My monsters just love this museum. It's completely hands-on, interactive and incredibly exciting from room to room. Plus, they offer special programs in their classrooms like their Try Science series.
Spring Brings NEW Events to the Delaware Children's Museum in Wilmington, DE
This month, the DCM will host Prince & Princess Weekend, March 15th and 16th with special performances of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty by First State Ballet Theatre and the Delaware Children's Theatre. Festivities will include Royal Reading Time and discounts for those who come dressed in their best royal attire.
Now, through April 27th, kids can participate in the DCM Block Party by constructing their own cities and structures out of huge foam blocks and shapes.
To celebrate in royal fashion, we're giving away THREE SETS of four-pack tickets to The Delaware Children's Museum to three readers of Four Little Monsters Blog. That's right, THREE SETS! Each winner will receive four tickets each, good through October of 2014.
Disclosure: Four Little Monsters Blog has partnered with the Delaware Children's Museum to host this giveaway.
Plays & Players, Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth, recently launched a new annual performance series in order to introduce young people to the magic of theater. This series premiers with Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, a story that involves mythic and local animals of the Delaware River and Philadelphia including the blue heron, the red fox, the box turtle and more. The stories are inspired by the once indigenous people of that area, the Lenni-Lenape, who were well known for their wampum beads.
Performances of Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum run through March 13th through the 29th on Wednesday through Fridays at 10 am and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Tickets are $10-$20.
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This March, families can see The Harlem Globetrotters on March 7th through March 9th at three separate venues:
Liacouras Center in Philadelphia (Friday, March 7th at 7 p.m.)
Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey (Saturday, March 8th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (Sunday, March 9th at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
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This season, P.L.A.Y. will present local playwright, Greg Romero’s, Delaware MudTub and the Mighty Wampum. The production will explore mythic animals local to the area (The Great Blue Heron, The Red Fox, The Box Turtle), people once indigenous to the Delaware River (The Lenni-Lenape), and the rituals and journeys that speak across time and species, reflected through the lens of our season theme, brothers and sisters.
Delaware MudTub and the Mighty Wampum runs from March 13-29, 2014 in the intimate Skinner Studio. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10am and Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2:30pm.
Disclosure: This is a promotional post in partnership with Plays & Players Theatre.
This interactive exhibition draws from a huge range of contemporary Native American voices such as artists, activities, journalists, scholars and community leaders. Through video and audio, these personalities share stories and poetry to discuss issues that matter to the identity of Native American's today. The exhibition includes over 250 Native American objects such as 11,000 year old Clovis projectile points and crosses time through contemporary art of this generation.
More than five years in the making, the Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now exhibition was the inspiration of Dr. Lucy Fowler William's, the exhibition curator and Senior Keeper of the Penn Museum's American Section, with Keeper William Wierzbowski and then-Curator Dr. Robert Preucel. Williams invited over seventy established and emerging Native American artists, leaders and scholars from around the country to talk about the significance of objects in Penn Museum's North American collections. The result was Objects of Everlasting Esteem: Native American Voices on Identity, Art and Culture (2005).
The Four Little Monsters crew encourages your family to check out this amazing new exhibition at Penn Museum. Help us spread the word and TWEET the following like so they know we sent you!
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February events include patterned themed activities and events. The Barnes foundation also offers pajama tours of their world-famous galleries as well as drop-off workshops for ages nine through twelve.
I wanted to share a sweet song with readers tonight. My smallest monster
and I are swaying together to Alex Mitnick's "Feelin' Fine" just now
and we love it so! We're excited to spread the word about a free MP3 download,
available through Father's Day. This track, part of Mitnick's album
devoted to his son called "Love Songs For My Baby" just melts my heart.
You can access this free download when you share the video link via Facebook or Twitter.
Says Alex Mitnick, "Becoming a dad has been the most incredible spiritual experience I've ever had. The new album became a kind of meditation, with each song providing a sound track into the experiences of being a new parent. Love Songs For My Baby is as close to my heart as I can possibly imagine, and I can't wait to share it with families."
I'm a serious fan of spicy food - as in the "Dang, that's way too hot
and I can hardly breath... BUT I love it so" kind. This week, I had a
little fun with some spices that Tonguespank Spice Co. sent over for me to try.
Smoky Bourbon: Our Smoky Bourbon blend adds just the right amount of smoky burn, and the depth of complexity of a good bourbon. Use it like hot sauce! Sprinkle on eggs, pizza, baked potatoes, chili, steaks, burgers, pork chops, barbecue, ribs, etc.
Garlic Grappa: Mm... garlic! Our Garlic Grappa blend is like opening the door of an Italian kitchen. Sprinkle liberally on pizza, pasta and seafood. Add it to olive oil and dip your bread in it. Or skip the extra step and ad it to buttered bread: instant garlic bread!
The first, Smoky Bourbon, threw quite a hit to the nostrils so I knew I would really enjoy it on food. The smokiness was very evident in the aroma. First, I put a little on my tongue and BOOM - yeah, wasn't going to be able to share it with the children. I did, however, make my husband try it straight out of the bottle and he walked away red-faced muttering, "Oh my god, Oh my god!" I love when that happens! The Smoky Bourbon contains: Chipotles, habaneros, Bhut Jolokia chilies, garlic onion, black pepper, sea salt and bourbon.
At first glance, I thought that perhaps I could get away with sprinkling some Garlic Grappa into dinner - which I very excitedly did - and sprinkled pretty heavily over onions on a skillet in oil, which I blended with asparagus. I also seasoned pork chops with it in the same meal, which added some nice color as well as flavor. This one really did have a bite to it, but nothing my kids couldn't handle. In fact, they gobbled it up and had seconds, with the help of some dipping sauce to mute some of the "spank". My husband didn't much care for this one, but what does he know? The Garlic Grappa contains: Rosemary, oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, habaneros, sea salt, balsamic vinegar, grappa. I'm constantly cooking with basil and balsamic vinegar so I just loved this blend. I'm sure I'll have used it all before the week is out.
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Disclosure: Four Little Monsters received samples of Tonguespank Table Blend Spices for the purpose of this review. All opinions belong to the blogger.
|Used with permission. Credit: Tim Schreckengost of www.nemesisbird.com|
|Used with permission. Credit: Tim Schreckengost of www.nemesisbird.com|
|ebird.org Snowy Owl Sightings Nov-Dec 2013|
- The snow-white plumage of the Arctic Snow Owl helps the bird blend in to it's Arctic environment.
- Males are whiter than females. Males get whiter as they age. Females are never completely white and are somewhat brown.
- Snow Owls like to perch on the ground or low to the ground, where they're close to rodents, fish and birds, their main food sources.
- They have superior hearing, and rely on this sense for catching prey.
- Unlike many owls, the Snowy Owl is active during the day, especially in the summer. They are most active and dawn and dusk.
- They are generally nomadic but often mate for life.
- Arctic Snow Owls have a wing span of up to 4.8 feet.
- They primarily feed on lemmings.
|Frogs Exhibit, www.fourlittlemonsters.com|
|African Bull Frog, www.fourlittlemonsters.com|
|Surinam Toad, www.fourlittlemonsters.com|
- Discover all the colors, patterns, sounds and personalities that make the frog and amphibian world so diverse.
- Learn what it takes to own a frog as a pet.
- Find out how frog species are being affected by environmental change such as climate change and pollution.
- Meet frogs up close and personal. Discover their quirks, special talents and sometimes poisonous qualities!
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show masterfully present the circus as an art form, delighting families and guests of all ages.
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Disney On Ice is a touring ice skating show
Mickey, Minnie and their favorite pals were great. When Mickey called on all the magical brooms and mops from Fantasia, the performance was very impressive. For us, this truly was the centerpiece of the show. We were definitely excited that Jack Skellington had a major part in the show, as he is one of our favorite Disney characters of all. The lighting and the music was great. The set of A Very Merry Un-Birthday was a little lacking while other sets were pretty amazing. That's what you get for being an adult, I suppose. The kids loved every moment and for that, we all went home happy.
Disclaimer: Wells Fargo Center provided Four Little Monsters with tickets to Disney On Ice for the purpose of this review. All opinions belong to the blogger.
War Horse is one of those stories that I want to implant into my daughter's brain, so she learns from a young age that war is absolutely nothing to take lightly.
World War I, in which my great, great grandfather served in France as a US Marine, was one of the most nonsensical wars. Though my great, great grandfather served bravely as a young man, he was gassed with Mustard by the Germans and suffered the severe after affects all his life which eventually led to a long, drawn out and painful death. Why? I always ask myself. What was the point? Thirty seven MILLION soldiers and civilian casualties DIED throughout World War I.
World War I began with cavalry forces on both sides. As a result, hundreds of thousands of horses died in World War I. Forces learned too late that horses were completely useless offensive elements against machine gun fire. Like their riders, it was simply slaughter. Horses were eventually replaced with tanks and horses were used for logistics and in other limited ways.
War Horse, the novella, brings so much meaning and compassion to the deaths of these horses, which we often forget, suffered and died so much amid the combat of men. I was incredibly curious to see how the stage play version of War Horse would portray the horrors of war and the journey of Joey, the Hunter horse, who starts out with his care taker, young Albert Narracott. Under the loving care of Albert, Joey grows into a truly magnificent horse who must learn to plow the farm in a week to win a drunken bet that Albert's father made. When Albert succeeds in training his Hunter to pull the plow and Joey is later forced to pull the ambulance cart during the war, piled with dead and injured bodies, Albert had in essence, saved his horse's life. By that time in the war, horses were being put down when they served no use. Since the novella is told from the perspective of the horse, a creature whom in the real world, has no voice at all, I wondered how the play would bring life to Joey. We assume, as humans who can understand and communicate with one another, that if an animal cannot speak like us, that it doesn't feel as we do. The book pushes the opposite belief and brings an inner monologue and feeling to the life of Joey, the horse and therefore, all horses who have ever been subject to pain and suffering at the hands of men.
War Horse on stage, left me breathless for what seemed like five minutes at a time. I'd take a breath eventually and then forget to breath all over again. At first, when Joey the foal arrived on stage, I was distracted by the puppeteers that were always with the puppet horse, built by Handspring Puppet Company out of South Africa. By the time Joey was grown - and the puppet itself was so incredibly impressive - I'd grown used to the puppeteers, two of whom stood inside the puppet to guide its movement and legs and tail and another who stood alongside the head, guiding the neck and front portion of the horse. They were the horse, I realized. In several death scenes where horses died, the puppeteers would guide the horse to its side on the ground and then leave the puppet there alone, which was so moving as I felt the "life" was leaving the puppet. As in a real war, the horses would serve their "purpose" and die and become just inanimate stuff on the ground, which War Horse teaches, is not the case at all. They were thinking, feeling beings, too, and we dragged them into this conflict, away from their homes and lives, just the same as all the men that went off to war and left their families behind.
Albert is one of the few characters in the play who understands and truly believes this. Albert promises Joey that he will enlist and come find him and bring him home. The war, which was originally intended to last a few months, stretched on for years and took Joey to both sides of the war, from the British to the Germans and then eventually into No Man's Land. Played by Michael Wyatt Cox, Albert was very much a captivating and believable portrayal of a young man who simply loved his horse. When Albert enlisted underage, in order to go after his horse, he ended up having to endure horrible things, too, just like Joey and while many others are falling apart under the pressures of the war, Albert tries so hard to remain dedicated to his purpose of finding his horse.
The sets were very basic which brought a very deep sense of the desolation and loneliness in many of the scenes. A silent person was almost always holding pieces of the set, like the farm gates, the goose puppet, the birds flying the sky. This kept set changes very fluid and the atmosphere of the war scenes relied heavily on lighting and smoke to portray the shelling, machine gun fire and so on. A banner, like shredded sketchbook paper, was strewn across the ceiling of the stage, and the graphics there constantly changed to portray the landscapes, dates of the war, rain, etc. It was truly magical how it all came together and made you really believe. There were many moments where the entire audience was utterly silent, breathless. Other times, the audience gasped in unison. By the end, I was in tears, as were many of the people around me.
My mother asked me at intermission, "Do you think this is appropriate for an eight year old?" This, coming after a German soldier shot Albert's cousin, a British soldier, in the head - dead. Later on, Albert and his brother in arms, aim rifles at the audience on a patrol. While my daughter was probably the youngest audience member there, I am so, so grateful that she was able to experience this story in this format. It made it very real. She learned. I could see her thinking, as she perched on the edge of her seat. Later, she listened intently when we told her about her great, great, great grandfather who was suffered through a mustard gas attack in the same war. She understood. War is such a waste. It's a waste of life. From human to animal.
A German and British soldier came together in no man's land to break Joey free from barbed wire and one said to the other, "How many women are weeping back home because men like you and me can't talk to each other?" So, yes. It's appropriate for an eight year old. This lesson needs to be learned and learned early.
War Horse plays its final two shows in Hershey, PA at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at Hershey Theatre. Go see it. Please.
Disclosure: Hershey Theatre invited Four Little Monsters to see War Horse for the purpose of this review. All opinions belong to the author of this post.