The Geeky Parent Guide is a semi-monthly editorial series by Fanbase Press Contributor (and father of two) Travis Lakata that will help parents and other caregivers to safely and positively navigate various avenues of pop culture with their children.
Nearly ten years ago, the world was introduced to Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Iron Man was released in May of 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. leading the way, while The Dark Knight, featuring the legendary performance of Heath Ledger as The Joker, debuted later that year in July. These two films are a perfect gateway for parents and their teens to dive into the comic book world, while enjoying action/adventure films and then talking about their favorite moments and characters.
How old were you when you first watched a Star Wars film? Was it A New Hope or some other film in the franchise? As we’re in full "Force" of the latest release, The Last Jedi, the Geeky Parent Guide wants to look at the popular franchise that many love - and want to continue seeing more of in the future - and look at the wide-ranging cast of characters that make Star Wars entertaining for almost all ages. The films’ ratings might help you determine when you’ll find it acceptable for your kids to watch.
The holiday season is upon us, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the rear-view mirror, finding the right gift might seem impossible at times. Well, Fanbase Press has you covered with its yearly release of the Holiday Gift Guide. All of last week, we saw multiple posts related to specific categories – movies and TV, books and graphic novels, video and tabletop games, and geeky extras.
As the seasons change and the colder weather approaches, we at the Geeky Parent Guide want to share some fun ways to pass the time when it is too cold to go outside. There are an endless number of games out there, so we’ll focus on a few that the entire family can play.
The value of exploring one’s imagination never seems lost with children. As we get older, books, television shows, and movies allow us to dive into stories, become fully immersed, and forget everything else – a medium to maintain our own sense of wonder. After watching it for the first time recently, The BFG (2016) allowed this geeky parent to remember some of my favorite stories as a kid – from none other than Roald Dahl.
What makes Hermione Granger one of the best fictional characters? Is it simply J.K. Rowling’s keen ability to tell a story and craft incredible characters? Was it Emma Watson’s wonderful portrayal in the film series? Or perhaps there’s something more. Perhaps readers find something in her character to cheer for, to believe in, and maybe, just maybe, something we hope to see in ourselves.
The British Library is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a new exhibit, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic.” This display will stand for approximately four months, as a “thrilling, new exhibition that will showcase a fascinating display of wizarding books, manuscripts, and magical objects and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s own archives.” Bloomsbury Publishing has partnered with the library for the original work’s publication anniversary.
Are there other ways for students to get involved with science, other than school fairs or creating demonstrations or experiments at home? Actually, if you live in Virginia near Newport News, you have a legitimate opportunity to explore the wondrous world of Jefferson Lab.
What makes a science fair a special experience for students? Is it the opportunity to learn how to do something, seeing other completed projects, or is it simply the love of creating something really cool?
It’s quite often I think about my kids’ future. Do they want to play soccer or start ballet? What kind of music or movies will they love? Will they continue to love learning, as much as they seem to now? And occasionally, I wonder, what should I do if they struggle with anything in school?