NY and NJ Moms: 25% OFF "Elmo Makes Music"
Sunday, February 1, 2009
New York and New Jersey Moms: Looking to bring the kids somewhere new and exciting? Round up the troops for a fun-filled musical experience when Sesame Street presents: "Elmo Makes Music" LIVE Feb. 7-15 at WaMu Theater at MSG.
Take advantage of a special 25% off discount on select performances. Let Elmo tickle your music fancy and click here for the details:
Use Promo Code "SSLEMM" when purchasing
posted by The Mom Salon Editors @ 9:20 PM, ,
New Game for Tween Girls: Fortune Girls
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I love when game creators really go to the heart of what kids like! I have two daughters who are real girly-girls. They love dressing up, playing with dolls, looking at fashion, and doing my makeup. I haven't told them that I tried out a new game called Fortune Girls, that I know they'll absolutely fall in love with. I think I'll spring it on them this weekend when they'll have plenty of time to explore the site.
Fortune Girls is unlike any game I've seen before for girls -- and I've seen quite a few. Fortune Girls allows your daughter to create a character who then creates her own fashion line. Here's what sets the game apart, though: Your daughter must design her own fashion line choosing fabrics that fit her budget, market it, and distribute it all on a $100,000 budget.
Not only does Fortune Girls help hone girls' creativity by giving them a virtual design studio, it also teaches them the rigors and details of running their own business. Becoming a fashion diva is much more than having creative ideas, it's also about having the confidence and the business smarts to make dreams come true. That's what I love about Fortune Girls. When I allow my girls to play I also know they will be learning valuable lessons in the process. That makes me feel good as a parent.
On the Fortune Girls web site your daughters can also see what other girls are doing in their communities, send fun e-cards, and play mini-games.
On the Net: www.fortunegirls.com
posted by The Mom Salon Editors @ 7:48 AM, ,
New Online Game from Cartoon Network: FusionFall
Monday, January 19, 2009
There are a lot of games out there for children, from console games, to handhelds, to online games. There are so many games to choose from, in fact, that oftentimes parents don't know which ones are the least violent, safest, and are essentially the best value for their money. This weekend I tried out an online game for children that I believe you will like based on its value, creativity, and functionality.
Cartoon Network has just launched FusionFall, a MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) where children can create a character and follow the storyline to fight creatures, go on quests, level, and even meet up with their friends. If those gaming terms throw you a bit, let's put it this way: If you know anyone who plays World of Warcraft, FusionFall is just like it except it is perfectly scaled down for children, but the gaming capabilities are essentially the same.
FusionFall is a subscription-based MMOG that is priced at $5.95/month. I was able to download and begin playing in under 10 minutes. Check out the character I created. Children will love interacting with the Cartoon Network characters that are present throughout FusionFall. Almost all of the voice over work for the Cartoon Network characters featured in the game is done by the original TV show voice talent. And, your children will also enjoy creating their own characters and working diligently to make steady progress to achieve the thrill of the end-game.
If there is one concern I have about the game it's this: FusionFall is so good you will have to closely monitor the time your children spend playing the game. In general, really well-made, creative MMOGs tend to be time suckers, so as a parent you will have to be diligent about the amount of time you allow your children to play FusionFall because they could play it all day. That's how interesting and interactive the game is.
I enjoyed playing FusionFall and even had my 10 and 8-year-old daughters run through some quests with me and help me create a character. They loved it!
Full Pricing Model:
$14.95/ 3 mos
$49.95/ 1 year
$9.95/mo -- Family Plan (up to 4 accounts)
On the Net: http://www.fusionfall.com
-Jennifer James, Editor
posted by The Mom Salon Editors @ 12:06 AM, ,