Weekend Fun and Games

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

The weekend is upon us and it is time to make some plans. Here is a look at what's new in the world of kid's entertainment this weekend as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media.

At the Movies
In Phoebe in Wonderland, a defiant nine-year-old girl suffers from a disorder that manifests itself in compulsive and often destructive behavior. Her strange world is populated by confused adults, aggressive children and a resentful younger sibling. Although this quirky drama centers around a child, its content, theme and language make it too mature for younger viewers. Rated PG-13, OK for Kids 13+

DVD
Beverly Hill ChihuahuaClass differences, cultural issues and romance feature prominently in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. After being dog-napped and whisked away to Mexico, pampered pooch Chloe gets a first-hand look at how the other half lives. There are threats of violence from a menacing dog and his owner, but in the end nobody gets hurt. Kids will love the cute talking dogs and parents will appreciate the message that money isn't everything. Rated PG, OK for Kids 5+

TV
When slipped into the shoes of her grandfather's repair shop customers, Franny's Feet take her on adventures around the world. Walking in the shoes of others, she visits far-flung destinations where she learns about racial and cultural differences. Making friends and solving problems while learning about the world in which she lives, Franny Fantootsie takes kids on a magical journey of learning and fun. Rated TV-Y, OK for Kids 3+

Books
Three Cups of TeaBased on the true story of Greg Mortensen, Three Cups of Tea takes readers on an inspirational journey as the American mountain climber works to build schools in poor areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although intended for children as young as 8, the intricacies of politics and corruption may be a little over their heads. OK for Kids 9+

Music
Once again, U2 takes their activist ideals and sets them to music with their latest album, No Line on the Horizon. Though sometimes grim, the songs are a timely "call to action" urging listeners to get involved. These news headlines brought to life with an upbeat sound are sure to appeal to politically-minded teens. OK for Kids 15+

Web
Miss O and Friends Miss O and Friends offers an online destination for creative tween girls who want to do more than shop and play dress-up. They can do that here, but they are also encouraged to explore their artistic sides with calligraphy, writing and cooking activities. Featuring a group of multicultural friends, Miss O and Friends includes lots of free content as well as a 99-cents-per-month Club Plus membership option. OK for Kids 8+

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