googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Having an "ACE" of a time at ACE Comic Con....see what I did there?

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with passes to attend ACE Comic-Con. All thoughts, opinions, and tired feet are our own. 

I've been going to comic-cons in Chicago since the Chicago Comic-Con days at the Ramada Inn near O'Hare and I have seen a lot of cool things. I remember seeing most of the Image team unite for the first time. That was like seeing your favorite rock stars all in one room. I remember watching as the Chicago Comic-Con became Wizard World and going to the first C2E2 and just seeing the Chicago comic conventions get bigger and bigger. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Returns to Rosemont

Too big to contain to once a year, Monster Jam® Triple Threat will make its second annual appearance at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, Nov. 2-4, marking the first time the wildly popular Monster Jam tour will make a Chicagoland pit-stop in November. Playing to sold-out crowds here each February/March, this new season of Monster Jam Triple Threat promises to bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family.

Featuring the eight most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Chicago-area fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Vying to be the Chicago-area champion will be:

Grave Digger® – Brandon Vinson
Max D® – Jared Eichelberger
El Toro Loco® – Armando Castro
ZombieSM – Ami Houde
Pirate’s Curse – Camden Murphy
Wonder Woman – Collete Davis
Megalodon – driver-athlete to be announced
Monster Mutt® Rottweiler – Jack Brown

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.

Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, new this season across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

Show Times & Ticket Information

Friday, Nov. 2 – 7 pm

Saturday, Nov. 3 – 1 pm & 7 pm (Pit Party, 10 am - Noon)

Sunday, Nov. 4 – 1 pm & 6:30 pm (Pit Party, 10 am - Noon)

Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $20. Tickets are available at and all Ticketmaster retail locations, the Allstate Arena box office, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Pit Parties give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks. Pit passes are priced at $10 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday, and can only be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the same-day Saturday or Sunday 1 pm show.

For more information on a Monster Jam near you, please log onto or follow us via our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit for more information.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Are you ready for the Worlds 2018 Championship?

I remember when I was younger playing against my family and friends Madden Football on the Sega Genesis and playing for hours. Some of the games would always come down to the final possession and those few seconds were always intense. Nowadays, gaming has come a long way from playing next to your opponent to playing against someone in another state or even country. With the arrival of online gaming, you could be playing against someone down the block or in another part of the world. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bring Home Ant-Man and The Wasp #Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Marvel Studios: Ant-Man and The Wasp in exchange for coverage of the home release and to host a giveaway. All thoughts, opinions, and magic card tricks are our own. 

Recently released on Digital Download was Marvel Studio’s hit Ant-Man and The Wasp. While you can read our review here, we are here to let you know some of the fun stuff that is available on the digital release and well as share some videos and activity sheets for the family to enjoy while watching the movie.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Disney's Freaky Friday #Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Freaky Friday in exchange to host a giveaway for the movie to our readers. All thoughts, opinions, and switched up family members are our own. 

There have been a few versions of the Freaky Friday movies previously released and Disney has released another version this week.  While each version is the same story, there are a told in a few different ways than the previous version. Let's go through these versions and see where this one ranks amongst them.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Relive the Adventure at Home with Solo: A Star Wars Story

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Solo: A Star Wars Story in exchange for a review. All thoughts, words, and credits lost on Sabacc are our own.

When it was announced that Disney was going to release a Star Wars movie every year, the ideas of movies that would come out felt endless. As fans of the Star Wars movies, we all have ideas of what movies we would like to see or what characters we want explored on the big screen, but with the vast amounts of characters it will be hard to please all of the fans wanting to see their idea of Star Wars on the big screen.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Gifted Season 1 Home Release

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided an advance copy of The Gifted to promote the home release. All thought, opinions and mutant powers are our own. 

With the few shows on television that continue the story of mutants or Inhumans, The Gifted is a little ahead of the pack by combining some great actions sequences while telling a powerful tale of family. Where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Legion fall short, The Gifted shows a strong promise to be one of the must-watch shows of the expanded Marvel Universe.

Friday, September 21, 2018

New Pete the Cat series on Amazon Prime Video

Friends, I am excited to share with you that one of the coolest cats that we know is now going to have his very own show on Amazon Prime Video! Yes, Pete the Cat is going to have a new series that premieres today, September 21st on Amazon Prime Video!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The First Purge arrives on Digital Download

Disclaimer: Our friends at Allied Chicago are providing the Fandads with giveaway copies of The First Purge in exchange for promotion of the home release of the movie. 

It seems that every new Purge movie that comes out keeps getting more and more intense. I mean, just the thought that people can literally do anything they want for one night it not only scary but also insane. I do not know what I would do in this situation. I know I will do all I can to protect my family, but it is just strange thinking that something like this could ever happen in today's society. Coming out today on Digital Download is the fourth entry in the Purge series: The First Purge.

Captain Marvel Official Trailer is Here!

It's finally here! The long awaited trailer for Captain Marvel! There are a lot of great images in this trailer but the one that got me excited is the return of Agent Coulson! Check out the trailer below and share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. 

Season One of Succession now available on Digital Download

Disclaimer: The Fandads were given a digital copy of the HBO's Succession to promote the Digital Download release. All thoughts, opinions, and sleepless nights are our own.

Out now on Digital Download is the insane HBO show, Succession. While I have not finished this show I try to sneak in an episode or two at night when everyone is asleep. The only drawback to that is that I end up falling asleep too. Now that it is out on Digital Download, I can catch up with the series on the train ride to work. Have you seen this show yet? Read the official synopsis after the break.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Silicon Valley Season 5 now available on DVD #giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads are promoting the release of Season 5 of Silicon Valley in exchange for a giveaway promotion to our readers. All thoughts, opinions, and computer issues are our own. 

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Just released yesterday on DVD is season 5 of Silicon Valley and what can we say again about this show that we have not said before? It's such a fun show and a pretty fun way to see what might actually happen in the tech world. Ok, maybe not everything happens like it does on the show, but it would be pretty cool if it did. This show is a favorite of mine and I can not wait until the next season comes out.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


The final trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was just released and this looks amazing. Watch the trailer below and see the magic for yourself.

The Beginning of a New Routine

Friends, it's that time of year again, the first day of school. This year is a little bittersweet, not only for my wife and I but for many other parents that have their last child starting kindergarten. My son is going to start school this year and I know two days that are going to be somewhat depressing in our household: Mondays and Fridays.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Are You Ready for the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit?

Disclaimer: The Fandads worked with The Rock Father and Nintendo to attend the pre-launch of the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit in New York in exchange for a review. All thoughts, opinions, and joy from playing with the kit are our own. 

A few weeks ago my daughter and I were lucky enough to attend a pre-launch event for the new Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit thanks to The Rock Father (Read our coverage here). While we had a lot of fun driving, flying, and diving with our on-screen vehicle, you will have your chance to try out these new vehicles in two weeks. Yes, friends, the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit will be available on September 14th!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Blue Man Group Debuts New Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Package

Photo Courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations 

Blue Man Group, continuing its open run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted), is thrilled to announce its fall performance schedule, along with the debut of a new ticket package in partnership with Navy Pier. Chicago guests can now take advantage of a special package to experience unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago from the city’s most iconic year-round attraction, the Centennial Wheel, in addition to Blue Man Group’s critically hailed production.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Step in the Cyberverse with Transformers Cyberverse this September

Transformers: Robots in Disguise was a fun series which showed us Bumblebee as a leader and how he led two teams against the Decepticons. With the new Bumblebee movie coming out later this year, Cartoon Network is going to keep Bumblebee in the public eye by having him as the lead of the new Transformers Cyberverse.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Avengers Infinity War Blu-ray Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with an advance copy of Avengers: Infinity War for review. All thoughts, opinions, and tears are our own. 

I remember when the Avengers movie was released how awesome it was to see the characters that I followed in their respective comics books and movies all together on the big screen. Just that rotating shot of the group getting ready to take on the incoming Chitari army was more than enough to get this Fandad excited about the upcoming possibilities.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


When I first heard about Elena of Avalor in 2016 I was excited. This was the first time there was going to be a Latina princess on the Disney Channel with her own show. My daughter was excited too because this was another show that she could watch with a Disney princess on it. Now two years later the show still continues to delight us with fun stories and great messages about family and responsibility.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Star Wars Rebels Final Season Home Release and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Star Wars Rebels Season 4 in exchange for doing this giveaway. All thoughts, opinions, tears, and laughs are our own...yes, tears.) 

If you have not been watching Star Wars Rebels you have been missing out on a great expansion to the Star Wars universe and some incredible storytelling. Now, this may sound like a big statement to make, but if you have been watching the show you know it is a fantastic show and that is why it is bittersweet that is has ended.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Who is returning to Star Wars: Episode IX?

Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.
Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).
Release is scheduled for December 2019.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thank you Jack and Andrew!

I have been sitting on this post for awhile. I guess you can say that I do not know what people will make of it, but with the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, I decided that I need to put this out there. I have to share this because we need to be talking about what struggles people go through. Plus, sharing our stories might help someone out there so we should not be afraid of them. Here it goes.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Managing Internet Time with the Gryphon Mesh Routers #sponsored

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a Gryphon Mesh Double Pack for review. All thoughts, opinions, and children being upset because their internet time is cut short, are our own.   

During our annual Father's Day gift guide we gave a brief description of the Gryphon Mesh Routers and how perfect they were in controlling the internet in our household. Well, it's been a month since we had them and as a family that relies on the internet for some of our day to day activities let us tell you how the Gryphon Mesh Routers helped us out. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Skyscraper Quick Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to an advance screening of Skyscraper. All thoughts, opinions and increased heartrates are our own. 

Summer is the time for movies to take our minds off of the heat and wondering what fun activity you have scheduled next for your children. We go to the "blockbuster" movies to escape reality and enjoy some popcorn with our children and Skyscraper checks those boxes and gives us a fun action movie to enjoy for a short time.

Monday, July 9, 2018

I Killed Deadpool.

What's up everyone, it's time for my quarterly post on Fandads! Seriously though, I've got to get on here more often.

So does anyone remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series? I loved those books, even though more than a couple of them gave me nightmares. Some of them were seriously messed up, but don't worry this isn't another article about the top 9 craziest CYOA stories or 12 CYOA books that ruined my childhood.

The Cave of Time

No this post is more of a confession. Apologies to Marvel Fans everywhere, and Ryan Reynolds for messing up his sweet gig, but yeah I messed up and got Deadpool killed. Let me explain. Recently Marvel published a short five issue mini-series called You Are Deadpool. 

Wait, I thought I was Groot?

I usually have anything Deadpool related in my pullbox so I ended up getting this series as well. As can be expected there's the usual Deadpool humor and violence but with a fun twist. Just like the old Choose Your Own Adventure books, these comics allow you to choose what happens next. They also include RPG elements such as stats, acquiring weapons and/or items, and dice rolling. It would probably help to have a notebook and some dice handy but I managed to do without. I played pretty fairly, and honestly gave myself some bad outcomes.

Which brings me to my confession...I managed to get Deadpool killed. Dead. Done. Finito.


In issue 4 (which I got to jump to straight from issue 1) I made a series of decisions which led me to getting killed by Bullseye. (in a very familiar way) According to Deadpool it's canon and thus I'm not allowed to read anything with Deadpool anymore. I believe Wade said there were no take backs so yeah. Sorry everyone.


Well, I always try to look at the bright side of things so at the very least I'll have more time and money to spend on the real deal Choose Your Own Adventure books. As I bounced around the web thinking about what I was going to write I came across their website. (Chooseco LLC btw, they used to be Bantam Books right?) I took a look and ended up ordering a set of the classics to read with my kids, and some Unicorn one that my kids will go nuts for. I think they're old enough to have their minds warped enjoy them as I did as a child, so many moons ago.

So there you have it, the TL;DR version is Deadpool's loss is my family's gain!

Until next time...if you choose to leave the UFO turn to page 23, if you try to fly it turn to page 45.

(Joke's on you, you crash and burn either way)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp Quick Spoiler-Free Review

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

After the earth-shattering ending of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans need a palette cleanser and this is where Ant-Man and The Wasp comes in. Continuing in the same vein as the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnorok, Ant-Man 2 is a fun-filled adventure that will have you laughing, crying and laughing again. Here is our quick spoiler-free review. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Return to San Fransokyo with Big Hero 6 The Series! #Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with an advance copy of Big Hero 6 The Series for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Affiliated links are in this post. 

Remember at the end of Big Hero 6 when Hiro finds Tadashi's chip inside Baymax's Rocket Fist? Next thing we see if Baymax hugging Hiro and the tears begin again? Well, did you know that Hiro did not build Baymax right away because there were certain items he needed to get to build him and those items were inside Tadashi's school? All of these little tidbits are shown in the new Big Hero 6 The Series which was just released on DVD this week.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

It's Time to Party with the Gang! Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!,

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

When I was growing up I remember how much joy I got from watching Sesame Street. Watching it every day and learning new numbers or letters was always so much fun. Now with children of my own I watch the new episodes of Sesame Street and it takes me back to my childhood. I love watching all the new characters that have been introduced and see how they interact with the characters I grew up watching. In a few months, the gang will be live in the Chicagoland area for a show that will entertain the entire family.

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.