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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beat the Winter Blues - Recap with Links


We have been writing about a lot of fun things to do with your children now that it is cold outside.

Here is a recap of some of the directories we have so far:

Beat the Winter Blues - our indoor family fun guide for:
Other activities around Metro Detroit: 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Parent Workshop in Livonia - Understanding the Content of the IEP

Understanding the Content of the IEP
with Sandee Koski


Michigan Alliance-PTI in Northwest Wayne County is offering a free workshop, hosted by Kenya Harper on February 17, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Carl Sandburg Library, 30100 W. Seven Mile, Livonia, MI. Sign-in opens at 5:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

When you understand the IEP process and how to participate, your child will have a better chance of getting the services they need to be successful in school.
Who should attend: families of children/young adults with disabilities or learning challenges, school staff, community members and organizations.
For more information, see the flyer at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Content-2015-02-17-Livonia.pdf
Please remember to RSVP by February 10, 2015 online, with Barbara Wright at barbara@michiganallianceforfamilies.org or (313) 557-8780.

Strange Magic – “Making of Strange Magic” Featurette



“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” was be released by Touchstone Pictures today.

Like STRANGE MAGIC on Facebook: http://facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie
Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StrangeMagic
Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Instagram: http://instagram.com/StrangeMagicMovie
Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Vine: @StrangeMagic

STRANGE MAGIC in theatres everywhere!

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift for Dad and Kids: Cooper & Kid

Guest Blogger: Chancellor Wyman 
Metro Detroit Mommy has received this product for free in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are those of the blogger.  Your experience may differ.  
On a Saturday afternoon, my daughter Rosa and I settled down to open a package labeled Cooper & Kid we had received a few days before.  The box itself really presented an air of mystery as opening it revealed black paper covering wrapped items.  The inside of the box itself was also painted completely black.

Once opened, we were presented with instructions.  One was clearly labeled for dad (me) and the other was meant for my daughter (Rosaleigh).  This really got us both excited to see exactly what we were in for when we finally got everything out of the box.

Once we started pulling out the various items, and I started looking through the Dad instructions, it became apparent that Cooper & Kid is geared toward dads and daughters to create and perform magic tricks together.  The tricks themselves are based on scientific principles, such as perception, chemical reactions, and static electricity, to name a few.

What was really neat was how the instructions started with the simplest of the tricks and carried on up to the more complicated ones.  It even came with a magic wand!

We did have a little difficulty with the magic levitating wand as a piece broke off, more from my clumsiness than anything else.  But, customer service was great and very responsive as we received a replacement in just a few days.  For now, we'd have to try some of the other tricks.

We started out with the first one listed that had us prepare a cone.  The basic trick involved holding it up so people could see through it and see that there was nothing in it.  But once you put it down, you'd magically pull a handkerchief out of it.  There was a little difficulty finagling the paper into a cone shape, but after some patience, I was able to get it taped together as the instructions highlighted.  After that, Rosa got to show off her skills as a magician.
Another neat trick involved using the box itself and turning a 2D paper owl into a three dimensional one.  Rosa and I had fun putting together the 3D owl.
While these are 'magic' tricks, the science behind each one is explored so that it's not only fun, but your kids can learn how and why each trick works the way they do.

Age-wise, this really is better for 5 and up as some patience is required in setting up some of the tricks.  Dad is the person who will end up putting things together, but once that's done, you can let your little magician shine and wow her family and friends with with her amazing powers.

We had the opportunity to experience the Magic themed box, your box will probably be different, but each Cooper Kit  contains multiple curated products and activities designed to enrich your quality time with your children (suggested ages: 5-9).  

Plus all this: 
  • A shipping box that turns into a toy!
  • An activity book that guides you through the theme and the contents of the box
  • A bedtime story
  • A separate website of related digital resources
  • Links to even MORE theme-related activities that are ‘Beyond the Box’
  • Parenting and topical links to resources that are ‘Just for Dad’
  • A themed dinner menu with recipes (guys are doing a ton of cooking for the family these days)

Our kid had taken over several Saturdays of exploration an fun, hours upon hours of learning and smiles.  You can order your Cooper & Kid box online today.  

Blue Man Group at the Fisher Theatre April 21 – 26, 2015

Blue Man Group returns to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre from April 21 – 26, 2015. Tickets will go on sale Today at the Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The theatrical tour features brand new content highlighted by classic Blue Man favorites.

The new sound, set, and video design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen create an entirely new, high-impact visual experience for Broadway houses across the nation.

Blue Man Group has received praise from critics across the country. The Baltimore Sun raves, “Blue Man Group packs a wallop. It’s a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!” The Charlotte Observer says Blue Man Group is “a hugely entertaining show for anyone ages 9 to 90”. The San Antonio Express-News proclaims it’s “an exhilarating, thought-provoking, laugh-yourself-silly evening of percussion-heavy rock music, comedy and playful commentary.”

Blue Man Group creates experiences that defy categorization. Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.
“Our theatrical productions take a humorous look at what we like to call 2.5-D space,” says Blue Man Group Co-Founder Philip Stanton.  “An example of what we mean by this would be emailing or texting the person in the next office rather than walking over to talk to them face-to-face.”
“We say that no matter how high-tech things get, there’s still something human there. We’ll always need others, always need to collaborate. People still need to come together and look each other in the eye.  Through the Blue Man’s connection with the audience, we hope to encourage this human-to-human interaction, while helping people reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives.”


Performance times for Blue Man Group appearing April 21 - 26, 2015 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit, are:

-        Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
-        Sunday evening performance at 6:30 p.m.
-        Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets for Blue Man Group range from $29 - $89 (includes parking and facility fees) and will go on sale Friday, January 23 at Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the box office.  For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call (313) 871-1132. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

For more information, visit www.blueman.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com

The Broadway In Detroit Series at the Fisher Theatre is sponsored by Chrysler.  As part of this sponsorship, the latest and hottest Chrysler vehicles will be on display at the theatre.

Follow Broadway in Detroit on Facebook and on Twitter @BroadwayDetroit.

About NETWORKS Presentations
Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 45 touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally. Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot The Musical, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical and National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse touring the U.S.

About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group has performed on five continents and has been seen by more than 25 million people around the world.  The company has permanent, sit-down productions in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and Orlando as well as popular North American touring show and tailored-made show on the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship, the Epic.

Beyond the shows, Blue Man Group has become a mainstay in the popular culture zeitgeist, making live theatrical and musical appearances around the world, partnering with brands like Intel, M&M’s, TIM-Brasil and Mastercard to create memorable advertising and co-branding campaigns and launching a wave of innovative digital content.  Over the years, Blue Man Group has made countless television appearances on shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” the Primetime Emmy Awards, “Ellen,” Schaag-den-Raab (Germany), WOWOW (Japan), “Cupcake Wars,” "Celebrity Apprentice" and “America’s Got Talent.”


As the company grows, it remains true to its vision of providing exciting experiences in a variety of media, appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. Learn more at www.blueman.com

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Free Parent Workshop in Flat Rock, Understanding the Content of the IEP

Understanding the Content of the IEP
with Kelly Orginski 


Michigan Alliance-PTI in Wayne County is offering a free workshop, hosted by Clare Brick on February 12, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flat Rock Library, 25200 Gibraltar Road, Flat Rock, MI. Sign-in opens at 11:30 am. A light lunch will be served.

When you understand the IEP process and how to participate, your child will have a better chance of getting the services they need to be successful in school.
Who should attend: families of children/young adults with disabilities or learning challenges, school staff, community members and organizations.
For more information, see the flyer at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Content-2015-02-12-Flat-Rock.pdf
Please remember to RSVP by February 5, 2015 online, e-mail Clare at  clare@michiganallianceforfamilies.org or call Barbara Wright at (313) 557.8780.

Free Parent Workshop in Romeo Mi - Understanding the Content of the IEP

Understanding the Content of the IEP
with Sandee Koski 


Michigan Alliance-PTI in Macomb County is offering a free workshop, hosted by Lara Shovlin on February 11, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Romeo Senior Center, 361 Morton, Romeo, MI. Sign-in opens at 12:30 pm.

When you better understand the IEP process, and how to participate, you will have a better chance of your child getting the services they need to be successful in school.
Who should attend: families of children/young adults with disabilities or learning challenges, school staff, community members and organizations.
For more information, see the flyer at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Content-2015-02-11-Romeo.pdf
Please remember to RSVP by February 4, 2015 online or with Lara at (248) 834.4597 or lara@michiganallianceforfamilies.org