Geeky Parent Guide

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The Geeky Parent Guide is a semi-monthly editorial series by Fanbase Press Contributor (and father of two) Travis Lakata that will help parents and other caregivers to safely and positively navigate various avenues of pop culture with their children.

I remember there were Starburst®. I think it was my first movie experience, although it’s sometimes hard to decipher the earlier years of my childhood now that I have my own children. I remember sitting in the theater – red seats, a darkness that comes with the lower lighting - and feeling excited for being in that giant room. I don’t think I ever realized, quite possibly until right now, that my love of going to the movie theater came from that first experience. The sense of awe from being in such a special place, eating candy, and then the lights dimming. The huge screen came to life, and I was hooked from that point forward.

“Space, the final frontier.” Can you imagine Patrick Stewart saying this opening line? What do you think about when you look up at a dark evening sky? Perhaps you wonder how many stars are actually visible at that very moment, whether or not alien creatures will look like those from The Fifth Element, or maybe you think about the moon landing and when we’ll make another “giant leap for mankind.” Today on the Geeky Parent Guide, we’ll explore some of the recent happenings regarding space travel, and tell you where you can enjoy a perfect night for stargazing.

The Geeky Parent Guide is excited to share an advanced look into The Not-So Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy by KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios. Today, we’ll explore a team of young students who search for adventures, while also facing challenges and overcoming mistakes in the hopes of defeating archrivals in the classroom. The never-give-up spirit is prominent throughout this graphic novel, making it a perfect read that kids ages eight and up, and their parents, will want to read.

There are many moments in a parent’s life that make us proud (and also supremely happy): the first time you see your child after birth; listening to that first word and all of the attempts leading up to it; seeing them roll over or take those first steps; and, of course, the ever-present desire of seeing your kids pulling books off the shelf to look at or have you read. Reading is such an amazing thing to be a part of your children’s lives, as it helps them to learn and spread their creative wings on the backs of imaginary characters.

When the summer temperature is too much for extended outside play, parents sometimes have to find fun indoor activities. Aquariums provide that opportunity for kids to beat the heat, while also watching and learning about an extensive variety of life. Let’s explore some of the ways you and your family can get cool by exploring the many elements that different aquariums have to offer.

What age is appropriate to take kids to their first comic convention? Perhaps parents have already brought their newborns to a comic book convention or cosplayed as Alana and Marko from Saga. Perhaps you’ve attended a con as a family of Deadpools.

Today’s world is full of opportunities for your kids to be active, and as it becomes more technologically advanced, the activities become even more hands-on. Not only are there a wondrous number of devices to play apps on, but the types of games available are seemingly endless. Today on the Geeky Parent Guide, we’ll take a look at a number of applications appropriate for toddlers to younger children (ages 2 through 6) and provide some insight into how the app plays, while also providing ratings when applicable.

Taking advantage of free time for the family is sometimes just a matter of choosing from all of the many different options. Part one of the Geeky Parent Guide's Summer Series highlighted some TV and movies binge-worthy enough for a variety of different ages. Today, let’s take a trip around the United States to find theme parks and museums that might provide a perfect opportunity to burn off some of that end-of-the-school-year energy.

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is the event to strengthen your interest in the amazing world of comic books, trade paperbacks, graphic novels, trading cards, superhero figurines, and posters of your favorite characters. FCBD also serves as the perfect opportunity for those curious about comic books to stop by their local store, pick up some free comics, and see the wonderful artwork and entertaining storytelling showcased within. As perfectly described on freecomicbookday.com (as part of the Diamond Pop-Culture Network) as to what the event is, “Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book that they’ll love.”

Summer is coming, and as a parent, it’s not always easy to know what fun activities are available for your kids, regardless of their age. Hopefully, I can help you along your path to finding ways that you and your kids can enjoy some fun in or out of the sun this summer.

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