I love it when I’m testing out a highly educational app and my sons both stand watching behind me in awe, before grabbing the phone so that they can play it themselves. Flip4Gold is a free dice app (actually reminiscent of a bar game that I played for hours at a beach bar in Belize!) that reinforces math skills for kids… and adults. There are two levels of the game – a Jr. version for 5-7 year olds (which is also available for android), and the original, which my 8 year old loves and I found myself playing for hours.
As if today hasn’t been exciting enough in the Apple world, I’m exhausted after having a Mom and kids dance party last night while we rocked out to the Arctic Monkeys at the iTunes Festival. (Well kind of at the festival.) As a busy mom, I can only galavant across the globe so much.. (chuckle), and I haven’t been out for an adult evening in a while. As with all of a parent’s favourite things, the ability to see concerts shouldn’t disappear once we have kids. We love the gift that iTunes gives parents every September. The iTunes Festival is an annual, month-long music festival and concert series which takes place over the entire month of September at The Roundhouse art centre in London, England. Currently in its seventh year, headliners include Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Elton John and Jessie J. The lineup is incredible and every day there’s something new.
Even better? when the kids take over the Apple TV to watch kids stuff (or if certain acts are more adult-oriented), I can stream the music on the iPod or iPhone, Mac or PC using the Festival App. If you are a tad swamped in September with back to school chaos (moi?), the content is also available for purchase and download on iTunes.
So put on your skinny jeans and lace, Mom. We’re hitting the concert circuit!
The iTunes Festival website (iTunesFestival.com) will have all the latest news and information.
There is also a dedicated iTunes Twitter feed for anyone that wants to follow the festival on Twitter: @iTunesfestival #iTunesFestival
September 1: Lady Gaga
September 2: Sigur Rós + Poliça
September 3: The Lumineers + Phox
September 4: Paramore + Fenech-Soler
September 5: Rizzle Kicks
September 6: Queens of The Stone Age + Palma Violets
September 7: Phoenix + Little Green Cars
September 8: Bastille + 1975
September 9: Arctic Monkeys + Drenge
September 10: Jake Bugg + Valerie June
September 11: Kings of Leon + Jimmy Eat World
September 12: Elton John + Tom Odell
September 13: Avicii
September 14: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers + Janelle Monáe
September 15: Vampire Weekend + The Olms
September 16: Jack Johnson + Bahamas
September 17: Ludovico Einaudi + Agnes Obel
September 18: Thirty Seconds To Mars + The Family Rain
September 19: Kendrick Lamar
September 20: Primal Scream + Skinny Girl Diet
September 21: HAIM + Dan Croll
September 22: Ellie Goulding
September 23: Jessie J + Lawson
September 24: Robin Thicke
September 25: Pixies + NO CEREMONY///
September 26: Tinie Tempah + Naughty Boy
September 27: Dizee Rascal
September 28: John Legend
September 29: Justin Timberlake
September 30: Katy Perry
With four kids in our family, there is often conflict about turns on the computer, the iPad, and the XBox. Whichever device is popular on a given day winds up with a line of three waiting children who all complain that the current player has had a long turn and Dad, could you please kick him off of the whatever? Luckily, there is an app for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone to help with problems such as these. Kids’ Quota can help manage time on games and other tasks.