How to watch the Olympics in Rio 2016 while you're lounging on your comfy couch in the USA

how to watch the 2016 Olympics with NBCUniversal Comcast and xfinity

[We were hosted to a night of fun from Comcast and xfinityX1. This post was written in appreciation.] I'll be the first to admit that I prefer the Games to happen every four years. I loved the excitement of Olympic years -- how our entire year became a year of pride and enthusiasm. We were glued to our TVs for several weeks, both summer and winter, and our chants and cheers of USA! USA! filled our hearts, ears, bones and lungs. We lived and breathed our national pride. True, three … [Read more...]

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast On Tour Review: Should You Take Your Kids?

Disney's Beauty and the Beast the musical review

When I asked Middle to "be my guest" to see Disney's Beauty & the Beast, he shook his head and said "enough with the puns" but happily accepted the invitation, with a hopeful gleam in his eye.  In addition to looking forward to a Mother-Son night (never, ever should I call it a "date," he tells me), he was excited to see how the enchanted objects are portrayed by humans and he looked forward to how the production represents so many different scenic locations on one stage. I looked forward to … [Read more...]

8 Ideas for a Valentine’s Date Night

great date night ideas!

This year, break the mold of dinner and a movie for Valentine's Day and plan a unique date that guarantees a great time. Whether this is your first Valentine's Day together or you've been married for decades, Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to remind your loved one how much they mean to you. Here are some unique date ideas that will do just that for you and your Valentine. Broadway Show Acting, singing, dancing, bright lights and beautiful costumes. What better way is there to spend … [Read more...]

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is Coming to Philadelphia! Here's everything you need to do before taking your kids to the show

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

I'll soon head to my third Broadway show of the season with Philadelphia's Kimmel Center providing media tickets. This time, it's Disney's Beauty & the Beast, and I'm in trouble with this one. As of now, I only have 2 tickets... which means I have to select the child who gets to come. The show is family friendly, so kids ages 3 and up are able to attend. Whichever child is my guest when we visit the Academy of the Arts in Philadelphia this month, I'm interested in his or her reaction to … [Read more...]

How old is too young to attend a Broadway show? I ask a theater about theater age policy

minimum age for broadway theater

One of my favorite perks of Julieverse is being able to review movies and shows for families -- sharing how appropriate a story's portrayal may be for children, the "types" of people who may like the show and how to complement viewing a show or film with learning and enrichment at home. Over the years, I've refined my review system to focus on what I feel is most important about taking your child to a quality show or movie. Repeatedly, I'm asked about recommended ages for theater and if … [Read more...]

Matilda the Musical Review: Should you take your kids to see the show?

Matilda the Musical National Tour Review

I'm in awe of the talent of a 10-year-old girl. Last night, I took Big to see Matilda the Musical in Philadelphia and you have to know that Mabel Tyler, who is cast as one of three Matildas (the actresses rotate each night) was just so incredibly phenomenal that I can't stop talking about her. To think that a ten-year-old from Atlanta can seamlessly pull off a very strong British accent through lengthy monologues and songs blows my mind. She's magical on stage, convincing the audience … [Read more...]

Matilda is coming to Philadelphia! Here’s how to prepare your kids to see the show

Matilda the musical comes to Broadway Philadelphia -- here's what you should do before taking your kids to the show

On my lengthy list of things I dream to do with the kids, is taking them to a musical. Each year when the Broadway Philadelphia schedule is announced, I dream of enjoying a special day in the city. But, until now, the boys have always said "no thanks" and Little hasn't been quite old enough. Until now. Because, suddenly, all three kids want to enjoy Broadway and I'm excited to start this month with Matilda The Musical. Big and I received tickets to Matilda for Media night, in exchange for … [Read more...]

Should my family see PAN: The movie?

Pan movie review -- should I take my kids to see Pan?

I first became transfixed with PAN during the Cinderella trailers earlier this year. I remember a captivating preview, complete with sprawling, colorful imaging.  It took me back to my time at Disney Social Media Moms conference, when I met with Ridley Pearson and learned of his research and creativity in writing children’s books. Pearson had teamed up with Dave Barry to discover how Peter got to Neverland. Their series, Peter and the Starcatchers, was later made into a Broadway show, Disney’s … [Read more...]

The two things you must do to prepare for a conference (or industry event)

before your next conference, read (and do) this!

In my broad workload of careers from marketing to education and back again, I've learned, through trial and error, that there's a right way and a wrong way to attend a conference, an educational course or a networking opportunity. Actually, there are several, but today I'm focusing on a professional core necessity: creating a purpose. All through my education and much of my professional life, I attended conferences, meetings and educational opportunities. When asked why I was there, I'd … [Read more...]

What is Litter? Earth Day Activities for Young Children

Earth Day activities for kids to learn about litter. Great for preschool, kindergarten and elementary

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), here are several quick, easy lessons and activities to use with young children to tie-in to your celebration. These lessons are suitable for children in grades pre-kindergarten through second grade. What is Litter? Helping young children understand litter with The Wartville Wizard Prior to reading about litter with Little and her friends, I was surprised to learn that not all of the four year olds were familiar with the word “litter.” Together, we defined … [Read more...]