Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Netflix Families Get Old School With The New Cool #Netflix #StreamTeam #Ad #TBT

Zoinks! Here at ChiIL Mama, we've always loved introducing our kids to the original classics from our own childhoods, when we all had to wait for Saturday morning for the good cartoons! I mean, what beats the classic Scooby Doo episodes?! It's a hoot to rediscover childhood favs anew through the eyes of your own kids.

Here's a little decade skipping #TBT action with the "way back machine" when my whole family rocked Scooby & the gang for our son's themed birthday party, staring the boy as the dog and the dog as a boy! Check out Dugan as Scooby Doo, the dog as Fred, Sage as Velma, and me as Daphne, somewhere around 2005! My husband, Dug, as Shaggy must have been taking this shot.

As much as we like to go all old school in our pop culture training, some of the next gen spin offs and updates are loads of fun too, like Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse

So settle in with your littles for some now and then comparison watching. And when you're done cavorting down animated memory lane, check out some rockin' "New on Netflix" shows like our fam fav here at ChiIL Mama, Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 1 or get multi culti with Gallina Pintadita (Now streaming in Spanish!)

This month our Netflix Stream Team Theme is: Reboot Your Throwback 

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team. We've been compensated for sharing monthly posts with our readers.  As always, all opinions are our own. ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama next month, for more Netflix fun in Chi, IL and beyond!

Check out the fun family favs below from our friends at Netflixs.

When you're done exploring the original classics & their contemporary counterparts, check out something new.

New on Netflix for Kids and Families

 Gallina Pintadita (Now streaming in Spanish!)
 Bindi's Boot Camp (6/15)

Here at ChiIL Mama we adore Hiccup & Toothless so we're so excited for this all new Netflix series:

Read more below from our friends over at DreamWorksTV, and learn how to get crafty while you watch! Even my tween was digging these. Hiccup and Toothless from the beloved “How to Train Your Dragon” films are back in an all new television series "Dragons: Race to the Edge" available now only on Netflix. In honor of its release, DreamWorksTV gathered the best DIYers on YouTube to create a brand-new dragon-inspired DIY series called “DragonStyle.”

 The premiere episode kicks off with a how-to video on creating a Toothless Phone Case with YouTube creator Lily, otherwise known as Coolricebunnies. You’ll learn all of the best tips and tricks for adding just the right amount of flair to your cell phone:  https://youtu.be/Rv1lbcWK7Ew

Tune in every Sunday to see new DIY experiments, including tips and tricks for painting “dragon style” nails as well as getting an Astrid-inspired look!

For more DreamWorksTV, visit www.YouTube.com/DreamWorksTV.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team. We've been compensated for sharing monthly posts with our readers.  As always, all opinions are our own. ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama next month, for more Netflix fun in Chi, IL and beyond!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rock Healthy Habits The Girl Scout Way With Free Downloads And The #TogetherCounts Campaign #HealthyHabits #Sponsored #GirlScouts

Check Out 
The Together Counts Campaign 
Via The Girl Scouts 
of the Nation’s Capital 

Here at ChiIL Mama, our family has 3 generations of Girl Scouts. My mom was a scout back in the 40's, when the only kind of Girl Scout cookies were Trefoils. I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout in the 70's, and now my 12 year old daughter has been a Brownie, Junior and now a Cadet over the past 6 years. That's why we were more than happy to be asked to join with The Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital to promote their Together Counts Campaign. 

ChiIL Mama's daughter, Sage, as a Brownie

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and we're pleased to partner up with Together Counts/Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital for this sponsored post. We have been compensated for sharing this information with our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.

Most people instantly think cookies, like the iconic Thin Mints, when they hear the name Girl Scouts. But Girl Scouts also provide STEM training, multicultural and cultural events, and camping. Sure the cookies are pretty great, but Girl Scouts troops are also pretty awesome at encouraging girls to develop leadership skills and healthy, balanced living.

In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed three "healthy habits" booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events and adventures. The free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles. 

Through the use of these free resources for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve "energy balance." 

My daughter's Cadets troop just did both the Get Moving! with Healthy Habits workbook and the WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits. We highly recommend both. Check out these fabulous resources right here as a free download.

  • WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits - girls discover the many forms and paths that water takes and how to protect it. They also learn how to engage in teamwork, speak effectively to convey a message, and inspire others

The Together Counts™ campaign is a nationwide program by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living via physical activity and nutrition, a fundamental underpinning of efforts to reduce obesity. The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend. 

Achieving Energy Balance outdoors is easier than ever during the warm summer months. It's a pretty easy concept to follow Energy In is the calories you get from eating and drinking. Energy Out is the calories you burn from physical activities.

*Health and fitness have been part of Girl Scouting since girls ran foot races in 1912!*

Camp Out
Camping is essential to Girl Scouts mission. It is about the outdoors, and developing a deep appreciation for nature. Girls enjoy camping with their troop or attending a Girl Scout day and evening or resident sleep-away camp. From high adventure with kayaking, archery and rock climbing to traditional camps with crafts, singing, hiking and cooking over an open fire, Girl Scout camps give girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. 

Find your local council to enroll girls in camp programs.
Girl Scouts’ leadership program is girl-led. And Girl Scouts sure do a lot with guidance from caring adult mentors! From national badge programs to council-wide events, each council offers a variety of exciting program opportunities for girls of all ages.

Help Out
I've been a volunteer for my daughter's troop for the past 6 years. Volunteers are supported with program level and subject training courses online and in classroom settings. There is a lot of peer-to-peer support and mentoring, and quality publications to support the delivery of high quality programs. 

Get Social With Girl Scouts Social Media, Free Downloads & Handy Links Below:
  • Healthy Habits booklets download: Here you’ll be able to download three free booklets for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.  Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve "energy balance." 
  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter: On Twitter, GSNC shares council information including awards, resources, highlights from council events and volunteering opportunities. 
  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook: Similar to Twitter, the GSNC Facebook page shares photo albums of troop activities, news from around the region, and partner content from Together Counts. 
  • Together Counts Website –The website is consumer friendly—aimed at parents and educators and provides resources, tips, recipes and more.
  • Together Counts Blog – The Together Counts blog is the main source of all consumer-friendly news including HWCF campaigns, announcements and content from HWCF partners around the topic of healthy eating habits and incorporating more physical activity. 
  • Together Counts Twitter – On Twitter, Together Counts shares everything from digital assets (video, infographics) to industry or conference news related to food in addition to campaign and partner news.
  • Together Counts Pinterest – Together Counts’ resource for sharing recipe inspiration from across the network, family activity ideas and pins from partners that relate to family eating and activity including Girl Scouts, Healthy Dining Finders, etc.

Disclosure: Once again, ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and we're pleased to partner up with Together Counts/Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital for this sponsored post. We have been compensated for sharing this information with our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.

Where Will The Wendell August Tracery Envelope Purse Take You? #Review #Ad

Wendell August creates unique, one of a kind gifts 
for grads, dads, and life’s special moments.

Red Carpet Ready:
Here at ChiIL Mama, we're always on the go, covering Chicago's arts, theatre and music scenes. This spring we reviewed numerous theatre openings from Broadway in Chicago spectacles to edgy, award winning storefront theatre productions. We caught London's Royal Ballet, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a plethora of press events.

It's been our great pleasure to have this stylish Wendell August Tracery Envelope Purse along on our adventures. It's tiny but mighty and creates an unforgettable look. 

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is pleased to partner up with Wendell August to review one of their handcrafted gifts. I received a Wendell August product for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. As always, all thoughts are our own.

This envelope handbag is as fitting with dress casual as it is with an evening gown. It features Wendell August's beautiful Tracery design, and it's the perfect size for a cell phone or other small accessories.

Madison Avenue - Tracery Envelope Purse
Aluminum   •   $130.00
Size: 5.75" x 3.5"
Type: Aluminum 

One highlight this spring was the red carpet, world premiere of On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan which is Broadway bound in a few short weeks. My lovely Wendell August Tracery Envelope Purse took me from dressy to dress circle at the gorgeous Oriental Theatre in Chicago. Emilio and Gloria Estefan were there, but I felt like the rock star.

Wendell August is Great for graduations, 
wedding season, and more

Spring and summer have been a whirlwind of graduations, weddings and travel. Sometimes it's a challenge to find a quality gift that will be appreciated for years to come. Wendell August's American-Made Products have a history. They've been handcrafted by artisans in America’s oldest forge since 1923. Each product is still painstakingly crafted in their Pennsylvania workshop using an original 8-step process. 

No two Wendell August items are the same. They're as unique as your friends and family. Their stunning home entertaining collections can be engraved and personalized for weddings, hostess gifts, anniversaries, or just because. 

Their Madison Avenue-Tracery Envelope Purse and jewelry collections are equally great for gifting and for you. Show up in style and leave a lasting impression.

Would you like to be in the know? Follow Wendell August and find out about new releases and sales first.

Get Social With Wendell August:
o   Facebook 
o   Twitter @wendellaugust
o   Instagram @wendellaugust1923

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is pleased to partner up with Wendell August to review one of their handcrafted gifts. I received a Wendell August product for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. As always, all thoughts are our own.

Tweet Tonight 6/26/15 at 6pm CT For Sweet Prizes and Bring Dreamworks Home to Your Home #HomeMovieParty #ad

HOME from Dreamworks Animation and Fox Home Entertainment is hitting Digital HD this Friday, June 26! To celebrate, we are having a Twitter party with director Tim Johnson! 

Home is where the digital downloads are. Whether you're home or away on summer vacation adventures, you can bring Home with you... DreamWorks' Home that is. Come ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama tonight and tweet along with the hashtag #HomeMovieParty.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is elated to partner up with DreamWorks and Think Jam once again. We have been compensated for sharing this info with our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word 'Home.'

DreamWorks is preparing 'Home' for Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on July 28.

Supplements will include: Best Party Ever!; Oh's Shake Your Boov Thing; "Feel the Light" by Jennifer Lopez – Music Video; "Feel the Light" by Jennifer Lopez – Lyric Video; Oh's Boovy Jukebox; Oh's Party Planning Tips; This is Being Boov; Almost Home; Testing Lab; Party Play All; Deleted Scenes; Be an Artist!; and Stars of Home.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D/DVD/Digital HD combo pack is $48.99. Suggested list price for the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack is $36.99.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is elated to partner up with DreamWorks and Think Jam once again. We have been compensated for sharing this info with our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WIN a Kindle and More: Join the National PTA’s Family Reading Challenge #FamiliesRead #prizes

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and 
the National PTA
for the Family Reading Challenge 
this summer.
Many will WIN an Amazon Kindle, Amazon Kindle Gift Cards and More!

Disclosure: We're thrilled to partner up with the National PTA's Family Reading Challenge and have been compensated for spreading the word. As always, all opinions are our own.

My family is full of avid readers and writers. I've read to my 2 kids daily from before birth to the tween and teen years. Of course they read on their own, too, but I believe you're never too old to enjoy being read to. Even now, at ages 12 & 14, they love to snuggle up on the couch or in a hammock and hear a great chapter book, and I treasure this time too. It's one of the few times we all turn off the cell phones & electronics and slow down long enough to really hang out together. In a few short years they'll be off with their friends more, then off to college, but I know they'll take a lifelong love of reading and stories with them. It's one of the best gifts I can possibly give them.  

As if reading together isn't reward enough, the National PTA is giving away sweet prizes to encourage families to read together throughout July! Click here to sign up and get all the detail including fun activity ideas to pair with your summer reading.

Reading together as a family is a shared adventure and a chance to talk about characters and plots. My kids geek out on meeting authors and collect and treasure their signed books. Now that my kids are older we're into middle grade and adult fantasy chapter books that the adults in our family are enjoying as much as the kids! It does my soul good to hear the kids beg for "just one more chapter", over and over again as the plot thickens and the pages end in one cliff hanger after another.

Here are a few of our favorites to get you started. We highly recommend author Cornelia Funke for Igraine the Brave, the Inkheart series and the Reckless series. She has excellent books for young and middle grade readers through adults. 

Great Cornelia Funke picks for elementary readers:

My kids loved the book Igraine the Brave so much they named our dog for the protagonist. Igraine the Brave (AKA: Iggy Pup) is 4 now and embodies all the grrrrrrrl power awesomeness of Cornelia Funke's unconventional heroine. 

The Thickety (books 1 & 2) by J.A. White are other new favs of ours.

We're now working our way through all the Tolkin books and the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. 

ChiIL Mama will be rocking the PTA Family Reading Challenge this summer... will YOU?!

 ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and join this awesome campaign to inspire families to keep learning alive by reading great books together.

Families can participate in the PTA Family Reading Challenge—and win great prizes—by sharing photos, videos and memories that demonstrate how and why reading together is a fun and treasured family activity.
What’s next?
  1. Take the challenge then tell your family and friends.
  2. Start reading! Visit our Family Reading Ideas page for inspiration and FAQ page for more challenge specifics.
  3. Share your progress using #FamiliesRead on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be entered to win prizes.
Happy reading!

Disclosure: We're thrilled to partner up with the National PTA's Family Reading Challenge and have been compensated for spreading the word. As always, all opinions are our own.

Friday, June 19, 2015

FEST ALERT: Today (Friday) And Saturday 6/19 & 20 2015 #‎FamilyFriendly‬ ‪#‎MultiCulti‬

The CHICAGO SCOTS present the

Promoting Chicago's Scottish Tradition, Revelry, and Culture in a Weekend Celebration for the Entire Family!

FEST ALERT--TODAY (FRIDAY) & SATURDAY: Despite the Scottish name, Bonnie, I'm actually German & Swedish, but my husband & 2 kids are a wee bit Scottish! And my 14yo son, Dugan's name is Scottish for "dark haired". We'll be out in Itasca, Illinois this weekend checking out the Chicago Scots' annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Follow along vicariously via social media and check back for our photo filled recap next week. Or get your kilt on and come on out and experience it LIVE.

The CHICAGO SCOTS hosts the Midwest’s Largest Scottish Event, the 29th ANNUAL SCOTTISH FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES, from June 19-20, 2015

 Featuring an extravaganza of activities & attractions—from the Caber Toss to the Highland Dance to the Dogs of Scotland—the family-friendly event is a chance to explore Scottish culture without buying a plane ticket

Lovers of Scottish culture unite! It’s time to iron the kilt and perfect the family shortbread recipe. The CHICAGO SCOTS presents the 29th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games—the largest of its kind in the Midwest—from June 19-20, 2015 at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, Illinois. The summer celebration, a beloved tradition for many families, offers the opportunity to experience Scotland’s rich heritage and unique traditions along with some quirky customs. The festivities kick off on Friday, June 19 from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and continue Saturday, June 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

“Whether you’re of Scottish descent or simply intrigued by Scottish culture, we invite you to join us. This year’s event promises to be our most exciting celebration of Scottish arts and entertainment, athletics, and culinary specialties yet,” said Gus Noble, President of the CHICAGO SCOTS.  
The festival launches on Friday, June 19 with exhibits and vendors open from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Highlights include the ever-popular Heavy Athletics Exhibition, a Rugby Exhibition, the Friday Night Fling, and crowning of the Heather Queen and Court. The evening concludes with a Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee), a rousing Celtic music concert featuring contemporary and time-honored favorites, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on the Celtic rock stage.

The fun continues on Saturday, June 20 from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy the thrilling Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship including the Caber Toss (with participants flipping 20-foot, 140-pound tree trunk), the 22-pound Hammer Throw, the Sheaf Toss (where athletes launch a bale of hay over a high bar) and the Clachnert (flinging a 16-pound river stone) and participating this year is Matt Vincent current World Champion; lively Mid-West Pipe Band Championship competition, Largest pipe band competition in the Mid-West with over 20 pipe bands and 300 solo performances of pipers and drummers; Highland Dance competition; an intense Rugby Sevens Highland Challenge; and a Coerver Cup 3v3 youth soccer tournament. The Dogs of Scotland, Highland Cattle, and Clydesdale Horses offer a chance to greet some of Scotland’s cutest furry exports. Genealogy and cultural exhibits provide insight into ancestry to kick start research on the family tree. A Parade of Clan Tartans and attendee competitions British Car Show featuring vintage automobiles, Haggis Hurling Contest for women, Knobbly Knees contest for men, Haggis Eating Contest and Shortbread Contest are also perennial favorites. Little ones may play mini golf, create crafts and try mini heavy athletics. Sample Whisky tastings from various vendors. Indulge in traditional Scottish or American cuisine and peruse the Celtic Marketplace, as well as enjoy more live music on the Celtic Rock Stage. The festivities conclude with the Closing Ceremonies and Massed Bands Show, an exhilarating concert featuring 1,000 bagpipers and drummers performing traditional musical selections including Amazing Grace

Entertainment for this year includes: Tim MacDonald – Chicago’s very own Scottish fiddler and Reigning National Champion, Cleghorn – A brand of “Celtic rock” mixes their original songwriting with high energy fiddle and bagpipe tunes, Skerryvore – From across the pond, Scotland’s raw but contemporary band, creating a unique fusion of traditional music and songs with the sounds of rock, pop and funk.

Ticket prices for the 29th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games are as follows:
Friday-Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $12.00
Saturday- Children under 2 are FREE; Children ages 3-12 $5.00; Adults are $20.00
Two Day Pass - Children under 2 are FREE; Children ages 3-12 $5.00; Adults are $30.00
Patron Weekend Pass (Family Friendly)- $150 This two-day pass includes entry into the festival (for 2 adults & 2 children), premier seating inside the Patron Tent, complimentary food and beverages, and a private access VIP Parking Pass.
Patron Weekend Pass (21 & Over)- $125 This two-day pass includes entry for one individual into the festival, premier seating inside the Patron Tent, complimentary food and beverages (including beer - not unlimited), and a private access VIP Parking Pass.

The festival is held at Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, Illinois, located at I-290 and Thorndale Avenue.Parking will be available on pavement in parking garages. Parking will be $5 per vehicle for parking on both Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 or guests may purchase a two-day parking pass for $8.  

The CHICAGO SCOTS would like to thank the following corporate sponsors and in-kind donors:   Belhaven Ale, Hamilton Partners, Village of Itasca, Highland Titles, Westin Hotel of Itasca, and Hyatt Place Itasca.

For more information visit these links!
Schedule of Events

For more information, event schedules, competition registration forms or to purchase tickets, visit www.chicagoscots.org or call (708) 447-5092.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card (4 winners) From ChiIL Mama & a Host of #MomBuzz Media Bloggers & Check Out NEW Free #picjoy App #giveaway

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media.

Here at ChiIL Mama I'm a professional photographer, videographer, blogger and mom, and I end up shooting events and sharing on social media with everything from pro gear to my iPad and smartphones on just about a daily basis. I love to record my kids' lives, our travels, and the vital arts scene in Chicago and beyond. Yet organizing and finding all those nuggets of media gold is a daunting task! We're pretty jazzed to try out and review the NEW picjoy app.

picjoy ROF

Disclosure: I have been compensated for reviewing this app and sharing this giveaway with our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Picjoy is an intelligent photo library that automatically organizes all of your precious photos and helps you locate them instantly. Can you imagine having all of your photos organized? That’s what’s so exciting about PicJoy.

◆ RECORD ◆ Record the details and stories behind each of your photos. ◆ ORGANIZE ◆ Watch Picjoy instantly organize your photos for you - no matter where they are stored! ◆ FIND ◆ Search by category or keyword to retrieve any photo you've ever taken right from your mobile phone.

ChiIL Mama's Tech Reviews: picjoy photo app for iPhone and iPad (Android coming soon)

Picjoy is quick and easy to download and it's become the intern I've always wished I had! The keyword search is brilliant and easy to use. If you're like me, sometimes your smartphone randomly pops pixs into various folders and subfolders, making for an annoying game of hide and seek. Now picjoy is a game changer. It's only FREE for a limited time, so what are you waiting for? Get it for your iPads & iPhones now. And keep an eye out, the Android version is coming soon.

PICJOY is available now on iTunes FREE for a limited time! DOWNLOAD on iTUNES NOW!

Picjoy photo app will also be available for the Android market on Google Play soon so be looking for it!

And NOW for the GIVEAWAY!!!

picjoy giveaway button

Picjoy is thrilled to finally be able to share their app with the world! In celebration we will be giving away a few gift cards sponsored by Picjoy and hosted by the Mom Buzz Media Bloggers!

4 Winners each get a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Giveaway ends 6/30 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, then a new winner will be chosen. All winning entries will be verified. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. US Residents only please. Good Luck!

Disclosure: Once again, I have been compensated for reviewing this app and sharing this giveaway with our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Jurassic Dog Park" Parody by DreamWorksTV

Here at ChiIL Mama, my son and I were some of the record breaking crowds to see “Jurassic World” on opening weekend. The film now holds the record for the biggest North American opening in movie history raking in $208.8 million! And it's acclaim is justified. We splurged and saw it in IMAX 3D and I'm glad we did.

Prior to this, another of our super favs, “Marvel’s the Avengers”, was the previous record holder at $207.4 million. It's also sparked some creative spin offs like this cute parody that hit our in box via our friends at DreamWorksTV. Check it out below.

Some kids mow lawns…others build lemonade stands…but eight year-old John Hammond built a park… a Jurassic Dog Park.  When Hammond and his scientists create a hybrid dino-dog, things get “ruff” for park employees and visitors alike.  

Can the ferocious (and adorable) animals be tamed with chew toys, sticks and dog treats?  You have to watch this “Jurassic Bark” parody by DreamWorksTV (www.YouTube.com/DreamWorksTV) to find out!

Check out the parody trailer here: 


DreamWorksTV is the ultimate lifestyle channel for kids and families. Combining DreamWorks Animations’ expertise as a global family entertainment brand with the digital savvy of AwesomenessTV, viewers now have on-demand access to content produced just for them. Helmed by AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins, DreamWorksTV showcases laugh-out-loud and family-friendly programming, including animated web series featuring DreamWorks fan favorites, Shrek and Donkey, Puss in Boots, Po and more. Plus, original live-action series, kids Comedy, DIY videos and handpicked music are all accessible through any device at any time. 

Visit DreamWorksTV at www.YouTube.com/DreamWorksTV, “like” them on Facebook using keyword “DreamWorksTV” and follow them on Twitter @DreamWorksTV.  

Saturday, June 13, 2015

NEW RELEASE: Prehistoric Sized Fun With LEGO Jurassic World, Now Available in North America #LEGOJurassicGame #Tech #VideoGames


All Four Jurassic Films in One Action-Packed Video Game, Roaring Into Stores 6/12

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Universal Partnerships & Licensing today announced that LEGO® Jurassic World™ is now available in North America for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and Windows PC.

For the first time, the Jurassic Park franchise comes to LEGO video games, spanning more than two decades of epic films from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, including Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, as well as the highly anticipated Jurassic World, opening today. Reimagined with TT Games’ signature LEGO humor, the thrilling adventure recreates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from the films, allowing fans to experience for themselves the franchise’s most memorable moments and the opportunity to fully explore the expansive grounds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.

“LEGO Jurassic World immerses fans directly into the action of the iconic film franchise,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “From playing as a dinosaur for the first time in a LEGO game, to creating customized dinosaurs, LEGO Jurassic World takes players on a memorable, T. rex-sized journey through Isla Nublar and beyond.”

In LEGO Jurassic World, players can take on the roles of exciting Jurassic film characters, such as Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Dr. Wu (BD Wong), throughout 20 story levels on a mission to collect precious amber containing dinosaur DNA.  Players can use the DNA to build their dino collection, mix their pieces to create an original species with the Dino Customizer by mixing and matching color, body parts and abilities or fill the giant footsteps of the LEGO dinosaurs and actually play the game as the beasts themselves!
Additionally, gamers can explore the expansive open world grounds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna and play with family and friends using LEGO video games’ classic drop-in, drop-out co-op gameplay. 
Also launching today is the Jurassic World DLC Pack, giving players access to six new characters, two new vehicles, the JURASSIC Response Unit and the JURASSIC WORLD Shuttle and more. The Jurassic World DLC Pack is available for purchase at local and digital retailers for $1.99. 

Experience even more within LEGO Jurassic World with the Jurassic Park Trilogy Pack #1, which grants access to three characters and one vehicle including, Dino Handler, Eric Kirby and Paul Kirby and the Animal Control Vehicle, which is available for purchase for $0.99. Players can also purchase the Jurassic Park Trilogy Pack #2 for $0.99, which provides access to three characters and one vehicle including, Jurassic Park Helicopter Pilot, Lex and Tim Murphy and Iain Malcolm’s San Diego Cruiser.

LEGO Jurassic World is rated “E10+” for everyone 10 and older by the ESRB and is now available for PS4 and Xbox One for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U for the suggested retail price of $49.99. The game is also available now for PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS for the suggested retail price of $29.99.
For more information, please visit:

About Jurassic World
The story of Steven Spielberg’s original comes full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life.  Welcome to Jurassic World, a fully operational luxury resort off the coast of Costa Rica where 20,000 guests explore the wonder of Earth’s most magnificent living prehistoric marvels—of every shape and size—and interact up close with them every day.

When the massive and mysterious Indominus rex stages an escape and disappears into the jungle, order turns to mayhem and guests turn into prey. Dinosaurs escape into the open, skies and water to engage in an all-out war for survival, and no corner within the world’s greatest theme park is safe anymore.

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong and Irrfan Khan star in the 3D epic action-adventure that is directed by Colin Trevorrow and based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Trevorrow, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. www.jurassicworld.com

About TT Games
TT Games (www.ttgames.com) is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit LEGO videogame franchises such as LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Indiana Jones™, LEGO® Batman™, and LEGO® Harry Potter™.  Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families.

About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, England, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children.

Guided by the company spirit: "Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2015 the LEGO Group.

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal’s consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel.  This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions.  UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

LEGO JURASSIC WORLD © 2015 TT Games Ltd. Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2015 The LEGO Group. Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved.

WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

“PlayStation” and “PS3” are registered trademarks. “PS4” and “PS Vita” are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Nintendo trademarks and copyrights are properties of Nintendo.