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Koba Entertainment – Max & Ruby Presale Info

Just a little treat for my readers. Any Max & Ruby fans out there? Little Boo loves this show, and it’s actually one that I can watch with him without wanting to claw my eyes out. It does drive me crazy that there seem to be no parents in their lives, and nearby Grandma only visits periodically, but the show is cute and fun and teaches some good lessons. The sibling love and reliance on helping each other is really great. And I love how the mischievous and sometimes annoying (to Ruby) Max is generally right in the end.

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Koba Entertainment is presenting a Max & Ruby “Bunny Party” travelling musical this spring. The show will come to Toronto on Saturday, April 16, 2011,at the Sony Centre. Showtime is 1:00pm. Tickets officially go on sale on January 22nd, but Koba has passed along a presale code we can use to purchase tickets early, from 10AM January 18th until 10PM January 21st.

To get in on this presale, you can use the code SIBLINGS to purchase your tickets at during the presale period. For the Toronto show, those who purchase tickets during the presale period will be entered to win a meet and greet backstage with the cast. Pretty cool.

Disclaimer: Well, there really isn’t one. I haven’t been compensated for this promo, but I would like to pass along the presale code to my readers ?? It’s good to share!

MGA Entertainment Prize Pack – next in the #holidayshowcase

Tis the season for giveaways! I love bringing my readers chances to win fun and/or useful items, and I think you’ll be excited by this one. Today’s prize is a $258 prize pack of toys from MGA Entertainment. MGAE includes many popular toy brands, and for this giveaway they are offering a selection to please both boys and girls, from the Little Tikes, Lalaloopsy, and Bratz lines.

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The Giveaway

  • 3 Action Adventures Robot Flashlights
    · 4 Lalaloopsy bundle
    · 4 Bratz Catz
    Total Prize Value: $258Personally, I know Little Boo would love those Robot Flashlights. He has a bit of a flashlight obsession, and add a robot to the mix? Total win!

    Entries for this giveaway are via the Rafflecopter widget below, until Dec. 9th. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.

Thank you to Kidsumers for organizing!

Dusty the Crop Duster at the Waterloo Air Show, June 1-2

Do you think your kids (or you!) would like to meet the star of Disney’s upcoming animated feature, “Planes”? Well, if you head out to the Waterloo Air Show this weekend (June 1-2), you’ll have the chance!

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Dusty will be appearing at a number of air shows across North America this summer, in advance of the film’s release on August 9. He will show off his talents, communicate with the crowd and be accompanied by an exclusive and uplifting Disney musical score. Sounds like a great time for kids of all ages!


The owner and pilot of the aircraft tapped to play the role of Dusty in the air show performances is Texas-based aerial applicator Rusty Lindeman, who customized one of his own Air Tractor AT-301 airplanes to match Dusty’s paint scheme and features. Manufactured in Olney, Texas, Air Tractor aircraft are used for agricultural spraying, seeding and fertilizing, plus forestry protection, fire fighting and more in the U.S. and more than 30 countries around the world. “We’re happy to help bring Dusty to life for the performances and hope that the audience will have fun and learn a bit more about the importance of aerial application in modern agriculture,” said Air Tractor’s Kristin Edwards.





“‘Disney’s Planes’ is a great underdog story, said director and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall. “It has a lot of heart and a message we can all use: If we can believe in ourselves, step out of our comfort zones and get past whatever fear is holding us back, we’d be surprised with the results. And that’s exactly what happens to Dusty in this movie. He’s a crop duster who’s never flown above 1,000 feet, but he dreams of being the fastest air racer in the world. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome and needs to dig pretty deep to find the courage to become more than he was built for.”


David White, Co-Producer of the Waterloo Air Show added: “The Waterloo Air Show is a wonderful family event and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the ultimate family experience with this very special appearance of Dusty from ‘Disney’s Planes.’ We invite those of all ages to join us for this most unique event.”



About the Waterloo Air Show

The Waterloo Air Show will take place June 1st and 2nd, 2013, at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. It is a two-day family-friendly event that showcases some of the best skills and entertainment the aviation industry has to offer. With displays both in the air and on the ground, guests can enjoy amazing aerial demonstrations headlined by the world-famous Canadian Forces Snowbirds, while exploring exhibits, vendors, additional aircraft on the ground, kids activities, an Autograph Tent, Food Truck Alley and more.

Dreamworks’ Turbo Speeds Onto BluRay and DVD November 12 #TurboFastFun {Giveaway}

The little snail who could. DreamWorks Pictures’ Turbo comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on November 12, just in time for holiday giving! Turbo tells the courageous story of a little snail with big dreams of becoming a race car. Despite the discouragement he receives from his peers, Turbo knows what he is capable of. With amazingly creative celebrity performances by Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dog, Samuel L. Jackson and Maya Rudolph, this film is great fun for the whole family.

TURBO – Need for Speed | Pragyan Thapa

I like the message here to go after your dreams and listen to your heart. This would be a wonderful movie to enjoy together, cuddled on the couch in the cold and snowy days to come. It could even inspire some conversations about the aspirations of your own little ones. Being a strong proponent of family movie night, I always include a selection of DVDs in our holiday gifts, encouraging us to spend some quality bonding time together with some giggles and popcorn. Turbo would make a great gift for your own kids, or as a family gift to give to friends.

When you give a movie, you are giving the gift of time spent together, as well as the entertainment itself. I’ll be highlighting additional new releases in this gift guide over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, how much do you know about snails? Here are a few fun facts to share with your kids.

Snail Facts and Fun

  1. Salt is a snail’s biggest enemy! In the film, Chet falls down in the stadium and just barely makes it through the center of a pretzel! He was so relieved he didn’t touch it, because salt can kill a snail, so they have to be careful!




  1. It would take a snail 2 hours to move from one side of a football field to the other. That’s 50 yards per hour. If you ran your fastest, it would only take about 20 seconds!
    3. Some snails can be as big as 12 inches. Can you imagine a snail the size of a ruler?


  1. Garden snails have thousands of teeth, located on their tongue!
    5. Snails do not have ears, but they sure can smell! That is how they find their fruits and veggies to eat.
    6. Snails can live to be up to 20 years old!
    7. Snails are nocturnal, that means they sleep during the day and get their work done at night and in the morning. No wonder Turbo could stay up all night watching Racecar videos!
    8. A garden snail can have as many as 430 baby snails in a year!


  1. Garden snails hibernate in their shells during the winter, and some hibernate during the summer too.
    10. When a snail moves, it leaves behind a trail of liquid slime. This mucus protects them from the hard surfaces underneath them. Snails are able to hang onto walls and move upside down thanks to this slime!


A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive a copy of Turbo on Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, November 23. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!!

New DVDs from DreamWorks for Family Fall Viewing {Giveaway}

We have had some awesome weather here in southern Ontario so far this fall. But the evenings are definitely getting colder, and the days are definitely getting shorter. I’m already finding myself looking longingly at our fireplace and daydreaming about cuddling on the couch with a blanket and warm cocoa.

Top 10 Dreamworks Films Ranked

It’s getting to the time of year when we begin to spend more time indoors with our families. And our focus turns to finding new ways to keep everyone entertained and fight the cabin fever that can come from our long Canadian winters. (Can you tell I’m not a winter gal??)

Just in time for the change in the weather, DreamWorks Animation is releasing two new DVDs with episodes of some of our favourite character’s TV series.

“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness – The Scorpion Sting” and “Monsters vs. Aliens: Cloning Around” both hit stores on October 15.

These series, based of course on the hit movies that first introduced us to these characters, provide some great family entertainment for long fall evenings on the couch. I’m a particular fan of the goofy and sweet B.O.B. from Monsters vs. Aliens, while Little Boo is big on Kung Fu Panda, given his love of martial arts.


Since Hallowe’en is just around the corner, here are a couple of fun printables for you. Just right-click the image and choose “save as” from the drop-down menu in order to save to your own computer.


Kung Fu Panda wishes you a happy Hallowe’en:

And, how about a creepy mad scientist stencil for your jack o’lantern?


A Giveaway

Dreamworks Animation is providing one lucky Raising My Boys reader with a prize pack including both of these new DVD releases. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, October 26. Giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I did receive a DVD for my family’s viewing pleasure. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Celebrate Easter with kaboom! Entertainment and Treehouse TV! {giveaway}

We love a good family movie around here. Snuggling on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and a special show is a great way to relax and re-connect. And with March Break this week, and the Easter holidays coming soon, there’s lots of extra time to enjoy some of our favourites. Just in time for all the coming down time, kaboom! Entertainment has released a great assortment of DVDs for the young kids in your life.

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On March 3rd the brand new Treehouse Ultimate Collection Cube hit the stores. Inside a fun, colourful storage cube you’ll find over 100 episodes of your favourite Treehouse TV shows on 10 DVDs – Toopy and Binoo, Franklin, Max & Ruby, The Berenstein Bears, Octonauts and My Big, Big Friend. I have to admit I am to this day a huge Toopy and Binoo fan. I love how goofy Toopy can be, and their adventures are always such fun. These shows are a wonderful encouragement to let your imagination run wild.

March 10th, saw the release of the first DVD for Zack & Quack – Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter. This series follows the adventures of a boy named Zack and his best friend, an impulsive young duck called Quack, who live inside the most amazing pop-up book ever! It’s a place full of fantastical surprises – where pulling pop-ups makes exciting and unexpected things happen. This is a new one to me, since Boo is beyond the Treehouse stage now. But both of my boys always loved pop-up books, so I can imagine how engaging this show is for the pre-school set. This DVD has 5 episodes, including “The Pop-Up Easter Egg Hunt.” Will Zack & Quack be able to help the Easter Bunny get her special chocolate chickens back to the coop in time to save Easter? Watch and see!

And finally, why not round out your Easter viewing with a little bunny love? Guess How Much I Love You: The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare – Someone Special includes 7 episodes of this series featuring the Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad, providing 80 minutes of sweet family entertainment. This series is a lovely adaptation of the books and a special way to celebrate the love of parent and child.

Although Boo is a little out of the age range for these shows (when did he become a tween, exactly?), I am looking forward to gifting these DVDs to my cousin’s young girls when we celebrate Easter with them in just a few weeks. I know they’ll be super excited!

You can keep in touch with kaboom! Entertainment on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive their own bundle of family entertainment, including all the DVDs mentioned here! Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, March 26, 2015. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!