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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Where-To-Go Wednesday - FDNY Fire Zone and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Off-Broadway Show)

What: FDNY Fire Zone 

Where: 34 West 51st St.
            New York, NY

Who: All ages
Mom's view: FDNY Fire Zone is a place where children can learn about firemen in a fun way. They can climb on a fire truck and try on fireman gear. They can also learn important lessons about fire safety including such things as how to identify fire hazards at home and how to help parents come up with an escape plan in advance in case of a fire. What makes this facility unique as compared to some other facilities where children might be able to learn about fire safety is that they offer fire-simulation presentations. These presentations really reinforce such important information as how quickly and easily fires can start and how fast they can spread. The presentations are available to schools and youth groups Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. They are also open to the public at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm daily. Presentations are also available Sundays 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. While the FDNY Fire Zone is open to all ages, the fire-simulation presentations are only for ages 5 and up. General Admission to the FDNY Fire Zone is free, but there is a charge for the fire-simulations presentation. The cost is $6.00 for children and adults, and $2.00 for seniors, 60 and over. FDNY Fire Zone is conveniently located at Rockefeller Center next to Radio City Music Hall. For more information about the FDNY Fire Zone and/or their fire-simulation presentations go to http://www.fdnyfirezone.org/
We were given tickets to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 
Where: St Luke's Theater
             308 46th St.
             New York, NY

When: Saturdays at 11:00 am (with occasional special performances at other dates and times; check web-site listed below for further information)

Who: All ages

Our view: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is a surprisingly good show. It is very true to the book so anyone who enjoyed the book should enjoy the show, However, even if you did not enjoy the book you should still enjoy the show.  As a matter of fact, when I was a kid I hated the book so I did not expect to enjoy the show at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. The show is a two character show where each of the actors takes on a variety of roles. There is barely any set and just a few costumes. You would think that these things would take away from the show. However, they don't. They actually add to the show because they force you to use your imagination more and think about what you think the world of Narnia should be like. If they tried more to actually represent the world of Narnia, it would be too easy to sit there and think about what you thought it should be like and compare it to the way it was presented on stage. Narnia is a magical imaginary place, and it should stay that way. Kids love using their imaginations, and they will love this show. The show is especially perfect for young children because they do not have to just sit there and be quiet but instead they are encouraged to interact verbally with the characters in the show when asked. They will also enjoy the opportunity to meet the cast and have their picture taken with them after the show. It is also good show for young children because it is not very long and runs just under an hour.  This is not just a show that can only be enjoyed by young kids, however. Older children and adults may enjoy it as well. It gives them the opportunity to make full use of their imaginations again like when they were kids. Seeing this show, makes you feel like a kid in a good way whether you still are one or not. For more about The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or to order tickets go to
http://stlukestheatre.com/2012/01/24/coming-soon-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe/. For the opportunity to win a family four (4) pack of tickets to show in the Baby It's Cold Outside Giveaway Hop, tune in Saturday.
And that our view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for more about FDNY Fire Zone and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (The Off-Broadway Show).

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