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Thank you Club MomMe for inviting us to your MEGA PLAY DATE at the Petersen Museum this past weekend. To say this was an EPIC event is an understatement! The Petersen Museum is

home to some of the most exquisite antique cars with rich history. Receiving an invitation to attend NICK JR. event for MEGA PLAY DATE to play and learn about SHIMMER and SHINE and BLAZE ad the MONSTER MACHINES, we couldn’t pass it up.

The penthouse is located on the rooftop of the Petersen Museum and it was filled with bright, magnetic colors, intricate geometric patterns, plush rugs, lantern-style lights and plush ottomans, the Moroccan style inspired you to embrace the bold and the extravagant and have you wishing for your very own genie in a bottle. The room which has a stunning view of Los Angeles was an unabated celebration of life with bright colors and diverse textures galore, the room was streaming with the newest SHIMMER and SHINE, BLAZE and the MONSTER MACHINES interactive toys for everyone to play with. The outskirts of the room was where our little ones could ride a motorized BLAZE, take photos at the Flip Booth, color, decorate cookies, design jewel cuffs, fill bags of chocolate, draw and so much more.

We had the honor of meeting the creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon's Shimmer and Shine, Farnaz Charmatz. Not only were we able to speak to her she held story-time for the children! Here’s a fun fact, Shimmer and Shine Princess Samira was named after her 5 year old daughter! How could you not love a show that was designed by a woman who incorporates her child's name and teaches children about the importance of friendship, loyalty and the importance of thinking for yourself. If you’ve yet to discover these two wonderful shows take the time and watch it with your little one. My son loves both shows, I firmly believe in gender neurtrality so there is no “girl’ show or “boy” show in our home. The shows must teaches tolerance, acceptance, compassion, no bullying, love and the importance of thinking outside the box.

Blaze and the Monster Machines is an animated preschool series that follows the amazing

monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ as they embark on action-packed adventures; explore the physics of how things move; tackle problems through scientific

inquiry and mathematics; and discover the parts needed to make everyday technologies work.

The series is the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in every episode. Blaze and the Monster Machines airs weekdays at 1:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. A brand-new episode featuring guest voice appearances by NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne will premiere Friday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The Blaze and the Monster Machines App introduces preschoolers to STEM concepts as they race along preset courses or build their own tracks, encouraging children to apply critical thinking skills and explore scientific principles including acceleration, adhesion, force, friction and more. The app is available now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Android, Google Play and Amazon. Shimmer and Shine is an animated preschool series that follows the magical adventures of twin genies-in-training Shimmer and Shine and their human best friend, Leah.

The series features a social-emotional curriculum highlighting the importance of teamwork,

resilience and overcoming obstacles. Shimmer and Shine airs regularly on weekdays at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Brand new episodes will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 18, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Friday’s premiere will feature a guest voice appearance by Barbara Eden, legendary actress and star of I Dream of Jeannie, as Empress Caliana.

The Shimmer and Shine Enchanted Carpet Ride App helps teach preschoolers basic math

concepts, shapes, patterns and symmetry as they explore Zahramay Falls with Shimmer and

Shine. The app is available now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Android,

Google Play and Amazon.

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