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Please Touch Holiday Events


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.
WHERE:
Please Touch Museum, The Children’s Museum of Philadelphia Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA

WHO:
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

Don’t Lose it, Label it!


Labels That Stick With Your Kids & Their Stuff, Because Finding Their Stuff Shouldn’t Be Tough!

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You’ve heard it before from daycares, schools and summer camps whether it was for your child or a friend/family member’s child…”Label Everything!” Why? Because children lose stuff.

How to help my child not lose stuff?

Up until this year I hadn’t thought about having to label/declare what was my little ladybugs because it just wasn’t necessary. This was the first year my daughter attended summer camp and she is officially in preschool this September.

Now my mind wonders how best to make it more possible that those items such as: the beautiful reusable snack bags, the lunch box, the fun utensils, cute ice packs and our reusable containers along with the always disappearing lids and make it back home each time she goes to preschool.

For the older children higher in their educational career the uses for these stickers are endless: dance shoes, sports shoes, uniforms, hats, backpacks, lockers, pencil cases, binders, books, makeup bags, collection containers, phones, wireless cards, laptops, instrument cases and everything else a teen needs.

Sharing Child Custody, But Not Clothes!

Durable Washable Clothing Labels by Loveable Labels

Are you sharing custody, tired of not getting the outfit you sent your child out the door returned, but you know it’s no fault of any one’s because everyone is doing their best to remember which items go to which house in an already confusing time. With the starter pack, you have enough stickers to label your child’s entire wardrobe including all the essential items for school and camp. I ask for belongings someone close has given my daughter like her Aunt Michele, Uncle Harry or Grammy to come back with her the next day. There are many times my daughter requests to take things to her fathers and I don’t stand in her way. I let her know, these are your things, you have two homes and you can decide where you would like them. You can enjoy them here at moms, take them to dads or even bring them back and forth. It’s your choice. We try our best giving the outfits back because without that process we usually leave one of her two homes with a shortage of clothes…lol.

When it was time for camp this summer we used Lovable Labels and every labeled weathered the pool, sun, dishwasher, microwave, washer machine friendly all while maintaining there original adorable look, which I might add saved them from being peeled off by my preschooler.  There were several reasons I wanted to personalize her belongings headed into camp and/or preschool with her for several reasons.

  1. Cost- I use a lot of green, reusable containers and bags that we all know can cost you a small fortune, yet can’t keep a sandwich from going stale beyond a few hours. I knew I needed a way to remind my daughter to not throw these away as well as identify to any teachers/aides/volunteers that this was an item to come home with her as opposed to be thrown in the trash. Her towels, bathing suits, water shoes all cost money and I didn’t want to have to replace them. Being a former teacher myself I realize how busy staff are and I would much rather them focus on my child and her education than on whose container is whose.
  2. Vested Interest – It’s my belief that when I allowed my daughter to pick out (with my slight nudging toward) the oh so lovely polka dot pattern, that she has claimed ownership of the stickers and the item under her assault as she tries to sticker everything in the house. I believe her words were, “I put my name on your wallet mommy, so now it’s mine”. Ahh my dear, that’s not how it works and as a matter of fact, stop wasting the stickers and stop putting stickers on things that aren’t yours. My wallet is very important to our financial success and is off limits unless we need it. It’s not a toy and before it’s touched, we think about it very carefully. This conversation happened right after we were invited to the reveal of the new exhibit, Financial Literacy at The Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia PA on Financial Literacy. This programs begins to teach children about need vs wants and how to start saving up money for important items in their life, so I made references back to the play we watched and the puppet Penny. The play worked because my daughter knew what I was talking about. Small disclosure, I did talk often of the play and concepts throughout the days after the show, the play and program are a launching point to further develop your child’s understanding of money, saving, needs, wants, impulses, responsibilities. You can read more on all the great programs, The Please Touch Museum.
  3. Character- It makes it easier for my child to have more success at responsibility when she can easily identify which items are hers giving her a sense of accomplishment thus increasing her self esteem and building confidence in herself. She even tells me when she thinks she needs a label. If she is taking a favorite toy to someones house, she’s asked for a label before. She wants to share her items, but she wants them back too, smart girl! These labels are helping her problem solve.

Tried & Tested by Mama Herself for Several Weeks!

I’ve been testing these labels since summer and I can confidently tell you they hold up AMAZINGLY! Labels that can go through the wash and dishwasher like I’ve never seen before as well as stand up to the fading effects of the sun and still look great is a long shot, but Lovable Labels has come through with a product I will stand behind! While my child wore sneakers without socks the shoe labels moved to accommodate her weight and heel. Once in that spot, they stayed put. I originally thought they wouldn’t last, but was surprised to see it was just her the way she applied pressure as she ran around. The label is still flat in there and readable, just not perfectly aligned as I originally placed it. After all the testing I’ve done, that’s the ONLY issue that’s really non issue I could find.

Medical Wristband & Vital ID Wristband

LoveableLabelsVitalIDBracelet

Ordering my little lady a Vital ID Wristband brings me peace of mind knowing trips to amusement parks such as Sesame Place and Disney World are in our future. I hope we never have a need for the Medical Wristband. As many of you know I suffer from many health challenges. Although we want our little ones to be just like us, this is one part of Mom I hope that she does not inherit from me. However, I know there are many of you moms our there that could really use a product like this right now and it will bring you much peace of mind knowing your child is wearing it. Both types of bands (Vital ID & Medical Wristband appear to be the same band, just serving different needs. What’s great about them is if your contact information changes or your child’s condition changes is, the actual cloth band stays in tact while you slip out the paper to update. I requested to review a pink band for my little lady, again asking for her input so she could feel some ownership along with the desire to wear the band proudly.

My description of the bands: It’s a soft band, with soft velcro securing the ends of the band to adjust to fit to your child’s wrist. Everything I review I like to mention how it works on days my disabilities are flaring up. Can I operate/use/work the item on my worst of days when my hands are refusing to open. For a product such as this, most likely I wouldn’t be using it on such a day, because I would be housebound anyway, not carting off to an amusement park…lol. The wristband is easily workable and removable. I believe the Vital ID band is a very logical solution for an emergency situation such as if your child should ever get separated from you and land in the hand of someone willing to help. As with all measures we take to keep our children safe and secure, teaching your child how to use the bracelet is the most important part of wearing the bracelet. Let the bracelet be his/her backup in a stressful situation when they may struggle trying to remember a cell phone number they normally have no issues in remembering.

I like to think about it like this….whatever I think my daughter can do, she does. When I act like she was supposed to be able to remember my cell phone number, she did. I left out words like try, just was matter of fact. OK, what’s my cell number. You need to remember 555-555-5555. Of course it took more times than that. Also letting her hear conversations when I’ve given my cell number and our address to others has helped. I work it in throughout her day into different activities we are doing and even after she got it, we still practice, b/c what you don’t use, you mostly lose.

*Disclosure** The products in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

The Rainforest Rhythm exhibit at the Please Touch Museum


A life-size elephant holds a log of conga drums for kids to bang out tunes

Summer brings the newest exhibit to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia!

The new exhibit for the summer at the Please Touch Museum is open for fun!  The Rainforest Rhythm exhibit has returned, complete with a life-sized elephant and lots of musical opportunities for kids to explore.

Rainforest Rhythm provides a unique play-based learning experience that encourages the inclusion of music into everyday life,” said PTM President & CEO Laura Foster. “Making music is an important part of childhood, as it promotes creativity, imagination and self-expression.

The life-sized elephant holds a conga drum log for kids to beat out a rhythm of their own.  There are melodic frogs, a natural log organ and xylophones to make some tunes, and a giant tree filled with an assortment of sounds controlled by kids pulling different strings.  There are rain stick logs that turn to create lovely sounds.  And be on the lookout for chattering monkeys and a nine-foot long stuffed forest snake!  Kids are able to interact and play with many nature-inspired musical instruments that encourage learning through play.

Nature-inspired instruments in the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit

The Rainforest Rhythm exhibit is adjacent to the Carousel room.  To enhance the experience, the lighting is muted and visitors hear gentle rainforest sounds, such as a waterfall.  At one end of the exhibit is a play area called the “Storybook Cottage,” that is toddler friendly.  The Three Little Bears tale can be played out by little ones, complete with taking a “nap” in three different sized beds.  It is just one of many learning activities for kids found throughout this exhibit and the entire museum.

Little ones can play in the Storybook Cottage, adjacent to the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit at the Please Touch Museum

 

My son had a blast trying out all of the instruments in the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit.  His favorites included the foot-pedal organ and the xylophones.  He also enjoyed meeting a monkey, which was a puppet controlled by one of the museum’s staff puppeteers.  The Please Touch Museum is a great place to go for things to do for kids anytime of the year, but especially during the summer when kids are home and it’s really hot outside.  We find that visiting in the afternoon is a great time, as the museum is less crowded after lunch.  We are members of the museum, as my son loves it so much we go at least once a month!  When we went the first time to the museum, about two years ago, the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit was also on display then.  My son loved playing with the musical frogs and climbing into the canoe back then.  He was so small, he couldn’t even reach some of the drums.  It was fun to see him play on this exhibit again, now that he is taller and could see things differently.  It was just as enjoyable for him this time as it was two years ago.  I was also impressed with how well-maintained the museum is kept, considering how many children visit daily.  Despite this being a return exhibit, it was in pristine condition.

Entry to the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit is included with admission to the museum and will be on display all summer until September 6, 2011.  Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am until 5:00pm, and Sundays from 11:00am – 5:00pm.  The Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia, is located at Memorial Hall Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA.  For more information, call 215-581-3181, or visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.

The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia

 

Disclosure:  Mama received a media tour preview of the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit and lunch, compliments of the museum. No monetary compensation was received.  Photos are courtesy of Mama Diane.

Philly Happy and Healthy Mom Fair event and giveaway!


Congratulations to Jennifer E.  You are the winner!  Look out for an email!

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HappyHealthyMom.com, BellyButtonBoutique.com & Premier Baby Concierge invite you to:

Join us at the Philadelphia Happy and Healthy Mom Fair on September 19th from 11am to 3pm
at Please Touch Museum where the focus is on empowering and supporting moms!
 
Local (many mom-owned) businesses and national sponsors will offer information and samplings, great Raffle Prizes (over $750 worth of baby products!), Mini Makeovers, Seminars on topics including “Pre and PostNatal Health and Nutrition;” “Pregnant and Uncomfortable?”; “Going Green with Baby”; “Healthy Meals for the Family,” “How to Create a Great Home Video” and more! 

The fair is free with paid admission to Please Touch Museum.  The first 200 people to pre-register for the Fair will receive a VIP swag bag at the event!  (Register here!)

The event hosts:
The www.bellybuttonboutique.com online store is for mommies and mommies to be. You can find fabulous products from Boppy, Belli Cosmetics, Earth Mama Angel Baby, as well as some unique products that aid in the comfort of pre- and postnatal women. An array of experts offer advice on the site and http://blog.bellybuttonboutique.com

Premier Baby Concierge, Philadelphia’s first and premier baby planning service, was named “Best of the Main Line” and offers baby registry assistance, nanny placement, parent education, car seat safety checks and much more! www.premierbabyconcierge.com

Sponsored by Traditional Medicinals Teas (www.traditionalmedicinals.com) & Belly Pilates (www.bellypilates.com)

The event location:
Please Touch Museum
4231 Ave. of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA
United States-19131

*GPS users: use 4231 N. Concourse Dr. as address!

www.HappyMomPhilly.com
Twitter: @HappyMomPHL & #HappyMomPHL

See the Happy Mom Philly website for more information on all of the giveaways and raffles that will be happening at the fair.  This sounds like an amazing event for moms-to-be, new moms, and current moms of little ones! 

Giveaway! One lucky reader will win two tickets for admission to the Please Touch Museum for entry on September 19th so that they can also attend the Philly Happy and Healthy Mom Fair.  Please leave a comment below to enter!  One winner will be selected.  Distrubution of the prize will be by bellybuttonboutique.com.  This giveaway will end on September 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.  The winner will be contacted by September 9th.  Good Luck!

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