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Don't Miss March 2013

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

Donald McDermott

Forever Looney

Cartoon icons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are funnier than ever in The Looney Tunes Show: Season 1 (Cartoon Network). Watch as Bugs and Daffy live in the suburbs surrounded by neighbors Yosemite Sam, Tweety, Sylvester, The Tasmanian Devil and Speedy Gonzalez. The title is available on DVD.

Ready, Set, Build

K’NEX presents the Great Thrill Ride Build-Off Competition. The third annual event challenges kids in grades 6-12 to design an original, functional ride made solely from K’NEX parts. The winning model is displayed at three participating amusement parks. Entries are accepted through April 8. Find out more by visiting www.knex.com.

Crood Behavior

A prehistoric family’s life changes forever when they are forced out of their cave in The Croods. The animated flick from Dreamworks Animation follows a protective father who tries to lead his clan to a distant land before an impending catastrophe alters the entire world. Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds lend their voices to the movie, which opens in theaters on March 22.

Chugging Along

Young audiences explore a trainload of exciting stories in the latest Chuggington release. Safari Adventures is the theme as preschoolers go along for the ride on six unforgettable and educational episodes. Bonus: The DVD comes with a toy train.

Old Story, New Look

A classic fairy tale is transported to a new frontier in Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Cinderella. The animated DVD trades in glass slippers for a pair of cowboy boots in the Wild West tale that includes a colorful cast of furry and feathered friends. Find the video in stores and online.

Saddle Up

Show friends and family what it takes to be a true cowboy in Top Hand Rodeo Tour from D3 Publisher. Players hop in the saddle and compete in a number of thrilling rodeo events like bull riding, team roping and barrel racing. The action-packed game allows up to four players and is available for the Xbox 360.

Ballet Barbie

Barbie Entertainment releases Barbie in The Pink Shoes on DVD. The iconic figurine brings ballet into the spotlight as a new generation of viewers move to the music of Giselle and Swan Lake. The title is appropriate for kids of all ages.

Hallmark of Excellence

Discover heartfelt original movies on the Hallmark Channel. On March 9, Ricky Schroder stars as a professional mustang wrangler who is reunited with his sophisticated daughter in Wild Hearts. Then on March 23, bounty hunter Wes Rawlins attempts to avenge the death of his mother while dealing with the father and family he never knew in Shadow on the Mesa. Check local listings for times.

Just for Kicks

Experience heart-racing action in Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 from Konami. Made for the Nintendo DS3, the state-of-the-art game lets players dribble and pass like professionals, firing electrifying shots and competing against some of the world’s best players. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is rated E for everyone.

Movement and Music

Acclaimed music educator and children’s performer Ella Jenkins unleashes her amazing 33rd CD from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Get Moving with Ella Jenkins features her core principals of rhythmic movement, careful listening, singing and improvisation. Get your kids moving by picking up a copy.

This column appeared in the March 2013 issue.