Sunday, July 15, 2012

Playdate Viewing Party - *An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars*

Did you and your favorite little gymnast get a chance to watch An American Girl - McKenna Shoots for the Stars from Universal Home Entertainment yesterday on NBC.

In celebration, we decided to have a little playdate fun that involved lots of friends, viewing the McKenna - Shoot For The Stars movie and outdoor fun!

First let me tell you a little more about the movie!
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download

Summary:  A talented young gymnast turns trials into triumphs in the inspiring new feature-length movie, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars™, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital Download on July 3, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  Inspired by the beloved American Girl® line of dolls and featuring the celebrated 2012 Girl of the Year®, the film stars Oscar® nominee Nia Vardalos (My Life In Ruins, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Jade Pettyjohn (“The United States of Tara”) as McKenna™, Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210”), Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball, “Brothers & Sisters”) and former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby (Broadway’s “Peter Pan”).  

A modern and heartwarming original story about a young girl whose dream to compete as a world class gymnast is jeopardized when she begins to have trouble in school, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars™ helps girls learn to believe not only in their family and friends but also themselves.

Get a sneak peak of movie below:

A little more about best friends, McKenna Brooks and Toulane Thomas:


McKenna is an energetic, determined girl who lives for gymnastics—at least she thinks she does, until an injury and a wise tutor help her see that there are other things that she cares about, too. She’s goal-driven and wants to make her family proud, which is why she’s so embarrassed when her grades start to slip. At the gym, McKenna is super competitive, but she puts that competitiveness aside to support her teammates. She makes mistakes sometimes, but she always strives to be a good student, gymnast, and friend.


Toulane Thomas has been McKenna’s gymnastics teammate since the girls were three years old. A strong, competitive gymnast, Toulane pushes McKenna to stay on her game and do her best. Toulane is sometimes too competitive, though, and puts a lot of pressure on herself to succeed and to live up to her mother’s expectations. Like McKenna, Toulane needs to learn about life “balance” and remember how to just have fun.

ace and friends playdate fun!

First the kids were introduced to the McKenna swag. They enjoyed filling out their activity sheets together as a TEAM.

The girls loved the specially designed American Girl bracelets. They said they felt like American Girl superheroes with their matching bracelets.

Next we (well, most of the viewing crew... anyway.... the little ones were hard to corral) sat down to our exclusive viewing party to enjoy An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars.

The kids absolutely LOVED this movie (as did the adults). What I really appreciate about all American Girl movies is that they always include positive messages regarding family and friends. This particular movie stressed the importance of asking for help when you need it and to know that you're not alone. The movie is adorable and includes many important inspiring lessons for young girls. Overall, it was a well-made movie with lots of positive messages for kids (girls AND boys too!). It is a wonderful family friendly film that any American Girl or gymnastic fan will completely adore. 

Finally, all the kids celebrated with a tasty treat to conclude our fun-filled movie viewing playdate!

Don't forget to look for
*An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars*
is Available - NOW!

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Cassie {} said...

Great review, thank you! I'm sure my daughter will be getting into this soon... I'm happy to be your newest follower via the Mom's Mingle, and would love a visit back at! :)

N|MΛRIE said...

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