Little Passports, A Global Adventure
A Review of Little Passports, A Global Adventure from a Teacher & a Mom to a 5 year old child.
Direct from my daughter, “I love it a lot and want to have one hundred more of Little Passports and Sam and Sofia sending me things from their adventures in other countries!” “It is a very good learning for all the kids that their moms and dads can teach them.” “And, it’s good for them to learn things.” There you have it folks….straight from my 5 year old. This programs receives her seal of approval and what better way to know if a program is worth your money and time, especially a program that is a monthly monetary and time commitment, than to get the kid approval.
So, I received this program to review a few months ago, but I needed to see a few countries (a couple months worth before felt comfortable to review) not just the initial program which included the suitcase and introduction from the 10 year old children who take the adventures, Sam & Sofia, to really be able to review it with an honest opinion. I based my review on how my daughter and I interacted with the program, learned from the program, how much interest was sparked to learn more and as well as how much we enjoyed the program. I have to say, I’m impressed. My daughter and I sat down this morning and I introduced Sofia & Sam to her, the darling little suitcase to store all the trinkets, letters, map and passport they sent.
After introducing the suitcase, passport and Sofia & Sam I gave her the first package from Brazil. I do recommend the company send the first country with the introduction package because my daughter was excited to get started, if they don’t do that already with their paying customers (Like I mentioned, we received this item to review for the parents and children). I’m glad we didn’t have to wait for Brazil to arrive, because it may have made the experience a little less exciting…almost like here is this really cool program, but I don’t have a country to show you how it really works.
Each month the package contains: a letter from Sofia & Sam explaining what country they are in and some interesting information about the country with a real photo of that point of interest, a sticker of the country to put on their suitcase, a pushpin sticker to place on the map to indicate which country their new pen pals wrote from, a flag sticker of the country for their little passport, some sort of trinket from the country (we received an Amethyst rock from a mine in the Amazon Rain Forest from Brazil in our first country package), a boarding pass with a secret access code to play fun games in the Boarding Zone area of www.LittlePassports.com and a page of activities (one of the activities tells you what country the new pen pals are going to be visiting next month).
You can choose from the World Edition or the USA Edition!
There are many choices as far as what you would like to order and pay for. You can pay for a year in advance $131.40 or signup for a year and pay $10.95 monthly or pay monthly for $1 more each month ($11.95). Also, you can choose less months. Check out the website for the most up to date pricing and your options.
Berry Friends Forever Review
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever Released March 5, 2013
When the very formal Berry Bitty Buggy Derby is revived, the girls are unfamiliar with the traditional behavior for the event. Blueberry starts off as the resident expert, but eventually gets so obsessed with manners she does more harm than good. In the end, the girls work together and learn the true meaning of being BFF’s or Berry Friends Forever.
My little one watched it twice in a row she was so excited!! She loved this new release and I thought it was another great movie that taught my daughter more important life lessons! Thumbs up Strawberry & Friends!!! Keep it the good work!
Win Disney on Ice Tickets & One of Hallmark’s New Recordable Storybook!
The Wish My Heart Makes For You Recordable Book
Experience the magical world of Disney any day at home with Hallmark’s newest Disney Recordable Storybook titles, including “The Wish My Heart Makes for You” and “You’re a Hero! All the Ways You Save the Day.” And to bring the enchantment of Disney Recordable Storybooks to life, Hallmark is sponsoring the Disney on Ice tour hitting cities across the nation, including the Philadelphia area!
Hallmark’s Recordable Storybook didn’t fit in the advent calendar, so I got creative and used pom poms from our craft supplies and placed a note inside Day 1 letting her know to follow the pom poms to her first advent gift.
I chose to review, “The Wish My Heart Makes for You” recordable storybook (beautifully written, inspirational story any parent would be honored to give to a child) and I gave it to my daughter for her first advent calendar gift (see photo above). I love reading her stories from my heart and the fact that she can pick up this storybook and hear her Me reading a heartfelt story to her even when I’m not around, she’s visiting other family or I’m around and doing the dishes…lol makes me feel even more like the best mom in the world!
I personalized my recording for her by adding a little special message in the beginning of the story letting her know when & why I gifted her this exact book and again at the end of the story to remind her just how much I loved her. You can add your own personalized messages like I did or just simply read the story. This is my second Hallmark recordable storybook I have recorded for my daughter. I love giving them to her. I know this is morbid…but sometimes I think, what if something tragically happened to me and my time here on Earth was cut short…I feel warmth in my heart knowing she will still be able to hear her Mama’s voice reading her a story long after my journey on Earth has ended. To be honest…that’s the main reason I’m so in love with these recordable storybooks.
Hallmark Disney Experience Contest/Giveaway
To create a unique Disney experience for you and your family we are giving one lucky reader a Disney recordable storybook (your choice) and a family four-pack of tickets for Disney on Ice!
- Recordable Storybooks – Hallmark added two new Disney titles to its popular library of Recordable Storybooks this year, including “The Wish My Heart Makes for You” and “You’re a Hero! All the Ways You Save the Day.” They join other Classic Disney Recordable Storybooks like Lightning McQueen and His Winning Team, Winnie the Pooh’s Plan Bee and What Makes a Princess.
- Tickets –We have four tickets to the Rockin’ Ever After Disney on Ice performance in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m.
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PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH FESTIVE EXHIBITS, OFFERINGS & PROGRAMMING
Please Touch Museum®, The Children’s Museum of Philadelphia™ is offering a host of fabulous and festive exhibits and programming for the entire family. From Enchanted Colonial Village and Countdown to Noon to the 90 minute adult Centennial Tour, the holiday season at Please Touch® is filled with intergenerational fun, all included in the Museum’s price of admission. This holiday season, PTM is the place to be while family is visiting from out of town and the kids are off from school.
WHAT: November 16, 2012-January 2, 2013 Enchanted Colonial Village, Supported by The Philadelphia Foundation Monday-Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 11:00am- 4:00pm Please Touch Museum shares the magic and motion of the holidays with the return of the Lit Brother’s Enchanted Colonial Village. Visit this representation of an 18th century village, featuring a Bakery, Village Store, Blacksmith and Toymaker shops. Together, these scenes make for a wonderful intergenerational learning and memory making experience.
November 29 Sugarplum Fairy Appearance from Pennsylvania Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ Thursday, 11:00 am- 12:00pm Please Touch Museum hosts a festive meet and greet with a Sugarplum Fairy from Pennsylvania Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker! The Sugarplum Fairy will demonstrate several ballet positions and read an excerpt from the holiday classic. Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies.
December 31 Annual Countdown to Noon Celebration 12:00pm & 1:00pm Countdown to Noon™ lets children usher in the New Year at a party created just for them! As the Noon hour arrives, little party animals will countdown to 2013 as streamers and confetti blast from Countdown cannons. Countdown to Noon celebrations will take place at Noon and 1:00pm. Please Touch Museum will be open from 9:00am – 3:00pm on Monday, December 31st. The Museum will re-open at 11:00am on New Year’s Day.
Please Touch Museum’s Centennial Tour Please Touch Museum’s 90-minute Centennial Tour explores the history and transformation of Memorial Hall, the first home of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the 1876 World’s Fair. Memorial Hall is the only major structure remaining from Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The guided tour for adults includes a ride on the fully restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel, the Centennial Exploration gallery, and an 1889 scale model that depicts the Centennial’s landscape. Guided tours leave from the admissions desk every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. No reservations are required, adults only. Self-guided tours are also available at any time during regular museum hours.
Please Touch Museum, The Children’s Museum of Philadelphia Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA
Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by providing learning opportunities through play. Recognized locally and nationally as one of the best children’s museums, Please Touch is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. from April 1st through September 30th. From October 1st through March 31st, hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 11a.m.- 4p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and children age one and over. Children under one are free. For more information, please call 215-581-3181, or visit our web site at www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
Cinderella November 28, 2012 – January 27, 2013
(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company was awarded a grant from Target Corporation to offer 2 for 1 tickets to Cinderella by Charles Way and directed by Whit MacLaughlin. Best enjoyed by families with children ages 5 and older, Cinderella will be on stage November 28, 2012 through January 27, 2013.
The following performances are part of the Target 2 for 1 Family Series:
Fridays at 7pm: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 and January 4, 18, 25
Plus: Saturday, December 2 at 12pm and 4pm
Target 2 for 1 Tickets are just $8-$18 each (standard prices $16-$36). Tickets can be ordered online at www.ardentheatre.org, by calling 215.922.1122, or by visiting the Box Office at 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia PA 19106. There is a limit of four discounted orders (8 tickets) per transaction, available while supplies last.
Since Target began sponsoring the 2 for 1 series in 2007, the Arden has provided over 20,000 tickets to families at a 50% discount. The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.
“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Arden Theatre Company as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.” Target commitment to the Arden will continue through the 2012/13 Season with both Cinderella and Pinocchio.
About Cinderella Join the Arden for a retelling of the classic story that will inspire and surprise the entire family. A defiant prince in disguise meets a strong-willed Cinderella in this adventurous adaptation – featuring a great bit of magic and set to the music of Mozart. For more information, visit www.cinderellainphilly.com
Following every performance of Cinderella, children participate in a post-show question and answer session with the cast, and then have an opportunity to meet the actors in the lobby. All children also receive a free commemorative show poster to take home.
The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122. ASL interpretation is available at select performances. The Arden works with Hands UP Productions to present shadow-signed performances, where interpreters are part of the action. These performances will be held on Friday, January 11 at 10am and Saturday, January 12 at 4pm.
PRODUCTION SPONSOR PECO
CHILDREn’s THEATRE Season SPONSORs Comcast / Sprout
In addition to the grant received by the Arden, Target also gives through signature programs such as:
- Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising initiative that provides undesignated funds to local schools for whatever they need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology.
- Arts Accessibility, free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.
- Target School Library Makeovers, a program that leverages Target’s world-class design expertise to transform school libraries across the country with new construction, furniture, and technology, as well as 2,000 new books.
- Education Grants and Awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants and Early Childhood Reading Grants, that provide schools, libraries, teachers and nonprofit organizations the resources they need to bring learning to life and put more kids on the path to graduation.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,782 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.
About the Arden Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.
The Arden recently announced an expansion with the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. Once renovations are complete in 2013, this building will be a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, and Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at www.ardentheatre.org/new.
The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 58 awards and 276 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
The Arden’s 25th Anniversary Season includes: Next to Normal, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt – September 27-November 4, 2012 Freud’s Last Session, By Mark St. Germain – October 25-December 23, 2012 Cinderella, By Charles Way – November 28, 2012-January 27, 2013 Endgame, By Samuel Beckett – January 17- March 10, 2013 A Raisin in the Sun, By Lorraine Hansberry – March 7- April 14, 2013 Pinocchio, By Carlo Collodi, Adapted by Greg Banks – April 10- June 16, 2013
A Little Night Music, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler – May 23-June 30, 2013
Does anyone remember a few months ago – in this post – how anxious I was to find out the sex of my baby? Not sure if you all recall, but I went (ran like a wild woman) to Fetal Vision Imaging in Langhorne, PA to see if I could have them confirm what the Perinatalogist’s office had already told me. And sure enough, I was able to get a valid confirmation of my……
I am sooo excited!
I think we are so blessed to be able to have the experience of raising both a girl and boy.
And… to be honest I am really looking forward to cheering on some Little League baseball in my future!
Johnny & Sherry, the owners of Fetal Vision, are the greatest people. Friendly, informative and only want you to have the best experience when you are there. That is why they are so hung up on making sure you DRINK PLENTY OF WATER before you have an ultrasound done with them. 72 oz. of water a day to be exact! Drinking all of that water helps to keep the amniotic fluid nice and clear so that you get the best pics possible of your baby.
I told Johnny that I was going to share the pics with you all and he was SUPER nice enough to do a quick 3D shot for me! I am only 16 weeks along here, (and WAS NOT drinking 72 oz. of water a day) so the pic isn’t as clear as it could be. The baby also doesn’t look like you would normally see advertised at one of these ultrasound sessions. This is one of the reasons they stress LOTS OF WATER and why that they like to do them when the baby is bigger and more pudged up and filled out – around 26 – 28 weeks.
Fetal Vision Imagining offers all kinds of packages so even if you are on a tight budget, I think there is something you can afford if you really want to get a 3D peek at the reason why your belly is a big as house. Click HERE to see what they offer.
I am having a 2nd 3D/4D Ultrasound done in about 2 weeks and we can’t wait to see what/who my baby looks like. The experience is like nothing else, (besides actually having and meeting your new little one) because you can share it with others. My parents and daughter will be coming with us this time. I know they are just as excited as we are to see our little guy. We had a 3D Ultrasound done with my daughter before she was born and I feel it helped us to bond with her before she was even here.
Having a baby is such a wonderful time in a woman’s life and I am sooo happy to be able to share it with my family and friends this way.
STAY TUNED FOR SOME AMAZING PICTURES TO COME OF MY LITTLE MAN….
I was talking about this with someone today. Great way to get out on the cheap and beat the heat!
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.
WARRINGTON CROSSING STADIUM 22 & IM
104 Easton Rd., Bldg F Warrington PA 215-918-1667
KIT KITTREDGE: AMER GIRL
HAPPY FEET TWO
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS
CATS & DOGS: REVENGE
ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN
PUSS IN BOOTS
KUNG FU PANDA 2
SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME