Thursday, March 17, 2011

Let's Sing!

Please Touch Museum’s Family Choir aims to provide families with a time to sing, play and learn together. The choir is an introductory ensemble and a fun way to experience making music in a group setting. The Family Choir is open to all ages and experience levels.

Sound like fun? It is! Here’s some more information:
The Family Choir will meet weekly on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30. Each semester consists of 10 sessions and a special performance at Please Touch Museum.

Prices for the Please Touch Museum Family Choir are as follows:
• Member price: $40 per child for the semester ($10 for each additional child)
• Non-Member price: $50 per child for the semester ($10 for each addition child)
Parents are encouraged to attend with no additional cost. Each family will also receive an audio recording of the songs to be performed during the semester. This provides the opportunity listen to outside the rehearsals.

The Spring semester will begin rehearsal on March 31th, 2011 at 5:30!

To register contact Carin Johnson at 215-581-3173. For additional questions contact Ann Goering, Music Coordinator, at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wheelchair Art: Everyone Creates!

We had a ton of fun with our friends from Independence Arts Studio (IAS) on Art-Reach day in the Program Room! Artists who use wheelchairs to create art came in to show the kids their distinctive art form. Carlton Sanders, Tim Taylor and Barbara Gregson along with the staff at IAS creatively utilized old wheelchairs and wheelchair parts to paint with. They painted the wheels of the chair using rollers and washable tempera paint then moved around the canvas with the wheelchair. Young children were able to test out the wheelchair art for themselves by giving the grown-ups directions on where to move around the canvas. Thanks to Independence Arts Studio, Art-Reach and all of our visitors for participating- hope you enjoy the slideshow!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pinky and Puppet Celebration Month!

Hi Everybody! Pinky here, and I’m soooo excited that it’s March! March is my favorite month here at Please Touch museum because it’s Puppet celebration month, and I just love puppets! There are puppets everywhere all over the museum, so make sure to come and visit and join in the fun. Here are the special guest puppet performances occurring on Saturdays at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 and Sundays at 1:00 and 3:00 all month.

Mlanjeni Magical Theatre March 4th and 5th
Mlanjeni Magical Theatre combines storytelling and puppetry based in East African traditions. Hosted by storyteller Mlanjeni duma, the imaginative show introduces young audiences to traditional African folk music, dance, magic and stories.

Dave Fiebert March 11th and 12th
Dave Fiebert has performed with the Segal Puppet Theater Company since 1987 and is also an actor with the Iron Age theatre. This performance will feature Bartholomew Bear's Moon Misadventure. Take a fanciful flight through the seasons in an interactive puppet show based on the book Mooncake by beloved children’s author Frank Ash.

Steve Abrams March 18th and 19th
Steve Abrams, a professional puppeteer for over 25 years, has given more than 4,000 performances. He started Pan's Puppets in Philadelphia, and his one man show has traveled all over the country including and the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York, the Orlando Science Museum, Longwood Gardens, The Olana Historical Site, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Philadelphia Zoo, and WHYY-TV. This performance will feature Aesop’s Fables: Puppet Theater Inside Out.

Tucker’s Tales March 25th and 26th
Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theater, the Performing division of Puppet Perceptions, Inc., is a Philadelphia area based performing company founded in 1981. Co-directors Marianne and Tom Tucker have performed at puppet, folk, ethnic and street festivals, theaters and schools around the country. Audiences from small children to senior citizens have enjoyed the variety of styles skillfully displayed in their interesting programs. This performance will feature the adventures of Mr. Furr E. Wolf including Three Little Pigs, Br'er Rabbit & The Wolf, Red Riding Hood.

During the week, join us for a Please Touch Playhouse favorite, There’s Something Under My Bed opening on March 7th. Please Touch Museum is happy to announce that the shows on this day will also provide American Sign Language interpreted performances at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 as part of Art-Reach day here at PTM.

On your visit, be sure to stop by the Program Room to make your very own paper bag puppet! You can even put on a show in the CD Playcorner puppet stage, and test out a variety of handy dandy puppets from finger puppets to rod puppets. Don’t forget that puppets make terrific gifts, and all puppets in The Kids Store are 20 % off (30% for members) the entire month! Keep your peepers peeled for the puppet hide and seek of the week, and be on the lookout for my PTM puppet pals throughout the month including Winston, Pickle, Shaggy, Lily and many more including yours truly, me myself and I, Pinky! I’ll be looking out for you, too! You won’t have to go far to find a funny (and sometimes furry) puppet friend in the museum this month.

We're all about learning through play.

Join Pinky, one of Please Touch Museum's resident puppets, on an inside look into all the fun, educational things happening at Philly's Children's Museum. This blog is not just about what we do at the museum, but about the educational philosophy behind why we do what we do.