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Don't Miss March 2014

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

Donald McDermott

Get Bizzi

Children ages 3-7 are invited to become the stars of their very own story in the new I Imagine app! Bizzibrains proudly presents the free book app, which encourages kids to play independently, make choices, and open their imaginations. I Imagine is available now for all Apple devices. Find out more at www.bizzibrains.com.

More Muppets

Kermit, Fozzy, Miss Piggy, and all of your favorites are back for a brand-new adventure in Muppets Most Wanted. Walt Disney Pictures presents a wonderful blend of puppetry and live action in the film, which finds the Muppets wrapped up with jewel thieves led by a Kermit the Frog lookalike. Opening on March 21, Muppets Most Wanted has a human cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.

Join the Squad

Maximum Games invites families along on a special rescue mission in Putty Squad. The action-packed game offers the best in old-school gaming while bringing you even more exciting features and immersive play. Appropriate for players of all ages, Putty Squad is available for purchase now.

Keeping Kids Current

The TIME for Kids magazine that school children have been enjoying for decades is now a fun, easy-to-understand app. Full of exciting photos and stories, The TIME For Kids Family Edition App offers a great way to encourage family conversations and keep little ones aware of current events. Download it now for your tablet.

Animal Kingdom

Everyone's favorite furry red monster takes part in plenty of barking, chirping, and galloping fun in Elmo's World: All About Animals. The new DVD release from Sesame Street and Warner Bros. Entertainment offers more than two hours of esteem-building lessons and fun facts that revolve around birds, fish, horses, penguins, and other members of the animal kingdom. Pick up your copy beginning March 4.

Out of Time

A talking dog with a genius IQ and his adopted boy, Sherman, hurdle through time in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This big-screen CGI adventure from 20th Century Fox follows the duo throughout history as they interact with legendary characters and race to save the future. The flick opens on March 7.

Under The Big Top

Performers from all over the globe come together to showcase their talents when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! The once-in-a-lifetime show brings together elephants, tigers, acrobats, and aerialists of the finest caliber to provide an edge-of-your-seat circus production for one and all. Catch all of the action and excitement on March 1 and 2 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York; March 5-10 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York; and March 19-23 at the Izod Center in New Jersey. For more information, go to www.ringling.com.

Leap into Letters

Join Leap, Tad, Lily, and friends on a brand-new, problem-solving adventure in The Letter Machine Rescue Team. Based on LeapFrog's best-selling Letter Factory series, the insightful animated story is perfect for children ages 4-7. Lionsgate Home Entertainment and LeapFrog Enterprises bring The Letter Machine Rescue Team to DVD and Digital HD on March 4.

Kong Returns

The barrel-blasting, mine-carting action of Donkey Kong is back in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Designed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U, the game enables players of all ages to journey across six distinct islands filled with dynamic levels and non-stop action. The game is available in stores and online now.

Musical Messages

Kindie band Jungle Gym Jam tackles positive themes for young listeners in its new album, Everyone's Invited. The release takes parents, grandparents, and children of all ages along on a wonderful musical adventure with topics such as friendship, kindness, anti-bullying, imagination, and play. Purchase your copy today at www.junglegymjam.com.

This column appeared in the March 2014 issue.