Don't Miss May 2015

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

Donald McDermott

Music with Elmo

Get ready to sing, dance, and learn as Sesame Workshop and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Sesame Street: Elmo the Musical Volume 2 - Imagine and Learn. Available now on DVD and Digital Download, audiences of all ages join Elmo on a variety of math filled adventures.

Lets Bop

KidzBop continues to present child friendly renditions of some of today's most popular songs. Available in stores and online now, KidzBop 28 includes chart toppers like Uptown Funk, Lips are Movin, Blank Space and many more! Find out more by visiting www.kidzbop.com.

Tom and Huck

Based on the classic novel comes the newest adaptation of the timeless tale, Entertainment One presents the new DVD, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain narrates his masterpiece and brings his beloved characters to life as Tom Sawyer has nothing but mischief on his mind with his fearless friend Huckleberry 'Huck' Finn.

'Tis the Seasons

One of the best selling/life simulation games of all time is back in Story of Seasons. Players will have a chance to create unique farmers, ship goods to other countries, create your own family, and much more. Designed for the Nintendo 3DS, Story of Seasons is available for purchase now.

Laugh and Learn

Nickelodeon's hit preschool literacy series makes its long waited DVD debut. Created by Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution, Wallykazam! includes four episodes of the popular show that follows the adventures of Wally and his pet dragon, Norville. Pick up your copy today.

Avengers Assemble!

Summer movie season kicks off with one of the most anticipated films of the year in Avengers: Age of Ultron. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. The flick blasts into theaters beginning May 1.

Explore the World

Bright World eBooks offer kids a fully immersive, 3D reading experience that taps into children's natural ability to use visual cues. Your little ones can follow along as the app reads engaging stories out loud with supportive text, visuals and a unique explore mode. Find out more at www.3dlearninggroup.com.

Wiki Kids

Available now at the Apple App Store, Wiki Kids is a tablet-formatted encyclopedia that offers curious kids a platform they can use to independently explore the world. The new app was specially designed to place a strong emphasis on active learning, critical thinking, and communication to improve test results in math and science.

New Appisodes

PBS KIDS is proud to announce its first "appisodes" app: Word-World Tales! Available free for the iPhone and iPad, the exciting and educational new app includes a library of story tales that encourage kids to explore, discover, and create different parts of each appisode.

Travel to Tomorrow

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boygenius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory in Tomorrowland. The Sci-Fi, mystery, adventure for families is in theaters this month.

This column appeared in the May 2015 issue.