Wednesday's pick of the day: Wintuk
Wed Dec 9
One of the best things about the holidays are all of the seasonal shows that hit town. The problem is, you have to catch 'em quick before their short-lived runs end. So today, we're encouraging you to check out Wintuk by Cirque du Soleil, which follows a little boy on a magical journey to a snow-filled town. Kids will dig the oversize, goofy characters (especially those shaggy dogs!), the acrobatic routines and the whimsical paper flakes that descend during the finale.
Cheap time killer of the week: Kidtoons Movies
Tue Dec 8
It's true: You can go to the movies with your kids and not spend $50 on tickets and snacks. Granted, you won't be seeing Princess and the Frog , but exhausted parents can't be choosers, right? Kidtoons , a national organization dedicated to bringing child-friendly programming to theaters, is presenting Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas this month. The movie (which is available on DVD) will be shown along with two winter-themed episodes of one of our favorite Nickelodeon series, Olivia . Catch the program this Saturday and Sunday at noon at the Concourse Multiplex in the Bronx , the Linden Boulevard Multiplex in Brooklyn or at the Parkside Pavilion in Park Slope. Tickets are just $3.50 each. Every child will also receive a coupon exchangeable for a special kid-sized concession; you'll get a well-deserved rest.
Milkshake and Ziggy Marley snag Grammy nods
Tue Dec 8
These days, awards shows seem more about dubious fashion choices and bizarre behavior (ahem, Kanye ) than artistic merit, so we were happy to notice that a few of our favorite groups are up for the Best Children's Album Grammy . Both Ziggy Marley, whom we profiled back in June , and Milkshake, whose Great Day earned a spot on our list of the best CDs of the year , earned nods. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're off to ponder the loss of the polka Grammy .
Google honors Popeye on the creator's birthday
Tue Dec 8
The folks at Google continue to show their love of children's pop culture . In honor of what would have been cartoonist E.C. Segar's 115th birthday, the Internet giant has integrated his signature character Popeye into its logo. The UK Guardian has a cute article about the artist and the evolution of Popeye, including the reason Segar chose spinach as the sailor's source of strength. Ah, the innocent days before all the steroid scandals .
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