Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Fun
at The Pop Shop
COLLINGSWOOD, NJ – Bring your camera, wish list, and appetite and have some holiday fun at The Pop Shop!
Hanukkah Celebration: Come light the candles, play dreidel and eat latkes as Cantor Scott Borsky leads us in holiday songs. Thursday, December 13 with singing and candle lighting at 5 and 6pm. Reservations suggested.
Breakfast with Santa: Join Santa for a festive holiday breakfast buffet on Sunday, December 16 in The Pop Shop’s Party Room. Two seatings: 9am and 11:30am. Meet and greet Santa, sing carols, and enjoy a relaxing buffet! Cost is $16.95 for adults and $8.95 for children plus tax and gratuity. No charge for babies 1 and under. Reservations required. 856-869-0111.
Dinner with Santa: Santa will be appearing at The Pop Shop on Wednesday, December 19 from 5 to8pm. After meeting with Santa, each child will receive a treat and a coupon for $1 off any item on the Squirts menu. No purchase is required to meet with Santa. Regular menu will be offered.
New Year’s Eve Kazoo Parade: Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate the new year? Grab your party hat and ring in the new year at The Pop Shop’s seventh annual Kids Kazoo Parade on Monday, December 31. The parade begins at 4:15pm in front of The Pop Shop. Kazoos will be provided. Mummers from a local stringband will lead children as they parade down Haddon Avenue! Afterward, kids will be given confetti and hold a New Year’s “eve” countdown. Complimentary cookies will be served.
The Pop Shop is a collection location for Toys for Tots so kids are encouraged to bring a donation when they come to visit Santa and throughout the holiday season.
The Pop Shop specializes in American comfort cuisine including 30 kinds of grilled cheese, a dozen varieties of 100%-from-scratch pancakes, build-your-own burgers, creative blue plate entrees, salads and sandwiches, hand cut fries, and soda fountain favorites featuring creative sundaes, splits and milkshakes. Breakfast is served all day.
Connie Correia Fisher The Pop Shop 729 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
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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
This is the season for children’s consignment sales. Seasonal consignment sales offer a unique venue for families to sell items their children no longer use and others a chance to purchase the same items at a fraction of regular retail prices. Sales set up shop for a weekend or a few days in the spring and fall. Some sales also offer a holiday sale around December that specializes in toys and holiday clothes. Here are some tips for successfully shopping one of these events. Mark your calendars for the Kidzsignments Fall/Holiday event (November 17-19 at 76 Reaville Avenue (next to McDonalds) in Flemington). Check out our website at www.NJKidSale.com for more information and complete sale schedule.
Find a Sale
Pick a sale that best fits you. Consider how far you’re willing to travel, sale hours, how popular the sale (the more popular usually means the more crowded), what they sell (not all sell car seats or maternity clothing), what payments they will accept etc. A large sale is usually worth the drive, but don’t rule out smaller less popular sales that may not have a large quantity, but will likely still have quality items for sale. Google your area using keywords ‘children’s consignment sale’ to find one in your area. If you find a sale you enjoy, join their email list to stay informed.
Make a List
Like grocery shopping, it’s never a good idea to walk into a consignment sale without a list – your plan. Take a few minutes prior to the sale to write out what you’re looking to buy. This goes for clothing, sports equipment, books etc. Don’t forget to specify sizes too.
Set a Budget
Walking into a consignment sale for the first time can be overwhelming. There are thousands of GREAT things to buy and the prices are always great. If you don’t set a limit, you will likely over spend. Consider shopping with cash to avoid the urge to buy more with a credit card. Please note that not all sales will accept credit cards for payment.
Leave the Kids at Home
Some sales restrict if or when children may attend. It’s never a great idea to bring your children even if a sale allows. It’s usually stressful to shop anywhere with a child but a consignment sale can be even tougher because of the crowds and lines. It’ll be more fun for everyone if you can leave the little ones at home.
Most sales allow sellers and volunteers to shop before the public. This can be the difference it makes to ensure you get the ‘best’ deal, and not just the ‘good’ deals. You don’t have be a consignor to shop early. Check sale websites for opportunities to volunteer a few hours to earn a preview shopping pass. Some sales offer First-time moms an opportunity to register for an early shopping pass (rules will vary per sale). Visit the sale website for specifics on early shopping opportunities. If you plan on shopping the first public day, be sure to arrive early, up to an hour, to get in line.
Grab Your Tools
Having the right tools will make your shopping much easier. Use string to measure your child’s waist and length to use when shopping for pants/skirts. You can use cardboard to trace an outline of their feet to help with shoe or snow boot sizes. You can also keep a list of clothing and shoe sizes when shopping. If the sale allows, bring a wagon, basket or rubber bin to hold you items while you shop. It is also a good idea to come in a vehicle large enough to hold your purchases (especially if you are shopping for train tables, infant gear or furniture).
When you first arrive make a beeline for the items you want most. Ask about ‘HOLD’ areas or marking items ‘SOLD’ to avoid carrying (or dragging) heavy loads. When shopping for clothing hold an item if it is a “maybe”, instead of returning only to find it gone. Don’t forget that the last day of a sale is usually a discount day. And don’t make the assumption that nothing good would remain on the final day of a sale. Many overpriced items can be snatched up on half price day when the price is right.
Think Outside the Box
Most people think of consignment sales as a less expensive way to buy clothing, toys and baby gear for their family. But consider buying birthday, holiday and other gifts at a consignment sale. Many consignors are selling brand new items – similar to what you may find at WalMart or Target. Some larger sales offer brand new products lines like Melissa & Doug for sale at a discount. You may also find vendors at some sales selling homemade items or hard to find items.
Know Your Prices/Brands
Consignors are usually responsible for setting their own prices. Don’t assume every price is a ‘good price’. Know the higher end brands (i.e. Baby Gap, Gymboree, Janie & Jack) which will be priced higher AND the lower end (i.e Jumping Beans, Circo, Kid Connection, Faded Glory) which should be priced lower. Take advantage of your SmartPhone to check Ebay or retail store websites (i.e. Target.com) to compare pricing. Remember, consignment stores will not negotiate pricing or take items back if you find them cheaper somewhere else.
Inspect Your Items
Be sure to double check your finds before paying for them. Check the sizes on the garment label. Be careful when buying clothing sets to ensure all pieces are the same size. Most sales inspect items during drop off, but it’s always a good idea to look for stains, holes or make sure toys work and have all the pieces. Double check your movies to make sure the correct DVD is inside and check books for tears and writing. Remember, most sales don’t accept returns.
Laurie Owens lives in Flemington, NJ and is the mother of 3 children and owner of Kidzsignments Childrens Consignment Sale. She organizes semi-annual events in Edison and Flemington (Nov 17-19). If you’d like to learn more about her consignment sale, visit her website at www.NJKidSale.com.