Don't Miss December 2014

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

Donald McDermott

Witch's Brew

A witch conspires to teach a few important lessons in Into The Woods. Opening in theaters on December 25, the captivating new film includes characters from popular children's stories, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel.

Happy Holidays

The ABC Family Channel kicks off its 25 Days of Christmas programming beginning December 1. Families can enjoy holiday favorites such as The Santa Claus, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, and many more. For schedules, check your local listings or visit www.abcfamily.go.com.

Disney Magic

Just in time for the holidays, the hit movie Maleficent arrives on Blu-ray and DVD. The magical, untold story of one of Disney's most iconic villains is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list. Purchase your copy in stores or online today.

Download Dora

Nickelodeon is proud to present a brand-new app, Dora and Friends. Inspired by the new Dora and Friends animated series, the app lets kids create their own Dora stories by choosing from an array of backgrounds, music tracks, characters, and locations from the show. Dora and Friends is ready for download now.

Batman Goes Beyond

Warner Home Video Games brings the caped crusader into your abode in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. For the first time ever, kids will be able to battle with Batman and his allies in outer space and various Green Lantern worlds. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is available now for the Xbox 360.

Metamorphosis

The Big Apple Circus is back under the Big Top at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, Manhattan, through January 11, 2015. The 37th season brings about Metamorphosis, which transports viewers to an enchanted world where nothing is impossible. Bring your clan to the circus, where every audience member is entertained and never farther than 50 feet from the stage. Visit www.bigapplecircus.org or call (888)541-3750 for directions and more information.

Museum Merriment

Ben Stiller is back for more afterhours mayhem in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The third installment in the popular series finds night watchman Larry on the adventure of a lifetime to save his historical friends. Go along for the ride beginning December 9.

Holiday Power

One curious ranger takes a trip to discover the true meaning of the holiday season in Power Rangers Megaforce: Robo Knight Before Christmas. The new DVD release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment delivers plenty of cheer and even more action for the whole family. Take home your copy today.

Arthur's App

Discover a great new app created in honor of the 18th season of the hit series Arthur on PBS Kids. Arthur's Big App offers hours of endless entertainment. Available now, the app encourages positive social skills through fun and engaging multi-level games.

One Fabulous Fantasy

Embark on the adventure of your dreams as you craft, cast, battle, and play like never before in Fantasy Life. Exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, the state-of-the-art game takes players through an amazing fantasy landscape. Fantasy Life is available in stores and online now.

This column appeared in the December 2014 issue.