Monday, April 21, 2014

Center for Puppetry Arts to Celebrate National Day of Puppetry with Lamb Chop April 26

In celebration of National Day of Puppetry on Saturday, April 26, Center for Puppetry Arts guests will be able to enjoy puppeteer Mallory Lewis, and the iconic Lamb Chop, as they return to Atlanta audiences with Lamb Chop 2.0: Everything You Wanted To Know About Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, But Were Afraid to Ask, hosted by Nicolosi. Along with this special one-night only Lamb Chop show, there will be a host of other activities including performances of E.B. White’s classic tale of unlikely friendship in Charlotte’s Web, exclusive sock puppet making workshops, a Members-Only film and a fun-filled visit from the Center’s own mascot puppet: Sockly.

The day begins with performances of the Center for Puppetry Arts production of E.B. White’s award-winning tale, Charlotte’s Web at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.Recommended for ages four and older, the show features Charlotte the friendly spider – and her plan to save Wilbur the pig and make him famous using her wits, words and webs! With a colorful cast of barnyard characters including the old sheep and Templeton the gluttonous rat, this heartwarming story of unlikely friendship will have everyone cheering: “Terrific, terrific, terrific!” Each of these performances will be followed by the Center’s signature Create-A-Puppet Workshops, during which children (and adults!) can create their very own Charlotte the Spider Marionette and perform with it on the classroom stage.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the Atlanta Puppetry Guild, Atlanta’s chapter of Puppeteers of America, will be on hand performing with walk-around puppets and demonstrating different puppetry styles. There will be lots of extra puppets on hand for patrons to try!

As part of the celebration, all guests will be invited to become puppet makers and puppeteers, too, when they visit the third floor to build their own one-of-a-kind sock puppet. For Charlotte’s Web guests only, these sock puppets (and their human companions) will then become a part of living history as they assemble for a photo that will commemorate the largest gathering of sock puppets in the world; an unofficial record that is currently held by the Center for Puppetry Arts after 88 sock puppets were captured in the 2013 National Day of Puppetry photograph.

As one of the many highlights of the National Day of Puppetry, patrons will be able to meet the loveable Lamb Chop and her ‘kid sister’ Mallory Lewis, daughter of the late Shari Lewis, whose performances never fail to rekindle cherished memories in those who grew up enjoying the charismatic duo her mother created. The performance, hosted by world-renowned artist Nicolosi, salutes over 70 years of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop. Everyone’s favorite lamb will be further honored by the launch of a new commemorative United States Postal Service stamp, featuring Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop and painted by Nicolosi, to be on display in the Center’s museum during the celebration.

To conclude the day’s festivities, Center for Puppetry Arts Members are invited to attend a free screening of The Muppet Musicians of Bremen film at 7p.m.Directed by Jim Henson, this 50 minute film, narrated by Kermit the Frog, showcases a group of gallant, jazz-playing animals as they work to escape from an oppressive farm in hopes to make it to freedom and fame. This viewing of the charming and music-filled modern fable is only available for Members of the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Event times are as follows:
· American Puppetry Tour: 12:00 p.m.

· Charlotte’s Web performance: 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

· Behind the Scenes Tour: 2:00 p.m.

· Charlotte’s Web performance: 2:00 p.m.

· Make Your Own Sock Puppet: 2:30p p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

· Lamb Chop 2.0 performance: 3:00 p.m.

· Presentations by the Atlanta Puppetry Guild: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

· ‘World-Record-Breaking Sock Puppet Photo’: 5:00 p.m.

· Muppets Musicians of Bremen film: 7:00 p.m.



Tickets for Lamb Chop 2.0 and Charlotte’s Web include Museum admission, as well as the opportunity for children to make their own sock puppet.

Kids Can Bowl Free at Stars and Strikes All Summer Long!

Georgia-based Stars and Strikes has teamed up with Kids Bowl Free to provide kids with two free games of bowling--every day this summer. Kids Bowl Free is a fun and inexpensive way for families to spend time together without breaking the bank. Participants are encouraged to plan an exciting family outing, meet up with friends and have a great time--all while being active. Bowlers can expect to burn up to 250 calories per game.

To register, guests simply complete the online registration form ( and select the Stars and Strikes' Metro Atlanta location closest to them--Cumming, Lawrenceville/Dacula, Dallas, Sandy Springs or Tucker/Stone Mountain. Once registered, guests will receive an email voucher every Sunday from Stars and Strikes. Participants then redeem the voucher at their selected bowling location to validate their membership and enjoy free bowling games.

Stars and Strikes’ Kids Bowl Free program begins April 14 and runs through August 29. Guests can sign up anytime during the promotion. Free games can be redeemed Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon. Only children age 15 and under qualify, adult rate applies to all other bowlers. All participants must wear bowling shoes and standard shoe rental rates apply.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I'm a Zoo Atlanta Ambassador!

Its official! I was one of Atlanta's many wonderful bloggers to be selected as a Zoo Ambassador for Zoo Atlanta! I am very thrilled and looking forward to the opportunity to work with Atlanta's number one place for all things wildlife.

Zoo Atlanta, the city's oldest cultural institution, maintains a collection of more than 1,500 animals, representing more than 200 species from around the world. Spanning nearly 40 acres of lush landscapes and inviting botanicals, the Zoo is a leader in building naturalistic habitats for wildlife. The Zoo environment is designed to give guests a tour of exotic destinations around the globe without ever leaving Atlanta. A leader in formal and informal education, the Zoo is also a dynamic learning environment for students of all ages.

What does this mean for RMM readers? It means I will be serving as a direct liaison to the Zoo and be bringing you the scoop on all things and happenings at Zoo Atlanta all year long! Its going to be a lot of fun, so come back often to check up on the Zoo and all things Atlanta!

*If you aren't in the Atlanta area, that doesn't mean you can't check out the uber adorable Panda Cam to check in on Zoo Atlanta's twin baby pandas!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Label Daddy: Getting You Ready for Camp Season!

Its that time of year when we are all getting geared up for a summer full of fun! We are looking through and picking camps and vacations for our families so we are ready to hit the ground running once school is out!

Something every family needs to remember to add to the to do list this time of year is figure out how to keep everything organized and keep the kids from losing everything they leave the house
with! Remember to label all the clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places.

Label Daddy labels keep your belongings from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels!

Pick from many colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. There really is something for everyone! Kid or adult! Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

Save 10% on Label Daddy labels! - Save 10% on your entire Label Daddy order. Just be sure to use code USFAMILY10 at checkout:

* I was given a promo code to get some labels for my own boys in exchange for this post! All opinions are still all mine!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LEGO® KidsFest Atlanta

If you have a child, grandchild, or have ever been a child yourself, odds are you are familiar with LEGO®. The ultimate in sparking a child's imagination, LEGO has been around since 1932. LEGO bricks are one of the most recognizable toys and of course one of the most beloved. Especially in my house!

D discovered LEGO bricks a couple of years ago and has been fascinated ever since. K has just gotten into them lately but is still just as enamored. They can spend endless hours in the floor of the living room building and rebuilding entire cities, characters, dinosaurs, and cars. The possibilities are completely endless.

For all the Atlanta area LEGO fans, LEGO KidsFest is coming to Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, June 27 - 29, 2014!

LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

The LEGO KidsFest is comprised of a variety of fun activities. There is something for every member of the family. All activities are included in the price of admission. Each of the sessions offers the same interactive activities and play areas. No session is better than another to attend.

This event has been selling out in other cities so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Limited OFFER! Everyone pays Kids prices! For a limited time, my followers can save $2 off each adult ticket purchased in April. Click HERE to get your coupon before they disappear!

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, June 27, 2014 (4-8:30pm). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities. Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday !


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