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

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/22/15: What's Coming Up This Week or Happening Soon

Overnight Packages and Day Passes Available for Thanksgiving Break at Coco Key Water Resort
The Hotel ML
915 Rte. 73
Mt. Laurel, NJ

55,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park fun, CoCo Key is the perfect escape for your family during school breaks and weekends. 

CLICK HERE for Affordable Overnights with Two Days of Swim Starting at $199 per Night.

CLICK HERE for Day Trips and Twilight Passes Starting at Only $19.99.

Turn Black Friday Into Splash Friday- 40% Off
Splash into Savings with 50% off Water Resort Day Passes 
Black Friday / Cyber Monday Saving

What: Super – Save 50%! That's Only $16.49 for a full day of water resort access. 

Where: CLICK HERE on Friday, November 27th to purchase or visit NJCOCOKEY.com

When: Friday, November 27th, 12:01am, through Monday, November 30th, 11:59pm 

Upcoming Events During Thanksgiving and Winter Break
Events Include:  Movie Nights, Dance Parties and a visit from the magnificent Kevin from KTB Magic.

CLICK HERE for more details on events during Thanksgiving and Winter Break
Santa's Arrival at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival
200 N. 6th St.
Phildelphia, PA

Friday, November 27, 5:00 – 7:30 pmSaint Nick arrives at 5:00PM to spread Christmas cheer to all in Franklin Square. Santa will be available until 7:30PM to pose for free photos. Climb aboard the Lightning Bolt Express for a ride around the Square and a 360-degree view of the Electrical Spectacle light shows that twinkle to holiday-themed music. For more opportunities to meet Santa on Saturdays in Franklin Square, visit:www.historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/holidays-in-franklin-square/
Upcoming at the Strand Center for the Arts
Clifton Ave.
Lakewood, NJ

NOW That's What I call Music LIVE! NOW 1
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 8:00PM
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 8:00PM
Friday April 8, 2016 - 8:05PM
The Strand will present a brand-new, first ever, live music subscription series: NOW That's What I Call Music LIVE! The infamous compilation album series you may have laying around comes alive as a list of local and national music acts re-create and their spin on pop classics from The Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys to Everclear and Radiohead. Featuring a 20-piece house band, LIVE POP-UP VIDEO, and guests galore, hosted by Asbury Park Press "soul sensation" and "expert at bringing history to life" REMEMBER JONES, we return to 1998 with the original NOW on November 27, NOW 2 on February 12, NOW 3 on April 8. Buy tickets separately, $20 or by SUBSCRIPTION Three $50 (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.strand.org/events/event-listing/
New York Mets Single Season Tickets on Sale 
Monday November 30, 2015

Single game tickets will go on sale Monday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Mets.com/Tickets and (718) 507-TIXX. An exclusive presale for Citi cardmembers starts Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m. at Mets.com/CitiPreSale. Fans are also encouraged to utilize their Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card on all Mets offers throughout the season as they will receive 2 points for every dollar spent on all dining out and entertainment purchases, including Mets tickets and concessions. Season ticket and partial plans are available now as well at Mets.com/Tickets.

2016 will feature the following:

Free Shirt Fridays – (All games start at 7:10 p.m.)
On the following 12 Friday dates, all fans will receive a uniquely designed Mets themed T-Shirt:
·         April 29 vs. San Francisco Giants
·         May 20 vs. Milwaukee Brewers
·         May 27 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
·         June 17 vs. Atlanta Braves
·         July 1 vs. Chicago Cubs
·         July 8 vs. Washington Nationals
·         July 29 vs. Colorado Rockies
·         August 12 vs. San Diego Padres
·         August 26 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
·         September 2 vs. Washington Nationals
·         September 16 vs. Minnesota Twins
·         September 23 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Super Saturdays -  June 18 and August 13
Super Saturdays will include some of our most popular giveaway items. A pair of Saturday home games will feature post-game concerts: June 18 (time TBD) vs. the Atlanta Braves and August 13 (7:10 p.m.) vs. the San Diego Padres. The 2016 Mets Concert Series headliners will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The performances will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game from a stage in the outfield behind second base.  Admission to the concert is included in the price of the game ticket.

Fireworks – April 9 and September 3
There are currently two fireworks nights in 2016 all following Saturday night games on April 9 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies (7:10 p.m.) and September 3 vs. Washington Nationals (7:10 p.m.)

Fireworks will be launched from Citi Field's roof and the centerfield grass, providing a 360-degree experience for fans throughout the ballpark.

Saturday Premium Giveaways
At the following Saturday games, the first 15,000 fans will receive the following premium giveaway items:

·         April 30 vs. San Francisco Giants – Noah Syndergaarden Gnome presented by Citi (7:10 p.m.)
·         May 21 vs. Milwaukee Brewers  – Bucket Hat (time TBD)
·         July 9 vs. Washington Nationals – Fedora Hat (time TBD)
·         August 27 vs. Philadelphia Phillies  – Bobblehead #1 (7:10 p.m.)
·         September 17 vs. Minnesota Twins – Bobblehead #2 (7:10 p.m.)
·         September 24 vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Knit Cap (7:10 p.m.)

Family Sundays (All games scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.) 
Every Sunday home game is "Family Sunday” at Citi Field. Beginning 2 hours prior game time on the Mets Plaza, adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, there are Mets featured family-friendly activities including kids inflatables, face painters, balloon artists, entertainment and a postgame Mr. Met Dash when kids 12 and under can come down onto the field and run the bases, weather permitting. 

The following is the complete list of promotions on Sundays.  Promotional items will be given out to the first 15,000 fans.  All Sunday games are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.

·         April 10 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:10 p.m.) – Rally Towels to all in attendance
·         May 1 vs. San Francisco Giants (1:10 p.m.) – Baseball Socks
·         May 22 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1:10 p.m.) – Eye Black
·         May 29 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1:10 p.m.) – TBD
·      June 19 vs. Atlanta Braves (1:10 p.m.) – Father’s Day Caps 
     (All fathers & Kids 12 and under)
·         July 3 vs. Chicago Cubs (1:10 p.m.) – Sunglasses
·         July 10 vs. Washington Nationals (1:10 p.m.) – Wristbands
·         July 31 vs. Colorado Rockies (1:10 p.m.) – Fathead (player TBD)
·         August 14 vs. San Diego Padres (1:10 p.m.) – W.B. Mason Toy Truck Giveaway
·         August 28 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:10 p.m.) – Lunch Bag
·         September 4 vs. Washington Nationals (1:10 p.m.) – Jersey Tote Bag 
      courtesy of MLB Network
·         September 18 vs. Minnesota (1:10 p.m.) – Batting Gloves
·         September 25 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1:10 p.m.) – 2017 Schedule Magnet

Times for Saturday and Sunday games may change, subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN.
Upcoming at the DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th St.)
New York, NY

Living History: American Revolution
Friday November 27 and 28, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum admission
All ages

The Third New Jersey Regiment will be back to the New-York Historical Society! Meet members of the Third, ask them questions about what life was like for a common soldier during the American Revolution, see their uniforms up close, and even handle some of their fascinating gear!

For more information go to http://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museum
Breakfast With Santa at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Saturdays, Dec. 5, and 19, from 10 a.m.-1
The BIG Breakfast Buffet with Santa at iPlay America is a delicious treat for the whole family. The menu features a scrumptious and hearty assortment of Santa’s favorite breakfast breads & pastries, an omelet station, mixed greens, granola and yogurt, fresh fruit, pancakes, scrambled eggs, buttermilk waffles, and applewood smoked bacon along with soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea.

Parents may bring their own cameras to take photos of their kids with Jolly Old St. Nick AND everyone will receive a festive complimentary digital download of a photo from iPlay America’s professional photographer. All the kids will also enjoy story time with Santa and lots of interactive fun designed just for them!
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications


"Celebrating Senegal" to debut November 28-29, 2015 at Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center; presented in association with the Senegalese Association of Philadelphia

Celebrate the start of the holiday season by "Celebrating Senegal"
with Kulu Mele; pre-show African Bazaar with African American
Santa Claus included

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble has commissioned renowned Senegalese choreographer Marie Basse-Wiles to create two all-new dances based on Senegalese dance and music traditions.  Both dances will make their world-premiere as part of Kulu Mele's annual home performance season at the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City Philadelphia, during Thanksgiving weekend, 2015.  

Performances of "Celebrating Senegal" are scheduled for Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The family-friendly shows will run approximately one hour without intermission, and include a pre-show African Bazaar with an African American Santa.  Tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for children 12 and younger.  Tickets are on sale now at www.paintedbride.org/events/celebratingsenegal or (215) 925-9914.
News from Waldmania PR




Washington, DC's award-winning power trio for kids and families, Rocknoceros, continues its 10th anniversary celebration in high spiritis with the November 24 release of an exuberant holiday album, Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros.

"This Thanksgiving" is a big, bold, exuberant ode to Thanksgiving, all done up in three-quarter waltz time.  "The Dreidel Song" dresses up the ubiquitous Chanukah number in a Caribbean rhythm and imbues it with an energy that never lets up.  On "Oh Christmas Brie"Rocknoceros engages in a bit of "cheesy" conversation to the background of a piano bar style "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."

In the spirit of "Winter Wonderland" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Snow Day" celebrates the weather while celebrating the season.  Updated lyrics grace the beloved carol melody "Wenceslas" and, like the original, narrate a tale of generosity that embraces the joy of giving at Christmas time.

A one-of-a-kind Rocknoceros version of "Up On The Rooftop" evolved from the band's holiday shows, while the treasured Christmas poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," is given a special Rocknoceros treatment that could only be described as "the works" on "The Night Before Christmas."  For a grand finale, the Scottish ballad "Auld Lang Syne" is combined with "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)," with the guitar providing a funky fade-out that escorts a soundtrack of New Year's frivolity.

Rocknoceros has been at the forefront of the Washington, DC children's music scene since its inception, winning a remarkable eight Washington Area Music Awards.  In its first decade as a band,Rocknoceros has entertained tens of thousands of fans throughout the country and has gained significant national recognition with performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wolf Trap, and The Kennedy Center.  In addition to Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros,Rocknoceros albums include Plymouth Rockers (2015), Colonel Purple Turtle (2011, with an accompanying picture book), the NAPPA award-winning PINK! (2009), Dark Side of the Moon Bounce (2007), and Rocknoceros (2006).

Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros will be available a rocknoceros.comamazon.com, CDBaby.com, and iTunes.

CD Details:  Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros
For all ages
Label:  Rockno Records
SRP:   $10.00
Running time:  23 minutes

Upcoming Rocknoceros - Performance Highlights - Dec.

Dec. 10 - Dulles Town Center - Dulles, VA

Dec. 17 & 18 - Holiday Sing-Along Shows at Smithsonian Discovery Theater- Washington, DC

Dec. 19 - Holiday Sing-Along Shows at Jammin' Java - Vienna, VA

Dec. 31 - 9th Annual New Year's Eve Ball for Families at Jammin' Java (with an apple juice toast!) - Vienna, VA

 the Rocknoceros website HERE.

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Rocknoceros on YouTube
News from O & M Co.



The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street, New York, NY), home of Sleep No More, to host a family-friendly Thanksgiving Feast at The Heath, with a classic Thanksgiving prix fixe feast at its fine dining restaurant The Heath on the afternoon of Thursday, November 26th with seatings at2:00PM2:15PM4:00PM and 4:15PM.  The Heath, a gorgeously-decorated dining hall in Chelsea inside The McKittrick Hotel, will also offer guests live music, evocative atmosphere reminiscent of the vividly designed Sleep No More, and dishes and cocktails featuring the finest local and organic ingredients. 

Reservations for the Thanksgiving Feast at The Heath can be purchased at http://www.mckittrickhotel.com/.  The price per person of $85 includes three-course meal (choice of appetizer, family style turkey dinner, abundant side dishes, dessert, and a glass of bubbly).  Guests under the age of 13 eat for $45.

The full menu includes: choice of appetizer, either Harvest Squash Soup (black trumpets, sage and croutons) or Fall Salad (endives, heirloom carrots, tardive, beets, capers); Family Style Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey with Trimmings, specifically Lancaster County PA Amish Raised Roasted Turkeystuffed with wild mushrooms and chestnuts; a fish alternative: Roasted Scottish Trout “Almondine”; side dishes including Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes Puree, Brussels Sprouts, and Stuffing; and desserts: Apple Pie, Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie.

The McKittrick Hotel is New York City’s most unique one-stop nightlife destination, featuring the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More, the full-service fine dining restaurant The Heath, the stunning rooftop oasis Gallow Green, the wintertime rooftop hideaway The Lodge, and the jazz-infused Manderley Bar.  For more info, please visit www.mckittrickhotel.com
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he new musical Bright Starfrom Grammy® and Emmy® winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, will play a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. ahead of an anticipated Spring 2016 opening on Broadway. Directed by Tony Award® winner Walter BobbieBright Star will begin performances on December 2, 2015, with an official opening night of December 17, and play through January 10, 2016. 

Inspired by a true event, the wholly original new musical Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives.  

With music and book by Steve Martin and music and lyrics by Edie BrickellBright Star features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by Josh Rhodes, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and sound design by Nevin SteinbergBright Star was developed and had its world premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego (Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director; Michael G. Murphy, Managing Director).
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 Tickets are now on sale for Broadway premiere of the new musical Bright Star from Grammy® and Emmy® winner Steve Martin and Grammy®-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, directed by Tony Award® winner Walter Bobbie. Previews begin at Broadway’s Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street) on Thursday, February 25, 2016with an official opening night set for Thursday, March 24, following a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. from December 2, 2015 through January 10, 2016, with an official opening night on December 17.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 800-447-7400. For groups of 10 or more, call 1-800-BROADWAY, ext. 2. For more info, visitwww.BrightStarMusical.com
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