Experiences / New York City / Theater

Cool in Blue – Pete the Cat Off-Broadway

07.27.17

For more than a decade, “Pete the Cat” has been the cool blue feline that stars in the best-selling children’s book series by Kimberly and James Dean. This summer, Theatreworks USA, the nation’s leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, is presenting the premiere of the new musical Pete the Cat, in an Off- Broadway productionRead on to see why children (and their accompanying adults!) will love this cool cat-tacular musical for all ages.

Rocking on stage with Pete the Cat the musicalPhoto :Courtesy of Pete the Cat MusicalReady for Showtime at Pete the Cat the musical

From Page to Stage 

Inspired by an actual scrawny kitten artist James Dean adopted in 1999, Pete The Cat was a primary subject of Dean’s paintings at Auburn University, where he was a student. Eventually, the paintings led to books with the character you know and love, Pete The Cat! Theatreworks USA, a New York City nonprofit theater company that is now taking the groovy style of Pete The Cat from page to stage.

Pete the Cat the Musical Photo :Courtesy of Pete the Cat Musical

Pete the Cat – The Theater Act

Pete The Cat is snatched up by a cat-catcher tired of his rocking ways, and is looking to straighten out Pete as well as teach him some manners. He does this by sending him to live with the Biddle family, a quiet group that he quickly wins over, except for Jimmy Biddle, a second grader who doesn’t want to take time from studying to engage in Pete’s rocking. One day Jimmy struggles in art class, unable to create anything. Never losing his cool – Pete the Cat jumps in, taking Jimmy on an adventure to Paris in a VW Bus where they look to find inspiration. In addition to finding creativity and a pair of magic sunglasses, the two also find a wonderful friendship.

 

Pete the Cat the musicalPhoto :Courtesy of Pete the Cat Musical

Groovy Review

Pete the Cat and the talented cast ROCKED into the hearts of the audience during the show! His cool cat ways and musical melodies (that you will be singing for days) resonated with all ages.  We loved that the decor of the set was a mix of real life items and hand drawn elements – which was creative and a great way to honor the book that brought them here. We also loved that the show is really smart from every aspect. It is funny and touching and speaks to both young and teen audiences and parents, too. It is really a unique piece, because its music and theatrics span several genres, and was relatable to everyone on stage and off.

Pete the Cat the musical

Showtime

Seeing this fun and free production is easy!
TICKETS: Tickets for Pete The Cat are FREE! and are available on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office on the day of the performance. Tickets for each day’s performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per adult per day. Due to group reservations – note that individual tickets are extremely limited for the weekday daytime performances.
WHEN: July 19th through August 18th
WHERE: Lucille Lortel Theatre at 121 Christopher Street
RUNTIME: Approximately 50 minutes in length
AGES: Recommended for grades PreK – 3

Thank you to Theater Works and the Pete the Cat Staff for providing us with the tickets to review the show. As always all opinion and reviews are our own.

 

A Day in the Life / New York City

Back to School with Time Out New York

07.25.17

Seriously – where did the summer go? Just as soon as it began, its almost over – and our attention is turning over to fall.  Our little guy recently shot a video with Time Out Kids – showcasing how we are getting ready for the big first day of Kindergarten.

Check out the cute video below!

 

 

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07.22.17
Activities / New York City / Theater

Endangered! the Musical: A Wild Theater Show

07.22.17

Behind the Zoo

Initially, this eco-musical was commissioned by the Friends of the National Zoo-Smithsonian in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and debuted at The Kennedy Center. The New York City show is housed in the Davenport Theater, a remodeled firehouse in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district.

Endangered! the Musical - inside the theaterShowtime at Endangered! The Musical

Show Time

The theater is intimate and unique – and has only 10 seats across each of the rows. Unlike other theaters – the space was intimate, inviting and absolutely perfect for kids. Bonus – there isn’t a bad seat in the house! For any wild hunger pains – right outside the theater doors there is a very small snack counter with candy bars, chips and water.

Amazing choreography during Endangered! the Musical Photo courtesy of Endangered! The Musical

Endangered! The Musical

Where: The Davenport Theatre, 354 West 45th Street
When: Tuesday at 11am, Wednesday at 11am and 3pm and Thursday 11am
Run Time: 70 minutes, no intermission
Recommended For: Children aged 3 – 8 years
Tickets: Start at $25, and are available through Telecharge HERE

A huge thank you to Endangered!  for hosting our experience.
As always, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Beach / Beyond City Limits / New York City

Brooklyn Cyclones Game – A Cyclone of Fun

07.19.17

Summer means one thing: Baseball Season! And there’s no better place to catch a game than MCU Park in the heart of Coney Island. The popular ball field is home to Brooklyn’s own – The Cyclones! The Class A professional ball team plays many games here throughout the season. Located right in the heart of all the Coney action – and just a few steps from the subway and the ocean, the ballfield is easy to get to, and all the games have quite an amazing ocean view too. The Cyclones offer many family friendly promotions – from toy giveaways, Sunday Funday with popular friends (look for the upcoming Paw Patrol and Marvel Superhero day!), player autographs and selfies,  after game fireworks and an opportunity for kids to run the bases, Baseball has never been more fun.

 

Little Kid, Big Ballfield

Behind the Bases

The Brooklyn Cyclones are a Minor League affiliate team to the New York Mets. The Cyclones play at the stunning MCU Park stadium located in Coney Island, Brooklyn -. just a few hundred feet from the beach, subway reach and the original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. The season starts in mid-June and goes until the end of August/early September. Current & Former members of the Mets including Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Ike Davis, Dillon Gee and Daniel Murphy played for the Cyclones.

View from the stands

A Sport-tacular View

The stadium is situated between the Coney Island amusement parks and the beach, and within reach to many family activities. The stadium is angled to the ocean – and from certain seats you can actually see the sand and the beachfront attractions.  Tickets start at just $9 and you can sit in the front row for only $17 per seat.

The family that chairs together, stays together!

  1. Family Fun at the Stadium

We love coming to cyclones game because of all the family fun activities. A typical season is packed with giveaways, promotions, fireworks and more (and are all included free in the price of admission!). The day we visited this super inflatable chair was waiting for us at the check-in door.  How could we resist? We also found a pitching game set up upstairs, and there was a superhero dress up contest!

Another favorite favorite is the popular Hot Dog Race that is held at every game at the park, which is sponsored by Nathan’s Famous. (The first Nathan’s store is located two blocks away from the ballpark.) The three hot dogs currently racing are Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish. For many years Relish has become the loveable loser because he either wins very few races or none at all during the season.

Playing catch on the field

Sunday Funday

Certain Sundays children (and their families) are able to enter the field to run the bases. The Sunday we visited included a catching session right on the field. Such a unique experience, and a memory we will not forget! Be sure to bring a marker and a ball to grab autographs from the players – they often are on the baselines for meet and greets and to sign autographs immediately after.

Little Kid, Big Ball field! Standing center field at MCU Park

Making Friends

PeeWee, the team’s mascot, will stop for autographs too!

Until next time MCU Park!

Tips for your visit:

  • We love that the Cyclones offer fun themed games. Be sure to check the schedule for fun events including the popular Touch-a-Truck, Bark in the Park (where dogs are invited to attend!), and Seinfeld Nights, celebrating everyone’s favorite 90s sitcom. Little Sluggers will especially love Paw Patrol, Nickelodeon and Marvel Superhero themed events.
  • The stadium is easily accessible and located very close to the Coney Island subway train stop.
  • Aside from the must-have Nathan’s hot dog, MCU Park offers many varied food options – including burgers, tacos and sandwiches – there is something here for any taste palette (or picky eater!).
  • The stadium offers amazing views of Coney Island – however it does become quite hot in the warm summer sun. Sunscreen is essential.
  • Bring you own ball and sharpie for autographs from the players! (The gift shop sells them too if you forget like we did!)
  • Make it a double header! Come for the day and enjoy the beach, amusement parks and more… Read our Coney Island Guide HERE.
MCU Park
Address: 1904 Surf Ave, Cone Island Brooklyn
Tickets: Start at $10, and can be purchased HERE.
Age: All ages
A huge thank you to the Coney Island Cyclones for hosting our experience!
As always, all reviews and opinions are our own.