Starlight Children’s Foundation is the newest charity beneficiary of Star Wars: Force For Change. Starlight is creating a new reality for hospitalized kids. They are transported to a galaxy far, far away with VR technology and Star Wars- themed Brave Gowns.
“We’re excited to announce the launch of Starlight VR which we believe will be a game-changer in the pediatric health care space,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re excited to have Lucasfilm and Disney, Google and Niagara Cares alongside us as we harness the power of virtual reality to bring more smiles to hospitalized kids when and where they need it most.”
The brand new Starlight VR, powered by Google, is an amazing program that will entertain, educate and inspire the imaginations of hospitalized kids across the US through one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences. To celebrate this, Mark Hamill, surprised patients at the Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando before Star Wars Celebration kicked off. He visited children in their rooms as well as had some fun while they played games, crafts, went through Jedi training and more.
During his portion of The Last Jedi panel, he spoke about the hope these characters give to children. I can tell you it brought tears to the eyes of myself and those around me.
When I spoke with the Starlight team at Star Wars Celebration I was moved to tears. It’s hard not to get emotional as a mother, as a human being, thinking about children going through this in their lives. I wish I could give them a cure, I wish I could hug each and every one of them. I wish.
Donate, I did and you can too. Just $25 can deliver a Starlight Brave Gown to a hospitalized child.
These hospital shirts give the kids hope and joy. They deserve that and much more.
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For more information and to donate visit Starlight Children’s Foundation and Star Wars: Force for Change.
One of the most anticipated panels of the celebration was The Last Jedi. Duh. We made our way into the room, speculating what exactly they would share. Some set pics, maybe tiny nuggets of info, and of course we all waited on baited breath, would they bring the teaser? The panel did not disappoint.
Watch highlights from The Last Jedi panel. Including the moments when we first saw the poster, the trailer, and we get a look at some exclusive set photos! Plus is Rey a Skywalker? Does BB-8 know who the last Jedi is? Does Luke finally talk or is it just voiceover work for Mark Hamill?
I’m glad to be typing this instead of videoing it because my voice is still gone from this one!
What we know about The Last Jedi
Meeting your heroes might not be what you expect
Luke is vital in this film
Finn has a choice to make, will he be a part of the resistance or will he continue to run
Finn and Poe’s friendship will continue to develop
BB-8 has a lot of great moments, because you can never have too much BB-8
Carrie Fisher rocked her role and helped develop dialogue in the film
Starkiller Base was a big loss but they did take out the seat of the Republic and that has thrown the galaxy into chaos, something they are jumping on to take advantage. Things are going to get dire.
New characters, including Rose
December 15th cannot come soon enough
The Teaser, because yesssss!
This new poster gives us a lot of feels. The Jedi Order symbol, Rey, Luke, Kylo Ren, and a whole lot of red. What could it mean? I have some theories, but I will have to wait until December to find out if any are correct.
What are your thoughts on the teaser? Do you have any theories about Rey’s parentage?
Star Wars The Last Jedi is in theaters everywhere December 15th!
Confession: I have never played Skylanders before. Shocking I know. I knew about it and have seen them everywhere but for whatever reason I never got a chance to pick up the game and try it out. A big thank you to the Skylanders team for fixing that. Clearly, I have been missing out.
The kids on the other hand, have played the game before and couldn’t wait to have it at our house. Finally Mommy!
Choose your difficulty. Beginner, Adventurer, Expert, and Nightmare (only available once you beat that annoying punk Chaos in another difficulty). Play through the story or test your racing skills. In Racing mode, race against other Skylanders fans online, test your skills in a single race, time trial, and other options are available once you have unlocked special action packs. We all like the story mode. With your main objectives and side quests it seems like there always something to do and discover on the board.
The fighting controls are easy enough to figure out and if you forget you can always double check in the upgrades menu, available right in the game. No need to exit to the main menu. My only wish is they could walk faster (adjustable on Imaginators based on accessories) and have a double jump. It took me awhile to get use to not having that double jump option!
Your starter set includes 2 Skylanders Sensei and one creation crystal. Leveling up is easy enough to do and gathering currency to buy your upgrades also isn’t difficult. Just destroy a few innocent boxes, and explore a bit to gain more. Don’t forget to stop and strike a pose at Selfie spots, they earn your rewards too!
Use the creation crystal to create your own Imaginator. This is where all those awesome set pieces, arm guards, heads, catchphrases, etc that you unlocked in the chests come into play.
Skylanders are cool but I think my Imaginator is my favorite. She is a kick tail swashbuckler who swishes around taking out bad guys and sparkling while she does it!
Your Skylanders Imaginator can have custom theme music, sound effects, and catchphrases. Love it!
Skylanders Imaginators supports character toys from all previous Skylanders games- including Skylanders®SuperChargers, Skylanders® Trap Team, Skylanders® SWAP ForceTM, Skylanders® Giants and Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure.
Availability and more news
Skylanders Imaginators is now available for the Nintendo Switch and introduces a digital library that allows players to easily load and store their 300+ toys from the Skylanders® franchise* directly to the Switch. The arrival of the digital library also means you can take your Skylanders Imaginators on-the-go whenever you want without the Portal of Power!
New characters including Painyatta and Grave Clobber are joining the game as well as a brand-new expansion pack called the Cursed Tiki Temple. The expansion pack takes kids on an all-new adventure that features more than 100 new pieces for their Imaginators. The pack comes with Sensei character Wild Storm, a life Creation Crystal, and an Imaginite Mystery Chest.
Buy Skylanders Imaginators and other Skylanders products at major retailers including Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, GameStop, and Amazon.
Do your children love Skylanders? Who is their favorite?
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Before the Show
Get to your seats early for a special treat! The performers were out in the concourse area and walking through the stands chatting with families, posing for pictures, and signing autographs. In the center ring, several different acts put on mini shows, including Alexander Lacey and Max.
Then the show began, and wow what a show! Out of this World lives up to it’s name. From ice skating antics, upside down on the ceiling dance offs, pyrotechnics, to magic, Out of this World had the audience captivated the entire time. Don’t worry, along with all the new fun, you can still see the classics like the Motorcycle Cage, Trapeze Artists, Clowns, and Big Cats.
The ice is on fire!
The MC of the show is Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson! I might be biased because we met a few years ago, but he is the best ringmaster out there.
Out of this World is not just a circus show, it is a story. A story about finding who you are, real friendship, and learning to work together.
Washington DC area fans there is still one more weekend left to see Out of this World!
The Eagle Bank Arena (Patriot Center)
- Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
- Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
- Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
**Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office.
I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for this post and all time and efforts put into sharing my opinions and anything Feld Entertainment is offering, I was provided with complimentary tickets to this Feld show.
A few months ago, the family and I screened Disneynature’s Born in China. I knew it was going to be an amazing adventure, if you have seen any of the other Disneynature films you know I am right. But wow, it was stunning. China is far more beautiful than I think I could have ever imagined. The terrains and the wildlife that the filmmakers encountered are breathtaking.
The newest Disneynature film is narrated by John Krasinski and it takes the viewer on an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. We meet Ya Ya and Mei Mei, the mother and daughter pandas. Tao Tao the mischievous little golden monkey who feels he has lost his place in the family thanks to a baby sister. Dawa, the elusive mother snow leopard who faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Plus a host of other animals who who call China home.
Bring your tissues. Nature films always get me right in the feels. I personally become so invested in the lives of the animals it’s like they are my own. It is hard not to feel the joys and the anguish of these mothers as you watch their stories unfold.
The storytelling and cinematography blend together to form an amazing experience that draws you into the movie and leaves you feeling inspired and wanting to do all you can to save these animals.
Help Protect the Wild Pandas and Snow Leopards in China just by seeing the movie.
When you see Born in China opening week it will benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Disneynature through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a donation to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
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