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Getting Ready for Cold Season with DR. COCOA for Children #DrCocoaReliefWithASmile

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With Addie off to kindergarten this Fall, we're in that whole new world of social interaction. Much like the Pre-K days that have now since passed, it's an experience of meeting new people, making new friends... and coming home with all kinds of wacky germs, bugs, and viruses - that usually end up infecting this guy typing instead of the kids! But, in case those evildoing microbes do happen to strike, my wife and I are always prepared, with a cabinet full of tools ready to fight the good fight. Some new additions to the arsenal come courtesy of DR. COCOA FOR CHILDREN, who sent us their full line of FDA-approved chocolate-flavored cold relievers a few weeks back, though fortunately, I haven't had to use them just yet.


31 Days of Halloween: ALICE COOPER on THE MUPPET SHOW (1978) #tbt

"The Godfather of Shock Rock," ALICE COOPER is a legend - and one whose career has spanned six decades. In fact, Cooper and Halloween go hand-in-hand, and way back in 1978, the man who allegedly took his name from a Ouija Board made his way to THE MUPPET SHOW, on which he revealed himself as an Agent of The Devil, offering THE MUPPETS "fabulous riches and Worldwide fame" in exchange for their felt-covered souls. While he may not have succeeded in snatching the heart of Kermit, Cooper did manage to break out memorable performances of "Welcome to My Nightmare," "You and Me," and "School's Out," all while backed by Muppets and Monsters alike. ALICE COOPER's 1978 appearance on THE MUPPET SHOW lands at Day 2 on 31 Days of Halloween 2014, a special "Throwback Thursday" edition. Watch the full episode below.


Preview: BLAZE & THE MONSTER MACHINES Speeds into Nickelodeon with STEM-fueled Action!

Now this is cool. On October 13 at 12pm ET/PT, Nickelodeon will introduce children viewers to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with the hour-long premiere of the brand-new, interactive animated series, BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES. Touted as "the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM in every episode," BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES follows a monster truck named Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ. Figure in a nine-year-old little girl named Gabby that serves as head mechanic, and you can count me in for my little monster truck-loving girls as the series explores the physics of how things move - tackling problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics, while discovering the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Check out a few preview clips below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...


THE GRINCH is coming to Chicago... actually, he's already been here!

grinchlogoNext month, THE GRINCH is coming to Chicago, as Madison Square Garden Entertainment presents their new production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at The Chicago Theatre for just 17 performances - Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 29. Actually, The Grinch has already been here - stopping into town this morning to unveil The Chicago Theatre marquee, just before scurrying back up to his mountain home above Who-ville.


31 Days of Halloween - MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Spooktacular Pony Tales

In Equestria, they say that everypony loves Halloween. The same holds true at Rock Father HQ, where we not only love Halloween, but have a couple of certified MLP fans on our hands, eager to follow the adventures of the Mane Six wherever they may roam. In MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES (out now from Shout! Factory Kids) Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack and Pinkie Pie (Spike, too!) battle the forces of darkness (well, maybe not exactly) in six seasonally delightful episodes that go perfect with a crisp Fall breeze and some pumpkin-spiced sweets, landing firmly in 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER.


Holiday Gift Guide: Zoomer Dino by Spin Master (Hands-on with one of 2014's Hottest Toys) #ZoomerDino

Holiday 2014We see a lot of toys come in for evaluation here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), and while many get the Rock Father Seal of Approval, it's a rare occasion when a toy gets a unanimous approval rating straight across the board, with not only myself and The Rock Daughters on-board, but my wife as well. The all-new Zoomer Dino by Spin Master is one such toy, easily securing it's place as an early entry to my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Check out our hands-on, in-action video below!


Giveaway: Win The Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (Round 2)!

The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorIf the past month has taught me anything, it's that most of you LOVE the Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor and want one for the special little one(s) in your life. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I recently gave readers a chance to win one, and the response was so overwhelming that Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro (check out her review of the Raptor) to give away one more, and once again, THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll ever see, and one of the most in-demand toys for this Fall season!


Giveaway: Win a BATMAN '66 Bleacher Creatures Complete Set!

BATMAN '66This year, something really cool happened... a door was opened to a world that hadn't really been explored in a very long time when it comes to pop culture collectibles and fun stuff: The BATMAN Classic TV Series became fair game. I've covered a lot of cool 1966 BATMAN items here on THE ROCK FATHER, but this one is up there in the POW! factor - something to be shared and enjoyed between kids and grownups alike. Ahead of the long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic series comes a new line of "Feature Creatures" from the folks at Bleacher Creatures, LLC. When my Holiday Gift Guide goes live in mid-October, these will be there - rockin' 10" Plush Figures based on the characters of BATMAN '66: Batman (as played by Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), Catwoman (Julie Newmar) and of course, The Joker (Cesar Romero). To celebrate the launch, I'm really excited that Bleacher Creatures and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to get one (1) lucky reader hooked-up with the full set (ARV: $100!), while two (2) runners-up will receive a random character from this Rogue's Gallery of Gotham City's most famous residents. Recommended for Ages 3+, they'd make a great gift or a fantastic collection of playable toys for the little ones. 


3rd Annual Partnership Between WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN Begins Tonight in Chicago... #CourageConquerCure

WWEBeginning tonight in Chicago on MONDAY NIGHT RAW (for which we will be in attendance), WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign.

WWE Superstars and Divas will be wearing co-branded Susan G. Komen and WWE apparel as all WWE platforms go pink for the "Courage Conquer Cure" campaign, which will continue through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.


Hasbro scores rights to FROZEN and DISNEY PRINCESS Dolls for 2016 and beyond...

Now this is a coup. Yes, Hasbro would like to build a snowman - and they soon will. Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products have entered into agreement for Hasbro to develop dolls and toys based on the DISNEY PRINCESS stories and characters, as well as the world of FROZEN beginning in 2016. These lines move over from Mattel, who has been producing Disney-based dolls for many years (we have quite a few here at Rock Father HQ). From the rumor department, there have been rumblings for awhile that Disney might be eyeing an eventual takeover of Hasbro (again, rumor and speculation here), but with Hasbro already producing toys from the Disney-owned STAR WARS and MARVEL properties, the addition of FROZEN and DISNEY PRINCESS into the mix certainly makes an alignment look more apparent.


Giveaway: Win the Step2 Deluxe Workshop for your little builders!

Step2 Brand AmbassadorKids love to work like Mom and Dad, and there's nothing that embraces that more than giving them a workshop to call their own. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I get to check out (and sometimes give away) some of the coolest toys around, all of which nurture imaginative play. This week, I'm really excited to be joining Step2, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Our Southern Style and Viva Veltoro to get one lucky reader set-up with the Step2 Deluxe Workshop - the perfect place for kids to "fix" their toys and "build" fun projects just like a grownup!


Embracing our Inner MARVEL #InfinityHeroes with Disney Infinity 2.0 and Virtual Imaginative Play...

This #InfinityHeroes Adventure is brought to you by #CollectiveBias Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are that of James Zahn, aka The Rock Father.


Superheroes are part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ. Most of you know that by now, but I live it daily, when my girls break out their Spider-man (which you will be corrected to acknowledge as "Spider-GIRL") or Rocket Racoon masks for an adventure in the yard, or when Iron Man and Captain America spend some time having tea with Rapunzel and Ariel in the Disney Princess Castle. Not long ago, I saw the Iron Patriot chilling out with Boba Fett on the sun deck of the Barbie Dream House, kicking back, completely lounging in a pair of purple adirondack chairs. What can I say? It happens, so when Elsa and Anna show up, the adventure is just beginning. I'm big on imaginative play, tending to go light on the "screens" and big on the physical realm, which is why I've always been intrigued by the Disney Infinity Games - an open-ended platform that manages to merge to physical and the virtual. It's actually the first video game that I've ever let my girls play.


Giveaway: Win MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN on Blu-ray Combo Pack!

On October 14, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release DreamWorks' MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN on Blu-ray and DVD (the Digital HD is out now). Based on the classic cartoon characters of the 50s &60s, the time-traveling adventures of a boy and an incredibly intelligent dog that just so happens to be his Dad is bound to be one of this Fall's biggest home releases, and now THE ROCK FATHER has your chance to win the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack! Enter for your chance at glory below, and be sure to share the fun with your little ones through these all-new printable coloring sheets!


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