Dare to Dream & Get Ready to Dance: Leap! the Movie is Coming to Theaters Soon!

Leap! Movie Poster

Check out the brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut to the Feeling.”

In LEAP! 11-year-old orphan, Félicie has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor, an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own – to become a famous inventor. The two friends flee their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But Félicie quickly learns that talent alone is not enough, but determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

This charming animated comedy will inspire the whole family! Parents, kids, anyone who has ever dreamed of following their heart will fall in love with LEAP!. The entire cast captures the spirit and humor of the story and the music will have you dancing all the way home!

Make sure to get your tickets early!

LEAP! opens in theaters nationwide on August 25th and stars Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler alongside Mel Brooks, Kate McKinnon, and Carly Rae Jepsen.


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Snoopy Pop Game Launches Today + Samsung Galaxy Tablet Giveaway!

I’m writing this post on the heels of a very stressful day. You know those days where it feels like you’re herding cats and putting out fires all over the place? It’s been one of those. It all started the moment I woke up (late) and the day isn’t over yet. Yikes!

Ironically, my stressful day is actually a perfect backdrop for this post, because I get to share one of my favorite ways to relieve stress and chill out:  fun little game apps I can play on my phone. I have always enjoyed the occasional video game, and since smartphones and tablets have become a daily staple, I love having a variety of games at my fingertips. I’ll be honest with you: if the going gets tough, I’ve been known to escape to the bathroom to play a few rounds of some game or other on my phone, and I bet I’m not the only one. Game apps are also a great way to kill time while you’re doing boring things like waiting at the doctor’s office.

Snoopy Pop

When you combine the fun of a game app with the national treasure known as Peanuts, you should already know I’m 100% ready to play, which is why I am so excited about Snoopy Pop!

Snoopy Pop is a brand new game created by Jam City, the company behind games you or your kids may already play, like Panda Pop and Marvel Avengers Academy. Snoopy Pop is officially launching today, July 12, but my family was thrilled to have a chance to try out the game in advance on a Samsung Galaxy tablet. We all love it!

Snoopy Pop Game
Like Panda Pop, this is a bubble shooter game. I personally love bubble shooters because they’re challenging enough to be fun, but not too difficult for kids. In fact, Snoopy Pop appeals to my entire family, and we’ve all taken turns enjoying some time with the game. Have a look at the game trailer to get a sneak peek at the gameplay: [Read more…]

The Ultimate Online Kids Party Guide Is Here

Do you have a party coming up for a child between 1 and 18 years old?

Yes? Perfect! We have great news.


There is a new and exciting website out there that has been designed to help Moms and Dads like you with this daunting task. KidsParties.Party aims to please with their user-friendly pages and infinite lists of highly recommended entertainers, party places, rentals, and more for every state across the nation!

The KidsParties.Party goal is to be the number one party source for parents. Unlike other party directories, they aim to create a space that anyone can feel comfortable using and will help in planning a successful and memorable birthday party.

Their site also includes some unique features intended to benefit you!

You can email entertainers directly through the KidsParties.Party site. If you have hired an entertainer listed or are thinking about one, you can see reviews from other customers as well as leave your own. There is also a new system that allows entertainers to be star rated!

With over 120 party categories, you will find everything you need for your next birthday, graduation, or other children’s event. Everything is organized by state, but you can even narrow your results further by county.

Clowns, princess characters, laser tag venues, petting zoos, and party favors are only a few examples of what you can find here. And the fun does not stop there!

Their blog continues to be updated with the most useful information for parents struggling around their child’s birthday. KidsParties.Party’s writers have even taken the time to write hundreds of completely unique birthday wishes.

Find the perfect wish for your son or daughter and write it up in a blank card! Save yourself the hassle of trying to find the most special card for your child. These exclusive birthday messages are organized into age categories and cover every passion your little one might have!

Kids Parties

KidsParties.Party goes above and beyond making your life easier!

Their site also has a completely free and user-friendly software that allows you to make your own birthday party invitations. Customize these creative templates with your own text, fonts, and images, or start from scratch on a blank card. Invites print best on high-quality 5×7 photograph paper – but you will be most impressed with how much money you have saved yourself by printing these at home!

The mission at KidsParties.Party is to take business directories to an entirely new level. They allow parents to become a part of this process; users like you get to review and rate every entertainer, allowing others to see your party experiences and giving you the opportunity to read up on theirs.

This site will become your new go-to for every party in your future. You will never again waste hours Google searching for nearby magicians or banquet halls. Trust the kid party professionals, and your next party is sure to be a hit!

Get started now: https://www.kidsparties.party/

Thank you to Danielle Ternyila for contributing this article.  Danielle is a published novelist and graduate of the Rowan University Writing Arts Program. She now writes for FunNewJersey.com and KidsParties.Party. She loves to travel everywhere and anywhere in the world, usually with her dog by her side.

Lightning Strikes this Friday when Cars 3 Comes to Theaters + $25 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway with THREE Winners!

My son’s bedroom has been decorated with a Cars theme since he first saw the movie back when he as just two years old.  Lightning McQueen has been one of his very favorite characters ever since, and as you can imagine, we’ve seen Cars more times than I can count.  Needless to say, he was VERY excited when he learned that Cars 3 was coming out, and he’d been waiting rather anxiously to see it.  The big moment finally happened for us last night.

Cars 3 - Lightning & Cruz

Over the past couple of months, I’ve heard people expressing concerns over the new addition to the Cars franchise.  Some didn’t like what they saw in the trailer–no one wants to see our beloved #95 hurt, right?  Others were disappointed in Cars 2, and I have to admit, I happened to be one of those.  Still, I had hope, and after seeing the extended sneak peek of the film at the Cars 3:  Road to the Races Tour, I was pretty confident I was going to like this one.  I was right.

Cars 3

After more than a decade of racing, Lightning McQueen finds himself surrounded by younger, faster cars.  A devastating loss to his main rival, Jackson Storm, prompts him to team up with  high-spirited, high-tech trainer Cruz Ramirez, with the hope that she can keep him from having to retire and become just another brand promoting merchandise to his fans.  Lightning only has one chance to get himself back on top, but he finds that the latest technology isn’t what’s going to get him there.  With Cruz by his side, he goes back to his roots and they both get a little dirty.  Okay, maybe more than a little.

Cars 3 - Miss Fritter

Lightning’s return to his roots allows some screen time for the original characters we loved from Radiator Springs, including a few heartfelt flashbacks featuring the late Doc Hudson. Surprisingly, it’s also an effective way to introduce a few interesting, new characters, like the formidable Miss Fritter pictured above.  There’s plenty of action in that scene, and it really throws Cruz into the middle of things.

We also meet a group of veterans whom Pixar based on real life racing legends.  They’re a great bunch of characters who provide an important link to the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and to the roots of car racing.

Cars 3

Lightning and Cruz both learn a lot about racing and about themselves, and they come out winners in their own ways.  As for the ending, I can’t say I’m totally on board with it, but I would say that I’m about 95% there.  (See what I just did?)  While it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to see happen, you have to love where they went with the story.  That’s about as much as I can tell you without giving too much away, but I think you’ll like it too.  Cars 3 is a story about relationships, and it really brings back the warmth and emotion of the first movie.  If you were a fan of that one, you won’t want to miss Cars 3.

Cars 3 opens this Friday, June 16th, so you won’t have to wait long to find out exactly what happens.  Grab your Cars 3 tickets from Fandango now to make sure you get a seat at your preferred showing!  If you want to get really fancy, you can also pick up some Cars 3 themed gift cards:

Fandango - Cars 3 Gift Cards

Fandango is also giving you guys a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards! (These are good for use on Fandango.com and not restricted to Cars 3.)  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 6/29/17 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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Printable Cars 3 Race to the Finish Board Game & Recipe for Miss Fritter’s Corn Fritters

Who is excited about the release of Cars 3 on June 16th?  If you’re even half as excited as my son is, you’ve probably seen the trailer at least a few times, but I’ll share it with you now just in case:


I get so emotional every time I see that, don’t you?  Anyway, you’ve seen the trailer, and you might have already taken advantage of all the free coloring and activity pages out there.  Today we’re stepping up our game with, well, a game!  Click the image to download the free, printable Cars 3 Race to the Finish Board Game: [Read more…]