googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: November 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

A Klingon Christmas Carol review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to the press preview night of Klingon Christmas Carol all thoughts, opinions, and Hagh are our own

If you have been following the Fandads for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of Star Wars. In saying that, it does not mean that I do not know about Captain Kirk and his voyages with the crew of the USS Enterprise. I loved watching Star Trek when I was younger, but I really became a fan when watching The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. The stories in those series were just so cool and innovative and I tried to keep up with the shows as much as possible. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Play Time at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to this year's Chicago Toy & Game Fair. All thoughts, opinions, and fun times are our own. 

The Fandads are lucky to attend to many fun events throughout the year, but the one event that we always look forward to attending is the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. I mean, how can you not like going to an event where you can play with the toys and just be a kid again with your kids? Here is our recap of the event and some of the toys we played with at the event. 

Updated: American Girl Live Gets World Premiere this December

If you have a daughter, you have probably heard of American Girl. You have probably seen the dolls, the accessories, and the books and have seen hundreds of little girls walking around with these dolls. I think we have been lucky that our daughter never got into the dolls, but she loves reading the books. This December, we will be able to see some of the American Girls come to life in the brand new musical American Girl Live.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet review

It's been 6 years since we last saw Ralph breaking havoc down at Litwak's Video Arcade. In 'Wreck-it Ralph', Ralph was trying to find a sense of belonging and ended up finding out in the wise words of Zangief the "just because you're a bad guy, does not mean you're a bad guy". Ralph found his place in the arcade and made a new friend in Vanellope von Schweetz. In 'Ralph Breaks the Internet" we catch up with our friends and see what's new with them.

Taking it one day at a time

I have wanted to write a follow-up to my post about my son's seizures and unbeknownst to me, my wife was writing her own post about it. So here is my wife's guest post which sums up what has been going on and what progress we have made. 

So this is the first time I’m publicly (at least on social media) talking about what happened to my son and what my husband and I have been through this past year with him. Maybe I’m still processing it, maybe I don’t know what to say, maybe I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me, maybe I just don’t want to talk about it all the time. Whatever it is, I am talking about it now in order to bring #epilepsyawareness to light. November is #epilepsyawarenessmonth so it is time to talk about it. Bear with me until the end.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bumblebee Early Access Screenings 

Paramount Pictures announced today that on Saturday, December 8th fans at select theatres in the U.S. and Canada will have the opportunity to attend paid early-access screenings for its latest film in the Transformers series, Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Experiencing the New CMX Market Theaters

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to attend a screening at CMX Market Cinema and enjoy our choice of the gourmet offering from their concessions stand. All thought, opinions, and full bellies are our own. 

Going to the movies is always an adventure, am I right, friends? We usually have to find a movie that the entire family would like to see which is sometimes hard if there is not a family movie playing at the local theater. We also have to go at a time when we know our children will be able to sit still for the length of the movie. So when we go to the movies, we always try to have a good time and exploring new movie theaters is one of those ways to keep the theater going experience unique and fresh. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Getting into the holiday Spirit with How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical!

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to a performance of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical" in exchange for a review. All thoughts, opinions, laughs, and tears are our own. 

Photo by Jordan Bush

When I was younger, I remember watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on television. I remember the voice of the narrator telling the story of the Grinch and hearing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" over and over. It was never really a big thing for me when I was little, but I liked watching it when it was on. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bring home the Pixar Short Films Collection 3

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy and additional copies to giveaway in exchange for a review. All thoughts, opinions, laughs, and teary eyes are our own. 

One thing my family loves when we go see a Pixar movie is the shorts that play before the movie. From the funny "For the Birds" to the most recent "Lava", we love seeing the creativity in these shorts and can not wait to see them again. Luckily, Pixar has been making it easier for us by putting their most recent shorts together and selling them in one collectible bundle.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Around the town for November!

Parents, with the holiday season coming around the corner we need to find some fun activities to do with our children when they are out of school. Luckily there are some great places to go to that are only minutes away from Chicago. Are you ready to see what's available? Let's take a trip!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Powering up with Incredibles 2

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with an advance copy of Incredibles 2 for our review. All thoughts, opinions, and attempt to save the world are our own. 

When the Incredibles ended with the family all donning a mask and getting ready for action I wanted more. I mean if you are going to end the movie with a cliffhanger, you should give us a resolution soon, not 14 years later. Thankfully, Incredibles 2 starts off where the last movie ended and the story continues from there.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Having fun in the 100 Acre Woods with Christopher Robin

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with an advance copy of Christopher Robin to review. All thoughts, opinions and dusty eyes are our own. 

I remember the first time I saw the teaser trailer for Christopher Robin. I knew it was a movie about Winnie the Pooh, but the moment I heard his voice my eyes started to tear up. There is just something about his voice that brings back so many memories for me and seeing him live was just the icing on the cake.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Fandads and The Chicago Toy and Game Fair

The Fandads have been attending the Chicago Toy and Game Fair since 2012. Every year our children have a lot of fun playing with all of the cool toys that are available to play with. We always have fun seeing them enjoying themselves, and we have fun playing with the toys ourselves, too. Here is a quick rundown as to why you should attend the show and maybe there will be something for those of you that read until the end. Let's begin! 

Get Ready for Mickey's Search Party

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party is bringing guests closer to the magic than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. This participatory adventure delivering compelling storytelling through multi-leveled production numbers arrives in the Chicago area in January, with performances Jan. 24 to 27 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., then moves to Chicago’s United Center, Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, before returning to the Allstate Arena for a final week, Feb. 7 to 10. Tickets are now on sale for both venues.