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Really Big Things

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Educational field trips are big fun for families.

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From trash compactors big enough to chew up a home to a unique NFL stadium, there's no end to the fun that Rogers -- and viewers -- will have checking out the latest and greatest big thing. In one episode, for example, Rogers tags along with the set-up crew for the Cirque du Soleil as they erect a big top large enough to cover 2,700 circus fans. While the project leader (or tentmaster, as he's known) coordinates the movements of a huge workforce, Rogers hops from job to job, rolling out canvas, attaching the tent top to the structural poles, and ascending the structure to affix waterproof material to any remaining gaps. Next he turns his attention to the world's largest land-to-water hovercraft, which the Navy uses to transport military equipment and troops. He gets a tour of the vehicle, learns about its specialized uses in and out of combat, and gets the feel of the cockpit during a multi-surface test run.

This intriguing series is as big on fun as it is devoid of iffy content, and the charismatic and adventurous Rogers is a great host. Really Big Things offers some really great family entertainment for parents and their kids, especially boys -- who are likely to be most awed by the array of massive vehicles.

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