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Kidz Bop 27 Makes Car Rides Entertaining and Fun!

Kidz Bop 27 Makes Car Rides Entertaining and Fun!

  Whether we are on our way to school, a play date or the grocery store, my kids love to listen to music, a great thing, since I love music as well.  Let’s face it though; some of the stuff out there just isn’t friendly for little ears! Kidz Bop music makes pop music safe and accessible and is a staple in my car. Current favorites on rotation are “Shake it Off” and “All That Bass!”  Pop … Read entire article »

Filed under: entertainment, Kindergartners, Music, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers

Harmonious Childhood: 7 Benefits to Music-Making

Harmonious Childhood: 7 Benefits to Music-Making

Even as a little baby, my son responded to different tunes and rhythms. If he cried, I would just tap out a syncopated rhythm and the change up would grab his attention. By age two he was singing along in the car and demanding we “name that tune” as he hummed. Music was a big part of my childhood, too. My Fantasia soundtrack played on on a loop for so long as I danced around that the … Read entire article »

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MAMMA MIA! Comes to Broadway Philadelphia at the Academy of Music

MAMMA MIA! Comes to Broadway Philadelphia at the Academy of Music

As if anyone NEEDS a reason to get out of the house with the winter we are having, MAMMA MIA!  is coming to Broadway Philadelphia at the Academy of Music starting Tuesday, February 25 through Sunday, March 2. Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest … Read entire article »

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Tony- Award Winning Musical Jersey Boys at the Forrest Theatre

Tony- Award Winning Musical Jersey Boys at the Forrest Theatre

Dying to get out of the house after this weekend’s snow?  Looking for a unique holiday gift? Go see Jersey Boys opening this week at the Forrest Theatre! After breaking Forrest Theatre box office records SEVEN TIMES during the premiere engagement, JERSEY BOYS is “Workin’ Its Way Back” to Philadelphia! “TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christmas, entertainment, Events, Gift Ideas, Grandparent Gifts, Music, Seasonal

Les Miserables: Philadelphia’s Academy of Music January 2-13

Les Miserables:  Philadelphia’s Academy of Music January 2-13

Whether you’ve seen the show on Broadway or were first in line to see the movie, the award-winning Les Miserables never gets old. If you are in the Philadelphia area, you are in luck!  The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be showing performances of Les Mis at the Academy of Music January 2 -13. Get your tickets now!     … Read entire article »

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Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating iPad Docking System Review

Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating iPad Docking System Review

If you’ve ever tried to watch Netflix on your iPad you know that the built-in speakers aren’t up to the task. The Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating Docking System amps up the iPad’s audio output while offering several other clever features. The first time you dock the iPad it will offer to take you to the App Store to download the Acoustic Research Dock Plus app. The app serves as an interface to the docking … Read entire article »

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And Now, For My First Act

And Now, For My First Act

Like many kids, I wanted to be a guitar hero, jamming with friends and soaking up the spotlight. Although I already enjoyed the piano and the flute, but I struggled to get my small fingers to stretch to reach the guitar chords. And all due respect to Jethro Tull, it is hard to rock out with the flute. Learning a musical instrument is far easier during childhood and First Act Discovery makes a series of  high … Read entire article »

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Everyday Guys, Extraordinary Children’s Music

Everyday Guys, Extraordinary Children’s Music

Juice Box Heroes,the new CD by the Imagination Movers, has been continuously playing in my car for months. The Imagination Movers, an alternative rock band for preschoolers, makes upbeat, energetic music with witty lyrics that even parents can love. Since Baby Mwah and I are fans of their music, we were excited to get a chance to interview the band at the Disney Music Block Party Tour.  The Imagination Movers are Rich Collins, a former journalist and father of five young children; … Read entire article »

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Sing and Dance, Laugh and Play

Sing and Dance, Laugh and Play

 I love singing and dancing with Baby Mwah. It’s my favorite way to pass the time. Aside from being lots of fun, music is good for babies and children. Numerous studies have shown how music stimulates cognitive development and helps children with language  development and communication skills. Dancing and moving along to music builds motor skills, and it is a great bonding experience for parents and children.   I’m constantly on the lookout for new family friendly music. … Read entire article »

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The Perfect Soundtrack for Baby’s Nap

The Perfect Soundtrack for Baby’s Nap

 While Baby Mwah sleeps peacefully a night, he is not a good napper. It’s like he senses that something fun might be happening. So at the slightest sound, he’ll wake up from his nap, start cooing and want to play. As irresistible as his coos are, I know that he gets really cranky in the evening if he skips his afternoon nap. I’d received a review copy of harpist Merry Miller’s Dream Baby CD a few weeks ago. This CD … Read entire article »

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