Kids Out and About

We’re having a slightly stressful movie night. Cute W remembered Time Bandits with great fondness, but J is finding it rather terrifying. Also, a lot of casual death. Of course, I can’t be one to cast stones, since I’d recommended the original Cheaper By the Dozen forgetting about a significant death at the end. That was a bummer movie night.  I’d never seen Time Bandits, and when I mentioned this, Cute W had the same shocked and appalled expression as when I told him that I thought Star Wars was “all right, I guess.”

Update (because I had to take an extended break to cuddle both arms protectively around J): No, this movie was so horrifyingly inappropriate that I can hardly believe it. It was twenty times worse than the end of Cheaper By the Dozen. I’m not sure which was more painful: seeing J cowering under the blanket, or watching Cute W as he’d vaguely remember that another bad, scary thing was about to happen. Stay far away. Also, it seemed like much of the last third of the movie was written by someone on an acid trip.  Not that I know anything about dropping acid, but some sort of drugs must have been involved. Anyway, M enjoyed the movie, and even though we repeatedly offered to bring J upstairs to read books, she wanted to know how it ended and we thought that sticking it out for the happy ending would make it all seem less scary. Except, oops: it wasn’t a happy ending.

Speaking of watching stuff, here’s a little video preview of Saturday’s Hannaford Kidz Expo. They really do have tons of things to do there. Clowns! A play! A train! Oh, and in the video, Debra mentions a weekly Kids Out and About email newsletter–you can sign up for it here.

I actually had a cheeseburger with Debra from Kids Out and About today, and I love this idea of having organizations update their own information on the site to make a comprehensive list of events and classes and camps. When I first started Capital District Fun I had a database in mind, but since I like to write more than figuring out how to do tech stuff, I scrapped it and just blogged away. These days, I have to confess that the Sunday & Thursday listings are my least-favorite posts, just because they’re freakin’ tedious. So I am hoping that in the near future I can just link you over there and you’ll be all set. And then, if you have a little extra time, you can come back and hear how I wreak havoc doing overly ambitious crafts, try to get Cute W to like new vegan dinners, or torture small children with scary movies.