“I think at heat we are all the same person….at heart, we’re just really all the same.” These are the words from one eleven year old in Genevieve Bailey’s lovely new documentary, called “I AM ELEVEN,” which opens today at Laemmle’s in Los Angeles. Bailey, an Australian filmmaker, traveled the globe and interviewed 15 eleven year old children from all walks of life. The filmmaker poses questions to them about themselves and the world. I had the chance to screen this movie, and am excited now to show it to my children. Hearing from these 15 kids from such a cross section of multicultural backgrounds makes for a fascinating look at the next generation. It is so rare that American kids in particular are exposed to international culture in an authentic way. “I AM ELEVEN” is a different kind of family movie, no cartoons, no fast paced plot, no three jokes a page, but it is one that I know your family will enjoy, and I bet it will spark some thoughtful family discussions. Here’s a link to the trailer below.
I AM ELEVEN is playing this weekend in Laemmle Royal (LA), Laemmle Playhouse 7 (Pasadena), AMC Burbank 8 (Burbank), AMC Orange 30 (Orange), AMC Rolling Hills 20 (Torrance) and Sat/Sun matinees only in Laemmle Claremont 5 (Claremont).
Filmmakers will be doing Q&As in Laemmle Royal all opening weekend!
*Filmmaker Q&As at Laemmle Royal after 7:30PM screening Fri-Sun & 1PM screening Sat-Sun* YOU TUBE TRAILER click here.
Spending time with the kids on hot lazy summer days can be a great family bonding experience. Or it can be incredibly trying. There’s nothing worse than hearing, “I’m bored, Mom. There’s nothing to do!” While I like to encourage my kids to be resourceful and make their own fun, I also like to steer them towards interactive games they can play together or that we can play as a family.
Here are some of the best ones I’ve found.
1. TENZIS (a ridiculously simple dice game that’s great for all ages)
2. DWEEBIES (an obsessive card game)
3. Story Cubes (dice covered with pictures inspire spontaneous story telling)
4. Apples to Apples (great game for a big group – also a vocabulary expander.)
5. NADA (a new very portable matching dice game)
6. Spot it (this game forces your kids to pay attention – we like the “hot potato version”)
Since these are small and portable, I throw a few in my suitcase on holidays in case we’re stuck in an airport lounge, or a restaurant that takes two hours to make spaghetti! I have even started to keep a deck of playing cards in my purse at all times. My family loves to play “I doubt it.”
What are your kids’ favorites?
We have been incredibly lucky with our fantastic travel opportunities over the past two years. I wanted to share our latest adventure a trip to Istanbul Turkey. It’s a long haul from LA, but if you have the chance to visit Turkey, the city is fascinating. Here’s a link to a piece that I wrote for the Four Seasons Istanbul, and you can click on this video that links to LACityMom’s new you tube LACityMom Travel channel.
From the Four Seasons Family Holidays Website:
“Your family will love Istanbul, Turkey. And the good news is: there are two Four Seasons in this exotic, historic, friendly city: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, a gorgeous luxurious property perched right on the banks of the Bosphorus River, and Sultanahmet. Visiting both is a great way to experience different areas of this fascinating place.” Click here to read full article.
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