If you've seen the movie, you might just wonder, How in the world could Shrek be turned into a musical?
The answer is simple. Start with a smash Broadway script and score, cast a bunch of talented actors, throw in a gifted musical director (who really knows how to translate the sounds of bodily functions to the stage) and a skilled crew, and there you have it. Well, then, of course, there's the director, choreographer, musicians, set and costume designers, prop master, puppet designer, lighting director...
Okay, so maybe it's not so simple to create an engaging and entertaining show that appeals to both kids and adults. But the Wheelock Family Theatre's production of Shrek the Musical, about a grouchy ogre, a feisty princess and a loquacious but kindhearted donkey, does it, and does it so well that when the curtain closed on the final makes-you-want-to-dance-in-your-seat song, my 9-year-old son and I looked at each other and said, "We want to see that again!"
Here at Mommy Poppins we’re big supporters of kids learning to code; we've written posts about free websites and apps that can help children hone the design, logic and problem-solving skills they need for coding. If you’re the parent of a tween or teen, chances are pretty good that Minecraft is part of life at your home. This summer, kids ages 9 to 13 can combine their love of the game with learning the basics of coding at "Summer of Minecraft" camp.
Our sponsor, Connected Camps, is partnering with Institute of Play, a nonprofit organization, in offering this low-cost, four-week online camp. Kids can be taught everything from the basics of building to coding in-game in a safe, multiplayer environment—all from the comfort of their own home. If this sounds interesting, be sure to read on for an exclusive offer for Mommy Poppins readers, as well as the chance to win one free spot at the camp.
There are not many kids' films that I actively look forward to, but Disneynature's Earth Day releases have become an annual tradition that I savor. Previous years' delights have included Chimpanzee, Bears, and African Cats, all of which have raised money to preserve the habitats of their stars. This year, Monkey Kingdom joins the all-star team of animal documentaries produced by this crew. Read on to find out what we love about the film (and seeing it at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre), and to see whether your little ones are ready to love it, too.
If you like peanut butter and jelly, you'll love these super-easy-to-make, healthy, gluten-free and protein-packed cookies. All you need is three ingredients and about 20 minutes. I made this recipe up, and while these cookies aren't going to win anyone a place on Iron Chef, they make for a great after-school snack with a glass of milk. You could even eat them for breakfast. Why not?
These days, there are almost countless ways to celebrate your child's birthday. But for kids who love animals, creating a party centered around their favorite furry friend or curious creature will make their day extra special.
Animal birthday bashes are both fun and educational. Check out all the ways you can celebrate your kid's animal interests at these fun party venues.
Looking for fun things to do with kids during April vacation week? There are plenty of programs and special events to keep the whole family entertained, including big annual events like the Cambridge Science Festival, performances, cool museum happenings, and nature programs. Plus, there are FREE drop-off workshops and programs for Boston city kids!
Read on to see highlights of the many wonderful things to do during spring break with kids, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar and our Patriots' Day and Earth Day roundups for even more ideas.
Our roundup of 2015 April Vacation Week camps features programs that get kids outdoors and exploring nature. These camps also give campers a preview of the traditional summer camp experience. Read on to find out more about 5 active, outdoorsy and nature-centric vacation camps you won't want your kids to miss.
Kids love to be part of something special, especially when it's created just for them. Thanks to local sports teams, children can become card-carrying members of exclusive kids' clubs designed to enhance the experience of attending local professional and collegiate athletic events, from basketball to hockey to everything in between. These clubs combine kids' love of sports with the excitement of belonging to a group all their own, so you've got a win-win!
April is bursting with possibilities, beginning with April Fools' Day fun, Easter egg hunts, and Passover celebrations. The circus is in town with a new show, and Boston Common (along with the rest of the city) is waking up from its winter slumber. April vacation week brings singing ogres to Boston, scientific explorations to Cambridge, and magical worlds to Providence.
This month, we show our Boston pride during the Boston Marathon, Red Sox Opening Day, and Patriots' Day celebrations. Plus, a Volunteer Expo and the many Earth Day fests around town give us lots of opportunities to teach our kids about kindness, community, and stewardship.
It's time to kick winter to the curb and start something new this month with our top picks for family fun!
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