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Avengers Age Of Ultron Review!

Review: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

     It's finally out!  For years we've all been waiting for the next chapter in this epic blockbuster series, and I was not disappointed.  First off, the action sequences were nothing short of amazing with great butt-kicking battle scenes.  The Avengers really come together as they try to take on the newly aware entity Ultron, while working as a team.  We get to see combo attacks from Thor and Captain America, as well as Black Widow and Hawkeye.  The excitement was crazy in the theater seeing them take out dozens of enemies with a single blow.  I might have blinked two or three times during the movie which means now I have to go see it again.  Some of those scenes were that intense.   
     I will not give away spoilers when it comes to the story line and plot, but fans have to understand that the story is an adaptation of the comic.  It is not a literal recreation of the Ultron origin story.  We've all seen the trailers and kind of know that Ultron is there to destroy humanity, but how he comes to be was altered in the plot.  I'm sure that will have some avid comic fans up in arms, but the original story line would not fit yet (Ant Man doesn't enter the Marvel Big Screen Universe until this Summer anyway).  
     So we all expected gigantic action scenes and this film delivers.  There is no need to describe the sequences since they are just too incredible and you have to see them for yourselves.  But what about the quieter moments in the film?  There was definitely a lot of humor and one scene at a Tony Stark party had the audience roaring with laughter.  Most characters in Avengers have stand-alone movies and their back stories were previously explained, but not all of them.  In Age of Ultron we get to see some character development in Black Widow and Hawkeye that was not present in the previous film  (again, no spoilers here).  I would have liked more of an explanation about what Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch really were, but there's only so much you can cram into two and a half hours.  The introduction of the Vision into the Universe was also something that needed to happen and was welcomed with applause, literally.  The theater erupted when he was first introduced; it was crazy!
     The acting was also on par with a comic movie but not campy at all.  Robert Downy plays Tony Stark's usual arrogant self while the rest of the cast played the parts of all the characters we've grown up with very well.  James Spader was an amazing fit for the voice of Ultron.  His voice alone is so hypnotizing that at one point I was on board with killing all of humanity too.  Loved it!
     What is also amazing with this film (and every other one in the Avengers line) are the numerous subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, hints about future stories and characters.  You may have already heard about upcoming TV series and movies based around the Avengers Universe, and this film drops a freaking bomb that will make you count the days until May 2018...  I loved Age of Ultron and would recommend seeing it on the big screen.  The film had everything you need to be blown away; big action, big heroes, big villains, humor and big action.  Did I say big action already?  If you haven't got your tickets yet, I don't know what you're waiting for.  Hurry and get to Age of Ultron! 

Weekly Events!

                                     Monday April 27th 

National Prime Rib Day
Tell a Story Day

Roller Skating On The Harbor (various times)
The Rinx
When: Monday-Thursday: 3-4:30pm, 4:45-6p:15m and 6:30-8pm
Fridays: 3-4:40pm, 4:45-6:15pm and 8:15-10:15pm
Saturdays: 9:45-11:15am, 11:30-1pm, 1:15-2:45pm, 3-4:30pm, 4:45-6:15pm and 8:15-10:15pm
Sundays: 9:45-11:15am, 11:30-1pm, 1:15-2:45pm, 3-4:30pm, 4:45-6:15pm
Where:  101-A East Broadway, Port Jefferson NY
Info:Adults: $11, Children (ages 11 and under): $8.50, Friday and Saturday night: $12, Skate rental: $5.50 http://www.TheRinkx.com/Roller

Baby and Me Yoga
When: 11:30-12:30
Where: Yoga Long Beach, 54 West Park Avenue, Long Beach NY 11561
Info: Please call for cost (516)889-0808

Explorer Family Backpacks:  Get a backpack and discover the beauty of all the different world cultures through art in the gallery! Then your child will create one of their own to bring home!
When:10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike , Hempstead NY 11549
Cost: Free

Butterfly House is open at Sweetbriar Nature Center
When: Everyday 10-4pm
Where: 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown NY 11787
Cost: $5.00 $3 kids under 11 years old and seniors 

The Art Studio in Rockville Centre
Where:221 North Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre NY 11570
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm for preschoolers. Other times available for older kids.
Cost:$20 a lesson or $75 a month
Info: (516)763-2050

Junior Jet Club: An interactive play area for kids 6 and under. This is included with admission to the Cradle of Aviation Museum or skip the museum for just $2.50
When: Every day
Where: Museum Row Charles Lindbergh Blvd Garden City NY 11553
Info: http://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/junior_jet_club.html

Mommy Activities at the RVC Recreation Center
Step Aerobics 7-7:45pm
ZUMBA! 9:15-10:15am
Where: The Department of Parks and Recreation, 111 N Oceanside Rd, Rockville Center NY 11570
Cost: $5.00 pay as you go!

CSTL at the Tanglewood Park Preserve holds a "Tiny Tots" workshop every Monday morning with a different theme. The price is eight dollars a child, and has a different theme each week.  For directions and other information about the preserve visit http://www.cstl.org/Tiny_Tots.htm
Where: Tanglewood Park and Preserve, 1 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre NY 11570
Phone: (516) 764-0045 
Cost: $8.00 per child
Time: 9:30-11am

Monday Minnows at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Learning for tots and parents about the ocean and nature for ages 2-5
When: Every Monday at 2:30pm
Where: 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724

The Hofstra University Museum offers sculpture exploration backpacks. Stop by the Hofstra University Museums Emily Lowe Gallery located on south campus behind Emily Lowe Hall and pick up a backpack! One focuses on sculptures of animals and one focuses on sculptures based on shapes. At the end of your turn return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the museum! Ages 6 and up.
Sculpture Mystery is also available activity at the Museum
The Great Art Caper. Uncover clues to solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection at Hofstra University's South Campus. Pick up the activity at the Emily Lowe Gallery and at the end of the search return for a price. For everyone 6+ and their parents!
When: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm

            Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm  

Madame Alexander Doll company Wins Dr. Toy's 2015 Best Classic Award!

                                          Yet another reason why I love this company!


(April 17, 2015) New York, NY – Madame Alexander is awarded its newest accolade, adding to its roster of prestigious toy awards!

     Madame Alexander My First Powder Pink Baby Girl Doll, $29.95
Soft and cuddly, this 12-inch, powder pink, plush baby doll is a must-have for all new babies! The perfect first baby doll, easy for little hands to hold and cuddle.  SKU: 46670, Ages Newborn 0+

     “Nothing is more fascinating to babies, than other babies. These soft, cuddly First Baby Dolls are easy for a baby to squeeze, and they are easy to wash. They're irresistible, and safe for even the tiniest infants. One of the favorites is the Baby Powder Pink doll that was introduced in 2007. This doll has been captivating babies’ attention for nine years. It is designed with a soft, huggable body, a vinyl head, and a sweet face that will enchant the very young.”
      -The Dr. Toy Team

     Madame Alexander’s My First Baby Girl doll is available through Madame Alexander’s extensive retail distribution channels, as well as online at www.madamealexander.com.

                                 About the Dr. Toy “Best Classic” Award
     Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., known as Dr. Toy®, has been tracking trends in the toy business for more than 30 years. In the just released Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys for 2015, the search extended across the entire toy industry to find classic toys that fit the criteria for fun, skill building, and high play value. The Dr. Toy Team with Jennie Ito, Ph.D., carefully evaluates to select the best products. Drs. Auerbach and Ito agree, “Classic toys are enduring and have many important benefits. They encourage the child’s interaction, involvement and are truly child-powered.”

     “Classic toys,” Dr. Toy says, reflecting back to her own youth, “are toys you return to from your own childhood…the traditional toys that endure and continue to stimulate play.”

LIGHTSCAPES Come Back To Historic Hudson Valley!

     CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY (April 20, 2015) — LIGHTSCAPES, an immersive, family friendly walk-through experience featuring sculpture, light, music, and special effects, returns for its second year to historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Zing Firetek Rocket! Review And Giveaway!

      Zing!  As I have shared with you all over the past three years, we love this company.  I stumbled upon them quite literally three years ago at the New York Toy Fair when one of their super foam arrows bonked me on the head. It was love at first hit I guess you would say.  This year they are coming out with some great products, including the Firetrek Rocket Launcher, just in time for the spring and summer seasons.  Using their super soft rubber and foam technology, this set comes with two light up and whistle screaming rockets.  With the help of the easy to use slingshot, they can fly up to 250 feet in the air without breaking a sweat.

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