf. Mine have asked to watch...Read More
We know. Frozen — and all of its songs — will never leave us. Acceptance is key here, friends. But I have to admit, it tickles me something serious whenever I hear (or better, overhear) little voices trying to belt out the movie’s big ballads. So much feeling, so much heart. It’s like, “Yes, yes! I do want to build a snowman, child. Sign me up.” If singing along is the height of entertainment for your kids, then they’ll be just giddy over the new nabi Frozen Karaoke Box Bundle, featuring the Disney Karaoke: Frozen app. The charming app includes...Read More
The thing about YouTube is, it can go from super fun to totally overwhelming–not to mention disturbing–on a dime. Sometimes when I’m watching my 5-year-old son watch his YouTube videos on my old iPad, all I can do is hope that we don’t land on something very not-for-him. I’m often on edge, with my finger hovering near the pause button in case I need to shut it all down. The anything goes vibe of YouTube can leave many parents a little breathless. So, since we’re all trying to work things out in this so-called village, I’d like to share what I...Read More
We’re shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Robin Williams, an entertainer who defined our childhood and still stayed relevant over all these years. He made us laugh, cry, and laugh-cry, with his amazing ability to transform into so many beloved characters. To say he was prolific is an understatement. So today, in his honor, we’re sharing our team’s favorite Robin Williams movie clips. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we did. Good Will Hunting (picked by Kristen) Aladdin (picked by Stephanie S) The Birdcage (picked by Stephanie M) Dead Poets Society (picked by...Read More
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