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, April 10, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/10/16 -What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

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Gymboree's New Line of Adorable Gifts for Newborns

If you know someone who has had a new baby that you need to get a gift for or even if you just want to get something cute for your own newborn, Gymboree's got just the thing. Choose from their cute new lines of baby items featuring cute animals including pink giraffes and blue bears. The line includes such items as bodysuits, pants, beanies, bibs and socks. For samples of the new line see below.

To find out more about Gymboree's newborn line or to start shopping click on the banner below:

Adorable Gifts for New Arrivals at Gymboree!

When Words Fail Music Speaks/ A Holocaust Narrative
at Manhattan College
Manhattan College
Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale NY 10471

On April 12th at 5 pm
Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Center at Manhattan College in the Bronx 
"When Words Fail, Music Speaks / A Holocaust Narrative'.

This is a one-act play based on the true story of Jewish-Czech composer, Raphael Schachter, an organizer of cultural life in the Terezin ghetto, Hitler's model concentration camp near Prague.  It depicts his preparation of doomed chorus members to perform Verdi's Requiem for an audience of Nazi officials.
Through his music, he raised the spirits of the prisoners in the camp and enabled them to escape the horrors and depravity that was their everyday life, if only for a moment. 
He also damned the Nazis through his interpretation of Requiem which became a mutiny against their tyranny.  A musical equivalent of a riot..
Presented in two scenes, this powerful and dramatic play gives the audience the opportunity to witness the event as it unfolds.  It is both historical and educational. You see it, you hear it, you feel it and you live it!!!

It will be presented in Hayden Hall in the first floor lecture hall.  There is no charge for the event.  
Lakewood BlueClaws Dollar Weekend
First Energy Park
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ

APP Dollar Weekend - Three Days of $1 Tickets!

April 15th, 16th, & 17th comprise Asbury Park Press Dollar Weekend, with $1 tickets to those three games thanks to the Asbury Park Press.
There are Post-Game Fireworks after the game on April 15thApril 16th is a 4:05 game and April 17th is a 1:05 pm game with Kids Eat Free (ShopRite) and Kids Run the Bases. Plus, it's Yappy Hour so you can bring your dog!

To order, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here to order online.
Upcoming at the State Theatre
15 Livingston Avenye
New Brunswick, NJ

Fri. April 15  Echoes of Russian Ballet
                     American Repertory Ballet

Sat. April 16  Milk & Cookies - FREE Series
                       LuAnn Adams "Celebrating Our Children"

Sat. April 16  Tracy Morgan: Picking Up the Pieces

Sun. April 17 Music of the Night: Norm Lewis with the NJSO

For more information or to order tickets click here.
********************************************************************************************************      Next at TADA! Youth Theater An Original Family Musical
Up to You
15 W. 28th St.
3rd Fl.
New York, NY

April 16 - May 21             
Who will be elected student president at Hamilton High in 1977? The cheerleader who promises a disco homecoming or the girl who wants to stop the pirate pranks?  

Special Show Dates and Events:
Sunday, April 17th after the 4pm
: stick around for a post-show interactive workshop exploring themes from Up To You. We will explore identity, cultivating support systems and healthy communication between youth and adults. 
Wednesday, May 4th are school day performances at 10am and 12pm

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Saturday April 16
Lou Neglia and Dead Serious MMA Promotions presents: Ring of Combat XXII Amateur MMA

Saturday April 30
Meet Lucas Friar from Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World" - Peyton Meyer, 

For more information or to order tickets go to

To enter to win tickets to meet Peyton Meyer go to Giveaway: Win Two Ticket to a Meet and Greet with Disney Star Peyton Meyer at iPlay America!
The Pop Ups Debut ‘Great Pretenders Club
 City Winery
155 Varick St
New York, NY 

Sunday, April 17 at 11 am, and Sunday , May 22 at 11 am.
The Pop Ups, a Brooklyn based, twice Grammy nominated duo, will debut songs from their newest album, Great Pretenders Clubwith two all-ages shows at City Winery.
A collaboration between Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, The Pop Ups have been setting the standard for children’s music since 2010. The two-time GRAMMY Award nominees for Best Children’s Album have also received a National Parenting Publications Award, Parents’ Choice Award and praise from NPR's All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, and USA Today among others. They have toured with Yo Gabba Gabba Live and continue to perform their rock and roll puppet musical live show to sold-out audiences across the United States, including shows in Washington DC and an Amazon Music sponsored "Think about Music" show during SXSW Music festival in Austin this spring.

The Pop Ups new 11-song album, Great Pretenders Club is available exclusively from Amazon Music. The Pop Ups invite fans everywhere to join their "Great Pretenders Club" to get ideas for further singing, dancing and playing, plus earn badges for their creativity. The album was selected as one of the 10 best of 2015 by the annual Fids and Kamily critics’ poll, and the video “Bird and Rhino” was endorsed by Kids First! The new “Great Pretenders Club Special” is available for free streaming to Amazon Prime subscribers, and new music videos are posting on The Pop Ups’ YouTube channel.
Through dance-able electro-pop beats, puppetry, animation, and smart lyrics, The Pop Ups continue to engage fans with songs that will spark imagination and creativity. Great Pretenders Club is inspired by the essential role of play in childhood development. Play is deeply tied to how animals (including human animals!) learn, adapt, and socialize. The Pop Ups wrote these songs to engage children (and bears) in imaginative play as a means of exploration and learning. The Pop Ups consulted noted biologist and animal ethologist Marc Bekoff PhD to write lyrics to reflect animal behavior and the human-centered "science of play." Guest artists include GRAMMY nominated multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist Bernhoft and the indie band HAERTS. Children’s voices and characters from The Pop Ups’ puppet family also contribute to the joyous wall of sound. Tap into your wild creative power and see the world in a new way with The Pop Ups.

For more information about the shows or to order tickets go to citywinery.com or call (212) 608-0555.

For more information about the Pop Ups go to www.thepopups.com.
Exchange Camden Riversharks Gear for Tickets to 2016 Trenton Thunder Games
Arm and Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road
Trenton, NJ

The  Trenton Thunder want to extend a special offer to fans of the defunct Camden Riversharks during the 2016 season.

Fans with hats, shirts, jerseys, pants, shorts, socks or shoes of the Camden Riversharks, Atlantic City Surf, or Newark Bears may exchange their items at the Thunder ticket office and receive a $13 ticket to a 2016 Thunder game (based upon availability), a food voucher, and 20% off at the Thunder company store.

The exchange will run throughout the 2016 season and will be limited to one article of clothing, per person, per transaction. At the end of the season, the Thunder will donate all of the collected items to a local non-profit.

See below for more about the Trenton Thunder.

For more information  or to order tickets click here
News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown
Limited Five-Week Engagement
At The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row 

Performances Begin Friday, April 15
Opening Night Thursday, April 21

In The Secret Sea, a new American play by Cate Ryan (The Picture Box) and directed by Tony© Award winnerMartin Charnin (Annie), will play a limited engagement of five weeks only this spring at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

In The Secret Sea will begin previews Friday, April 15 and open Thursday, April 21, playing through Saturday, May 21 only.

In the play, a newly married couple and their parents confront a life and death decision. The outcome will change all of their lives forever.

Tickets are now on sale through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

2016 Gala Will Celebrate the Company’s 25th Anniversary

Honoring Founding Artistic Director
James Houghton
Monday, April 18, 2016
At The Pershing Square Signature Center

Signature Theatre is pleased to announce that the Signature Theatre Annual Gala celebration will take place on Monday, April 18, 2016. The event will celebrate Signature’s 25th Anniversary and honor Founding Artistic Director James Houghton’s leadership of the company on the occasion of his final season as Artistic Director. Under Houghton’s leadership the company launched three distinct residency programs; produced more than 100 plays; built The Pershing Square Signature Center, the largest theatre arts center in New York City in the last 50 years; created the Signature Ticket Initiative, designed to create accessibility to theatre for all; and became the first New York City recipient of the Regional Theater Tony Award.

This celebratory evening will feature entertaining highlights from Signature’s first 25 years, including music, live performance and video, with Signature’s Board Chairman Edward Norton, Alumnus Ty Burrell, playwrights-in-residence, and many more.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street. To make a donation of any amount in support of this momentous occasion, contact gala@signaturetheatre.org or (646) 388-8156. For more information, visit signaturetheatre.org.

Casting Announced & $25 Tickets Now On Sale for
Signature Plays
Edward Albee’s The Sandbox
María Irene Fornés’ Drowning
Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro
Directed by Lila Neugebauer

Run Dates: May 3 – June 12, 2016; Opening: May 22, 2016
In The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
At The Pershing Square Signature Center

The production runs May 3 to June 12 with a May 22 opening night in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center(480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit signaturetheatre.org.
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Regina Carter's Southern Comfort
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8pm with Regina Carter's Southern Comfort.  Violin virtuoso and MacArthur fellow Regina Carter pays a tender tribute to her paternal grandfather, an Alabama coal miner, in an inspirational concert drawing from Appalachian fiddle tunes, church hymns, and the joyous Southern folk music that infused her childhood. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

presents Cinderella
at Florence Gould Hall
April 17, 2015 at 11am, 1pm & 3:30pm
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) will perform Donald Mahler's Cinderella on April 17, 2016 at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC (between Park and Madison Avenues). Performances are at 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm.  Tickets are $24 for children 12 and under and $34 for adults, and are available online at www.nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets/view/Cinderella, via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, or in person at the Florence Gould Hall box office at (212) 355-6160. For group sales: 212-679-0401 or email groups@nytb.org.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE!
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season with Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE! on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
In this musical adventure, Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and the whole gang from Birdwell Island learn about Clifford's BE BIG!™ Ideas - Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Help Others, Believe in Yourself, and Be A Good Friend - with memorable songs, creative choreography, and lots of laughter and audience interaction. Clifford's Big Ideas came out of the curriculum developed for the award-winning animated PBS KIDS series Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the classic children's books by Norman Bridwell.
News from DKC/O&M

“ F U N   H O M E ”


 Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, has launched a partnership with the national nonprofit oral history projectStoryCorps, on the occasion of the show’s one-year anniversary on Broadway. The collaboration, which serves StoryCorps’ mission to honor the lives of everyday Americans by recording and preserving conversations between them, encourages Fun Home fans to use StoryCorps’ free mobile app to record their stories about their own families and/or experiences seeing the show. All tagged stories will be streamable on-demand at StoryCorps.me/, in addition to being preserved in the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

All stories submitted during the month of April will be entered to win an exclusive contest, and one grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive two tickets to Fun Home, plus one night at a hotel in Times Square, as well as the chance to officially record their own story in the permanentStoryCorps recording booth in New York City. Official rules and regulations can be found here: www.funhomebroadway.com/StoryCorps.

Users can listen to stories recorded by members of the Fun Home cast and creative team, including Jeanine TesoriLisa KronSam GoldMichael CerverisJudy KuhnBeth Malone, and Sydney Lucas here: https://storycorps.me/user/fun-home/.


T H E  L I O N  




The Lion, the highly acclaimed, Drama Desk Award-winning musical written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, is searching for a new star, producer Eva Price announced today. Scheuer, who has been performing the piece in various productions since 2014, will play his final performance in his autobiographical musical on February 19, 2017 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. Due to popular demand, The Lion will continue its tour across America, and the search is underway for a new star.

Video submissions for the new “Ben” are now being accepted. Singer-guitarists may upload videos of themselves playing “Cookie-tin Banjo” and email their submissions to TheLionCasting@gmail.com. The sheet music can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/zuwfyuf and Scheuer has  even provided helpful video clips showing the guitar picking of the song at https://youtube.com/watch?v=2Fntuk9V_BI (without vocals) and https://youtube.com/watch?v=G_Kw_dbcIRY (with vocals).
News from Richard Hillman PR

“O N E   F U N N Y   M O T H E R”

One Funny Mother written, performance and starring comedian Dena Blizzard.  Performances going on now for an open-ended engagement at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues).  Opening Night isThursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00pm.

One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard, in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. An outrageous and side splitting 80 minutes of sass that follows Dena on her hilarious journey through a day of cleaning as she prepares for her big “Girls Night Out.”  Along the way she laments how her life and marriage have changed since becoming a mother of three, wrestling with the eternal question, “Have I gone crazy since having these kids?” The answer is a hysterical, “laugh ’til your face hurts” comedy that you won’t want to miss!
One Funny Mother will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 7:00pm and Saturdays at 8:00pm.

Tickets for One Funny Mother are priced at $65 and may be purchased by calling Telecharge (212) 239-6200, or by visitingTelecharge.com.  For additional information please visit the website at www.onefunnymother.com

For more about One Funny Mother see our Where-To-Go Wednesday post this coming Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
News from Waldmania PR

WHERE: Bushwick Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue at Siegel Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1310:00 a.m.
ADMISSION: Free of charge

Sporting two Parents' Choice® Awards in her hip pocket, beloved children's musician and YouTube favorite, Nina Stone (a.k.a. Miss Nina) returns to Brooklyn with a fun, high-energy show for families, Jump & Jam with Miss Nina and Nate, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at the Bushwick Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

Joining Nina Stone at this show will be Nathan Terry on cajon and other percussion instruments. Miss Nina's Sing-Along is interactive from the get-go, with kids waving, clapping, stomping, shaking, dancing, wiggling like spaghetti noodles, and singing along. Hip hop and rap tunes are a part of every show, notably on a Miss Nina fan favorite, frequently heard on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, "The Brown Bear Rap." For this, Miss Nina brings out a giant version of Bill Martin's beloved book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and, as she raps, a grownup from the audience turns the pages while the kids, led by Nate Terry, keep the amazing beat.

WHAT: Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks' Album Release Party!
WHERE: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
WHEN: Saturday, April 1611:00 a.m.
TICKETS: Available at the door or online HERE.
Every Day's Your Birthday, set for release on May 6, will be available on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and  Miss Nina's website, HERE.

Check out Miss Nina's website HERE
Miss Nina on Facebook
Miss Nina on Twitter
Miss Nina on YouTube

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

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