Thursday, August 21, 2014

Things to do Week of August 24th NJ/NYC



 Sunday, August 24th:
Chocolate & Vanilla Family Festival (Camden, NJ) - A delicious daytime event dedicated to two of nature’s most flavorful plants. Vote for your favorite ice cream flavor, and take a tropical smell test.  Join us for crafts, educational activities, and our Flavors of the Forest Stand.  Enjoy chocolate and vanilla treats as you learn about these tropical flavors.
Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, 08103

Dinosaur Train Railroad Excursion (Phillipsburg, NJ) - All aboard the DINOSAUR TRAIN™ as families take a ride on a real train bound for the Nature Trackers Adventure Area! Here, young guests will participate in a series of fun and educational challenges that unearth basic concepts in science, natural history, and paleontology. The event also includes official music, inflatable dinosaurs, fossil digs, and an opportunity to have a photo taken everyone’s favorite T. rex, Buddy! First ride at 10:00am
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, 99 Elizabeth Street, Phillipsburg, NJ, 08865

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog (Jersey City, NJ) - Your kids will be thrilled to meet special guest Clifford the Big Red Dog! Don’t forget your camera to capture your children’s smiles and don't miss visiting his very own summer exhibition, Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog. Times: 12:00pm - 12:30pm and 12:45pm - 1:15pm. 
Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Terrific Turtles (Chatham, NJ) -  Learn amazing facts about New Jersey’s turtles, take a walk to spot turtles basking at the pond, and meet a live turtle afterwards. $3 per person. 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Ages 3 and up. Registration required.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ, 07928

Discovery Walks for Families (New York, NY) - Bring your family for a guided Discovery Walk into the Ramble and take part in hands-on exploration led by Central Park Conservancy educators and Discovery Guides. Families only, maximum of three children per parent of guardian; no groups. Ages 5 +. Free. Space is limited; advance registration required. 10:00am - 11:00am.
Belvedere Castle, mid-Park at 79th Street

Family Performance Festival at Central Park (New York, NY) - Groove in the glade as Story Laurie weaves wondrous tales and sings witty songs with her enchanting voice to share her wisdom about everything from the bugs in your backyard to what life is like around the world! FREE! 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Advance registration recommended. Register on website.
Peter Jay Sharp Children's Glade, west of Great Hill Oval, between West 103rd and West 106th Streets 

 Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair (Fair Haven, NJ) - Don't miss one of the state's largest firemen's festivals, where families can climb aboard a real fire truck, as well as rides like the Zipper, Rainbow, Wipeout, a large ferris wheel, a train, and a merry-go-round. Dates: August 24th - 30th. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
http://www.fhfd.org/
Fair Haven Fire Department, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704


Monday, August 25th:
Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair (Fair Haven, NJ) - Don't miss one of the state's largest firemen's festivals, where families can climb aboard a real fire truck, as well as rides like the Zipper, Rainbow, Wipeout, a large ferris wheel, a train, and a merry-go-round. Dates: August 24th - 30th. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
http://www.fhfd.org/
Fair Haven Fire Department, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704 

Central Astoria Movies on the Waterfront: Finding Nemo (Astoria Park, Queens, NY),
Everyone is invited to come out for this charming animated feature. 8:30pm - 10:30pm, FREE.
http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/08/25/central-astoria-movies-on-the-waterfront-finding-nemo
Astoria Park, 24-02 19th St, Long Island City, NY 11102

Tuesday, August 26th
Movie Night: Despicable Me 2 (West Orange, NJ) - Gru is back! While adjusting to the life of an ex-supervillain, he is asked to help the Anti-Villain League. It's FREE! 7:00pm.
http://ospacnj.org/events
Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ, 07052 

Movie Night Along the River: WALL E (Bronx, NY) - Come enjoy a family movie under the stars. FREE, 8:00pm
http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/08/26/movie-nights-along-the-river-wall-e
Soundview Park, 1660-1692 Seward Ave, Bronx, NY 10473

Somerset Patriots vs. Long Island Ducks Baseball Game (Bridgewater, NJ) - BARK IN THE PARK. Bring the whole family out for Bark In The Park Night with the Somerset Patriots. All fans can bring their well-behaved, social, and leashed dogs to the ballpark. Pet owners attending the game with their dog are asked to bring paperwork displaying proof of vaccination and their dog ID tag to be checked before entry outside the main gate. Each designated Bark in the Park Night will feature a Pre-Game Pooch Parade around the warning track of the field beginning at 6:30pm and a 3rd Inning Yappy Hour with Ice Cream Treats for Dogs. There will also be various pet related businesses having a concourse table display during the game to collect free giveaways, information, and dog-related advice from various Patriots partners. Giveaway: First 250 Dogs receive a Dog Bandana presented by Cherrybrook Pet Supplies.
 www.somersetpatriots.com/event/details/220/somerset-patriots-vs-long-island-ducks
860 East Main Street, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807

Summer Farm Fun (Chester, NJ) - Lot's of fun Children’s Activities Available: Pony Rides, Moon Bounce, Wagon Train Rides, Corn Kingdom, Scenic Farm Hayrides, Visit and Feed Our Friendly Farm Animals (free, Stop By Our Bunny Run (free), Be entertained by our goats on the new Goat Walk!(free), Climb our Giant Hay Pyramid (free). At the end of May - pick your own activities begin with Pick Your Own Strawberries! See website for schedule of activities. ** Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 – 4. ** Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 11 – 5. Save Money With a Pay-One-Price Activity Pass For  $14.99.
http://alstedefarms.com/family-fun-nj/summer-farm-fun/
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair (Fair Haven, NJ) - Don't miss one of the state's largest firemen's festivals, where families can climb aboard a real fire truck, as well as rides like the Zipper, Rainbow, Wipeout, a large ferris wheel, a train, and a merry-go-round. Dates: August 24th - 30th. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
http://www.fhfd.org/
Fair Haven Fire Department, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704 


Wednesday, August 27th:
Groovin’ and Grubbin’ Concert Series (Cherry Hill, NJ) - Attention Foodies and Fun Lovers! The 2nd Annual Groovin’ & Grubbin’, a FREE outdoor concert series, continues Wednesday, August 27, 2014. We will also have gourmet food trucks! Grub from 5-8pm, and groove at 7pm with Tim and the Space Cadets! Don’t forget general admission into the museum is only $5 after 5pm! Food trucks include: Mary’s Mobile Diner, Undrgrnd Donuts, Surf and Turf Truck, and Kona.
Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003 

Lunch with the Librarian (Morristown, NJ) - Bring a chair or blanket and lunch and enjoy stories, courtesy of the Morristown and Morris Township Library. If the weather is extremely hot or rainy, the program will be moved inside the Museum. FREE. Ages 2-5.
http://www.maccullochhall.org
 Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ, 07960 

Summer Farm Fun (Chester, NJ) - Lot's of fun Children’s Activities Available: Pony Rides, Moon Bounce, Wagon Train Rides, Corn Kingdom, Scenic Farm Hayrides, Visit and Feed Our Friendly Farm Animals (free, Stop By Our Bunny Run (free), Be entertained by our goats on the new Goat Walk!(free), Climb our Giant Hay Pyramid (free). At the end of May - pick your own activities begin with Pick Your Own Strawberries! See website for schedule of activities. ** Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 – 4. ** Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 11 – 5. Save Money With a Pay-One-Price Activity Pass For  $14.99.
http://alstedefarms.com/family-fun-nj/summer-farm-fun/ 
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ 07930 

Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair (Fair Haven, NJ) - Don't miss one of the state's largest firemen's festivals, where families can climb aboard a real fire truck, as well as rides like the Zipper, Rainbow, Wipeout, a large ferris wheel, a train, and a merry-go-round. Dates: August 24th - 30th. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
http://www.fhfd.org/
Fair Haven Fire Department, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704


Thursday, August 28th:
Movies in Knight Park UP (Collingswood, NJ) -  Bring the family for a movie night in the park! Movies in the park are free! All movies begin at dusk. The screen is located by the Browning and Collings intersection, near the gazebo. This event is BYOC - Bring your own chair.
http://www.collingswood.com/recreation/outdoor-events
Knight Park, Collingswood, NJ 08107

Asbury Park Boardwalk Lego Movie (Asbury Park, NJ) - on the beach in front of Langosta Lounge, dusk, free, canned goods accepted for the New Jersey Natural Gas Food Drive, 8:00pm.
Asbury Park Boardwalk (at Langosta Lounge), Asbury Park, NJ 07712 

Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair (Fair Haven, NJ) - Don't miss one of the state's largest firemen's festivals, where families can climb aboard a real fire truck, as well as rides like the Zipper, Rainbow, Wipeout, a large ferris wheel, a train, and a merry-go-round. Dates: August 24th - 30th. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
http://www.fhfd.org/
Fair Haven Fire Department, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704


Friday, August 29th
Fresh Beat Band: The Live Tour of Nickelodeon’s Super Group (Newark, NJ) - Hey Moms, do the kids need something to do that last week of August? Take them to see The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodean’s Super Group. In the hit musical sitcom, original pop songs are set with preschool-friendly lyrics. Marina, Kiki, Twist and Shout are the Fresh Beats: four best bandmates who go to music school together and love to sing and dance. From the moment the Fresh Beats wake up, just about any situation can lead to a fun-filled, full-blown, song-and-dance performance that the entire family will enjoy. The Fresh Beat Band bring the hit TV series to life by teaching music appreciation to children and allowing them to express themselves through movement, song and instrumental music. Get your tickets online or by phone. Tickets are $29.50 - $79.50. Performances are at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. 
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ, 07102

NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: The LEGO Movie (Staten Island, NY) - See our city one movie at a time.  Throughout July and August, NYC Parks is showing free movies in its parks and recreation centers!  No RSVP required, just bring yourself and a blanket to sit on. FREE. 8:00pm - 10:00pm
http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/08/29/summer-movie-series-the-lego-movie
 Westerleigh Park, 125-149 Neal Dow Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

Movies in the Parks Series & Food Drive (Middletown, NJ) - What better way to enjoy a summer night then with family on a blanket watching a movie under the stars!  Enjoy one of the films or come see them all. The Free Summer Movie Series & Food Drive, hosted by Shore Flicks, LLC will be running a food drive at each showing.  Please help support local food banks.
 http://www.middletownnj.org/content/special-events-for-family-and-youth#movies
Normandy Park, Middletown, NJ, 07701

LiveRight with ShopRite Kid's Day Cooking Class (ages 6 and up) (Lyndhurst, NJ) - Little chefs can create and try new things. In-person pre-registration is required and space is limited. Stop by the Dietitian's Corner to reserve a spot. 4:00pm.
http://www.caryl.com/eventlisting.cfm?clientID=87&eventID=1000
540 New York Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ, 07071

Italian Festival at St. Bartholomews (Scotch Plains, NJ) - Perhaps the best kept secret in NJ is the traditional Annual Labor Day Italian Feast in Scotch Plains, NJ. Hosted by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO, St. Bartholomew's Church and St. Bartholomew's Academy, the festival has been an annual tradition honoring San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy since 1974. The feast is truly a great family event and has something for everyone to enjoy. There is nightly live music, rides, games, and great food including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. In addition, there are nightly 50/50 drawings and a super 50/50 raffle on Monday. Starts Friday 8/29 at 4:30pm.
http://www.sbuitalianfestival.com/
2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Summer Farm Fun (Chester, NJ) - Lot's of fun Children’s Activities Available: Pony Rides, Moon Bounce, Wagon Train Rides, Corn Kingdom, Scenic Farm Hayrides, Visit and Feed Our Friendly Farm Animals (free, Stop By Our Bunny Run (free), Be entertained by our goats on the new Goat Walk!(free), Climb our Giant Hay Pyramid (free). At the end of May - pick your own activities begin with Pick Your Own Strawberries! See website for schedule of activities. ** Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 – 4. ** Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 11 – 5. Save Money With a Pay-One-Price Activity Pass For  $14.99.
http://alstedefarms.com/family-fun-nj/summer-farm-fun/ 
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ 07930 

Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair (Fair Haven, NJ) - Don't miss one of the state's largest firemen's festivals, where families can climb aboard a real fire truck, as well as rides like the Zipper, Rainbow, Wipeout, a large ferris wheel, a train, and a merry-go-round. Dates: August 24th - 30th. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
http://www.fhfd.org/
Fair Haven Fire Department, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704


Saturday, August 30th:
Summer Farm Fun (Chester, NJ) - Lot's of fun Children’s Activities Available: Pony Rides, Moon Bounce, Wagon Train Rides, Corn Kingdom, Scenic Farm Hayrides, Visit and Feed Our Friendly Farm Animals (free, Stop By Our Bunny Run (free), Be entertained by our goats on the new Goat Walk!(free), Climb our Giant Hay Pyramid (free). At the end of May - pick your own activities begin with Pick Your Own Strawberries! See website for schedule of activities. ** Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 – 4. ** Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 11 – 5. Save Money With a Pay-One-Price Activity Pass For  $14.99.
http://alstedefarms.com/family-fun-nj/summer-farm-fun/ 
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ 07930 

NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: Despicable Me 2 (Brooklyn, NY) - See our city one movie at a time.  Throughout July and August, NYC Parks is showing free movies in its parks and recreation centers!  No RSVP required, just bring yourself and a blanket to sit on. 8:00pm - 10:00pm. 
Brower Park, 195 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair (Fair Haven, NJ) - Don't miss one of the state's largest firemen's festivals, where families can climb aboard a real fire truck, as well as rides like the Zipper, Rainbow, Wipeout, a large ferris wheel, a train, and a merry-go-round. Dates: August 24th - 30th. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday and Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
Fair Haven Fire Department, 645 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704



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Back To School Cool Jacket Picks!

Wow! We've reached the end of August! This summer FLEW past! I've put together some last minute jacket shopping picks for you! I really like them because they're versatile enough to dress up or tone down. Gotta love effortless cool!

Check them out below! 





Love them all! Which one is a must-have for your child?

Comment below!



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Ben-Voyage: Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, NJ

Our latest Ben-Voyage brings us to a place I had loved as a child: Liberty Science Center. It's easily been a good 15 years since I had last gone, so I was excited to see if it would hold up and have the same magic for Ben as it did for me (spoiler alert: it does).

From their website: Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than half a million students, teachers, and parents visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center's offsite and online programs.

Photo from Liberty Science Center


I thought this would be an amazing Ben-Voyage because Ben has been super duper into science lately, asking about hurricanes, tornadoes, and anything else he can think of. Q: What better place to quench your child's thirst for knowledge than a 300,000-square-foot learning center dedicated to all things science? A: NONE. Liberty Science Center is THE place to be.

The Deets:
Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305  

Ticket Information: 
(Prices are subject to change at any time, please confirm in advance)
 Children under 2 are free, which is nice. 

We arrived a few minutes before it opened, and had no problem parking in a prime location. Although it is $7.00 to park, Liberty Science Center’s parking lot is owned by the State of New Jersey and operated by Central Parking. The Science Center does not receive parking revenue. There is also overflow parking available. For those with Electric cars, plug and re-charge at no extra cost under LSC's elevated solar panel array. 

There is something to enjoy for all ages at Liberty Science Center. I made a few mental notes of awesome exhibits Ben will appreciate when he is older, but there was plenty of things to do on each floor for Ben. I, myself, engaged in quite a few activities.
Photo from Liberty Science Center


 It was really nice getting there when it first opened, before all of the school groups and summer camps. It wasn't too crowded at all, however, some of the children in visiting groups were unsupervised and not taking turns on attractions. My recommendation is that if there is an exhibit your child really wants to see and engage in, get there when LSC first opens for maximum hands-on. That being said, very few attractions required only one or two children at a time, so it was very easy to divert Ben away from one thing and onto another while we waited.

The Welcome Desk was just that- welcoming! The woman working there was so warm and knowledgeable and really got us excited with all of the things to do. I had no idea there were demonstrations and shows! We were handed a schedule of programming for that day, and were floored to learn that all of these things were included with admission! 

Tip: You do have to sign up for some things, so I would make an itinerary with your day planned out and sign up for things as soon as you receive your Experience Guide at admission. You can also take a peek online at Events Calendar to start your plan as well. You definitely don't want to miss some of the amazing experiences at LSC.


 After making reservations for the experiences we wanted to do, the Welcome Desk attendant advised us to start at the fourth floor and work our way down, which was a great idea. 

Fourth Floor
The fourth floor is home to PixelPalooza, Block Party, Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, Beyond Rubik's Cube, Energy Quest, Our Hudson Home, Rebuild by Design, and Nano Mini-Exhibition. 


We made our way to the fourth floor and came across an activity called PixelPalooza - Uncover a hidden picture as you wave and leap around to clear pixels from the huge screen. Ben loved it! and I loved that you could email or tweet the picture taken. 


One of Ben's favorite things was Block Party - Back by Popular Demand! Young visitors can make thousands of elaborate creations with our oversized foam shapes. A pair of blocks becomes a wall, walls make rooms, and rooms become houses. Inspired by creativity and teamwork, children can design and build anything from dinosaurs and giant robots to castles with moats and long, winding ball chutes. This seemed to be a favorite among kids, and Ben would have been more than pleased spending the whole day building things. We found ourselves there several times during the trip. Parents, this will take up some time!


 
By the time we visited Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, the floor was buzzing with activity. If your child loves Clifford, you need to hurry and check this exhibit out! It's only open through September 14th. Inspired by the top-rated PBS KIDS® show, the exhibition offers immersive adventures that reinforce “Clifford’s Big Ideas,” ten simple life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world, including Share, Play Fair, Believe in Yourself, and Help Others. Visit all of Clifford’s favorite places and friends on Birdwell Island. Explore Clifford’s doghouse. Climb up a nine-foot Clifford and slide down his tail, just like Emily Elizabeth does on the TV show. Use a conveyor belt to help fill Clifford’s big dog bowl with bones. Create sand art and search for treasure at T-Bone’s Beach. Browse the Norman Bridwell Art Retrospective and see 50 years (that’s 350 in dog-years!) of Clifford art and stories.




Photo from Liberty Science Center
The fourth floor also held a really awesome exhibition called Beyond Rubik's Cube - 7,000 sq ft of games, puzzles, history, art, and engineering, all inspired by Ernő Rubik's best-selling masterpiece.  Whether you're Mats Valk or just looking for an excellent way to spend a summer day, Beyond Rubik's Cube has something amazing you've never seen before. It is only open until November 30th, so go check it out!


Ben had a lot of fun with the solar-powered racetrack over in Energy Quest. Energy Quest examines the five major sources of Earth’s energy in search of the answers. Learn how we explore and harness these energy sources at activity-filled, hands-on stations. Join the exploration and experiment as a geologist, oceanographer, chemical and nuclear engineer, and more. Energy Quest’s five energy themes are: Surface (wind, solar, hydro), Bio-Stored (oil, coal, natural gas, bio-mass), Nuclear (fission, fusion), Ocean (waves, tidal, ocean-thermal) and Geo-Thermal (hydro-thermal, hot dry rock, magma).


Finally, we wrapped up our fourth floor adventure with Our Hudson Home. Overlooking the vast river and Liberty State Park, Our Hudson Home explores our complex relationship with this distinct and special ecosystem. Through hands-on experiences and unique underwater environments, you’ll discover how our use of the river can be successfully balanced with environmental preservation efforts and smart technologies that will ensure this unique natural resource continues to thrive. Ben really enjoyed seeing the native species to the Hudson. We were wowed by the sheer size of some of the fish! 


Third Floor
The third floor is home to Eat and Be Eaten, Touch Tunnel, Wonder Why, Communication, Infection Connection, and Olympus BioScapes. 

  Ben had a blast on the third floor! We checked out Eat and Be Eaten first. Eat and Be Eaten is filled with real animals that have adapted in amazing ways to survive in the wild. Some hide in plain sight while others turn themselves into toxic treats. Many of these creatures have unique behaviors that keep them from being captured or help them to escape. There were so many amazing animals to see. We loved the Cotton-top Tamarins and their twin babies! The staff was very knowledgeable about each animal and wonderful with answering Ben's questions and keeping him engaged.

We also caught the Meet the Macaw show. We got to meet Mickey the Macaw up close and 
watched him crack a walnut with his powerful beak. I was very impressed with the gentleman who presented it - how do they remember all the information? It was very informative and interactive!

 
The Touch Tunnel is still at LSC! I loved it when I was a little girl! Ben did not feel the same way, so we did not attempt to go on it, but it is one of the most popular things to do at LSC. This 80-foot, crawl-through, pitch-black tunnel has been the hands-down favorite at LSC for years. Exploring an unknown environment in the dark makes you realize how much we rely on sight to move through the world. 

Tips: The Touch Tunnel experience is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Line up early! To allow everyone in the queue a chance to experience the Touch Tunnel on busy days, the line may be closed to newcomers up to an hour before the building closes. Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. Guests who are claustrophobic, pregnant, cannot crawl for 10 minutes, or have existing injuries or back pain should not attempt this exhibition.

 

We checked out Wonder Why. Ben was fascinated with creating a 6-foot soap bubble. He also loved the Kalliroscope. Other things to do include: Experimenting with the attributes of air at the Bernoulli Blower, Scaling the fossil-studded Rock Climbing Wall, and creating your own masterpiece at the Digital Picasso station. 



It was really cool to see the Honey Bee colony! Learn all about honey bees at our live colony on the third floor. An observation hive indoors and two field hives on the deck outside let you watch bees coming in and out of the the hive; workers converting nectar into honey and storing it in the honeycomb cells; the queen laying eggs; and larvae growing and maturing. You can even see beekeepers harvesting honey at certain times. Ben was very curious about the hive and enjoyed watching all of the bees work. 



Second Floor
The second floor is home to Café Skylines, I Explore, The JD Williams Science Theater, and the Wildlife Challenge, IMAX Dome Theater, Tornado Simulator, Pulseworks Motion Simulator.


Café Skylines had a great food selection that included brick oven pizzas, chicken fingers, handcrafted sandwiches, soup, daily entrée specials, a gourmet salad bar, and freshly grilled burgers and hot dogs. Seating options were plentiful and included a large group dining room, two smaller dining rooms with views of lower Manhattan, and casual seating in Governors Hall (where you may even catch a Live Science presentation while you dine). Vending machines with snacks and cold drinks are located in Group Dining, adjacent to the café. It was reasonably priced and very delicious.

Tip: Liberty Science Center does let you bring your own lunch! So don't be afraid to brown bag it!


I Explore was our next stop. Children are natural scientists–constantly investigating and testing the world around them. Discovery, inquiry, curiosity and play are the building blocks of lifelong learning.
In I Explore, children ages 2 to 5 (with their grown-ups) learn about themselves and their world in a safe, stimulating and engaging interactive environment designed especially for them. As a parent, I appeciate the fact that LSC put the thought into having something specifically for the 2-5 age group, and put a private bathroom right in the exhibit. Ben especially enjoyed building a car and testing it out on the Test Track. He also loved using the air cannon to launch balls into the two-story Ball Machine. I thought the cute science reading nook was a nice touch.

Tips: During the school year, try to visit mid-afternoon during the week and early in the morning on the weekends.This is a great opportunity for groups visiting with more than one adult to split up and take older children to experience other, more age-appropriate offerings at the Center, such as a film in the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater.



The Pulseworks Motion Simulator takes guests on intense “voyages” to far-off places.  Climb aboard for spectacular five-minute experiences including Grand Prix Raceway, JetPack, Diving with Dolphins, Solar Coaster, and Glacier Run! Trips are $5.00 per person and up to eight people can ride at once. Look for Pulseworks Motion Simulator adjacent to the main staircase at the east end of Governors Hall on the Second Floor. 


Hands down, Ben's absolute favorite experience and the highlight of our trip was the Tesla Lightning Show. Explore the excitement of electricity with singing Tesla coils, robotic drums, and wireless illumination. Twin solid-state one million volt Tesla coils produce bursts of musical lightning right in front of you in our new live show. 3 shows daily: 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm. Free with admission or membership. Seating is limited and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: Lightning Show contains very loud noises and strobe lights. Not suitable for children ages 2 and under. We were provided protective headphones to muffle the noise. It was really cool to see the Tesla coils light the florescent lights in time with the music. A young audience member was picked to play the piano and make the Tesla coils illuminate the lights. So cool!



First Floor
The first floor is home to da Vinci Surgical Robot Exhibit, Skyscraper!, The Hoberman Sphere, Connections Gift Shop


Whether you’re bravely walking a steel girder high above the exhibition floor, facing down jet-powered hurricane force winds to test a building design, or taking a quiet moment to reflect on stories about the World Trade Center, you’ll leave Skyscraper! with a new appreciation and understanding of the skyline that surrounds us and the people that made it happen.
 
Connections Gift Shop is huge and has a vast selection of anything science-related you could possibly want! The best part is that it is VERY reasonably priced. Ben picked up a Pet Tornado in a tube for about $7. Love it!

We didn't visit all of the exhibits, however, we will be back! Speaking of which, our family is going to buy a Membership to LSC. The value that you get for your money really cannot be beat. Check out some of the benefits and the pricing below:



I am SO happy that Ben got to experience Liberty Science Center. He adored it! It was great to see him learning hands-on and getting engaged in all the exhibits! We're already planning our next trip back!





Disclaimer: Liberty Science Center provided our tickets with the intent for this review
 
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review - Stewie Boomstein Starts School

I was graciously given the opportunity to review the latest literary offering from Nothing But the Truth Publishing called 'Stewie Boomstein Starts School', and parents of young kids mark my words - YOU NEED TO CHECK THIS BOOK OUT BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS.


'Stewie Boomstein Starts School' is written by Christine Bronstein, and features rich, coloful illustrations from Karen Young. The book is about a loud, headstrong young boy named Stewie Boomstein and his first day of school. Of course, the first day doesn't go well for Stewie, as I'm sure many parents out there can recall about their child's first day. I appreciate that the story was written in a way that aligned itself with the many thoughts and feelings that young children often feel when transitioning to Pre-K or Kindergarten, and that Stewie was very relatable to my 4 year old son, Ben. I would suggest the book for children ages 3-6.

How does Stewie Boomstein's second day at school go? Well, you'll just have to read it for yourself!

This book was extremely enjoyable for both me and my son to read together, and I ESPECIALLY love the Q&A section at the back of the book that features helpful advice from two well-regarded child psychologists regarding the transition to school. I wish this book came out when Ben started half-day Pre-K!

While I still don't know how Ben will handle nap time and the transition to full day Pre-K, this book helped to open a dialogue between us about the upcoming school year and put him at ease. Love love love it!

The love with which Stewie Boomstein was written shines through on every page with its humorous dialogue and beautiful illustrations. If you are the parent of a young one who is transitioning into Pre-K or Kindergarten, definitely do yourself a favor and check this book out!

The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

What are you waiting for? September is creeping up fast! Check out Stewie Boomstein Starts School today!


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Saturday, August 9, 2014

JAWSOME Shark Week Mega Post!

It comes but once a year, so check out Dirt and Dump Trucks' JAWSOME Shark Week Mega Post! Let's kick things off with some Nerdy Newborn Must Haves (Shark Week Edition, of course!)...

Nerdy Newborn Must Haves - Shark Week Edition


 

Shark Bite Set of 4 Giclee Canvases - Set of 4 giclee canvas prints. Measures 9x12 inches each. Ribbon color may vary. Border can be painted any color if specified and confirmed with payment. This is a hand made, custom item, therefore there is an approximate 3 week turn around time before shipping. 
Priced at $80.00

Shark Attack Booties and Hat Set - Made to Order - Crocheted in a smoke-free home from acrylic yarn and trimmed with buttons. Shark attack hat and booties set in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months or 6-9 months.
Size Specifications:
0-3 month soles measure approximately 3 1/2 inches long
3-6 month soles measure approximately 4 inches long
6-9 month soles measure approximately 4 1/2 inches long
Priced at $40.00

Baby's first SHARK WEEK overall newborn carter's - Baby's FIRST Shark Week ... include the baby early! Carter's size newborn grey coverall has AWESOME FIN SEWN ON... Soft, pliable , safe... But won't flop mid-week!
Priced at $15.00

Personalized Hammerhead Shark Ribbon Baby Blanket - Custom Embroidered with your Child's name (up to 12 letters) for an extra fee, this Ribbon blanket is soft with cuddly fabric on one side and flannel on the other. Pick the font and thread color you'd like. The blanket measures roughly 14" x 14" (not including the ribbons).
Priced at $15.00 without personalization and $18.00 with personalization

Personalized baby gift set - shark - This set includes a personalized hooded towel, personalized burp cloth, bib, burp cloth, and mini tag-a-long to hang on carseat or other toys! You can choose the color scheme! Towel color choices are pink, lime green, aqua, navy, yellow, and purple. Please inquire about other options!
Priced at $48.00

Personalized "Let the Fin Begin" Hooded Shark Towel - Blue - FREE personalization with each hooded towel purchase! Mom and Dad are going fall for this terry-ific sea-inspired towel--hook, line and little stinker! After a refreshing bath time for baby, they'll want to wrap their wiggly, wet one in something cozy, absorbent and cute. This Terry Shark Towel is reel-y fun and oh, so fin! Features and facts: Sea-blue terry towel with white cuffs, two terry ties in front, a hood with smiling, white shark's teeth, appliqued black eyes and a dorsal fin accent. Bottom of towel resembles a shark's tail. Machine-wash and dry (low). Size 0-9 months
Priced at $35.00  

Shark Zoo Mobile - A unique, eye-catching Potbellies Ornaments™ zoo animal mobile of cute creatures. Perfect for a nursery or kid's room. These are light weight, and have wonderful movement. The holder is four pronged, made by us, out of dowel rods, that can be left natural, or painted any color you prefer. Dowels are 12" long. Other sizes are available. Strings are white fishing line or natural hemp line. If you prefer transparent or colored string to match the holders paint color, let us know! This large mobile is for 5 animals. More can be added for an extra charge. You can pick what you want from our ornament selection, or have us surprise you! Animals measure approx. 2.5" x 3.5", though giraffes are larger. Don't see the animal species you really want? Just contact us, and we can create it! (We can even custom paint ornaments to fit your color schemes, such as pastels for a babies room). We hand sculpt and hand paint each ornament, and as such, each ornament is unique and one of a kind. Ornaments are lightweight, because they are based around a ping pong ball! We then put together the mobiles with care and attention to detail. As silly as they are, we try to stay accurate to each animal species. We will make ANY bird or animal, so just ask if you don't see the one you want! The BEST part, if you ever no longer want a mobile, you can simply cut off the animals and use them as keepsake ornaments! Because these are custom made, please allow 3 weeks for shipping.
Priced at $130.00
 

Toddler Friendly Shark Week Programming


Finding Nemo: "Fish are friends, not food!" In one of the best animated shark scenes ever, the sharks in Finding Nemo have formed a support group to curb their appetite for fish, but you should never trust a shark on a diet! The three main character sharks in this classic scene in the movie are: Bruce, the intimidating great white; Anchor, the hammerhead; and Chum, the mako shark. The best thing about these sharks? -- their adorable Aussie accents. (Rated G)

Shark Tale: In this funny fish tale, a small fish named Oscar (voiced by Will Smith) takes the credit for walloping a shark and becomes known as "Sharkslayer." But, Oscar's lie soon gets him caught in a net of deceit as he tries to maintain his celebrity status, get the right girl and avoid being caught by an angry mob boss who is a great white (Robert De Niro). Shark Tale is rated PG, for some mild language and crude humor, and the language and innuendo make the movie less suited for very young children, despite the colorful animation and comedic characters. (Rated PG)

The Reef: In The Reef, a young fish named Pi loses his parents when they are caught up in a net. Now on his own, Pi is thankfully taken under the fins of a family of porpoises who help him journey to The Reef to make a new home. When they finally arrive, Pi falls for a beautiful fish named Cordelia, but unfortunately, she is already spoken for by a bully of a shark. In fact, the great white is such a bully that Cordelia feels compelled to marry him in order to save Pi. With a little help from a wise and martial arts savvy turtle, though, Pi just might have a chance to win the girl after all. (Rated G)

The Little Mermaid: While sharks don't get a lot of screen time in this Disney classic, Glut the great white shark gives Ariel and Flounder quite a fright. In a scene both suspenseful and action-packed, Ariel and her little friend run into the shark while they are exploring a ship wreck. (Rated G)

Rubbadubbers: Finbar The Mighty Movie Star: Finbar dreams he's a mighty glamorous movie star. In Director Tubb's movie, can Finbar rescue Miss Winona from the Mighty Ferocious Crocodile?(Not Rated)

Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car: UmiFriend, get ready to meet the super cool Shark Car! Join Team Umizoomi as they play with their friend, Jose, and his favorite toy, Shark Car (a car that looks like a shark)! Plus, meet other special toys including Sparkle Pup, Stompasaurus, and more!  (Rated G)

Octonauts: Calling All Sharks: Dive into adventures with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with other Octonauts as they explore the world s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts aboard the Octopod as they come face to face with a trio of pesky Cookiecutter Sharks, look after an injured Lemon Shark and stop a Whitetip Shark who is chasing the Gup-A!(Not Rated) 

Kenny the Shark, Vol. 1 - Feeding Frenzy: Kenny is a shark who got bored with his ocean life and decided to go live on land. He meets and becomes best friends with an 11-year-old girl named Kat, who keeps him as a pet and is the only person who can talk to him. (Not Rated)

 

Too-Cool Toddler Must Haves (Shark Week Edition)


Wild Walls Shark Encounter Animated Wall ArtCreate an awesome light and sound experience on your wall like you've never seen! Just decorate, activate, and watch the amazing scene come to life! Use the peel ‘n stick decals to design the Shark Encounter underwater scene! Water wave light effects gently fade in and out, illuminating your wall, just like your underwater. With real undersea animal sound effects, the synchronized light and sounds bring the scene to life! Features auto shut-off. Shark decal is over 24 inches long and the light effect spreads over 20 sq. feet! FX Activator mounts easily to the wall with included hardware.
Priced at $17.99 
 
Matchbox Mega Rig Shark Adventure - The action is amplified with this Matchbox® Mega Rig that you build to fit the adventure! The 28 water-friendly pieces combine to build 40 different mega vehicles: for both land and water! The chassis connect in multiple ways to keep things moving on land, but they also float to keep the action above water. With a chomping shark included, the adventure is nonstop. Build a boat to chase and harpoon ? capture gear includes a working launcher and harpoon projectile. Then build a truck to transport the creature on land. Create a base to hunt for forbidden treasure, and pull it up with the crane when found. Then transport that with a secure vehicle to keep it safely hidden from thieving eyes. Keep things extra secure with Matchbox® men who have lots of spots to work and stand guard, including inside the shark! All the pieces connect to maximize the function and fun! Ages 4 and older.
Priced at $44.99

Kid Galaxy Morphibians Shark - It's an animal; it’s a 4x4; it's a speed boat; no it's a Morphibian! This shark is no fish out of water on sand and dirt, powerful four wheel drive, zips it over the water, then even faster on land! This high-performance radio control amphibious creature can go anywhere- dirt, pond or pool. Features sturdy 4x4 turf digging tires for land and wake forming paddle wheel treads for ripping through the water. Powerful full-function controller makes explorations on any surface just a touch away.
Priced at $30.83
 
Melissa & Doug Plush Shark - Is this a menacing shark or just a misunderstood species of the sea? You decide! This great big shark measures over 40 inches in length and is sure to make a splash with any child's imagination! Made from premium plush over a flexible wire frame. From tooth to tail 43 inches long, 43 inches x 18 inches x 12.5'.
Priced at $30.25
 
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark Fish Hunt - Speed like a hungry shark to gobble up tasty fish. Just grab onto the handle of a Spark Shark net and swim through the pool to scoop up the fishy sinkers. The set comes with two shark nets, six colorful sinkers and lots of play ideas for races, games and more.
Priced at $15.23

Discover with Dr. Cool Shark Tooth Dig Science Kit Shark Tooth Digging Science Kit! Excavate 3 genuine shark teeth just like a real paleontologist. Buried inside the shark tooth shaped digging brick your shark-lover will uncover 3 different species of shark teeth. This hands-on kit includes an excavation tool, brush, magnifying glass, full-color information guide and an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles and challenges to complete. This is a must have gift for anyone who loves sharks! The genuine specimens in this kit are each millions of years old and they each come from different species of sharks. The adventure guide will allow your child to identify each species of tooth and compare the various shark species highlighted in the guide. This educational gift is a great way to start a fossil collection and feed your child's interest in sharks. Awards won: 100 Best Children's Products - Dr Toy - 2012, Seal of Approval - Parent Tested, Parent Approved -2012 and 10 Best Socially Responsible Products - Dr. Toy 2012.
Priced at $11.99

Matchbox Cliff Hanger Shark Escape Playset - The exciting Cliff Hanger Shark Escape! play set transforms to reveal multiple levels of play for Matchbox cars. The set features a padded clamp, so you can take the set off the floor and hang it from the edge of a table or other space. Matchbox fans ages three and up will enjoy capturing the giant escaped shark as they take the adventure from edge to edge.
Priced at $24.89
 
Lil Fishy Aquarium Chomps Playset - When the toy is played in a water tank, the tail part can adjusted to difference position, then it can swim and dive around the larger circle, or dive and jump according to the adjusted angle.2 AAA batteries required, not included.
Priced at $24.99
 

Too-Cool Toddler Fashion


 Priced at $5.00
 

Priced at $8.00

I Love SHARKS Toddler Shirt - Ink Free, Sizes 12M to 8 Years, More colors available.
Priced at $23.00

Paul Frank Little Boys’ Toddler "Shark Rider" T-Shirt - Underwater adventures abound on this Paul Frank T! The graphic shows Julius riding a hammerhead and flashing the “rock on” hand sign. Soft jersey and a tagless collar interior are classic details. Sizes 2T to 4T.
Priced at $6.99

Live like Shark Week T - Youth T-Shirt by Hanes. 6.1 oz. heavyweight 100% Cotton. Sizes run very large, size down for better fit. Crewneck Collar. Machine Wash Cold. Sizes Kids X-Small to Kids X-Large. More colors available.
Priced at $19.99 

Priced at $10.49 
 
SHARKS have a WEEK dedicated to me Toddler T-shirt - More colors available. Sizes 2T to 5T.
Priced at $11.00


Things To Do in NJ

Head on down to the nearest Cold Stone Creamery to sink your teeth into the Shark Week Frenzy Creation and Great Blue Cupcake, brought to you by Discovery! The Shark Week Frenzy is Blue Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Pie Crust and Gummy Sharks, while the Great Blue Cupcake is a rich Chocolate Cup filled with a layer of Yellow Cake and Blue Sweet Cream Ice Cream and topped with fluffy Blue Frosting and a Gummy Shark. Yum!




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 This year's annual Shark Week festivities at Adventure Aquarium in Camden (1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103)— from Aug. 9-17 — will have even more bite! Check out the programming for yourself!
 Shark Week: LIVE Programming
Here’s a quick “taste” of the special programming and activities happening during our official Shark Week: LIVE celebration, August 9-17.

Sharks, Sharks and More Sharks:
Come face to face with the only great hammerhead shark on display in the US, stop by our 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit to get up close with more than 20 sharks, brave our suspended 40-ft Shark Tunnel, and go ‘beyond the glass’ to touch six shark species in our Touch-a-Shark exhibit, sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Available daily Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

Free Top of Tank Tours:
Go behind-the-scenes at Adventure Aquarium for an exclusive, Top of Tank tour of our 550,000 gallon Shark Realm exhibit. This rare opportunity provides guests a breathtaking peek at top of the exhibit. Shark Shack is open to guests Monday – Friday from 1 pm – 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 - 1 pm and 3 pm – 5 pm 

 See a Shark Feed Up Close:
For a $10 donation to to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and their efforts to protect sharks in the wild, a limited number of guests will get an exclusive experience: a shark feeding from the top of our 550,000 gallon Shark Realm exhibit. Reservations can be made at the Adventure Aquarium Information Desk. Space is limited and is first come, first served. Sorry, no advance reservations. Children must be 2 & older to participate.
Available August 9 at 2:45 pm, August 11 at 2:15 pm, August 14 at 10:45 am, August 16 at 2:45 pm. Cost: $10/person

Shark Realm Chats:
Daily during Shark Week: LIVE, guests will have the opportunity to hear from Adventure Aquarium’s shark experts, learn more about the sandbar, sand tiger, and nurse sharks that inhabit this 550,000 gallon exhibit and what it takes to care for these extraordinary animals. Spontaneous appearances daily 11 am – 4 pm

Ocean Realm Chats:
Adventure Aquarium shark experts take you into the depths of the 760,000 gallon Ocean Realm exhibit to give you the 411 on our great hammerhead shark and introduces you to fascinating shark species, including silky, black tip, zebra, and bonnetheads. Spontaneous appearances daily 11 am – 4 pm

Great White Shark in 4D
The Shark Week: LIVE fun continues in our 4D Theater, sponsored by PSE&G. Catch a showing of "Great White Shark," our newest 4D film and an immersive journey into the thrilling underwater world of one of the ocean's most misunderstood creatures. Showtimes daily in our PSE&G 4D Theater. Cost: $3/per person

Save a Shark:
We love sharks and you do too! Sharks are fascinating animals, but their numbers are dwindling. You can help by visiting Adventure Aquarium during Shark Week: LIVE. Donate $1.00 to the IUCN and you will receive an “I Saved a Shark at Adventure Aquarium” sticker. Available at our Info Desk. Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

Shark Shuffle:
Gill, Adventure Aquarium’s mascot and Shark Week: LIVE Ambassador, will be leading a Congo line beginning in the Rotunda to spread the Shark Week celebration throughout Adventure Aquarium. Showtimes in our Rotunda; Monday – Friday at 1 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 12 pm and 3 pm
 
 Also check out (available year-round):
Touch a Shark at Adventure Aquarium. Roll up your sleeves and prepare for a real ADVENTURE! You and your family and friends will be thrilled to actually TOUCH and FEEL some of the most exotic sharks in the world in the TOUCH-A-SHARK exhibit, presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. In its newly renovated home on the aquarium’s second-floor, TOUCH-A-SHARK makes it easier to touch beautiful indo Pacific Brown-banded and White-Spotted Bamboo Sharks! And all you have to do is stick your hand in the water — if you dare.
While you're there, immerse yourself in
the Shark Realm, a 550,000-gallon exhibit offering stunning views of Adventure Aquarium’s remarkably large collection of sharks - the largest collection of shark species on the East Coast! Stand within inches of some of the most fascinating and misunderstood creatures in the ocean, the largest measuring in at over 10 feet in length and weighing nearly 400 pounds! Shark Realm, Adventure Aquarium’s second largest exhibit, offers five distinctive views into Shark Realm, including a sprawling, floor-to-ceiling “Shark Den” viewing window and a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel that offers 360 degree views. See over 25 sharks and 850 animals, including Sand Tiger Sharks, Sandbar Sharks, Nurse Sharks and more. Find yourself completely surrounded by sharks as dozens of eyes following your every move as you. You’ll also be treated to a colorful collection of fish, including Green Moray Eels, Pork Fish and Yellow tale Snappers. See Adventure Aquarium’s divers at Shark Realm three times a week as they clean the exhibit….from INSIDE!


Books To Read


Clark the Shark - Clark the Shark is a great read-aloud picture book, with fun rhythm and rhyme, from the ever-popular Bruce Hale and Guy Francis. Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life—but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark's teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down. Clark the Shark celebrates boisterous enthusiasm—and knowing when it's time for indoor voices!
Priced at $13.59
 
Shark in the Park - A story with a phonics-based text, designed to help children learn to read. Some pages have fold-out flaps which give new readers a chance to guess what will happen next. The inside back cover contains a phonic breakdown of the words in the book. Written by Phil Roxbee Cox and Illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. 
Priced at $6.29 

Hark! A Shark!: All About Sharks (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) - In this latest installment of the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, the Cat introduces beginning readers to all kinds of sharks! From the smallest (the dwarf lantern) to the largest (the whale shark), the most notorius (the great white) to the most obscure (the goblin), the Cat explains why sharks have lots of teeth but no bones; how their tough skin helps them swim fast and stay clean (inspiring scientists--and bathing suit manufacturers!); how pores along the sides of their bodies help them sense prey; that they have more to fear from us than we do from them, and much, much more! Written by Bonnie Worth and Illustrated by Joe Mathieu.
Priced at $8.09

I'm a Shark - Shark's not afraid of anything. The dark? Nah. A big mean bear? Don't make him laugh! But there is one thing that even Shark fears. . . . Can you guess what it is? Written and Illustrated by Bob Shea.
Priced at $13.43 

The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark - A hilarious retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with foil on the cover! "Little fish, little fish, let me come in." "Not by the skin of my finny fin fin!" "Then I'll munch, and I'll crunch, and I'll smash your house in!" Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his house of sand, but the shark crunches it up. It's smart Kim who sets up house in an old sunken ship! Children will delight in this silly story with funny, eye-popping illustrations. And there's foil on the cover! Written by Will Grace and Ken Geist and Illustrated by Julia Gorton.
Priced at $7.19 
 
Shark vs. Train - Shark VS. Train! WHO WILL WIN?! If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train? Written by Chris Barton and Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.
Priced at $18.00 

Sharks (Priddy Books Big Ideas for Little People) - Incredible close-up photos of sharks and other ocean life. Large format book shows creatures on a big scale. Fascinating facts, amazing records and trivia. Written by Roger Priddy.
Priced at $8.95
 
The Shark in the Dark - Will the flustered fish become saltwater snacks, or can they come up with a plan to teach the mean, greedy shark a lesson he'll never forget? With atmospheric underwater scenes and a terrifically toothy villain, this captivating rhyming story is perfect for reading aloud. Tremendously funny with a biting twist! Written by Peter Bently and Illustrated by Ben Cort.
Priced at $14.39


JAWSOME Crafts (via Pinterest and the web)

Decorate your own Shark fin:



Paper plate Shark jaws:


Handprint Shark:



Shark Paper Bag Puppet:

 Get the directions over at: Save Green Being Green


Paper Plate Shark Craft:

Check out the step-by-step directions over at: Almost Unschoolers



Whew! Hope you and your family have a JAWSOME Shark Week! Comment below what your family's Shark Week plans are!

 


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