Category: Movies

6 lessons kids can learn from the High School Musical movies

I have two boys, ages 9 and 6. One look at the posters on their bedroom walls and you can tell they’re huge soccer fans. Manchester United fans to be exact. But, they’re not just sports fans. My boys are budding travel enthusiasts and secretly wish Hagrid would show up on their doorstep and whisk... Read more »

6 reasons you should watch The Karate Kid movie remake with your children (even four years after its release)

I loved The Karate Kid. The original movie that is. I must have watched it a dozen times. It was like I couldn’t get enough of Daniel (Ralph Macchio), Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and Ali (Elisabeth Shue). It was a movie of the early 80’s – and one few others have been able to replicate. And, then a remake came... Read more »

Images from C2E2: Kid-Sized Fantasy and Fun

Welcome to C2E2!
Today I exposed my sons to a whole new world – one of superheroes, fantasy and whimsy. It all took place at C2E2, the famed Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo that took place over three days at Chicago’s McCormick Place. And, it could not have been more fun – especially for the pint-sized set. From... Read more »

Children's Animated Foreign Films in Chicago: Eleanor's Secret and More

There’s nothing like escaping into a wonderful movie that takes your imagination to another place, another world or another time. And that goes for adults and children alike. That’s why I highly recommend that families see the French animated movie Eleanor’s Secret (or Kérity, La Maison des Contes) – in the language of your choice. Eleanor’s Secret... Read more »

Explore the World with the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

My sons love to watch movies and, if I would let them, they’d probably watch them all day long. But, it’s my thankless job to try to reign in their movie-watching habits and make sure they’re busy doing other things like reading books, playing sports and, well, going to school. Sometimes it feels like I’m... Read more »