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Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Annual Fandads Father's Day Gift Guide

Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post and the Fandads were provided with some of the items on this list for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

It's that time of year again friends! It's crunch time and you have still not gotten a gift for the dad in your life. What to do? What to do? Well, like you, the Fandads have a last minute Father's Day gift guide where you might find something for the man in your life that takes care of the bugs and keeps the monsters away at night. Let's begin! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Pied Piper Boys are Back! Silicon Valley Season 5 review

If you have been a reader of Fandads for awhile you will know that we are huge fans of the show, Silicon Valley. There is just something about the show that resonates with us. Maybe it's the computer talk or the awkwardness that we experience when meeting new people, but this is one of our favorite shows on cable right now. With last season's show wrapping it, it's time to binge watch the season again as Silicon Valley Season 5 is now available for digital download.

Friday, June 8, 2018

DuckTales: Destination Adventure DVD Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided  a copy of DuckTales: Destination Adventure! in exchange for a review and to host the giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and smiles on our face are our own. 

The crew from Duckburg are at it again with more fun and adventures in their latest DVD, DuckTales: Destination Adventure! The new DVD has 6 episodes and 2 classic episodes that are on DVD for the first time. If you are a fan of Ducktales check out why this new release is a lot of fun.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time Home Release review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of A Wrinkle in Time along with copies to giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

When I was in elementary school I remember having to do book reports throughout the year. As much as I loved reading, I remember reading the same books over and over and writing about them for my teacher. One of the books that I remember having a hard time reading was A Wrinkle in Time. Yeah, being a science fiction geek you would figure I would have devoured this book, but there was just something about it that made it hard for me to completely finish. When I finally finished the book I was kicking myself for not having done it sooner and when I heard that it was coming out in the theaters, I got excited about it.

Fly home with Peter Pan! #giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Peter Pan: The Signature Collection along with Digital HD copies to giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

As a parent, you always want to share things you loved growing up with your children. It can be something as simple as your favorite song, your favorite television show or your favorite movie. You just want to see if your child reacts to it the same way you did and then shares the love that you have for it. In the case of Peter Pan, I remember the first time my daughter saw it. She loved the songs, the big flying sequence and especially one particular character...Captain Hook. Yep, my daughter fell for the villain. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Playing with The Adventure Pals

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of The Adventure Pals. All thoughts, opinions, and sleepless nights are our own. 

Back in the days when I worked at GameStop, we would always get a lot of people asking for fun, couch co-op games. You know, the games that you can play in the same room with someone as opposed to playing with someone online across the neighborhood or country. Well friends, if you are looking for a game like this to play with your family the Adventure Pals are here to fill that void.

Bring Home the Ice Queen

With the final season of Game of Thrones coming to HBO next year, this would make a great addition to your GOT collectibles. Three Zero and HBO® Licensing & Retail bring you the highly-accurate, realistic likeness to Cersei Lannister in a beautifully crafted 16th scale collectible action figure. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Bring home the Uprising! Pacific Rim: Uprising home release & giveaway. 

The first time I heard about Pacific Rim I could not wait to see it! The movie had everything that I wanted to see on the big screen: robots, monsters, and robots fighting monsters. This was my childhood dreams realized on the big screen and hearing that Guillermo del Toro was involved was made it that more exciting. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Black Panther Blu-Ray Release

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Black Panther. All thoughts, opinions and cheers of "Wakanda Forever!" are our own. 

Just this past Tuesday the Black Panther Blu-Ray was released and I wonder if it is also going to break records in sales both physically and digitally. The movie is a worldwide phenomenon and I could not wait to rewatch it at home with my family. If you want to read our review of the movie you can read that here and keep reading to hear out thoughts about the home release. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Getting lost in Oz here in Chicago! #invited

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to the Press performance of The Wizard of Oz. All thoughts, opinions and songs stuck in our heads after the show are our own. 

The Wizard of Oz has been a big part of my life since for as long as I could remember. When I was younger my family would get together to watch the movie on television. I remember the first time I saw the movie go from black & white to color, I was amazed. It felt like I was watching a different movie that was so full of life with all the vibrant colors. Watching the movie with my family is not the only connection I have to the Wizard of Oz, it also runs in my immediate family. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Look your best this Star Wars Day!

Disclaimer: The Fandads are affiliated with Clicking on their link and purchasing items might lead to a few dollars for us. 

I know what you all are thinking, "I love to dress as my favorite Star Wars character on May 4th, but I have a formal event to go to that night. What can I wear to represent Star Wars, but still look classy?" Well, friends, if you find yourself in this situation, don't worry the good folks at have got you covered. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer released!

Yesterday the latest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped and it is fantastic! The humor and action from the first movie are still here and we also get a look at the new villain: Ghost. If you have not seen the trailer watch it below and continue reading our thoughts after you watch it.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Dia del Niño

April 30th is Dia del Niño.  This is a day when families celebrate their children. It is a national holiday in Mexico and it is starting to grow in popularity across the country. According to the National Museum of Mexican Art (NNMA), we have one of the largest Day of the Child celebrations in the country, right here in Chicago.

This day has been celebrated in Mexico since 1925 but many other nations throughout the world celebrate it as well. There are a lot of fun activities and events at the school where I teach, but many libraries, museums, churches and other organizations have events going on as well.

Some of these activities include: music performances, face painting, contests, games, and participating in sports. Whatever it is you do, it is important that children are recognized as an important part of society and that they are accepted, appreciated, and loved. While it is hard to do at times, we should always remember that children represent the hopes and dreams of our communities.

Other schools ask children to bring toys or other presents to give to less fortunate children. Charity towards organizations such as orphanages, is also encouraged.

I plan on picking up a small toy for my kids and maybe going out for Slurpees after softball practice. It's an beautiful day out today so we're going to try to make the best of it.

I hope you have a great Dia de los Ninos!

Exploring with my Daughter the "One Strange Rock" we Live on

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to attend the One Strange Rock: Space Projection Helmet. All words, thoughts, and opinions are our own. 

I remember when I was younger being fascinated with space. I guess that can be attributed to the Star Wars movies, but I wanted to know what it would feel like cruising across the galaxy in a spaceship. As an adult I still love things having to do with space and watching shows that have to do with our planet and I was excited when I was told about a unique experience coming to the Adler Planetarium for the National Geographic show "One Strange Rock".

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Peter Pan Signature Edition Coming Soon!

In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Disney’s beloved flight of fantasy, “Peter Pan,” joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, landing in homes on Digital and  Movies Anywhere on May 29 and on Blu-ray June 5. With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, every member of the family will let their imagination soar on this epic adventure to Never Land, sparkling with legendary animation, extraordinary music and both all-new and classic bonus features.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Don't Fear The Reaper

I'm not sure how I found myself here, hurling down from the heavens to the earth below. There were others around me but they soon scattered to the four winds. I pulled the chute and started my slow descent into madness. The factory was a favorite spot of mine, some images were flashing back now, I'd been here before. Hundreds of times.

Instinctively I landed on a rooftop and quickly found a weapon. A suppressed submachine gun, and it was a timely find as I saw that I had been followed. I quickly opened fire, grazing the enemy. He fell back and ran off, seemingly deciding to live to fight another day. I didn't follow him as I could hear a treasure chest beckoning me from inside.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Great Ready to Play Truth or Dare! #giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Blumhouse's Truth or Dare in exchange for this giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Remember playing Truth or Dare when you were younger? I remember playing with my friends and making each other doing some silly stuff: Roll in the mud, jump off of trees or eat gross things. While we thought some of those things we did were bad it is nothing compared to the characters of the new Blumhouse movie Truth or Dare go through.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Puppy Dog Pals DVD Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a copy of Puppy Dog Pals and extra DVDs to host a giveaway in exchange for a review. All thoughts, opinions and quality time spent with my children are our own. 

One of my favorite days of the week is Friday. Friday is my Saturday so I spend my day catching up on errands and spending some time with my son until it’s time for him to go to school. After we drop off my wife and daughter at their destinations in the morning, we go home, get breakfast ready and sit down to watch one of our new favorite shows: Puppy Dog Pals.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A New Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer has been released

Earlier today the latest trailer for the new Solo: A Star Wars Story was released and it looks pretty awesome. We get a little more about the story in this trailer and I will admit I was worried about the film at first, but now I can not wait it's release this coming May 25th. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Saving Avantia in Beast Quest #Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a digital code of Beast Quest for this review. All thought, opinion and sleepless nights are our own. 

As a dad, getting time to play video games is kind of difficult sometimes. In my house, we only have one television, so after we catch up on shows and the children go to bed I have the television to myself. Here is where the conundrum begins: Do I try to binge watch a few episodes of that one series I started? Or do I see what game I can play for a few hours before I fall asleep on the couch? What's a dad to do? 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Getting Ready for Ready Player One

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Ready Player One is hitting the big screens today and I am excited to see this sci-fi extravaganza on the big screen. I remember I received a copy of the book with one of my early Loot Crates and I was hooked as soon as I started reading it. All of the pop-culture references took me back to my childhood in the 80's and made me love the book even more. As with all book-to-screen adaptations, we know that there might be a few differences, but here are the few things I am hoping to see on the big screen.   

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Captain Marvel Production has Began!

Just announced yesterday was that production has begun of the filming of Captain Marvel by Marvel Studios. While I have not kept up on Captain Marvel in the comics like I have other characters, I am excited to see her on the big screen and see how her story will play out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, the return of Agent least on the big screen. 

New Avengers: Infinity War Posters Released

Yesterday, Marvel Studios releases some pretty amazing posters for their upcoming Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War. Each of the posters is composed of "teams" that will work together in the movie or at least have some epic moments together. I like how each poster is themed around a color of the Infinity Stones.  Which one is your favorite? Scroll through the posters and share with us your favorite in the comments. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hanging out with our Old Friend Luke

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with an advance copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi along with promotional materials in exchange to host a Star Wars event. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

We all have those friends that we grew up with. You know the ones: the ones that were always there for us when times were bad, the friends that would cheer us up when we were having rough days and the ones that we had awesome adventures with. Our childhood friends really helped us become the person that we are today. The one thing about our childhood friends though is that as we grow up they change and sometimes we don't like the person that they have become.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Season Two of LEGO Star Wars The Freemakers Adventures is available today!

Star Wars, like the Force, will always be  Remember Obi-Wan Kenobi told us that? Well, with the plethora of movies coming out there are still some great shows to watch at home from the comfort of your television. One of these great shows that you should be watching is LEGO Star Wars: The Freemakers Adventures. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bring home Disney's Lady and the Tramp

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a digital copy of Lady and the Tramp for review. All thoughts, opinions, and plates of spaghetti that we ate are our own. 

I remember when I was younger seeing Lady and the Tramp as a double feature with The Aristocats and maybe that is why I always mix up the two, but one thing for sure I always remember is the spaghetti scene. Little-by-little I have been introducing my children to all the movies I loved growing up and now I can add Lady and the Tramp to that collection thanks to the recently released Signature Edition of the beloved classic on Blu-ray and DVD.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Get Ready to Ragnarok at home with Thor!

Disclaimer: Fandads were provided with an advance copy of Thor:Ragnarok to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Out today on Blu-ray, DVD and 4k HD is one of the recent funniest movies from Marvel Studios, Thor: Ragnarok. While funniest maybe a big overstatement, it did have a lot of funny movements and that also alienated some people from it. You can read our review of the movie here, but we have a little more to tell you about the home release.

Friday, March 2, 2018

It's Read Across America Day!!

I love to read and fortunately, my daughters have seemed to inherit that from both of their parents. Nothing really compares to the images you conjure while reading a great book and even though many movies do a great job in adapting them, it's difficult to compete with your imagination. Well, I'm probably preaching to the choir since you are here, reading this post right now, right this second....banana.

HA! I made you read and/or say banana. (If you don't get that, then you might not be a parent, or at least not fans of Elephant and Piggie) Anyway, back on track, today is Read Across America Day!

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. My girls have been celebrating it at school all week long and the school where I work at is having an event celebrating it today. So what can we do to join in on the fun?

You can start out by taking some #shelfies with your favorite books and/or kids. The NEA has more information on their page, but really I'd say just take the opportunity to do some reading. I won't go into the literature that shows how important it is for children to learn, or try to lecture anyone on the benefits. Instead, why not just have some fun with it. Introduce your kids to your favorite book (or comic book). Revisit an old story or book you haven't read in years. Maybe there's a movie you enjoy based on a book you've never read, there a ton of reasons to crack open a book.

Today's a great day to get to it! Read! Get after it! What book are you going to share with your children today? Share with us in the comments below.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Coco Comes Home

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with an advance copy of COCO in exchange for a review. All thoughts, opinions, and tears are our own. 

Coming home to 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand today, February 27th, is one of our favorite animated movies of last year Coco. We previously wrote a review about the movie which you can read here, but having the movie at home gives us the opportunity to catch more on multiple viewings.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Black Panther Review #WakandaForever

I've mentioned before that growing up, Spider-Man was my favorite superhero of all time. While I knew that we both didn't look alike, knowing that Peter Parker was a smart boy that was just trying to fit in sometimes was something that I related to. I remember the first time I saw him on the big screen it felt really good and I teared up a little because this was my guy and in a small and strange way, that was me. I feel that many young children who have never seen themselves represented on the big screen are going to have that same experience that I had when they see Black Panther.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Share some love with these adore-a-bull Ferdinand themed Valentine's Day cards

It's Valentine's Day so why not share some good vibes with the love-a-bull characters from Ferdinand?  Yes, share some of these fun cards with those in your family that mean a lot to you. 

Download you Ferdinand Valentine cards here and share them with those you love...or really, really like.

Make sure you pick up your copy of Ferdinand when it becomes available on Digital 2/27 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD 3/13.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Setting Big Goals for 2018

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with the Tom Tom Adventurer by our friend Little Tech Girl in exchange for a review. All thoughts, opinions and bruised body parts are our own. 

You know that feeling when you accomplish something that most people say is impossible? You know, like running a marathon, watching your children while you are sick or building a HEMNES all by yourself and not having any parts left over? Yeah, that is such a great feeling!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The 15:17 to Paris Giveaway

The Fandads have teamed up with Warner Bros. for this giveaway and they will provide the prize to our winner. 

Imagine that you are on a train with a few friends of yours and you suddenly start hearing gunshots. As a parent, you would make sure that your family is ok or moved to safety, but you also want to make sure that everyone is safe. I, myself, do not know what I would ever do if I was in the same situation as the people of the 15:17 to Paris, but it's great to know that there are people that will do what is right to help those around them.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Minnie: Helping Hearts DVD Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with copies of Minnie: Helping Hearts to giveaway to our readers in exchange for this post. We will have a full review of the DVD soon. 

When their friends need help, these two BFFs are at the ready! As the Happy Helpers, Minnie and Daisy can complete any task at hand, whether they are babysitters, personal assistants, or cruise ship directors leading the Valentine’s Day dance contest! Every day is an exciting new adventure and you can always count on the Happy Helpers to show up with happy hearts and helping hands!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Minnie and Daisy's new adventure we have some fun activity sheets that your family can do while waiting. Some of the fun activities are Spot the Difference, a Crossword puzzle and a fun Cockoo-Loca Maze.

Watch the trailer below and keep reading to see how you can win one of ten copies that we will be giving away. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Woody Woodpecker DVD Giveaway!

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy in exchange for a post about the movie and a giveaway for our followers. The prize will be provided by the studio.) 

I remember when I was younger waking up early before school and watching cartoons while eating my breakfast or getting dressed. I would watch Tom & Jerry, the Flintstones, and Woody Woodpecker. I remember how much I would laugh while watching Woody Woodpecker and sometimes get to school late because I was too caught up in watching his adventures on television. Somehow, in teaching my children about all things I grew up with, I have seemed to forgot about Woody Woodpecker. Well, that is going to change, somewhat, with the Woody Woodpecker movie.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer is out and it's huge!!

A few days ago on our Facebook page, I asked our followers, which movie from the 2018 Disney/Marvel line-up were they excited to see. Some of the answers were for Infinity War but my answer was Ant-Man and The Wasp. Lo and behold, it looks like someone heard me because a few days later we got this gem. Yes, Marvel has released the first trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp and it looks amazing.  Also, if you zoom in the poster above you can see our two heroes in action. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The best for our kids

As a parent, we always want what is best for our children. Whether it is going to a good school, living in a nice neighborhood, or just making sure that they have the essentials every day: food, clothes shelter. Somehow, some way, no matter how much we love them and try to do our best for them, something comes along and changes that notion for you as a parent.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Get ready for an amazing 2018 with Disney!

One email that I always look forward to at the beginning of the year is the email from Disney showcasing the movies that they have coming out in the year. Yes, this year is going to be a fantastic year if you are a fan of Marvel, but there are a few old favorites coming back to grace the big screen and entertain you and your family. Let's begin, shall we?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Get ready to play some classics on your 3DS!

Hey friends, so your child got a new 3DS for the holidays and you want them to learn about the classics, right? What is a parent to do? Well, do not worry because your friends at Nintendo have got you covered. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I have never felt so helpless in all my life!

Sunday morning started off like every other morning (just by that sentence alone you can already tell things are going to go south sooner or later). As I was getting out of the shower, my wife came rushing in with my 4-year-old in her arms and repeating his name over and over and saying something is wrong. I looked down at my son and was shocked at what I saw. The little boy in my wife's arms was not the same little boy that was dancing like a maniac the night before in the kitchen to the Beatles while I washed dishes. This little boy was not him.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Chicago friends! The weather may be a little cold outside this weekend, but knowing The Windy City, it might be in the 60's by next week Friday and if it is, have we got a fun activity for the entire family.

Kids in the Chicagoland area will have a chance to participate in a number of FREE Trolls-themed activities including Trollerskating on the Skating Ribbon (skate rentals not included), a Trolls character meet and greet, Trolls giveaways, photo ops and Sparkling ICE sampling to celebrate the launch of Trolls: The Beat Goes On!  This will be open to the public:

When: Friday, January 19 from 5:00pm -7:00pm

Where: Maggie Daley Park – Skating Ribbon (337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601)

If you are in the Chicago-area visit the Maggie Daley Park Facebook's page and hopefully we'll see you there!

About Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Trolls: The Beat Goes On! is an all-new chapter in the hair-raising adventures of DreamWorks' Trolls, as Poppy, Branch and all of Troll Village keep the dance party raving in their fantastical forest home. Picking up where the blockbuster film left off, the Trolls are settling into a new era with Poppy as Queen. Bursting with their signature positivity, irreverence and a whole lotta original music, Trolls: The Beat Goes On! opens up the colorful world of Trolls for new adventures and a dance party around every corner, only on Netflix January 19!

About DreamWorks Animation Television

DreamWorks Animation Television is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers on linear and on-demand platforms in more than 130 countries and garnering 17 Emmy Awards to date. It is a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG).

About Maggie Daley Park
A major construction project continues at the former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site, now being transformed into the magnificent Lakefront recreation center, Maggie Daley Park (a 20-acre public park). As part of a staggered opening, the Skating Ribbon and playground area is now open to the public, and the fieldhouse is now open for Chicago Park District programs.

I Choose You! New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition

Photo courtesy of Business Wire

It was only a matter of time that Pikachu had a 2DS designed with him on it. I mean look at how cute this thing is. One thing that would be awesome is if this 2DS shouted "Pikcahu!" whenever you powered it up (that's a free idea for you Nintendo, run with it). When does this new 2DS come out? Keep reading to find out more about this special edition 2DS and the other ways that Pikachu is going to invade your home. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Giveaway

Hey friends, new episodes of The Lion Guard are coming out soon and there is also a new adventure for Kion and his friends. In our first giveaway of the year, 10 lucky readers will be able to win their own copy of The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar! Keep reading to learn more about this title and to see how you can win one copy.