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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: July 1, 2012

It's hot, hot, hot in the Triangle. Even wee early risers can only catch an hour or two of play, before heading indoors to stay cool. How can we keep the kids entertained? I'm contemplating seeing a movie with my family, either in a theater or at home.

The fourth Spiderman movie, The Amazing Spiderman, opens in theaters July 3.  I like what I see in the previews so far, so I may splurge on tickets. If you're thinking of going, check out the National Wildlife Federation's blog, Spiderman vs the Real Deal: Spider Powers, for an interesting look at how Spiderman's powers match up to those of real life spiders. The Amazing Spiderman is rated PG-13; if you're looking for a movie geared for younger kids, see Movie Choices for Kids, a blog that helps you choose age-appropriate movies to watch with your kids.  Jean, who writes the blog, not only tells if a movie is entertaining, but she also reveals if you'll find sexual scenes or innuendos and violence or other scary scenes. She reviews new movies as well as old favorites available on DVD. See what she thinks about Madagascar 3, Snow White and the Huntsman, Brave and other new movies, as well as Snow Day, an older movie which she recommends to help you chill out on a hot summer day.

Going to movie theaters can be a very expensive outing, not doubt about it. But in the Triangle, lots of theaters are offering special summer movie deals for families. See where you find free or discounted films in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Hillsborough and Raleigh in our roundup.

Looking for more cool indoor fun? The Polar Ice House is Offering a Summer BOGO Deal when temperatures rise above 95 degrees. Also get in on two free bowling deals for children in the Triangle.



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