Media Guy: A look at animal-themed fun

Take a walk on the wild side with rats, pandas and horses, then sooth those beats with a little music.

Lab Rats

More
nuttiness from the Disney crew in this high-tech comedy show about a
teenager, Leo, whose life is turned upside down when his inventor
stepdad gives him a gift of three bionically engineered superhuman
siblings. At first, Leo’s bionic bodyguards give his lacklustre
existence a serious upgrade, but he soon learns that super families can
encounter super glitches.

Disney XD, Saturdays at 6 p.m.

Lola’s Alphabet Train


Lola
the Panda leads three- to seven-year-olds through five alphabet games
to help them master their ABCs. The ride begins with a simple
“Touch-the-Letter” game, and advances through memory games as their
skill level improves, until they can use what they’ve learned in
more challenge “Drag-and-Drop” games. Once they’ve mastered English they can play in French, German, Spanish and Dutch.

Nintendo DS, $1.99. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, $0.99 (Free “Lite” version available for iOS devices)



Dark Days at Saddle Creek by Shelley Peterson 


Shelley
Peterson may be known readers, she’s known as the her love of animals.
Dark Days at Saddle Creek brings the total to Sundancer and Mystery at
Saddle Creek. In this adventure, Bird discovers the source of her
ability to communicate telepathically with horses and other animals as
well as secrets about her past.

Dancing Cat Books, $12.95

The New York Philharmonic Kidzone

The
prestigious U.S. orchestra presents this great site for young virtuosi
and those who might like to be. Kids can learn to identify the
instruments of the orchestra by taking a walk through the Instrument
Storage Room, then help the Maestro sort them into their proper
sections. They
can take a Composition Workshop and learn to make
their own instruments in the Instrument Lab. Some games and quizzes
require a basic familiarity with classical music, while others will help
them attain that familiarity. The only drawback is that the webmasters
have been a bit stingy with onscreen instructions and it can take a bit
of trial and error before you get things working.

www.nyphilkids.org

Originally published in ParentsCanada, April 2012



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