One thing that Odd Squad Live did well was from the moment it started was to include the audience. Whether it was answering a math problem, activating one of the many gadgets that made their way around the audience throughout the show, or dancing along to one of the MANY songs created for the show, they didn’t give kids a minute to get bored as they developed the story.
As we continue through this ever-changing parenting road map, I’ve realized that it’s important to have different perspectives and different teachers involved in our kids lives. I’ve observed my kids in gymnastics, dance, preschool, and now kindergarten. Each teacher they have had has provided a different perspective on similar uncomfortable situations.
A very important part of our dads group is to partner with local businesses and events that have similar philosophies as we do in regards to our kids. We enjoy talking with business owners who help promote a healthy, interactive, and fun environment. Piccadilly Play Café fits each of those criteria.
Three of our recent favorite books are Rosie Revere Engineer, Iggy Peck Architect, and newest of the three Ada Twist Scientist. Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, these books all have an underlying theme: Dream Big. The fun part is each story is told from a different child in Ms. Lila Greer’s classroom.
CATCO is KIDS, previously known as Phoenix Theater for Children, is one of the best programs for our kids. When thinking of a day out with the kids, most think of taking them to the movies or a sporting event. I propose you start checking out the theater shows by CATCO. They entertain the kids the entire time, and are relatively inexpensive.
Catco has launched their 2016-2017 season with a musical adaptation of the children’s classic “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl titled “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”. Featuring local actors from the Catco is Kids education program, the show kept the kids (and us adults) entertained with a variety of musical and dance styles from beginning to end. Catco did a fantastic job of translating one of my favorite children books into a light and entertaining production with fantastic performances from the cast ranging in age from around 8 to 16. This is not your normal “kids” theater; The scene settings, wardrobe and choreography were all very well done and they did a fantastic job making every kid in the audience feel like they were inside that Giant Peach as it floated its way across the Atlantic with James, Centipede, Miss Spider, Glow-worm, and Ladybug. If you get a chance make sure you check out one of their upcoming shows!