Monday, May 4, 2009

Ahoy, and shiver me timbers!

Arrrree those brussels sprouts on ye dinner plate? Have no fear! Captain Cook is here and calling all hands on deck to show young mates how veggies and other healthy foods are friends, not foes!

From now through May 17, Please Touch Playhouse is proud to present "Eat Like a Pirate," a fun and interactive show designed to help parents and kids learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of good nutrition and exercise.

Aboard their trusty ship, The Flying Lunch Bucket, brave Captain Cook and his crew, the Low-Sodium Dogs, sail past the Sandwich Islands up to the Great Food Pyramids a-searching for good nutrition, the proverbial free lunch and the ever elusive Berry Treasure! The show runs approximately 25 minutes.

***Showtimes are Mondays-Saturdays 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.***

For those of you who don't have a crew of hilarious puppets or a wealth of catchy songs at home, there are tons of other ways that parents and children can have a great time while practicing healthy habits when they aren't playing here at Please Touch Museum!

Here are just a few ideas for ways that parents and children can play their way to healthy eating:
  • Cooking doesn't have to be a job just for parents. It can be a fun and exciting activity for kids too! Invite your child to help you prepare meals and let him or her wear a chef's hat and apron and pretend to be a real chef! Recipes that involve tossing, mixing, or mashing are especially fun and encourage physical activity. Let your child shake up a zip-lock bag full of salad ingredients while an adult cooks up the main course or turn on some music and dance around the kitchen until dinner is ready! Activities like these can help make everyday meals an occasion for play.
  • Parents can also make a big adventure out of the grocery store by letting kids help out with the shopping. Make a grocery list for your child using pictures of healthy foods instead of words. At the store, let your child take charge of finding those items. This activity will help keep them busy, active and engaged.
  • As summer approaches, there are more opportunities for families to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. If you aren't playing with us at Please Touch Museum, we encourage you and your child to go outside to get your daily exercise. Bringing healthy snacks like fruits or trail mix along with you are great for when you're ready to take a break from playtime and might even curb your child's enthusiasm at the sound of the ice cream truck.

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