The first chapter of the “Star Wars” saga arrives for the first time in 3D starting Feb. 10 and AMC theatres across the country are celebrating the occasion with plans to make opening weekend one that fans and families will remember.
To mark the opening of “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” in immersive 3D, kids, collectors and “Star Wars” fans of all ages will receive an all-new Hasbro “Star Wars” Fighter Pod with the purchase of each RealD 3D ticket all weekend long, Feb. 10-12, only at AMC theatres (limit one per ticket, while supplies last). For showtimes and ticket prices, click here.
Speaking of AMC Theatres, if you have an autistic child, you might be happy to hear that AMC has partnered with the Autism Society of America to bring sensory friendly films to San Diego County on a monthly basis. AMC says “the program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.”
The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening and now the program is going nationwide.
Participating local theaters are AMC Mission Valley in San Diego and AMC Palm Promenade in Chula Vista. Films show on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The schedule includes:
February 25 – Journey 2: the Mysterious Island
March 10 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
April 7 – Pirates! Band of Misfits
June 2 – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Dates and films are subject to change. For more information, click here.
If your daughter’s a fan of the hugely popular “Pinkalicious” book series, then you have time to catch one of the last few performances of the “Pinkalicious The Musical,” which has extended its run at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. This is the tale, based on the book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe — a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament, in this story about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation. Tickets are $12-$16. Showtimes are Feb. 3-5 at 11 a.m. For more information, click here. To buy tickets online, click here. You can take a sneak peek at what to expect by watching highlights of the production at Broadway Playhouse in Chicago.
Kids love music and the Hullabaloo Band bills itself as “farm-fresh, free-range, organic kid-folk” dedicated to “putting the music back in kid’s music!” Steve and Brendan believe that “parents raised on rock’n’roll have a hard time down-shifting to singing dinosaurs and hamsters and, frankly, we don’t blame them. We’re proud to be part of a growing number of artists that have found a way to honor and entertain kids without making their parents want to jump out of a moving mini-van.”
Steve’s a folksinger and a songwriter and Brendan is a long-time rock’n’roll drummer so, you’ll hear traces of twang, funk, rock, folk and blues in our songs. We play the time-tested favorites we all grew up with and we write songs that make kids laugh, think, sing, dance, clap and stomp their feet. You can enjoy a sing-along concert on Friday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the Scripps Mende Well Being Center at University Towne Centre (in the cluster of buildings in the northwest corner of the parking lot). This will be an outdoor concert … weather permitting. Cost is $5 per family, $3 per family for Parent Connection members. For more information on Parent Connection, click here. For a longer list of Hullabaloo’s local performances, click here.