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ChillKids

September 2016

Fun Family Educational Resource of Chapel Hill • Carrboro • Durham • Hillsborough • NC Triangle

Back to School in the NC Triangle

Back to School Fun in the North Carolina Triangle

Celebrate Our National Parks and the National Park Service's 100th Birthday!

NASA Space Place All About Art Fun with Papier-Mâché

Animals Painting! at Surfing the Conservators Center North Carolina

NASA Space Place Fun Games Northgate Discovery Nook

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Welcome August!

Welcome September!

September is a great time in the North Carolina Triangle to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather by taking family walks at your favorite local parks, visit local farms and corn field mazes, and visit local North Carolina state parks, as well as the National Parks in North Carolina. A few weeks ago (on August 25th) the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday, with festivities and special events continuing all year long in honor of our National Parks Centennial. Read more about our National Parks' Centennial celebrations on pages 11 to 13, and learn about the Junior Ranger program. Fourth graders can receive a free pass for themselves and their families to visit the National Parks across the country all year long! September is also a month for auditions for local school plays and ballet performances. On page 7 read about the upcoming Nutcracker Ballet auditions and what it's like to audition for and dance in Triangle Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker. This month we'll also learn about the large telescopes NASA now has to help us see far into space. Read all about it in NASA Space Place on page 4. Do your best every day at school, and always be kind and encouraging to your classmates and helpful to your teachers. It feels great to help out and brighten someone's day! Have a super September and a great start for a happy and successful school year!

Take the back to school silly dental quiz! 1. What has teeth but can’t eat? 2. What is the dentist’s favorite thing at the fair? 3. What does a dentist do in an earthquake? 4. What did the dentist see at the North Pole? 5. What did the vampire say when the dentist cleaned his teeth? Answers below.

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What’s in Space? - By Linda Hermans-Killam, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

If you look up at the night sky, you’ll see stars, the moon, and even other planets. But what else is out there? Luckily, we now have large telescopes to help us find out! When you look up at the night sky, you see stars and sometimes the moon and the brighter planets. Away from city lights, on a clear night, you might see the beautiful band of the Milky Way stretching across the sky. Is there anything else up there in space? There are many beautiful, strange and mysterious objects in space. We are lucky that we now have large telescopes to help us see far into space. With telescopes, we can get a much better view of the planets and moons in our solar system. By using special telescopes, scientists can get a better view of our sun. We can see that the sun is not smooth and we can see many features on the sun’s surface. Never look at the sun with your eyes or through a telescope. The sun’s intense light can damage your eyes. Looking farther away, we can see other stars. Some are like our sun, while others are much larger or smaller. Stars come in different colors. We do not see the colors of the stars when we look up into the night sky because they are too dim. But telescopes can collect more light and can show us the colors of the stars.

The Orion Nebula as imaged by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Image Credits: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Telescopes show us the giant clouds of gas and dust where stars are born. Stars form when parts of these clouds collapse and get hot enough to make their own light. Our own solar system started in one of these clouds. There are many of these clouds in space.

Stars, planets and clouds of gas are collected into galaxies where they are held together by gravity. Galaxies are huge, and can have billions of stars in them. We live in a large galaxy called the Milky Way. As we look even farther into space we see more and more galaxies. There are billions of galaxies in space, each holding billions of stars.

When a star runs out of fuel, part or all of the star expands into space. Some of the stars shed their outer layers while the largest stars explode. The material from these stars help form new clouds where new stars will form.

The universe is a very big place to explore and many of its secrets are yet to be discovered! To learn more about galaxies— including our very own Milky Way—visit: http://spaceplace. nasa.gov/galaxy.

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Northgate Mall and Durham County Library Free Discovery Nook September 2016 Events Rags to Riches Theatre September 10; Storyteller Willa Brigham September 17 Celebrating National Library Card Month

On the1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month Northgate Mall and Durham County Library present free, fun educational events for children and their families at Northgate’s Discovery Nook, suite 109, in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway. September 2016 Events include: Saturday, September 10 at 12:30pm Rags to Riches Theatre: The Owl and the Turtle Based on the tale by Lou Peters, Judy the owl wants a friend and meets Toni T. Turtle; they have a wonderful time playing until the sun comes up and have a great fright seeing each other’s differences, but later reunite and their friendship blossoms. This Durham-based traveling theatre troupe for young audiences performs stories pulled from history, literature and fantasy.

Saturday, September 17 at 12:30pm Storyteller Willa Brigham Join the fantastic Ms. Brigham as she reads from her book The Pizza Tree and then leads a pizza-making craft activity! Willa Brigham is the two time Emmy Award Winning Host of WRAL’s Television Show, "Smart Start Kids," and she is an inspirational speaker, storyteller, writer, poet and performing artist.

Image: Willa Brigham, "Making Stories from Nature (at Duke Gardens), part 2" Youtube.com.

All events are free and open to the public. Attendees may also visit the Durham County Library Destination Literacy Bookmobile on the Plaza to borrow or return library materials.

About the Discovery Nook

Image courtesy of Rags to Riches Theatre.

The Durham County Library partnership with Northgate Mall offers kid-friendly, educational presentations two Saturdays per month featuring books, stories, drama, local authors, local museums and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). For updated information, visit www.northgatemall.com. Northgate Mall is located at 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham.

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Audition Season is Here!!! Are you considering auditioning for a school musical or play this year? Trying out for a part can be a scary thing. You need to perform for strangers who are looking for a group of people to make a production come to life. It happens in every school every year and sometimes you may get a part and sometimes you don’t. But even if you don’t get the part you want or maybe even not get chosen to be in the play at all, the process of auditioning is a positive thing. It helps you learn to get over stage fright. It helps you learn how to prepare for future auditions and even interviews (like for college). If you get a part, that feels great, but if you don’t it helps you learn how to get over disappointment - a great skill to have. And if you are really clever, you can turn the disappointment into an opportunity to improve.

Above: Ballerinaguru.blogspot.com

2016 Nutcracker Auditions Saturday, September 24 at Triangle Youth Ballet 1708 A East Franklin Street

Along with school plays, many ballet companies hold auditions for their annual Nutcracker productions. All over America (and the world) dancers prepare to audition for a part in this holiday ballet.

Here is what some local dancers say about their Nutcracker auditions:

Online Audition Registration: triangleyouthballet.org

"All of my memories with dance auditions have been for Triangle Youth Ballet's Nutcracker, every year since I was 8 (7 years). Being someone that gets nervous pretty easily, every year I am faced with the same anxiety towards the audition. However I have learned to try and channel this anxiety towards my dancing and translating it into energy! Also, at the auditions, I am always met with smiling faces and many people who encourage me and the people auditioning. This helps to ease my anxiety. From my first audition, I remember that there were girls 2 years older than me also auditioning and I was so nervous. After not wanting to leave my dad's side, I finally entered the audition room. Older dancers led me in and we began to stretch. As I did the combinations, the same people were looking at me with big smiles telling me to smile. I'm glad I took the advice, as this is one of the major keys to a good audition. Later, I received a letter in the mail saying that I had made the nutcracker and was cast as an angel! I was ecstatic!! Doing the Nutcracker every year has been a huge part of my life and something I look forward to every year and I am always glad I audition! - Grace E. age 14 "Though auditions are tough at the time, it is always 110% worth it, especially in the case of the Triangle Youth Ballet’s annual Nutcracker!" - Sonia L. age 13 "My first audition was for Triangle Youth Ballet's production of the Nutcracker when I was eight years old. I had been watching the Nutcracker since I was three years old, and couldn’t believe that I could finally be in it. I remember coming to the audition and being so totally nervous, but I ended up having a lot of fun and everyone there was really nice. I found out that I had gotten in about two days later when my mom was volunteering at my school and she passed by me on my way to recess. She whispered in my ear that I was angel in the Nutcracker. I was overjoyed to have gotten in, but I felt that being an angel was kind of a boring part, and I had been hoping to be a ginger cookie. But once I went to my first rehearsal I was so excited and I realized that this part was perfect for me. I am now dancing in my seventh season of the Nutcracker and I love it so much! I often get nervous before a big show or an audition, but I always try to just have a good time and smile a lot. Smiling some how relaxes the rest of my body and lets it move with out me having to think too much about it. Especially before a show I may get freaked out and not remember anything beforehand, and yet when I go on stage and hear the music my body just automatically knows what to do and I am able to enjoy myself. I also know that I will mess up, and yet it’s not that big of a deal as long as I just keep dancing and don’t let it get to me. - Madeline F. age 14 "For me, auditions are exciting and nerve racking all at the same time." - Veronica J. age 13

Open Auditions for young dancers currently enrolled in classes at any ballet studio in the area.

Ages 8 - 10 at the time of audition • 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Sign-in Time: 12:45 pm to 1:00 pm

Ages and 11 to 18 • 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm Sign-in Time: 2:15 pm to 2:30 pm $15.00 Audition Fee

Triangle Youth Ballet's Nutcracker Ballet. Photo: Catharine Carter.

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Advice for Young Auditionees 1. Make sure you are prepared. Do you have everything you will need? If the first impression you make is that you are ready to work and learn, the casting director will take notice. 2. Make sure you bring your sparkling personality. If you are at the audition, you probably like to perform. Let that shine through. 3. Make certain you are friendly and supportive of the rest of young folks auditioning. That will show how well you will fit in with the final production. Whether it is a ballet, or musical or play, team work is essential. And you may even make a new friend!

www.triangleyouthballet.org

919-932-2676

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B i r y t h p d p ay a H

to the National Park Service

We’re having a birthday! In 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 years old. Life was pretty different in 1916. Back then, most Americans still traveled by horse and buggy! And even though there were fewer people here, they wanted to preserve America’s amazing natural wonders and historic places and share their stories with everyone. In 1916 there were 35 national parks and monuments. Today there are over 400, and like you, the National Park Service is still growing! National Park sites are found all over the country, in places you might never expect, and we are still adding more. In fact, there may be one in your community. How do you celebrate your birthday?

A “centennial” is a 100th birthday or anniversary. How is the park you are visiting celebrating this centennial?

What would you miss if there were no national parks?

By becoming a Centennial Junior Ranger you are helping us celebrate! But this book is only the beginning of your adventure. Junior Ranger programs are found at most national parks. Ask how you can earn badges and patches all across our country. Junior ranger programs are also available online at http://www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm To learn more about the National Park Service go to www.nps.gov Excerpt from National Parks Service Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Booklet. Illustrations by Jennifer Johnson Haywood. Parents and teachers can download the entire activity book at https://www.nps.gov/kids/pdf/Centennial-JrRangerBooklet.pdf (geared for fourth graders, but all are welcome to enjoy).

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Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday: an entire century of preserving, protecting, interpreting, and providing enjoyment of America's history, culture, and resources across the country. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, creating the National Park Service. This year’s centennial celebration is a time for all Americans to celebrate their national park sites—places that connect us to our histories and our environment, and places that promote our health and happiness. National Parks in North Carolina include Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (Manteo, NC), the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, among others. (Find a complete list of National Parks in North Carolina at https://www.nps.gov/state/nc/index.htm).

Every Kid in a Park: Fourth Graders Celebrate!

Now in its second year, the "Every Kid in a Park"

program offers fourth graders and their families (and fourth grade teachers with their students) a free pass to visit all federal parks, lands and waters.

With the "Every Kid in a Park" pass, fourth graders and their families can use the pass at more than 2,000plus federal land and water sites all year, through August 2017. (Fourth graders can take their siblings and up to three adults when visiting these great places.) Teachers and youth group leaders can help their fourth grade students download the pass and take a field trip. Visit www.everykidinapark.gov to learn more, print out the free voucher/pass, and learn about all of the places you can go!

The film inspires viewers, especially young people, to get out and visit your national parks! Now showing at Marbles in Raleigh. Learn more about the movie at http://nationalparksadventure.com/.

Electronic Field Trips

Electronic Field Trips bring the National Parks directly to your classroom for free. Thousands of kids across the country (and around the world) have participated in the live broadcasts from America's national parks. Electronic Field Trips give students the opportunity to learn about a particular topic by taking a "virtual visit" to national parks they may never get a chance to visit. Each Electronic Field Trip consists of (1) a televised broadcast from a national park featuring National Park Service Rangers and youth hosts; and (2) a website featuring downloadable lesson plans for teachers and interactive games for students. All of the past Electronic Field Trips are ready to be used at any time.

Have you ever visited the beaches at the Outer Banks in North Carolina? At Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Outer Banks, the National Park Service works to preserve and protect threatened and endangered species, historic structures, and barrier island ecology, while at the same time providing hundreds of thousands of visitors with opportunities for recreation, enjoyment, and education. There are lots of ways you and your family can join in the Centennial celebrations: plan to visit as many National Parks as you can; become a Junior Ranger; and check out the Centennial coins and stamps issued in honor of the National Park Service's 100th birthday. You can also learn more about the National Parks by watching the National Parks Adventure 3D IMAX movie (currently showing at Marbles in Raleigh, NC).

Grand Canyon National Park. Image: National Park Service

100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program

Fourth graders and their families also are invited to participate in the "Every Kid in a Park" program, with free admission for fourth graders and their families for the year!

The United States Mint is commemorating the National Park Service's Centennial by issuing three new limited-edition coins. The 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service Commemorative Coin Program includes a five-dollar gold coin, a silver dollar, and a half dollar clad coin.

Become a Junior Ranger!

Have you ever wanted to be an explorer, lighthouse keeper, or an inventor like the Wright Brothers? Well, dare to dream! Come be a junior ranger, and learn all about your National Parks and their natural and historic wonders. The Junior Ranger motto, "Explore, Learn, and Protect!" is recited by children around the country. Each Junior Ranger takes an oath to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family. Visit one of the National Parks' visitor centers and ask about becoming a junior ranger, or learn more about the program online at https://www.nps.gov/ kids/jrRangers.cfm. Upon completion of the Junior Ranger activities during a park visit, receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate. (Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate.)

WebRangers Program

Children who cannot visit a national park site in person are invited to take part in the national “WebRangers” activities at www.nps.gov/webrangers. Throughout the year students are invited to visit the WebRangers program online to discover the national parks and programs in your own back yard!

The beautifully crafted coins feature images of iconic park features, portrayals of cultural heritage and the exploration of nature, and the National Park Service's recognizable logo, the Arrowhead. Proceeds from coin sales go to the National Park Foundation to support projects that protect parks for future generations.

National Parks Centennial Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the National Park Service's Centennial by issuing 16 new "Forever" stamps featuring national parks, unveiled one at a time between April 4 and April 22, 2016. The stamps are now available from the U.S. Postal Service.

National Parks Adventure 3D IMAX Movie

Just in time for the Centennial, the National Park Service is featured in the film National Parks Adventure 3D IMAX movie narrated by Robert Redford. This amazing large-screen format presents our national parks in never-seen-before, breathtaking ways!

The National Park System has been described as “the best idea America ever had.” When you go with your family to visit the National Parks, and learn all about the parks by becoming a Junior Ranger, or a WebRanger, you will discover the many ways our National Parks are our national treasures!

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National Parks Fun Facts Quiz Which states have the most national parks? California (the third largest state) and Alaska (the largest state) have the most national parks. Which national park has the tallest trees? Sequoia National Park. The largest trees in the park are as tall as an average 26 story building! Which national park has the highest mountain? Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve is 20,320 feet high. What is the largest national park? Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the largest park, covering 13.2 million acres, and has a glacier as big as the state of Rhode Island! It is bigger than the entire country of Switzerland!

Bonus Points:

Fill in each state's name on the National Parks map below.

Can you name America’s first national park? Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, established in 1872. What is the smallest national park? Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Pennsylvania is the smallest park is only 0.02 acres - no bigger than your average classroom. What is the deepest lake in the country? Crater Lake, found in Crater Lake National Park, is the deepest lake in the country. If you could hold your breath that long, it would take you about an hour to swim to the bottom of Crater Lake!

Crater Lake National Park. Image: National Park Service.

What is the deepest cave in the country? The nation's deepest cave is 1,593 feet deep, at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Image: USPS.

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There are over 400 national parks including canyons, monuments, battlefields, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and historic sites.

What is the largest national park?

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Can you name America’s first national park?

What is the smallest national park?

Mount Rainier National Park Ashford, WA

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Yellowstone National Park WY, MT, and ID Mount Rushmore National Memorial Keystone, SD

There are national parks in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Which state has the most national parks?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Porter, IN Redwood National Park Crescent City, CA

White House and President’s Park Washington, DC

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial St. Louis, MO

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Mosca ,CO

• Mark your hometown on the map with a star. Which national park has the tallest trees?

Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon, AZ

Which national park has the highest mountain?

• Circle the five national parks nearest to you. • Fill in their names below.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Carlsbad, NM

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg, TN

Everglades National Park Homestead, FL

Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, HI Denali National Park & Preserve Denali Park, AK

Check your answers at w W W . n a t i O N a l P a r K S . o r G / k i D S

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BOOK NOOK Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Ages 8 to 12) "Serving justice . . . and lunch!" Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes—she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY! The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney (Ages 8 to 12)) This is the first book in the series about Humphrey the hamster, everyone's favorite classroom pet! You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course). With lots of friends to help, adventures to enjoy, and a cage with a lock-that-doesn’t- lock, Humphrey's life is almost perfect. If only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn’t out to get him! Boys and girls can't help falling in love with Humphrey!

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Booklist Review: "This tongue-in-cheek superheroine graphic novel will hit the spot for chapter-book readers. Lunch Lady and Betty, her assistant in both the cafeteria and her role of wrong-­ righting supersleuth, investigate the strange case of an absent teacher, his creepy substitute, and a plan to grab the Teacher of the Year Award by truly foul means. Three little kids join in the action as Lunch Lady, equipped with a variety of high-tech kitchen gadgets like a 'spatu-copter' and a lunch-tray laptop, tracks a cleverly disguised robot to his maker’s lab, where a whole army of cyborgs require kicking, stomping, and the wielding of fish-stick nunchucks. Yellow-highlighted pen-and-ink cartoons are as energetic and smileprovoking as Lunch Lady’s epithets of “Cauliflower!” and Betty’s ultimate weapon, the hairnet. There is a nice twist in the surprise ending, and the kids’ ability to stand up to the school bully shows off their newfound confidence in a credible manner. Little details invite and reward repeat readings with visual as well as verbal punning. - Francisca Goldsmith

Free Homework Help Websites

It's a new school year, which means learning, activities, sports, and ... homework! Here are some free educational online resources that teachers and parents can use to help make learning (and homework) fun for kids.

khanacademy.org

Subjects include computers, math, sciences, economics, arts, humanities, test prep and many more. Narrated videos with detailed white board / chalk board drawings make it easy for students and parents to learn a wide variety of topics.

discoveryeducation.com/students/

Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. Discovery Education offers free interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help kids dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too! Homework help including Science, English, Social Studies, Math; interactive games; step-by-step WebMATH with hundreds of instant answers to your math quesions.

50states.com

Subjects include social studies and geography of the United States, offering facts and statistics about each of the states, along with state capital quizzes, printable maps, and other educational materials for learning about the 50 states.

dkfindout.com/us/

Subjects covered include English, math, history, music, art, nature. The interactive, multimedia content keeps kids engaged and learning.

pics4learning.com

Offers hundreds of copyright-free, child-friendly images for use in projects and presentations (including science, space, countries, animals, space, food, and many more family-friendly picture categories).

bjpinchbeck.com

Subjects covered include English, math, science, and computers. This website was initially started by a 9-year-old and his dad in the 1990s, and offers links to websites on a vast library of topics including mythology, botany, JAVA programming, and many more.

quizlet.com Quiz preparation materials, with thousands of practice quizes to study for a test, or create your own quiz.

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SEPTEMBER 2016 Flick Picks Storks

Kubo and the Two Strings

In Theaters September 23, 2016

In Theaters August 19, 2016

In the animated adventure film, "Storks," the storks have changed profession: now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant.

"Kubo and the Two Strings" is a 3D stopmotion fantasy action adventure film set in ancient Japan. It is the story of a young boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson) who leads a peaceful life caring for his sick mother in his village, when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past.

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Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret

Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. Rated PG. (for thematic elements, ) 1 hr. 43 min. (Laika/Focus Features.)

Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally finds himself responsible for delivering a baby to a human family, in a wild journey that could restore the storks’ true mission in the world. From the studio that delivered "The Lego Movie," “Storks” stars Andy Samberg (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Hotel Transylvania”), Kelsey Grammer (“Toy Story 2,” “The Simpsons”), Katie Crown (Cartoon Network’s “Clarence”), Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele (Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”), and Danny Trejo (“The Book of Life”). Rated PG. 1 hr. 25 min. Sony Pictures Imageworks/Warner Bros. Pictures.

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

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Kids Across

1. King of the Kitchen: He's the top cook at a restaurant who makes delicious dinners 4. The place people go to have fun in the sun and relax on the sand 7. A ___ is also known as a "hotcake" (even if it has gotten cold) 9. Not feeling well?: It's what you probably have if your forehead is hot 10. It rises from a cup of hot cocoa 11. Now, THAT's a hot toy: Invented more than 50 years ago, the Easy-Bake ____ has made millions of kids into bakers 14. It's what people use to get rid of wrinkles 15. The lush, tropical place where gorillas feel at home 16. It's the first thing a frozen pizza does in the oven (before it begins baking) 19. They're the parts of a coalwalker's body that feel the heat 20. Hot spot in the house: It's what people sometimes

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups! gather around to share warm hold in your hand for an hour? family memories (or just to get 13. True saying heard on a warm) sweltering summer day: "It's 22. Time to tumble: After your hot enough to fry an ____ on jeans have been freshly the sidewalk!" cleaned and spent about 40 15. Call him Mr. Coffee: '50s MLB minutes inside this, they are star-turned-'70s coffee warm and ready to wear machine pitchman, Dimaggio's 23. This tiny bug might be seen apt first name may have hanging around while people helped him convince millions are roasting marshmallows: a that the new drip technology fire ___ could make a better cup of __ 17. Maple tree's welcome offering on a scorching hot day Parents Down 18. Kleptothermy is not a crime, 2. It's what makes the Olympic torch spectacular but a phenomenon which 3. Zap that app!: I'm the only occurs when animals borrow, one that should be telling share or ____ body heat by teens whether they're "hot huddling with others within or or not". What am I? outside their own species (It 5. Like molten lava, later may explain why your pooch 6. Think salsa: Description of snuggles up with you) food that can be hot and cold 19. Hot, often long-standing, at the same time conflict between clans 8. Dragon's fiery facial feature 20. Arctic wolf's weatherproofing 9. Other than Hawaii, which of 21. Technically untrue (but neverthe United States is closest theless wise) old adage: to the equator? "A watched ___ never boils" kris@kapd.com 12. How many ice cubes you can

Hidden Picture Puzzle by Liz How many hidden items can you find?

Turn Up the Heat

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