Ovation Brands Restaurants Introduce Science-Filled Family Nights With Thomas Edison's Secret Lab

Top Quote Ryan's®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet® and Country Buffet® restaurants has teamed up with the new hit children's TV series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab to explore the captivating world of science during their weekly Family Nights with free, interactive science-themed activities. End Quote
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI (1888PressRelease) November 11, 2015 - Calling all budding geniuses! The Ovation Brands' portfolio of restaurants has teamed up with the new hit children's TV series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab (TESL) to explore the fascinating world of science during their weekly Family Nights with free, interactive, science-themed activities. The family-friendly promotion happens every Thursday night, November 12th through December 31st at all participating Ryan's®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet® and Country Buffet® locations.

    "We all know the enormous benefits of learning science at a young age," said Mike Griffith, Director of Marketing for Food Management Partners, Ovation Brands parent company. "These themed nights help foster children's love for science in an entertaining, family-friendly environment."

    Each week will feature a different activity, like learning the science behind cotton candy, why things float, a "Genius Kid" costume dress up event and even a pajama party where kids learn why they dream!

    The activities by week are as follows:
    - November 12 "Why Do Things Float"
    - November 19 "Sweet Dreams/ PJ Party"
    - November 26 "Thanksgiving DVD Sweepstakes" (Each restaurant will give away a DVD)
    - December 3 "Cotton Candy Experiment"
    - December 10 "Genius Dress Up"
    - December 17 "What's Your Bright Idea?"
    - December 24/31 Thomas Edison Secret Lab Activity sheet

    "Thomas Edison's Secret Lab was created to show kids how much fun science can be," said Geni-us Brands International's President, Amy Moynihan Heyward. "Just as Thomas Edison reveled in the thrill of invention, we hope to inspire the next generation to explore and experiment and have fun with science. What better place to do that then at Ovation Brands' Family Nights?"

    In addition to the weekly events, themed Thomas Edison Secret Lab "play sheets" will also be dis-tributed. Furthermore, more than 100 locations with video monitors will premier the show each week. For those feeling lucky, a sweepstakes, featuring a trip for a family of four to sunny Florida will be awarded. For details on the sweepstakes visit www.secretlabsweepstakes.com .

    For more information about Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, related family-night activities, or to learn more about Ryan's®, HomeTown Buffet®, Country Buffet® Old Country Buffet®, visit www.Edisonsecretlab.com, www.Ryans.com, www.HomeTownBuffet.com, and www.OldCountryBuffet.com.

    About Thomas Edison's Secret Lab
    Thomas Edison's Secret Lab is filled with fun, comedy, exploration and adventure that encourages kids to explore the limits of their imaginations. The series follows Angie, a 12-year-old prodigy and her young science club who accidentally discover Thomas Edison's Secret Lab - a 'tricked out' dream lab equipped with gizmos and gadgets, including two of Edison's very last inventions: a hol-ogram that brings Mr. Edison himself "to life," and a virtual reality machine that lets them go any-where. It even has a wacky (and slightly nervous) robot called Von Bolt, who becomes part of every adventure. In each of the episodes, Edison encourages and inspires the kids through a varie-ty of scientific and technological explorations and lots of other fun, whacky, wild and engaging top-ics, School House Rock style music videos and more.

    About Ovation Brands®
    Ovation Brands® currently operates 321 restaurants in 35 states, comprised of 311 buffet restau-rants and 10 Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse restaurants. The restaurants are principally operat-ed under the Old Country Buffet®, HomeTown® Buffet and Ryan's® brands and serve approximately 80 million customers annually. For more information, visit www.OvationBrands.com.

    About Genius Brands International
    Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Genius Brands International, Inc. "GBI" (OTCQB: GNUS) is a publicly traded global brand management company that creates and licenses multime-dia content for toddlers to tweens. Led by award-winning creators and producers CEO Andy Hey-ward and President Amy Moynihan Heyward, GBI creates "content with a purpose," meaning con-tent that is as entertaining as it is enriching. GBI's growing library of content includes the award-winning Baby Genius, Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, NY Times bestselling children's book franchise Llama Llama, and Stan Lee's Mighty 7, the first project from Stan Lee Comics, a joint venture with legend Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment.

    A Squared Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of GBI, is a brand management and licensing company that represents third-party properties across a broad range of categories in territories around the world. The company currently represents Psycho Bunny, a luxury apparel line, From Frank, a humor greeting card and product line, and Celessence Technologies, the world's leading microencapsulation company.

    For additional information please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

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