Weekend Fun and Games

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

Looking for something to do after the Easter eggs are all dyed? Here are some fun suggestions from adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.

At the Movies
Hannah Montana: The Movie hits the big screen this weekend in a movie that kids are sure to love and parents are sure to pay for. Based on the hit TV show, this is a tween-appropriate film, with kid-appropriate sexuality (flirting and a couple of kisses, but nothing more) and no language, smoking or drinking. Rated G, OK for kids 8+.

The Tale of DespereauxDVD
The Tale of Despereaux is a beautifully animated adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel about a mouse who doesn't fear people. It's a fairly typical fairy tale story (beautiful princess in need of rescue, brave knight who goes on a quest to help her) that takes on mature themes like longing, grief, loyalty, and hurt. The story's pace is a bit slow, though, and it may be too complex for smaller kids. Rated G, OK for kids 6+.

TV
Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire is a fantasy spoof designed solely for laughs. It's the story of a not-very-bright Robin Hood-esque freedom fighter, his band of rebels, and his beautiful girlfriend. While the swordplay is light and funny, there are a few questionable points, like the sterotypically gay rebel and the over-sexed girlfriend, which may not be appropriate for kids. Not rated, OK for 13+.

All in a DayBooks
Cynthia Rylant, who parents and kids might know from the Henry and Mudge series, has a new book out, All in A Day. It's a beautifully illustrated poem about a young boy who wakes to the promise of a new day. The poem is hopeful and optimistic, and the paper cut illustrations are beautiful. OK for kids 4+.

Web
If your kids love quiz, this is the site for them: Free Rice is a simple vocabulary quiz with a twist. For each correct answer, Free Rice donates ten grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. Play on your kids' competitive nature (who can donate more rice?) and teach them something -- about words and about sharing -- all at once. OK for kids 9+.

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