Star Stable – Children’s Online Gaming

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When I was a little girl I never really played with dolls. Barbie’s and Cabbage Patch and stuff – just not my thing. However what I did have about a million of were toy ponies, and I could spend hours playing with them, brushing and braiding their hair, and “teaching” them to do “tricks.” Much to my delight, my girls ended up being the same way – opting for toy ponies over dolls. So when I had the opportunity to check out Star Stable – an online horse game for kids that can be played on your PC or Mac – I was totally excited to let the girls play!

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In Star Stable kids get to create their own avatar that gets to explore the island of Jorvik on their very own horse! They can safely interact with thousands of other online players to participate in races, taking care of their horses, and more! Midge jumped right into the game and became completely engrossed in learning all of the different things that the game can do. With more than 17 levels, Star Stable offers a safe online experience for players that love horses, mysteries, adventure and making new friends all over the world.

The first thing was to create your own avatar. You can change her hair color, eye color, hair style and more! Even cooler – you can choose from a wide variety of pre-programmed names, keeping your children’s online identity safe and secure.

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Next you get to choose your horse who will be yours throughout the game. You can choose their hair and mane color, and give them a unique name from their list as well. I think Midge had more trouble choosing what the horse was going to look like than her own avatar – they were all so pretty!

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Once you have created your avatar and your horse’s, it is time to play the game. Using simple commands you can explore the island, talk with others, play games, and more. I was blown away watching her play – there is SO much this game can do. You can explore different stables, new villages, or stay close to the harbors. You can participate in daily races, and increase your reputation to access better clothing and gear, as well as advance your storyline. It even helps to teach children financial responsibility by giving them 100 coins each week that can be saved and used to purchase additional equipment and accessories – or even a new horse!

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Midge has been playing for about a week now, and every day she seems to discover something new. In fact, Star Stable makes sure of that by adding new plots and twists to the game every week – giving kids new things to explore virtually every time they log on. Now that school has started, she comes home and goes right to her homework so she can “earn” time to play Star Stable. I call that a win.

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Star Stable is a great game that lets kids play and learn in a safe online environment. Star Stable uses Crisp Thinking to automatically moderate and monitor all chat, and to ensure a safe and fun environment while playing Star Stable. Crisp Thinking chat moderation and profiling community platform prevents the online exchange of personal information, and actively filters out “bad” words and trigger phrases. Star Stable also works in accordance to COPPA – Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Whether you are enjoying the breeze off the harbor of Jarlaheim or exploring the Valley of the Hidden Dinosaur, Star Stable will keep your children entertained and learning critical thinking and social skills right from the safety of your home computer. Check out StarStable.com to get started!

DinoTrux Event in Sunny California

So just a few days ago I told you about the new original series coming to Netflix DINOTRUX based off the book series by Chris Gull. This Netflix exclusive brings you to the world during the reign of the DinoTrux. Well Mike got invited to go and tour the DreamWorks campus and catch a 2 episode sneak peek of this new series in June.

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Mike was super excited to meet both the executive producers as well as to get the unique chance to sit down in the sound studio and record his very own lines. While in the recording booth, it took a few tries for Mike to figure out the timing but he eventually was able to figure it out. See, problem-solving is a big part of daily life for the Dinotrux and Reptools in this series. The obstacles these unlikely friends find themselves up against lead them to the great discovery that they can do cool, amazing things when they build and battle back as a team, creating a better life for everyone. “It’s a humanistic point of view,” says writer/executive producer Ron Burch. “It’s about building community, making friends, teamwork, and always trying to do the right thing.”

Whether they’re collaborating on a colossal Dinotrux Garage and Repair Shop or a super-cool Race Track, it’s all defined by the spirit of creativity and cooperation. When faced with hard choices, these gigantic good guys with big hearts always solve their problems in a constructive way. “They build out of a need,” says Burch, “whether it’s rescuing somebody or needing to protect their food. We try to make building the solution instead of violence.” The series gets kids ages 4-7 in touch with working things through. Each episode has a ‘life lesson’ in it and it relates to kids outside of the house. Ty meets a few new friends on his journey, just like a young kid would on his first day of preschool or daycare, etc. There’s the little friend that you meet right away and that one kid who kinda wants to bully everyone. Doing the right thing and making the right choices, whether they are popular or not are all lessons taught throughout the series.


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DinoTrux premieres on Netflix on Aug 14th exclusively.

DinoTrux comes to life August 14th on Netflix

August 14th is just around the corner and I am so happy to get to share a whole new world with you from DreamWorks! DinoTrux (based off the Books by Chris Gall) is an exciting new series that your kids will love.

Mike got to visit the DreamWorks Studios in California to catch a sneak peak of the first two episodes.  The show features a group of amazing Dinosaurs and construction vehicles combined into extraordinary creatures that have roamed the Earth for centuries! We enter the Mechazoic Era, a never-before-seen prehistoric world where these amazing hybrids come roaring to life! Mike loved the adaptation from the Chris Gall books and how those characters were created and put on the big screen! This never- before-seen prehistoric landscape that blends the natural and the mechanical world. It’s a world beyond your imagination where dinosaurs and construction vehicles morph into gigantic creatures that stomp, crunch, build and battle alongside their tiny friends that are a combination of reptiles and hand tools.

During the 10 episodes that air Aug. 14th, each episode will teach your child a lesson. From doing the right thing, to how to deal being in new places and meeting new people.  Our ‘hero’ Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool will explore the new world together. They meet a lot of new friends and some not so friendly. The Dinotrux and Reptools join forces for the first time ever to build a bigger, better world and battle back against the biggest and baddest of all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built.

Lets Meet some of the Characters:

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Check out DinoTrux on Netflix starting August 14th!

Disney Live – Three Classic Fairy Tales Giveaway

Hey Pensacola! Looking for something fun to do with the kids and beat this crazy Florida heat!? Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales coming to The Pensacola Bay Center, and I have four tickets to give away! Check out all of the details and enter to win below!

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Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. An enchanted quest featuring more than 25 Disney characters, this stage production from Feld Entertainment®, the producers of Disney On Ice, performs at Pensacola Bay Center on July 31, 2015. Tickets are on sale now!

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they take audiences on a captivating journey and magically bring to life three timeless fairy tale adventures. Discover Snow White as she searches for her one true love; Cinderella getting ready for her magical night at the ball; and Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, as she finds happiness in the most unusual place. Anchored amidst a transforming set, captivating choreography, innovative lighting and breathtaking costumes, this authentically-woven tale of “happily-ever-after” is a heart-warming Disney experience for the entire family.

Tickets are on sale now at PensacolaBayCenter.com, and you can save 20% on your tickets by using the promo code BELLE15

The girls and I have always loved seeing Disney Live! events at the Pensacola Bay Center! I am super bummed that the girls will be out of town that weekend, but I am excited to offer one lucky MoscatoMom reader a set of four tickets to the 7:30pm showing! You can enter using the RaffleCopter widget below! Good luck!

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Teen Beach 2 – Now On DVD

TeenBeach2DVD_smallBoth of my girls were completely obsessed with the Teen Beach Movie that came out a couple years ago. So when we heard that they were making a Teen Beach 2, we were super excited to check it out! The girls love the singing and dancing – I love that it is a good, clean movie that I have no problem letting them watch! Its a win-win!

Summer may be over for Brady (Rossy Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell), but our summer has just begun! Get ready for some electrifying song and dance as the hottest surf sequel returns in Teen Beach 2 on Disney DVD! Dazzled by “wow-abunga” fun for everyone, the DVD features never-before-seen bonus features and an exclusive friendship necklace! 

When I told Midge we were getting a copy to review, she pretty much stalked the mailman every day for a week. I am not sure if she was more excited about the movie or the exclusive friendship necklace – but she hasn’t put either of them down since it arrived last week!

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I love that the DVD also comes with a code for the digital version of the movie so she can put it on her iPad to watch any time. Since I do not allow the girls to have a television in their room, the iPad comes in especially handy when I need to work and she needs to be entertained for a little while on her own. This is how I found her after the movie came in… it’s safe to say she’s been a bit obsessed with the second movie as well.

teen beach 2 movie reviewI watched the movie with her and I have to say – it is just as cute as the first one was! I love the message as well as the singing and dancing as much as she does. (Hey, those are some pretty catchy songs!) She just turned nine and sometimes I feel like we are caught in this spot where some movies are to childish for her – but I do not want to expose her to movies that are too mature, so I was happy when Teen Beach 2 kept her attention throughout the movie, and was age appropriate without being too mature for her.

You can pick up Teen Beach 2 on DVD now at your local retailer. And if you are looking for some fun Summer Party ideas inspired by Disney’s TeenBeach 2, check out these awesome ideas for food and decorations to bring together the perfect beach soiree!! Let the music move you with these scrumptious flip flop caprese sandwiches and “lei” one on you with this charming origami necklace.

Have you seen Teen Beach 2 yet?

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