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Anki Overdrive:: the Battle Racing Supercars Are Coming To Stores This Fall!


      Follow-Up to 2014’s Holiday Hit Introduces All-New Robotic and Artificially Intelligent Battle- Racing Gameplay with Advanced Modular Track Design SAN FRANCISCO – July 2, 2015 – Anki, the robotics and artificial intelligence company that created the cutting-edge battle-racing game Anki DRIVE, continues its revolution in the world of play this holiday. The company today announced Anki OVERDRIVE will start shipping to select retailers on September 20, 2015 in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Canada. It will also be available for purchase on www.anki.com. Utilizing the power of robotics, Anki is able to blend the best of toys and video games into a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience to create the next must-have hit of the season. Anki OVERDRIVE is battle-racing at its best where players control physical supercars via handheld mobile devices to compete against friends, family or AI commanders. The game introduces an innovative magnetic modular track system that allows gamers to custom build their own battlefields within seconds. The game features a rich, in-depth campaign where players challenge a diverse cast of 25+ elite commanders to become champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament. New game modes such as Time Trial and King of the Hill expand on the popular Battle and Race modes returning from Anki DRIVE. In Time Trial, players find the perfect path to beat the clock, and

King of the Hill is chaotic fun as players battle for the crown to see

American Plastics Has What You Need This Summer! Review And Giveaway!

      American Plastics is an absolutely amazing AMERICAN company that produces a wide array of products that are high quality but low price.  We met the reps during the NYTF and I was completely astonished that this company lasted so long under my radar.
  This summer they sent us two items for review and giveaway and I think you will be excited!   
 The Sand and Water Play set is a tabletop arena of fun!  Great with sand or with just water, this set comes complete with a working crane, flatbed truck, 2 cargo boats, 2 speed boats and two sections for water and sand ( or a whole lot of water). Place it on top of any flat surface and let the fun begin. Three kids can play at once with comfort and they will be entertained for at least an hour minimum - yeah I timed it. No batteries needed, no screens around, just pure innocent fun.   
 Easy to transport and easy enough for even the littlest of your active crew to have fun with, this table is worth every cent of the $14.95 that it is retailed at.  Adult assembly is required and may take up to an hour to build with a child consistently asking if it is done next to you (way less if you take the smart routes and build it when they are asleep or otherwise occupied).
 Looking for a picnic table for the kiddos this summer season or a swell little craft area for the playroom?  Well look no further because American Plastics has you covered there as well.  This easy to assemble four seater is a heavy duty piece that can take a beating.  Seating up to four children around 42 pounds and under, the picnic table is great for both indoor and outdoor use.  It's easy to wash when the leaves and pollen stick onto it or the kiddos get crayons all over it, and  it's also easy for mom and dad to move around as well.   The American Plastics Picnic Table goes for $35.00. Yeah that is it.  You will literally not find a better price for a piece like this from any other company around.
   From my firsthand experience with what this company turns, along with the large array of items I saw on display and the low price tag, I can honestly say I am in love. You pay less without losing out on anything other than a fancy name brand.  Less than 25% of the parts used in making the products are imported from other countries, meaning most of the products are made right here on US soil in the company's own factories or from an outsourced US factory.  Every item is tested to ensure the highest degree to maintain your child's safety and to ensure your ease of mind.  With over 120 of their products currently on store shelves you will find everything you need for your child's enjoyment without breaking the bank.  
Sand and Water Play Set Details
Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 18 Months and Up
Features: Multiple Motions, Multiple Activities, sturdy construction
Activity Surface: Plastic
Includes: Shovel, Sailboats, Bucket, Sand Vehicle
Educational Focus: Motor Skills, Creative Thinking
Material: Plastic
Capacity (volume): 2.0 Gal.
Dimensions: 23.75 " H x 20.25 " W x 25.75 " L
Product Weight: Weight: 18.0 Lb.
Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With Soap and Water
Battery: no battery used
other Info.
Picnic Table Details
Dimensions: 29.25L x 27.5W x 17H inches.
. Molded carrying handle.
Table holds 168 pounds total. Recommended for ages 2-6 years.
From the Manufacturer
Sturdy table seats 4 children. Indoor and outdoor use. Table measures 28" x 29" x 17" and is easy to assemble.

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Tiggly Words Review


      What can I say about Tiggly? Quite a lot actually thank you for asking.  This company is not only on the cusp of the wave of interactive apps- they are innovating it.  With each new release they raise the bar for other companies so high they do not even have to limbo to get under it- they can just walk on through.
    With previous games already on the market- Tiggly Shapes and Tiggly Numbers- all very well received,  Tiggly Words is bringing their world to a whole different age group as well as genre.   For ages  4-8 your child will begin or continue their education of phonics, word building, nouns and verbs, as well as  long and short vowel sounds.  All you need are the silicone letters a e I o u and the apps and you are on your way!
   Tiggly tales sets your child up with two letters that have a space in between.  For example H_g using the vowels provided your child will fill in that blank space and thus creating a word.  Once the word is correctly completed the object or action you spell out comes to life right before your eyes!  

Weekly Events! Movies On The Beach, Sprinklers, and More!

Tuesday June 30th

Meteor Day

Even the tiniest of LEGO® fans can join in the fun at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester!

     Join us every Tuesday, 10am – 2pm for fun-filled activities designed with toddlers in mind! Perfect for families with young children and parenting groups, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is the ideal location to entertain and engage the youngest of LEGO Fans!

Half Price Tuesday Skate
When: 6-8pm
Where: 1276 Hicksville Rd, Seaford NY 11783
Cost: $5 per child, $5.50 per adult and rental fee if applies

Balloon Night At Denny's Bring the kids for a fun meal and some Tricky Biz balloon tricks in the Denny's in Levittown where all children under 12 get a balloon.
Where: 2716 Hempstead Ave, Levittown NY 11756
Phone: (516) 796-7900

Co-ed Cardio Workout Tuesday and Thursdays, 7-8:15pm at the RVC Recreation Center
Where: The Department of Parks and Recreation 111 N Oceanside Rd, Rockville Center NY 11570
Cost: $5.00 pay as you go
When: 7-8:15pm

Family Bounce Night at Bounce U Oceanside
When: 5:30pm
Where: 3495B Lawson Blvd, Oceanside NY 11572
Info: (516)593-JUMP Call to reserve your spot
Cost: $12.95 per person or $17.90 if you are staying for pizza and drinks, make sure to use a coupon!

Barnes and Noble holds a story time in their beautiful children's section at the Carle Place location every Tuesday morning, so if you're in the area, or need an excuse to go, here it is!
Time:10:00 am
Cost: Free
  Just show up!
Address: Country Glen Center, 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place NY 11514
Phone: (516)741-9850

Pottery Barn also holds a story time at their store at the Roosevelt Field Mall every Tuesday. The girls are super sweet and they will give you a passbook that will be stamped each time. After five stamps you get a ten dollar coupon, which I think is pretty cool.
Cost: Free
Location: Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City NY 11530
Phone:(516) 739-2688

Revolution Yoga: For ages 6 to 10 years old
When: 4:30 pm – 5:15pm
Where: 7 North Village Avenue, Rockville Centre NY 11570
Phone: (516) 619-6421

Wood Kingdom Open Play 
When: 10am-2pm, this goes on every weekday and times are subject to change so make sure to call ahead!
Where:111 Milbar Road, Farmingdale NY 11735
Cost: $8.00

Baby and Me Yoga 
For Mommies, Daddies, and kiddos walker-3 years old
When: 9:30-10:30
Where: Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361 Atlantic Ave, Freeport NY 11520
Info: Call to register (516)632-9626

Open Studio at the Little Art Studio: Ages 2-5, with adult, can come in and make art! 
When: 1-2pm. Call for reservations.
Where: 183 South Street, Oyster Bay NY 11771
Phone: (516)922-8300

Kids Eat Free!
Mo's South Western Grill
Millers Ale House
and IHOP

                     Wednesday July 1st

Skylanders News!!!!

                 Huge Skylanders News!  Activision is partnering up with Nintendo to give us a truly unique playing experience!  In Skylanders Superchargers you will now be able to play with two very special charcters!  Donkey Kong and Bowser will be released on all Nintendo Platforms!  These figures will be able to play in the Skylanders Game as well as certain ambiio games! Read all about it! 




                  Landmark Creative Collaboration between Activision and Nintendo

                    Offers Fans New Skylanders that Also Work as amiibo Figures –

                                     Available in all Nintendo Starter Packs


       Fans Attending E3 2015 will be First to Get Hands-On with the

                        New Skylanders and their Vehicles!


SANTA MONICA, Calif. – June 16, 2015  Today Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), and Nintendo announced during Nintendo’s Digital Event at E3 2015 an unprecedented collaboration designed to deliver to fans an amazing gameplay experience never before seen. Skylanders® is packing some major star power with the introduction of two of Nintendo’s iconic characters -- Donkey Kong and Bowser -- as guest stars in Skylanders SuperChargers. The characters will be available exclusively in Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs for the Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS family of systems, available now for pre-order. E3 2015 attendees will be the first to get their hands on the characters and their specially created vehicles.


     Developed by Vicarious Visions, Skylanders Superchargers introduces Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser, which usher in a first-of-its-kind collaboration for the Skylanders franchise. These new characters will be exclusive to the Nintendo platforms.  As the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, Skylanders is innovating yet again by infusing magic into the Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser figures, enabling them to be playable in both Skylanders SuperChargers and select amiibo compatible games with a simple twist of the characters’ bases.


      “Activision Blizzard has always cherished our collaboration with Nintendo, and we are grateful for decades of partnership,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “Since we made the first toys-to-life game, some of our most dedicated players have been Nintendo fans around the world. Skylanders is delighted to welcome beloved guest stars Donkey Kong and Bowser into its magical world.”


       The goal with this creative collaboration is to honor the personalities and heritage of Donkey Kong and Bowser that fans have come to love from previous games, while creating a fresh look and feel for the guest stars in Skylands. For example, Turbo Charge Donkey Kong’s powers and attacks include barrel throws and exploding bongos and other classic Donkey Kong powers that pay homage to the lore of the character, as well as exciting new moves for the iconic character. Hammer Slam Bowser’s powers range from commanding Koopas, summoning Warp Pipes as well as fierce fire-breathing attacks. 


      “Activision’s Skylanders games have been very popular on Nintendo platforms, and we hope this collaboration will delight fans of the franchise,” said Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “We believe this unique approach will help expand the entire category and make it appealing to even more players.”


      The trailblazing vehicles-to-life innovation of Skylanders SuperChargers is realized when players take the helm of powerful, tricked-out land, sea and sky vehicles.

      Skylanders SuperChargers is a high octane action-adventure videogame where fans have the freedom to speed across Skylands’ roads in vehicular combat, race down roaring rapids and engage in aerial dogfights as they barrel roll through enemy swarms.


      Skylanders SuperChargers gameplay is revved up on Nintendo platforms, as Portal Masters can also pilot and steer Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser’s custom designed, never-before-seen vehicles, Barrel Blaster and Clown Cruiser. The special Skylanders guest stars and vehicles will be playable, cooperatively or alone, in Skylanders SuperChargers on the following Nintendo platforms: Wii U, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.  Both characters and vehicles are playable in Skylanders SuperChargers across all three Nintendo systems.


       In Skylanders SuperChargers, the evil Kaos has unleashed The Darkness to take control of Skylands. Fortunately, a special team of Skylanders known as the SuperChargers has been assembled to pilot an incredible fleet of vehicles with the power to travel through the destruction – over land, sea, and sky!  But with Skylands on the verge of collapse, the Skylanders have reached out across all dimensions to call for reinforcements.  Answering the call is the most unexpected duo – Donkey Kong and Bowser!  Using their own elite vehicles to magically travel between worlds, they have joined the epic battle against Kaos and The Darkness!


       Skylanders is bringing another trailblazing innovation with the launch of Skylanders SuperChargerson September 20, 2015 in North America. The new game supports all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games, enabling all Skylanders characters to pilot land, sea or sky-based vehicles. The vehicles are playable in-game and many feature moving parts, making them also fun to play with in the physical world. Players will also have the ability to customize all vehicles in-game with super cool modifications and upgradeable weapons.


    For the ultimate gameplay experience, players can pair a SuperCharger Skylander with its signature vehicle to create a SuperCharged combination, unlocking exclusive mods that rev up the performance of the vehicle and abilities of the character.  Players can also have fun seeing Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser pilot any of the 20 SuperCharger vehicles available in the new game.


       Fans can pre-order Skylanders SuperChargers at select retail destinations worldwide. The Skylanders Wii U Starter Pack’s suggested retail price is $74.99 and includes Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and his signature vehicle, Barrel Blaster. The Skylanders Wii and 3DS Starter Packs’ suggested retail prices are $74.99 and $64.99, respectively, and include Hammer Slam Bowser and his signature vehicle, Clown Cruiser. All three Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs for Nintendo platforms also include Super Shot Stealth Elf, newly designed Portal of Power®+ and the full AAA game*. 


About the Skylanders® Franchise

The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders franchise has sold through more than 250 million action figures1 since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011 with the debut of Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. The game originated a play pattern that seamlessly bridged physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms. In 2012, Skylanders® Giants further evolved the genre and added LightCore®characters to the collection of interaction figures.  Skylanders® SWAP Force, which launched in 2013, introduced an all new play pattern – swapability. In 2014, Skylanders® Trap Team reversed the magic of bringing toys to life by allowing players pull characters out of the digital world into the physical world and became the number 1 kids’ console game globally1. The game was also the first console game to simultaneously bring the entire AAA experience to tablets. 


About Activision Publishing

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website,www.activision.com or by following @Activision.


About Nintendo

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 680 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pok√©mon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.



Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements about the expected release dates of Skylanders SuperChargers, are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.



¹²The NPD Group, GfK Chart-track, Activision Blizzard internal estimates, including toys and accessories


+ The newly designed Portal of Power will not be available in the Nintendo 3DS versions.  


* Gameplay content, functionality, and features will differ for Nintendo 3DS and Wii versions"

LeapFrog Has Everything You Need To Have A Summer Full Of BRAIN GAIN!

Father's Day Treats, Printable Card, and Gifts!

Father's Day is right around the corner, and we have some great products and sweets that will show your father just how much you care!

                 Father’s Day Cookies:

     "Show Pop he takes top honors with a blue ribbon Father's Day dessert. Generously cover a round cookie (ours were about 2 inches wide) with tinted frosting. Press on M&M's. Pipe on a message using chocolate frosting in a ziplock bag with a snipped corner or in a piping bag fitted with a writing tip. Trim two pieces of sour belt candy (we used Airheads Xtremes) as shown, then place on a plate and arrange the cookie on top. Present your deserving dad his award, along with lots of hugs and kisses." (From Family Fun Magazine)

     "Nothing says “I love you, dad” like a gift created by a family man, Walkers Shortbread. In 1898, Joseph Walker developed the recipe for the “World’s Finest Shortbread”—117 years later, the recipe (butter, flour, sugar, salt) is still used today and his legacy is carried on through the work of his children."

     "Rockabye Baby! has soundtracked nurseries around the globe with baby-friendly versions of adult favorites, including the Beatles, Kanye West, Madonna, Guns N' Roses, and more than 60 others. Trading electric guitars and drums for a toddler-approved pallet of soothing instruments like xylophones, marimbas, wood blocks, and bells - Rockabye Baby! lets parents and babies bond over classic music while still making bedtime as smooth as possible.

     The series latest offering, "Lullaby Renditions of Grateful Dead" was dubbed "the lullaby deadhead parents have been waiting for" by Huffington Post and praised for its "sleep inducing recreations" by the Wall Street Journal. It doesn't hurt that the release coincides with the band's 50th anniversary shows this summer - making it the perfect study guide for parents looking to introduce their little ones to the iconic band. "

From Our Favorite Super Hero WORD GIRL- Here is a great printable card for the little ones to give to their dad! 

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