Weekend Family Fun: Virtual Poetry, Theater and More

Happy weekend! It was the first week back in the swing of things, so this weekend needs to be extra fun. We’ve rounded up some family-friendly things to do to help you spend your time!

On Saturday morning, the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville, TN, will host an Online Family Program: Shel Silverstein’s Playful Poetry at 11:30 AM. Shel Silverstein is most famous for writing and illustrating children’s books, but did you know he also wrote songs that were recorded by many outlaw country musicians? Join a museum educator on Zoom to explore the exhibit Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s and listen to poems from Silverstein’s collection A Light in the Attic. Inspired by his whimsical writing, draw an illustration along with visual artist Britt McDermott and learn to write a poem in Silverstein’s style. This event is recommended for children ages 4-11 and children under 13 must have a guardian present. The event will be held on Zoom. Registration is required for this free event.

New York City Children’s Theater will present Forest of Feelings on Sunday at 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. The Forest of Feelings is a magical place filled with a vast landscape of emotions. When two friends discover a lost laugh, with the audience’s help, they must take a physical and musical journey through the forest to return it to its faraway home. Created by Yo Re Mi, Forest of Feelings is an interactive show live on Zoom that teaches your youngest theatergoers about emotions, music, and yoga. Tickets are $20.

Also on Sunday at 11:00 AM, Trinity Theatre Company will present Storytime: Cinderella through Zoom. Join Trinity Theatre’s Storytime team online through ZOOM as we present Cinderella. “Cinderella! Cinderella!” shout her two evil sisters, before the sleepover with the royal family. Cinderella obeys every whim of her family, at the sacrifice of her own happiness – that is, until Cinderella’s own fairy godmother intervenes. This event is free, but donations are appreciated. Reserve tickets online.

It’s not really playing with their food if they’re really doing a STEM challenge, right? Try out this Pringles Ring Challenge. Is it possible to build a ring with only the chips? All you really need is a can of Pringles. This article tells you how to run the challenge in a classroom, but you can easily do this at home with your child or children.

Here’s another STEM challenge that’s easy to make at home. Using straws and a paper plate, kids can endeavor to Design A Maze, then tilt the plate to see if they can successfully navigate a marble through. Learn how to do it here.

Being outside in the cold may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but this Sparkly Icicle Craft is a cute way to decorate with icicles indoors. Foil, white glue, and blue glitter are combined to easily create this craft. No two icicles will be alike, which can be a conversation starter with the kids. This article provides an easy-to-follow tutorial.

 

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