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Escape the Rain and take your Kids to the Garden State Discovery Museum!

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, Community News, Local Treasures, Neighborhood Noir, sports with tags , , , on August 19, 2011 by laurarobbprh

By Laura Robb

With this month of August now becoming “the rainiest month” many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids occupied, and out of the house.

Located in Cherry Hill New Jersey, The Garden State Discovery Museum, is a sanctuary for children of all ages. Whether you have a crawling baby or an eight year old, every child will find something to play with.

This is not your average museum. Here, children are expected to touch and play with everything that is in front of them. At the Garden State Discovery Museum, each exhibit is set up to allow kids to use their imagination and pretend to be whomever they choose.

Enter the Silver Diner, a life-size diner where kids can serve the parents for a change! They can pretend to cook and serve their “guests” in whichever fashion they like. Kids can challenge their own creativity by creating dishes that can be as traditional or untraditional as they want. Never worry about the clean up, all the food is plastic!

After your “meal” head on down to the news station, the Action News Desk to be exact. Here your child can be a reporter, a camera man, or predict the weather. Answer phones, and update the world about what is going on. The camera is actually real, and will broadcast your children across the museum.

Next you can work out and be the professional athlete in you. Go “Get Fit” in this exhibit fully equipped with golfing, basketball, and even The Flyers mini rink! This promotes healthy lifestyles for children and parents.

If adventure is what you want, go see the turtles and reptiles! Here in this exhibit there are ten different turtles, along with Chinese Water Dragons, Australian Bearded Dragons, millipedes, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, snakes, and Tarantulas.

All this fun  is perfect for yet another rainy day, or even a sunny one. Fees for entry are only 10.95 a person, 12 months and up.

The hours are 9:30- 5:30 with plenty of free parking available.

The address is 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill NJ, 08003. For more information please call 856-424-1233.

Children of a New Era & Tree House Books

Posted in Reaching Out with tags , , , , on December 19, 2009 by laurengprh

Together, making a whole new era of leaders

Lauren Macaluso

Improved art programs in schools, comfortable clothes for the poor, and bringing out the child in us all—these are the goals of Children of The New Era (COTNE), a new philanthropic graphic design and art company, making its way to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY.

 The company, which launched this year, is headed by a group of Art Institute students and aims to address important issues like increased funding for art programs in city schools, pooling outlets for creativity and uniting organizations throughout the city that have this same goal in mind.

COTNE recently hosted a ‘jam session’ at Coo’s Sports Bar & Lounge, Broad & Parrish, to support a North Philly non-profit organization aimed at children’s education. It wasn’t difficult convening a group at this neighborhood hot spot. The place has [count ‘em] 32 flat screen TVs, a full bar and rustic, exposed brick walls. It’s obvious, you’ll never miss a game at Coo’s [they even have sets in the bathrooms!] Owners, Ed Curran and Tom Fario, jumped at the opportunity to offer their “family feel” bar to support COTNE.

A number of talented performers attended the Coo’s event including poets Kokou and J Relik, rappers Aime and Wordspit, hip-hop group DANK (with an unforgettable rendition of “My Humps”) and DJ Jacque on the tables. Shinobi Ninja, an “urban rock supergroup” from Brooklyn, ended the night with a set of punk rock/R&B songs that reminded me of the Beastie Boys with a Santogold twist. After one song, I wanted to know when they’d be back in Philly.

Proceeds were donated to Tree House Books, an organization whose mission is to grow and sustain a community of readers, writers and thinkers in North Philadelphia. Tree House Books has placed a new value on education in North Philly by offering free after-school tutoring and writing workshops that help children find their voice. By partnering with COTNE and Coo’s Sports Bar and Lounge, Tree House Books has found new alliances [and new friends] in its efforts to support local children.

Contact Lauren at:  LaurenMacPRH@gmail.com