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Sweet Peas In A Pod, Pea Pod Jewelry by Kelli O, Mother's Day, Review & Giveaway

by EJ on 04/08/14

If you're looking for something truly spectacular for Mom this year, then look no further than Sweet Peas In A Pod, jewelry by Kelli O. Totally forget the huge chain jewelry stores and support this small business with amazing craftsmanship and charm. I instantly fell in love with these stunning pea pod necklaces on Facebook and couldn't wait to share them with my Four Little Monsters community.

As a proud Mom of five, I couldn't wait to own one of these Pea Pod necklaces. They're the perfect mixture of elegant and cute. I'm going to treasure mine forever.

I received two versions of the Pea Pod necklace, one in alternating pink and green (for my order of girls and boys) and a second in their birth stone colors. Both came on a sturdy sterling silver 18'' chain. Kelli was fabulous to work with when deciding on the designs for both necklaces and super communicative. There were so many samples to browse on the Sweet Peas In A Pod facebook page. When I asked for alternating pink and green pearls and a specific charm to go with my necklace, Kelli accommodated my requests immediately.

Pricing is incredibly awesome, too. Sweet pea necklaces start at $16 with one pea included. Each additional pea is $2 and additional charms are $2.50. Shipping is $4, USA.

Pea Pod necklaces by Sweet Peas In A Pod can hold up to seven peas and if more are needed (after all, there are plenty of us Moms of many out there), then you can do more than one pea pod on one chain.

If you're looking for something other than a necklace, you can also order them as earrings, key chains, pins and bracelets. Colors are pretty limitless for the peas themselves, although I prefer the opalescent look of the pearls, myself. If you're looking for birthstones, Kelli offers genuine birth stone peas as well.

At the moment, there isn't a traditional website for online ordering but you can easily message Kelli via email or on the company facebook page for a quick response. However, Kelli is looking to expand and offer her jewelry on a traditional website so let's help spread the word! Visit her Kickstarter campaign HERE and support her company's growth. You can also help spread the word by sharing this post, sharing on facebook and entering the giveaway below! 

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Teaching Preschoolers Not To Steal, Parenting A Preschooler

by EJ on 04/03/14

When it comes to our youngest son, AJ, the past few weeks... *ahem*, months... have been a tad frustrating. He has developed quite the knack for trouble. He's always been the do-as-he-pleases, defiant child but lately, every waking moment (and moments where I'm not awake but he is.... say, at 4 am...) seems riddled with his trouble. Whether he's filling up his brother's dresser drawers with water, smashing a bar of soap into the bristles of a hair brush, breaking his siblings' toys, pulling down the curtains, or attempting to take food and drink out of the refrigerator for the fifteenth time in a minute, he just loves to do what he wants, when he wants and as many times as he wants, no matter how many time-outs ensue.

Don't get me wrong, this little troublemaker is as charming as they come. He knows that he merely has to make a funny face or cross his eyes at me to make me giggle. His snuggles are simply the best. His face beams with delight when I draw him an airplane, a school bus or a vacuum. (Yes, he is obsessed with vacuums. Take him to the vacuum department at Wal-Mart and he is one happy dude). I've taught him right and wrong, just as I have with his older siblings. I've taught him boundaries. The troublesome behaviors continue. At his age, he's just not getting most of it - or doesn't want to just yet. Several times over the past few months, I've asked myself in tears, "What the heck am I doing wrong? He just won't behave!"

I knew it wouldn't be long before the notes started coming home from school. Sure enough, I got the first one yesterday. Apparently, he's stealing toy cars from school and attempting to take them home. This actually made me laugh out loud because he literally hides a car or an airplane toy of his own in his backpack every morning before hopping on the bus. Sometimes I catch him and sometimes I'm too busy with shoes, jackets and lunch boxes and four kids scrambling for their buses to remember to check. Knowing that AJ tries to take his own toys to school every day, I realized that he wasn't stealing toys from school out of malice. He literally just thinks everything is his. It's all the same to him. If it's a car, he likes it - a lot. Therefore, he wants it. Obviously, this way of thinking isn't going to do him any favors as he grows up. So the teaching and learning continues...While I have not figured out how to get him to stop smashing bars of soap into hair brushes or how to stop climbing the shelves in his bedroom, I know that teaching him not to steal will be easier.

Why do preschoolers steal and what can a parent do about it?

Preschoolers may steal out of impulse, peer pressure or to seek attention. In fact, the word "stealing" likely doesn't mean anything to most preschoolers. Children under the age of four do not yet grasp the concepts of "mine" and "yours". I know my son is incredibly impulsive and his stealing of toys cars at school likely stems from this. I like that. I'll have that.

To help teach the wrongs of stealing, parents should take some immediate steps to guide the child in he right direction. Stealing should be addressed immediately, and rather than overreacting, parents should explain values such as honesty and sensitivity and have the child return the belonging.  Returning the object right away, with an apology included, will help convey ownership as well as honesty and sensitivity to the child.

A great way to turn stealing into a teachable moment is to first, correct the child's wishful ownership. Say, you wish the toy car was yours - but who does it really belong to? Lead the child to developing the answer him or herself. Then have them return the belonging.

Don't expect immediate results. If I've learned anything as a Mom of many kiddos, it takes time to develop certain values in children. Stealing in preschool is just another bump in the road that will need some consistent smoothing out. In the meantime, I'll be scrubbing crayon-drawn monsters off the walls, rehanging curtains and emptying out dresser drawers full of water - again... and again... and again... and again.
  
     

Phantom of the Opera at The Academy of Music through April 12th, 50% OFF PROMO

by EJ on 04/02/14


Now, through April 12th at The Academy of Music in Philly, see the breathtaking and powerful musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Phantom of the Opera. Save 50% off of select performances using promo code "RAOUL".

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The Original Harlem Globetrotters in Philly, PA, Review

by EJ on 03/12/14


The monsters and I jumped at the opportunity to check out The Original Harlem Globetrotters at Wells Fargo Center in Philly, PA for the 2014 Fans Rule World Tour. For eighty eight years, The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining families while innovating the game of basketball. We'd heard a ton of great things about the show and my two boys were thrilled to check out their first basketball game, especially one that promised special tricks, great athleticism, music and comedic entertainment.

We arrived early and spent some time wandering the halls of the Wells Fargo Center, taking pictures with Flyers Hockey gear and trophies, which is my littlest man's favorite sport. They really have a great selection of historical sports pieces on display throughout the main hall.

Once the show started, my boys got pretty excited. They quickly found themselves surrounded by food and snacks of all kinds: snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, pretzels, pizza, fries, chicken fingers, frozen yogurt, buffalo wings and more. Though expensive, the Wells Fargo Center has an enormous selection of food and snacks to suit any kids' desire.

The previous night, their grandfather dazzled the boys with stories of when he saw the Harlem Globetrotters many years ago. They expected quite a lot of fun. Unfortunately, however, the boys' excitement dwindled some as the show seemed to become somewhat disorganized early on. There were many great moments but there was a lot of filler. We were pretty close to the court, but not close enough to understand everything that Handles (from Harrisburg, PA, WOOT!), the Globetrotter with the microphone for most of the show, was saying throughout the event. His interactions with the referee and the audience were pretty fun but without being able to hear everything, it became hard for the boys to stay interested in the show.

I think it's so important to expose kids to team sports and athletics. The Harlem Globetrotters, despite a little disappointment with this year's tour, are incredibly talented. My boys recognized that and near the end of the show, my six year old started getting into the music and clapping for the tricks and points scored. It took him a while to get to that point, but he did get there and that was a great moment to see him involving himself in the show.  

The best and most inspirational part of the show was Kevin Grow, aka KG3, a recent high school graduate with Downs Syndrome, who signed with both the 76ers and the Globetrotters with "ceremonial contracts". Grow, the former team manager for his school's basketball team for four years, knocked down four three-pointers, hit a buzzer-beater and tallied 14 points during the last two games of the season. Globetrotter Handles reached out to the audience at the close of the show, reminding children that their dreams could come true, no matter what. I just loved that message.

Disclaimer: Four Little Monsters received admission to The Original Harlem Globetrotters event at Wells Fargo Center for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and belong to the blogger.

 

The Delaware Children's Museum, Spring Events & TRIPLE 4-TICKET GIVEAWAY @DEChildrensMuse

by EJ on 03/07/14


The Delaware Children's Museum, located on the Wilmington Riverfront in Delaware, is an amazingly interactive center for kids and their families. The DCM provides an environment that stimulates and encourages young minds to learn through exploration, creation and building and play.

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.
Kids will explore everything from a huge water table, a thirty foot climbing maze, a room devoted to muscles and mind, an interactive auto shop, train and boat, a kid-sized farmer's market, to an exhibit that introduces banking and saving money. We could - and have - spent all day here. When you're done playing in the interactive rooms and exhibits, you can skip on over to the arts and crafts room and create art, draw on a giant chalk board and play with puzzles. You can read about our fun adventures at the DCM HERE.

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. 


Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, Plays & Players Theatre, 4 ticket GIVEAWAY

by EJ on 02/27/14

Here at Four Little Monsters, we're huge fans of live theater for families. This week, we're excited to introduce to our readers, Plays & Players of Philadelphia. It's one of the oldest theaters in use in the United States, constructed in 1912. How cool is that?

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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Discount Code & Ticket Giveaway for The Harlem Globetrotters Fans Rule World Tour, March 7th-9th

by EJ on 02/12/14


You don't have to be a basketball fan to be entertained and inspired by The Harlem Globetrotters. An exhibition basketball team, The Harlem Globetrotters includes talented athletes from around the country, riveting audiences with their athleticism, family-friendly comedy and theater. Check out this year's roster. Last year, fans voted on new rules for actual games and preview some of their epic moves. This was such a success that they're doing it again this year in the 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour.

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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Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, P.L.A.Y's New Annual Series for Young Audiences

by EJ on 02/10/14

This season, Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth announces a brand new annual series that will introduce young audiences to the incredible power of live theater. P.L.A.Y. focuses on original and local stories that will engage and inspire young audiences. This imaginative new program offers a theatrically immersed, interactive experience.

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.

Native American Exhibition Opening at Penn Museum, Philly

by EJ on 02/10/14


Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now, a new exhibition opening on March 1st at Penn Museum in Philly, challenges visitors to leave what they think they know about Native Americans at the door and discover the amazing diversity of nations through distinct history and folklore, identities and contemporary leaders. A public celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that includes story telling, Native American music, presentations by Native American community leaders from around the country as well as arts and crafts and child-friendly activities.

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!

Tweet me: I'm leaving preconceptions behind: "Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now," @PennMuseum @4LilMonsterBlog

Family Programs and Activities at The Barnes Foundation, Philly

by EJ on 02/04/14

The Barnes Foundation offers many free monthly family programs such as crafts, storytelling and family days. Family programs seek to expand the imagination and generate excitement about art, architecture and nature.

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. 


Alex Mitnick, Feelin' Fine, Free MP3 Downlaoad, Love Songs For My Baby

by EJ on 02/04/14

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."


Tonguespank Spice Co., Liquor & Heat Spices, Review

by EJ on 01/30/14

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.

Before I even dreamed up dinner, I admired the snappy labels and spiffy fonts, then took in the aroma of both bottles. The duo they sent, part of their Liquor and Heat collection, are called Smoky Bourbon and Garlic Grappa. They're not ground super fine, which I love, and each bottle contains a good 2 ounces.

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.

Tonguespank specializes "in making boring food exciting! Come get your tongue spanked..."

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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.

Family Quest for the Arctic Snowy Owl in Delaware & Mid-Atlantic, A Rare Treat for Families, Snowy Owl Irruption Winter 2013-14

by EJ on 01/23/14

Used with permission. Credit: Tim Schreckengost of www.nemesisbird.com
These past few weeks, my family has been on an obsessive look out for Arctic Snowy Owls. No, we're not vacationing in the Arctic tundra. Since the Mid-Atlantic region is seeing huge numbers of visiting Snowy Owls this winter, unlike numbers seen in many decades, we're not traveling that far from home to find them. They're here in our wildlife refuges, along our roads, on the beaches, perched on houses, fences, light poles, buildings and in busy airports. They're in plain sight. They're right here where we live, go to school and work - right now. 

According to Project SNOWStorm, a nationwide conservation and research effort for the Arctic Snowy Owl, "birders realized something extraordinary was underway. Thousands - perhaps tens of thousands - of snowy owls were flooding south from Newfoundland to Minnesota. In some cases, birders found dozens - even hundreds - gathered in a single location". This winter, snow owls have been spotted as far south as Florida and Bermuda, with repeated sightings in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.

For families, the rare Arctic Snow Owl makes a great introduction to birding.

We're not expert birders - well, my mother is a serious birder and she is certainly to blame for my recent obsession with eBird.org and piling my kids in the van to travel up and down Rt. 9 and through Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge day after day. With my mother being the exception in the family, we are new to the rather quiet but exciting activity of birding. Actually, I'm one of many, many new birders thanks to the rare presence of the gorgeous Arctic Snowy Owls in our area.

Used with permission. Credit: Tim Schreckengost of www.nemesisbird.com
In previous years, Delaware has one or two of these snow-white owls and they typically hang out for a few days or weeks during the winter. This year, the state has identified up to twenty separate birds and they've stayed put longer than usual and sometimes with intense loyalty to the areas they've chosen here. The first Snowy Owl was spotted around Thanksgiving at Dover Air Force Base and the sightings only increased from there across the state. Although wildlife biologists aren't sure exactly how long the Snowy Owls are staying in Delaware, estimating a possible departure time of March, one thing is certain: time is running out to see them.

Since the Arctic Snowy Owls aren't hiding deep in the woods and actually prefer open areas like coast lines and low perches, that makes spotting them easier for kids. Plus, they're just plain pretty.

What do we know about the Arctic Snowy Owl? What can we learn?

ebird.org Snowy Owl Sightings Nov-Dec 2013
Snowy Owls spend their lives in the open, treeless tundra of the Arctic. Then, unpredictably, they move southward, a phenomenon called an 'irruption'. These irruptions occur every few years and in small numbers. The larger, super extraordinary irruptions such as the one we're now experiencing, occur once or twice in a lifetime. Hint, hint... get your kids out searching now because you'll make a memory they won't ever forget.

Delaware's coastline and landscape is similar, though much less extreme, than the Arctic tundra. The beaches and coastline offer plenty of small rodents and other food similar to what's available in the Arctic. Wildlife biologists don't know much about the local and landscape movements of the owls when they've gone south and they know little about their hunting routines and hunting range.

While there is much we don't yet know about the Arctic Snow Owls, there are some things we do know:
  • 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. 
Wildlife biologists like those at Project SNOWStorm are learning so much from this year's major irruption, such as the fact that these owls can be extremely loyal to an area. Project Snow Storm has documented the travels of banded Snowy Owls (five so far), including one particular owl named Philly, who prefers one of the nation's busiest air ports, the Philadelphia International Airport. Many days, he's visible right from I-95. While this congested location scares birders and researchers alike, Philly doesn't want to leave. After an attempt to move him to a safer location over forty miles away in Lancaster County, Philly flew right on back to the airport over the course of three days.

Connect your family with Project SNOWStorm to help protect and learn about the Arctic Snowy Owls.

Every time my mother spots a Snowy Owl, she donates $25 to Project SNOWStorm. To get kids excited to find Snowy Owls, families can organize a donation routine similar to this. The organization has raised over $22,500 so far. Project SNOWStorm's mission states "Our goal is to take advantage of the 2013-14 Snowy Owl irruption to better understand, and ultimately conserve, this spectacular visitor from the north". They use donated funds to buy transmitters, perform DNA and toxicology analysis and other related work.

Families can log onto Project SNOWStorm and track the Snow Owls as they travel from perch to perch and place to place. If there's a Snowy Owl near where you live, you'll know where to look. Since transmitters plot the owl's exact location every minute of every day, staying up to date on the owl's current location becomes incredibly exciting. Families can see in real-time where the owls travel during the day, hunt at night and so forth.

When tracking an Arctic Snowy Owl, make the owl's safety a priority.

When introducing children and families to birding (or any adventure in the wild), seek to inspire an appreciation of the natural world and its creatures without doing harm to that environment. Don't feed the owls. Don't attempt to lure the owls. Don't put yourself or the owl in a dangerous situation. Project Snow Storm has plenty of good advice for anyone interested in locating an Arctic Snowy Owl.


Frogs: Nature's Messengers, Adventure Aquarium, Review

by EJ on 01/21/14

There's not a more perfect aquarium for little kids than Camden, New Jersey's Adventure Aquarium. It's a truly interactive aquatic experience for all, featuring animal feedings and talks, touch tanks, stingray feeding and more. Kids can touch and interact with tide pool environments filled with ocean animals like colorful sea stars of many sizes, sea apples and sea urchins. Families can visit the Stingray Beach Club to splash around with friendly rays, with the opportunity to feed them as well. Visiting the Touch A Shark Pool will give visitors a thrill as they're allowed the experience of petting over six types of small sharks.

Frogs Exhibit, www.fourlittlemonsters.com
Frogs: Nature's Messengers, on special exhibit through April 2014 brings even more adventurous learning experiences, featuring over twenty species of common, strange, rare and exotic frog and amphibian species. Frogs and toads are on display throughout Zone A, outside of the 4D Theater in Zone B and throughout KidZone. In KidZone, kids can visit the Ribbit Room and take on a maze, play a game of Frogger and meet with a real-life biologist. Biologists are on hand throughout the various zones. 

The Frogs: Nature's Messengers Experience at Adventure Aquarium

African Bull Frog, www.fourlittlemonsters.com
The monsters and I made it out to Adventure Aquarium this week, excited to see just how strange frogs and their amphibian counterparts can get. We were not disappointed.

The African Bullfrog, which resembled a pretty round balls of mud from behind, elicited some big giggles from the kids when we realized we were not looking balls of mud, but two frogs nestling with one another. The camouflage attributes of this and many of the other frogs we met was quite impressive. 

Surinam Toad, www.fourlittlemonsters.com
Speaking of camouflage, the Surinam Toad was definitely our favorite. We had absolutely no clue he was in his tank, along with another. He blended so perfectly and we only knew he was there when he finally moved. We lovingly renamed him the Pancake Toad, because he's super flat and just plain silly.

We saw everything from tiny tad poles to huge toads and everything colorful, camouflage and in between. The only drawback was the enormous crowd that day. It was hard to see everything - and read everything. A lot of the frog exhibit included huge posters with information about frogs and climate change, frogs as pets, the differences between frogs and toads, etc. The touch tanks were almost impossible to get to, with so many people in front of us. There was still plenty to do and see, even with the crowd. 


Disclosure: Four Little Monsters received admission to Adventure Aquarium for the purpose of this review. Logos are used with permission, in partnership with Adventure Aquarium All opinions belong to the blogger.

 

Frogs: Nature's Messengers at Adventure Aquarium Now Through April 2014

by EJ on 01/18/14

Adventure Aquarium of Camden, New Jersey brings the magic of sea creatures and the aquatic world to families in an up-close and interactive setting, with over 8500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. Beginning this weekend, Adventure Aquarium introduces its newest exhibit Frogs: Nature's Messengers. Running through April, this frog and amphibian focused exhibit features more than twenty species of frogs including the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, the Poison Dart Frog, the Tiger-Legged Monkey Frog, the Cane Toad and the huge African Bullfrog - this dude is bigger than a dinner plate!

Frogs really are fantastic little (and some big) creatures and they're important to the environment in ways that you might not have realized. Frogs: Nature's Messengers will teach visitors the significance of frogs in nature and the role they play as messengers of environmental change.

Frogs: Nature's Messengers opens at Adventure Aquarium. Learn the facts about frogs.

  • 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!
“Everyone has a perception of what a frog is and what they look like,” said Kevin Keppel, Executive Director of Adventure Aquarium. “What’s great about this exhibit is that not only will guests experience the intricately patterned, bold and diverse selection of frogs, that also can listen to the frogs and learn about how important they are to our planet. They’re more than just an animal in the backyard. They may be small, but they have a big story to tell.”

Visit Adventure Aquarium now through April of 2014 to experience Frogs: Nature's Messengers

Disclosure: This is a promotional post in partnership with Adventure Aquarium. All opinions belong to the blogger.

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