Weekend Fun and Games

Filed under: Gadgets, Books for Kids, Music, Movies, New In Pop Culture

Baby, it's cold outside! Looking for some indoor activities to while away the winter hours? Here's the low-down on what's happening in kid's entertainment this weekend as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media.

At the Movies
Coraline
is an intentionally creepy film based on the book of the same name and is probably a little too scary for the little kids. With mature themes and some frightening scenes, it is a cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for. Rated PG, OK for Kids 9+

Unstable FablesOn DVD
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby
takes a familiar fairy tale and gives it a twist. Featuring an adopted baby wolf and his three pig fathers, the story deals with teen rebellion, peer pressure and acceptance. Rated PG, OK for Kids 7+

TV
Camp Rock's smiley Demi Lovato stars as the title character in Disney Channel's Sonny With a Chance. After getting her big break in a fictional television show, the perky Midwesterner must use more than her acting talents to survive amongst the jealousy and inflated egos she encounters in LaLa Land. OK for Kids 7+

Confessions of a ShopaholicBooks
It's all about the thrill of the purchase in Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic. The main character, Becky, is a shallow and self-absorbed woman searching for a wealthy husband to subsidize her spendthrift ways. She's a liar and a snoop and more interested in looking good than doing the right thing. OK for Kids 15+

From the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 3 Willows serves up a positive message about doing what is right and accepting oneself. But before young readers get to the happy ending, they must endure eating disorders, alcoholic parents, boy trouble and trying to fit in with the popular crowd. OK for Kids 12+


zOMG!Video Games
zOMG! is a free multi-player online video game that is part of Gaia Online. Players navigate a world where they must fight evil inanimate objects bent on destroying humans. It's funny and not too gory, but the uncensored chat makes it inappropriate for young kids. OK for Kids 15+

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