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Don't Miss August 2012

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

Donald McDermott

Bring Home Babar

Everyone’s favorite little elephant is ready to follow you home with the DVD release of Babar: The Classic Series- Complete First Season. Join the title character as he leaves the jungle, visits the big city and offers young viewers valuable life lessons.

Take the Challenge

Dramamine, a leading brand of motion sickness relief for adults, presents the Dramamine Travel Challenge Sweepstakes. Enter at www.dramamine.com by describing your experience with the product during a recent trip. One grand prize winner receives a week-long cruise package for four. Four finalists receive a travel package. The deadline for submissions is September 30.

Down with Dora

Watch Dora create her own gymnastics show, win a ribbon in the big horse competition and discover some of Swiper’s favorite things in Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure. In stores and online, the brand-new DVD from Paramount Home Media Distribution offers all the fun of the award-winning animated Nickelodeon series.

ParaNoman Activity

A misunderstood boy who can speak to the dead takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse in ParaNorman (Focus Features). The comedy features the voices of John Goodman, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann and Anna Kendrick. The movie opens in theaters on August 17.

Summer Diary

The ever-so-wimpy Greg Heffley is up to more mischief in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (20th Century Fox). The third installation in the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series offers an endless array of summer jaunts when Greg takes a job at the local country club. The flick opens in theaters on August 3.

Believe in Magic

The fairies of Alfea College bring their magic to DVD for the first time in Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie. (Nickelodeon Home Entertainment). The full-length CGI film features a delightful original adventure as well as seven bonus episodes from the popular Winx Club TV show. Buy a copy starting August 7.

Toe Tales

Inspired by the best-selling Skechers girls’ shoe line, Twinkle Toes: The Movie heads straight to DVD on August 1. Children are encouraged to dream big and make those dreams come true as all of the charm and excitement of the Twinkle Toes brand is brought to life on screen. Viewers can expect laughter, music, friendship and heart. For more information, visit www.skechers.com.

Tangled Up in Fun

Step inside the famous red and blue costume and make New York City your personal playground in The Amazing Spider-Man: The Video Game. Based on this summer’s hit film, the game allows players to soar over the city, battle super villains and uncover the rest of Peter Parker’s untold story. The game is available in stores and online for Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS.

All About Music

Ethan Bortnick, the 11-year-old musical sensation who has headlined more than 100 live shows across the globe, brings his acclaimed It’s All About Music tour to the tri-state area. Featuring special guest performers The Kidz Bop Kids, the concert offers families the chance to sing and dance on August 23 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd St., New York City. For tickets and additional details, visit Facebook.com/ethanbortnick.

Cool Carly

D3 Publisher turns one of cable’s most popular kids’ shows into a new video game in iCarly: Groovy Foodie! The action-packed title gives players a chance to interact with the show’s characters, battle hungry customers and serve more than 20 imaginative culinary creations, from spaghetti tacos to doughnuts on a stick. The game is available exclusively for the Nintendo DS.

This column appeared in the August 2012 issue.