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celebrate Earth Day 2017 with Born in China

Earth Day 2017 is almost here (ahem… April 22nd)… and this year it seems especially important to celebrate and share the message of saving our planet with our kiddos. Whether you’re marching for science, or simply celebrating at a festival in your neighborhood, take some time this weekend to share with your family the fact that we only have one earth and that we need to take care of it.

But you know what has been an incredibly easy way for me to help teach the importance of Earth Day to Miss L?  Disneynature films! And this Earth Day will be no exception with the release of, “Born in China.”  And I can guarantee you just one word will get you to see this film:

PANDAS

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Live Action Film) – Coloring Pages and more!

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The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a live-action on adaptation on of the studio’s animated classic featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu MbathaRaw, Haƫ e Morahan and Nathan Mack with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. It premiered in theaters in the US on March 17th, 2017 and is now available on BlueRay/DVD!

Extend the fun at home with these fun coloring sheets featuring the characters of the live action film! There’s also a set of bookmarks, door hangers and a memory game that you can print out to enjoy at home!

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Coloring Book Pages

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I’m a sucker for all things Alice in Wonderland. I dressed up as Alice as a kid. I dressed up Miss L as Alice too. My favorite video game as a kid was an Alice in Wonderland game. I adore all things Cheshire Cat. And I was in a rock n’ roll version of the play in middle school.

So… it goes without saying that I’ll be seeing Alice Through the Looking Glass when it comes out this weekend. And I may just be indulging in some of these fun Alice Through the Looking Glass coloring pages with Miss L right after we do it!

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zootopia coloring pages fun!

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Zootopia comes out on March 4th, 2016, but from the excitement exhibited by Miss L, you’d think it’s coming out tomorrow. I downloaded these Zootopia Coloring Book pages for her tonight and she immediately went to town coloring Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. She laughed hysterically at all of the clips we saw at D23 Expo in August, and she’s so ready to go play along with all of these animals in the movie theater!

In case your kiddos are nuts over this zoo crew of characters as well, I thought I’d share those coloring pages with you as well!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE ZOOTOPIA COLORING PAGES or click each image below to download them separately!

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Judy HoppsNick Wilde
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Jerry Jumbaux, Jr.Flash
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our own Master Yoda

Mini Master Yoda

Before we headed to the 4th D23 Expo in Anaheim in mid-August, we received notice that Master Yoda wanted to come along with us for the trip.

Oh wait… what I really meant to say was that Miss L decided to dress up/cosplay as Master Yoda during the second day of the 2015 D23 Expo. Remember that epic Easter basket she had this year? Well, with a bit of creative thinking and quick sewing, we turned it into an epic Star Wars inspired costume.

Mini Master Yoda

Mini Master Yoda

Before the doors opened, she gladly posed for some photos in front of the convention center as I snapped away. And then, other folks started coming up and asking if they could take her photo as well. Who knew we were just starting the day of cosplay fun.

Mini Master Yoda

She took a little rest as we waited for the long line to move inside, but she didn’t have to wait too long to get dressed up again. One of our first stops for the day was the STAR WARS “A Force for Change” booth, so she suited up to wait in line with us for a coveted poster. Someone from the booth saw her and instantly grabbed her away to take some promo photos and videos with their Star Wars stuff. That’s about the time she started to amass quite a few fans as she walked around and was she was more than happy to stop for photo opportunities as they passed by. (Her head was swelling to the size of Yoda’s by this point!)

Mini Master Yoda

After that, we went to a couple of presentations, so she removed the costume and stored it away for later. And lucky for her, later was the best part of the day.

Mini Master Yoda

Each day the Expo floor hosted a couple of “Jedi Training Academy” sessions. The event was identical to the show that runs each day in Disneyland but open to all Expo attendees. Miss L requests to attend Jedi Training Academy on every Disneyland visit, so when she saw it was happening at the Expo, her reaction was no different. Except this time, she would get to participate as Master Yoda.

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With her costume on, the Jedi trainers came over to her before the show began and talked to her as if she was Yoda. And as the show began, and the Jedi master selected the younglings from the audience, he was shocked and surprised to see Master Yoda in the audience.

“Master Yoda! What a surprise! Are you coming to check in on me? I know you certainly don’t need any training!”

And with that, Master Yoda was suddenly a part of the show. He (I mean… she) got to go through all of the practice, and then fought not only Darth Vader, but used the force against the Stormtroopers and fought Darth Maul as well.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a bit of video to prove it!

And then, after the cheering and photo ops from the day, Master Yoda disappeared and Miss L reemerged. It was her first cosplay day and I’m pretty certain after all of that, it won’t be her last!

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p.s. Thanks to the OC Register for a little extra love!