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Let’s Jump! Help National Geographic Kids Set a Guinness World Record— Exercise can be fun — especially if you’re breaking a Guinness World Record. Join first lady Michelle Obama, official “Jumper in Chief,” as she kicks off NG Kids’ attempt to break the record for Most People Doing Jumping Jacks. We need more than 20,000 people to do one minute of jumping jacks between 3 p.m. (ET) Oct. 11 and 3 p.m. (ET) Oct. 12, so get your friends, sports teams, after-school groups — even your entire school — to participate. For official rules, date and start time, games, health tips and more, visit kids.nationalgeographic.com/lets-jump/. Also, check out this NG Kids video for the event with race car driver Danica Patrick: http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=N_Hkz8F7Nao. Page 8.
2011 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids — Grab your camera and photograph something amazing in your world! Contest entries can be submit- ted in four categories: animals, scenery, people, humor. The winner of the U.S./Canada contest will be selected from the first-place winners in each category and will win a trip to Costa Rica. The overall best photo chosen from all first-place winners in the international National Geographic photography contests will win the Grand Prize in the worldwide contest — a trip to Washington, D.C. All entries must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2011, so enter today! Kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/contests/photo-contest-rules/. Page 10.
National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge: Montana — Promoting hands-on exploration among America’s youth, National Geographic Kids magazine is looking for tomorrow’s great explorers to take part in the 2012 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge. NG Kids magazine will select 15 young explorers to experience the field trip of a lifetime — a 10-day expedition to the state of Montana — with National Geographic and local experts as their guides. This is the first time the Hands-On Explorer expedition is being held in the United States. Enter now at kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/contests/explorer-trip-2012. Cover wrap.
Amazing Animals: Halloween Pet Parade (Cover Story) — We’re only a month away from Halloween, and NG Kids has found some of the craziest costumes…worn by pets! Toby the cat looks spooky in his Dracula costume; Oscar the bichon frise must be tech-savvy with his “iPaw” disguise; and Willis the pug seems ready to fight crime in his Superman getup. You’ll find a list of pet outfits that were all the rage last Halloween, and some cool Halloween facts that will surprise you. Go online to see more pets in costume: kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/photos. Page 18.
“Flying Monsters” — National Geographic’s new 3-D movie explores the mighty pterosaurs that ruled the skies 231 million to 65 million years ago. They evolved over time from clumsy reptiles to agile predators, but some scientists believe they couldn’t adapt to one thing: the appearance of birds, which were better fliers and hunters. NG Kids goes behind the scenes to see how three pterosaur species lived before going extinct. Visit flyingmonsters-movie.com to watch pterosaurs in action. Page 30.
ALSO: Read up on mythical beasts from ancient Greek tales on Page 26, and plan a vacation around Halloween to the creepy locales found on Page 22.
National Geographic Kids, a multitopic, photo-driven magazine for 6- to 14-year-olds, empowers its readers by making it fun to learn about the world. Its numerous industry awards include Periodical of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from the Association of Educational Publishers. Published 10 times a year, National Geographic Kids has a circulation of 1.1 million and is available by subscription for $19.95 a year and on newsstands for $4.99 a copy. Its website is at kids.nationalgeographic.com.