Posts Tagged “family entertainment”

Puppets in Pasola Park with Lady Hawke Storytelling

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NJ Parks: Fasola Park

by Deborah McMaster

NJ Parks: Fasola ParkLady Hawke Storytelling jumped off the page to me from the Gloucester County Freeholders’ 2015 Park Events Guide. New to the area, this brochure was a welcome surprise in my mailbox. I grabbed my Sharpie to circle interesting ideas for my daughters and me to do with the four youngest grandchildren this summer. Several possibilities on every page – what a great family-oriented place to live!
Friday, July 24, 2015 I took off work for five of us to have some Family Fun at Fasola Park (Where’s that?…Answer: Deptford, and easy to find). A beautiful hot summer day, Laura Kaighn (Lady Hawke) was telling her stories under the pavilion. The children sat on the floor at her feet as she told us about the mischievous Raven Child. Next a story about holding up the sky – the favorite of all three of my grandchildren. Lady Hawk in Fasola Park, NJThen my favorite about a special grandmother gift to Laura when she was a child. Remarkable was that there were no children neither wandering around nor running. Of Cherokee and Celtic heritage, and with a degree in education, Lady Hawke has been capturing children’s attention for 20 years!
After the stories Laura allowed the children to see and touch various artifacts such as shells or rocks, puppets, and the “grandmother gift” itself that she brings to display. Alissa and Marissa especially liked the bunny fur. Some books were available for purchase so we got the one with Lady Hawke’s collection of short stories. Marissa began reading it as soon as we left the storytelling area.
As you can see upon visiting the website http://ladyhawkestorytelling.com, Laura is passionate about “getting the word out” in many forms, especially enhancing education in children and young adults. Her affinity for Native American culture, nature and positive messages came through in her choice of stories for this event. We certainly hope to hear more of her!

NJ Parks: Fasola ParkI must add a few words about the Fasola Park – we love it!! There is a water-sprinkler area. Restrooms are inside a building. There are swings, including a larger plastic one with rubber padded ramp underneath for a handicapped or wheelchair-bound child! There are colorful things to climb on and in, made of a plastic or rubber material that doesn’t feel hot to touch even with the sun beating down! Better than monkey bars for smaller fry, some pieces are wide with foot-holes and more solid surface space to climb on. Most with the rubber padded surface underneath.  All in all, this is a top-notch family play spot in South Jersey.

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Step Back in Time with Jazz Age on the Delaware at the Glen Foerd Mansion

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#Sponsored post, whereby we were invited to a media preview for the Jazz Age on the Delaware event. All opinions expressed herein are strictly mine. Thank you Aversa PR & Event.

 

20150712_171713How often do you get a chance to emerge your child(ren) into a different time period… I mean “Back To The Future” style? Seriously, here’s your opportunity to leap back into the 20’s with Jazz Age on the Delaware this Saturday, August 1st from 11AM to 5PM.

20150712_185401 20150712_185143Not only will it be the party of all parties… but it will be held at the breath-taking Glen Foerd Mansion… on the waterfront. Stroll through the beautiful grounds, take a tour of the mansion or spread out a picnic blanket. No matter, it will be a day worth remembering.

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Dress in your period best attire and don’t forget your dance shows. Charleston lessons at 11:15 AM (VIP) and noon.  The event will feature authentic 1920’s bands and dancing. Music by Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, The Gin Canaries, and The Red Hot Ramblers with Chelsea Reed. Dandy Wellington, Old City Sweethearts and The Minsky Sisters will provide dancing entertainment.

20150712_165031Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic although snacks and beverages will be available for purchase by Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering. Vintage cocktails will also be available… and they are super delicious.

Food, shopping, music, drinks, fashion, games, dancing and entertainment… all set to the beautiful 1920’s era. Perfect for sampling a fun-filled time of American history. For more information, please visit Glen Foerd’s website. Ticket info, parking and entertainment details (including VIP passes) can all be obtained here. We’ll see you at the party.

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This was seriously one of the best Mother-Daughter outings I've shared with my little darling. We had an amazing time and look forward to next year @glenfoerd @koryaversa #jazzagephilly #jazzageonthedelaware #vintage #1920s #roaring20s #jazzagelawnparty #mother #daughter

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Bring on the Circus – Learning Fun Under the Big Top

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Who doesn’t love a big show, the excitement of live animals and electrifying acts? Exactly!

The circus is much more than a clown act.  It’s a wonderful learning opportunity from physics to animal science.  An exciting elephant act can lead to great discussion about different species and how elephants are important to the animal kingdom and human society. For more info on elephants click here but keep in mind the same could be done for the Big Cats, horses and any circus animal act.  The video below describes how science is the center of the circus and adds a whole new dimension to the wonder of the circus.

The Franklin Institute had a wonderful exhibit on the Circus, again showcasing the physics and science behind the various components of a “big top” show.   Check out the humorous Fox 29 News video in the link below:

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If you hadn’t a chance to catch the circus yet this year, here’s a list of opportunities in our area or check out our review of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus from a few months back.  We had an amazing time and know you will too. Check out these tours:

Big Apple Circus

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Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars

My favorite of today’s circus is the mix of technology and tradition.  I love the aerial and trapeze acts which are blended with illumination and sounds effects, enhancing these magical moments of dare.  The circus has an element of illusion and magic.  And speaking of the art and science of illusion, here’s the link to The Illusionist playing in Feb 2015 at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia.

Comment below with your favorite circus act or a lasting circus memory.

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Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus – A Show for All

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Circus Fun Photo courtesy of Homeroom At Home

Circus Fun
Photo courtesy of Homeroom At Home

There’s something magical about the circus. As a child I went twice to the Big Top and loved everything about the experience. As a mom, I wanted to provide this experience for my children since it is like no other. When my son was much younger, I took him to a couple smaller local circus productions. It was entertaining, comical and somewhat thrilling but nothing, wait let me clarify… NOTHING beats the excitement and thrill of the real deal: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. Now years later, my daughter had the true pleasure of their “The Greatest Show On Earth” and couldn’t have been more elated.

Greatest Show on Earth Photo by Homeroom At Home

Greatest Show on Earth
Photo by Homeroom At Home

So what’s so amazing? Hasn’t everything already been done? Is it any different than when we were children screaming for our cotton candy? Well, the traditions of the circus is still very much the same – live animals showing off their individual talents (we loved the elephants best), clowns and acrobats and yes of course the cotton candy and snow cones , but here’s where things are different and better…

– Instead of clowns tripping over their own feet and fitting 7-13-18 or so into a dinky car, the comedy is less slapstick and more engaging.  At the Atlantic City show the “clown”  spoke and interacted with the other acts – it was so refreshing, although I still hold an artistic appreciation for the more traditional clown acts as well.

– The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus is constantly reinventing themselves with daring acts of never-seen-before amusements and entertainment.  So NO, it’s not all been done before and the newer acts are perfectly blended with the traditions of old.

– A lot of the thrill and excitement is generated by the sound effects and technology.  Sound being part of the background or used as a prop really compliment the experience.  Much like a hockey or basketball game, the filler songs and sound bits keep you energized and entertained while the next performance act is setting up.  Their sound production is top quality and has come leaps and bounds from my childhood circus experience.

–  Lights, lasers and technology have put this production over the top!!  The lighting and laser presentations truly enhance each part of the circus experience, making it bigger than life.  WOW – some of these acts lit up like nothing I’ve seen.

When you put all these elements together, the mystical and exciting music compilations coupled with colorful and strategic illumination to showcase amazingly talented and/or heart-warming performers… it truly is The Greatest (and most unexpected yet traditional) Show On Earth.

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