Don't Miss February 2012

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

Donald McDermott

Adorable Angelina

Everyone’s favorite dancer and her mousey friends are back in action on the new DVD Angelina Ballerina: Sweet Valentine from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. In the five heart-filled episodes, the tiny dancers learn about a secret admirer, pursue the perfect role and celebrate friendship. Get a copy wherever DVDs are sold.

Love Connection

Golden Globe-nominated actress Joely Fisher enjoys an unexpected love connection in Cupid. Presented just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark Channel original movie also features Jamie Kennedy as a mysterious stranger claiming to work for Cupid, Inc. Love is sure to be in the air when the film premieres on February 11 at 9pm.

Ghost Hunters

Rising readers explore amazing MagicView technology that brings unseen images to life in author Justin Heimberg’s Ghosts of Rockville: Search for the Dominion Glass (Seven Footer Kids Press). The engaging book follows young Jay Winnick as he is thrust into the most dangerous and fascinating case of his young ghost-hunting life. Find the tome for kids in grades 3 and up in stores and online.

Ready for the Challenge

Parents and teachers can attempt to win a great prize for their school by entering the Kids Science Challenge School Garden Competition. To participate, log onto www.kidsciencechallenge.com for rules, entry forms and full details to submit entries by February 29. Winners receive a $3,500 gift certificate for their school to use toward a Naturalyards garden kit. Get ready to grow some green thumbs and good luck.

Fit for a Princess

A few of the crown jewels of the legendary Disney Songbook are now available on one spectacular CD. Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs features music from cherished movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Frog, Snow White, Cinderella and Tangled, as well as an original song called “The Glow.” Head to your local music store or go online for the sing-along entertainment.

Gleeful Game

Fans of the hit series Glee find even more to dance and sing about as Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox unleash the third installment of Karaoke Revolution Glee. Available for the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, the game includes 30-plus chart-topping hits, memorable performances and exclusive footage from the show’s second season. Get it at your favorite gaming retailer.

Have a Heart

Scholastic Storybook Treasures celebrates the season of love with The Valentine’s Collection. Comprised of five heartwarming stories about affection and friendship, the new release is the perfect gift for your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Get a copy of the DVD beginning February 7.

Mysterious Journey

Believe the impossible and discover the incredible when Journey 2: The Mysterious Island makes its debut in theaters on February 10. Presented by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, the PG-rated sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth is being shown in 2D, 3D and IMAX. The mesmerizing flick stars Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine.

Ready to Rockit

Children’s entertainer Riff Rockit reaches and teaches kids of all ages in his self-titled first CD. Offering kid-themed rock music at its finest and lyrics that are easy to remember, the new 12-track CD is sure to excite, inspire and entertain. Nab Riff Rockit starting February 1 on iTunes or at www.riffrockit.com.

For the Birds

Jim Carrey is a driven businessman whose life is turned upside down when he inherits six adorable and mischievous little birds in Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is behind this hilarious movie portraying a valuable lesson about the importance of family, human or otherwise. Pick up the flick on DVD and Blu-ray today.

This column appeared in the February 2012 issue.