Gymnastics fever has taken over our house hold the last couple of weeks. But not because of the upcoming Olympics, it's because of the newest American Girl movie: Mckenna Shoots for the Stars.
The movie follows McKenna Brooks - McKenna is an energetic, determined girl who lives for gymnastics—at least she thinks she does, until an injury and a wise tutor help her see that there are other things that she cares about, too. She’s goal-driven and wants to make her family proud, which is why she’s so embarrassed when her grades start to slip. At the gym, McKenna is super competitive, but she puts that competitiveness aside to support her teammates. She makes mistakes sometimes, but she always strives to be a good student, gymnast, and friend.
To Buy - Mckenna Shoots for the Stars is available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack – Featuring DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet™ – and DVD after July 3rd, 2012. It's sold Exclusively at Wal-Mart, American Girl Stores and americangirl.com.
To Celebrate - We recently had the chance to throw a pre-screening party for my daughters and all of their friends, and they fell in love!
I wanted to keep things easy so we had a gymnastics themed play date. All of the girls arrived in their gymnastics finest, and we kicked off the evening by making gold medals.
Then we all gathered in the living room to watch the movie and enjoy some snacks. Most of the girls weren't familiar with the American girl franchise, so it was really fun to watch their faces as they connected with McKenna's story.
After the movie it was time for some gymnastics fun. First we practiced a floor routine across my living room floor. The girls were at all different levels so some did cartwheels, while others just did somersaults or twirls.
Then we did a little balance work on our homemade beam.
We were going to turn our monkey bars into uneven bars, but because of the rain we had to skip it. So we did a little leap frog vaulting.
To round it out we did some rhythmic gymnastics with hula hoops and homemade ribbon twirlers. We played simon says, had a hula hoop contest, and watched an impromptu routine.
All of the girls had a blast and all LOVED the movie. They loved it so much that they are now signed up for their first gymnastics class, and spent the whole morning circling all of the things they loved in the American Girls Catalog - which means they circled the whole thing.
To Win - If you haven't seen the movie yet, it's scheduled to air on July 14th at 8/7 central on NBC. You can also enter to win your very own Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack here!
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