Friday, March 27, 2015

Funny Friday - Can I Phone A Friend?

 Me -

When my brother was little, he wanted to call his friend, when he called and his friend's mom answered and asked him who was calling, he got so nervous that he asked my mom "What's my name again?"

Mom -

When my stepson was little, he kept begging to call his friend. So finally, we let him call. He called and got his friend on the phone. After they both said hi to each other, they sat on the phone with each other for five or ten minutes without saying another word to each other. Finally, we made him say goodbye and hang up.

We welcome you to share your funny stories with us.

Tune in Sunday for the Sunday Scoop.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Me - At Sony Wonder Technology Lab, there is so much to do. Your ticket tells  you exactly what time your museum visit is scheduled for. First, you go up the elevator to the fourth floor. The first thing you do is create an ID for yourself using your name and the machine takes a  picture of you, and then you pick designs to decorate your ID.You use your ID to access all of the interactive exhibits. Most of the exhibits are interactive but not all. I really loved the exhibit where you could make your own cartoon movie. You could pick your own characters and setting. I also really loved another exhibit where you could create your own movie preview. You could choose what scenes and characters to include. In another exhibit, they had a music mixer where you could change up music by putting in and taking out different instruments. There was even a video game builder. The only game you could make was a car game and I usually don't like car games, but  it was fun. They had these three giant Playstation 4 games you could play. There was baseball, basketball and auto racing. I liked the baseball one but I didn't like the other two. Maybe, because I don't like basketball or autoracing. Over all, Sony Wonder Technology Lab was a really fun place.*

*The above is a guest post by younger sister Aurella

Mom - Here are ten (10) great things about Sony Wonder Technology Lab
1) A visit to the museum is completely free
2) You can create your own digital profile to use throughout your visit which includes:
       your name
       your favorite color
       your favorite music genre
       your picture
       a recording of your voice
3) You can enhance your digital  photo using patterns and accessories and you can even send it to a person at another Signal Station.
 4) You can program a robot.
 5) You can learn about nanotechnology and how technology keeps getting smaller and smaller.
6) You can perform virtual open heart surgery.
7)You can learn about basic animation and/or you can create a character or design a CG world.
8) You can create your own racing game
9) You can create a whole new mix of a classic Alicia Keys song
10) You can test Playstation 4 games

Fun and free what a great combination!

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Sony Wonder Technology Lab

What:Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Where: 550 Madison Avenue
              New York, New York

Who: All ages
Our view: If you are in New York City, and you want some absolutely free and fun entertainment, check out Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a a technology and entertainment museum. At the lab, you will have the opportunity to learn about technology in a fun way. Kids will love it because except for very small children, they should be able to do just about everything on their own and also because it deals with a lot of many of kids' favorite things including video games, animation, and robots. However, it is  not just a museum that is fun for kids. It is fun for everyone.

You can perform virtual surgery. 
 You can control a robot. 
You can build your own game.
 These are just a small sampling of the things that you can do at this museum. Also, at the lab, you can actually see how technology has changed over the years in a series of exhibits of phones, audio, TVs and computers through the years.
The museum does require a  lot of walking. It is four floors. You start at the top floor which you reach by elevator  and walk your way down. However, it does not feel like a lot of walking, and there are no stairs only ramps so it easily accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Also, even though the museum is free, tickets are required. There are a certain number of walk-up tickets set aside each day, however, reservations are highly recommended particularly on weekends or holidays or times when school is closed. The summer months are the busiest. Reservations must be made at least seven (7) days in advance and can be made as much as three (3) months in advance. Reservations are not only for a specific day but for a specific time as well. To make ticket reservations call the group coordinator at (212) 833-8100 between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM Tuesday - Friday. There are also free movie screenings on Saturdays as well as various special programs and events. Reservations are required for movie screenings, and the tickets go fast. Reservations can be made up to two (2)  weeks in advance. For a list of upcoming movie screenings go here For more information about the museum go to
And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post where we will be talking more about Sony Wonder Technology Lab.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tips for Tuesday: TV Shows

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Me- Today I am recommending The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It is a really funny show. It is a lot different than a lot of the other shows I have watched before. My favorite character is Carlton.  He is so funny. I love when he dances. He is a great dancer. I also love Ashley. She is funny too. Also, she s really pretty. The Fresh of Bel Air a really entertaining show.
Mom- Today I am recommending Unique Sweets. If you have an extreme sweet tooth like I do, this is the show for you. Watching this show, you will learn about all kinds of incredibly delicious looking and sounding desserts made in all different places all over the country. Episodes of this show have included Cute and Sweet, Chicago's Coolest Doughnuts, and Colorado Sweets. Desserts covered have included Biscotti Butterscotch Budino, Caramel Cube Cake, and Grilled Corn Butter. This is also a good show for building up your appetite. If you are not hungry when you start watching this show, you will be by the time you are done. Unique Sweets can be found on The Cooking Channel.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, March 23, 2015

I love it when ...

Me -

I love it when, wow!
I love it when my kittens curl up in my lap.
I love it when my kittens lick me.
I love it when my kittens sleep with me.
I love it when I get to sleep late.
I love it when something funny happens.
I love it when I'm watching my favorite show.
I love it when I get to go shopping for a whole new wardrobe.
I love it when my sister and I get along.
I love it when I am exhausted, and I can't keep my eyes open and my head hits the pillow.
I love it when there is a perfect day when it is not too cold and it is not too hot.
I love it when people laugh at my jokes.
I love it on those rare occasions when I look into the mirror and I actually feel pretty.
I love it when I am reading a book, and then all of the sudden I get to that part where I just can't stop reading because I have to know what happens next.
I love it when people complement me.
I love it when I don't have that much homework, and I have a lot of free time.
I love it when I've listened to a song I've listened to many times before, and then suddenly I'll be listening and all of the sudden it just clicks, and I know exactly what the words are.
I love it when I get a perfect score on a test.
I love it when I make honor roll.
I love it when I get straight As on my report card.
I love it when I get to spend time with my family.
I love it when somebody loses something and I find it, and everybody things I'm the hero.
I love it when I figure something out before everybody else does.
I love it when I am the only one who knows the answer to a question.
I love it when so many things happen that I can't even think of them all.

Mom -

 I love it when I don't have to get up early.
I love it when I don't have to wake up at any particular time at all.
I love it when I am not on a particular schedule.
I love it when my kids are getting along.
I love it when things are really great between my husband and I.
I love it when my kids surprise me in a good way.
I love it when my husband surprises me in a good way.
I love it when my kittens snuggle up with me or give me kisses.
I love it when I have a good hair day.
I love it when my outfit looks just right.
I love it when I get a packaged delivered.
I love it when I get a good deal on something I want to buy.
I love it when I win a contest or sweepstakes.
I love it when I start a book.
I love it when I finish a book.
I love it when I see a great movie.
I love it when I see a really good episode of a TV show I like.
I love it when I get a great idea for  a story for my other blog, Stories for Aurella.
I love it when I get an exciting e-mail.
I love it when I get a comment on my blog.
I love it when I get to take a day trip with my family.
I love it when good memories come to mind.
I love it when everything is going just right. Of course, those days are rare but that only makes me love them even more.

And that's our view. When do you love?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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photo credit 3: Tenderness via photopin (license)
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Scoop 3/22/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

 Kidzsignments Kids Consignment Sale
Sell, shop and save! It's TIME for the Kidzsignments Semi-Annual Children's consignment sale in FLEMINGTON, NEW JERSEY. Come see what the BUZZ is about! Over 40,000 items! Shop from gently-used children's and Junior's clothing - Shoes - Outside play equipment - Baby gear - Nursery and Maternity items - Books - DVDs - Electronics - Puzzles - and, Toys - Toys - Toys! PLUS, we feature special sections of home decor, ladies designer handbags, shoes, jackets AND home school and scrapbooking supplies!
Flemington SportsPlex (next to Aspen Ice)
426 Case Blvd
Flemington, NJ 08822
THURS, March, 26 - 9a-8p
FRI, March 27 - 9a-7a
SAT, March 28 - 10a-6p (most items 1/2 price)
RSVP to our FLEMINGTON event and receive an exclusive early shopping pass for our half price sale on March 28th. Click HERE to RSVP
DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
April School Vacation Week Activities
April 3 – 12
Bring the whole family to the New-York Historical Society this April School Vacation Week to explore in the galleries and have fun with American history! Free with museum admission.
Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt
Daily, All day
Have you ever seen a letter handwritten by Abraham Lincoln, a 200-year-old cross-stitch sampler, or historic ballot box? Come search for these remarkable objects (and others), and discover how they help tell the story of American civil rights history on a special museum-wide scavenger hunt!
Celebrate Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight with Paper Bird Planes!
Daily, 1–3 pm
Fold your own paper bird plane and fly it at our target wall of clouds. Which bird plane will you choose? A hummingbird, falcon, or spoonbill? While you’re here, don’t forget to check out Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight (Part III of The Complete Flock) to discover other fascinating birds that call North America home.
Explore Chinese American: Exclusion/ Inclusion with Qingming Activities
Sunday, April 5, 11:30am–3 pm
Ages 3-7; Free with Museum admission.
The Qingming Festival (???), also known as Ancestors’ Day, is a traditional Chinese festival when families gather together to remember loved ones and celebrate the arrival of spring. In honor of the special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, the New-York Historical Society invites families to create and decorate their very own Qingming Festival kite and hear the story of a master kite maker in Chinatown.
Qingming Macy’s Sunday Story Time
Sunday, April 5, 11:30am and 2pm
In Henry and the Kite Dragon, written by Bruce Edward Hall and illustrated by William Low, pesky pigeons are getting in the way of ornate Chinese kites in the skies over Chinatown. Will a master kite maker save the day by fashioning a giant Dragon kite to chase the pigeons away?
Qingming Kite Making
Sunday, April 5, 1–3 pm
One of the most popular traditions of the Qingming Festival is for families to fly kites together. Come decorate and build a personalized kite to take home and fly!

Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Paper Making
Sunday, April 12
Session 1, from 11am–1pm, for children ages 5–10
Session 2, from 2–4pm, for children ages 10 – 14
$20 per person ($15 per Member)
Families will explore, experiment, and discover the possibilities of creating their own unique paper with award-winning papermaker Mary Sullivan. Paper, in its many forms, is the material most commonly used to document who we are, as shown in the exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. Making paper is an age-old process and materials that hold special meaning can be embedded in the paper and added to its surface, creating wonderful stories of personal interest. Kids and their parents can bring in stamps, dried flowers, string, paper clippings, letters, or other small items to add to paper as it is made to personalize their work.

The Pinkertonian Mystery
Sundays, April 12 and April 26, 3-5 pm
For children and adults ages 8 and up; $35 per person.
Live In Theater debuts their very latest immersive and interactive mystery theater experience especially for families at the New-York Historical Society! In this premiere production, families will travel throughout the Museum galleries and interact with actors in The Pinkertonian Mystery to solve a crime inspired by the fictionalized criminal mastermind known only as El Diablo and the real-life Pinkerton National Detective Agency established in 1850.

Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Calligraphy
Sunday, April 19, 2-3pm
Ages 5 and up; $15 (members $10).
From ancient pictographs to modern ideographs, Chinese characters have been around for over 6,000 years and the writing of them has long been considered a discipline as well as an art. In this workshop, families will have the opportunity to see the intricacies of Chinese calligraphy demonstrated up-close by an instructor from the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Then they’ll pick up a traditional brush and learn to write and paint their own Chinese characters and landscapes with real ink on authentic rice paper. Tickets to this program include Museum admission and families are welcome to visit the special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.

Reading Into History Book Club: Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Pete Nelson
Sunday, April 19, 3-5pm
Ages 9-12; Free with Museum Admission.
When 11 year old Hunter Scott started asking questions about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during WWII, he never imagined he would rewrite history. Join the meeting to discuss this book and the true story of the disaster as discovered by Scott. We’ll be joined by Mike Thornton, New-York Historical Society Curator and naval history expert, who will answer kids’ lingering questions about the harrowing history of the USS Indianapolis sinking. Families will also explore naval artifacts from WWII.

At the Kids’ Table with Sarah Lohman: How the Kitchen Has Changed
Saturday, April 25, 2-4pm
Ages 8 and up; $16 (members $10).
What does eighteenth-century Tupperware look like? How about a nineteenth-century toaster? In this program, you'll go on a family scavenger hunt in the New-York Historical Society to uncover the kitchens of the past. Then we'll cook together, making cinnamon toast like folks would have 200 years ago—we'll do everything from SCRATCH, grinding sugar and churning butter by hand. You'll find out how much the kitchen has changed from 1815 to 2015!

Little New-Yorkers
Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:30 pm
Held in the cozy Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, this program introduces New York and American history to the littlest New Yorkers with age-appropriate themes and engaging hands-on activities. Ages 3-5. Free with Museum admission.
Cross-Stitch Circle
Thursdays, 3:30 pm
Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross-stitchers and younger children will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers and older children and adults can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs—make a handcrafted gift for someone! Ages 7 and up. Free with Museum admission.

Macy’s Sunday Story Time
Sundays, 11:30 am
From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great. Ages 3-7. Free with Museum admission.
For more info go to
Where: Players Theatre
              115 MacDougal
              New York, New York
When: Now through April 19  Saturdays at 2:00 PM               
                                                    Sundays at 11: AM

Who: All ages

or call 212-352-3101
For 20% off tickets use code PTNEWS
News from O&M Co.
What: It Shoulda Been You
Where: Brooks Atkinson Theater
           256 W. 47th Street
           New York, New York
When:   Previews Now  Opening April 15, 2015
                Monday - Saturday 8:00 PM
                Wednesdays and Saturdays 2:00 PM

Starting week of April 20:
                                                  Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 PM
                                                  Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
                                                  Fridays at 8:00 PM
                                                  Sundays at 3:00 PM

Directed by: David Hyde Pierce
Book and Lyrics: by Brian Hargrove
Music by: Barbara Anselmi
                  Tyne Daly 
                  Harriet Harris 
                  Sierra Boggess
                  David Burtka
                  Lisa Howard, 
                  Edward Hibbert
                  Montego Glover
                   Josh Grisetti
                  Adam Heller
                  Michael X. Martin
                  Anne L. Nathan
                  Nick Spangler 
                  Chip Zien
along with Farah Alvin, Gina Ferrall, Aaron C. Finley, Mitch Greenberg, and Jillian Louis.

For tickets go to
or call 1-800-653-8000
or visit the box office

$35.oo Rush Tickets available 
What: Every Brilliant Thing

Where: Barrow Street Theater
               Barrow Street
               New York, New York

When: Through March 29 only

Every Brilliant Thing is the story of a boy who tries to ease his mother's depression by making a list of all that is good in the world. He keeps working on the list through adulthood, and it has a significant effect on his life as well. It a show about depression and what we do for those we love. The show will be playing for one more week before going on its second UK tour.

Performance Schedule: 
                                              Tuesday - Friday 7:30 PM
                                              Saturday and Sunday 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM

To order tickets go to 
 or call 212-868-4444
or visit the box office 
And that's the scoop.

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