Don't Miss June 2014

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

Donald McDermott

Hello, Kitty

Strap on your helmet, and get ready for some old-fashioned racing with Hello Kitty Kruisers. Choose from ten different racers; play with as many as three other friends; and race across land, sea, and air in this delightful video game. Rated E for Everyone, Hello Kitty Kruisers is available now for the Wii U game system.

Over the Falls

One of the Disney Channel's most popular animated shows is ready to come into your home on DVD. Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales follows 12-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they uncover mysterious surprises, quirky characters, and hilarious adventures in the town of Gravity Falls. The six-episode DVD set is available now.

Start Your Engines

Fathom Events and Mattel put the pedal to the metal by bringing Team Hot Wheels®: The Origin of Awesome to select cinemas nationwide. The animated feature follows Gage, Rhett, Wyatt, and Brandon as they take on the mysterious black car that is transforming their town into a chaotic mess. The special two-day release is held on June 7 and 8. Check your local listings.

New from Nick

Nickelodeon proudly presents an exciting new app for preschoolers. The Nick Jr. App is populated by characters and clips from some of Nickelodeon's most popular shows, from Dora the Explorer and The Backyardigans to Bubble Guppies and Blues Clues. Download yours today.

Aussie Audio

Listeners of all ages will be transported to the magical landscapes of the land down under with Australian Playground. The new CD release features music from one of Australia's most compelling children's performers. Copies are available at select book, gift, health food, children's, and other specialty shops.

Still Transforming

The popular Transformers film series continues with this fourth entry from Director Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg stars as an automobile mechanic who makes an amazing discovery that brings down the Autobots, the Decepticons, and one paranoid government official. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27.

Even More Amazing

Based on the hit action film, Amazing Spider-Man 2 the video game offers hours of fun for the gamers in every family. Activision invites you to lead your favorite wall-crawling hero on an adrenaline-fueled search for dangerous criminals in the underworld of Manhattan. The new release is available now for the PS4 game system.

A Dragon's Tale

Return to the mythical world of wild dragons and burly Vikings when How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes to theaters on June 13. Paramount Pictures' animated action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn't exactly fit in with his tribe's dragon slayers. Catch the action in 2D and 3D.

Back on the Prairie

Relive all of the wholesome family fun of Walnut Grove when Little House on the Prairie Season 2 comes to DVD. Starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, the six-disc set of the popular Emmy-winning series comes complete with 21 episodes, as well as many bonus features. Pick up your copy in stores or online today.

Winter in Summer

The weather outside is warm, but every day is a snow day with Disney's Frozen: Olaf 's Quest. Based on the smash hit film, the video game follows your favorite snowman across 60 imaginative levels inspired by the mythical kingdom of Arendelle. Join in on Olaf's Quest now for the Nintendo 3DS.

This column appeared in the June 2014 issue.