Goodies from Nickelodeon for the kid! Hooray!It was included in my room drop at Dad 2.016 – an individual bag of goodies from Nickelodeon, one of the sponsors. And I was delighted that I would be able to bring back something especially for the kiddo to enjoy.

I was at the event, in part, to talk about the bravery and heroism of firefighters. How ironic that the DVD provided in the bad o’ goodies was titled, Blaze and the Monster Machines “Five Alarm Blaze.”

I chuckled as I handed the kid the DVD, and starting setting up the computer on the desk in his bedroom. Once it was good to go, I left him alone so that I could tackle the seemingly endless laundry coming from my carry-on sized luggage.

I was focused on unpacking from the long weekend, so I wasn’t there to watch the episode with him, but I kept hearing delighted chortles coming from his room.

“Wow, that cartoon must be good!” I thought to myself.

And then, there was a sound that can only be described as a guffaw. Seriously, it erupted from his room and it was so delightful that I chuckled under my breath: “Score. Thank you, Nickelodeon.”

He ran past my mountain of dirty laundry, talking excitedly: “Mom. Mom! You have to come and see this part.”

He grabbed at my arm. Patted my should. His eyes bright and squinty with enthusiasm.

“Come on. Come watch this part with me!”

Seriously, how could I say no?!

Back in his bedroom at the computer, he asked me to navigate to the last few minutes of the show. I jumped into the plot as the smoke was at its thickest, figuring out pretty quickly that Blaze was about to save the day, and help support the firefighter trucks that were working to put out the fire.

Blaze and AJ head to fill up on water, and ask the audience, which water container would have the most water.

“Wow. That’s cool. Spatial reasoning and volume. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a preschool carton address that kind of skill before.”

I was impressed. And the kid was totally into it – even though it was his second time around. Offering the answer: the correct water container that Blaze should use.

“Was that what you wanted me to see?” I asked him.

“No, wait. It’s at the very end.” He could barely keep a straight face and started cracking up at the ending that was to come.


You’ll have to watch the super-funny part yourself.

It’s Blaze to the rescue in Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines “Five Alarm Blaze” featuring guest Joe Manganiello (True Blood) as the voice of the Fire Chief, premiering Friday, March 4, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT).

About Blaze and the Monster Machines

In Blaze and the Monster Machines, the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ have adventures that explore the physics of how things move; tackle problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics; and discover the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Each action-packed episode is filled with monster trucks, physical humor and upbeat original songs with lyrics that highlight a STEM concept such as adhesion, friction, force, trajectory and magnetism. The series is created by Jeff Borkin (Team Umizoomi head writer) and Ellen Martin (Bubble Guppies supervising producer).

Check out the Kid's Perspective

The kid has is own opinion to share with you because…eruptions happen. And he really loved this episode! So much so, that he’s not ready to share the DVD with any of our friends yet. At this point, they’re just going to have to check it out for themselves on Friday, March 4, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. This kid!

Learn why Blaze is his favorite character in this episode. You’re gonna love his answer!