We are a mother and daughter who both love to write. We decided to start this blog so we could spend time together doing something
we both love and share it with you. We specialize in reviewing fun places to go and fun things to do, but we talk a little bit about everything.
We would love to hear your views too.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Modern Pinball NYC & Matilda

We were given free passes to Modern Pinball NYC for review purposes.  Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
Me- Modern Pinball NYC, wow! Modern Pinball NYC was fun. I loved the Wizard of Oz pinball machine.  That was my favorite. They also had The Simpsons, Monopoly and a bunch of others. I tried a bunch of different machines when I was there. I just liked The Wizard of Oz one best. I like the movie the Wizard of Oz, and it was a really fun machine. It reminded me of the movie. It was cool to see all the different kinds of pinball machine they had there. There were machines of TV shows, movies, games and other things. There was even a really old fashioned clown one. I didn't really like that one. It wasn't like the pinball machines I am used to. I liked that you didn't have to put money in the machines. You just paid for the time and played as long as you want. I am not really a big pinball player. However, I enjoyed Modern Pinball NYC.
****************************************************************************************************
Me -Matilda, wow! Matilda was a great show. It was really funny. The acting was good. The songs were good although only 3 or 4 were memorable. It was much darker than the movie. I read the book too, but I don't really remember it because it was so long ago. The show also had a lot of new things that weren't in the book or the movie that was the stuff that made it darker. My favorite songs are Revolting Children and Naughty. Parts of both of those songs are in the commercial for the show. Of course, my favorite character is Matilda. In this version, her brother was kind of funny. They way over exaggerated his stupidity. In the movie, he was much meaner. Also, in this version, the parents were much meaner than they were in the movie. I would definitely recommend seeing this show but just don't expect a light happy musical.

And that's Melia's view.

Funtivity Friday will be closed this week. Have a Happy New Year!

Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

photo credits: All Matilda photos by Joan Marcus

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Modern Pinball NYC & Matilda

We were given free passes to Modern Pinball NYC for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What:  Modern Pinball NYC

Where: 362 3rd Ave.
             New York, NY

Who: All ages
Mom's view: If you like to play pinball, you will love Modern Pinball NYC. Even if you don't like to play pinball, it is still a really fun place. It is like a museum of pinball. They have some really unique and interesting pinball machines from all different eras. Our favorite was a Wizard of Oz pinball machine complete with a house that can spin as if hit by a Cyclone, scary looking trees, and ruby slippers as flippers. The game actually plays clips of the movie as well. Other pinball machines available include ones based on CSI, The Walking Dead, Terminator, Avatar, Monopoly and The Simpsons. Modern Pinball NYC is not just for adults and big kids. Stools are available so smaller kids can reach the games. Another great thing about Modern Pinball NYC is that you don't have to worry about scrounging for coins or buying endless tokens to play. You pay for the amount of time you want to play and you have unlimited play for that time period. You can even leave and come back and the period of time you were gone will not count as part of the play time you paid for. Modern Pinball also offers birthday parties as well as science lessons for schools and camps during which classes will actually be able to see and examine an opened pinball machine. Modern Pinball is open every day from 11:00am to midnight. For more information go to 
 
********************************************************************************************************

What: Matilda the Musical

Where: Shubert Theater
             225 W. 44th Street
             New York, New York

Who: 6 and up
Mom's view: Matilda is not the best show I have ever seen. However, there is a lot to like about it. The acting is good. The singing is good. A few of the songs are even memorable, a rarity in this day and age. I specifically like Naughty, When I Grow Up and Revolting Children. Naughy is really fun song despite the title. When I Grow Up is both sweet and sad. Revolting Children is a rousing anthem. The set dominated by giant scrabble tiles is unique and interesting,  There are a lot of comedic moments in the show. The character of Matilda is inspiring in the way that she ultimately manages to thrive no matter what.  However, despite, the likeability of the main character, this is not at all a bright sunny musical. Those who like their entertainment a little bit darker will  probably love Matilda. Those who have read the book or seen the movie and enjoyed them will probably enjoy the show. The show is a bit darker in tone than either the book or the movie, however. I would not recommend  it for very small children or those who are easily frightened especially if they are unfamiliar with the story. On the whole, the show is more enjoyable if you are familiar with the story before you go.  Not only because it is less likely to be frightening that way, but also because sometimes the English accents are hard to understand. Over all though, somehow the show was not like I thought it would be. I really expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did especially considering all the accolades the show received including 12 Tony nominations and 4 Tony wins. The show also won a special Tony Honor for Excellence in theater for the four young girls who initially played Matilda as well as two Drama Desk Awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and a Theatre World Award. For more information or to order tickets go to http://us.matildathemusical.com/.
And that's Mom's view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about Modern Pinball NYC and Matilda.

photo credits: All Matilda pictures by Joan Marcus

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Giveaway: Win Family Camping Gear!

The New Year Family Camping Giveaway! ($270 ALP) #Ohuhu

camping666Deliciously Savvy is Hosting A New Giveaway for Ohuhu! They are Supplying one Lucky winner with $270 Worth of Fabulous Camping Products for 1 Lucky Winner! Enter Today & Good Luck!

Sponsored By ~ OHUHU

Hosted By ~ Deliciously Savvy

Co-Hosted By :

Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews // Seasonal Family Fun // Heartbeats~ Soul Stains // Forever Dreamin' // My Silly Little Gang // IMHO Views, Reviews and Giveaways // Box Roundup // Michigan Saving and More // Capri's Coupons

PLUS a Big Shout Out To All Blogs Helping To Promote To Their Fabulous Readers and Beyond! Thank You! I Can Never Do It Without You :)

1 Lucky Winner Will Receive:

camping777
camping888
camping999
campingooo

$270 ARV!

A BIG Thank You to OHUHU For All Of The Amazing Quality Products Included In This Fabulous Family Giveaway!

And Now The Giveaway!!!

Giveaway Dates ~ 12/30 9PM EST until 1/24 11:59PM EST

Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only.

Any Questions Email mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated or associated with Facebook,
Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid only
in the United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
This giveaway will end at 11:59PM (EST) on 01/24/2016.

Good Luck! Enter Below


Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook!

Tips for Tuesday - Movies: He's Just Not That Into You and The Intern

This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link and make purchase, we may be compensated.
Me - Today I am recommending He's Just Not That Into You. This is movie based on the non-fiction best seller. It involves several intersecting stories about love and relationships. This was a really romantic movie. Instead of one happy ending there were a bunch of happy endings. The movie also had a really good cast. I would highly recommend it.
Mom - Today I am recommending The Intern. Ben a retired executive in his 70s goes to work as an intern to Jules Ostin a much younger woman who owns her own  clothing company. She ends up learning much more from him than he learns from her. This a really sweet movie. The acting is first rate from the stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway right on down through the cast. The movie shows that despite what they may think the young still have a lot to learn from those who came before them.

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

Monday, December 28, 2015

Monthly Mash-up December, 2015 Me: Curling and Straightening Hair and Mom: The End of the Year 2015

Me - My topic for this month is curling and straightening hair. I straighten my hair almost every day. I wish I could have been born with naturally straight hair. When I was younger my hair was wavy and I used to want curly hair. Now, that I am older my hair got curly, and I wish it was not. Over the years, I have had several different curling irons and flat irons. None of the curling irons worked well at all. The flat irons worked but they took a long time. I recently got a new curling iron and flat iron. The new curling works really well. The new flat iron works nicely too. It is really annoying that I have to go through all that curling and/or straightening to have the hair I want every day!

Mom- My topic for this month is the end of the year 2015. This has been quite an up and down year not only for myself but for the US and the World at large. On the downside, there seemed to be mass shootings every week including but not limited to terrorist attacks both in the US and abroad. There were also numerous natural disasters around the country and the world as there seem to be every year. On the upside, the Pope visited the U.S. While this did not affect me directly because I am not a Catholic, I do have to say that even for me and other non-Catholics like myself, there is a lot to like about this Pope. Another highlight of the year was the birth of Princess Charlotte in England which definitely bumped up the cute factor of the royal family, I mean is there any cuter family than Will and Kate and their two adorable youngsters? For me personally, I would not say it was a great year, but it definitely wasn't as bad as it could have been. On the bright side, our blog has grown by leaps and bounds. As a result, we got to go to a lot of cool places including, amusement parks, museums and other places, and see a lot of great things including many shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and way off Broadway. I think for me personally the highlight of my year was that I got to see 18 Broadway shows some of which I loved, a lot of which I liked and very few of which I didn't like at all. All of the places we went and the things we saw this year, we have already talked about in one of our Where-To-Go Wednesday posts or we will be talking about in an upcoming Where-To-Go Wednesday in the coming year.

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 12/27/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at the Strand Center for the Arts
400 Clifton Ave.
Lakewood, NJ

Happy Birthday ELVIS A Tribute by Richie Santa
Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:30PM
Elvis Presley is the reason Brooklyn born Richie Santa became an entertainer and has made a career as a Tribute Artist. The resemblance is amazing, then add the power of Richie's voice and the transformation is complete! Come join us celebrate the Birthday of the 'King of Rock and Roll' with Elvis Tribute Artist RICHIE SANTA and a LIVE 10 piece band! AND John Pizzi, one of the hottest rising comics in the entertainment industry, with his unique brand of comedy, will start the night off with some laughs! Tickets are $55 VIP Meet & Greet with Premium Seating, $45, $35 and $25. (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.strand.org/events/event-listing/
********************************************************************************************************
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Mission Dance Party
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:00PM
Mission Dance boasts a reputation as one of the tri-state’s best high-energy party bands! In addition to performing many current pop music hits, the band’s repertoire includes a wide selection of classic R & B, Motown, Rock, Disco, Oldies, Fifties, Sinatra, Swing/Big Band, Jazz, Blues, Ballads, Latin, Ethnic, and Broadway. Tailoring their set lists to the audience and the occasion, Mission Dance seamlessly weaves these styles together, performing the kind of continuous music that makes people want to get up and dance. Tickets are FREE, but required.

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/special-event/mission-dance-winter-dance-party
********************************************************************************************************
TADA! Youth Theater's 2016 Original Musical Lineup
15 West 28th St.
3rd Fl.
New York, NY

The Gumball Gang Crime-Solving Kids
January 22 - February 15
Join the Gumball Gang as they try to solve the case of the missing masterpiece

Up to You
April 16 - May 22
Who will be elected to the student council? The cheerleader? The jock? The band geek? It's up to you. Follow a tale of blackmail, media corruption, and political scandal that takes place in a high school. It's Mean Girls meets High School Musical but its 1977.

Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats
July 9 - August 3
Skates 
This is a dance theater piece about two friends that almost give up their efforts to learn to roller skate until the need to help someone comes along
Maggie and the Pirate
There's this girl, Maggie who lives in a bus, has a pet cricket, an older sister and friend. One day her cricket is gone, and in her place is a sign," The Pirate was here," Who's the Pirate? Where's the cricket? Will they find her?
********************************************************************************************************
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Circus Now and Big Apple Circus
In Association With
Jonathan S. Cerullo | JSCTheatricals
present
The 2nd Annual Celebration of American Circus
Evolving Circus Honoree: Bill Irwin
with David Shiner presenting the award
featuring Emcee Thom Wall
January 5, 2016 at 8pm at Lincoln Center

To honor and spotlight the distinguished achievements in the American circus arts, Circus Now together with the Big Apple Circus, in association with Executive Producer and Director Jonathan S. Cerullo, JSC Theatricals, is proud to present the 2nd Annual Celebration of American Circus at the Big Top at Lincoln Center on January 5, 2016 at 8pm. Part ceremony, part performance, the Celebration of American Circus will honor four artists and/or organizations that have been prominent in the circus arts landscape in America, while spotlighting the thriving state of the circus arts across the nation, and will feature Emcee Thom Wall, with performances from a variety of breath-taking acts.  Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.circusnow.org/CELEBRATE2016. ********************************************************************************************
News from O & M Co.

CURRAN: UNDER CONSTRUCTION”
CULMINATES WITH
 TAYLOR MAC’S
“A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: 1776-1836”
IN TWO PARTS

SIX PERFORMANCE ENGAGEMENT
AT THE CURRAN
BEGINS THURSDAY, JANUARY 21

SIX-HOUR MARATHON
OF PARTS I AND II
TO BE PRESENTED AT
FINAL PERFORMANCE

The Curran is proud to present Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1776 - 1836 as part of “Curran: Under Construction,” the ground-breaking series of intimate and non-traditional programming curated by Carole Shorenstein Hays.  The six-performance limited engagement will begin Thursday, January 21 at the Curran (445 Geary St).   As recently announced, “Curran: Under Construction” kicks-off a new era for the historic theatre, which is undergoing a major renovation and will reopen as a full-sized venue in early 2017. Throughout “Curran: Under Construction,” audiences will enter through the Curran’s stage door alleyway and be seated on stage alongside the action.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1776 - 1836 will be presented in two parts -- Part I: 1776-1806 on January 21-23, and Part II: 1806-1836 on January 26-27.  A six-hour marathon of both parts I and II will be presented at the final performance on January 30.
Taylor Mac is embarking on an ambitious, highly entertaining and stirring project called A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a durational performance art concert and a subjective history of the past 240 years in America. This highly anticipated project incorporates over 30 different performance art concerts, a number of co-commissioners from around the world, and will culminate in a one-time only 24-hour event. He will be performing mini-marathons of 3 and 6 hour excerpts of the piece, both as developmental workshops prior to the 24 hour piece, and touring after the “premiere.”   The Curran is proud to co-commission this ambitious work and present the first six decades beginning with the birth of the nation in 1776, here in the city that inspired him to create it: San Francisco.

Mac is a legendary downtown New York theater artist, originally from Northern California, with a large and dedicated audience in the Bay Area. He is a playwright, actor, singer/songwriter who has performed internationally from the Public Theater in New York to Sydney Opera House. He is currently an artist in residence at the Park Avenue Armory and the Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab at for summer 2015. He is this year’s recently named recipient of the Herb Alpert Award for theater.

Tickets for Taylor Mac are priced at $50, with marathon tickets priced at $75, and can be purchased exclusively via Eventbrite by visitingSFCURRAN.COM, where you can also find all the latest information about “Curran: Under Construction” and plans for the new Curran theatre.
********************************************************************************************************
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Blogger Opps.- Family Camping Giveaway and $100.00 Visa Giveaway!

Blogger Opp ~ The New Year Family Camping Giveaway! ($270 ALP) #Ohuhu #Free & #Paid Options Available

camping666
Deliciously Savvy is Hosting A New Giveaway for Ohuhu! They are Supplying one Lucky winner with $270 Worth of Fabulous Camping Products for 1 Lucky Winner! More Items May Be Added in The Meantime So Sign Up Today! #Free & #Paid Options Available! Sign Ups Close 12/26! Thank You For Stopping By and Sign Up Today! :)

Sponsored By ~ OHUHU

Hosted By ~ Deliciously Savvy

Co-Hosted By ~ ???

1 Lucky Winner Will Receive:

camping777
camping888
camping999
campingooo

Total Retail Value So Far $270!!! More items may be added in a day or two! Will Update as items are added!

Now…. Deliciously Savvy Needs Your Help Promoting! I cannot do it without each and every one of you so please sign up today! Thanks so much!

1 FREE Link For Agreeing To Post Giveaway On Time and Promote 3 to 4 times a week Via Social Media MINUS Announcement Post. (Choose from Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest ONLY)

PLUS Snag a 2nd & 3rd FREE Link If You Post The Announcement!!! (Choose From Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest OR Instagram)


Co-Hosts Wanted & Needed ~ $7 for 5 links of your choice (and I mean any you choose other than Google+). You can do Facebook Comments, Blog Comments, Giveaway Entries, Daily Votes, Social Media Follows of your choice, Secret Word Pages ANYTHING! PLUS the 3 FREE links above gives you 8 Links Total! Co-Hosts will also be promoted via graphics and link backs to their site via extra follow pages & Co-Host Pages! (# of extra follow pages depends on # of sign ups so promote, promote, promote!) Co-Hosts are not required to post announcement but it is greatly appreciated!

Other Sign Up Options Available On Sign Up Form


Sign Ups Close 12/26 9PM EST
Open To US and must be 18+ to enter


Giveaway Dates ~ 12/28 9 PM EST through 01/22 11:59PM EST

Savvy Offer!!! The Blogger With The Most Referrals will Receive a FREE Co-Host Spot On my Next Giveaway OR Giveaway of Winners Choice! Promote Away and Make Sure They Know To Say You Sent Them! Minimum of 4 referrals to win free spot on next promotion or promotion you choose.

*****************************************************************************************************

http://ratsandmore.com




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Inside Broadway Tours and The Gazillion Bubble Show

We were given a free Inside Broadway Tour for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Me - Inside Broadway Tours, wow! Inside Broadway Tours was fun. It was really interesting to learn stuff about Broadway. For instance, I never knew how much it costs to advertise on the big billboard at Times Square. It costs millions for the tiniest amount of time like a day or a week or something. Also, I found out that there was a show called Moose Murders that lasted one performance. It got booed so much that the leading lady quit after the show and never did another show. Our tour guide Samantha was really good. She was really informative. She was really impressed by the amount of shows my Mom and I have been to. A lot of the other people on the tour were out-of-town tourists who haven't been to a lot of shows. Even though I go to New York and Broadway a lot, I still like to learn new things about them, and Inside Broadway Tours is a good way to do that.

In the Lobby of the Gershwin Theatre - The Home of Wicked

And that's Melia's view.
********************************************************************************************************
We were given free tickets to The Gazillion Bubble Show for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


Me - The Gazillion Bubble Show was a great show for little kids. All the little kids that got picked to volunteer where so cute. It is also a great show for older kids that love little kids because there are a lot of little kids at the show. Even if you are older and you really really love bubbles, you will like this show. If you go and sit in the front row or near the front row, you might want to bring a raincoat, rain boots, and maybe even sunglasses or goggles because you will get wet. When they say, "A Gazillion Bubbles", they mean it. I liked when the guy told the audience he was using a magical spray to make the bubbles last longer. Then, he said he was just kidding and that it was just water. I also liked when they played a video and showed a bubble that they made that was a bubble replica of the great wall of China. It was just as big. He said it was the biggest bubble in the world. Kids will also like that there is audience participation in this show and those participating get prizes. The prizes are really fun too. They give away really cool bubble related prizes. If your kids like bubbles, they will love this show.*


*The above is a guest post by little sister, Aurella.

Funtivity Friday will be closed tomorrow. 

Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Inside Broadway Tours and the Gazillion Bubble Show


We were given a free Inside Broadway Tour for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
George M. Cohan Statue at Times Square
What: Inside Broadway Tours

Where: From: The George M. Cohan Statue          To:  Shubert Alley
             46th St. & Broadway                                          225 W. 44th St.
             Times Square                                                    (between 8th Ave & Broadway)
             New York, NY                                                    (linking W. 44th St. to W.45th St. )
                                                                                        New York, NY
When: 4:00pm daily

Who: all ages

Mom's view: There are a number of walking tours through New York's  Broadway district. We would definitely recommend Inside Broadway Tours.  Their tours teach you not only about the theater district the way it is now but also about the area the way it was long before there were any theaters there. Even if you think that you already know everything there is to know about the area, you will still learn things. The tour guides are all involved in the professional theater themselves and are pleasant and informative. They will share not only historical and current information about the area and shows that have played in the past or are currently playing but also about their own lives and what it is like to work in the theater. Once you've met your tour guide, you will always feel like you've got a friend in the theater. That is one thing that makes this tour special.Our tour guide, Samantha was especially great and let us in on a bunch of great ways to save money on theater tickets. However, the tour is a lot of fun on the whole, and the hour and forty five minutes will go by in a flash. Inside Broadway Tours are open to all ages. We would recommend them for adults and children who are able to stand up and walk for long periods of time and do not get bored easily listening to people talk a lot. We especially  recommend the tour for those  children and/or adults who are interested in theater and/or history. The tour is reasonably priced especially compared to some others. It is $35.00 per person and is free of charge for children 12 and under. For more information or to book a tour go to http://www.insidebroadwaytours.com/broadway-tour
 
Shubert Alley
********************************************************************************************************
We were given free tickets to the Gazillion Bubble Show for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Gazillion Bubble Show

Where: New World Stages 
              340 W. 50th St.
              New York, NY 

Who: All ages
Mom's view: If you have very young children that you want to take to the theater, this is the perfect show for them. Children that love bubbles will especially love this show where they will see different colored bubbles and bubbles as big as people among other things. To add to the fun, your child may even be picked to volunteer on stage and win a cool prize. Kids definitely should not be bored at this show since the show is not very long and doesn't really have a plot. It is just about an hour and twenty minutes of bubble fun. While children do need to stay in their seats during the show unless they are invited to come up on stage, they do not have to be quiet. This is another reason the show is such as great choice for anyone with small children but not necessarily anyone without as the noise level can get quite high. It is definitely not a show that teens or adults (or probably even most tweens) would enjoy without a younger child around. If you are planning to attend the show, just be aware that if you are seated close enough to the stage, there is a good chance you will come home sticky with bubble juice so if you do not find that appealing, keep that in mind when buying tickets. Also, you will be bombarded with an array of bubbles and bubble related toys outside the theater for purchase. For more information or to order tickets go to http://gazillionbubbleshow.com/
And that's Mom's view. For more about Inside Broadway Tours and the Gazillion Bubble Show, see tomorrow's Talking Topics post.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tips for Tuesday - Misc.: NuMe Soiree Holiday Set and Kenz Laurenz Cotton Stretch Headbands




Me - Today I am recommending NuMe Soiree Holiday Set. It consists of  a curling iron with 8 different wands and a straightener. It works really well. The curling irons I had previously did not really curl my hair at all. It is also nice to have so many options for how you want to curl your hair. The straightener heats up faster and works quicker than other straighteners I have had. All in all, I would definitely recommend these products.

For more about NuMe Holiday collections or more about NuMe in general go to
http://numeproducts.com/holiday-gifts



Mom - Today I am recommending Kenz Laurenz Cotton Stretch Headbands. They have a nice thick band. They come in lots of colors and patterns. You can order them from Amazon. What is especially nice is that you can pick the colors you want that way you don't have to take the chance of gettting too many of the same color or too many colors you don't like.

For more about Kenz Laurenz cotton stretch headbands or their other hair products go to
http://www.kenzlaurenz.com/ or find them on Amazon.com.

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

Children's Catalogues

The following is a sponsored post. Says Me Says Mom was compensated for this post.

What Are the Top 3 Children's Catalogues Right Now? Read This To Find Out!

Hitting the shops might not be at the top of your child's to-do list, especially when it comes to trying on new clothes. Thankfully, -there's an alternative. UK catalogue shopping enables you to order a wide range of products - including  toys, clothes, and school essentials - from the comfort of your own home, saving you a lot of time and hassle. But that's not all. When you order from a catalogue,
you can spread the cost of payments over a period of time - helping you to budget. But where can you find the top 3 children's catalogues? Read on to find out!

1. Very

If you're looking for the best children's toys, look no further than Very - where you can get 10 percent off your very first order. You'll find big name brands,electronic toys, and educational toys all under one roof, and you can even have them delivered the very next day. There are a number of payment options and you'll be able to contact a customer rep via email or phone if you have a query or need some more information about your order.

2. The Brilliant Gift Shop

Full of unique gifts for children, the Brilliant Gift Shop is one of the best pay monthly catalogues and lets you spread the cost of your order over time (you'll receive a statement every month telling you how much you need to pay). Here you'll find gadgets and gizmos, as well as toys for children of different ages. Opening a new account is easy and you should receive a decision about whether you have been approved instantly.

3. Simply Be

Simply Be is one of the country's largest catalogue companies and specialises in everything from clothing to electronics. You'll be able to apply for a new account on the Simply Be website or over the phone, and once you've been accepted, you can select a range of children's clothes from their catalogue and have them delivered to your door.

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 12/20/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Children's Museum of the Arts Holiday Hours
103 Charlton St.
New York, NY

December 28, 29, 30

Members only 9:30am - 11:00am

Open to public 11:00am to 5:00pm


Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

11:00am to 3:00pm

Children's Museum of the Arts will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day

For more information about Children's Museum of the Arts go to http://cmany.org/visit-us-2/
********************************************************************************************************
Upcoming Events at iPlay America
and iPlay America Gift Cards
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Tuesday, December 29 — Olivia Holt — 6 p.m. 

Olivia Holt starred as “Kim” on the hit Disney XD series “Kickin’ It.” She also stars in the Disney Channel’s original series “I Didn’t Do It” as Lindy Watson, which just finished its second season. She starred in and recorded three single for the Disney original movie “Girl vs. Monster.” The singles on the “Girl vs. Monster” soundtrack are “Nothing’s Going to Stop Me,” “Fearless,” and “Had Me at Hello.” She also has songs on the Disney Holiday Playlist and the “Shake It Up” soundtrack. She recently signed a record deal and she has a new movie in post-production titled “Same Kind of Different as Me.” Olivia is not touring right now so this show offers a unique opportunity to her fans.

General admission tickets are $5 and include a $5 game card. VIP tickets are $125 and include a meet and greet witha ride pass and a $10 game card.

Wednesday, December 30— Niki & Gabi — 7 p.m. —

Come see twins Niki and Gabi DeMartino — A.K.A. the girly-girl and the hipster — live to celebrate the New Year! They will have live musical performances, a Q&A and a meet and greet with fans! The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, natives have more than 2.4 million followers on their YouTube Channel, NikiandGabiBeauty, and are bona fide social media stars. They released their first original song, “It,” in June 2015.

General admission tickets are $10. VIP meet and greet tickets are $50.

If you are still looking for gifts for the holiday, why not Give the Gift of Fun with Iplay America Gift Cards. Avoid the crowds by buying them on-line.  Buy $100.00 in gift cards and get 2 $10.00 bonus game cards. Don't just give them another boring gift that they're are going to want to return immediately or one that they'll quickly forget. Give them the opportunity to have a fun experience that they'll remember.
******************************************************************************************************
Upcoming Classes at TADA! Youth Theater
15 W. 28th St.
3rd Fl.
New York, NY

January 23- April 24
Curtain Up Musical Theater Play Building

Creative Musical Play -
Ages 1-2 Saturdays 10:00am - 10:50am
Have a playdate with your little one and friends! Be a part of the action will they learn rhythmic coordination, language, & storytelling skills through songs.

Curtain Up - Create your own musical, Be a writer, singer, dancer, and actor!

Mondays
Ages 3-5      3:15pm - 4:15 pm
Ages 5-7      4:15pm - 5:45 pm

Tuesdays 
Ages 6-8     3:30 -5:00 pm

Saturdays
Ages 3-4      11:00am-12:00pm
Ages 5-6      12:15pm-1:45pm
Ages 7-9      2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages 10-14  3:00pm- 5:00pm

Sundays
Ages 3-4      1:15pm - 2:15pm
Ages 4-5      2:30pm-3:30pm
Ages 6-8      3:30pm-5:00pm

Spotlight Cabaret - You and your fellow castmates choose a theme, create your own cabaret, and perform on TADA!'s Off-Broadway stage.
Tuesdays
Ages 9-14   5:00pm-6:30pm

For more information or to sign up click here
******************************************************************************************************
York Theatre's Musical TheatreTraining Program 
for College Students

January 4-16, 2016
Monday through Friday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FINAL SHOWCASE: Saturday, January 16th
Off-Broadway's York Theatre Company 

The York Theatre Company is one of the few theatres in the world dedicated to developing new musicals as well as rediscovering forgotten musical theatre gems.

The York's Musical Theatre Training Program draws from its vast network of connections to New York City's most successful theatre artists as teachers and guest artists. It offers the unique opportunity of classes taking place in an actual Off-Broadway theatre near the heart of New York's theatre district.

These classes are for serious theatre students currently enrolled in college and are led by York's Associate Artistic Director, Michael Unger. 

Guest Artists currently schedule include:

Kerry Butler (Tony nominee Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Xanadu)
JoAnn M. Hunter (Choreographer School of Rock)
Richard Kind (Tony Nominee The Producers)
Rebecca Luker (Tony Nominee Cinderella, Mary Poppins Nine)

For more information or to download a brochure click here
******************************************************************************************************
News from Waldmania PR

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING

ALEX & THE KALEIDOSCOPE

LIVE AT PEEPSFEST!

STEELSTACKS, BETHLEHEM, PA

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015

With 18 national awards in their hip pocket, including a New York Emmy® Award for Best Children's ProgrammingAlex & The Kaleidoscope, with Alex Mitnick at the helm, has a splendid itinerary of colorful musical adventures in store for three FREE all-ages concerts at this year'sPeepsFest at 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30 at SteelStacks 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA.
******************************************************************************************************
News from O & M Co.

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
BEGINS RECRUITMENT FOR 2016 SEASON

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
SEASONAL STAFF AND INTERN POSITIONS,
THE 2016 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, THE 2016 APPRENTICE PROGRAM,
AND THE 2016 NON-EQUITY ACTING COMPANY

Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) has announced that WTF is now accepting applications for their prestigious training programs for the 2016 Season. WTF’s Professional Training Program gives invaluable on-the-job learning opportunities for performers, directors, writers, designers, technicians and administrators. 

Although the Tony Award-winning theatre is perhaps best known for its acclaimed productions and top-notch talent, the Williamstown Theatre Festival also offers one of the nation’s top training programs for theatre artists.  Each summer roughly 250 aspiring theatre professionals are given a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world of professional theatre and work side by side with some of the top professionals in American theatre.  Among the luminaries who started their careers as part of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s training programs: Kate BurtonDick CavettPatricia ClarksonJill Clayburgh, John Conklin, Tom Fontana, Jennifer GreyMichael C. HallPhilip Seymour HoffmanKate HudsonPeter Hunt, Allison JanneyDavid Korins, Santo Loquasto, Gwyneth PaltrowDavid Hyde PierceChristopher ReeveChristian SlaterKiefer Sutherland, George C. Wolfe, and many more.

Williamstown Theatre Festival is committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off. For all of our educational, professional and artistic positions, WTF actively seeks talented artists and administrators from all races, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Application deadlines are between January 4 and March 1, 2016. Both merit and need-based scholarships are available to summer applicants. College credit is also available. For more information and applications, please visit http://wtfestival.org/work-learn/.
**
“ G O T T A   D A N C E ”
RELEASES NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS
FOR PRE-BROADWAY WORLD PREMIERE
AT CHICAGO’S BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE

NOW ON SALE THROUGH JANUARY 17, 2016

OPENING ON BROADWAY
FALL 2016


 Gotta Dance, the new Broadway-bound musical comedy about professional basketball’s first ever aged 60-and-older dance team, has extended one week on the heels of its first performance in Chicago on December 13. The pre-Broadway World Premiere of Gotta Dance will now play through January 17, 2016, at Broadway In Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe St, Chicago), before opening on Broadway in the Fall of 2016.

The Pre-Broadway World Premiere of Gotta Dance is a part of the Broadway In Chicago Fall 2015-16 Season Subscription Series. Tickets ($42-$102) can be purchased by visiting www.BroadwayInChicago.comGroup tickets for 10 or more can be purchased by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.
******************************************************************************************************
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.