I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Giveaway: Win a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card in the May 2015 Instagram Amazon Blast!


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Tada! Youth Theater

Me- Tada! Youth Theater, wow!There is a lot to like about Tada! Youth Theater's production of The Trial of Alice in Wonderland. The scenery was cool. They even had a slide on stage. The costumes were nice. They were colorful and fun. The make-up was well done. It was appropriately cartoonish. The acting was decent. Some of the singing voices were really good. My favorite character was the Mad Hatter. The girl who played her had a lot of stage presence and a beautiful voice. Some of the kids in the show were really cute.  I had a hard time with the story though because I couldn't get the Disney versions out of my head. My favorite version is the Disney cartoon. This version of the story was still enjoyable, however

Mom - Yesterday's post as well as Melia's above post mostly focused on Tada! Youth Theater's current production of The Trial of Alice in Wonderland and why it it is so great to be an audience member at a Tada! show. However, if you live in the Tri-State area and your child is interested in theater, your child can actually participate in Tada! Tada! has a great program. Your child will be given the opportunity to learn about dance, acting and music, They will then be given the opportunity to put these skills to use in full-scale original musicals. They will have the opportunity to meet and work with other kids of all different ages and backgrounds from all over the Tri-State area. Even if your child does not go into a professional theatrical career, the skills they will learn dealing with diverse groups of people and speaking and performing in front of crowds of people will be beneficial to them later in life no matter what career they decide to pursue, If you are interested in learning more about Tada! or enrolling your child in their program, if you are interested in supporting Tada! or even if you are just interested in finding out about attending one of their shows visit their web-site at http://www.tadatheater.com//. We will also be talking more about Tada! Youth Theater in future posts.

And that's our view. Have you or your children ever participated in a children's theater production and if so what did you like best about it or if you did not what do you think would be the best thing about participating in a children's theater production?

Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Tada! Youth Theater's Production of The Trial of Alice in Wonderland

We were given free tickets to Tada! Youth Theater 's production of The Trial of Alice In Wonderland for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
What: Tada! Youth Theater

Where: 15 W. 28th Street
            New York, New York

Who: All ages

When: Now through May 17, 2015

Our view: Whether your child wants to be involved in the theater or just be an audience member, Tada! Youth Theater is the place to go. Tada! now in it's 30th year gives kids of all ages the opportunity to learn about all aspects of musical theater as well as act in full scale theatrical productions. The shows are open to the public so if you just want to watch a show you can do that too. Don't think that just because the shows are performed completely by kids, doesn't mean the productions are first rate because they certainly are. The shows performed might not be ones you've ever seen before. Some of the shows are twists on well-known tales while others are completely original. The current production of The Trial of Alice in Wonderland, for instance, focuses mostly on a small portion of the familiar story although it does touch on other parts of the story as well. Although this is not a strictly Disney version of the story with the familiar songs from the animated movie, this production is very enjoyable. The acting and singing are all good. The songs are enjoyable even if not necessarily memorable. The kids must have a great group of adults supporting them behind the scenes because the sets, costumes, make-up and all other aspects of the production are great. There is  even a little bit of special effects including a realistic looking rain shower. However, it's the kids who are actually out there on that stage, and they don't disappoint.  You can almost forget your watching a group of kids perform except for one thing, these kids show a joy and exuberance for performing that older performers often seem to lose. Acting is not a job to them; it's a passion, and it shows. 

And that's our view. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.tadatheater.com/. We will also be talking more about Tada! Youth Theater in tomorrow's Talking Topics post as well as in future posts.

photo credit: Alice in Wonderland via photopin

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tips for Tuesday - Apps., Web-Sites and YouTube Channels: Brooklyn and Bailey and Executive Advisory Board

Me - Today I am recommending Brooklyn and Bailey. They're twins. They do all different kinds of videos including make-up tutorials, tag videos and challenge videos. They are really fun to watch. It is so funny the way they interact with each other.

Mom - Today I am recommending Executive Advisory Board. If you are a  manager, director , and/or executive of a company small or large you can join Executive Advisory Board. You will earn points for answering surveys. Once you reach 2500, you can cash out by check or Paypal or donate your earnings to charity. For more information or to sign up go to http://www.executiveadvisoryboard.com/.

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

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monthly Mash-up for April, 2015: Instagram and Music Boxes

Me - My topic for this month is Instagram. I love Instagram. I'm obsessed with Instagram. There are so many funny posts. You can literally spend hours without getting bored. There are so many different types of accounts. I like to look at a lot of different types of accounts. I especially like funny accounts, animals accounts, and accounts related to my favorite show, Friends. On my own account, I put pictures of my friends and my cats, funny scenes from TV shows, funny quotes and funny re-posts. On our blog account, we put fun places to go. Instagram is one of my favorite apps of all time.

Mom - My topic for this month is music boxes. I used to have a collection of music boxes. It wasn't a very big collection. I think at the most I had around three (3) music boxes so maybe it was more like I was going to start a collection of music boxes, and it never really got off the ground. My favorite music box was a horse pulling a cart. When you wound it up and put it down, it actually moved along while playing the song The Isle of Capri. My grandmother got it for me in Italy. Years, later I actually went to the Isle of Capri and when I was there it reminded me of my music box. I also had a music box of Tevye from Fiddle on the Roof. It played If I Were A Rich Man.  Later, after I didn't have any other music boxes left, I got a music box of Swiss Chalet when I was in Switzerland. It played Edleweiss from The Sound of Music. I had that music box for a long time. Now, I don't have any music boxes. Maybe, some day, I'll get another one.

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

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Scoop 4/23/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Introducing New Jersey's Newest Professional Baseball Team

Who: The Sussex County Miners

Where: Skylands Stadium
             94 Championship Place
             Augusta, NJ

When: Starting in May, 2015

For the first time in several years, there will be professional baseball at Skylands Stadium in Sussex County, NJ. The Sussex County Miners are a new team in the CanAm League, an independent professional baseball league which also includes the New Jersey Jackals as well as four (4) other teams in the U.S and Canada.. The Miners will have their  first game at Ottawa, Canada on Friday May 22, 2015 at 7:05 against the Ottawa, Champions.  Their first home game will be Monday May 25 at 7:05 against the New Jersey Jackals. Prior to the first game there will be several exhibition games including the following home games:

                                      Saturday May 16 at 1:05 PM against the New Jersey Jackals
                                      Sunday May 17 at 2:05 PM against the Rockland Boulders

For more information about the Sussex County Miners go to http://sussexcountyminers.com and continue to follow this blog as we will be featuring more about the Sussex County Miners throughout the season.
The New York Children's Theater Festival

What: The New York Children's  Theater Festival

Where: The Player's Theatre
            115 MacDougal Street
            New York, New York

When: Now through May 17, 2015

Featuring the following shows:

The Sock Who Lost His Mate - (April 24th-26th)
A musical adventure about a sock as he looks to rescue his mate and liberate
all the socks who have gone missing on laundry day!

Sue Ology & the Case of the Possibly Haunted House -(May 1st-3rd)
Join Sue Ology & friends in a musical mystery at her new
- and possibly haunted - house!

Help Save the Monkey! - (May 8th-10th)
A play with puppetry fun about 8 year old Howard and 80 year old Lillian
who must rush to save a monkey about to land from space!

The Meanest Birthday Girl - (May 15th-th)
It's Dana's birthday, and she's gonna do whatever she likes!
But when a present causes problems, she needs to rethink her birthday behavior...

The festival will include:
                                        Free Crafts
                                        A Magic Wand Parade
                                        Cast Meet and Greets
                                        Face Painting
                                        Free Festival coloring book and crayons for each child
                                        and more

For more information or to order tickets go to www.nyctfest.org.

For a discount on tickets use the code: LAPT
New Exhibit Opening at the Children's Museum of the Arts

What:     Far, Far Away

Where: The Children's Museum of the Arts
             103 Charlton Street
             New York, New York

When: May 14 -September 6,  2014

Artworks featured in this exhibition will captivate and inspire us by evoking dreams of 

places that may only exist in our imaginations. In practice, many of these works highlight 

the artist’s process of manipulation. At the heart, these works celebrate storytelling and 

the power of visual art to weave a tale without using any text at all. Some works consist 

of dream-like fantasies filled with details and discoveries, while others address issues of 

youthful turmoil, awkward transitions between childhood and adulthood, or of ever-

changing identity or illusion. Audiences are urged to fill in the blanks for themselves, 

identify with the familiar and non-familiar, and venture into the unknown, all before 

returning home safely.

The exhibit features the works of :

Meghan Boody is a New York-based artist whose work often includes a young 

heroine facing dark forces that induce internal change. Her lighthouse project 

follows a fictional young woman living in the 19th century English countryside as 

she embarks on a journey of self-fulfillment.

Julie Heffernan’s work encourages the viewer to meander through spaces, across 

rivers, get lost in thickets, and get singed by forest fires. Blending art historical 

canon and interior narrative, she creates fairy tale-like landscapes, often 

referencing natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

Much of Gail LeBoff’s work features large-scale mysterious landscapes, such as 

her Glacier Girl series. Inspired in part by her own unfinished childhood dreams, 

the works combine photographs of Icelandic glaciers and aerial cloud photographs,

with images of precarious young ice skaters taken at rinks around New York City. 

The resulting images capture the uncertainty and fragility of childhood at moments 

of transition, yet ultimately the sense conveyed is that of resilience, curiosity, 

wonder and hope.

Ethan Murrow uses film and photography to create theatrical narratives that are 

then translated into large-scale graphite drawings that feature outrageous 

innovators and absurd explorers. Murrow draws upon a “childhood determination to 

succeed and an adult obsession with glory and heroism” in his work.

Joe Fig recreates the workspaces of contemporary painters and sculptors. Fig 

interviews each of his subjects before taking study photographs, watching the artist 

in action, and measuring everything in the studio, in order to create miniature 

models that take four to eight weeks to construct. Almost all the details in his 

dioramas—ladders, benches, rolling carts, artworks, and so on—are made by him; 

the rest are manipulated items originally intended for dollhouses. He then uses his 

dioramas as models and studies for his paintings and photographs.

Also on view in the Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio is a solo exhibition of Jenny 

Fine’s photographs from her series In Character. The photographs on view were made 

in collaboration with students grades Pre-K to 12th at The Wellington School in 

Columbus, OH. Continuing her interest in storytelling, she shared her process of image 

making with the students at Wellington. The students were asked to think about a family 

narrative and develop those narratives into images, then create characters, design 

costumes, and construct backdrops and props for the photographs. Through a series of 

local field trips the students enacted these collective narratives for the camera.      
************************************************************************                        News From O & A Co.

What: Permission
What: Lucille Lortel Theater
            121 Christoper Street
            New York, New York

When: May 20 - June 7, 2014

Permission the latest show by Robert Askins the author of Hand to God has been given an extended run even before it opens. Previews of the show which will be presented by MCC Theater at the Lucille Theater are currently scheduled to start on April 29, 2014. Opening night is scheduled for May 20, 2015,

The show will star:

                                   Justin Bartha
                                   Elizabeth Reaser
                                   Nicole Lowrance
                                   Talon Monahon
                                   Lucas Near-Verbrugghe

It will be directed by Alex Timber.

In Permission, Eric and Cyndy are looking for some direction. They’ve decided to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make the real life practice of Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew--and took for granted--about one another, their friends, and more importantly, who really holds the power.

MCC Theater - founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company - is driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would.  Led by Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West, MCC fulfills its mission by producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences, and by nurturing the development of playwrights and students through a variety of literary and education programs that enable nearly 1,200 New York City high school students to find – and use – their own unique voice each year through the creation and performance of original theater pieces.  MCC currently produces its annual season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and will open its own two-theater complex on West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue in 2017.  Notable productions include the recent hits Punk RockHand to God; Small Engine Repair; The Village Bike; The Other Place; Really Really; The Submission, winner of the inaugural Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for new American plays; The Pride; Fifty Words; Nixon's Nixon; The Grey Zone; the Tony Award-winning Frozen; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; the re-imagined production of the musical Carrie; and eight plays by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, including Fat Pig, Reasons to Be Pretty and Reasons to Be Happy.

For more information about Permission or about MCC Theater go to www.mcctheater.org.
What: The 6th Annual Lilly Awards

Where: Playwrights Horizon
               416 W. 42nd Street
                 New York, New York

When: Monday June 1, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM

The Lilly Awards recognize and honor women of distinction in American Theater. The event will be hosted by Lisa Kron. 
The Lilly Awards will honor the extraordinary contributions made to the American Theater by women, as well as announce the $25,000 Stacey Mindich Prize, which funds a new work by a female playwright, and the Leah Ryan Prize, which awards an annual cash prize to an emerging woman playwright and produces a reading of the winning play in New York City.

Over 100 theater professionals were asked for their nominations for the 2016 honorees. The presenters and winners will be announced shortly.

Following the ceremony, guests and honorees will attend a cocktail reception at the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street). 

The Lilly Awards were started in the Spring of 2010 as a way to honor the work of women in the American Theater. The founders of The Lillys are Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Theresa Rebeck. The awards are named for Lillian Hellman, a pioneering American playwright who famously said “You need to write like the devil and act like one too when necessary.”

Previous winners who have won the Lilly Award include Mary Rogers, Dominique Morisseau, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Jeanine Tesori, Liesl Tommy, Kelli O’Hara, Pam MacKinnon, Leigh Silverman, Anne Kauffman, Sarah Ruhl, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Baker, Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens, Tina Fallon, Amy Herzog, Nina Arianda, Diane Paulus, Katori Hall, Tina Howe, Estella Parsons, Lynne Meadow, Ntozake Shange, Jessica Hecht and  Lois Smith.

For additional information about the Lilly Awards (including a list of all past recipients), visit www.thelillyawards.org.   

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.   

Friday, April 24, 2015

An IPlay America Special Event for Soccer Loving Families

What: SkyBlue Soccer Team and Coaches at iPlay After Dark

Where: iPlay America
            110 Shank Road
            Freehold, NJ

When: April 25, 2015 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM


Meet the entire SkyBlue professional soccer team along with two of their coaches only at iPlay After Dark. The atheletes will be available for pictures with fans as well enjoying the park themselves. The regular iPlay After Dark games, rides, and attractions will also be available to all. 

SkyBlue will be giving out FREE rides passes to this event on their web-site. To get yours go to this link: http://www.skybluefc.com/friday-come-play-for-free-at-iplay-america-with-sky-blue-fc/

Funny Fridays - Higher Education

Me -

When my brother was little, he wanted to know if he could go to medical school to be a cowboy.

Mom -

When my stepson was little, he told me he was going to go to girl college.

We welcome you to share your funny stories with us.

Tune in Sunday for the Sunday Scoop.

photo credit: Universities at Shady Grove Graduation via photopin (license)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Children's Museum of the Arts

Me - The Children's Museum of the Arts, wow! This museum was a lot of fun. Even though I am not usually that interested in art, the art they had in this museum was cool. I liked the way the art was made. For instance, there were pictures made out of of pipe cleaners and puzzles, and a sculpture made out of sunglasses to name a few. I liked that the museum wasn't only a place to go to look at art other people created. It was very interactive. You could create your own art. You could paint. You could make a clay model. You could draw. You could create things out of paper and other materials. My sister and I both painted. Also, we made underwater models out of clay. With the clay, you are given instructions of what to make and how to make it but they don't always do the same thing every day. My sister made a rooftop garden out of a milk carton, paper and pipe cleaners. The museum is fun for all ages, and I would recommend it.
Mom - Pixelated: The Sum of Its Parts, the current exhibit at the Children's Museum of the Arts contains a lot of interesting art. Here are a few examples of what can you see in this exhibit:

Pipe Cleaners as art:

Here is a close-up of Pip Cleaners  as art:

  Puzzles as art:

 Sunglasses and  Shopping Cart as art:

This unique and fun exhibit shows that anything can be art. If you want to see this exhibit hurry down to the Children's Museum of the Arts as it will only be there through May 3, 2015. While you are there, your kids can create some unique art of their own.

And that's our view. What do you think it would be fun to make art out of?

Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Giveaway Event: Springing Ahead Giveaway

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Where-To-Go Wednesday - Children's Museum of the Arts

We were not financially compensated for this post. We were give free tickets to the Children's Museum of the Arts for review purposes. Any and all opinions here are our own based on our experience.
What: Children's Museum of the Arts

Where: 103 Charlton Street
           New York, New York

Who: 10 months - 15 years

Our view: Whether your children want to view art or whether they want to create it themselves, the Children's Museum of the Arts is the place to go. The hands-on part of the museum includes a fine art studio where children can draw, paint, sculpt or sew. There is also a clay bar where children can create works of art out of clay, and we do mean works of art. Children are not just given a hunk of clay and let loose. They actually receive instructions on how to work with the clay to create something and each child's finished project will be unique even though they are all working on the same thing. See below.
Although the other part of the museum where works of art created by professional artists is on display may not be as as fun for kids as the hands-on areas, children, except for very young children, should still enjoy it.  The types of art that are on display are creative and colorful in ways that should interest kids. The current exhibit, Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces, will be on display through May 3.  It consists of art that is made up of many different pieces and many of the things that go into making up all those pieces are quite interesting and fun. We will be talking more about the exhibit in tomorrow's post. Another nice thing about the art on display is that the exhibit space is actually quite small. It is just big enough for children to look around without getting bored. Admission to the museum is $11.00 per person. That is a bargain when you consider that this price covers all exhibits and workshops throughout the museum. Your children are welcome to create as much art as they want during their visit to the museum, and you will not have to pay any more. If you are planning a visit to the museum, keep in mind that since the museum is  quite small at times it can get quite crowded. If you want to find out a good time to go on a day that is likely to be busy, check the museum's Twitter feed @cmainnyc for capacity updates. For more information go to http://cmany.org/.
And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post where we will be talking more about the Children's Museum of the Arts.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tips for Tuesday - Misc.: Ice Breakers Sour and Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale

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Me-Today I am recommending Ice Breakers Sours, mixed berry, strawberry and cherry flavor. They are deliciously sour. If you like, sour things you will love this. They also come in some other flavors but I haven't tried those yet.

We received a complimentary scale for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are my own.
 Mom -Today I am recommending the Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale. It is easy to use. You don't have to tap it, you just step on it and it works.Its wide flat surface makes it easy to step on.  It is also fairly lightweight.  The lightness and flatness make it  is easy to store and easy to move around. The digital display is very large and easy to read and automatically turns off to preserve battery life. Unlike most things, it comes with a battery. All in all, just about the only thing it doesn't do is make sure you see the number you want to see when you step on it.

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Let's Talk About Pizza

Me -

Pizza is awesome! Every Friday I eat pizza in school. Sometimes, I have pizza on other days in school. Then, it is stuffed crust pizza. That is the best kind of pizza! Sometimes, we have pizza dippers. Those are really small.

My favorite pizza place is Pizza Hut. I especially love their stuffed crust pizza. Every year for my birthday, I go to Pizza Hut.

At home, we order from Domino's. I like their pizza with meat and extra cheese. I also like pizza bagels, but not as much as regular pizza.

My favorite part of the pizza is the cheese. I like lots and lots of cheese on my pizza. I also put parmesan cheese on it too. I tried ranch flavoring on my pizza. It sounds terrible, but it was really good.

I like that when I go to birthday parties they usually serve pizza. I like to order it in restaurants that aren't pizza parlors too. When there is pizza on the menu, I usually order it. I love Uno because I get to make my own pizza!  Pizza is my favorite food in the whole entire world! I could eat it every day!*

*The above post is a guest post by little sister, Aurella.
Mom - I like pizza. I only like it with meat or extra cheese though. I don't like it with anything else. We usually only get meat pizzas from Domino's. Otherwise, we just have regular cheese pizza. I love Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust Pizzas. A couple times I had it, and it was kind of burnt and not so good though. Once we had a pizza from Domino's that was kind of burnt. I told them about it, and they sent me a coupon for a free pizza.

When I was a kid, I used to eat a lot of frozen pizza. We sometimes do now too. Frozen pizza is never as good as fresh pizza though.

When I was a teenager I used to eat a lot of pizza bagels. I ate them every day after school. I still eat them occasionally just not as much.

My daughters eat pizza bagels more than I do. My younger daughter is pizza obsessed. She could eat pizza for every meal. My stepson used to love pizza but when we once had it a bunch of days in a row even he actually got sick of it for a while.

My older daughter didn't like pizza when she was little. It was hard when we went to birthday parties, and she didn't have anything to eat because they always served pizza. She likes it now though, and  last year, she ate pizza almost every day for lunch in school even though she is not as obsessive about it as her sister. She was just picky about the school lunches, and she liked the pizza.

Pizza is definitely more of an American Italian food than Italian Italian food. When I went to Italy, the pizza was terrible!
And that's our view. What kind of pizza do you like?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

photo credit
photo credit 1: Tony Maroni's Pizza via photopin (license)
photo credit 2: EPSN3899 via photopin (license)
photo credit 3: Little Caesar's Pizza via photopin (license)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Scoop 4/19/15 What's Happening This Week and Coming Up Soon

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New Arrivals from Tea Collection
Tea collection has a new line of clothing. It was inspired by India's Madras Coast. The line features bright colors, beach inspired graphics, and plaids for sizes 2-12. For smaller children up to size 4T, there are sunny colors, beach inspired graphics and plaids as well along with breezy dresses. For more information on this new clothing line or to make a purchase click on one of the links below.

TADA! Youth Theater Announces Spring Acting Classes
15 West 28th Street
New York, New York

When: April 26- June 1, 2015

Ages 3 - 5    1, 2, 3 Act (ion)
Sunday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM or Monday 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Using the foundations of dramatic play, this class develops skills in characterization, coordination, cooperative play, and musicianship.

Ages 6-8   What A Character!
Sunday 12: 15 PM - 1:45 PM or Monday 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Learn how to portray different characters types through acting, music, and movement.

Ages 9-14   Act Out!
Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Explore specifics in acting and audition techniques for comedy, physical theater, commercials, and musical theater.

For more information or to register for classes go to  http://www.tadatheater.com/classes.asp
May Events at the DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, New York

Meet the Fledglings with the Wild Bird Fund
Sun, May 10th, 2015 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ages 5 and up; $11 per child ($5 per Member child) and $19 per adult (free per Member adult)
How do you feed a fledgling? Get some practice at this totally unique program co-produced by the DiMenna Children's History Museum and the Wild Bird Fund. To mark the final day New-York Historical's special exhibition Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight (Part III of the Complete Flock) the Wild Bird Fund (WBF) will come to the Museum to teach us all about our neighbors with nests. Participants will see a presentation about the bird life of New York City and wild bird rehabilitation, feed a baby bird in the WBF’s care, and have the option of crafting nests for baby bird patients. This program has an age restriction for the safety of the birds that will be handled and fed by children in attendance. Children must be age five and up to feed the birds.
About the Wild Bird Fund: Each year, the Wild Bird Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3), provides emergency care for over 1,000 wild birds and animals in New York City. Working with the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, two veterinary hospitals across the street, the Wild Bird Fund is the central resource in NYC for wildlife emergency care and rehabilitation.

Reading Into History: Salt by Helen Frost
Sun, May 31st, 2015 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12; free with museum admission
Helen Frost brings us a rare story, written completely in verse, of two boys growing up in the Indiana Territory in 1812. Anikwa and James’ worlds are the same and totally different. When the burgeoning war between America and Great Britain occurs in their backyard at Fort Wayne, precious trade commodities like salt become scarce, threatening the lives of Anikwa’s Miami tribe and new settlers like James. Frost shows us how the War of 1812 divided native and settler communities who had enjoyed a brief period of mutual dependence, and gives readers a peek at a conflict rarely explored in schools. Come discuss Indiana Territory and the War of 1812 with author Helen Frost. After discussion and Q&A, families will get to visit the galleries and explore artifacts from the War of 1812, including a model ship with a fascinating past.

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. This month, Sunday Story Time will be all about museum adventures. Ages 3-7. Free with Museum admission.

May 3rd: The Museum written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Come along for a twirly-whirly journey through the halls of an art museum and see paintings that range from the delightful to the frightful!

May 10th: Meet Me at the Art Museum by David Goldin
Join Stub and Daisy on a whimsical behind-the-scenes tour of a museum after closing and learn all about the jobs of curators, conservators, archivists, and more!

May 17th: Art 123 by Stefano Zuffi
Today, we’re going to count our way from 1 to 12 with the help of some amazing museum masterpieces!

May 24th: Maisy Goes to the Museum by Lucy Cousins
What do dinosaur bones, double-decker buses, and doll houses have in common? They are all among the treasures that Maisy and her friends discover on a visit to a museum!

May 31st: Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
It’s time for a museum adventure! Sam and his friend Sarah are venturing out of the stacks of their Library home and into the galleries of the museum next door. What will they see and who will they meet?

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.

For more information go to http://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museum
Marvel Avengers at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ
What: Marvel Comics Show, The Hero Within'

Where: iPlay America

Who: All ages

When: Sunday May 17, 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Featuring Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Evil Green Goblin''

The Mighty Marvel Super Heroes star in this 25-minute educational, humorous, action-packed show 

that begins with the Green Goblin believing that he has developed a device to steal all powers 

from the Super Heroes. Spider-Man is then led to believe the Green Goblin has stolen all of his 

powers. The Show soon spirals into action packed chaos and the Super Heroes finally convince 

Spider-Man that he never lost his powers and there is “Hero” within all of us. After a series of 

humorous and action packed scenes, justice prevails and the children learn the importance of 

believing in yourself. The “Hero Within” is a light hearted, comedy based show that features 

action packed Super Hero scenes as well as an educational message that the children can take 

home with them.

For more information go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/special-event/marvel-hero-within

News from O & M Co.

What: Cagney A New Musical 

Where: York Theater
              St. Peter's 
             City Corp. Building
             54 Street just East of Lexington Avenue
             New York, New York

When: May 19, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Book by  Peter Colley
Music and Lyrics by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern
Music Direction by Matt Perri
Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse
Directed by Bill Castellino

Starring Robert Creighton
               Jeremy Benton
               Danette Holden
               Bruce Sabath
               Josh Walden
               Ellen Zolezzi

The York Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of the awarding-winning Cagney, a high-stepping, explosive new musical about legendary star and the screen’s greatest tough-guy, James Cagney.  Cagney follows the actor from his humble beginnings in New York City's Lower East Side through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man to his superstardom in Hollywood. In this insightful and surprising musical journey, a brand new original score filled with show-stopping song and dance numbers is augmented by George M. Cohan songs.   Cagney was the consummate performer who could do it all – sing, dance, play the bad guy, the good guy, the patriot, the gangster; Broadway’s Robert Creighton leads a cast of six in this exciting new musical. Cagney will have audiences cheering.

For more information go to www.yorktheatre.org.
What: The Obie Awards

Where: Webster Hall
              125 East 11th Street
             New York, New York

When:  May 18, 2014

The America Theater Wing and the Village Voice will present the 60th Annual Obie Awards. The Obie Award which have been presented since 1955 are Off-Broadway's highest honors.  They are Off-Broadway's Tonys. General Admission seating for the Obie Awards is available at $35.00 per person. Premium Diamond Anniversary tickets which include food and beverages and a seat close to the Obie Winners are available for $100.00.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.ObieAwards.com.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Tallking Topic.