My son is getting to that age where he really is starting to pay attention to what he sees and hears. This seems to be especially true when it comes to entertainment. All of the sudden he can identify “Melmo” and “Bo-bee” (that’s Elmo and Brobee for those of you that don’t speak toddler), and even ask to watch them! For this reason, we limit his time watching television, and the TV shows and movies that we choose for him are deliberately chosen based on their content. That means I am always on the hunt for family-friendly entertainment.

I was so happy when I found Kidtoons. Kidtoons is devoted to bringing family-friendly matinees to movie theaters. This means you can take your child to the movies and not have to worry about what types of things they will be seeing. Every month they sponsor a new movie, and ensure that matinees are playing in local movie theaters.

As a former pre-school teacher, the most exciting part of Kidtoons to me is the involvement of “Dr. Donna,” aka Dr. Donna Mitroff, PhD. Dr. Donna is a former educator who provides a review for every movie. Her reviews include talking points, activity ideas, and book suggestions. All of these things allow you to turn a trip to the movies into a teachable experience in your home. These reviews also include a plot summary, so there will be no surprises to you the parent. If there is something in a movie your child might consider scary, Dr. Donna lets you know in her reviews, so you can make an informed decision about letting your child watch. Dr. Donna will also let you know recommended ages for each film.

This month’s Kidtoons movie is Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, which is a great film for children ages 4 to 10. Kidtoons has been gracious enough to provide readers of Mom for Less with not one, but TWO great offers related to the movie.

First, all Mom for Less readers can receive a coupon for a Buy One Get One Free ticket to see Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale. Just click here and print your Buy One Get One Free coupon!

Second, one lucky reader will win a Barbie: A Fashion Fairytaleprize pack, courtesy of Kidtoon Films. This prize pack includes:

  • One classic Barbie doll
  • One Fashion Fairytale Barbie doll
  • One Flairie
  • One Carriage
  • One official movie one-sheet poster

To enter, just leave a comment telling me your child’s favorite movie or television show.
You can gain ONE additional entry per day by Tweeting about this giveaway. Your tweet must include a direct link to this post and @Mom4Less, so I can find it! Shortened links (, etc) are fine, please just make sure they point directly to this post.

The giveaway will close Sunday, October 3rd at 11:59 pm, and I will contact winners no later than October 5th. Winners will be chosen randomly through

Please be sure to follow Kidtoons on Twitter, as well as their Facebook Page, and tell them Mom for Less sent you!

Full disclosure: I was asked by Kidtoon Films to blog about their service. I was not compensated in any way, and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.