Geeky Parent Guide

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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.

Here at Fanbase Press, we are always excited to share all things related to the wonderful world of science and technology, as our space explorations match the stories we’ve read or imagined as kids. Today, we are very happy to spend time with a rocket scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

It has been a very busy and productive year for those in the field of space exploration. So much so that the Geeky Parent Guide has already covered NASA’s Goddard Visitor Center, the International Space Station, and big events like the Falcon Heavy launch and the Tesla Roadster in space. Today, we are going to focus our attention on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Founded by Caltech faculty, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a division of Caltech and is the leading U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system . . . currently responsible for conducting missions with more than two dozen spacecraft.”

As a parent, it’s not always easy or possible to watch everything before your kids plop down in front of the television. It’s definitely always helpful to seek out reviews or get feedback from friends who have seen what your kids want to watch, which helps to guide your path to either a "Yes," "No," or sometimes even "Maybe Later."

As we venture further into summer, with San Diego Comic-Con 2018 in our rear-view mirror, it’s perhaps a perfect opportunity to get in the car with our kids and see the sights, and in this case, some things you won’t normally find anywhere else. As a child, I was fascinated by things that were larger-than-life and the idea of seeing a Guinness World Record (GWR) was always exciting to discover in the news.

It’s the last day of San Diego Comic-Con, and we’re here to keep you excited, even if the energy levels are dropping from you, your partner, or your kiddos. There are still plenty of activities to dive into, including world premieres, LEGO action, a costume ball, and sessions for the artists at heart.

San Diego Comic-Con is in full force this Saturday, and we’re hoping to continue your and your family’s amazing adventure by providing kid-friendly panels and events. What have been your favorite parts of SDCC so far? Did you attend any of the sessions listed on our Geeky Parent Guide posts from Thursday or Friday? Don’t forget to check out Thursday’s post if you’re looking for food or transportation options, including a guide that will help you navigate the San Diego Convention Center.

San Diego Comic-Con is back for another round today! How did you, your friends, and family fare on Thursday at the con? The Geeky Parent Guide is back to share which all-ages activities are available to attend at the 2018 SDCC on Friday. If you need a quick guide for food or transportation options, make sure to check out Thursday’s post that includes links to that information.

San Diego Comic-Con is definitely on my bucket list. The one time I was fortunate enough to be offered a ticket from a friend, I had to decline as my family had just moved and, obviously, timing wasn’t on point. It’s safe to say I cannot wait to make that entrance into the epitome of conventions, and, as a parent, I wonder what I would want for my kids to experience at the show.

Earlier this year, we took a look at NASA’s Goddard Visitor Center and the International Space Station and what awesome things were happening or ways parents could get immersed in science with their kiddos. There seems to be so much happening regarding the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields that it might seem overwhelming to try and help your family stay updated on things they have an interest in.

In today’s day and age, technology is around every corner. There are laptops, tablets, e-readers, multiple ways to stream movies and TV shows, video game consoles, and various types of phones that put the world right at your fingertips. With all of these devices and kids learning how to use them, it might be difficult for parents to find a way to connect with their children.

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