Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Taking Kids to PAX Prime?

It's time for my annual list of dos and don'ts when bringing your kids to PAX Prime (or any other large convention).  For the fourth year I'm standing by my own advice and NOT bringing five year old Kitty.

You still have time go out and get yourself some easily-portable hand sanitizer.  I still recommend the fun ones from Bath and Body works, which you can find at 5 for $5 at almost any mall.  They are alcohol based, opposed to Triclosan, which may be safer for littles.

Click on this link for the rest of my PAX tips:  Surviving PAX Prime with Kids.

Do you have any tips?  Leave them in the comments below or on Parenting Geekly's Facebook page, and we'll add them to next year's list.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Lego Story

In celebration of their 80th birthday, Lego has produced an adorable short film showcasing their history.

It's a charming and interesting story of a family business built from the ground up into a giant world-renowned brand.  The animated short runs about 17 minutes and showcases Ole Kirk Kristiansen and his family as they encounter both tragedy and triumph, spanning from the early 1930's to today.

Check it out with your kids:

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What's wrong with this picture?

Kitty starts Kindergarten this year.  This is the backpack she picked:

Notice anything/one missing?  I'll give you a hint, it's the only female member of the Avengers.  Black Widow....where is she?  Every single other Avenger is on there, even the other "minor" character of Hawkeye.

I wasn't surprised when every single store we went to had the super-hero merchandise in the "boy" section.  I *was* surprised that not a SINGLE Avengers backpack we saw (and we looked at at least 5) had Black Widow on it. The first time I thought it was an anomoly, the second time I got mad.  By the fifth backpack I had given up.  If she wanted an Avengers backpack, she was going to have to get one without Black Widow on it.  Even a Google image search for "Avengers Backpack" reveals only ONE pack  on a page of at least 10 different designs that includes her.

This baffles my mind.  I understand that the target market for these bags is boys.  I just don't understand the logic that it would somehow be less appealing to a boy if one of the movie's most kick-ass characters was included because she's female.  It's really  hard for me to continue to tell her that backpacks aren't "for boys" or "for girls"  when marketing departments try so hard to make that the case.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Written by a Kid Creativity Camp

Have you checked out Written by a Kid on Geek &Sundry's YouTube Channel?  It's exactly what it sounds like - a story, written by a kid and brought to life by funny adults.  They are running a virtual "Creativity Camp" for the next 8 weeks, and your kids can participate!

From the Written by a Kid Blog:
WHO: Kids 0-18, and their parents, guardians, and/or friends and family!
WHAT: 8 weeks of fun activities to do with a parent, a friend or on your own, inspired by episodes of Written By A Kid!
WHY: A little bird (OK, it was the internet) told us that you are LOVING Written By A Kid and you want to know how you can participate and tell your own stories. So we came up with WBAK Creativity Camp to satisfy the longings of your inner storytellers. We can’t wait to hear what your imaginations have in store, no matter how big a kid you are!
WHERE: Creativity Camp is wherever you are! All you need is some paper, a pen or pencil and crayons or markers.
Both of my kids are going to participate (thanks to the very inclusive age range) and I'm excited to see the different takes they bring to each project.

For more info:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tie a bow tie with Bill Nye!

I have a certificate in Fashion Merchandising and the first thing we learned in our very first class was how to tie menswear neckties. The knowledge has since escaped me, and Super-Dad is relegated to tie duties in our house. Nate loves all manner of things fancy. Monocles, fancy moustaches, wool fedoras and bow ties. Seriously, I have never met another 12 year old who enjoys wearing a suit and tie as much as Nate does. I can't wait to show him this adorable video in which a charming and funny (as usual) Bill Nye the Science Guy teaches Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist) how to tie a bowtie.
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