Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Youth One Act Festival at the Wilmington Drama League!

Saturday, August 1st
12 noon

A terrific day of theatre!
Come see the next generation of the Drama League in action!
Eight one-act plays of all styles and genres - including some world-premiere original works. Each play is adjudicated by our panel of guest judges, and awards will be given at the end of the afternoon.

Don't miss this great day of family entertainment!

Act I includes shows suitable for kids of all ages.
Act 2 includes plays more suitable for teens and up

The Wilmington Drama League
10 W Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802-1325
(302) 764-1172



Saturday, July 18, 2009

Delaware Shakespeare Festival proudly presents Twelfth Night!

Don't miss this summer's Festival in beautiful Rockwood Park as the Delaware Shakespeare Festival proudly presents Shakespeare's hilarious comedy.

Twelfth Night

July 17th - August 1st

Sundays - 6pm
Wednesdays through Saturdays - 7:30pm

$12 - adults
$10 - students, seniors & children

Rockwood Park
610 Shipley Road
Wilmington, DE 19803



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dollar Days and Bike & Hike at Hagley!

Dollar Days
Thursdays in July
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission to Hagley is only one dollar every Thursday in July.
Free for members.
Use Hagley's main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Bike and Hike
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
5 to 8 p.m.
Bring your bike or walking shoes to Hagley every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the riverside and wooded trails through Hagley's scenic property and picnic along the Brandywine River.
Admission is $2 per person.
Free for members.
Use Hagley's main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Hagley Museum and Library

Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware. Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802, including restored mills, a workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.

Hagley's Main Entrance (for GPS)
200 Hagley Rd
Wilmington, DE, 19807

(302) 658-2400



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Free Admission ~ Delaware Art Musuem!

Sundays, Free Admission all day!

The Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, Delaware 19806



Become a museum member and get free admission every day!


Theater Workshops & Performances!

Creative Dramatics Workshop

Kids ages 5-12 can join this professional performing company for a one hour before each summer show.
Show & Workshop $15
Show alone $8


The Wizard Oz
Tuesday, August 4
6:00 Workshop, 7:00 Show
Everybody’s favorite is back to kick off the summer with a spirited two-actor version of the timeless classic. Don’t worry they’re all in there – Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Wizard, Witches Good and Bad, the Wizard and of course Dorothy and Toto.

Tuesday, September 1,
6:00 Workshop, 7:00 Show
Here’s the familiar story of royalty, romance and the search for dependable household help. Adding to the fun is Miles the Town Crier and first trumpet in the Palace Band and Delmarva the wicked step-sister.


For More Information

Family Stages - Duet Productions 1980 - 2009:
29 years of imaginative, energetic theatre for families, schools and seniors.


700 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA 19075

(Between Glenside & Fort Washington)


Voice Lessons ~ Offered by a Former Homeschooler with a Homeschoolers' Discount!

Catherine K. Brown
A trained singer, performer, and voice teacher is looking to expand her voice studio. She is offering private voice lessons in her home studio in West Chester, PA.

As a formerly homeschooled student (grades 1-12), Catherine states that she understands "the unique lifestyle and values common to many homeschooling families."

Catherine is offering a discounted rate - $5 off her regular rates - through December 2009 to families who homeschool.

For More Information:


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Children's Series at the DuPont Theatre

The DuPont Theatre
Announcing its 2009-2010 Season!

* The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
* Henry and Mudge
* I have a dream, the life and times of Martin Luther King
* Lyle, Lyle, Crockodile
* TheVelveteen Rabbit



Premiering just in time for Earth Day!
Four school day performances and a special Family Performance on the weekend.
(Homeschoolers may sign up individually for all school performances!)

Nothing beats the magic of live theatre.

Filled with fun & learning for children in the Tri-State area.
Each show comes with study guides to help your children learn and grow.

Check out their new "Easy Peasy" online form,
allowing you to reserve seats right away!

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Delaware's Broadway Experience!

For more information:



M - F
10 AM - 4 PM

M - F
8:30 AM - 4 PM

The DuPont Theatre would like to thank Barbara Slavin for 17 years of selfless and dedicated service to the Children's Series. Barbara has been the heart and soul of our acclaimed series and we're all going to miss her. The DuPont Theatre remains committed to excellence in fun & learning for your families and schools.

Please note below that the Children's Series phone number remains the same, but the Children's Series email address has changed.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Newark Arts Alliance ~ Belly Dance Classes!

This is your last chance to sign up for Newark Arts Alliance's popular Belly Dance Class.
Classes begin July 2nd and they have room for a few more budding dancers!
Call or e-mail them if you would like to join.
You can bring payment to the first class.

July 2-16
3 Thursdays,

Beginner Belly Dance/103
Taught by Maya & Ilianna.
Ages 14 & up.

Explore the exciting world of Middle Eastern dance in this progressive series of workshops. After warming up, students will learn basic belly dance moves, which will become a beautiful choreography. With each subsequent class, new moves and props will be introduced into the choreography.

$48 members
$52 nonmembers

Newark Arts Alliance
"Developing Community Through the Arts"

You can drop in at the Market East Plaza
276 E. Main St., Suite 102
Newark, DE 19711


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays ~ 11am-3pm,
Thursdays ~ 11am-7pm,
Saturdays & Sundays ~ 10am-2pm


Brandywine River Museum Summer Programs 2009

Offering two programs:

* Museum Explorers
for ages 3 -10

* Advanced Explorer Workshops
ages 10-14

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Museum Explorer Mornings

Program for children ages 3 to 10
(accompanied by an adult)
Includes a tour and art project.

Session A ~ 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Session B ~ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Red, White and Blue
Thursday, July 2
Search for the colors of the American flag in works of art, then design patriotic pictures using red, white and blue art materials.

Looking at Lines
Thursday, July 9
Discover different types of lines - straight, curved, diagonal and horizontal - in drawings and paintings from the museum's collection. Following a tour, design linear compositions using "scratch art" paper.

Apples and Oranges
Thursday, July 16
Learn the secrets of still-life painting, including artists’ use of shading, scale and perspective to create realistic images. After the gallery tour, experiment with these techniques by drawing, cutting and pasting still-life pictures.

Museum Safari
Thursday, July 23
Be on the lookout for painted and sculpted animals of all sorts and sizes on a museum safari! Next, make animal sculptures using Crayola's Model Magic©.

Who Am I? (Peering at Portraits)
Thursday, July 30
Become a detective and uncover hidden clues in painted portraits. After the gallery mysteries are solved, make colorful cut-out portraits with some unexpected materials.
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Advanced Explorer Workshops

In-depth program for children ages 10 to 14
Includes a tour and an art project.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Scenes of Summer
Tuesday, July 7
Explore the art of landscape in the museum, then sketch the details of the natural landscape along the riverbank using colorful oil pastels.

Focus on Fruits
Tuesday, July 14
Learn artists’ techniques for making painted objects look real through an in-depth look at the “Fruits of Summer” exhibition. Next, apply concepts of scale, color, shading and perspective in still-life compositions using pencil and watercolor.

In Black and White
Tuesday, July 21
Investigate artists’ use of line, pattern, and spacial design on a museum tour. Then, experiment with lines, contrasting shapes, and interesting patterns using charcoal pencils or pen & ink. Finally, translate your favorite drawing into a black and white print.
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Reservations are required, space is limited.

Registration & Fees
Workshops are free with museum admission
$10 - per adult
$6 - children six and over
Free - seniors, children under six & members.

Contact the education office:
(Include program dates & sessions; your name, phone #, children’s names and ages.)

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Brandywine River Museum
U. S. Route 1 & Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610 388 2700


Math & Science Classes Offered For Next School Year.

Abram Lipman

* Middle School Level
6th grade math through Algebra I-ish
* High School Level
Algebra I-ish with geometry
Algebra II-ish with geometry

* Each course is being offered at a less-intense and more-intense level.

* High School level
Touching on topics from chemistry and biology, and to a lesser extent, physics, with an emphasis placed on thinking carefully about scientific systems.

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Beginning the second week of September through the first week of June.
* Two late mornings or early afternoons per week, either Monday and Wednesday, Tuesday and Thursday, or Wednesday and Friday.

Swarthmore College
* And/or other location to be determined.

$12.50 - $15 per class (depending on enrollment)
Fee includes preparation, progress reports and end-of-the-year evaluations, etc.

Additional Expenses:
Texts and materials
Between $40 - $80 for the year.

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The more-intense classes are meant for students who feel capable of doing creative problem-solving. Students will investigate important concepts from traditional curriculum, as well as having many opportunities to solve challenging, non-routine problems in both real-world and abstract contexts. The pace at which material is "covered" will depend on the particular students.

The less-intense classes are meant for students who are just starting to develop, or haven't developed, their ability to think about math in a non-formulaic way. The topics will come from a traditional curriculum, but the emphasis will be on investigating these topics in a way that builds mathematical thinking skills rather than getting through a laundry list of skills.

High-school level courses and more-intense middle school course will most likely be very loosely based on the Interactive Mathematics Program and resources from the Art of Problem Solving, while the less-intense middle school courses will be slightly less loosely based on the Connected Mathematics 2 curriculum. Instructor will be supplementing with his own materials as well.

About Abram Lipman:
PA-certified math teacher.
Degree is in mathematics with a minor in Education.
Teaching home-schooled students for three years now.
Providing a unique math education.
References on request.


*Courses offered are conditional on sufficient enrollment.
Note: There is already sufficient enrollment for one Algebra I course and the high school science course.
Sign up soon to make sure the course is being offered and to have some control over the schedule!


Earth Explores ~ Planning Now for Next Year's Programs!

The Nature Center at White Clay Creek State Park has offered homeschool supplemental programming for well over 11 years!

Now Selecting dates and topics for the 2009-2010 Earth Explorers!

Open House
Coming the second week of September!

First Class Date:
Wednesday September 16, 2009

Offering a series of Family Explorers on select Fridays,
as well as
Wednesday and Thursday Earth and Storybook Explorer classes.

For More Information:
* Welcoming suggestions for topics and any other input that might help to improve these programs.

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White Clay Creek is a great place to cool off this summer!
Concerts every Wednesday evening at Carpenter Recreation area, off Rt. 896.
See their website for details:


Summer Camp at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art!

You can still register your child for these summer camps!
Children will work with professionally trained instructors and have access to the DCCA galleries and artist studios. The morning visual arts component will include art-making with a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. The afternoon performing arts component will offer campers a chance to participate in theatrical performance, stage design, improvisation, and production

Monday – Friday
9 am – 3 pm
Optional before and/or after care
8 - 9 and 3 – 6 pm

Session 1
Characters, Places, Faces
Grades K–2
June 22–June 26, 2009

Session 2

This Imagined Place
Grades K–2
June 29–July 2, 2009
(No camp July 3)

Session 3

The Natural Nature of Art
Grades K–2
July 6–July 10, 2009

Session 4
Organic Inspirations
Grades 3-6
July 13–July 17, 2009

Session prices begin at $195.
Spaces still available, sign up today!

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Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison St
Wilmington, Delaware 19801



Camp Imagine ~ A Visual and Performing Arts Camp

Camp Imagine
Ages 7-11

August 3-14

Students can enroll in either one week or both.

Visual Arts for 3 hours
Performing Arts for 3 hours*
*Including acapella singing and contemporary dance including hip hop.

$200 per week*
*financial assistance available

Sign up now – only 24 spaces available!

Registration and Information:

Newark Art Alliance
"developing community through the arts"
276 E. Main St., Suite 102,
Newark, DE 19711



Deep Sea Treasures at the Delaware Museum of Natural History!

Dive into the world of ocean exploration
New special exhibit!

June 6 through Oct. 4, 2009

* Learn about the unique biology found far below the ocean's surface and the technology required for humans to venture there.

* Discover which monster-like creatures from the deep produce light using bioluminescence.
Technology used to explore the ocean depths is demonstrated with sonar, computers, and robotics.

* Examine deep-sea technology including remote-operated vehicles.

* Recover treasure with a robotic arm.

* Feel the chill of water from the ocean depths.

* Deep Sea Treasures is a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, Fla., and is presented locally by DuPont.

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$7 adults,
$6 seniors,
$5 children (3-17)
Free for children age 2 and younger.

Monday - Saturday,
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
12 - 4:30 p.m.

For More Information


Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE

The only natural history museum in the state. The museum houses Delaware's only permanent dinosaur display, surrounded by exhibits of mammals, shells, and other specimens from around the world. The museum stores world-renowned scientific collections of mollusks and birds, including one of the top-ten mollusk collections in the United States.


New Children's Literacy Group

Literary Afternoons for Children ages 7-10 years
Debby Rosan believes learning happens best when it is meaningful and has social significance. By forming Literary Afternoons it is her goal to "create an environment of literacy where children may joyfully embrace the worlds of both reading and writing."

All Literary Afternoons group members will be encouraged to listen generously and work together cooperatively. Additionally, there will be a framework provided for working and thinking alone. Differentiated instruction will be provided according to the unique need of each particular learner. Experiences across the modalities will further enrich the learning experience.

A typical morning might include one or more of the following:

Reading aloud across disciplines
Mini-lessons – workshop approach
Guided reading/writing lessons/groups
Independent reading/writing groups
Phonics, spelling and word work, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary-building
Strategy lessons
Coaching and conferring with readers/writers

6 Mondays
12:15 – 2:15

Session I:
September 14, 21,
October 5, 12, 19, 26

Session II:
November 2, 9,16,23,30,
December 7

Ardmore, Pa.

$55 per session

Debby Rosan
* References in the local home school community are available.

* If you believe your child is well suited for Literary Afternoons but they are not between 7 - 10 years of age, please feel free to contact Debbie.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


A musical adaptation of Han Christian Anderson's tale:
~ The Ugly Duckling ~

Presented by:
The Brandywine School District Summer Stock Theater Program

Cast and crew comprised of over 100 of our area's students!

Thursday, July 23rd - 7 pm
Friday, July 24th - 7 pm
Saturday, July 25th - 2 pm & 7 pm

Concord High School
2501 Ebright Road
Wilmington, DE 19810

$10, adults
$5, seniors & students

General Admission
Tickets sold at the door.

More Information:


Tip-a-Canoe and Barbecue Too!

The Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy
Tip-a-Canoe and Barbecue Too!

Saturday, July 18

Join the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy for a fun-filled afternoon on the Brandywine River. The family-friendly event, which benefits the Conservancy, begins with a relaxing canoe ride and ends with a barbecue provided by Brandywine Prime and live music by local group the Cameltones.

Saturday, July 18.
Canoes depart at 1:30 and arrive at the dinner destination around
6 p.m. Live music and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Prices Through July 10:

Young Friends members
Canoe/BBQ $70
BBQ only $40

Conservancy members
Canoe/BBQ $75
BBQ only $45

Canoe/BBQ $85
BBQ only $50

After July 10
Canoe/BBQ $85
BBQ only $50

Advance registration only.
Children 2-12 are free!
Ticket price includes canoe, paddles, personal floatation devices, and barbecue and live music. Space is limited. Purchase tickets online or call the Young Friends office at 610-388-8315.

Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy

The Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy is a volunteer membership group dedicated to furthering the goals of the Brandywine Conservancy and its two operating programs, the Environmental Management Center and Brandywine River Museum. In addition to sponsoring on-going education programs for children and families, the Young Friends host special events throughout the year designed to elevate adult and child awareness of art and the environment.


Caterpilla and Rock and Roll Soup at the Wilmington Drama League!

Sunday, July 19

2:00 p.m.

Chrysalis Players
Two original one-act shows!




In CATERPILLA, a buggy version of the classic Cinderella story, poor little Caterpilla cannot go to the ball until her fairy godmother lets her see what life is like as a butterfly. Written and directed by Tricia Beichner and featuring an all-star cast and bug puns galore! CATERPILLA is a delightful romp for the whole family.

In the musical ROCK AND ROLL SOUP, based on the story "Stone Soup", Adam and Danielle want to explore and see the world. However, Adam’s mom, the Mayor, and the rest of the parents are afraid of the dangers outside. When Adam and Danielle meet a mysterious stranger they get a chance to teach the parents a thing or two about compassion and sharing.


$10 for adults

$5 for children

For more information:

(302) 764-1172.

The Wilmington Drama League

10 W Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802-1325
(302) 764-1172



Upcoming Events at the Newark Arts Alliance!

Another great week at the Newark Arts Alliance!

One-night polymer class
Thursday, July 9th
There's still room for a few more!
Polymer clay pins, pendants & beads. Roll, stamp and shape this oven baked clay into wonderful creations you’ll make into jewelry. Why should kids have all the fun in art class?
Includes all supplies


Opening reception for Members Show
Friday, July 10th
Featuring a variety of artwork created by NAA members

Every Sunday Acoustic Music Jam
Sunday, July 12th
Bring your guitar or other portable instrument and join the jam!
Listeners are also welcome.

Free admission
Donations always appreciated.

Newark Arts Alliance
Developing Community Through The Arts
Market East Plaza
276 E. Main St., Suite 102,
Newark, DE 19711
e-mail: info@newarkartsalliance.org

Tues., Wed., Fri. 11am-3pm,
Thurs. 11am-7pm,
Sat. & Sun. 10am-2pm


Hagley Creek Kids' Program ~ Gunpowder in American History!

July 19 - Sunday - 1 to 4 p.m.

Hagley Creek Kids invite families to learn about the different uses for gunpowder in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Programs include music, games and leisure activities, history, food, and make-and-take crafts.

Included in regular museum admission.

Adults - $11.00
Students and senior citizens - $9.00
Children ages six to fourteen - $4.00
Children under six - Free

Free for members

Use Hagley's main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.



Youth Speaks! ~ Poetry Event at the Delaware Art Museum!

July 3, 2009
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Poets and Performers
All 21 years of age and younger!

Recognizing and celebrating the creative power and spirit of young poets in the Wilmington community.

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway,
Wilmington, Delaware 19806