Weekend Fun and Games

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It's Friday again and time to make some plans for the weekend. Here are some ideas for family-friendly fun as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.

At the Movies
This movie may be set in high school and star Zac Efron, but this is no High School Musical. Efron plays a disillusioned man who gets a second chance at teenage glory when he is magically returned to the age of 17 Again. Sexual references and mild language may make this inappropriate for Efron's youngest fans. Rated PG-13, OK for Kids 12+

On DVD
tigger and pooh and a musical tooStarring the cast of the Disney TV series My Friends Tigger and Pooh, Tigger and Pooh and a Musical Too is a sweet lesson in friendship, communication and respect. With familiar characters and catchy tunes, the full-length film will charm and delight kids and parents alike. Not Rated, OK for Kids 3+

TV
Eco-Trip: The Real Cost of Living is a docu-series meant to educate kids about the price our planet pays for the things we all consume. Hosted by David de Rothschild, the series avoids resorting to scare tactics and presents the facts in a non-judgmental way. The occasional strong language might turn off parents, but young people looking to make wiser consumer choices will feel empowered to do so. Rated TV-PG, OK for Kids 11+

Books
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. FiggA tall tale about a boy's Civil War adventure, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrock is a fanciful journey through a dark time in America's history. Culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg, the story walks a fine line between history and humor, leaving the reader informed and amused. Characters act like men at war and the final battle is depicted with violent realism. OK for Ages 9+

Music
Kids will recognize the music from their favorite Disney TV shows on Playhouse Disney Music Playdate. With the exception of a few songs, there is little to inspire interactivity and it mostly plays like an extended version of weekday morning cartoons. Although the collection doesn't offer anything new, the familiarity of the songs will no doubt make it a hit with the pre-school set. OK for Ages 3+

Web
DM Kids offers an excellent way to keep the little ones away from You Tube. From the creators of the adult-oriented video-sharing site DailyMotion, the site serves up kid-friendly videos featuring well-known artists and shows in addition to some new talent they may not have discovered yet. Best of all, the site doesn't allow users to register or share their own videos. OK for Ages 6+

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