Getting Ready for School

I know, I know, it’s only July. But you have probably noticed that stores are already rolling out their “Back to School” collections. Clothes, backpacks, and school supplies are all making their way to shelves. So, how can you help your little ones get ready for their return to school this fall?

For your preschooler, consider sending them to their first day with personalized Yo Gabba Gabba! backpack and rainbow art set.

For an elementary school-aged child, consider a Sid the Science Kid lunch box or pencil case.

A middle school-aged boy may appreciate some new Ben 10 clothing for his first day back to school. A middle school-aged girl would love a Mr Men Little Miss outfit for her first day.

But, don’t forget yourself when shopping for Back to School supplies! Every mom can use another tote bag for all the things you will have to pick up after your children.

Remember, summer may seem like it’s just begun, but school is just around the corner! Start shopping now to get the best deals on the things your kids will really want.

Family Road Trip Survival, 101: Bring Music.

It’s road trip season! And anyone who has attempted a long-distance drive with children in the car knows that it can be difficult to keep everyone happy in such close quarters. Some parents will use on-board DVD players to keep kids happy. Some kids will entertain themselves with books or games. Some older children can bring their own headphones and listen to their own mp3 player. But, what about the kids who want to be entertained by you? We have one easy solution: bring music.

Every car these days has a stereo system. And, with a simple stereo system, you can solve a multitude of road trip difficulties. Pack a few CDs of both your and your child’s favorites and pull them out when things get hard. You’ll be thankful you brought them along!

Some ideas:

When you’re entering the “Are we there yet?” phase of the trip, pull out something interactive like the Martha Speaks read-a-long audio CD or one of your child’s favorite Thomas and Friends stories on CD. As they follow along in their book, the time will pass more quickly.

When it’s time for Mom and Dad to control the tunes, you can always count on some classic rock to satisfy most of the family. Bring your favorite Beatles album or homemade mix of hits and even your teenage daughter might take off her headphones to listen in.

After lunch, when bellies are full and everyone is happy, you can let the kids take the reins. Preschool and elementary school-aged kids might like singing along to their favorite songs from Yo Gabba Gabba!. For the whole family, try something from Dan Zanes. (Even parents can enjoy him!)

For naptime, consider bringing a classical guitar or strings CD to soothe your baby or toddler. Pop it in when you can tell he’s getting sleepy, tune down the rest of the car noise (stop chatting), and let it work its magic!

Whether you’re venturing out on your first family road trip, or are seasoned long-distance travel veterans, music is a surefire way to ease the stress, make the time go faster, and offer a painless ride for everyone! So, stock up before you leave home!

Yo Gabba Gabba! Has Star Power

The children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! is full of surprises, but one thing in particular keeps us watching again and again: an episode rarely passes without a visit from a celebrity guest. Now, young children may not understand the star power of their favorite show, but parents see it and it’s one of the parts we love best. As soon as the show turns on, we ask, “Who’s going to join the party today?”

There is a simple reason Yo Gabba Gabba! is so refreshing: it was not created by Network gurus. Rather, this show was created by two fathers with no prior television writing experience. They only knew the interests of their children and the void they felt for interesting, creative programming. Being musicians themselves, they caught onto the celebrity craze at the beginning, inviting guests as varied as Weird Al and the band Sugarland. The visitors appear in DJ Lance Rock’s fantasies to share stories, songs, or dances. Each time he turns on his magic boom box, the party starts!

The star power of Yo Gabba Gabba! is one of the things that keep parents watching, but parents aren’t the only ones who’ve taken notice. The show has continued to garnish attention and acclaim since its inception in 2007 and was awarded a Daytime Emmy award in 2008. And though the appearance of celebrity guests may keep us watching, they are not the ones with staying power. The cast of regular characters—DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex—have made appearances on multiple television shows to date.

So, Yo Gabba Gabba! fans, keep your eyes peeled for not only your friends in the cast at Yo Gabba Gabba!, but also for their celebrity guests. You never know who you might see!

The White House

Yo Gabba Gabba

I remember when I went to the White House as a little girl when the first President Bush was in office. I received a little wooden Easter Egg that was signed by President Bush himself. We stood in line for what seemed an eternity. It was very exciting but a little bewildering for a girl my age. What could all the fuss be about?

Perhaps you’re new to the tradition, or perhaps you’ve never even heard of it. But every year, the White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll for the masses. This is one of the oldest traditions of the White House that started with Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878 and continues on to this day. The tradition came to a halt during the World Wars I & II and during the White House renovations, however, it was later revived under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

No event would be complete without help from the First Ladies. It was Pat Nixon who brought the Easter Bunny to the annual festivities. In 1981 Nancy Reagan hosted an Easter Egg Hunt that included wooden eggs. This soon became the official keepsake item to collect for this event. I still have the egg and it is somewhere in my home unto this day. I could never throw it away-how could I?

The theme for this year’s Easter Egg Roll was “Let’s go, let’s play, let’s move” to keep in line with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” Initiative, in order to fight childhood obesity.

The Easter Egg Roll attracts the latest and greatest in children’s writers, education, and entertainment every year. J.K. Rowling as well as many others have come to perform and talk to children. And guess what? Our very own Yo Gabba Gabba came to perform this year! Not bad for an event that draws more than 35,000 people, right?

Kickin’ it Yo Gabba Gabba Style

Yo Gabba Gabba is a unique show in and of itself. It has great appeal to a multitude of people and spans many culture, languages, and barriers.  But what makes this show so amazingly popular?  Is it the live action puppets? Or the indie rock music? Or those cool 8 bit looking graphics? It’s a combination of all of these things and more.

The Yo Gabba Gabba Live Show toured 55 cities and performed 130 shows in 2011.  Not bad for a show that’s already in its fourth season.  Usually it takes at least 20 years for a brand to catch on to all age groups.  Not only has this show caught the attention of preschoolers, toddlers, and adults alike, but it’s caught the attention of 20 and 30 somethings.

The show also has many retro elements in it, making it look like a show from the 70s. Retro is back in style and so is Steve Urkel.  This day and age it’s cool to wear just about anything, especially if it’s mismatched.  Perhaps that’s why adults and hipsters everywhere are embracing their inner child and rockin’ the Yo Gabba Gabba shirts.  Click on the link and then select “adult” under the “clothing” tab. We also have styles for your little tike too.  You can even put their name on it.

Rock on!