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Friday, November 17, 2017

Funtivity Friday - Thanksgiving Fun Online



There are lots of fun Thanksgiving activites you can do online. Below we list of few of them along with one of the websites where you can find that activity.

1) Thanksgiving Trivia Quizzes - For example, visit https://icebreakerideas.com/thanksgiving-trivia/#Thanksgiving_Quiz.

2) Thanksgiving Games - For example, visit 
http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/thanksgiving/games/turkeyfling/



4) Thanksgiving Poems - For example, visit http://www.poemsource.com/thanksgiving-poems.html

5) Thanksgiving Word Searches - For example, visit 

6) Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzles - For example, visit http://iteslj.org/cw/1/af-thanks.html

7) Thanksgiving Stories - For example, visit 

What fun Thanksgiving activities do you like to do?

Enjoy!

Tune in Sunday for this week's Scoop.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Theater Thursday - Pluto is Missing, My Perfect Pet, and Chalk

We were given free tickets to Pluto is Missing for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed are our own.

 

What: Pluto is Missing

Where: The People's Improv Theatre
             123 E. 24th St.
             New York , NY

Who: Ages 4 and Up

When: Sunday December 3, Sunday December 10, and Sunday December 17 3:00 PM
           


Me - Pluto is Missing was a musical about the dwarf planet Pluto running away because it wasn't appreciated enough because it was small and not considered a real planet anymore. The show was good. It was very interesting. It was very informational. It taught kids a lot about the planets and space. My favorite character was Pluto's moon because it acted like a dog. It was funny. The songs were okay, but not particularly memorable. Sometimes, it was hard to hear the words to the songs because the music was loud although the only instruments were a piano and a guitar which people in the show played. The acting was good. The singing was good too although it was a little too soft. There wasn't really much of a set. They didn't really have costumes either. All the planets were represented by cartoon pictures. Pluto and other space objects were represented by puppets. I liked that this show was so original and that they mentioned Harry Potter several times. Kids who are interested in space would really like this show.


For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.plutoismissing.com
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We were given free tickets to My Perfect Pet for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.



What: My Perfect Pet

Where: The Playroom Theater
             151 W. 46th St.
             New York, NY

Who: Ages 4 and up

When: Saturdays through November 18



Me & Mom - My Perfect Pet was a show about a girl named Cailin who wanted to get a puppy for her 10th birthday. It was a good show especially for little kids. The songs were cute although most of them they didn't really move the plot along. There were songs about things like Happy Pants, Sticky Stuff, and other things. The dog was played by a person. He did a good job playing a dog, and he was really funny. The plot was very simple and there were some parts that didn't make sense, but it was fine for little kids. The acting was good, and the singing was really good. The actress who played the main character and the girl who played her sister had especially nice voices. The dancing was very lively, and at one point they even encouraged the kids in the audience to get up and move. The best part of the show was the songs. This is a great show for small children especially those that love fun music and shows about animals.


For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.myperfectpetthemusical.com
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We were given free tickets to Chalk for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Chalk

Where: Kraine Theater
            85 E. 4th St.
            New York, NY

Who: Ages 10 and Up

When: The second Saturday of the month through August 2018





Mom - Chalk is a very unique show. It is one man show without a plot or any dialogue. There were, sound effects. The whole show was done through mime and chalk drawings. The show was interesting. The mime portions were okay. The Chalk drawing parts were the best parts of the show, however. It was especially fun when the Chalk drawings coincided with the sound effects like when he drew a radio and turned it on or drew a dog and pet it and it was making happy dog noises. I loved that the show was so different from anything  I had seen before. It was a little slow, however and a little long for a one person silent show. It is definitely not something very young children would like. However, if you are not a little kid, and you are tired of seeing the same old things all the time and you want to see something completely different you might enjoy this show.


For more information or to purchase tickets visit
http://www.horsetrade.info/event/e75a47d5df03cabb3c4d26c74cf6e561

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Photo credits: All Pluto is Missing photos supplied by Pluto is Missing
                      All My Perfect Pet production photos supplied by My Perfect Pet
                      All Chalk production photos by Images by Lisa

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to Broadway Stars Dinner Show at iPlay America in the In Everything Give Thanks Giveaway Hop!



Welcome to the In Everything Give Thanks Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox.com


One of the things we are grateful for is music. One of our favorite kinds of music is Broadway show tunes. Now,  iPlay America is putting the spotlight on Broadway with a special night of performances by Broadway veterans.  Five of Broadway’s finest vocalists will recreate some of their most memorable and favorite musical moments as they celebrate the spectrum from classic to contemporary Broadway. The concert will allow the performers to display their great talents and versatility, share backstage behind-the-scenes anecdotes and conduct an enlightening and entertaining question and answer session with the audience. Scheduled performers include Jennifer DiNoia (Wicked), Craig Schulman (Phantom of the Opera; Les Miserables; Jeckell & Hyde), Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story; Grease; Side Show; It Should Been You); Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins; Macbeth; A Chorus Line; Singin’ in the Rain) and Kissy Simmons (The Lion King). The evening will also include a full course dinner. The dinner will  be immediately followed by the evening's entertainment. For information or to purchase tickets visit www.iplayamerica.com/event/broadway-spotlight. To enter to win a pair of tickets, see below:

Giveaway Dates 11/16-11/30

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ Worldwide
Must live in or be able to travel to Freehold, NJ area 
on December 17, 2017 to receive prize.*

Giveaway for tickets only
No lodging, No transportation 

* Giveaway is transferable but you must provide full name, phone number and e-mail address of person who will be redeeming prize.

ARV: $95 to $105



Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the other giveaways listed below to see what other great prizes you can enter to win.





Disclaimer: Hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Giveaway: Win a Four Pack of Tickets to the Gazillion Bubble Show in the 3rd Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the 3rd Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
 hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island

Do your kids like bubbles? Then, they will love the Gazillion Bubble Show. This show is full of bubbles of different colors shapes and sizes. There are even bubbles as big as people. Your child may even be chosen as a volunteer from the audience and win a bubble related prize. The Gazillion Bubble Show has been playing in New York City for over 10 years, and now's your chance to win a four pack of tickets for your family as an extra holiday surprise.  For a sneak peak of the Gazillion Bubble Show, see below.


For more about the Gazillion Bubble Show see our previous posts: Where-To-Go Wednesday: Gazillion Bubble Show  and/or Gazillion Bubble Show or visit gazillionbubbleshow.com. Enter to win a family four pack of tickets below:

 Giveaway Date 11/15 - 11/29

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ Worldwide
Must live in or be able to travel to New York area between December 1, 2017  and January 28, 2019 to redeem prize.*+

Giveaway for tickets only
No lodging, No transportation 

* Giveaway is transferable but you must provide full name and e-mail address of person who will be redeeming prize.

+ Tickets not redeemable during blackout week from December 23, 2017 - January  1, 2018


Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the other blog listed below to see what other great giveaways you can enter to win.




Disclaimer: Hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

Where-To-Go- Wednesday - Noah's Ark Inspires Van Cleef & Arpels Exhibit

What: Noah's Ark Inspires Van Cleef and Arpels Exhibit

Where: Cedar Lake
             547 W. 26th St.
            ( 26th St. between 10th and 11th)
             New York, NY

Who: All ages

When: Through November 19, 2017




Me - The Van Cleef and Arpels Noah's Ark exhibit was an exhibit of jewlery created and shaped to look like the animals from Noah's Ark. The jewelry was really pretty. There were giraffes. There were blue and green butterflies. The blue one was pretty. There were lots of different birds. There was one that was blue and purple. Those were my favorite birds. I liked them because they were pretty and cute. There were zebras and dogs. There were these two foxes that were pink and gold. I really liked them because they were cute. There were also bunnies, kangaroos, and turtles. There were others too, but those were some of my favorites. It was really cool to see all the jewelry shaped like animals. They made it seem like you were really on Noah's Ark at the exhibit because there were thunder noises and the lights flickered every now and then. The jewlery looked really pretty all lit up when the lights went out. Over all, it was a really interesting exhibit, and I would highly recommend going.



Mom - If you love animals and you love beautiful jewelry, you will enjoy Van Cleef and Arpel's Noah's Ark inspired collection. The collection is full of glittery sparkly pairs of jewels in the shape of animals. There are lovely ladybugs, cute kittens, and bedazzled birds of all types and much more. The jewelry was designed by Robert Wilson for Van Cleef & Arpels and will be on display through November 19. The exhibit is open on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and on Sundays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There is no fee to visit the exhibit. However, on-line reservations can be made. If you are going at a time when the exhibit is likely to be crowded, it is best to make reservations since the exhibit space is small and only a certain number of people are allowed in at a time. Although this is not a bad exhibit for children since children love animals and brightly colored things and the exhibit is not very big, keep in mind that there are periodic thunder sound effects and simulated flashes of lightening to give you the feeling that you are really on Noah's Ark that may frighten children who scare easily. For anyone who doesn't frighten easily, this is definitely an exhibit worth seeing.



For more information or to make a reservation visit www.arkvca.com/

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Anna and the French Kiss and Mustaches for Maddie



Me- Today I am recommending Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna and the French Kiss is my favorite book. It has been since my favorite book since I read it for the first time four years ago. It is about a girl named Anna whose parents send her to a boarding school in Paris where she meets a boy named Etienne St. Clair. This book is really romantic and funny. Anna is a really relatable character. The relationships in this novel are developed very well and realistically. Also, the characters show a lot of growth from the beginning to the end. I cannot say enough good things about this novel.


Mom - Today I am recommending Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown. Maddie is a girl who loves mustaches. She is also a typical teenage girl trying to navigate her way through a school life ruled by a bossy mean girl. When it is discovered that Maddie has a tumor growing in her head, everything changes both around Maddie and within Maddie and much of it in surprising ways. This sweet and touching book is meant for middle grade readers. However, I would recommend it for anyone. Maddie is an amazing and inspiring heroine. Finding out  that this story is based on the true story of the authors' daughter only adds to the poignancy of this wonderful story.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Emma and Of Thee I Sing



Me & Mom - We recently had the opportunity to see the Broadway Workshop's production of Emma. The show was based on the book of the same title written by Jane Austen but updated to a modern boarding school.  The show was a musical. The songs were not original, however. They were just pop songs including Chapel of Love, Unwritten, and Roar. Unlike in most musicals which use pop songs, in this show the songs were not limited to a particular decade or artist but they were from all different times and by all different singers. The updated story was enjoyable and would work really well for school productions. The songs chosen were well suited to the plot.  The show had a lot of humor in it as well.  All in all, it was a really enjoyable production.



For more about Broadway Workshop to find out about classes they offer and/or what shows they will be doing next visit www.broadwayworkshop.com.
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Mom - We recently had the opportunity to see Of Thee I Sing at Carnegie Hall. The show is a musical from the 1930s that satrizes American politics. Many of the shows plot points are very relevant to today including a foreign government that is trying to influence American political matters. The show was presented by MasterVoices choir with an all star cast of guest voices in the lead roles including Bryce Pinkham, who previously appeared in A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder and Holiday Inn; and Denee Benton, who was Natasha in the recent Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. The show was extremely entertaining. The plot was very relatable probably even more so than it was originally back in the 1930s. The singing voices were beautiful. The songs were nice although none of them were especially memorable which is why none of them became hugely popular, and you don't really hear them anymore. All in all though, the show was a delight and definitely worth seeing.




For more information about MasterVoices  and or to find out what they will be doing next visit www.mastervoices.org.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credits: All Emma photos supplied by Broadway Workshop
                        Of Thee I Sing production photos by Erin Baiano