Don't Miss May 2013

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

Donald McDermott

Iron Man 3

Fresh off his mega-hit team up with The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. is suited up once again for Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Pictures). The latest adventure for the Marvel Comic hero finds Tony Stark struggling to protect what he loves the most as he battles a new threat called The Mandarin. Iron Man 3 blasts into theaters on May 3.

More Great Adventures

The amazing sights, animals and live entertainment that have made Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari a must-see attraction for decades are back for another season! Step aboard a pulse-pounding roller coaster, enjoy a great live concert, see amazing fireworks, meet your favorite costumed characters, and much, much more! Located in Jackson, New Jersey, the park is open seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through October. Call (732)928-1821 or visit www.sixflags.com to find out more.

Epic Insects

A fearless troupe of bugs is assigned to protect a garden and vegetable patch from the dreaded Spider Queen in Epic (Twentieth Century Fox). Based on the popular children’s book by William Joyce, this brand-new animated feature is sure to captivate and entertain audiences of all ages. Treat your family to one totally Epic adventure beginning May 24.

Comic Genius

Viz Media, LLC, the largest publisher of graphic novels and anime in North America, recently announced the launch of DOT Comics. The new kids comics app for the Apple iPad and iPad mini brings some of the best all-age comics right to your fingertips at the touch of a keypad. New series and volumes are added frequently. DOT Comics is available for free download through the iTunes store.

Dino-Mite!

BBC Home Entertainment brings prehistoric times right into your own home in a trio of new DVD releases. Extreme Dinosaurs, Predator Dinosaurs, and Prehistoric Park use scientific facts and visual effects to offer a chilling look at some of the creatures that used to roam the Earth. All three DVDs are available in stores and online now.

A Sweet New Program

Honey Maid continues to encourage children to become more imaginative and creative with the launch of Made Co. The ongoing online contest series offers children ages 6-12 the opportunity to have some of their ideas brought to life. Industry experts will go over each idea, offer support, and select one winning idea per project brief. Simply log onto www.madeco.honeymade.com to get your child started on the road to creation.

Can You Dig It?

Good news, gamers: The phenomenon known as Minecraft is now available for the Xbox 360! Players are limited only by their own imaginations as they explore, conquer and build entire new worlds. Play alone or with friends, and enjoy all of the new features designed just for the Xbox game system. Bring home your copy today.

Soothing Sounds

Renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine has the ideal solution to sooth both crying babies and stressed out parents. Her one-of-a-kind CD, Violin Lullabies, features calming renditions of 25 of the most beloved lullabies ever written. Each lullaby is equally suited for classical connoisseurs or for music novices of any age. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Violin Lullabies is available in stores and online now.

Party for Preschoolers

Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment are proud to present a few of your child’s beloved characters exclusively for Digital Download and Video on Demand. Preschool favorites such as Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, and Thomas the Tank Engine are gathering together for six celebration-themed episodes entitled Awesome Adventures: Preschool Party Surprise. Download your copy child’s now at Amazon.com.

On The Job

Chase McCain is a rookie cop on his very first assignment in Nintendo’s Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins. Available now for the Nintendo 3DS, the original Lego City game is a prequel to the successful game previously released for the Wii U. Players of all ages will have a chance to explore and take action as they change into disguises, make the most of Chase’s special abilities and help clean up Lego City!

This column appeared in the May 2013 issue.