Find All Your Sesame Street Friends Now on Hopster!

Sunny days sweepin’ the clouds away! It’s easier now than ever to visit your Sesame Street friends Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Burt and Ernie with Hopster.

Hopster, the preschool learning and entertainment app, is now teaming up with Sesame Workshop to bring the longest-running American children’s television series Sesame Street to Hopster’s line-up. The collaboration brings Sesame Street segments that supports Hopster’s mission of helping kids learn through the shows they love. 

The newly added Sesame Street segments on Hopster includes:

● Global Grover - A segment that shows kids the diversity of the world we live in, teaching them to respect different languages, cultures and religions
● Count TV - This program teaches simple mathematical concepts and counting
● Best of Friends - This segment offers important lessons presented by Elmo and Abby Cadabby about dealing with emotions, taking turns while playing, bicycle and road safety and more

Black Panther

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.   The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

  Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.

4 Benefits of Laughing Your Way Through The New Year

Like clockwork, people are composing their lists of New Year’s resolutions, and at the same time they’re ending this year with some of the same problems, frustrations or worries of past years.  They want to take a brighter outlook and ride those resolutions to a higher quality of life in the New Year – but inevitably, familiar issues get them down year after year.

How can this New Year be different? How can you stay more positive and hopeful despite problems that won’t go away when the big ball drops in Times Square?  “Making laughter a part of your every-day life is the answer. When life gets tough, laughter begins,” says Lee Volpe (, a humorist and author of Black Sheep Tries Bleach: Humorous Stories to Ease Life’s Growing Pains.  “We all have humor inside us. It is so healthy to use it in a variety of ways. When you really deconstruct some things in your life that may be problems or annoyances, you can creatively come at them with laughter, and your whole outlook changes.”   

Mentally and physically, the benefits of laughter are many, Volpe says, and she lists five of those benefits that can help you make 2018 a happier New Year:

Reduces stress. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones. such as cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline), and it boosts the immune system. Science has further shown that after a good laugh, muscles can be relaxed for up to 45 minutes. “Laughter is a free stress-management strategy, and in today’s pressurized, problem-filled world, there’s a big premium on that,” Volpe says. “Laughter is often the best kind of therapy.” 
Burns calories. Everybody wants to lose weight in the New Year, right? “Laugh hard enough and you may be able to skip some gym visits – and who doesn’t want to do that,” Volpe says. Studies show that a good stream of laughter can burn 40 calories in 30 minutes. “I saw where you really can burn 75 calories in 30 minutes by banging your head against a wall,” Volpe says. “Knock yourself out.” 
Becomes a coping mechanism. Laughter makes us feel good. Instead of complaining about life’s frustrations, trying to laugh about them helps. “Humor helps you keep a positive outlook through difficult situations,” Volpe says. “When something extremely frustrating or depressing occurs, try to take the longer view and envision that one day you’ll be able to look back on it and laugh. But why not laugh right now? You also feel stronger. This approach will also make you better equipped to deal with future negative events less stressfully.”
Brings people together, strengthens relationships. Laughter connects us with others. You can’t enjoy a laugh with other people unless you take the time to engage with them. “It improves the quality of social interaction you have with your friends, co-workers, and acquaintances,” Volpe says. “The old saying is, ‘Laughter is contagious.’ If you bring more laughter into your life, you can help others around you to laugh more and reap the benefits of humor, which in turns helps them with their problems. It makes other people happy, because it’s very infectious, just like anger is.”

“We all need more laughter with the way the world is these days,” Volpe says. “Maybe you can start by laughing at your own New Year’s resolutions list. For a lot of people it turns out to be a joke anyway. And it doesn’t have to be a new year to start a new day, a new outlook, for yourself.”

About Lee Volpe
Lee Volpe  ( is the author of Black Sheep Tries Bleach: Humorous Stories to Ease Life’s Growing Pains. After a short career as an actress, Lee found her voice as a humorist, and has never looked back. Since 2011, she has been making a name for herself professionally as an honest, Laugh Out Loud (LOL) humor writer, dealing with daily life and relatable situations. Applauded for saying what most are thinking, Lee has the unique ability of finding wit in the way and amusement in the angle. Marcia Corbino of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune described Lee as “Erma Bombeck meets Sex and the City.”

Pet Pita

Now there is a safe, easy way to handle, medicate, groom, and carry your cat or dog:  the Pet Pita. Pet enthusiasts who were tired of being clawed, pawed, and bitten.  When you need to groom or apply medicine to your dog or cat, you now have a way to do so while easily hold your pet in place. 

“I created the Pet Pita for myself initially ... I was on the verge of going to the vet just to give my cat Rudy flea medicine, and told myself that there just had to be a better way to carry him,” said Bryce Brandish, President of Pet Pita.

“Over the past couple of years, we have worked on developing the Pet Pita to work with nearly any pet cat or dog of any size.  In the end, we have created a solution to medicating, grooming, and transporting your dog or cat comfortably and safely,” he said.

The Pet Pita comes in three sizes: 

  • The Pet Pita is designed for small dogs and larger cats.  This Pita allows you full access to the heavily medicated and groomed areas, while maintaining a safe environment for you and your furry friend.

  • The Pup Pita is designed for your elder large dog.  This Pita allows you to lift and support either the front or rear hips and legs.  Ideal for older dogs with hip dysplasia.

  • The Cat Pita is designed for cats.  This Pita allows you full access to the heavily medicated and groomed areas, while maintaining a safe environment for you and your feline.

To purchase a Pet Pita for the holidays and beyond, visit: Each one is $24.99.


Disney is celebrating the digital release of OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE starring the voice cast of Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff. The digital copy of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will also add six classic Disney shorts to your holiday digital collection. Take a look at the special Olaf clip below as well as a video of some of the Easter Eggs hidden in this special holiday featurette.

Synopsis: In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.

Extras: 6 Classic Disney Holidays Shorts
  • THE HOCKEY CHAMP - Donald Duck shows his nephews the moves that won him his hockey trophy, but the boys have a few moves of their own.
  • WINTER - Silly Symphony - In this musical short - the last of the ‘Silly Symphony’ series - see wintertime from the point of view of our favorite woodland creatures. 
  • THE ART OF SKIING - The first cartoon to use the now-famous Goofy holler, this short features Goofy learning how to ski at the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
  • PLUTO’S CHRISTMAS TREE - While picking out their Christmas tree, Mickey and Pluto chop down the perfect one, unaware that they’re bringing home Chip and Dale along for the ride. 
  • ONCE UPON A WINTERTIME - While courting Jenny, Joe tries to show off on the ice, but events soon turn to a timely rescue in this musical December Valentine.
  • POLAR TRAPPERS - The first cartoon to feature Donald and Goofy without Mickey; The duo are animal trappers in the South Pole with very different (and hilariously unsuccessful) approaches. 


Unique, Interactive Gadget Enhances Experience With Stuffed Animals by Bringing Them to “Life”
Sparks Creativity, Vocabulary Building and Ongoing Learning in the Child

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The holidays are around the corner and there are thousands of gift options for children, even for those who seem to have everything. The ideal toys parents want to give or have their child receive are usually educational ones that are infused with fun and develop their imaginations while also sparking their creativity.
Chappet is a Bluetooth speaker encased in a two-inch wide yellow button and is controlled by a smartphone app. It allows parents to interact with their children through their stuffed animals during creative playtime.

Chappet supports more than 1,000 prerecorded phrases, features 20 pre-recorded songs and stories, and its auto chat function can mimic the words a child shares with it in conversation, allowing children to interact with their favorite toy in an entirely new way.  “You can be in another room or right next to them on the couch,” said Naoki Ono, Chappet Development Team Leader. “They won’t know it’s you unless you tell them because Chappet allows parents or loved ones to become the camouflaged voice of the child’s stuffed animal that involves fun, responsive, back-and-forth social and creative interactions.”
Through the app, you have four interaction options:
  1. Voice Chat: Where, through Chappet, parents pretend they are the stuffed animal to chat with their child. Imagine being in the kitchen and your child is in the living room. You will have a blast seeing and hearing your child’s reactions to the chats with his or her stuffed animal.
  2. Text Chat: Where Chappet reads aloud what you type in a charming voice. You can be next to your child to teach him or her letters and numbers, or simply “chat” with your child through his or her favorite stuffed animal.
  3. Tap Chat: Where Chappet allows you to speak pre-recorded sentences. You can choose from a list of more than 1,000 phrases across numerous categories that suit a variety of every day scenarios, and 20 pre-recorded songs and stories. You can also add new phrases via text with your own voice, and original songs and stories too!
  4. Auto Chat: Where Chappet responds to your child’s voice by making affirmative sounds of agreement or mimicking phases. Your child will laugh out loud when he or she finds their best friend is mimicking him or her.

Chappet can also support parents as they help their children follow a daily schedule. It allows you to set up reminders for key daily events such as meal, snack, or nap times. It can also be a great tool to help parents with potty training, allowing them to program their own phrases that use specific words their children respond to or use related to potty training.

The 2-inch-wide button makes it safe for children. It can be sewn on or tightly attached with a string around the stuffed animal’s neck like a necklace. Chappet does not need a battery because it is rechargeable. To learn more about Chappet’s functionality, visit It is available for purchase exclusively on App is available for free on Apple Store and Google Play.

Family Holiday Activities at The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will be hosting a first-ever family holiday experience on Saturday, December 16, and Saturday, December 23. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors to the Museum can enjoy a variety of seasonal activities, appropriate for all ages. Children 10 and younger always enjoy FREE admission to the Museum; all children must be accompanied by adults.

Fingerprint Ornament-Making – Fingerprinting has long been part of forensic science and crime scene investigation, and will be a tactic guests can explore in the Museum’s new Crime Lab (opening February 2018). This holiday season, however, children will delight in turning their own fingerprints into keepsake ornaments in the Oscar Goodman room on the Museum’s third floor. Free with Museum admission.

Photos with Santa at the Police Lineup Wall – Take home an extraordinary memento of a holiday season visit to The Mob Museum by posing next to Old Saint Nick against the iconic lineup wall; $5 per photo print with Museum admission.

Letters to Santa – Drop off letters to Santa in the Museum’s historic post-office boxes. The Mob Museum was once a post office and federal building. Its vintage post office boxes are the perfect place to send this year’s Christmas wish letters. Santa will pay a special visit to the lobby to gather all the last-minute requests and take them to the North Pole.

Complimentary Hot Cocoa ­­– Available for all ages; free with Museum admission.

Spiced Apple Cider - Adults aged 21 and older can enjoy a cup of this seasonal favorite December 16 - 31, which blends apple cider, fruit, spices and bourbon, concocted by Food Beverage Director Clint Thoman. A non-alcoholic version will also be available.

Buy One-Get One 50 Percent Off Premium Museum Memberships – Through the month of December, Museum fans can give themselves the gift of a Premium Museum Membership and purchase a second one for a friend or family member at half-price. Membership includes unlimited Museum admission, while supporting its community education programs throughout the year. Premium Memberships start at $50 per year and must be purchased onsite or over the phone by calling (702) 229-2734.

In addition, the Museum will be open on Monday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @themobmuseum.