Maymay was pretty excited to go to the Monster Jam. Huge trucks, insane jumps, and the most fan friendly event around. This screams a good time! The drivers were all friendly and made Maymay feel comfortable. They joked around, took pictures and signed autographs. I cannot say enough about these spectacular men who made our day. Monster Jam is a family friendly event that you need to check out!
I told Maymay I needed coffee. She put Eye of the Tiger on full blast in my room instead. I glared at her, and she said, "It worked for Rocky."
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
Let's be honest. I was going to see this exhibit no matter what. I mean seriously, it's all about Star Wars. Luckily, it was well worth the price of admission. The layout was beautiful, and informative. The stormtrooper room is insanely cool and made for a serious 'WOW' moment. I felt like a kid the minute I saw R2D2 up close, and I swear I heard C3PO getting snarky with someone. But this exhibit is all about the costumes, and there are plenty to see. The best part is the costumes are close enough to get a good look at them, yet far enough away to prohibit me from yanking one off the rack and putting it on. Nice job Discovery Times Square, I may have to see this exhibit again before it leaves for another galaxy.
STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME
THE EXHIBITION - NOW OPEN!Featuring 70 hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, this exhibition reveals the artists’ creative process—and uncovers the connection between character and costume. George Lucas imagined and created a fantastical world filled with dynamic characters who told the timeless story of the hero’s journey. The costumes shaped the identities of these now famous characters, from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO, to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and a bikini worn by Princess Leia when enslaved by Jabba the Hutt. A special presentation for the showing at Discovery Times Square in New York will feature seven additional costumes from the highly anticipated film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"WALKING INTO THE GALLERIES IS LIKE ENTERING A ROOM FULL OF OLD FRIENDS. HELLO, SENATOR. AT EASE, TROOPER. PRINCESS, AREN’T YOU CHILLY IN THAT THING?" - THE NEW YORK TIMES
May the odds be ever in your favor...
We went to the Discovery Times Square Museum, and had a BLAST! The Hunger Games exhibit was not only beautiful, but also interactive. DiscoveryTSX truly brought their 'A' game! Maymay LOVED seeing all the costumes and props, and spent over an hour playing with the different interactive portions of the exhibit. This was well worth the cost of the ticket!
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION will ignite fans of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, hundreds of authentic costumes and props, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films. Guests will follow Katniss Everdeen's inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay, sparking curiosity and excitement, as the real-world themes underpinning the stories and the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that carried them to the screen are revealed.
Each year the Center for Autism Research (CAR), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Philadelphia Eagles host an event called Huddle up for Autism. It's a fun day for kids and their families that are on the spectrum. A few years ago they started a fundraising campaign to help defray some of the costs, and to help with other programs. Maymay begged to participate so she can be one of the VIP fundraisers and get a chance to meet the Eagles Cheerleaders who she ADORES. (Not as much as she loves Titanic, but they are up there.) She is thrilled to get the opportunity to meet her beloved cheerleaders, but to also help out the hospital that has done so much for her.
This year they are dangling the same carrot out there for my kiddo...raise money and hopefully become a VIP. She seriously wants the meet and greet with the cheerleaders. Seriously.
So, I'm asking...begging....you to please make a donation on her behalf to the hospital that performed three brain surgeries, multiple hospital stays, countless tests and procedures, and hundreds of hours of therapy and help with my kiddo.
Click this link to go to her CHOP fundraising page:
The McCarter Theatre is pleased to announce a special autism-friendly performance of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm.
What is a relaxed performance?
A relaxed performance is one that has been adapted to provide a relaxed and safe environment for individuals with autism, learning differences, or other sensory and communication needs so that they and their families may enjoy live theater together. The quality of the production still aligns with McCarter's high artistic standards, but small adjustments are made to certain technical elements (such as sound and light cues). In addition, professional staff will be on hand to assist parents and caregivers, a family restroom will be available, and there will be designated activity and relaxation areas in the lobby.
You'll also find the social story, FAQ, and a seating chart on the website. They have really gone above and beyond to make this an autism friendly performance!
All tickets are $15 and are only available by calling McCarter's Ticket Office or visiting in person at 91 University Place in Princeton.
Call 609-258-2787 or click HERE for more information.
Watching TV with Maymay and a Special K commercial came on. She pointed at it and said, "Look momma. It's your people."
Me: Those uncoordinated dancing women are my people?
Maymay: Well, you are a woman. You're very uncoordinated, and they are eating.
Now she's rolling on my bed laughing hysterically. I may need some aloe for this burn.
Maymay: Why are the VeggieTales called VeggieTales?
Me: Because they are vegetables. (yep, I'm a smartie)
Maymay: What about Miss Blueberry? She is a fruit.
Me: um..... (my brain stopped working right about now)
Maymay: They should consider everyone. It's not fun to be left out.
And now she's laying on the couch crying about Miss Blueberry's hurt feelings. I stood in the kitchen crying for way longer than I feel comfortable admitting. It's impossible to stop all the hurts and make everything all better, but just once I want to.
I die a little each time I hear someone state how they'd rather risk their kid's life than get autism. Acting like autism is the most horrible disease than should be shunned. This is part of the mentality that allows my daughter to be friendless and avoided, and bullied. You don't catch autism like the flu. I'm not going to pretend that it isn't difficult. When she was younger and nonverbal it was the most heart wrenching pain I've ever had. Seeing your child struggle is terrible. The meltdowns, seizures, and each and every milestone that has slowly and painfully been gone through. The loss of friends and family. The aloneness. Watching her struggle through years..YEARS of therapy to get to where she is now, has been both heartbreaking and the most proud of her I could ever be. So, when someone acts like risking the measles is way better than autism, I hurt like it's brand new. Autism sucks. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. And I wouldn't change one thing about my kid. She is the best human I know.