New Cosmic Cubs Club Web Site Rockets Kids into Space with Games, Virtual Story Maker to Open New Education Galaxies

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Ann Kennis, former model and children's toy and game inventor, and her daughter Alex, have created an exciting new space-age web site -- cosmiccubsclub.com, which launched today. The "edutainment" web site, which is fun and, above all, safe for intended users -- kids 4-12, includes cornerstone features like space games and a creative story maker.

There's always been something fascinating about space and its endless horizon of exploration

Ann Kennis, former model and children's toy and game inventor; and her daughter, Alex, have created an exciting new space-age web site – Cosmic Cubs Club (http://www.cosmiccubsclub.com), which launched today. The “edutainment” web site, which is fun and, above all, safe for its intended users, kids 4 – 12, includes cornerstone features like games and a creative story maker.

Cosmic Cubs Club focuses on learning and the fun of online camaraderie with a club-type of approach. Membership is secured through inexpensive, online monthly, semi-annual and annual subscriptions, which would make excellent stocking stuffer and Hanukkah gifts, according to co-developer Ann Kennis.

The site rockets its users into space with customizable, cosmic cubs and a range of educational games and activities, according to co-developer, Alex Kennis, age 13. “We always had a design work room in the house, called the ‘creation station’, and I‘ve always enjoyed the computer. My mom thought this would be a great mother/daughter project. And it has been. I think Webkinz were my inspiration.

“I tried to show my mom the importance of seeing a kid’s perspective. We’ve tried making Cosmic Cubs Club a really fun site so both boys and girls will like becoming members in our on-line club. Some of my cousins like the Create-a-Cub feature or the coloring section and I have friends who love our exciting new Story Maker, but I like the games best.”

Ann Kennis pointed out that Cosmic Cubs Club offers its young members an interactive platform filled with games and activities designed for fun- while increasing their knowledge of outer space. “There’s always been something fascinating about space and its endless horizon of exploration,” Kennis said. “Our goal is to engage children so most won’t even realize they’re learning while playing a range of games featuring the mystery and excitement of outer space.”

Mother and daughter began working on the site nearly two years ago and, once the basic site concept was completed, they recognized the need for a game developer. They chose Left Brain Games, Inc.(http://www.leftbraingames.com) of Torrington, Conn. to create the games section of the web site.

“It was great to be involved in developing a web site to get kids excited about space and science at an early age,” said Greg Izzo, principal of Left Brain Games. “The Cosmic Cubs are really inviting and make the activities and games fun and engaging. Users can play a variety of action and ‘brain-power’ games in the Galaxy Games arcade. In the Cosmic Crafts section they can flex their creativity using colors and textures to color book pages and make mini-books, cup inserts and other cool crafts.

“Another kid-favorite will be the Story Maker where they create their own virtual story book, designing each page using backgrounds, clip art and vocabulary from the site. They can choose a variety of printout formats, and can even send their family and friends a link to directly access the story books."

In addition to the games, children can customize their own avatar and save it, Kennis noted. They can paint pictures and decorate their spaceship. And kids can choose from 10 different Cosmic Cubs like Ertle, Luna and Marvel, among others. Limited edition Cosmic Cubs plush toys will be available in early 2011.

Both Ann and Alex are anxious to build Cosmic Cubs Club memberships and continue expanding the capabilities of the site. Their goal is to attract attention for the site through schools and space clubs in the Tri-State area. The mother-daughter team would like to work with educators to link school curricula to learning areas on the site.

For more information, please visit http://www.cosmiccubsclub.com and their Facebook page, or email info(at)cosmiccubsclub(dot)com or call 203-254-7885.

ABOUT ANN KENNIS
Ann Kennis, a former model with a strong belief in the importance of educating children, has always had the knack for creating children’s toys and games. She was inspired to create Space Bears, a limited edition plush toy, during a plane trip for one of her modeling assignments at the time when Cabbage Patch Dolls first became popular.

Kennis handled her own order fulfillment, distribution, packaging and shipping and continued her active modeling career at the same time. After Space Bears, she created the Whack-it Rackit, which used a light-weight ball and a special racket. Those items sold “like crazy,” she added.

CONTACT: Ann Kennis, 203-216-6905 or Steven Gaynes 203-767-6645

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