Welcome to the Mommy's (and Daddy's) Guide!
Here we post exciting things for parents that are inexpensive,
free (our favorite), or so awesome that it doesn't matter
how much it costs!We list the week's events and places
to go, review the ones we've gone to, and tell you about
the ideas we think are important as parents.We are based
in Lynbrook NY and our listings are always local- mostly
Long Island (usually Nassau County), sometimes the city,
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The Amazing Zhus Product Review!

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    The Amazing Zhus!  You have seen the commercial and I know what you are thinking; are they really that cool?  Well we got to throw a Magical Meet Up where we had ten kids to help answer that question and the answer is, "Yes, yes they are that cool."  Our Cepia and Mom Select sponsored party gave us a unique opportunity to have a bunch of kids try out the Amazing Zhus and to see how they reacted to one of the top toys to have this holiday season.  


     We had a magic themed party with tiny magic hats filled with chex mix, magic wands and the magic fortune telling fish.  The sample products we received were two stunt mice, a boy and a girl, and one magician mouse complete with his wand.  We also received the magic shell game and the amazing Zhus High Dive!

The Macy's Parade Is Featuring a new Skylander Balloon!

…LET’S HAVE A PARADE™

THE 88TH ANNUAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE® MARKS THE START OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE NATION’S MOST BELOVED SPECTACLE, FEATURING GIANT HELIUM BALLOONS, FLOATS OF WONDER, PULSE POUNDING MARCHING BANDS, ROLLICKING PERFORMANCE GROUPS, CELEBRITY APPEARANCES AND THE ONE-AND-ONLY SANTA CLAUS


New York, NY – November 3, 2014 – As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the biggest spectacle of the holiday season returns to entertain millions, as the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® hits the streets of New York City. On Thursday, November 27th at 9:00 AM, more than 8,000 participants, some donning clown costumes, handling balloon giants or striking up the band, will set down the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time honored catchphrase Let’s Have a Parade™. With a live audience, more than 3.5 million strong and a nationwide television gathering of more than 50 million viewers, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s most beloved holiday pageant.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’ DYNAMIC DUO BEBOP AND ROCKSTEADY LAUNCH EXCLUSIVELY AT WALMART

                  TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’ DYNAMIC DUO BEBOP
                   AND ROCKSTEADY LAUNCH EXCLUSIVELY AT WALMART


     Playmates Toys to Introduce Bebop and Rocksteady Action Figures, Inspired by
                                        Nickelodeon TV Series

El Segundo, CA (November 11, 2014) – Nickelodeon and Playmates Toys, the companies behind the hit TV show and number-one-selling action-figure brand, Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles, today announced the launch of its Bebop and Rocksteady action figures available mid-November exclusively at Walmart. The villainous duo will then make their much-anticipated return to TV this January as part of the current third season of Nickelodeon’s CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

     “Partners in crime Bebop and Rocksteady have been fan favorites since the original animated series debuted in the 1980s,” said Karl Aaronian, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Playmates Toys.  “We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to update the characters for a whole new generation of kids and original Turtles fans to enjoy.”

Weekly Events! Cut Your Own Trees And Holiday Events!

Monday November 17th

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
yogalongbeach.com

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
http://hofstra.edu/museum

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

Skylanders Trap Team: Review!



                                                      Skylanders Trap Team: Review!



     Oh Kaos, that dirty little rascal is at it again!  Continuing his  ongoing "quest" to rule over the Skylands, he happens upon the Cloudcracker Prison.  With a whole bunch of bad guys stored away, and with Kaos trying to build an army, he decides to blow it up and free all the villains that were once safely kept behind the Traptanium built fortress' walls.   Now free to roam around and cause havoc it is up to the Portal Masters to recapture all of the escaped bad guys!  But HOW?  That is exactly what makes Trap Team so unique!   In the game the shards of Traptanium that blew apart from the once together prison fall onto earth,  Portal Masters must use these color-coded shards to "capture" the villains in the game.  Once trapped in the physical shard they are pulled out of the Skylander realm and brought into the real world--but the fun doesn't stop there.  Portal Masters can then place them into the portal and bring them back into the game and make them fight the good fight!

Thomas and Percy Head to Strasburg this November



  It's the last last ride of the year for Thomas and his best buddy Percy!  This November 21st-23rd head to Strasburg for the event that will make your child's eyes light up! 


                             
       

    "Little engineers won’t believe their eyes—or their ears!  For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas™, Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be able to talk to his fans.  Boys and girls will be cheerfully greeted by the #1 Engine when he pulls into Strasburg Rail Road for Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014.  Adding to the excitement, Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails. Now fans will be able to fulfill their dreams of taking a ride not only with everyone’s favorite blue engine, but also meeting one of his best friends!
This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.  "

Big Hero 6 Review!

                                                            Big Hero 6

     Pixar delivers again with their newest flick Big Hero 6. This is a visually creative movie about a young boy, Hiro, trying to find his path from the rough streets of robot fighting to an acclaimed university. He is a brilliant adolescent who faces both tragedy and triumph living in San Fransokyo (combo of Tokyo and San Francisco) in this epic movie that shows both highlights of American cinema and Japanese anime. The movie begins with a brief back story of a child living with his aunt and brother after suffering the loss of their parents.  His brother successfully shows Hiro his potential and gets him to apply, and become accepted, into the most prestigious tech school. Hiro suffers even more tragedy and enlists his fellow classmates and robot Baymax (who really stole the show) in his quest to uncover the truth behind a villainous plot that ****SPOILER ALERT**** resulted in the death of his brother. 
      Hiro teams up with his class to become a team of super hero nerds that use their knowledge to create some crazy "super powers" to try and stop the mysterious figure behind the the evil plot.  It was a fun look at an new superhero team origin story where they were really new to leaving their labs and going to fight the villain.  Baymax was really my focus during the movie, especially in scenes where his battery was low and ended up acting like he had a few too many, if you know what I mean. 
      This was a very entertaining movie that definitely kept me, and more importantly my son, entertained throughout the entire adventure.  It had a solid story line that had life lessons as well as childish and adult humor (though the adult stuff went over the head of most kids).  I would absolutely recommend this as a great family movie that follows in the footsteps of other great ones like Wreck it Ralph or The Incredibles. It had everything from the jokes, to the action and awesome visual animation.  This is The Mommy's Guide telling you to get to the theater!  Go Big Hero 6!

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