Dance, baby! Dance!

Popular commercials often feature talking babies, walking babies, laughing babies, but moonwalking babies? This might be a first…

It’s obvious Evian loves babies. In fact, 10 years ago, the company had a campaign that parodied the movie “Bathing Beauty” starring about 70 babies performing synchronized swimming to the song “Bye Bye Baby.” This summer, Evian is going the moonwalking baby route.

Want to know what the moonwalking is all about?  Stay tuned to hear more about Evian’s latest ad campaign.

Video Review: LeapFrog Text and Learn

A couple of weeks ago, while visiting our neighbor, I watched our kid from across the coffee table as he stared at our friend’s Blackberry.

He eyed it, then looked up at me.

Eyed it, then looked at hubs.

He knew exactly what he wanted, and nothing was going to stop him.

And then, he lunged for his electronic prey.

With the swiftness of a gazelle, I shooed his tiny paws and averted a would-be Blackberry disaster.

Like most kids, our little guy is absolutely fascinated by electronics.  Cellphones are everyday fixtures and of course, mom and dad are both iPod devotees and laptop junkies.  It’s no wonder he’s always trying to snatch up our expensive electronic gadgets the minute we let our guards down.   All he wants to do is “play” like mom and dad.  But unfortunately, his kind of “play” often ends with a cellphone buried in a bucket at the bottom of the toybox for 4 days.


But alas, leave it to LeapFrog:  the forward-thinking developer of children’s products recently released a couple of toys that address the would-be electronic gadget disasters.  In fact, they even commissioned some research to delve further into the topic.

LeapFrog recently commissioned a “Save Your PDA” survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, which found that when kids have access to their parents’ PDAs, shenanigans often follow. Kids apparently are dropping their parents’ PDAs into the toilet (7%) and garbage (9%). They are also changing settings (32%), smearing food on the keypad or screen (23%) or placing calls (51%) to folks parents may not be too thrilled to talk to unexpectedly–such as mothers-in-law, bosses or people overseas. For a little extra excitement, 16 per cent of these unwanted calls were to 911. A lucky 12% of parents, though, found out about new features on their PDA, thanks to their children’s “exploration.”

We identify with so many of these, but most notably, we’re part of the 12% that learned about new features.  Not surprisingly, we can’t replicate those new-found functions!

As electronics like Smartphones and PDAs become a mainstay in our lives, LeapFrog designed My Pal Scout and Text and Learn with curious kids in mind.

lfMy Pal Scout is plush puppy that sings and plays games with kids 6 months and up.  Scout can be personalized with kids’ names and favorite items via USB connection.

Text and Learn is a kiddie version of a PDA that even boasts a Qwerty keyboard.  While it might not be able to log on to Gmail or save data like the real thing, the Text and Learn encourages basic computer skills and preschool learning with games like letter matching and shape identification.

Check out my first video review to learn more about Scout and the Text and Learn.

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New release: Boom Blox Bash Party

Spielberg holds a copy of Boom Blox Bash Party (Photo: BW)

Boom Blox Bash Party for Wii, another anticipated release for the week, is hitting stores today.  The follow up to last year’s Boom Blox game for Wii features almost twice as many multiplayer challenges as the original, hence the Bash Party. Players can play with or against others in co-op, versus and new team-based challenges.

Boom Blox Bash Party is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Boom Blox which is an EA and Steven Spielberg collaboration.  The new release features cool themed worlds including Space, Pirate, Heroic and Show Time where kids can check out action puzzle game play in zero gravity and underwater.

Boom Blox Bash Party has more than 400 new levels and players can also download new levels for free with an Internet-connected Wii.

Be sure to check out Boom Blox Bash Party on Facebook and the trailer on You Tube.