Friday, February 12, 2016

Funtivity Friday - Science Experiment: Can You Color Snow?

Here is a fun experiment we did to see if you can color snow. Try it on your own or try some methods we didn't try.

What We Used:

Blendy Pen
Crayola Color Wonder Marker
Crayola Marker
Crayola Window Marker
Dry Erase Marker
Sharpie
Acrylic Paint
Watercolor Paint
Glitter



What we did:

1) We gathered nine cups of snow, one for each item we wanted to try.

2) We used each item to try to color the snow in one cup.


Our results: 

These items did not color the snow:

Blendy Pen
Crayola Color Wonder

Dry Erase Marker

Sharpie
These items were able to color the snow:

Acrylic Paint

Crayola Marker

Crayola Window Marker

Glitter

Water Color Paint

What else can you think of to try?

Enjoy!

Tune in tomorrow for an interview with children's music star, Laurie Berkner.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

14th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central and Gumball Gang Crime-Solving Kids

Me- It was fun to look at the Holiday Train show. If you looked at it for a long time it looked like you were actually at those places. I especially liked that they made it look like the buses had people on them. Also, it looked like there were people walking around. That made it look realistic. There were buses and taxis too not just trains. It was really cool that in the model they had the building we were actually in it. standing in - Grand Central Station The train exhibit was in a gift shop where you could buy model trains and toy subways and other train related toys. Over all, if you like trains, you would love this exhibit. Also, if you like looking at miniatures of famous buildings you would like it. Even if you don't like either you still might like this cool exhibit.*

Me - The Gumball Gang was a good show. The show was about these kids that were trying to solve the crime of the missing masterpiece. The acting was good especially considering the whole cast was kids. Most of the singing was good although a few people did not sing as well. The songs were okay but not memorable. There was this one girl who was a really good dancer. She could put her leg all the way straight up in the air, and she could do a split. Some of the costumes were nice. Some were okay. I liked these gold dresses that some of the girls wore. There were pretty. It seems like it would be fun to be in a show like that. I am not sure if I would want to get up in front of people and be in a show though. I am going to be in dance recital though.*


And that's my view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

*The above posts are guest by younger sister, Aurella.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Where-To-Go Wednesday - 14th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central and The Gumball Gang Crime-Solving Kids

What: 14th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central

Where: NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store
             Grand Central Terminal
             89 E. 42nd St.
             New York, NY

Who: All ages


Now through February 21, 2016

Mom's view: Grand Central Station's annual Holiday Train Show started over the holiday season and continues through February 21. The exhibit features a miniature Metro North train, miniature subway trains and a miniature Grand Central Station among other things. It is not a very large exhibit, and I am sure there are or have been other model train exhibitions that are much larger. It is not worth making a special trip to Grand Central Station just to see this exhibit. However, if you are in Grand Central Station, viewing it is a fun way to kill some time if you need to. Anyone who is particularly interested in trains or miniature versions of well-known locations will really enjoy it. Small children who love trains will love it. In fact it is a good place to take small children who love trains because it is small enough not to be overwhelming. For more information go to 
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What: The Gumball Gang Crime-Solving Kids

Where: TADA Youth Theater
            15 W. 28th St
            New York, NY

Who: Ages 3+

When: Now through February 15
Mom's view: This is another entertaining production by TADA Youth Theater. This one is about a group of kids who solve the mystery of a missing painting. TADA productions are not your typical children's productions. They are full scale productions with professional quality sets and costumes. However, that is not what makes them so special. What makes them so special is the opportunity to see a group of talented kids strut their stuff. These kids sing, act, and dance better than a lot of performers who are a lot older and/or have a lot more experience. At least some of these kids are sure to have a big future in show business. In fact, Josh Peck of Drake and Josh and Grandfathered, and Ricki Lake of Hairspray and the Ricki Lake Show among others got their starts in the program. If you want a chance to be able to see a future star before he or she hits it big, there is a good bet you will have the opportunity to do so by attending one of TADA's shows.  For more information or to order tickets go to 
And that's Mom's view. Tune in  to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about the 14th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central and The Gumball Gang Crime-Solving Kids.       

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tips for Tuesday: Misc: Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kid Songs

We were given a copy of Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids Songs for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
Me -  Today I am recommending Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids Songs . It is a really cute album for kids. When I was little, I would have loved to have this album. Some of my old favorite Laurie Berkner songs are on this album along with a lot of really popular kids songs. Listening to this album was very nostalgic for me. Any young kid would be really happy listening to this album. It is so much fun!

Mom - Today I am also recommending Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids Songs. I can't tell you the last time I enjoyed listening to an album as much as I enjoyed listening to this one. It brought back so many memories of when my kids were little. Laurie Berkner is one of the most popular children's performers around for good reason. Her music is so fun and entertaining that even most adults won't get sick of it after listening to it over and over again. Her Favorite Classic Kids Songs album is filled with songs that children have loved for years including nursery rhymes like Old King Cole and Sing a Song of Sixpence, old favorites like Shoo Fly and She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain and some of Laurie's most popular original hits like Victor Vito and We Are the Dinosaurs. There is not a bad song on the album. Even though many of these songs or at least a version of them have appeared on other Laurie Berkner albums that still doesn't take away from how entertaining and full of fun this album is. It would make a create addition to any child's music library.

Although it was very nostalgic for us, and we had a lot of fun reviewing this album, unfortunately and a little bit sadly for me, even our youngest member has aged out of Laurie Berkner fandom. However, lucky for you, our loyal readers, we will be giving away our review copy of this album.  To enter to win.  Fill out the Rafflecopter below. For an inteview with Laurie Berkner see our post this upcoming Saturday, February 13, 2016.

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Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Super Bowl


Me- All I know about this year's Super Bowl is that Carolina and Denver were in it. I don't understand why they call it the Super Bowl. That is something I have always wondered . I don't usually watch the Super Bowl. I have never actually watched the whole thing, but I have seen some of it. My favorite part is half-time but only if I like the performer. Otherwise, my favorite part is the commercials. I don't really like the game because I don't like football at all. I think it is boring. On Animal Planet, they have the Puppy Bowl opposite the Super Bowl. They are both pretty boring, but at least the Puppy Bowl has cute puppies and kittens you can look at.. They also have a lot of commercials with animals too. I think the only good thing I can think of about the Super Bowl is that so many people are home or somewhere else watching it that if you go out during the game there is not a lot of traffic. Over all, I think that the Super Bowl is pretty boring, and I wouldn't waste my time watching it.*

*This is guest post by younger sister, Aurella.

Mom - I don't care too much about the Super Bowl. I usually know who is playing in the Super Bowl but I don't care too much about it or watch the game. When I think about the Super Bowl, I think mostly about the half time shows and the commercials. I only care about the Super Bowl if I care about who is playing at the half-time show. This year, I didn't even watch the half-time show because we were out. I didn't really care anyway. I am not that much into Coldplay. I liked when Katy Perry played the half-time show last year. The only Super Bowl that really sticks out in my mind is Super Bowl XXV in 1991. Whitney Houston sang the national anthem that year and it was about the best I have ever heard the anthem sung. The game was pretty excited too even for a non football fan like me. One of our local teams was in it so a lot of people I know who are sports fans and especially football fans were very happy. Also, the game itself was actually pretty exciting and was decided by 1 point. In general, most Super Bowls seems to be decided by very lopsided scores where one team totally blows out another. That is one thing that makes them so boring. In Super Bowl XXV, the half-time performers were New Kids on the Block. I didn't care  and still don't care about New Kids on the Block so that was probably the only time I actually watched the Super Bowl when I didn't care about the half-time perfomers at all.  In general, I  usually think about Super Bowl Sunday as a great time to go to a restaurant without a bar and a TV. So far, I have never actually gone to a restaurant like that during a Super Bowl though. Even if I am not watching the game at all even the half-time show, I have always been busy doing other things.

And that's our view. What do you like or dislike about the Super Bowl.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 2/7/16: What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Pink Party for Susan G. Komen at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Thursday February 11, 2016
 This event will include appearances from the Real Housewives of New Jersey – Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano. Bert Baron from 1450 WCTC will be the emcee for the evening. Over 25 vendors will be showcased. Raffle prizes will include :

Overnight stay & spa treatment at the Ocean Place Spa & Resort
High end jewelry items
Baskets filled with luxury makeup & perfumes
Social membership to Bella Vista Country Club

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Upcoming at the Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY

Friday February 12, 2016
Persian Cultural Festival 
Celebrate the Persian culture's New Year's Holiday and traditions, The festival features traditional music dancing and workshops that showcase the cultures artistic history.

Saturday February 14, 2016
Valentine's Day
Fine Arts studio: Love Pouches: Create your own love pouch for Valentine's Day! Embroider a beautiful design and use your new pouch to collect all your Valentine's Day cards.
Sound Booth: Valentine's Day Recordings... Remixed: Join Us in the Sound Booth today as we record our own Valentine's Day messages to those we love. And remix them with sound effects, music, and beats.
Clay Bar: Become a clay chocolatier! Create small chocolate treats and presents at the Clay Bar!
Media Lab: Animated Valentine Messages To Your Special Someone: Young artists are invited to create animated valentine messages to a special someone! Using scrabble letters, kraft supplies, colored paper, and decorations, create an animated card to remember.
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications
Big Apple Circus
Returns to TD Bank Ballpark
With the New Jersey Premiere of
The Grand Tour
February 12, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Big Apple Circus returns to Bridgewater, New Jersey for the company's 38th season with the New Jersey Premiere of The GrandTour! Tickets start at $25, and the show runs from February 12 - March 13, 2016 under the Big Top at TD Bank Ballpark, 1 Patriots Park (GPS: 860 East Main Street) Bridgewater, NJ. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.
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News from DKC/O & M

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
TO KICK-OFF 2016 SEASON
WITH ANNUAL NYC GALA

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
AT CITY WINERY

Williamstown Theatre Festival’s (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) annual Gala will be held atCity Winery in New York City (155 Varick Street) on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM.  The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and live auction led by Charity Auctioneer Robbie Gordy of Christie’s New York. Hosted by Jessica Hecht and David Hyde Pierce, the evening will include special appearances and performances by: star of stage and screen Ana GasteyerTelly Leung (Broadway’sAllegiance), Lindsay Mendez (Broadway's Wicked), New York’s hottest new band Sky-Pony (led by Tony Award-nominated singer/actress Lauren Worsham and musician/writer Kyle Jarrow), and more!

This year’s 2016 Gala Artist Committee includes many passionate advocates for the Williamstown Theatre Festival including: Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker, Eric Bogosian and Jo Bonney, Fernanda Coppel, Trip Cullman, Halley Feiffer, Michael Friedman, Ana Gasteyer, RenĂ©e Elise Goldsberry, Jessica Hecht, Kristolyn Lloyd, Chris Lowell and Kerry Bishe, Dominique Morisseau, Lila Neugebauer, Cynthia Nixon, Benjamin Scheuer, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Lucy Thurber, and Blair Underwood. Williamstown Theatre Festival gratefully acknowledges Gala event sponsor Viacom for their continued support.  WTF thrives through the generosity of corporate sponsors like Viacom.

To support the Williamstown Theatre Festival and purchase tickets to the 2016 Gala, please contact Emily Curro at (413) 458-3200 x14or gala@wtfestival.org

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“ E C L I P S E D ”
STARRING
ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER
LUPITA NYONG’O

THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL CAST
FROM THE ACCLAIMED RUN AT
THE PUBLIC THEATER
WILL REUNITE ON BROADWAY

PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 23
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 6, 2016

AT THE GOLDEN THEATRE

The complete original cast from The Public Theater’s acclaimed, sold-out production of the new Americanplay Eclipsed by Danai Gurira will reprise their roles on Broadway this Spring.  Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o will be once again joined by Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Saycon Sengbloh.  Eclipsed, directed by Liesl Tommy, will begin previews on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, with opening night set for March 6, 2016 on Broadway at the Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th Street).  For tickets and information, please visit www.EclipsedBroadway.com

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** CALLING ALL ROCK STARS! **

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SMASH HIT
“ S C H O O L   O F   R O C K   -   T H E   M U S I C A L ”
SEEKS THE NEXT WAVE OF BROADWAY ROCKERS

OPEN CALL FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
TO BE HELD ON STAGE 
AT BROADWAY’S WINTER GARDEN THEATRE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016

ONLINE CONTEST WILL SEND TEN LUCKY WINNERS ON A TRIP TO NYC
WITH A GUARANTEED AUDITION SLOT AND TICKETS TO THE SHOW

School of Rock - The Musical will hold an open casting call for a new wave of pint-size rockers, offering the once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the most famous kid band of all time

A massive open casting call will take place in New York City on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway), the home of Broadway’s newest record-breaking musical, School of Rock. The open call will begin at 10:00 a.m. (local time), with sign-in beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m. 

An online contest will offer hopefuls the chance to win a trip to NYC with a guaranteed audition slot and tickets to see School of Rock – The Musical.  The creative team will select the top 10 participants for the grand prize. Three additional participants will win a one-season scholarship to The School of Rock, including three months of rock star training and an end-of-season performance. To enter the contest, hopefuls should visit: www.schoolofrockthemusical.com/auditions-contest/  Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, February 15, 2016 and winners will be announced on Friday, February 19, 2016.

The open call is open to kids of all ethnicities ages 9-12 who are under 5’ tall and play an instrument. This audition is exclusively for girls who play bass and boys who play guitar, piano, and drums. Kids should come prepared with a headshot and resume (if you have one) and ready to rock out.  Drums, keyboard, and amps will be provided.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock – The Musical features music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor.

Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are available by visiting the Winter Garden Theatre box office Monday – Saturdays between10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm – 6:00pm, online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 212-239-6200.
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News from Richard Hillman PR

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
NEO DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES
PRESENTS
“A F T E R L A N D”
A NEW MUSICAL
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BENJAMIN VELEZ
BOOK AND LYRICS BY KATHRYN HATHAWAY
DIRECTED BY MARK BROKAW
 
FEATURING CHRISTY ALTOMARE, ALEX BONIELLO,
DANIEL JENKINS, REBECCA LUKER, JACOB MING-TRENT,
ALEXANDRA SOCHA, ALYSHA UMPHRESS, AND DONALD WEBBER, JR.
 
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016 AT 2:00 P.M.
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY, AT SAINT PETER’S
 
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director) and its acclaimed NEO Developmental Reading Series presents the new musical Afterland, with music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez and book and lyrics by Kathryn Hathaway for one performance only, Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  The readings are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00. 

Directed by Drama Desk Award-winner Mark Brokaw (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), the cast features Christy Altomare(Mamma Mia!), Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening), Daniel Jenkins (Big,), Rebecca Luker (The Music Man), Jacob Ming-Trent(Hands on a Hardbody), Alexandra Socha (Death Takes a Holiday), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), and Donald Webber, Jr.(Holler If Ya Hear Me).

A moving story of renewal and regeneration, Afterland takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and follows two eccentric wayward tribes as they stake out their territory and attempt to create a new civilization and world order where none exists.  A work in progress, Afterlandis part of York Theatre Company’s NEO (New, Emerging, Outstanding) Series, which celebrates up and coming musical theatre writers.

Benjamin Velez is a graduate of Columbia University where he studied film and wrote music and lyrics for the 114th Annual Varsity Show. He is a composer/lyricist in the Advanced BMI workshop where he was named the Jerry Harrington award winner in 2012. His work has been featured at NYMF, the NEO concert series, the Cutting Edge Composers series, the Yale Institute for Music Theater and most recently as part of the 4@15 series at the NYU Steinhardt School. He is currently collaborating with John Leguizamo and David Kamp on the original musical Pain in the Aztec.

Kathryn Hathaway is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her plays and musicals have been performed and developed at Ars Nova, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Flea Theater, New Dramatists, the Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, the Prelude Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe’s Pub, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Yale Institute for Music Theater. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and an alumna of Barnard College and received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.

Reservations can be made by visiting the website at www.yorktheatre.org
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gymboree Introduces Their New Little Golden Books Collection and A Chance to Win Over $2,000 in Prizes

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Shop the Little Golden Books Collection at Gymboree!
Gymboree has launched an adorable new clothing collection for baby's featuring children's book characters including:

The Poky Little Puppy

 The Shy Little Kitten

The Fuzzy Duckling

The collection includes boys and girls clothing, shoes, socks, blankets, bibs and books.

To celebrate this new collection Gymboree is a holding a One Big Happy Storytime Sweepstakes.  Enter here now for a chance to win over $2,000 in prizes including;

A Set of Little Golden Books from Random House
Nursery Bedding and Decor from The Land of Nod
A $500.00 Gymboree Gift Card

Contests ends February 29, winners will be announced in March.
 
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