By Drew Bennett

Husband, Dad, Blogger, Photographer, Transformers Fan and Wired Kayaker

  • With the kids celebrating the Black Panther Blu-ray

    Black Panther is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday but you can watch in on Digital right now. We were fortunate enough to receive a copy of the movie ahead of time as well as a viewing party pack complete with popcorn, plates, a blanket and also some bingo cards and bingo chips to play Black Panther Bingo. We received those items for free and opinions are our own.

    for our movie night we decided to make some Black Panther Kinetic Crunch. It is a variation of Muddy Buddies but with Popcorn and some Black Panther colors for drizzle. I’ll put the recipe below.

    Eva and Andrew making Black Panther Kinetic Crunch

    I have tons of Black Panther movie information below including items to download and also lots of featurettes, movie facts and trivia.

    Black Panther Bingo
    Download and print these Bingo cards out so you can play along with the movie.

    Black Panther Bingo Cards

    Black Panther Viewing Party Stuff

    I thought the movie was phenomenal. There were so many great characters that we met in this movie and Chadwick Boseman did an amazing job as T’Challa. The world of Wakanda was brought to life in an incredible way, too. I loved seeing how technologically advanced the society was and how they still held to their traditions. You saw how T’Challa struggled to be a super hero and also a king to his people.


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  • Crash Bandicoot

    Fans of Crash Bandicoot can celebrate a little earlier. That is because Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is being released earlier than initially reported. The original release date was July 10th but Crash is arriving almost two weeks earlier on June 29th! Crash is coming to Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on that date. Here is the announcement trailer.

    And the official Activision Games Blog has more information:

  • Brian Regan at PPAC

    Last night Allison and I went to see the comedian Brian Regan at PPAC, the Providence Performing Arts Center. We had given this night to ourselves back on our actual anniversary. Regan is one of our favorite comedians. He did a great set and we learned that he will be having a show on Netflix soon. It will be a sort of sketch show based on Regan’s old bits and some of his new ones.

    We also went for dinner over at Canova. It was an excellent meal and a great night together.

  • Andrew with Circuit Conductor

    We received a copy of Circuit Conductor from Pai Technology for free to play with and review. These are our honest impressions.

    Circuit Conductor is for ages 4 and up. Andrew is 6 years old and he has shown interest in different toys that teach children about electricity. That is why I requested a copy of this for us to review. The set is very straightforward and simple enough for a younger child but has some challenges that are good for an older child to accomplish without help. Andrew was able to go through the tutorials quickly and easily. He then set out experimenting with his own circuits and creations. He tried out all of the different wires and individual circuits to see how each would work in his experiments.

    The app is useful in that you can scan over the creations and then see how the electricity flows through each electrical function box and wire. The set comes with a special mat that you use to place the electrical function boxes. Then you take a smartphone or tablet and scan it with the camera. The circuit is shown and then you can move a slider to see the electrical flow. You can also use the function boxes that were scanned in the app to further test out what they do.

    There is also a puzzle game that lets the child select from a set of function boxes to pick the correct one to solve the puzzle.

    Both the app and the toy encourage experimentation and learning. This is something that Andrew has really been enjoying playing. Because each Function box and wire has a magnet on it Andrew can easily connect the components together. He just needs to figure out the correct order of everything so that his experiments work. That is where the experimentation comes in.

    Andrew Building his Circuits

    The official description of Circuit Conductor.

    Circuit Conductor teaches children about electricity, currents, and magnets through fun, imaginative AR play. Use 12 different electrical function blocks and special insulated wires to build fun circuits and learn about electricity through the free app. Scan circuits using a mobile device to view electrical flows in real time, follow tutorials, and play in-game puzzles to enhance problem-solving and critical thinking. Circuit Conductor emphasizes focus, concentration, creativity, and hand-eye coordination. 4+, $69.99

    You can purchase through our affiliate link below.

  • With Spider-Man at Free Comic Book Day

    Each year we make a visit to Wild Time Comics for Free Comic Book Day. The tradition started with Eva years ago, but she was at Normandy Farms with her cousin Amanda. She has really been loving riding her bike lately and so proud of herself for having the training wheels removed.

    this year it was Andrew and I attending the event. Eva did ask that I be on the lookout for something about the X-Men. She seems to be interested in that series, especially X-Men Evolution. We got 6 issues of that last year and she wanted more like that. I found a compilation of many essential X-Men stories and picked that up for her. It was nice because Andrew spun the wheel and got a 40% off coupon for our purchases for the day. It was pretty busy there but we were one of the first people in the door. I always try to arrive early because of work. This year I did not have to go into work on Saturday night so we hung around a little while longer than usual.We picked up some fun free books and then got some photos with folks dressed up.

    Free Comic Book Day with Rocket and Groot

    Andrew was excited because Rocket and Groot were there. We had a great time at the event and look forward to going again next year.

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