Dora the Explorer and Staying Active with Soccer

SoccerBallCountriesWe know that the Dora is a very active little girl.  For someone that goes on so many adventures over the last 10 years, she obviously enjoys going out and moving around.    One of the activities that we have seen Dora do is play soccer.  She has both played the game herself and watched others play.

Soccer is a popular sport in Latin America and other parts of the world.    Around the world, it ranks as the most popular sport.  It may already be popular in your home too.

Children can be inspired to get up and play the game.  Knowing that one of the favorite preschool characters also likes it may be an inspiration.   You do not have to go run out and get Dora soccer balls, and soccer cleats, but you can definitely have a lot of fun.   Even if it just you and your child in the backyard or a field, there are going to be some fun moments.

There are also local recreational centers that offer team soccer for children.  The YMCA, city or county recreation centers, schools, and some private organizations offer recreational and competitive soccer.

No matter where you decide to play soccer, the most important thing is to have lots of fun and stay active.   Doing activities that show getting out and moving can be fun will, hopefully, be something that children will take into adulthood.  We know that being physically active cuts down on obesity and all the related health problems that go along with it.

If you can use Dora to bring some fun into staying active with your kids, then Vamanos, let’s go!

Dora the Explorer Receives NAMIC Award

Dora the Explorer has been recognized by several different organizations during its long run on television. This year the program received a National Association of Multi-Ethnicity of in Communications (NAMIC) award in the area of animation.

The NAMIC Vision Awards are given out annually and this is their 19th year of giving out awards. Sponsors for this years awards are Disney-ABC Networks, Warner Brothers, Time Warner Cable , Bright House Networks, Comcast and NBC Universal, Fox Deportes, and producer Carl Beverly.

Dora Not the First to Show Age Adjusted Characters

image_thumb.pngAn earlier blog post was written about a new animated series that depicted Dora as an older girl. The animated series is scheduled to start airing this fall 2014 on Nickelodeon. The addition of new series that includes an aged character is not new. Updated shows like these are part of animated and non-animated programs.

Those that remember that remember the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World”, might be a happy to know that there is a new series in the works called “Girl Meets World.” The new series will be airing on the Disney Channel and will feature some of the original cast members.

Nickelodeon has also aged the original characters from the animated series “Rugrats” when the little babies in the show were aged to middle schoolers in “All Grown Up!” The sequel ran for 5 seasons, while the original ran for 9 seasons.

Throughout television history, viewers have wondered what would become of their favorite characters as they became older. There are different sequels that have tried to answer that question. Some have been better received than others.

As “Dora and Friends:Into the City” premieres, many eyes will be watching to see if it has the same staying power as its predecessor, “Dora the Explorer.”

Dora Tween Series Coming This Fall

First Tween Dora Doll. Dora Links Doll
First Tween Dora Doll. Dora Links Doll

We have seen foreshadowing of this, but it has been confirmed that a new tween animated series about Dora the Explorer will be coming to Nickelodeon Fall 2014. The series, “Dora and Friends: Into the City” will feature Dora as a somewhat typical 10 year-old girl that has adventures with her friends and schoolmates.

In this series, Dora will be leaving her best friend, Boots the Monkey, behind for her human friends. Although she is more in the concrete jungle than the natural jungle, Dora will still have problems that she needs to solve with a little help from her friends.

Fans were introduced to tween Dora through a doll. Initially there was some criticism about having a more mature Dora the Explorer, but that subsided over time. There was even a television special that featured the older Dora and her friends.


Dora the Explorer New Deal With Amazon

091510_2042_NewDoratheE1.jpgIf you use Amazon Prime or Netflix, then you are probably aware of the deal that has changed where audiences can view “Dora the Explorer” and other Viacom shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

The deal between Viacom and Netflix to stream shows has ended.  Amazon was able to sign an agreement with the company and you will now be able to view exclusive Dora the Explorer episodes.

You can watch Amazon Prime Instant Videos on many of the same devices that you could watch Netflix.  However, Android users are a little left out of the mix.   Amazon Prime does not have support Android devices.   They do allow users to stream on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, and other devices.

Hopefully with the growth in the shows that they offer their will be an android app for Amazon Prime Instant Videos developed soon.

With the growth of Amazon, some may wander what that means for Netflix and other streaming video services.  Netflix is still at the top and we will see where they go after losing shows like “Dora the Explorer”


Dora the Explorer Leaving Netflix For Now

image.pngIf you are on Netflix you probably already know that “Dora the Explorer‘ is no longer being aired through that company. Viacom, the company behind Dora, and Netflix were not able to come to renewal deal. By the way many other shows from Viacom are leaving along with “Dora the Explorer”. Other Nick show like “SpongeBob SquarePants”, and “Blue’s Clues” have also been removed.

The removal of Dora from Netflix may be a temporary situation. Netflix hopes to work out a deal where they purchase programs a la carte.
Although “Dora the Explorer” may not be on Netflix, there are still some kid friendly programs that your child can watch until a new deal can be reached with Viacom.

Dora the Explorer Entertains in South Africa

If you do not know already, let me tell you that Dora the Explorer is internationally known and entertains children on several continent.   Dora the Explorer is part of the television viewing of children all over Africa, including South Africa.   From December 7th through December 22nd, Dora will be at the Sandton City Checker Court in South Africa.   There will be three different shows daily at 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm daily.    Dora will be joined with Boots, and Diego to entertain children.   For more information you can visit Nickelodeon Africa’s Website.

Celebrate the Holidays with Dora at Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Nickelodeon Suites Resort is having a 72 hour sale on reservations for their rooms during the Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Year holidays.    Families that want to get away for holidays can take advantage of the vacation deals.   There will be entertainment provided by many costumed Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, and Dora the Explorer.    Officials from the resort say that instead of a ball dropping, as it does during other New Year’s celebrations, guest will see a slime drop to welcome in the New Year.

Thanksgiving Special Offer includes:

  • Rates starting at $109
  • A $50 Resort Credit per stay
  • For stays November 18 – 26
  • Use promo code: GOBBLE
  • Two night minimum with maximum resort credit of $50

Christmas & New Year’s Special Offer includes:

  • Rates starting at $159
  • For stays December 21 – January 2
  • Use Promo code: JOLLY

Book your stay today and have the SLIME of your life!

The special will run from today, November 31st, through November 2nd.


Dora the Explorer Episodes Coming to VTECH Tablet

Children have been using their parents’ tablet PCs for years to play games and watch videos.  Now other children electronic toy manufacturers have jumped in to create tablets that are made specifically for kids.  These tablets may be built on their own technology and have greater durability than other tablets.  VTECH InnoTab 2 is one such tablet that offers many of the features that we would expect from the ones created for adults.   Children will be able to play games, play mp3s and watch videos.    Soon some new Dora the Explorer episodes will be available for the device.  Along with Dora the Explorer episodes there will also be episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, and Bubble Guppies.

Dora the Explorer Gymnastics Adventure on DVD

Just in time for the Olympics, there is a new Dora the Explorer gymnastics video being released this month.   “Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure” has Dora going on an adventure as she goes with Boots to recover gymnastics’ ribbon the Swiper the Fox swiped from her.   During her recovery trip she does different gymnastics moves that will be familiar to your little one if they take gymnastics class.

This year’s Summer Olympics is happening this August in London,England.   Watching the Olympics each year is inspiring to adults and children.    One sport that seems to always draw us in is the gymnastics events.   The “Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastic ” fits well in line with the huge interest in gymnastics that will be created by the beauty of this year’s gymnastics events.