Don't Miss November 2012

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

Donald McDermott

Mum’s the Word

Mummenschanz continues its 40th anniversary tour with a limited engagement in New York City. Recommended for ages 6 and older, the show combines stunning new elements with fantastic characters. Performances run from December 11-January 6 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan. To purchase tickets, go to www.nyuskirball.org or call (866)811-4111.

Excitement Awaits

Walt Disney Studios takes audiences on a hilarious animated journey in Wreck-It Ralph. After decades of being the bad guy, the title character ventures through an arcade to prove that he has what it takes to become a hero. The flick opens nationwide on November 2.

Anniversary Post

Channel THIRTEEN celebrates a milestone with its 50th Anniversary Kids Poster Contest. Children in grades k-8 throughout the tri-state area are welcome to create a poster inspired by their favorite network programming. Enter through December 7 at www.thirteen.org/thirteen-fifty-years/kids-poster-contest/.

Prime Time

Excite kids with Transformers Prime (Activision). Based on the hit animated series, the game lets fans fight heroic battles. Players dually change form and power up as their favorite autobots. The game is available for Wii, Wii U, NDS and DS3.

Feeling Festive

The Hallmark Channel presents original programming for the whole family. Upcoming titles include Christmas Song on November 3, Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 4, The Wishing Tree on November 10, Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage on November 12, Matchmaker Santa on November 17 and A Modern Day Christmas Carol on November 18.

Wait No More

The fantasy series that has entranced millions comes to its long-awaited conclusion in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Summit Entertainment). The Cullens scramble to gather other vampires to protect their clan from the dangerous sights of the Volturi. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, the movie opens in theaters on November 16.

Game On

D3 Publisher debuts two releases for video game lovers. Based on the television series, Victorious: Taking the Lead gives fans a chance to be Tori Vega and star in a Hollywood production. In Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party, players discover an enchanting story and exciting games filled with fairies, fashion, friendship and more. Titles are on sale for Nintendo DS and Wii game systems.

Brain Buster

Pressman Toy Corporation encourages kids ages 7-12 to put on their thinking caps by entering the MASTERMIND BrainTwister Challenge. Running until December 31, students are challenged to create original games, from puzzles and word problems, to riddles. Two first place winners are awarded $1,000 scholarships and three additional winners receive $100. Head to www.mastermind-education.com for details.

Uplifting Tale

Sweet Sarah Crew has everything she wants until the girl goes from rags to riches in VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess. Available in stores and online from Big Idea Entertainment, the DVD teaches young viewers an important lesson about self-worth. The heart-warming tale also features bonus materials and kid-friendly tunes.

Animated MVPs

Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution bring Nick Jr. characters together in All Star Sports Day. The DVD unites stars from The Wonder Pets, Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, Yo Gabba Gabba, Go, Diego, Go and other shows for an athletic competition. Score big with your kids by picking up a copy.

This column appeared in the November 2012 issue.