POSTED: FRIDAY, FEB 27TH 2015

17 Best Winter Museum Exhibits for Kids

The Siberian Express has buried most of us, but that’s no reason to seal up your front door and hibernate the rest of the winter away. Instead of developing a highly contagious bout of cabin fever, escape to one of the city’s museums with your kids and soak up some invigorating art and culture. So pull on your boots, find your kids’ missing mittens, and check out one of RedRover’s 17 best winter museum exhibits for kids.

New York City

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• Yes, you are seeing spots – lots of ‘em. Spots, dots, fragments, and pixels are rearranged, built up, and broken down in Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces at the Children’s Museum of Art. Kids will learn that one small speck when multiplied and colored can create a rich, deep work of art. Best for kids age 4 and up. Now to May 3.

• Kids get to lift, launch and levitate at From Here to There at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Kids can experiment with hands-on exhibits that make learning about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun. All ages but best for your littlest scientists. Now to May 10.

• Deceptively simple, the art of Paul Rand revolutionized Madison Avenue advertising. In Everything Is Design: the Work of Paul Rand at the Museum of the City of New York, kids will gravitate toward the cut-out and geometrically shaped imagery and think, “Hey, I could do that!” Best for kids age 4 and up. Now to July 19.

• It’ll probably be the hottest ticket of the season so get on line for Bjork at the Museum of Modern Art, an audio and video tour of the songstress’s life and career. Kids will don interactive headphones that play a musical narration of Bjork’s life as they wander through a maze filled with highlights of the singer’s career. Best for kids age 8 and up. March 8 to July 7.

• You may know her better as Lena Dunham’s mom, but Laurie Simmons was a well-established artist long before “Girls” came on the scene. In How We See at the Jewish Museum, Simmons uses the “Doll Girls” community — women who alter themselves to look like dolls — as an inspiration and has painted large modified eyes on photographs of models, giving new meaning to the phrase “what a doll.” Best for kids age 10 and up. March 13 to Aug. 9.

 Atlanta

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• Get surreal at Imagining New Worlds at the High Museum. Kids will dig Wilfredo Lam’s playful paintings that combine surrealism, magical realism, and postmodernism. Best for kids age 8 and up. Now to May 24.

• Enter a storybook and save the world. At Super Kids Save the World at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, kids take on the role of George from the British book “George Saves the World” and tackle different tasks to better the planet in this interactive exhibit. Best for kids age 4 and up. Now to May 3.

• Kids are fascinated with potions – whether they’re from Minecraft or Harry Potter books – and that’s where the Fernbank Museum of Natural History comes in. At The Power of Poison, kids learn about the history and uses of poisonous potions. This interactive show uses models, multimedia, and live animals. Best for kids age 6 and up. Now to May 3.

Boston

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• Expose your kids to postmodern masters at Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol at the American Textile Museum. Besides Picasso and Warhol, check out works by other heavyweights like Dali, Chagall, and Matisse, just to name a few. Best for kids age 8 and up. Now to March 29.

• Catch the last weekend of Star Travelers’ Dream at the Boston Children’s Museum. Kids can take an imaginary boat ride, watch a film about a star traveler, and listen to the strange sounds of the universe. All ages. Now to March 1.

• If it moves, kids love it. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles at the Museum of Fine Arts celebrates all things vehicular – but in miniature form. All ages. Now to May 10.

• The trees may be bare now, but they’re a lively and vibrant source material at Branching Out: Trees as Art at Peabody Essex Museum. Kids will see tree roots twisted to look like people and hear music compositions made with trees and leaves. Best for kids age 5 and up. Now to Sept. 20.

The Hamptons

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• Hurry before the Student Exhibition closes at Parrish Museum. Your kids will get inspired by these future artistes whose work range from sculpture to painting and includes a collaborative piece made by more than 1,000 students. All ages. Now to March 1.

• Later in March, stop by Parrish Museum for Joe Zucker: Life & Times of an Orb Weaver, a series of cartoonish drawings all inspired by eight-legged creatures.

San Francisco

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• In J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch, the Contemporary Jewish Museum shines the light on the work of children’s book illustrator J. Otto Seibold. Based on the artist’s three books on the exploits of a professional bird-chasing dog, the show also includes several interactive play areas. All ages. Now to March 8.

• Even the most I-hate-museums type of kid will admit that the sophisticated sculptures in the Tradition on Fire exhibit at the Asian Art Museum are pretty cool. These sculptures defy gravity and look as light as paper when in reality they’re made with heavy materials. Best for kids age 10 and up. Now to April 5.

• Here’s your chance to show your kids the crème de la crème of artists. Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Scotland at the De Young Museum showcases works by an all-star cast that includes Velázquez, Sargent, Degas, Gauguin and Cézanne. Best for kids age 10 and up. March 7 to May 31.




POSTED: WEDNESDAY, FEB 18TH 2015

18 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Lemon yellow lion dancers, shiny red envelopes filled with crisp dollar bills, sugary intense sweets… what’s not to love about the Chinese Lunar New Year? Kids adore all the fun festivities that go along with the holiday, and we’ve culled together the best ones. Here are 18 ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the year of the sheep/goat.

New York City

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• Go bang-bang at the Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival. Held at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, this event guarantees lots of snap, crackle, and pop – along with your fair share of treats and trinkets (Feb. 19).

• Learn all about the Chinese new year, what the sheep symbolizes for the year ahead, and then design your own sheep puppet at the Year of the Sheep event at SONY Wonder Technology Lab (Feb. 19).

• Craft out at Queens Botanical GardensLunar New Year Celebration. Kids can make super cute crafts in honor of the year of the sheep (Feb. 21).

• Aim for the moon at Moon Over Manhattan, the Asia Society’s lunar new year celebration filled with live music, lion dances, and kung fu demonstrations (Feb. 21).

• Get in a sheepish mood at Prospect Park Zoo’s Lunar New Year event where kids can pet and feed real sheep (Feb. 21-22). If you miss this animal-centric celebration, no worry. The Queens Zoo holds a similar event a week later (Feb. 28-March 1).

• See the massive Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. The fun starts at Sara D. Roosevelt Park and include lots of live performances and yummy snacks. Get wowed by the floats, the spectacular costumes, and, of course, the lion dancers (Feb. 22).

• Celebrate new beginnings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Lunar New Year Festival. Kids can giggle at the puppet shows, design a kite or an accordion, and watch a traditional Tibetan dance (Feb. 28).

• Usher in the year of the sheep at the Lunar New Year Family Festival at the Museum of Chinese in America. The day-long event includes lion dances, traditional folk arts, and zodiac-themed arts and crafts (Feb. 28).

Atlanta

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• Watch a song and dance performance by local school kids and then make a sheep puppet to wave in a Chinese parade complete with “fireworks” at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Meet the Holidays: Chinese New Year (Feb. 21).

• Immerse yourself in Chinese culture at the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival. Held at Culture Center of Taipei, the festivities include traditional dragon and lion dancers, Chinese arts and crafts, and Chinese music and dance performances (Feb. 21-22).

Boston

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• Explore many Asian cultures at the Lunar New Year Celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts. Discover Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, hear stories from far-off lands, and watch musical and dance performances — including a lion dance, of course! (Feb. 21)

• Learn the art of ribbon dancing, watch the only all-women lion dance group in the country, and design your own crafty keepsake at Lunar New Year Celebration Festival at Peabody Essex Museum (Feb. 28).

• Get wowed by a lion dance ceremony and other performances and then try your hand at calligraphy at the Lunar New Year Festival organized by the Quincy Asian Resources. Kids will especially dig the Frozen-themed children’s area (March 1).

San Francisco

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• Take in a Lunar New Year Concert by the San Francisco Symphony. Before the show, kids can watch a lion dance, write their names in calligraphy, and sample some sweets (Feb. 21).

• Make a day of it at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. This Lunar New Year Celebration includes hands-on art activities and storytimes in celebration of the Year of the Sheep. Watch lively folk dances, tai-chi demonstrations, and even some sword play (Feb. 21).

• See a dragon parade at Habitot Children Museum’s festivities. At the Lunar New Year Celebration, kids can practice black ink calligraphy and design their own paper dragon puppets (Feb. 21).

• Watch a performance of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company at the San Francisco Public Library-Presidio (Feb. 21).

• Grab some candy at Lunar New Year on Fourth Street. Afterward, watch some martial arts experts, lion dancing, and a parade (Feb. 21).

Gung Hay Fat Choy!




POSTED: FRIDAY, FEB 13TH 2015

21 Kid Activities for the Best Mid-Winter Break Ever

Call it what you may – Presidents’ Week, Mid-Winter Break, or February Vacation – the fact remains that you’ve got a ton of big, long, empty days to fill and to keep the kids busy. Thankfully, many museums and cultural institutions have you in mind and have scheduled lots of cool stuff to do, from presidential scavenger hunts in New York to Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco. Here are 21 kid activities for the best mid-winter break ever.

Atlanta

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• Be wowed by the big cats and amazing acrobats at a Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance (Feb. 18-19).

• Learn about the Great Migration at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and celebrate the art of the great African-American artist Jacob Lawrence with a storytime or an art workshop (Feb. 16-20).

• Weave your way over to East Atlanta Library and join a joint effort to craft a Freedom Quilt (Feb. 17).

• Make a splash at Happy Feet Penguin Pool Party at the Mountain Aquatic Center where kids can swim, play games, watch a movie, and eat pizza (Feb. 20).

Boston

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• Get ready for your close-up at Lights, Camera, Science at MIT Museum. These drop-in workshops focus on the science behind the visual and include hands-on experiments with microscopes, 3D imagery, and holograms (Feb. 16-20).

• Travel to the tropics – or at least to Battleship Cove for its Pacific Island Week. Kids can make a grass hula skirt, dress up like a sailor, go on scavenger hunts, and watch Polynesian dance performances (Feb. 16-20).

• Step back in time at the Paul Revere House. Kids can see how the Revere Family lived, experience a kid’s eye view tour of the Revere House, and participate in colonial children’s activities (Feb. 18-20).

• Swoon at Things I Love, the Museum of Fine Arts’ weeklong celebration of creative art making, riveting storytelling, and stellar performances – just a few of our favorite things.

The Hamptons

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• Take center stage at Bay Street Theatre’s Vacation Camp & Workshops. Kids can receive instruction in acting, singing, and dance, and have a blast doing it (Feb. 16-20).

• Drop the kids off for a morning of circle time, arts and crafts, and other fun at Winter Kids Club held at the Children’s Museum of the East End.

• Get up close to animals and learn about nature all week at South Folk Natural History Museum. Fun drop-in classes include Are You a Reptile? and the Great Migration Challenge (Feb. 16-20).

• See art made by kid artistes at the Student Arts Festival (Feb. 16-20) or get arty at the Parrish Art Museum’s Winter Vacation Art Workshops. Then wrap up the week at the museum’s wild Family Dance Party where you can learn the latest hip-hop dance moves (Feb. 20).

New York City

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• Make a room of your own at Vacation Week Art Workshops. Held at the Jewish Museum, these drop-in classes encourage kids to build their own miniature room with found and hand-crafted objects (Feb. 15-19).

• Build big and innovate at New York Hall of Science’s Engineering Week. Kids will learn about civil engineering through interactive games, construction challenges, and hands-on activities (Feb. 16-20).

• Celebrate not only President’s Day but also the Lunar New Year at the NY Historical Society’s February School Vacation Week. Kids can mix and match activities like a presidential scavenger hunt with a Chinese paper-cutting workshops (Feb. 16-20).

• Soar at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Kids Week is six days of fun-filled activities, hands-on workshops, live shows, all exploring the concept of flight (Feb. 16-21).

• Get lost in the clouds and beyond at one of Wave Hill’s Presidents’ Vacation Week Family Workshops. Make your own light box to recreate your favorite constellation or design a mosaic of clouds and the sky using glass tiles (Feb. 17-18).

San Francisco

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• Get a jumpstart on the Lunar New Year at the Chinese New Year Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Families can nosh on Chinese sweets as well as take in a show of lion dancers (Feb. 16).

• Monkey around at Rockin’ Ropes Winter Break at the San Francisco Zoo. Kids can zip, swing, jump, step, and slide their way through all 30 feet of fun (Feb. 16-20).

• Pet and feed real sheep at Toddler Time Winter Edition at Ardenwood Historic Farms – a perfect way to get ready for the Year of the Goat/Sheep.




POSTED: FRIDAY, FEB 6TH 2015

24 Kid-friendly Activities for Valentine’s Day

Valentine Day’s may be for lovers, but kids love this holiday too – just think of all those chubby-cheeked cupids and heart-shaped chocolates. And here at RedRover we know that the little ones in your life are really your greatest love, so we scoured the cities and found these 24 super fun kid-friendly activities for Valentine’s Day.

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• Do you want to hug a snowman? At Warm Hugs with Olaf at the Little House of Art, kids can decorate their own Valentine’s Day cookie, enjoy music and dancing, and meet Frozen’s Olaf (Feb. 6 & 13).

• Don your dancing duds for either a Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance (Feb. 6) or a Mother-Son Dance (Feb. 7).

• Go classic at My Family Valentine where the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform musical pieces based on the greatest love stories of all time, including Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty (Feb. 14).

• Honor a soldier at Valentines for Valor at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Kids will listen to a reading of “The Day It Rained Hearts” and then make valentines for our brave soldiers overseas.

Boston

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• Put a bird on it. While you’re sitting by the woodstove, the kids can make beautiful handmade valentines with a bird theme at Valentine for the Birds held at Mass Audubon Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary (Feb. 7).

• Stamp with it with love. At Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, kids will make their own Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes using U.S. Lover stamps.

• Celebrate geek love by making a Valentine card with a 3D printer at MakerBot (Feb. 9 & 10).

• Get out your glitter glue at Valentine’s Day Arts & Crafts at the Children’s Museum in Easton. Throughout the day, staff will have a variety of crafting supplies in the studio to encourage creative expressions of love (Feb. 13).

• Roses are red. Violets are blue. Head over to the Discovery Museums for its Valentine’s Day celebrations to make a pop-up card or two!

New York City

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• Step back in time at the Victorian Valentine Workshop at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Kids will learn about the history of valentines and the printed “scraps” used to make them in the 19th century. Afterwards, kids will craft their own memorable cards (Feb. 7).

• Get yer geek on at MakerBot’s Valentines Made By Me 3D Workshop. Your sweeties will design and 3D print their own magnetic photo frame – a perfect gift for you (Feb. 8 & 15).

• Fall in love with New York City (again). At A New York Love Story, families will take a virtual trip around New York at the Museum of the City of New York and create a valentine inspired by cards from the museum’s collection (Feb. 8 & 14).

• Make a splash at Love Is in the Air & Water. Head over to the New York Aquarium and make a Valentine’s Day card with your favorite aquatic animal on it (Feb. 14).

• Hear a tale of love at Storybook Discovery Day: Spread the Love. In the cozy parlor at Voelker Orth Museum, storyteller Karyn Mooney will share the joy of reading with young children. Afterwards, the kids will make hand-crafted valentines (Feb. 14).

• Eat a valentine at Valentine’s Day Cookie-Decorating Workshop. At this Wave Hill event, kids will decorate yummy cookies using sanding sugars, icing and sprinkles – and, hopefully, give it to you (Feb. 14).

The Hamptons

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• Give a Valentine in a Heart-shaped Pocket that you can create at John Jermain Memorial Library (Feb. 7).

• Listen to a Valentine’s Day-themed story and then make a fun craft to give as a gift at the East Hampton Library (Feb. 10).

• Celebrate with sweets at Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Rob Scott where you can dip strawberries in chocolate at Westhampton Library (Feb. 14).

San Francisco

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• Discover how people celebrated this day of love more than 100 years ago at A Victorian Valentine at the Ardenwood Historic Farm (Feb. 7).

• Decorate your home with Valentine Garlands that you and the kids can make at the Museum of Craft and Design (Feb. 7).

• For your littlest cupids, stop by Peekadoodle Kidsclub for Be My Valentine.  Kids will work on one project that can eat, one that they can grow, and one that they can  mail (Feb. 11).

• Dress the part at Valentine’s Day Craft: LEGO Heart Necklace at the San Francisco Public Library. Kids will make a necklace using LEGO plates, jump rings, and a simple chain — a great gift for BFFs (Feb. 12).

• Raise your pinky at A Botanical Valentine’s Day Tea at UC Botanical Garden. Kids will make their own tea using dried edible leaves and then make valentines from pressed botanicals to take home (Feb. 14).

• Go green at the Valentine Day’s Festival held at Marin County Mart Farmer’s Market. Throughout the day, kids can decorate sugar cookies, use recycled items to create a heart art project, get their face-painted, and even enjoy a pony ride.




POSTED: THURSDAY, JAN 29TH 2015

21 Kid Events for an Extra Fun Super Bowl Weekend

The Super Bowl isn’t the only game in town this weekend. Whether or not Sunday’s kickoff is the highlight of your family’s weekend, there is still a ton of fun going on in your city before the Big Game. Here are 21 kid events for an extra fun Super Bowl weekend.

Atlanta

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Wanna give your kids an idea how long a football field is? Drive up to Snow Mountain Park and check out their winter wonderland — five football fields of frosty joy. Make it a real snow day – whether it be zooming down a 400-foot hill or building a monster snowman. For geek-inclined youngsters, don a lab coat at the Kids Science Show at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta or experiment with 3-D printing and create a Minecraft lighthouse at the Museum of Design Atlanta. Or swim with the fishes – or rather sleep with the fishes – at the Georgia Aquarium’s Sleepover. While many refer to Feb. 1 as Super Bowl Sunday, the Little House of Art has deemed it Princess Day. Dress the part and have a royally divine (and pink) day with arts & crafts, face-painting, and princess lessons!

Boston

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Start the weekend rocking and bugging out at a Karen K and the Jitterbugs concert with plenty of jumping and hand-clapping. Then get a sneak peek of what the spring weather will be like at the Groundhog Day Extravaganza. Hosted by Mass Audubon, the afternoon fun will also include nature hikes, snow sculptures, and a groundhog obstacle course. If you can’t get enough outdoor fun, check out Kids’ Ice Fishing at Lake Maspenock. Staff at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club will lend you ice fishing equipment and teach the kids how to ice fish. Don’t forget to bring your skates and snow gear too. Later on in the day, journey beyond the clouds at the Boston Children’s Museum exhibit Star Travelers’ Dream. Kids can take an imaginary boat ride, watch a film about a star traveler, and listen to the strange sounds of the universe.

New York City

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Lace up those skates and join the icy fun at the Winter Carnival at Bryant Park. Besides ice skating, kids will love playing ice golf, making paper snowflakes, and dancing at the kids’ silent disco. Get arty at either Kaleidoscope Blues at Wave Hill, a workshop that uses winter colors as jumping-off point, or at Mega Collage at the Children’s Museum of the Arts during which kids will collaborate on a huge mural. Wrap up the weekend with some mischief at a screening of Matilda at the landmark Film Forum.

The Hamptons

Hamptons CMEE chimesRobots and sea animals and Flubber – oh, my! Science and experimenting top the list of fun stuff to do this weekend in The Hamptons. At CMEE, older kids can create their own robot wind chimes made from everyday objects found around the house. Over at the Long Island Science Center, dive deep at the museum’s Under the Sea family program and learn about marine animals. At the South Fork Natural History Museum, young scientists can make their own Flubber – that gooey stuff that teaches kids all about polymers. After all this heady thinking, stop at Westhampton Library and relax at Cozy Cocoa Sunday where kids can slurp a nice warm cup of hot chocolate.

San Francisco

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Shall we dance? Take in an early show at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and see the Murphy Irish Dancers who will perform step dances such as jigs and reels, combined with impressive leaps. Or do a little dancing yourself (at least in your seats) at Music for Families with the SFSO where the orchestra will demonstrate how music has always moved us. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, watch a performance that’s sure to please your youngest kids: a puppet show! In this interactive show, kids will hear stories and songs about trees that come to life on an illuminated shadow stage. Before the Big Game on Sunday, work together to create a unique artwork at Family Open Studio at the Children’s Art Center.




POSTED: FRIDAY, JAN 23RD 2015

17 Super Fun Puppet Shows

Who doesn’t love a puppet show, especially when it’s freezing cold outside and your options for keeping the kids entertained are very limited? Even the squirmiest kids sit still after the curtain is pulled back. Throughout the winter, stop by one of these 17 super fun puppet shows in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, the Hamptons, and San Francisco. We guarantee you will be wowed by gorgeous marionettes and smitten with cuddly puppets.

New York City

NYC Swedish cottage jack and the beanstalkPlanted in the middle of Central Park, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre never fails to disappoint. Sponsored by the City Parks Foundation, the creative troupe delivers the goods with the perennial favorite Jack and the Beanstalk (Jan. 24-June 28). Over in Brooklyn, another classic fairytale – Sleeping Beauty — gets the puppet treatment at Puppetworks (Jan. 24-Mar. 29), which will be adding performances during the mid-winter school break (yea!). At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Yellow Sneaker throws a little music into the mix at its show (Jan. 25). This unique band uses cute puppets to keep the wee ones extra entertained as they groove to the tunes. For your youngest kiddos, stop by the Scandinavia House for Puppet Playtimes (Feb. 5 & 26). Join professional puppeteer Nicola McEldowney and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games.

Atlanta

ATL Puppet Showplace Rainforest croppedThe Lizard and El Sol is a playful Mexican folktale about a determined lizard who tries to convince a sleepy El Sol to come out of his hiding (Jan. 24-31). This puppet production at the Alliance Theater is wildly popular, so hurry to get your tickets. For younger kids, be sure to check out The Big Bad, Little Red, Pig Show, a wonderful mashup of everyone’s favorite fairytales at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Jan. 24-31). Later in the month, teach your kids about ecosystems in the most fun way possible at Rainforest Adventure, another production at CPA (Jan. 27-March 15).

Boston

BOS Puppet Showplace  Lollipops for BreakfastIf your kids like puppet shows, Puppet Showplace has got you covered. The Pied Piper of Hamelin tells a story about a small town that has a rat problem (don’t worry: these rats are really cute), and there’s only one person who can help – the Pied Piper! Next month, get ready for Lollipops for Breakfast, which is told entirely without words and features multiple styles of puppetry, original music, acrobatics, and lots of audience participation (Jan.31-Feb. 16). For older kids, stop by the Boston Center for the Arts for the Bread and Puppet Theater show The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus, showcasing masked characters and giant papier-mâché puppets (Jan. 24-25, Jan. 28-Feb. 1). If your kids would like to learn more about the magic of puppetry, attend a performance of Sleeping Beauty at Regent Theatre (Feb. 1). Before each show, marionette masters will give a short demonstration on how they bring their puppets to life.

The Hamptons

Come February head over to Goat on a Boat – the premier puppet headquarters on the Hamptons – for two classic fairy tales for the young’uns.  On Feb. 4, Goat on the Boat hosts A Couple of Puppets’ production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and on Feb. 21 Dream Tale Puppets will perform Jack and the Beanstalk.

San Francisco

SF Children's Creativity Electric Shadows WorkshopChildren’s Fairyland will keep all your little puppet pals pacified with its ongoing weekend puppet shows. Three Billy Goats Gruff is based on a Norwegian folk tale about three goats who think that the grass is greener on the other side of their bridge (Jan. 24-25, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 7-8). Later in February, check out Mrs. Witherspoon’s Busy Day, which is about a kindly old lady, a purple dragon, and bravery (Feb. 14-15, Feb. 21-22, Feb. 28-Mar. 1). If your older kids are curious about the other side of the stage, sign up for Electric Shadows Workshop at Children’s Creativity Museum (Jan. 24). Kids age 7 and up will create a miniature shadow theater using a spotlight and paper puppets. Afterwards, kids can exhibit their creations at the museum. At Habitot Children’s Museum, the Music Puppet Dance Class is – not surprisingly – both a puppet show and a dance class. Kids will get those little hearts beating as they sing and dance along with cuddly and lovable puppets.




POSTED: THURSDAY, JAN 15TH 2015

14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities for Kids

Hurray! Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that means a three-day weekend! But with that comes the nagging question for parents: What am I going to do with the kids? Well, banish that pesky thought because we found a slew of events celebrating the life of MLK. Here are 14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities for kids that will keep everyone busy and happy.

New York City

Scavenger Hunt MLKFor younger kids, start the day at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan where kids can honor Dr. King’s memory by creating a mosaic of his portrait. For older kids, begin the fun at DiMenna Children’s Museum at N-Y Historical Society for a Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt. By looking for clues at the museum’s exhibit “Freedom Journey 1965,” young scholars will learn about the courageous people who marched for equal voting rights. While you’re uptown, stop by the Museum of the City of New York for Activist NY: I Have A Dream where families can tour the exhibit and then design their own bookmark to remind them of Dr. King’s dream. Speaking of dreams, at What’s Your Dream? at the Museum at Eldridge Street, kids will hear a moving story and make collages inspired by Dr. King’s famous speech. Later in the day, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will beckon you with beats by the Berean Community Drumline. This high energy performance will get your kids stomping and dancing in celebration.

Atlanta

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Considering that Atlanta is the hometown of Martin Luther King Jr., you’ll find a ton of events celebrating Dr. King from marches to church services to tours. But we’re most interested in keeping the little ones entertained. For younger kids, stop by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for its Let Freedom Ring celebration where kids will make a peace handprint flower craft and hear music and a presentation of the “I Have a Dream” speech. The Atlanta History Center will swing open its doors to families for free admission all day. Kids can explore 22 acres of gardens and trails and learn some history about their own hometown.

Boston

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Throughout the day, take advantage of all the family-friendly events at the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum’s MLK Day Free Open House features a story hour, crafty activities like creating dream catchers and puzzle “peaces,” and family tours of inspiring exhibits. Over at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, get to clapping at George Russell Jr.: Clap Your Hands. George Russell Jr. and friends will honor Martin Luther King in music and song, and kids will discover how music played an important role in the civil rights movement. For mini-cinephiles, check out the Belmont Film Festival’s special Family MLK Film Program, which will screen three short films inspired by Dr. King and the civil rights movement. End the day with a rousing MLK Jr. Day Concert by the Boston Children’s Chorus. The chorus and special musical guests will celebrate, sing, and pay tribute to Dr. King’s memory.

San Francisco

NYC Martin Luther King royalty free croppedThe Bay Area Discovery Museum has got you covered with its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. The day starts with a story time about Dr. King, includes an uplifting performance by E. W. Wainwright and the African Roots of Jazz, and wraps up with kids contributing to an MLK mural. Over at the Museum of African Diaspora, families can also find a whole day of fun at the museum’s MLK National Day of Service. Kids will have a blast drawing masterpieces with sidewalk chalk, watching films and cartoons, and going on scavenger hunts. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, families can create Dreams of Freedom Posters inspired by quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and other inspirational leaders of the civil rights movement.




POSTED: SATURDAY, JAN 10TH 2015

21 Best Drop-in Classes to Get Out of the Cold

The temperatures are plummeting, and, for most of the country, the weather has been brutal. There are only so many times you can watch “The LEGO Movie” or build a fort in your living room before you go gaga. Fortunately, there are plenty of drop-in classes in New York, Atlanta, Boston, The Hamptons, and San Francisco. So get ready to escape the cold and quash cabin fever at one of these 21 drop-in classes this winter.

New York City

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For Mini-Artistes. Throughout the next few months, the Children’s Museum of the Arts hosts a lot of fun and inventive workshops for all ages. From designing super hero chest plates to operating a printing press or fashioning Minecraft masks, CMA will keep your kids creatively busy and inspired. For kids age 5 and under, check out Art Kids at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Held on Fridays, the drop-in classes explore a new style of art each week. Just down the road at the Brooklyn Museum, your family can get more than just the facts at Arty Facts, which meets every Sunday. Or head uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and throughout the week, your kids can travel through time at Art Trek and Start with Art and Music.

For Geeks. Do your kids like gadgets and the hottest techie toys? At New York Hall of Science, kids can get their hands on a 3-D printer at 3D Modeling with TinkerCAD and turn their ideas into something tangible.

Atlanta

ATL High Museum Book Bonanza

For Mini-Artistes: Every Sunday, the High Museum hosts Artful Afternoons for the whole family. Families create their own masterpieces after getting inspired by the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibits.

For Animal Lovers: For your little cubs, check out Zoo Atlanta’s weekly drop-in sessions like Stroller Cubs for toddlers and Adventure Cubs for older kids. Both allow kids to get up close to critters, make an art project, and play with new friends.

For Future Engineers and Scientists: Kids love anything big and tall. At Laugh and Learn at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which meets throughout the month, kids build the tallest tower they can and learn about simple machines. Or kids can don a lab coat at the museum’s Kids’ Science Show and learn about light and color.

Boston

BOS New England Aquamium

For Mini-Artistes: Crayons and glitter glue aren’t the only art materials in town. At the Peabody Museum, kids can use felt to create a colorful and unique 3-D felt sculpture using wool roving at the Felt Forms drop-in class. At deCordorva Sculpture Park and Museum’s ARTfull Explorations, families make winter journals to document what the outdoors looks like in the winter. And at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, besides drawing and painting, kids can learn a little stage craft at Art and Theatre Workshop, which encourages kids to experiment with paint, collage, performance, and movement.

For Future Scientists: Learn more about the blue planet through art, science, and storytelling at Blue Discovery Family Day, held monthly at New England Aquarium.

The Hamptons

FParrish Museumor Mini-Artistes: Head over to the Parrish Art Museum for its weekly drop-in Open Studio for Families. You and the kids will take a tour of the galleries and then create art through hands-on activities.

For Future Scientists: Get your geek on at the Long Island Science Center every Saturday. Family Science Day explores the science behind the moon, Egypt, skeletons, and dinosaurs. Science is an integral part of cooking and recipes, and at the Children’s Museum of the East End’s In the Kitchen workshop, kids chop, measure, and pour all the ingredients to create a delish soup — with your help, of course.

San Francisco

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For Mini-Artistes: During the winter, let your kids try their hand with all different types of art. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Artist’s Studio gives kids a chance to experiment with beeswax, gesso, and charcoal. Or make a day of it at MakeArt Workshop with Polymer Clay held at the Museum of Craft and Design. Or inspire your little De Koonings and Pollacks at Children’s Creativity Museum’s Abstract Art Workshop. And, finally, the Presidio Officer’s Club drop-in art program focuses primarily on nautical-inspired art, from creating boats that float to lighthouses that illuminate.

For Future Scientists: Every Saturday, the Randall Museum’s Drop-in Science workshop explores topics that make science fun like designing and shooting off a paper rocket or making glow-in-the-dark slime.

For Little Gymnasts: Let your little ones burn off all that cooped up energy at JCCSF’s Kinderboogie or Kindergym, which both meet through the week.




POSTED: FRIDAY, DEC 26TH 2014

Ring in the New Year at a Noon Year’s Eve Party

Since you’ve had kids, your wild New Year’s Eve parties may be over, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. In fact, you can have a blast with your kids about 12 hours before the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31. Many museums host Noon Year’s Eve parties where the whole fam can play games, drink punch, and usher in the new year at a saner hour for everyone. Here are RedRover’s picks for  Noon Year’s Eve parties in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, the Hamptons, and San Francisco.

New York City

New-Years

Ring in the New Year at Children’s Museum of the Arts. Not only will there be plenty of drinks, snacks, and dancing but also lots of art-making—this is the Children’s Museum of the Arts after all!

• Start the countdown early at 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Join other families at either the 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. session, or stay for both.

• Make some noise (and noisemakers) at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan throughout the day. Be sure to be there at 12 p.m. for the Noon Ball Drop Dance Party & Parade.

Atlanta

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• Celebrate the new year brick-style at Noon Year Eve’s at LEGOLAND. You and the kids can help build a gigantic “2015” with LEGOs and then watch LEGOLAND’s annual balloon drop.

• Sip mocktails with some of Atlanta’s biggest party animals and witness the noon balloon drop at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Noon Year’s Eve Celebration.

• Make a 16-hour day of it at Peach Drop, the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the southeast.  Starting at 11 a.m., Underground Atlanta will be filled with carnival-style rides, live music, face painting, street performers, and festival food.

Count Down to the Noon Year at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and then join the grand ballroom procession that ends in a massive dance party.

Boston

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• Check out First Night Boston’s day-long Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, which includes puppet shows, face-painting, and magicians, as well as a parade and ice sculptures.

• Sing “Auld Lang Syne” throughout the day at the Children’s Museum In Easton’s Family New Year’s Party. The museum’s party will include arts & crafts, games, magic shows, and plenty of countdowns.

• Why wait until noon when you can start the party at 10 a.m. at Discovery Museums? At Bessie’s New Year’s Eve Party, kids will make party hats and noisemakers and then ring in the Noon Year with a dance party.

• Help decorate a lighted ball for the big drop at EcoTarium’s Noon Year’s Eve. Families will also create 2014 time capsules and take silly photos.

• Get festive and fancy at Boston Children’s Museum. At Happy Noon Year, kids will fashion their own party hats, paint their own faces, and then gather in the lobby along the bridges to watch the crystal ball drop.

The Hamptons

• Kick off the new year at CMEE’s Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at Noon. Kids will make special holiday noisemakers, shout out the countdown, and then toss bucketloads of confetti.

San Francisco

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• Get showered with hundreds of colorful balloons at Chabot Space & Science Center’s Balloon Drop Celebration. Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.

• Dance to DJ jams, create a crown, and count down at Noon Year’s Eve at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

• Literally ring in the new year at the Japanese New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony. Held at the Asian Art Museum, the unique event allows families to strike the museum’s 2,100-lb., 16th-century Japanese bronze bell.

• Good grief! Not another new year already! Celebrate the holiday with all the Peanuts characters at Happy New Year, Charlie Brown at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Kids can mingle with Snoopy, watch the balloon drop, and partake in a Root Beer toast.




POSTED: FRIDAY, DEC 19TH 2014

Top Holiday Light Displays

We’re getting down to the zero hour, folks. We’re in the midst of Hanukkah and Christmas is just a few days away. With all the shopping and prepping for the holidays and Winter Break with the kids, your holiday cheer could quickly morph into holiday jeers. As a preemptive strike and a tonic to your droopy spirit, check out RedRover’s top holiday light displays in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, the Hamptons, and San Francisco that will definitely help to make the season bright.

New York City

NYC Rockefeller Center Tree lighting

• Get your kids’ eyes all aglow at the granddaddy (or grand dame, whichever you prefer) of all X-mas trees and visit the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center; and

• Go Zen with the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History; and

• See the sea and a glorious tree at the Holiday on the Hudson Christmas Tree at West Harlem Piers Park; and

• Be awed by the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and

• Light it up at the World’s Largest Menorah as you and the kids nibble on latkes.

Atlanta

ATL Duluth Xmas tree

• Marvel at the massive Christmas Tree at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse; and

• Check out the Christmas Tree in Duluth with the stunning background of the majestic City Hall; and

• Add some sparkle to your holiday at Sparkle! A Celebration of Kids, Creativity and Magic, featuring a Christmas tree, a menorah, and plenty of fun for the wee ones; and

• Santa may have left the building, but you can still see the Giant Christmas Tree at Glover Park in Marietta.

Boston

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• Open your eyes for Blink! at Faneuil Hall, which boasts 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline; and

• Thank Friends of Copley Square for the amazing Christmas Tree on the Square; and

• Let it glow at Frozen Chanukah where you can witness a giant menorah lighting ceremony at Center Ice and partake in lots of fun activities for the kids.

The Hamptons

Hamptons Lighthouse

• Mix it up a bit and see the nontraditional Montauk Point Lighthouse all lighted up with thousands lights; and

• The Parade of Lights may have ended a few weeks ago, but you and the kids can still visit the Christmas Tree at Agawam Park; and

• Spread the light at the huge Public Menorah in front of the Amagansett Fire House.

San Francisco

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• Roar at the lights along with all the other animals at Zoo Lights; and

• Imagine the beauty of twinkling lights reflected in the bay, and then see just that at Pier 39 Christmas Tree; and

• Spin around at Holiday Circle of Lights and see not only festive displays but also giant nutcrackers and a reindeer sled; and

• Experience a beautiful Holiday Tree in its natural habitat at McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park.