Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy times.

After the upsetting day those of us in Seattle experienced yesterday (you can read about the shootings here if you are unaware).  I spent the evening looking through photos from the last few months.  I realized that I have SO MANY pictures on my computer, but I never look through them.  I decided to make a photo book with the ones I had taken recently.  I looked over a ton of options and decided to go with good old standby Shutterfly.  They definitely aren't the least expensive option (I think that went to Walmart's online photo shop) but they have the nicest selection of themes and I've always found that they have the best balance of ease and customization.  I made the book exactly how I wanted it in less than two hours.

I didn't realize that they had a Blogger compatible widget until after I ordered, but when I saw they did I decided to share the book with you, dear readers.  Enjoy!

Click here to create your own Shutterfly photo book.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Delightful Lip-dub proposal will leave you smiling...or possibly crying.

This video has (almost) everything the internet goes nuts for, a good love story, sentimentality and a cutely choreographed lip-dub.

Issac Lamb of Portland, Oregon (of course!)  got 60 + of his and his girlfriend's friends and family together, had them dance to Bruno Mars' "Marry You" live, and then proposed.  Even distant friends and family got in on the act, appearing on video carried on laptops.

The delight that bride-to-be Amy Frankel shows as each new set of friends and family pops up made me so happy I may have cried a little gotten something in my eye.

For more background information there's an article and interview with the couple from the Today Show here.

Did you have a creative proposal?  Tell us in the comments below, on the Parenting Geekly Facebook Page or on Twitter!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Thank you to those who serve.

On this Memorial Day we here at Parenting Geekly would like to thank those who have served and those who currently serve our country.  It is through the sacrifice of you and your families that we are able to live in freedom.

We ask that you take a moment today to think of/pray for/send good energy to the friends and families of those soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the name of service to the United States.  For so many of us this long weekend is a time to get together with our loved ones, and yet the reason we have this holiday is to honor those who are no longer with their families.

To learn more (or to donate to) about the Gold Star Mothers, a charity for mothers who have a lost a son or daughter in service to our country click here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Parent's Guide: Can I take my kids to see Men In Black: 3

The MIB franchise is fourteen years old. I swore we took Nate to see it one rainy weekend on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk, but Super-Dad reminded me that that was actually MIB:II, which itself was released in 2002.  So yeah, this is newest installment is part of franchise in which the last film came out over 10 years ago. Due to the seemingly endless playing of both films on cable it seems like even kids too young to remember the movies are aware and interested in the franchise, but should you take them?

This installment got back to the feel of the first MIB film.  It does its best to move on from the mostly panned second movie in the series, though the heavy handed "celebrities are aliens" theme plays a major part in this one as well.  Will Smith is at his best playing the mouthy Agent J, and Josh Brolin was absolutely uncanny playing a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K.

I took 5 year old Kitty this morning, and she had never seen a MIB film.  I was afraid that she'd be bored, that the time-travel storyline would fly over her head, or that she would find the alien special-effects as you can see from her (slightly rambling - she's five) review below she mostly followed along.

There is a fair amount of mild swearing (and one "shit").  Jemaine Clemant (channeling Tim Curry) as baddie Boris the Animal  has some parasitic creatures that move in and out of his body, the special effects are convincing and may make more sensitive viewers queasy.  The violence is prevalent but very cartoony.  No human people bleed, though they do get smacked around.

The story line involves time-travel and there are a lot of jokes about the cultural climate of the 60's will go over the heads of the pre-teen audience.  There is big scene involving race relations, which could be great talking point, though it's dealt with humorously.  I was worried that the time-travel aspect would be confusing, but I think that Kitty got the gist of it.  I heard a kid leaving the theater declare it "awesome" while their adult companion just kinda nodded in agreement; which about sums it up from an adult point It was entertaining, but mostly forgettable.

So.... "Can I take my 5 year old to see Men in Black 3?": I'd say this one is fine for ages 8 and up, but that if your child is easily scared by monsters/aliens you may want to wait and watch this one at home in the daylight.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Alright, this Batman "pool" from Pottery Barn Kids only fits one kid, costs as much as some real car payments, and you'd be lucky to get more than one season of play out of it, but I would have loved this as kid.
 Batman Pool, $119 Pottery Barn Kids

Monday, May 21, 2012

Homemade sidewalk chalk

Photo from Hipster's Tea Party
It's finally nice out here in Seattle, and when the sun comes out my kids love sidewalk chalk.  It never ceases to amaze me to see the kids of our block (who range in age from 5 to 15) all drawing with chalk together in my triplex's huge driveway.   The problem with sidewalk chalk is that it's relatively expensive.  Sure, you can buy a tub of it for $6, but with 9 kids making masterpieces those big buckets can last less than one afternoon.

I've seen recipes floating around the internet for homemade sidewalk chalk.  It's great because you can make big ol' sticks of chalk in a endless array of colors and the materials are cheap and easy to find at any craft store.

The recipe we're going to try out is from Hipster's Tea Party and can be found here.  I'll update with the results as soon as I gather up the supplies.

Have you make sidewalk chalk?  How did it turn out?  Let us know in  comments on the Parenting Geekly Facebook Page or on Twitter.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Creative Geeks: check out the contests at Welovefine

Are you an artist with a great idea for a rad T-shirt design?  The folks over at want to see your work!  The purveyors of awesome, geeky shirts are running several contests right now that carry a $2,500 prize and a chance to see your design sold at

Jenn from welovefine writes:
Right now we have three ongoing contests, one for Dungeons & Dragons, one
for Star Wars and an 8-bit design one. The top prize for each is $2500 and
we would love to have more people contribute their design skills!

You can also check out some of the more recent contests to see some awesome crowd-sourced designs for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and a favorite from my own childhood, Jem!

Even if your not artistically-inclined you can get in on the action by voting for your favorite designs; go check it out!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hello from the SIFF Opening Gala

A rare night out with no kids.  My best friend Aunt Karen and I sip champagne while we people watch.  Check out for more upcoming gala celebrations and the films4families schedule.  See you there!

A teether for the baby who has everything.

Maybe your baby is a big fan of m83, or Ron Swanson, or their facial-hair-sporting-dad...either way any baby boy or girl would look especially dapper sporting this safe-for-teething moustache shaped toy. This would also be awesome tied on top of a baby shower present as a practical decoration.

Moustache Teething Toy $12 from Little Alouette

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ever wonder how your email gets from here to there?

It's mind boggling to think about how big and complicated the internet really is, even for adults.  Google has put together a really cool animation called "The Story of Send" that explains what happens to your Gmail once you send it on its way, and it's a great tool to help explain to your kids how email gets from your computer to a recipient across the country or around the world.

A complex site with animation, videos and pop ups, it's pretty in depth look at how Google handles security, creates hardware, and their efforts to be environmentally efficient.

It's a neat look behind the scenes at how email moves in general and how Google specifically handles the huge amounts of data that passes through their servers.  Click here to watch The Story of Send.  Watching all of the videos takes about 30 minutes, but you can get the gist of it by following the animation in about 10.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I wish I could say I looked this cool when I woke up.

A Norwegian brother and sister taped themselves waking up their 3 year old half-brother with Nirvana's Breed.  The kid goes from half-asleep to kick-ass air drum playing in half a second.  So cute!

And yes, the seat belt situation drives me nuts.  Many YouTube comments made mention of this and the brother and sister take culpability.  A cool video of a cool family AND they learned something.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Smell like the Avengers!

Once again Think Geek has showed us product we never knew we needed. This set of six colognes will have you smelling like your favorite Avenger.

I have warm, fuzzy memories of my Dad's Old Spice aftershave.  To this day the smell of Old Spice reminds me of good times with my dad.  How BA would it be if you could evoke those types of memories while smelling like Thor or Captain America?
Avengers Cologne Set
  • Smell like four of the Avengers - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk.
  • Four unique colognes in one heroic boxed set.
  • Avengers Assemble:
    • Patriot - Captain America - Green lime, white pepper, dry oak wood, sandalwood, and tequila.
    • Mark VII - Iron Man - Mandarin, neroli, nasturtium, and jasmine - layered with light patchouli.
    • SMASH! - Hulk - Yuzu, bergamot, tarragon, water lily, and nutmeg.
    • Worthy - Thor - Bergamot, frozen ginger, wheatgrass, fresh natural grapefruit, and aromatic cypress.
  • Net Wt.: 60ml (2.0 fl. oz) each.
  • Dimensions: approx. 2.25" x 4.25" x 1".

$59.99 from Think Geek
I haven't smelled any of these yet, but the major notes look like these may be pretty unisex.  Has anyone bought them?  What do you think?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day fromDisney/Pixar's Brave

Just try not to get choked up watching this new featurette from the folks over at Pixar.  Their video Mother's Day greeting gives us the first look at toddler Merida and a touching scene with her and her mother.

Disney/Pixar's Brave is in wide release on June 22.  If you happen to live in the Seattle area you can be one of the first audiences to see it during the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The showing is on June 10th and tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Joss Whedon thanks his peeps for Avengers success

Photo credit: 
Gage Skidmore, flickr, Creative Commons
Proving once again that he's an all around nice guy, Joss Whedon has posted a letter of thanks to his supporters over at Whedonesque (many sources online claim Whedonesque is his personal site, it is not.  It's a fan-created site that he occasionally posts to).  He talks about his non-rivavlry with Christopher Nolan, about his upcoming projects and about the flawed nature of The Avengers.  It's pretty great and you should head over to Whedonesque and read it.

The popularity of the letter seems to have temporarily exploded Whedonesque.  Here is the letter in its entirety:

Dear Friends,

Well, it's been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will even have an emotional reaction to it, like a person would. I can't wait! But before I become blinded by this "emotion" experience, there's a few things I'd like to say. Well, type.

People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good -- change is exciting. I think -- not to jinx it -- that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of "the Avengers" gross, I can afford to buy... [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] ...a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of "Air Bud" that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)

What doesn't change is anything that matters. What doesn't change is that I've had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of -- I'm not even gonna say fans. I'm going with "peeps" -- that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I've had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y'all. A lot of stories have come out about my "dark years", and how I'm "unrecognized"... I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I'm ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I've yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I've thought, "maybe I'm over; maybe I've said my piece". But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y'all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you're probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I'm an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You've taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go "I told you so", to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered. So please welcome my old friend and certainly not-on-my-payroll reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson!

RDA: So good to see you, young Joss! is it possible you've gotten more attractive since we last spoke, and less fungal in odor?

JW: Thanks for noticing. Let's talk.

RDA: "the Scavengers" is a huge success! Does this mean you have changed the very fabric of existence?

JW: Dude, it's just a movie. Also, yes.

RTA: I've seen a lot of a talk about "the Availers" vs "the Dark Knight Rises". How will you feel if you're eclipsed by Nolan?

JW: I'm glad I made you ask that. I will feel sad. But let's look at the bigger picture, and I can't say this enough: THIS IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME. Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other. We're in the business of proving that superhero movies aren't just eye-candy (they're eye-TRUFFLES!). People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I'm proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan's Kirk Douglas, I think they're missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I'M definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi INVENTED the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix.

RTA: What does this mean for your upcoming slate of tiny independent films/Internet shenanigans? Will they fall by the wayside?

JW: There may be new ideas realized -- I always leave myself open to that -- but my commitment to Wastelanders and Dr H.2 does not waver. Those stories bubble on my stove.

RTA: And TV?

JW: TV is my great love. To tell stories with that alacrity, intensity, and immediacy... Nothing quite like it. I imagine it's not dissimilar to the feeling great poker players have: "Here's what I got, here's where I'm going... How to trick everybody into thinking I know what I'm doing?" [Full disclosure : Joss hates poker. He is probably talking about bridge. But it should apply nonetheless.].

RTA: What message would you give fans of "the Lavenders" who are not so familiar with your previous work?

JW: "Cabin In the Woods": still in (some) theaters!

RTA: Is 'the Ravengers" a perfect movie? It did get an A+ cinemascore...

JW: There are very few perfect movies. "The Court Jester", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "Godfather" I & II... The list does not go on and on. "The Avengers" is notably IMperfect, which makes its success mean so much more to me -- because it's striking a chord that matters MORE than its obvious flaws. Like the team, it appears to be more than the sun of its parts. Boo-yah!

RTA: What do you feel is the greatest achievement of "the Avoiders"?

JW: Getting "mewling quim" out there to the masses. Also, Hulk.

RTA: Anyone in particular you'd like to thank?

JW: [Reads from notecard]. I couldn't have done this myself. Part of this Saturn Award belongs to Jeremy Latcham, Kevin Feige, and the fine Marvel folk... But the secret ingredient is my closest peeps: J-Mo, who did uncredited punch-up work (carrier battle, yo!), Z-bro, Drew "I am Loki only taller and foppier" Goddard, and Kai, all of whom worked the story with me. Without them (and Jeremy), I'd still be figuring out how the Wasp fits in to this, and where to put Red Hulk.

RTA: What's next for Joss "finally got it right for a change" Whedon?

JW: Can we not call me that?

RTA: Just deal. Whut up?

JW: I really think we should discuss that nickname, but I'm finishing "Much Ado About Nothing" this month. If you liked "the Avengers", you'll love... I can't. It's Shakespeare. And not in the park. I hope it gets watched.

RTA: Any message to your precious "Whedonesk?"

JW: Whedonettes?

RTA: Weeble-eque?

JW: I'm not aware of that group.

RTA: Didn't they know you when?

JW: I'm not sure who you mean. I'm discarding my old fans so I can concentrate on fame, Euro-trash guy-jewelry and my precious "Air Bud" reboot. But, dude, don't print that!

RTA: You have my word.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pentagon confused by their place in world with S.H.E.I.L.D.

“We couldn’t reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it,” Phil Strub, the Defense Department’s Hollywood liaison, tells [Wired's] Danger Room. “To whom did S.H.I.E.L.D. answer? Did we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn’t do anything” with the film.

That is a real quote, from a real person in U.S. Government.  The Avengers was too out there for them, the people who have provided personnel for such realistic films as Transformers.

Click on over to Wired to read more, and then head over to Parenting Geekly's Facebook page and let us know what you think about this story.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Need an easy homemade Mother's Day gift?

It's down to the wire, people.  If you haven't ordered something for mom, you had better do it now and two day ship it.  If you need ideas you can check out Parenting Geekly's Mother's Day post over on The Geeky Hostess.

If you can't decide on the perfect gift to buy (or if you've run out of time) I don't know a single mom that wouldn't appreciate a heartfelt homemade gift for Mother's Day.  In an effort to simplify your lives, I've scoured the web for the best easy Mother's Day crafts.  These are all kid-friendly (with a bit of adult guidance of course) and most make use out of items that you already have around the house or that are very easy to source. 

Body Scrub
I've made body scrubs before and they are easy and the ingredient list is very flexible.  I'm basing this recipe on the one over at Martha Stewart's website.  If you head over there you can also download some templates for making labels for your homemade spa concoction.

2 cups Epsom salts or organic cane sugar (I've also used large grain Sea Salt)
1 cup carrier oil (carrier oils are good for the skin and make a base for "carrying" the essential oils to the skin you can use olive oil which is probably already in your cabinet)
8 drops essential oil(s) (lavender is a perennial favorite and can be found in most drugstores and in a pinch vanilla extract works just fine).

Mix it all together, stick it in mason/canning jar or a Tupperware container and then give mom an hour to have a nice, long shower all by herself.

Tissue Paper Bouquet
By taking the preschool craft time favorite, scaling it down and getting a bit more creative with the edging, you and the kids can make mom a beautiful, long lasting bouquet.  This tutorial from includes instructions for making several different types of flowers.  Arrange a bunch of these in a nice new coffee mug or travel tumbler to add a practical touch to a largely decorative gift.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
These sweet treats which are super expensive to order are pretty easy (and much more cost effective) to make at home with just a bit of time and patience.  This is messy fun for the geeklings, so I'd recommend covering work surfaces with some wax paper. Pair the berries with a mimosa for a Mother's Day brunch treat mom will love.  This recipe from Food Network Kitchens calls for strawberries with the stem on.  If those are too hard to get a hold of, the regular clamshell packed berries from the mega-mart will do just fine. 

There you go, three easy craft projects that can be made with minimal time and planning.  Now you have no excuse not to give mom a small symbol of your love and appreciation.

Moms, what's the best Mother's Day gift you've gotten?  Tell us about it over on the Parenting Geekly Facebook page.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mothers Day Gifts for (or from) Geeks!

This year's Parenting Geekly Mother's Day Gift Guide is over on The Geeky Hostess as part of her excellent series on etiquette.  You can read the post here.

I'd like to add that when curating this year's list I purposely included a few items that a geekling (grown up or otherwise) could give to a mom who isn't necessarily a geek.  I think it's important when giving gifts to honor the recipient by giving a gift that also has a bit of the givers personality.  So you could give a gift like the molecular gastronomy kits as a science/culinary fan to a mom who may not be a geek but would appreciate doing that sort of project with you.

Anyway, head over to The Geeky Hostess and check it out!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Parent's Guide: Can I take my kids to see The Avengers?

Looking for a Parent's Guide to Avengers: Age of Ultron:You can find it here:

ParentingGeekly has moved! You can find the redesigned site at http://www.Parenting

This post can be found over on the new site at:

Update:  I saw The Avengers a second time during daylight hours and stayed awake for the whole show, I stand by the following review as written.  The only thing I'd add is that the 155 minute running time is a long time for a little one to sit still (and to hold their bladder).


Full disclosure:  I went to a midnight showing of The Avengers and dozed off a few times.  We also brought 5 year old Kitty, but she fell asleep during the previews.  I am going to see a matinee this afternoon and may supplement my recommendation then. Since "Can I take my kids to the Avengers" has been a FAQ on our Twitter feed, and many of you will want to go after school today I thought I'd give you my first impressions.

The movie was excellent.  The story of the Avengers was skillfully worked.  I was a bit concerned that with such a large cast of characters the storytelling would be muddied and difficult to follow.  This wasn't the case at all.  Director Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is experienced with working with ensemble casts in complicated stories. His experience and talent showed in the fantastic storytelling as well as the slick cinematography which followed each character in an epic battle without getting jumbled.  

The plot was easy to follow, which is a plus for younger viewers.  I dozed at several points in the film (due to it being a midnight showing, and me being exhausted - the movie was plenty exciting) and was still able to follow along.

Violence may be a concern here, more than it was on the previous origin story films. But, like those other films, it's all "comic book violence".  Most of the more intense violence occurs against obviously non-human alien/robot beings, but human characters we are attached to get hurt and even die (I cried).  There are tons of advanced weapons from Hawkeye's tech-assisted arrows to big guns.  The fighting starts within the first few minutes and doesn't let up until the end. It's very, very exciting but the fast-paced, non-stop fighting may be too intense for younger moviegoers.

Whedon knows his source material and his Hulk is the most faithful to the comic character we've seen on screen so far.  In a nod to a notable comic book scene Bruce Banner describes a suicide attempt. Ironically, later in the film Hulk becomes the primary source of comic relief, albeit with his rather violent antics.  Robert Downey, Jr. again shows why he was the perfect casting choice for Tony Stark by delivering pithy one-liners that while sometimes risque, will mostly go over the heads of the under 13 crowd. Besides a bit of double entendre, the sexual content is minimal.  There is a lot of mild (damn, ass, son of a bitch) swearing.  Tony Stark drinks (duh).

There is a fair amount of talk about why the heroes choose to fight crime and the camaraderie and loyalty of the Avengers to each other is evident. There are many examples of teamwork and of acknowledging each other's strengths and weaknesses. Watching the Avengers fight as a team was delightful, during the climactic battle I was grinning from ear to ear.  On another positive note, this is the first superhero flick that really gives us female characters to root for.  Black Widow (in an expanded role from her part in Iron Man 2) and Agent Maria Hill are both highly capable, likeable female characters who kick butt right along with the rest of the team. Refreshingly there wasn't a "damsel in distress" in the film.

My personal little complaints: There is an off-hand joke about being adopted that I was bit sensitive to as I have adopted siblings, and I was annoyed that they showed Steve Rogers riding a motorcycle with no helmet.

I'd say this movie is perfectly fine for a kid over the age of 8 who has seen the other films in the franchise and isn't sensitive to comic book violence and who has a parent with them. After watching it last night, we are taking Kitty (who was super disappointed this morning) back this afternoon, clearly for our kids we think it's fine. If you are a stricter parent whose child hasn't been exposed to big Hollywood action flicks its PG-13 rating is pretty spot on.

Did you take your kids to The Avengers?  Did you decide NOT to take your kids to The Avengers?  Join the discussion on Parenting Geekly's Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Light up LED building bricks

These are so cool.  They bring a little something extra to those police car, robot and cityscape Lego creations.  Nate is a Lego purist (seriously, once we had to pick through a box of Lego to cull the off brand blocks from the herd) but even he has requested a set of these - which are compatible with all major brands of interlocking building blocks. 

They are $9.99 for two bricks and are available in green, red or blue, each paired with a white brick.  You can find them at ThinkGeek.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Make this adorbable bird card for Mom

I came across this template from mmmmcrafts via Craft.  It's not necessarily geeky, but I love birds and I think this would be fun craft to do with your kids.  The idea is a great jumping off point as well.  I could see some pretty cool Portal cards or a Tardis card being made using a similar cut paper technique.  To be more environmentally conscious you could make this pattern using found and scrap papers; the birdies would look just as cute with leftover wrapping paper wings as they do with the scrapbooking paper used in the template.  And crafty kids could personalize the birdies with accessories to make them look more like the kids and moms they are meant to represent (for example, Nate's card would have him holding a Nintendo DS while Mama Bird hugged him).
You can download the template here.
And you can view the instructions here.

If you do make this card, or are inspired to make your own version show it off on Parenting Geekly's Facebook page.

See the Wizard of Oz on the big screen and preview SIFF's Films4Families

THE WIZARD OF OZ with SIFF Films4Families Festival Preview
Saturday, May 5 @ Noon
Tickets for all ages are $4
SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle)

Follow the yellow brick road to the Uptown for a special celebration of the all time classic family film The Wizard of Oz. We not only have the film on the giant screen for all to enjoy, but there will be pre-screening fun, and exciting prizes for anyone who comes dressed as Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, a flying monkey, Toto, or any other character from the film!

And as a special sneak preview, we'll be presenting first-look trailers at the upcoming Films4Families titles coming to the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival (May 17 - June 10).

Visit for tickets and more information.
Reminder: after this showing Parenting Geekly will be heading to Arcane Comics and More in Ballard to celebrate the blog's 2nd Birthday and hang out for  Free Comic Book Day!  More details on that event can be found here:

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