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
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Blizzard 2015

      Due to the historical Blizzard 2015 we are suspending post of our events.  We will put up events when the weather clears and it is all good to leave your house again! In the meantime remember snow days are the best days to cuddle and spend time with your family :) ! Good luck everyone!

Go Visit an ICE CASTLE in Stratton VT!

     How cool is this? Ice Castles right near one of the best mountains to ski on! I see a family winter vacation being planned in my future!

WHAT: Acre-sized, all-ice castle in Lincoln, NH. One of four Ice Castles in America.
WHERE: 64 Railroad St
Lincoln, NH 03521
Sunday-Thursday: 2-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 2-10 p.m.
VISUALS: -- Amazing ice features including archways, tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne. 
-- Kids and families squeezing, squishing, sliding, stomping and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display. 
-- Natural frozen ice tones during the day; colorful LED-lit ice set to music at night.

January 19, at 1pm Watch Astroblast On Sprout!

 Sprout is one of the best channels out there for your pre-school aged children. Astroblast fits into their amazing programming schedule with colorful fun animation and positive messages! Definitely check this show out!

"Monday, January 19, at 1pm on Sprout with the debut of two back-to-back, smoothie-powered stories – and kicks-off more than two weeks of brand-new Astroblast! escapades!

Astroblast! follows the zany adventures of Comet, Halley, Sputnik, Radar and Jet, a crew of animals who run the Astroblast Space Station, the coolest hangout in the galaxy, all under the watchful eye of Sal the Octopus. Along with a constantly changing cast of quirky visitors from other planets, the Astroblast Space Station gang cooks up the perfect recipe for promoting positive relationships, self-esteem, good nutrition and physical activity.

Astroblast! is inspired by the Scholastic books of the same name by award-winning author/illustrator Bob Kolar, and every episode offers fun stories with age-appropriate messages about friendship and self-awareness. Like many of Scholastic Media’s popular TV series, Astroblast! is also a perfect choice for kids and families to tune-in to together – and its humor will have viewers of all ages laughing along."


Get ready to turn on the charm! 



                     All-New Animated Preschool Series Produced by Nelvana and 

                      Spin Master Set to Win Over Kids and Families Nationwide 

Preschoolers will enter a whimsical world of spellbinding adventures when Little Charmers, a brand-new animated preschool series that celebrates the magic of friendship, debuts Monday, Jan. 12, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick Jr.  A production of Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master Entertainment, the half-hour series (40 eps/80x11mins) follows best friends and Charmers-in-Training Hazel, Posie and Lavender as they attempt to solve everyday problems and in the process, find themselves in the middle of funny situations.  Together, the three Charmers learn that with a little imagination, friendship and teamwork, they can overcome just about any magical mishap they encounter.

Following its launch, Little Charmers will regularly air weekdays at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick Jr.  The series will roll out on Nickelodeon channels internationally in spring 2015. 

In the series premiere, “Prince Not So Charming/A Charming Outfit,” Hazel and her friends turn a frog prince into a real prince and must teach him to be charming before time runs out and he reverts back into a frog.  In the second story, Hazel discovers that the plain dress she is wearing is not so plain after all once she unlocks the magic, making it the perfect dress – just in time for school picture day!  

Meet the Little Charmers: 
  • Hazel – a big-hearted, driven and curious girl with a leap-before-you-look nature, who puts the finishing touches on all the spells  
  • Posie – a sweet and quirky “Spellerina” who can come up with spells for any occasion with a song and dance in perfect tune
  • Lavender – a bright and feisty “Potionista” who knows how to get to the point, stir up potions and put together hip fashions

Kids can check out an exclusive first look of the series premiere episode on www.nickjr.com and the Nick Jr. App, plus play the Little Charmers Sticker Pictures game on the site.  Beginning Jan. 13, the full series premiere episode will be available on the site and the Nick Jr. App.  
About Nelvana
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana is comprised of Nelvana Studio and its distribution arm Nelvana Enterprises and owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. Nelvana Studio produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com.

About Spin Master Ltd.
A multi-category children’s entertainment company, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994 and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as boy’s action phenomena and 2009-2010 Boy’s Toy of the Year winner Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and award-winning brands Air Hogs®, Aquadoodle, Flutterbye, Spin Master Games including 2014 Game of the Year, Boom Boom Balloon and the popular Hedbanz, Spy Gear, Tech Deck, and the 2014 Innovative Toy of the Year Zoomer. The company has also marked an entry into children’s media with the launch of Spin Master Entertainment, a subsidiary focusing on the design, development and production of television and other media properties, including the hit animated preschool series, PAW Patrol. Spin Master employs over 900 people with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Munich, and Milan. For additional information please visit: www.spinmaster.com.
About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).  

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PBS Arthur's Fountain Abbey

    This is the most amazing Downton crossover ever! Our dvr is set- and yeah I am buying the dvd as well! 

  " An all-new, Downton Abbey-inspired episode of ARTHUR will premiere on Monday, January 26 on PBS KIDS (check local listings). “Fountain Abbey” will also be available on DVD January 27 through PBS Distribution.

      Everyone’s favorite aardvark and his friends will discover the secrets and stories that their families hold. In the drama-filled “Fountain Abbey,” Muffy finds herself absolutely devastated when she learns her great-great grandmother, Mary Alice, wasn’t royalty at all. She was a common maid – oh, the indignity! However, through reading Mary Alice's diary, Muffy is transported back in time to the famous English estate where her ancestor worked. There she discovers the surprising story behind her humble roots.

      The week of ARTHUR continues with funny storylines about everyday life and tongue-in-cheek homages to The Wizard of Oz and The Tell-Tale Heart. In each episode, the characters learn valuable lessons about honesty, empathy, and determination"

Parlicards Educational Fun!


  Parlicards is a new company with a series of big educational fun!  The series of board games and trivia cards are pack filled with facts that will test even the most well versed in subjects such as American Government, U.S. Presidents and Founding Fathers.  Parlicards mascot Dwight D. Duck guides you through these original games that are included in just one box.  Everything is included to have a fun and educational gameplay with friends and family ages 8 and up!  
     The set we received was the Government and Founding Fathers Electoral Edition.  It came with 4 bags of tokens, 2 full decks of question cards, regular playing cards, custom dice and scorecards.  My favorite of the varied gameplay was POTUS which is played like Rummy.  The game is to determine the next president of the USA. Points are earned by correctly answering questions and can be spent at the player's discretion to purchase electoral votes--see where this is going?!?!?  The player with the greatest number of electoral votes becomes the next President ! You can even play in a slightly varied way where you pick a party and running mate and play in teams! 
      The games are well thought out with very detailed instructions.  The gameplay is fun without being frustrating, meaning that you may not know a lot of the answers (it was amazing how long it took my high school political science to kick in) but you are so interested in the answer that you don't mind being schooled- literally- by an opponent or the answer key!

  Want the experience without the board? Get Speak Gov!  This card game is played by correctly defining acronyms!  You can get a Quack card which is basically a get out of jail free card for when you don't know an answer.  The team with the most correctly answered cards win!  

     These games are such fun teaching tools that you will have the whole family playing, laughing and debating answers!  Great for kids and adults who have a interest in political sciences or even for those kids that are having a hard time!  Through fun play you may get your kids to not only understand better, but maybe even have a life long interest!

   For more information and to order a game please visit www.parlicards.com 

Disney Infinity's New Holiday Themed Toy Boxes!


  Let the fun, family festivities begin with Disney Infinity’s new holiday-themed Toy Boxes, created by Disney Infinity’s Toy Box Level Designers. The new levels will help even the Scrooge of gamers get into the holiday spirit with caroling and cool challenges. These Toy Boxes are available for free for all Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) players and include:
     Mickey’s Christmas Carol - The Toy Box Community Team forgot to send you a Holiday card, so they decided to build you a Toy Box instead! Enjoy this Toy Box, and take on the beloved Disney classic, Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
     Snow Park Challenge - Hop on the snowmobile and race to find all the Pastry collectibles as fast as you can!

To download these Toy Boxes, follow the instructions below. From the main menu:
 Go to Community Content and select Disney Toy Boxes.
 Pick the “Developer Picks” category.
 From here, you can choose to Play Level or Download.


About Disney Infinity
Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of last year’s launch, Disney Interactive introduced a new entry in the franchise called Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes in September. In the all-new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create their own adventures using any combination of characters from the Disney Infinity universe in the Toy Box mode. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is rated E-10+ by the ESRB. For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

For additional information, please visit www.disney.com/infinity and www.youtube.com/disneyinfinity, join the Disney Infinity Facebook community (Facebook.com/disneyinfinity) and Google+ community (https://plus.google.com/+DisneyInfinity),  and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/disneyinfinity) and Instagram (instagram.com/disneyinfinity).

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