Disclosure: We were provided with tickets to host our group and to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are 100% our own.
One of our biggest peeves when the weekends roll around is hearing our boys mumble the words "I'm bored" while sitting in their room filled with all the latest toys and books. Leave it to them and they'll binge rounds of fortnite and claim they can't leave the game, abruptly. Anyone else's kids go running to the bathroom or for snacks once they come up for air?
With colder weather looming we refuse to let the boys stay chained to their gadgets and gizmos and will try to avoid the blah's of cabin fever setting in with a balance of screentime and unplugged fun.
We’re so excited to have FINALLY launched what we hope to be the first of many successful Lil Monster Meet Ups which will be events mostly geared towards tweens and teens with a focus on unplugged mindful play, wellness and entertainment.
To celebrate Tristan's birthday we hosted our family, friends and blogger buddies at Symphony Space for Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia’s “The Rainbow Fish”. A NYC premier of a thrilling and colorful glow-in-the-dark puppetry adaptation of a children’s classic tale being highlighted in Symphony Space's "Just Kidding Series"
When our lil' Monsters first arrived they jumped right into some hands on fun, coloring an assortment of under sea creatures that would be displayed on an ocean banner and hung in the theater. The kids were beyond proud of their work and it was just nice seeing Tristan with a pair of scissors in his hand opposed to a video game controller.
As a third grader getting prepped for his first round of state exams, Mike and I feel it's so important for Tristan to have downtime that allows him to create, relax or move. Especially with kids closer in age, realizing sometimes he gets caught up trying to do all the things his big brother does even though they are 5.5 years apart in age.
I'm not sure who enjoyed The Rainbow Fish show more, the adults or the kids. It was such a magical experience, with three stories shared and an assortment of adorable sea creature puppets. Sitting in the dark, was so relaxing and the length of the show, at...... was a perfect amount of time to keep little busy bodies engaged before lunch cravings and the need to stretch kicked in. There was a perfectly timed scene with a bunch of sea crabs that led to a series of giggles and probably prevented a few Naptime meltdowns.
After the show theater goers were treated to a Q&A with the Puppeteers from the Nova Scotia Theater which was a great way for the kids to learn about how everything comes together for a performance.
To celebrate our first meet up and to thank our guests for attending and supporting us, each lil' monster left with a themed goodie bag of snacks and activities from Michaels to extend on the unplugged fun on their commute or at home.
Families who share live performances together create a yearbook full of memories. The Just Kidding performing arts series at Symphony Space offers a “Grade A” roster of diverse extracurricular activities designed for young people and their grownups.
Each weekend features something new and different for NYC families. Nearly every Saturday this fall, Just Kidding performances offer something for every member of the family, from puppetry to engaging music and kid-powered dance, presented on the two Symphony Space stages – the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre and the Leonard Nimoy Thalia:
- October 20 at 11 am and 2 pm: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: “The Rainbow Fish”: A NYC premiere of this thrilling and colorful glow-in-the-dark puppetry adaptation of a children’s classic tale.
- October 27 at 2 pm: National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team: kids dancing for kids in Just Kidding’s annual high-energy show, a joy-filled dance celebration of the cultures, creatures, and cities that thrive at the river’s edge.
- November 3 at 11 am and 2 pm: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players: Power pop at its best from this GRAMMY nominated Symphony Space favorite.
- November 10 at 11 am and 2 pm: Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: “The Legend of the Banana Kid” -- A wild west show of puppets, outlaws and bananas.
- November 17 at 11 am: Moona Luna: Catchy and lively music in English y español.
- December 1 at 11 am: Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats: a musical morning of upbeat goodness, straight from the bygone era.
- December 8 at 11 am: Elizabeth Mitchell: mesmerizing renditions of classic songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground and more, presented by this Smithsonian Folkways artist and guests.
The full lineup is scheduled through March 2019; check the complete schedule and order tickets online at www.symphonyspace.org/family. Unless otherwise noted, tickets for each show are $17, $14 for members.