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Game review: ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,’ massive cartoonish brawler is awesome and incredibly fun

Parents need to know that "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is the latest installment in the wildly popular fighting series exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Players select from a roster of more than 70 characters from a wide variety of games, and the game also supports amiibo figurines that are sold separately, which players can use to personalize their favorite character, and a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online is required for online multiplayer games. While fighting is the point of the game, with characters using fists, feet, special attacks, and items to launch opponents off the screen, there's no blood or gore shown, and the combat is cartoonish. Some female characters wear skin tight costumes, but otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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App review: Silly Street Learn & Play, terrific app builds character onscreen and off

Parents need to know that Silly Street Learn & Play is an educational app based on a physical game that aims to build character through play. Kids can play solo or with up to 6 players and either read the directions or turn on the sound for narration. The free game includes six card packs that target empathy, curiosity, adaptability, and other character skills through entertaining tasks. The prompts on the cards encourage kids to express themselves and explore their creative side through jokes, movement, storytelling, and song. It's up to the players to input whether or not they successfully complete the task on each card or when playing with others, who should receive points after completing a contest card. A scoreboard keeps track of each player's progress. If parents want more information or to buy more cards, they can visit the parent portal which offers information about character development and allows them to purchase additional digital card packs or the physical Silly Street board game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Into the Spider-Verse,’ excellent adventure has thrills, humor, and heart

Parents need to know that "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is a funny, original, action-packed animated Marvel adventure that centers on Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), who becomes a new Spider-Man and ends up meeting other Spider-people from parallel universes. It's sure to appeal to Spidey fans of all ages, and it's more tween friendly than the live-action wall-crawler movies, but it's still pretty intense. And while the violence is mostly cartoonish, there are lots of fights that involve weapons (including guns), injuries, and even death. (Spoiler alert: One version of Spider-Man dies, as does an important supporting character.) There's also large-scale destruction, as well as frequent peril, suspense, and mortal danger. Characters flirt a little and occasionally use words like "hell," "dang," "fat," "stupid," and "dumb." But kids won't fail to notice the movie's diverse characters and clear messages about friendship, courage, mentoring, perseverance, teamwork, and (of course!) the nature of power and responsibility. Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nicolas Cage co-star.

Travel

Northern California road trip has plenty to offer

California tourists know big city names such as Sacramento, but a visit to Northern California offers more than one opportunity to enjoy the area. It's a great place for a road trip. Camino, Coloma, Columbia, Jamestown, Placerville, Sonora and Tuolumne County are full of attractions just around the next bend in the road – gas up the car and see what the area has to offer.

Home & Garden

How to prevent mold in your garage

The garage isn't the first place most homeowners think will present a mold problem, but mold can infest your garage just like any other area of your home – and the basics behind preventing it are essentially the same in every space. Mold thrives in moist, dark, stale environments, so it's important to ensure your garage stays dry and well-ventilated. Mold problems are common, and even the most conscientious homeowners can be affected.

Family

19 great Alexa skills for kids and teens

"Alexa, entertain my kid with high-quality content." If you have an Echo device, you know this is a tall order. Not only is Alexa a finicky listener, but you need to launch specific "skills" to get the device to do what you want. With hundreds of skills in a huge range of categories listed on the Amazon Alexa app or website, it can take some digging to find the good stuff. But if you do dig, you'll be rewarded with some pretty sweet games and activities, including interactive storytelling, math practice, exercise, games to play together, and more.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie’s List: What can I do about frozen gutters?

Frozen gutters and downspouts may seem like an inevitable effect of winter weather. But those heavy icicles hanging from your rooftop after a heavy snow or cold snap need not be a foregone conclusion. You can take steps to prevent them – and should – because they can damage gutters and lead to ice and water backing up on the roof and forming even more damaging ice dams. The weight of ice can sag the gutter or bring it down entirely.

Travel

Aquaman debuts at Madame Tussauds Orlando

Aquaman now has a home on dry land in Central Florida. A figure of the DC Comics superhero, portrayed on the big screen by Jason Momoa, now stands in Madame Tussauds Orlando, the wax-figure attraction on International Drive.

San Luis Obispo to Dallas-Fort Worth flights will be offered soon

Chuck Davison President & CEO of Visit SLO CAL talks about the economic impacts of expanded airline service to Dallas-Fort Worth from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport next year.