Category Archives: SPONSORED

August 15, 2014

SPONSORED POST The Art of Duck Tape

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The Art of Duck TapeThis blog post is sponsored by The Art of Duck Tape®

Did you know that duct tape was used in World War II to repair trucks and was even used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge? Now the heavy-duty fabric tape has gone from a fix-all to a creative medium for some seriously cool crafts.

If you’re looking for a fun, new project and some cool ideas, check out these crafts!

Do you have your own idea for a Duck Tape® craft? Share it in the Comments below!

August 6, 2014

SPONSORED POST Dolphin Tale 2

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Dolphin Tale 2 Sponsored PostThis blog post is sponsored by Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG).

Nine years ago in Florida, rescuers found a young bottlenose dolphin tangled in a crab trap. They brought her to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), where they named her Winter. Unfortunately, Winter’s injuries were so severe that her entire tail and two vertebrae were lost. Thanks to the staff of CMA, Winter has healed. She now swims with the help of a tail created by prosthetics and orthotics company Hanger, together with marine mammal veterinarian Mike Walsh and CMA’s marine mammal trainers.

According to the CMA, many steps are required for Winter to wear her prosthetic tail. The process starts with a “sock,” which they call the famous “Winter’s Gel.” The sock’s rubbery material reduces friction on her skin and helps the tail stay on. Also, a “cup” and a suspension strap are placed on her body. A sleeve is pulled over the entire tail to secure all moving pieces. Finally, the rubber band, a new feature of Winter’s prosthetic, is placed right at the end of the tail.

Although Winter is doing swimmingly, she needs constant care. Her prosthetic tail can only be used for short periods of time. Swimming without it in the wild would put her at great risk. Winter calls the CMA home, and she serves as an ambassador, teaching people from all over the world about dolphins!

Winter the dolphin and all her friends at the CMA are back in the movie Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG), in theaters September 12.

Take the Marine Life Champion Personality Quiz and find out how you can help animals like Winter!

Excited to learn more about the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life in Dolphin Tale 2? Share your Comments below.

April 25, 2014

SPONSORED POST Earth to Echo

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Earth to Echo movie photoThis blog post is sponsored by Earth to Echo.

Earth to Echo (rated PG For Some Action and Peril, and Mild Language) is a movie about a group of friends who embark on one last adventure to investigate the source of the cryptic signals they’ve been receiving. It’s a discovery beyond their wildest imaginations and changes their lives forever. It stars Ella Wahlestedt as Emma, Reese C. Hartwig as Munch, Teo Halm as Alex, and Brian “Astro” Bradley as Tuck. Read on to find out more from the cast about the movie, in theaters July 2, 2014! Continue reading

April 11, 2014

SPONSORED POST Amazing Spider-Man Stunts

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2SPONSORED POST The Amazing Spider-Man 2TM

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Things get pretty high-flyin’ in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ (rated PG-13), which hits theaters this summer.

Circus-worthy stunts fill the wild trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2™. In fact, well over 200 stunt performers punched the clock during shooting, says the movie’s stunt coordinator James Armstrong.

“The actors rehearse in a huge empty parking lot and we put marks down on the ground to replicate where curbs, or buildings or different things are,” explains Armstrong, whose father was also a stunt coordinator on the film. “Then, they have to try and take that and remember it for the actual shoot.”

Armstrong worked closely with all of the stars in the movie, and says that it’s the goal to have the actors do their own stunts whenever feasible. The trick is keeping someone like The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ star Andrew Garfield in check, who plays Spider-Man and was eager to get his hands dirty on the set as often as possible. “Andrew does a lot of stunts and sometimes we actually have to rein him in more than he’d like just to keep him safe,” says Armstrong. Yikes! Take it easy there, Spidey – you’ve got a whole city to protect!

Read The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ interactive magazine to learn more now!

Ready to peep the gravity-defying hijinks in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

April 1, 2014

SPONSORED POST Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes

Posted by at 3:46 pm in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

Nintendo YoshiGiant Eggs, Cool Art in Yoshi’s New Island

Everyone’s favorite egg-tossing hero is back. Find out how you can win Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS!

Six worlds full of different levels await exploration in the Yoshi’s New Island game, the third game in the beloved Yoshi’s Island series, which just launched on the Nintendo 3DS system. In the game, Yoshi must help Baby Mario reunite with his kidnapped brother, Luigi. This time around, there are giant new eggs, fun new visuals and a multiplayer mode that lets two players who each have a Nintendo 3DS system pair up for a mini-game cooperative challenge. The new character transformations are dynamite. Yoshi can turn into a hot air balloon, mine cart, and even a jackhammer! And by grabbing a special star, Yoshi can soar in the sky or run along walls and ceilings. Gravity doesn’t mean a thing to this “Super Yoshi!”

Enter the Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes (presented by Scholastic) for a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS XL system and the Yoshi’s New Island game! (Official Rules)

Are you a mega Yoshi fan? Loving the new game? Share your Comments below. Continue reading

March 26, 2014

SPONSORED POST The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Sparks fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 TM (rated PG-13) out this summer. Check out the action-packed trailer below.

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself:  the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: Only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

“I definitely feel more confident this time around,” says Garfield. “I enjoy being Spider-Man, which is for sure what Peter feels as well.”

In the highly charged trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ Garfield soars overcrowded Manhattan avenues, while high-speed chases below leave taxicabs overturned like featherweight tumbleweeds. We glimpse a Times Square tussle, too, as Spidey faces off with Electro in New York City’s bustling tourist attraction. Flashing billboards and oversize digital ads have nothing on the spectacle at ground level—it’s Spider-Man versus an OsCorp electrical engineer gone bad. What could be more electrifying?

Watch the video trailer.

Are you amped for the sparks that will fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

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February 25, 2014

SPONSORED POST Island of Lemurs

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lemurs130This blog post is sponsored by IMAX Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.

If you love animal documentaries, then you will be excited to see the new IMAX movie about wild lemurs living in Madagascar. It’s called Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (rated G). We got to ask some questions of Dr. Patricia Wright, the primatologist who studies the lemurs in the film. Read on to learn more about lemurs and what it is like to work with them in the wild. Continue reading

January 31, 2014

SPONSORED POST The LEGO Movie

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THE LEGO MOVIEThis post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.

The LEGO Movie (rated PG), hits theaters on February 7, 2014, and we have an exclusive interview with the Emmet, the main character from the film.

Welcome, Emmet. Thanks for answering our questions! 
Q: What is the best part about people thinking you are a “Special?”
Emmet: First off, how cool is it that you’re asking ME a question?! Before, I don’t think anyone ever even thought about me, let alone wanted to ask me a question. Second off, what was the question? I kind of forgot after being so excited that I get to answer a question.

Q: What is the worst part?
Emmet: The worst part. Geesh. The worst part? Um . . . What. Is. The. Worst. Part. Let’s pretend I didn’t hear the question. Can we do that?

Q: What does it feel like to save the world from the evil Lord Business?
Emmet: That’s easy: Awesome. Totally awesome! I still can’t believe I did that.

Q: Did you ever have any doubts about being able to save the world?
Emmet: Me? No. Never . . . Maybe a few. Yes . . .Lots!

Q: What was it like working with Wyldstyle and all the Master Builders?
Emmet: Hard at first. Then harder after that. Then it got a tad bit easier. But then it got a whole lot harder. Maybe even hardest at the end. But now, we just look back and laugh.

Q: Metalbeard looks INSANELY awesome! What was it like to work with him?
Emmet: Whenever you get a chance to work with someone with a shark on his arm, you TAKE it!

Q: Did you ever feel out of your depth?
Emmet: I still don’t know what it feels like to be IN my depth. Oh no. Does that make me shallow?

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?|
Emmet: The usual stuff: Watch TV. Grab a coffee. Save the world.

Q: What is your favorite color?
Emmet: Hmm . . . Green . . . no . . . Yellow . . . no wait . . . it’s back to green again. Definitely green. Wait, can I choose chartreuse?

Q: What is your favorite food?
Emmet: Tacos.

Q: Has your life changed now that you are the Master Builder AND the star of your own movie? Do people recognize you on the street?
Emmet: Totally. People recognize me all the time now. They say, “Hey, watch out for that car!” Or “Hey, is that for here or to go?” So, I guess my life has changed a lot now that I’m a Master Builder.
That and I’ve got the most amazing friends in the whole entire world. Life’s pretty good.

Q: How did you like making the movie?
Emmet: Are you kidding me? It was the best!!! On a scale from one to ten, I’d give it a solid thirteen and a half.

Q: Would you like to make another movie?
Emmet: Um, yeah! But next time, maybe Batman can be a little nicer to me. That guy can be really dark sometimes.

Watch the movie trailer, and tell us what you think in the Comments!
This post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.

January 21, 2014

SPONSORED POST Club Penguin Online Safety

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CP.blog[1]Online Safety Starts With You

This blog post is sponsored by Club Penguin.

The internet is packed with games, cool people, and more, but are you surfing safely? When you go online, let’s say, to visit INK SPLOT 26 (!), are you being a smart, thoughtful “digital citizen?”

There’s a world of information to explore on the web. Whenever you plant yourself in front of a computer in your classroom, in your kitchen, or when you switch on your tablet in your living room, you’ve suddenly got games, new music, news articles, and chats RIGHT at your fingertips.

CRAZY, right? The digital world is sometimes a lot to handle. So what does it mean to be safe online? Here are a few simple things to keep in mind when you’re plugged in:

• Be COOL: Never write mean or hurtful things online.
• Be HEARD: Tell a trusted adult if something bothers you online.
• Be SAFE: Protect your personal information. Never share passwords or private details.

Remember, online safety starts with YOU, so it’s up to you to surf safely! Let us know what you think it means to be a smart digital citizen. Share your ideas in the Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by Club Penguin.