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.
If you and your kiddos are looking for a little space adventure, July is the perfect opportunity to stretch your imagination with science and space exploration happening with NASA’s Perseverance Rover. Scheduled to launch on July 22, this mission has been on the docket for quite some time: “The Mars 2020 mission has been slated to liftoff this summer ever since the agency announced the project in December 2012.” A launch date announced nearly eight years ago is a wonderful example for parents to show their kids the enormous amount of planning and teamwork that goes into a project like this.
If your kids love games, it might be difficult to search through the endless array of available options. For example, when you search for “kid games” on Google Play, does the list ever really end? Well, as we venture into summer and parents look for inside activities on those too-hot days, it might be helpful to have a head start on a few fun options your kids are sure to enjoy.
The Goonies is celebrating 35 years from its initial release in June of 1985. Although I watched this movie around the age of five or six initially, I wondered if it would be okay for my own kids (ages 5 and 7) to enjoy. Let’s dive into the wonderful movie that still stands the test of time.
“It is the differences that has made us strong.”
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Up the Long Ladder”)
As everyone is dealing with the stresses involved with staying at home currently, we’re hoping to provide reading resources to help those parenting in a pandemic. Today, we will focus on a couple of free resources, as well as other options that are available through subscription. Through all of these resources, we hope that these different opportunities provide parents a significant opportunity to keep your kiddos engaged in a fictional world.
In challenging times when everyone is trying to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to provide fun options for parents to be active with their kids at home. Staying home and not having a normal routine can be quite disruptive, but our kids really enjoy having that balance of learning and being part of interactive experiences, such as aquariums, science centers, theme parks, museums, and what we’ll be focusing on today – wildlife!
Constantine celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and despite its early and overall critical response (which isn’t great*), I’m here to share why this R-rated film is a win.
After just watching the first two episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season 7 back to back, there’s only one conclusion I can come to: It is the epitome of great storytelling. The creative team throughout the series has again done an amazing job of choreographing sequences with characters you want to hold onto dearly.
With a seventh season of The Clone Wars set to hit Disney+ on February 21, it’s a perfect time to look back at Season 6. Unfortunately for any and all fans of Ahsoka Tano, parents and kids alike, she does not have a role in this season. It’s important to reference this absence, not only because Ahsoka is a wonderful character, but the creative team behind The Clone Wars does a great job at using other characters to fill that void.