Don't Miss January 2014

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

Donald McDermott

Going Nuts

The Nut Job is an action-packed animated comedy that follows a mischievous squirrel named Surly and his rat friend, Buddy. Together, the two friends plan an outrageous nut store heist that draws them into a much more complicated and totally hilarious adventure. Featuring the vocal talents of Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, and Liam Neeson, The Nut Job opens in 2D and 3D on January 17.

Dance Party

Set fitness goals and get in shape as a family with a little help from Zumba Fitness World Party. The interactive game offers a streamlined progress tracker as well as more than 30 dance styles from around the world. Highlighting the action is an amazing Zumba soundtrack that includes chart-topping songs from Lady Gaga and Pitbull. Zumba Fitness World Party is available now for the Nintendo Wii.

True Blue

Bring home the perfect blend of live action and animated fun with The Smurfs 2 (Sony Pictures Entertainment). In the follow up to the 2011 hit, evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties. He hopes they’ll finally let him capture the powerful and elusive Smurf-essence. The Smurfs 2, available at www.amazon.com, is on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Still Boppin’

Sung by kids, for kids, Kidz Bop continues to present age-appropriate renditions of some of today’s most popular music. The latest CD releases include songs by a variety of top artists such as Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Selena Gomez, and Bruno Mars. Kidz Bop 24 is available in stores and online now. Kidz Bop 25 will be available on January 14. Find out more at www.kidzbop.com.

In The Swing

Score a hole in one with your kids by picking up Mario Golf World Tour for the Nintendo 3DS. The highly anticipated simulation game uses the popular coin collector and some of his friends to emphasize the basics of golf. Choose from a variety of players, courses, and shots as you enjoy hours out on the green. Mario Golf World Tour is available in stores and online now.

Here Comes the Bride

Winter wedding bells are in the air when five-time Golden Globe nominee Marilu Henner stars in June in January this month. The Hallmark Channel movie also features Brooke D’Orsay as a soon-to-be bride whose dream wedding is threatened by her scheming, future mother-in-law. The movie premieres on the Hallmark Channel on January 11. Check your local listings for times.

Totally Cool

Discover a new way to play with Disney characters on your Nintendo Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3 with the Frozen Infinity Play Set Pack. Based on the animated hit movie, the exciting box set from Disney Interactive Studios allows players to transport themselves to a variety of different worlds as they mix and match an array of characters, gadgets, and more. Pick up your set today.

Fairytale Fun

Abby and Elmo take viewers on a happily-ever-after adventure in Sesame Street: Fairytale Fun from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop. The new release provides more than two hours of educational and engaging content that explores favored nursery rhymes. It also comes with a special CinderElmo bonus feature. Fairytale Fun is now available on DVD and for digital download.

Smart Thinking

Share a fun and fascinating time with your little ones with Animal Alphabet Singers. Created by the singers and songwriters of Sesame Street, the brand-new learning app from Think Smart Games takes a delightful musical approach to teaching kids the alphabet. Download your copy via iTunes.

This column appeared in the January 2014 issue.