Encouraging Play in Your Geek Children

Encouraging Play in Your Geek Children

Encouraging Play in Your Geek Children

Susan Dawson

Children aged two to five spend an average of 32 hours a week watching television, which can cause parents some concern. While movies and TV programs can do wonders for lowering a child’s stress levels and stimulating their imagination, it should always be paired with other forms of play.

How Tech Play Teaches Transferable Skills

Keeping up with the latest movie and TV releases is an important part of childhood, but other technology can help to build skills and stimulate intellectual growth. For instance, play on electric toy vehicles can ultimately lead to good driving habits, while a few hours on Resident Evil 2 teaches multitasking and focus. Allow your child to follow their passions but suggest games which foster transferable skills which can be applied in education and work. Research suggests that board games improve critical thinking in a child, so why not follow up a viewing of Aquaman with a game of Arkham Horror?

Fostering Imagination

In the past, when everyone raised cattle and grew crops, imagination was not a sought-after soft skill in the employment process. However, those who did have a sharp imagination were able to invent new farming techniques and tools that drove society forward. Today, artificial intelligence and automation means that demand for non-imaginative work is declining, while the creative industry flourishes. Use hobbies such as roleplaying, comic book drawing, and filmmaking to teach your child to be creative. A round of Dungeons and Dragons will teach your child to think laterally, giving them a head start when they eventually enter the job market.

Learning the Rules of Social Interaction

Geekdom is a largely uniting force, bringing together people of all backgrounds around a common pastime. Although many hobbies are a solitary pursuit, most geeky games are best played with others. The more time your child spends across the chess board from a friend, the more chances they will have to develop their social skills. Empathy and communication skills allow a child to not just flourish in the workplace, but also to have stable and healthy relationships.

Encouraging the geek in your child will open them up to a world of opportunities. By engaging in a diverse range of hobbies, they will pick up the creative and social skills to be happy and successful later in life. So, dust off your old comic books and breakout the Warhammer figurines for the sake of your child’s intellectual and emotional development.

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FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Paul Reubens

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Paul Reubens

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Paul Reubens

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NAME: PAUL REUBENS

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KNOWN FOR: Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

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PAUL REUBENS created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre in 1981. It moved to the Roxy on Sunset Strip, and HBO’s production of the show introduced Pee-wee Herman to a national audience. Pee-wee was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Paul Reubens co-wrote and marked Tim Burton’s directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five-year run. Reubens has personally been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning twice.

Paul Reubens has also starred in many diverse, non-Pee-wee film and television roles. He recently appeared as Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin’s father on Gotham. Other TV credits include: The Blacklist, Portlandia, 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911 and Everybody Loves Raymond. His film credits include Mystery Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blow, Life During Wartime and Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic.Reubens revived The Pee-wee Herman Show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and then at the Steven Sondheim Theater on Broadway.

In 2010, three decades after his first HBO special, the network produced a dazzling new version of the Broadway show. Next, Judd Apatow teamed with Paul and Netflix to produce a new Pee-wee movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. Reubens has also lent his vocal talents to many projects including Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars Rebels, Robot Chicken, Family Guy, TRON: Uprising, Smurfs, Minecraft: Story Mode and Call of Duty: Zombies in Spaceland.

Pee-Wee Herman’s star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame is located at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard. ‘Pee-Wee Herman’s Log’ (that’s blog without the ‘b’) is at: peewee.com

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Karl Urban

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Karl Urban

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Karl Urban

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NAME: KARL URBAN

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KNOWN FOR: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Trek Trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok

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Karl-Heinz Urban is a New Zealand actor best known for his roles as Eomer in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Bones in Star Trek, Star Trek: Beyond, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.

He also played Julius Caesar and Cupid in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Munder in Ghost Ship, Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy, Black Hat in Priest, John Grimm in Doom, William Cooper in Red, Gavin in Pete’s Dragon, Vincent in The Loft, Vaako in the second and third installments of the Riddick film series, and Judge Dredd in Dredd. He won acclaim for his performances in New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue. He also played the main character John Kennex in the short-lived television series Almost Human.

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Tim Curry

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Tim Curry

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Tim Curry

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NAME: TIM CURRY

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KNOWN FOR: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Legend, Clue, IT, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Muppet Treasure Island, Annie, Congo, The Hunt for Red October

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Timothy James Curry is an English actor, voice actor, and singer. He is known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts. Curry rose to prominence with his portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, reprising the role he had originated in the London and Los Angeles stage productions of The Rocky Horror Show.

His other stage work includes various roles in the original West End production of Hair, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the Broadway production of Amadeus, the Pirate King in the West End production of The Pirates of Penzance, Alan Swann in the Broadway production of My Favourite Year and King Arthur in Broadway and West End productions of Spamalot.

Curry received further acclaim for his film and television roles, including as Rooster Hannigan in the film adaptation of Annie, as Darkness in the fantasy film Legend, as Wadsworth in the mystery comedy film Clue, as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the horror miniseries It, and Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.

Curry has also gained acclaim as a voice actor. His roles in animation include Hexxus in the fantasy film FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Nigel Thornberry on the Nickelodeon series The Wild Thornberrys, and Palpatine on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Val Kilmer SLCC2017 Guest

Val Kilmer SLCC2017 Guest

Val Kilmer SLCC2017 Guest

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NAME: VAL KILMER

APPEARING: All Three Days

KNOWN FOR: Willow, Batman Forever, Top Gun, The Saint, Real Genius, Tombstone

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Val Kilmer is a Stage, Film, and Voice Actor best known for his roles in Top Gun, Batman Forever, Prince of Egypt, The Saint, Heat, Tombstone, The Doors, and Willow.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Val Kilmer studied at Hollywood’s Professional’s School. In his teens, he entered Juilliard’s drama program. Val’s professional acting career began on stage, and he still participates in theater; he played Hamlet at the 1988 Colorado Shakespeare Festival. His film debut was in the spoof Top Secret! wherein he starred as blond rock idol Nick Rivers.

Despite his obvious talent and range, it wasn’t until his astonishingly believable performance as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s The Doors that the world sat up and took notice. Kilmer again put his good baritone to use in the movie, performing all of the concert pieces. Since then, he has played two more American legends, Elvis Presley in True Romance and Doc Holliday in Tombstone.

Val will be appearing in The Snowman with Michael Fassbender, and The Super later this year.

Stephen Amell SLCC2017 Guest

Stephen Amell SLCC2017 Guest

Stephen Amell SLCC2017 Guest

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Stephen Amell is a Canadian actor, known for portraying Oliver Queen / Green Arrow in the Arrow-verse television franchise (based on the comic character of the same name) and Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Amell appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of Queer as Folk as the Liberty Ride spinning instructor. Amell played Adam in the first season of the television series Dante’s Cove; he was replaced in the second season by Jon Fleming. Amell won a Gemini Award for his guest-starring role on ReGenesis. The same year he was also nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Ensemble Cast Category for Rent-a-Goalie.

He had recurring roles in the TV series Da Kink in My Hair and Heartland. Amell joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as werewolf ‘Brady’. He also starred as Joran van der Sloot in the Lifetime film Justice for Natalee Holloway. HBO’s series Hung premiered with Amell starring as busboy-turned-prostitute Jason, a younger rival “ho” to Thomas Jane’s Ray Drecker. He also appeared as Jim in the fourth season of 90210.

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