Friday, September 4, 2015

Funtivity Friday - The Five Senses Guessing Game

Here is a fun way to explore each of the five senses with your child with a guessing game:
1) Sight: Put an object in a brown paper bag with only a little bit of it showing. See if your child can guess what the object is just by the little bit that they can see.
2) Hearing: Have your child  close their eyes. Make a sound for them. See if they can guess what is making the sound just by hearing it.
3) Touch: Have your child close their eyes and open their hands. Hand them an object. See if they can guess what the object is just by touch.
4) Smell: Have your child close their eyes. Put an object under their nose. See if they can guess what the item is just by smelling it.

5) Taste: Have your child close their eyes and open their mouth. Put a small bite of something or a small spoonful of something on their tongue. See if they can guess what it is just by taste.

This game can also be played by a group of children by having the children takes turns helping to pick objects to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste and being the one to guess what they are. It can even be played by older children and/or adults by choosing more difficult items for the person to see, hear, touch, smell or taste.


Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015


We were give tickets to Diggerland for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here our own based on our experience.

Me - Diggerland, wow! Diggerland was much more fun than I expected. There were a lot of fun rides. My favorite was one where I actually got to drive a car. Even Aurella got to drive a car. Of course, my Mom was with me and my Dad was with her. I also really liked the rock climbing wall. In some places, it was really hard to get up if your not tall enough. Aurella had a lot of trouble with it, and she could barely get up at all. I could  get up, but only so far. There was also a spinning ride. It was not the best one I have ever been on of that type but not the worst. I was worried that my glasses were going to fall off. So I held on to them the whole time. There was a ride that went up really high above the park. The view from there was really nice. There were also a bunch of other rides. Diggerland is a really fun places, and any kids who are really into motor vehicles would especially love it.

Mom - Diggerland  truly has something for everyone. Here are a few more of the rides and attractions you will find there.

For little kids:                              

A play area

A barrel train

For bigger kids and adults:
A Rock Climbing Wall

A Rope Course

There are also
Rides for Everyone

And even 
A stunt show

And so much more! You won' want to miss it!

And that's our view. What do you think would make a good theme for an amuseument park?

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Diggerland

We were given free tickets to Diggerland for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
What: Diggerland

Where: 100 Pinedge Drive
              West Berlin, NJ

Who: All ages
Our view: Diggerland is a vehicle loving little boy (or girl)'s dream. Even if that is not you, Diggerland is still a really cool fun place. Here you can drive a car even if you don't have a license. You can ride a backhoe. You can dig for treasure with a giant digger if you are an adult or big kid or  with a mini land rover if you are a younger kid. There is so much more you can do as well, and it is all construction vehicle related. Even the merry-go-round is made up of excavator cabs rotating around an execavator and the train is pulled by a dumper instead of an engine. You wouldn't think there would be so much to do in a amusement park that is based so specifically around a particular topic. However, there is a plenty to do at Diggerland for adults as well as for kids of all ages. For more information or to reserve tickets on-line go to

And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for even more about Diggerland.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tips for Tuesday - Misc. The Row NYC

 The Row NYC
700 8th Avenue
New York, New York

Me - Today I am recommending The Row NYC.  The Row is a really nice hotel. The rooms were small but nice. The beds are really comfortable. The staff was nice. The hotel is in a really convenient location especially if you want to see a lot of Broadway shows. The Row is a great hotel. I would definitely recommend it, and I would definitely stay there again myself.

Mom - Today I am also recommending The Row NYC. The Row used to be the Milford Plaza. It was a great hotel then, and it is a still a great hotel now. Prices are reasonable especially for a New York hotel. The rooms are small but comfortable. The beds are especially comfortable for a hotel not too soft and not too hard. The hotel staff is very friendly and especially helpful. If you are in New York , and you are not even staying in the hotel, and you have an emergency they will be there for you as they were for me when I  was in New York another time with my younger daughter. Our cell phone died and we had no way to contact my husband to tell him when to pick us up so one of the concierges at the hotel helped us out,  The security at the hotel is very good too, and people can not just come in from the street and wander up to the rooms. You have to have a room key to work the elevators, and very often they have a security person standing out by the elevators making sure that everyone does have a room key. Of course, my favorite thing about The Row is the location. It is located just a few blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the heart of the theater district.  If you are planning to do go see a show or two and you want to make a night of it, or a couple of nights of it, or even a week or longer, The Row NYC is the perfect place to stay. For more information or to make a reservation go to

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monthly Mash-up for August, 2015

Me - My topic for this month is best friends. Best friends are probably one of the greatest things in life. I met my best friend in school last year. My Grandma always used to tell me that I should join a sport because then I could meet people and make more friends. However, my best friend and I bonded because we are both bad at sports, and in gym class, we used to hide behind our mutual friend who is really athletic. Then, we just started hanging out together and became best friends. I think one of the most amazing feelings is knowing that no matter where you are or what you are doing, there is someone in the world who's always got your back.  Life is so much better when you have a best friend. One of the best parts of having a best friend is having someone to experience things with you. Whether it's a new experience or something that you've done a million times, everything is always better when you have a best friend to experience it with you. Best friends have a way of bringing you out of your comfort zone in the best way. My best friend is a like a second sister to me, and I know that no matter what we'll always be there for each other.

Mom - My topics for this month is gun violence. To this day, I still cannot get the faces of those children  killed at Sandy Hook elementary school out of my mind. It especially effected me because my younger daughter was about the same age at the time. Since, then things have not gotten better. It seems like every time you turn on the TV there has been another multiple shooting and even on the rare days when that does not happen there is never a day when at least one person and probably a lot more innocent people don't get shot and killed. Still, some people are more concerned with protecting people's rights to own guns then protecting people from gun violence. Saying guns don't kill people, people kill people means nothing. It may be technically true, however, as I saw on a sign one day, guns don't kill people all by themselves. The whole gun issue just shows one important thing about the human race and that is that  a lot of people care more about their own rights then the rights and safety of us all. I mean I am not saying that nobody has a right to own a gun, but shouldn't we want to keep them out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill and children at least. To my mind, the only reason you should ever need a gun is if you work in some type of law enforcement profession or you want to go hunting. I don't really understand hunting myself,  I mean killing for sport doesn't sound fun whether you are talking about animals or people. However, I get that some people enjoy it. Still, to go hunting, you should not require the types and amounts of guns and ammunition that they are finding on these mass shooters so why should people be able to buy those things. Recently, I received a Sandy Hook promise bracelet. I wear it now to remind me not only of the children of Sandy Hook, but of the other innocent children killed by gun violence as well like Christina-Taylor Green  and also to remind me of the innocent adults killed by gun violence like Victoria Soto and Allison Parker and all the other children and adults killed by guns many of whose names are not as well known. Although there will never come a day when those people should be remembered any less, it would be nice if there came a day when there weren't so many new names constantly being added to the list. Sadly, I'm not counting on that happening anytime soon though.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/30/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming Events at Franklin Square
200 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA

September 2, 6:30-7:30pm – Twilight Yoga Presented by POP UP Yoga Philly - Get excited about yoga, health, and wellness! All body types and skill levels are welcome for this Yin Yoga Class. ($15)

September 5 - 7, noon - 3 pm Labor Day Celebration – All aboard! The Lightning Bolt Express Train makes a stop in the Square to help us celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer ($5 adults, $4 children).

September 13, 11 am - 1 pm – Grandparents’ Day Brunch – Treat your Grandparent to a delicious brunch provided by Cooperage. Ticket price includes a craft and ticket for the Parx Liberty Carousel ($25 advance ticket purchase required).

For more information go to
Upcoming Events at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

September 5, - Dean Ambrose Superstar of the WWE

September 19 - Thomas the Train Show

For more information go to
 Upcoming at the Camden Riversharks
Campbell's Field
401 N. Delaware Avenue
Camden, NJ

Waste Management will sponsor a game-worn Hat Auction during Waste Management's Cleaning Up Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday, September 10th, at 7:05pm.

Fans will be able to bid on the hats throughout the game.  Individuals who win the auction will be able to go on the field after the game to have their hat autographed and take a picture with the player whose hat they won.Thursday, September 10th is also Oktoberfest

Join a 90-minute buffet in the Diamond Café featuring a variety of German foods and beers.  For more information on Oktoberfest, CLICK HERE.
TADA! Youth Theater 1-Day Camps
15 W. 28th Street
New York, New York 

September 14- Theme: Start It Up

September 15: Theme: Something to Step About

For more information or to register go to

 News from Michelle Tabnick Communications 

  Bowne Printers
at the South Street Seaport Museum

Announces Partnership with Adobe Typekit
Display Type competition 

The South Street Seaport Museum announces a partnership with Adobe Typekit, which will sponsor a public facing programming initiative with Bowne Printers. Display Type, a competition of typographic variety, is a unique Fall Sponsorship between Adobe Typekit and the South Street Seaport Museum. The winning contestant will have his or her typeface carved from wood and become part of the working collection of Bowne Printers at the South Street Seaport Museum. In addition, the winning typeface will have the opportunity to be seen on a lush package of printed goods. The competition is open to type designers who have designed a typeface within the past three years. Contest is open for entry from August 21 - September 20, 2015, and a grand prize winner, first and second runners up will be notified on September 28, 2015. 
News From Waldmania PR

Upcoming New Children's Release
Alex & The KaleidoscopeGet on Board!  
True Blue Media Productions 
September 25, 2015

Hot on the heels of winning a 2014 New York Emmy® Award for Best Children's Programming, Alex & The Kaleidoscope, with Alex Mitnick at the helm, has a splendid itinerary of colorful musical adventures in store for kids with the September 25 release of their new album, Get On Board!

Alex & The Kaleidoscope's songs unfold like storybooks, captivating young minds and stirring their imaginations.  Get On Board! invites children to observe and celebrate the world around them.  Associating the pleasure of a sweet tune with an interesting insect or the color and shape of a shark, singing along to a song about delicious garden vegetables, or dancing to a funky rhythm while hearing a list of recycled materials -- all of these make connections in a child's mind that will last a lifetime.

Setting the pace for Get On Board! is the "Alex & The Kaleidoscope Theme Song," which manages, in just 60 seconds, to cover three different sounds, tempi, and styles, unified by the lilting friendliness of Alex Mitnick's warm voice.  The question, "Who's that comin' down the track?" receives some fun (and funky) answers on the album's title song, "Get On Board."  Next, the band slides into a mood of great mystery, painting a deliciously creepy sound picture on "Insect Tourists."

Other highlights include "Outside," a Rolling Stones-type rock anthem showcasing the "built in smile" that has become a signature of all Alex Mitnick vocals, "Recycle," a funky, '70s-style reminder to stop pollution by becoming part of the solution, and Alex & The Kaleidoscope's rendition of the classic African-American spiritual, "Oh, Won't You Sit Down," which is marvelously done, with a spirited, authentic ring and perfect electric guitar instrumental break.

A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Alex Mitnick is dedicated to both teaching and performing.  In addition to touring the nation and producing award-winning television shows and recordings with Alex & The Kaleidoscope, Alex has spent the past fifteen years honing his unique teaching style, incorporating percussion, games, movement, and, as he says, "lots and lots of singing" into a fun and engaging musical experience.  Since 2000, Alex has directed the music program for children eighteen months through eighth grade at the Princeton Montessori School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Full episodes of the award-winning Alex & The Kaleidoscope TV show can be seen on YouTube, Kidoodle.TV, AmebaTV, Toon Goggles, and Battery Pop.

Get On Board! will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and on the Alex & The Kaleidoscope website, HERE.
CD Details:  Get On Board
Release date:  September 25, 2015
For ages 4 - 8
Label:  True Blue Media Productions
SRP:   $9.99
Running time:  44 minutes
Alex & The Kaleidoscope - Performance Highlights - Oct. - Nov. 2015

Oct. 3 - World Café Live at The Queen - Wilmington, DE

Oct. 31 - ArtsQuest - Bethlehem, PA

Nov. 7 - Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn, NY

Visit Alex & The Kaleidoscope's website HERE.
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“T U N E   I N   T I M E”





AUGUST 31, 2015 AT 7:30 P.M.

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director), will host the return engagement of the game show for musical theater lovers called Tune in Time, presented by Amy Engelhardt and Heather Shields,  hosted by Emily McNamara, with  Musical Director Nate Buccieri and annoyingly insistent timekeeper Sheila Head.  The August/September installment will be presented on Monday, August 31, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).   
“ T H E   L I O N ”

 Producer Eva Price is proud to announce that The Lion, the gripping, highly acclaimed autobiographical solo show written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, is officially began its national tour to Wednesday, August 26th, at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts (50 East Merrimack Street).

The current national tour schedule is as follows:

August 26 – September 20, 2015
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
50 East Merrimack Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01852

September 30 – November 8, 2015
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
108 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

November 11 – 22, 2015
Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Boulevard
Rochester, New York 14607
January 6 – February 7, 2016
Long Wharf Theatre
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

February 26 – April 10, 2016
Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

May 12 –June 5, 2016
City Theatre Company
1300 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203

A good storyteller uses everything he has; so Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar – actually, six guitars – in The Lion, a wholly original downtown musical experience that tells one man’s gripping coming-of-age story. The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock n’ roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music. Much like its hero, The Lion roars.



The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director, Roger T. Danforth) has announced their Fall 2015 Schedule of events and workshops at the Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca.

Highlights include intimate evenings with 2015 Tony® Award winners Christian Borle (Something Rotten!), and Lisa Kron (Fun Home), and Julie White (Airline Highway), in a conversation hosted by Tony® winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You), her co-star in the upcoming Broadway production of Sylvia. The Drama League will also host a once-in-a-lifetime workshop for actors with the acclaimed British ensemble Frantic Assembly, who created the stunning movement and choreography for the Tony-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; a conversation with Tony® Award nominee Max Von Essen (An American in Paris); and the return of DirectorFest, the annual short play festival featuring the work of America’s most exciting new directors.
This fall, The Drama League will also offer over fifty special performances on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as open rehearsals, artist residencies, play readings, excursions to London’s West End, and more.   

To reserve seats for any of the events in the Fall Series, please visit

Highlights  from the 2015 Fall Schedule Calendar
All events held at the Drama League Theater Center, 32 Avenue of the Americas
(unless otherwise noted)


Up Close: Christian Borle
Moderated by Rick Elice

Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $25
League Members: $15

Christian Borle takes a break from his Tony® winning turn as William Shakespeare in this season’s smash hit Something Rotten! to join us for a fun filled evening. Mr. Borle’s career spans stage and screen, having previously starred in the hit NBC musical drama Smash and the fantastically inventive Peter and the Starcatcher, for which he won his first Tony®. Other Broadway acting credits include Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, and more. He joins us to discuss his prolific career and what it takes to pull off being the rock star Bard eight performances a week. This special event will be moderated by Peter and the Starcatcher playwright, Tony® Award nominee Rick Elice.

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Up Close: Max von Essen

Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $30
General Public: $20
Drama League Members: $12

Max von Essen is currently appearing as Henri Baurel in the award-winning An American in Paris, a role which earned him a 2015 Tony® Award Nomination for best performance by an actor in a featured role. He previously appeared on Broadway in the 2012 revival of Evita as Agustin Magaldi. His other credits include the closing company of the original Les Miserables, performing the role of Enjolras in the first revival of Les Miserables, and making his debut in the first revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Join us as he discusses his career, current and upcoming projects!

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UpClose: Lisa Kron

Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $30
General Public: $20
Drama League Members: $12

Lisa Kron is a Tony® winning writer and performer. This year, she and her writing partner Jeanine Tesori made history as the very first all-female writing teams to win the Tony® Award for a musical score, with their groundbreaking show and Best Musical Tony® winner, Fun Home.  Lisa’s last outing on Broadway was her acclaimed autobiographical work, Well, which she wrote, and for which she was nominated for a performance Tony® in the starring role. She was most recently seen on the New York stage as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan. She will join us to discuss her 30-year career in New York, and what will follow the smash success of Fun Home.

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Up Close: Julie White
Moderated by Annaleigh Ashford

Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $25
League Members: $15

The hilarious Julie White returns to Broadway this season in the canine comedy, Sylvia. Her other Broadway credits include The Little Dog Laughed, for which she won a Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play,  Airline Highway, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and Ann. She is also beloved for her characters on screen, including TV’s “Grace Under Fire”, “Nurse Jackie” and the “Transformers” film franhise.  She will join us to discuss her extensive career on stage and screen and discuss her upcoming projects. This event will be moderated by her puppy co-star in Sylvia, Tony® Award winner, Annaleigh Ashford.
And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking  Topic.
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