Fall Line Up For Toddler Reading

Fall Line Up For Toddler Reading

Baby Unplugged Series

 

Included in this fall's publications is "Play" the newest in the Baby Unplugged board book series created by Hutton. The series encourages parents to keep their children screen free until age three and highlights favorite family activities. Also included in the new books is "Shark Girl and Belly Button", the first children's book from artist Casey Riordan Millard. Millard is known for her various works featuring the character of Shark Girl. 
 
Developed by a pediatrician and child literacy expert (the only one known to also run a children’s bookstore), blue manatee press and its flagship Baby Unplugged™ series evolved from research into how dramatically the landscape of childhood has changed in a single generation, critical primary experiences challenged by electronics. 
 
“The explosion of ‘educational’ screen-based media is a triumph of marketing over public health,” says Dr. John S. Hutton, founder of blue manatee press and author of the award-winning Baby Unplugged series, lauded SIDS prevention title Sleep Baby Safe and Snug, and forthcoming titles, Play, Sleepy Bee, Sherm the Germ, and Calm Baby Gently.  “It’s rife with unfounded claims of making children smarter, despite the evidence that it teaches anything but dependence and parental anxiety.  Meanwhile, we face epidemic rises in obesity, sleep problems, and others, all with e-media as a major risk factor.”
 
Founded in 2011, blue manatee press is rooted in a mission to create enduring books reinforcing positive health messages and the value of real-world experiences, while helping to bring grownups and children together. Uniquely qualified for this venture, their creative team includes experts in child development, fine art, and children’s books; their laboratory an award-winning, independent children’s bookstore in business for over 20 years.  

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

What an addition to the "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic" franchise! This film has references to the first movie, a bit of story from the last season of the show and even all the little extra characters that My Little Pony fans love! 

The adventure starts when a band performance is planned at Canterlot High where the kids can make bands and raise funds and three very unusual girls turn it into a super competitive battle of the bands. When they run out of things to do, Twilight's friends from that world call to another world where Twilight is. Will they be able to come there and save them or will evil prevail?

This film is just fantastic! Hasbro was smart to include a lot of little fun things from the shows that fans adore including the beloved Derby Hooves pony who is really never part of the story, just in the background for fun. The songs are great as well. We hear not just the classic My Little Pony songs from the TV show. Instead, the music is very pop like which suits the story well. I imagine that sing-along coming to the fans shortly and being a smash hit. The show's creators also connected to the first Equestria Girls movie which I thought was perfect.  

This film does not have anything parents should be worried about and for extremely little kids who do not understand the ponies, they will enjoy the bright colors. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars for its original story, fantastic songs and those little characters that fans and Bronies love so much! If you want to see My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, it comes out in theaters, near you, September 27th 2014. 

KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children's Media
Supporting Quality Media for Children Since 1991

Autumn Arrives at Seaport Village
with Fall Film Series

Harvest season brings fall food, movies and autumnal décor to San Diego’s waterfront
San Diego’s palm tree leaves may not change colors, but fall is still in the air at San Diego’s Seaport Village. Starting Saturday, Oct. 4, shoppers can enjoy classic fall movies, fall flavors and autumnal décor to take in the best offerings of the harvest season.
For the first three Saturdays in October, Seaport Village will host a fall film outdoor movie series.  Visitors to Seaport Village are encouraged to grab lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy movies in the West Plaza on a large projector screen. The fall film series kicks off on Oct. 4 with “Monsters Inc.”, followed by “The Goonies” on Oct. 11 and the family-friendly Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” on Oct. 18.
Moviegoers can also indulge in caramel apples from Seaport Fudge Factory, pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes from Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes, pumpkin ale from Greek Islands Café, spiced cider and pumpkin lattes from Upstart Crow Coffee and many other fall offerings and specials from Seaport Village’s shops and restaurants. Seaport Village will also feature traditional autumn adornments including hay bales, pumpkins and scarecrows on display throughout the Village and its meandering cobblestone pathways.
To top off the festivities, on Saturday, Oct. 25, visitors can take part in the inaugural Pumpkins and Pancakes fall celebration at Harbor House Restaurant. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. with a full pancake breakfast and the opportunity to decorate Halloween pumpkins . The event will also feature face painting, a monster mash band, goody bags and the chance to don your best Halloween costume. The cost is $25 per person and space is limited. Contact mderakapet@terramarcenters.com or call 619-235-4014 for reservations.
 
About Seaport Village
Seaport Village is an iconic San Diego destination for both local residents and visitors. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., this 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex includes more than 50 one-of-a-kind shops, 14 casual dining eateries and four fine dining waterfront restaurants. Seaport Village is located downtown at West Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, adjacent to Embarcadero Park North. For more information visitwww.seaportvillage.com or call 619-235-4014.  You can follow @Seaport Village on Twitter or Instagram, or become a fan on Facebook.

 

Fall Classes

Hullabaloo Band Concert
Friday, October 17, 10 and 11am performance times, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC - No preregistration required

Turn the Terrible Two's into the Terrific Twos
Monday, October 20, 7-9pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

Digital Photo Organization
Monday, October 20, 7-8pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

How to Start a Playgroup
Monday, October 20, 7-8:30pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

Baby Sleep Patterns
Tuesday, October 21, 1-2pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

To register for classes click here.  Parent Connection members, classes are free, non-members $10.

 

Halloween Attractions

 Several Southern California attractions are offering Halloween activities.  For Parent Connection members, you can get discounts including Halloween Time at Disneyland Resorts,   Others include:
  • Knotts Scary Farm
  • LEGOLAND California
  • SeaWorld California
  • Universal Studios
  • San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
Check out the Attraction Discount page to see what the discounts are.  Click here.

Healthy Chats for Girls

This popular 2 1/2-hour seminar presents accurate information for mothers and daughters (9-11 years old) about the normal physical and emotional changes that preteens experience during puberty.  Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, pediatrician and mother of three, will be leading this discussion.  The cost is $60/mother & daughter pair and includes a "Growing Up" bag for the girls.  Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required.  For more information, go to www.HealthyChats.com.
Sunday, October 12, 2:30-5pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

Your Child's Home - Little Changes, Big Results

Did you know a child's home setting is crutial for healthy development?  Come hear out guest, Jeanne-Marie from Voila Montessori, speak about the four basic areas your child needs at home; how you can create fun and engaging activities for infants, babies, and toddlers; how to create a baby-focused nursery; support early toilet awareness; and much more.  Free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.  Registration is required.
Saturday, November 8, 10-11am, Scripps Coastal Medical Group - Carlsbad

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