Don't Miss August 2013

Family-friendly movies and games everyone's talking about.

Donald McDermott

Ready to Fly

The creative team behind the hit movie Cars takes audiences on an aerial adventure in Disney’s: Planes. The animated flick tells the story of Dusty, a plane that dreams of competing in a famous race. The only problem? He is terrified of heights. Disney’s: Planes soars into theaters on August 9.

Playing Around

EA Games is proud to present three brand-new titles for young players. Exclusively for the Kindle Fire are exciting and educational releases such as Word Smack and Boggle. And the classic board game Monopoly comes alive on screen for the iPad and iPhone. All three new games are available now. Find out more at www.ea.com.

Attack Your Chores

Getting your kids to do household chores just got a lot more fun thanks to ChoreMonster. The web/mobile app that has already helped families complete one million chores turns being responsible around the house into a game that includes earning points and collecting interactive monsters. Download ChoreMonster from an app store or at www.choremonster.com.

Savor the Moments

Memories of your favorite family moments and summer vacations will never get lost again. Tweekaboo is an innovative new family app that makes it easy to capture special moments anytime and anywhere. Families can record on the go, share privately, track milestones, and so much more. Find out for yourself at www.tweekaboo.com.

Super Stunts

Based on the DreamWorks animated feature Turbo: Super Stunt Squad from D3 Publisher is a high-velocity racing game for all ages. Players jump, flip, and power up their favorite characters to win the ultimate race in the larger-than-life world of Turbo. The fast-paced new release is available now for the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 game systems.

Smurf-tastic

This summer’s popular family comedy goes from the big screen to the video screen in The Smurfs 2! Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo DS, the new game allows players to travel from Smurf Village to Paris to rescue Smurfette from the clutches of the evil wizard Gargamel. Pick up your copy in stores and online today.

Exploring Friendship

Kids learn what it means to be a true pal in Bink & Gollie and More Stories About Friendship. Available for purchase now, the Storybook Treasures DVD offers an all-new compilation of tales featuring Bink and Gollie, two very different girls who are the best of friends. For more information on this title or any other Scholastic Storybook Treasures release, visit www.newkideo.com.

The Doc is In

Disney Junior’s hit animated TV series about a nurturing 6-year-old girl offers up a delightful DVD in Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check-Up. The perfect addition to your family viewing collection includes five feel-good episodes and a free growth chart. Bring Doc, Stuffy, Lambie, and the rest of their friends home on DVD today.

Across the Universe

Discover an amazing 3D animated experience in Cartoon Universe. Players can create their characters and experience adventures in distinct worlds, including Looney Tunes Island, which is based on Cartoon Network’s popular animated series, The Looney Tunes Show. Rated E for Everyone, the game may be played at www.cartoonuniverse.com.

An Immortal Adventure

Teenager Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, continues the epic journey to fulfill his destiny in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (20th Century Fox). The sequel to 2010’s Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief follows Percy and his friends on a quest to retrieve the legendary Golden Fleece. The adventure begins on August 7.

This column appeared in the August 2013 issue.