When I was at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (#ChiTaG) at Navy Pier last month, I happened to run into the folks from SnuggleTime Toys. What they had that caught my eye was a line of "Petjamas" - which I initially thought were clothing for Pillow Pets. They are, but they're actually a little more: Petjamas are "changeable, washable covers" for Pillow Pets (and the knock-offs like the "Pillow Chums" and "Pillow Chaps" I see on kiosks in the mall). They give these popular plush pillows a fresh look, while also providing a sort of "guard" that's easy to clean.

Laurie McIntosh, aka Story Laurie has been busy this past month producing a new compilation dedicated to raising funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts. Slated for release on December 22 via Bandcamp (with iTunes to follow), NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR: FAMILY MUSIC FOR SANDY RELIEF will feature tracks from Pete Seeger and The Rivertown Kids with Dar Williams & David Bernz; Dan Zanes; Tom Chapin; Guy Davis; Gustafer Yellowgold; Dog on Fleas; Uncle Rock; Story Laurie; Kim & Reggie Harris; Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke; Grenadilla; Ratboy, Jr.; Dan Einbender; Professor Louie & The Crowmatix; Magpie; and The Saints of Swing.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment just hit The Rock Father with a couple of new video clips straight from the home release of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (out today on DVD and Blu-ray). Below the jump you can check out an alternate ending and a deleted scene from the third film to be based on the popular "Wimpy Kid" book series. 

I have to admit, though I have a copy of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON here at Rock Father HQ, the munchkins and I have not yet watched the spin-off series, DRAGONS: RIDERS OF BERK on Cartoon Network. In fact, other than knowing that T.J. Miller does a voice on there, I don't really know a ton about it. That said, I know a lot of you (or your kids) dig the show, and as such, the folks from DreamWorks sent over a handy guide on "How to care for your Dragon," along with an interactive quiz to promote the recent DVD release of the first four episodes of the show (available now from Walmart). Are you into DRAGONS? Scroll down...

Having just cleared five years of rocking last month, ROCK BAND continues to unite music gamers and families as the platform expands weekly with fresh tracks available for ROCK BAND BLITZ and ROCK BAND 3. On December 18, a trio of songs from ELTON JOHN hits the Rock Band Music Store. Harmonix got in touch with The Rock Father to deliver the full details, and I've got that posted for you below.

While we just broke the record for "days without significant snowfall" here in the Chicago area (281 days and counting for those that care), it's technically Snowman Season for a lot of folks with plenty of fresh, white powder on the ground. As a celebration of the season, Oxford, UK-based children's performer NICK COPE has released a new Holiday song called "Snowman Kind of Day." It's a great new tune for the family, and he's offering it up for a free download!

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