This Week’s Buzz: August 14th – August 20th

The Next Frontier

Because I’ve been at this parenting thing awhile, friends and friends of friends that have become friends, are starting to send their children away to college. I keep seeing it on Facebook … tearful moms, nervous dads, lots of hugs, cute dorm decor. They are sending their kids off to the next frontier, where they will have to solve their own problems and choose their own breakfasts and hopefully mom and dad won’t be tracking their iPhones. UD students move in later in August. Some schools have already started.

Incoming first year students at the University of Virginia move in to their dorms on Friday.

Our hearts are with the Charlottesville community and the people who – in Virginia and everywhere – stand up for what is right even in the face of those holding flaming torches and swastika flags. Our hearts are with the officers charged with keeping the peace. Our prayers are with their mothers. We are sending them the strength to tuck the extra long dorm sheets around the beds so very tightly in order to set their children loosely upon their new frontier, armed with love and history and family and not torches and fear.

Many of us will be
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Buzz This Week
Monday, August 14th

  • 10am Registration Open for Aug. 21st Performance of Makin’ Music at Glen Eagle Square Shopping Center
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, August 15th

  • $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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Wednesday, August 16th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, August 17th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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  • 6-9pm 3rd Thursday on State Street in Kennett Square
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Friday, August 18th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm End Summer Bash at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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  • 7pm Blue Rocks Game – Fireworks after the game
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, August 19th

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 9am-4pm 2017 Middletown Olde Tyme Peach Festival
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS AT HAGLEY
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  • 1-3pm Family Program: Gathering for August Quarterly at the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage in Wilmington
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  • 4-7pm Escape the Powder Yard, Free event for teens at Hagley
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Sunday, August 20th

  • 12-4pm World Helicopter Day at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 1:30pm Blue Rocks Game – Sunday Family Funday
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  • 6-9pm Longwood member Night at The Creamery in Kennett Square
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Events & Programs at the New Castle County Libraries
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  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Party at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • August 26th – Yorklyn Pool and Tennis Club 50th Anniversary Party and Auction (PRE-SALE)
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  • August 27th Big Bugs and Butterflies event at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • September 2nd – 110th Arden Fair in North Wilmington
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This Week’s Buzz: August 7th – August 13th

Road Trip Back in Time

As our family road tripped this week, I was reminded of the road trips of my youth – the station wagon, sitting in the “way back” sometimes, waist-only seat belts and paper maps, once a very long ride with no AC. No EZ Pass so we kids would always wake up at the tolls. John Denver and Simon & Garfunkel on the 8 Track.

Today? Two kindles, an iPod touch, two mini iPads, a laptop and two iPhones accompanied us over the river and through the woods. Podcasts for the grownups, head phones for the kids, and a navigation screen on the console and Waze should we want to try a different route. Quite a bit different than it was a generation ago. The kids can hardly believe it when we tell them about it.

I propose a 70s and 80s theme park, where we can…
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Buzz This Week
Monday, August 7th

  • August is Peach Month at Highland Orchards
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, August 8th

  • $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 2-8:30pm Family Movie Triple Feature! at the Kirkwood Library
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Wednesday, August 9th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, August 10th

  • 9am-4pm Railroading Summer Day Camp at the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6-8pm WSTW Family Fun Night at the Brandywine Zoo
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Friday, August 11th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 2-4pm Friday Family Films for Fun and Ice Cream Party and Sidewalk Chalk Show at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5-8pm $5 after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6pm & 7:30pm The Okee Dokee Brothers at Longwood Gardens
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, August 12th

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: MATHEMATICS IN NATURE at Hagley
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  • 6:30-10pm Night at the Museum at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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Sunday, August 13th

  • 12-4pm Touch a Truck event in West Chester
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August 18th – End Summer Bash at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • August 19th – Family Program: Gathering for August Quarterly at the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage in Wilmington
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  • August 20th – World Helicopter Day at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • August 20th – Longwood member Night at The Creamery in Kennett Square
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  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Events & Programs at the New Castle County Libraries
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  • August 21st – Solar Eclipse Party at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • August 26th – Yorklyn Pool and Tennis Club 50th Anniversary Party and Auction (PRE-SALE)
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This Week’s Buzz: July 31st – August 6th

The Ultimate Courtship Ritual

Have you seen those nature documentaries that show how a bird fluffs up its coat of many feathers and does some backwards crazy dance on a tree branch to attract a mate? Or the fish that creates beautiful artistic display on the ocean floor, timed perfectly between the tides, also to attract a mate?

I’m betting that if you’re reading this blog, you’ve already attracted a mate and likely have produced offspring, which is why you may need this guide to teach you one of the most fundamental of all courtship rituals: finding a new babysitter. That’s right, our Hannah is off to college and although we have tried many many times to bribe her to stay local or take a few gap years and stay on with us, she is moving on. While we are all hoping she will make special guest appearances during holidays and we may even get her back next summer (just say no to internships, babysitters!), it’s time for us to make eyes at the teenage girls at the pool and hope they will find us as appealing as we find them.

Top criteria: gotta have access to a car. And a 
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Buzz This Week
Monday, July 31st

  • 10:30am Book Babies at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, August 1st

  • $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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Wednesday, August 2nd

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, August 3rd

  • 10:30am STEAM Storytime – Robots at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6:30pm FAMILY NIGHT: MOONLIGHT, MOON BRIGHT, at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 6:30-9pm Swingin’ Summer Thursdays in dowtown West Chester
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  • 6:30-8:30pm TLC’s Dog Days of Summer Event at Stateline Woods Preserve
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Friday, August 4th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, August 5th

  • Peach Party Weekend at Milburn Orchards
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  • 8:45-10am Breakfast with the Beasts at the Brandywine Zoo, Reservations
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm Summer Saturday at Hagley
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Sunday, August 6th

  • 11am-2pm PNC ARTS ALIVE FIRST SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 12:30pm Helicopter Rides at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 12:30-4:30pm Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August 10th – Railroading Summer Day Camp at the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • August 10th WSTW Family Fun Night at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • August 11th – The Okee Dokee Brothers at Longwood Gardens
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  • August 12th Night at the Museum at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • August 13th – Touch a Truck event in West Chester
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This Week’s Buzz: July 24th- July 30th

Fast Times

This summer is literally FLYING by. Swim team season is over. School supplies and fall clothes are in every store. My children have misplaced several beach towels, at least 2/3 of the goggles we started the summer with, and our new favorite at-home activity is finding someone’s missing fidget spinner. What we need up in here is a change of scenery – and so we are headed to the Outer Banks for a vacation unlike one we’ve ever taken before. Four families (that’s 8 adults and 11 kids) in one big house with a pool, pool table, eight bedrooms, four decks, a short walk to the beach, and 42 trips to Costco to get ready. Who’s bringing what and how much it costs has been the driving conversation in a text chain that is spanning what feels like decades. One family is flying in, three families are renting beach stuff, no one has quite enough room in their car, and the big question on everyone’s mind is did we buy enough cereal (maybe) and booze (no). Still – just one more week and I get to dissolve in a week of grapefruit crushes and long lazy beach days with my college friends and their families. Just one night of revisiting old memories and making new ones with these people will make the insane amount of planning worthwhile.

When this blog gets published,…
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Buzz This Week
Monday, July 24th

  • 6:30pm Blue Rocks Home Baseball Game on the Wilmington Riverfront
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, July 25th

  • 8am-11pm “Kids Day” at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, DE
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens
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  • 10am-3pm Terrific Tuesdays at Winterthur Museum
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6:30pm Blue Rocks Home Baseball Game on the Wilmington Riverfront
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Wednesday, July 26th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am Blue Rocks Home Baseball Game on the Wilmington Riverfront
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in White Clay Creek State Park
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Thursday, July 27th

  • 10:30am STEAM Storytime – Motion at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 10am & 11am – MUSEUM EXPLORERS FAMILY WORKSHOP at the Brandywine River Musuem
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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Friday, July 28th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 1pm & 7pm Rapunzel at the Grand Opera House
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  • 5-8pm Dog Days of Summer at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, July 29th 

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am & 1pm Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel Ship in Wilmington
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS AT HAGLEY 
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  • 5-9pm Dancing in the Park and Food Truck Festival in Glasgow Park
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  • 7:30pm “Sommerkonzert” (Summer Concert) by the Wilmington Children’s Chorus with the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Fulda, Germany at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin
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Sunday, July 30th

  • 10am & 1pm Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel Ship in Wilmington
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  • 1-3pm Summer Hours for Public Session Skating at the Fred Rust Arena in Newark
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  • 6pm – Family Night at the Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival: Henry Vat Rockwood Park
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • August – $2 Admission every Tuesday in August at the Museum of Natural History
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  • August 2nd – National Night Out Against Crime in West Chester
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  • August 6th – Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights
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  • August 6th – Helicopter Rides at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • August 10th – Railroading Summer Day Camp at the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • August 11th – The Okee Dokee Brothers at Longwood Gardens
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  • August 13th – Touch a Truck event in West Chester
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This Week’s Buzz: July 10th- July 16th

Half-Time

On my dad’s 50th birthday, I remember him saying “well, the marching band is on the field. It’s halftime.”

Always a sports metaphor in my house (growing up, if we got in trouble we’d be sent to the Penalty Box) – but it’s a turn of phrase I haven’t forgotten in the twenty years hence. In so many ways, it suddenly feels like half-time … my husband and I are in our mid-forties … which feels a lot like the halfway point considering his parents both passed in their early 80s (one just this week). Our kids are rounding the bend or already in the tween years – college is coming up faster than we’d like or we can pay for. And with the 4th of July in the rearview mirror, even summer feels like it’s halfway over.

So how do we spend the time that’s left?
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Buzz This Week
Monday, July 10th

  • 10am Registration opens for the Makin’ Music Performance at Glen Eagle Shopping Center on Monday, July 17th.
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  • 11:30am It’s Awesome to be Pippi – Summer Lunch Theatre at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, July 11th

  • 9:30am Green By Nature Preschool: Splish Splash at the DEEC in Wilmington
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Story Time at Longwood Gardens
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  • 11:30am It’s Awesome to be Pippi – Summer Lunch Theatre at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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  • 1pm Children’s Storytime at Woodside Creamery
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  • 1-3pm Afternoon Adventure: “Ice Cream Dreamin'” at the Newlin Grist Mill
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Wednesday, July 12th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 10:30am Jitterbugs Storytime at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 6-8pm Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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Thursday, July 13th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 10am & 11am – MUSEUM EXPLORERS FAMILY WORKSHOP at the Brandywine River Musuem
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  • 10am & 1pm PIPPI’S GRAND ADVENTURE at the Grand Opera House
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi in Wilmington
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Friday, July 14th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays after 5pm – DCM Gym at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 8:30-10:30pm Nighttime Hayride And Nocturnal Wildlife Watch at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5:30-7:30pm Night at the Museum:  In the Dark at the DE Musuem of Natural History
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  • 6:30-8:30pm  Parent’s Night Out: Fish, Fish, Fish at the DEEC on the Riverfront
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, July 15th

  • 10-Year Anniversary of the Can-Do Playground!
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10:30am-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS AT HAGLEY: ARCHEOLOGY & EDIBLE DIRT! at Hagley
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  • 5-7pm Family Firefly Fest at the Ashland Nature Center
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Sunday, July 16th

  • 9-11am Family Farmers for a Day at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 12-4:30pm  National Ice Cream Day Celebration at Woodside Creamery
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  • 12-8pm – TURK’S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK in West Chester
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  • 6pm – Family Night at the Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival: Henry Vat Rockwood Park
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Save the Date
  • July 22nd – Food and Brew Festival in downtown Newark
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  • July 23rd Summer Splash at Mt. Cuba Center
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  • July 29th – “Sommerkonzert” (Summer Concert) by the Wilmington Children’s Chorus with the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Fulda, Germany at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin
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This Week’s Buzz: June 26th- July 2nd

Twins Are The New Black

On behalf of all the MOMs (that’s Moms of Multiples for the uninitiated), welcome to the world to the Carter twins (proud parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Big Sister Blue Ivy) and the Clooney twins (George and Amal). It’s an exciting time for you, as your family just grew by twice the typical amount. It’s also a scary time, as the first weeks of parenting a newborn can remind you just how fragile life is and just how much you hate your spouse, the entire world, and all of its inhabitants.

Luckily – and we’re just making assumptions here – you can afford a night nurse and a quality lactation consultant and a hospital grade pump. Put these things to good use and don’t worry too much about the thank you notes for the (useless) Tiffany & Co. baby rattles and the very very useful double stroller that we assume your book group chipped in to buy.

Parenting twins can be a funny thing. No matter the…

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Buzz This Week
Monday, June 26th

  • 2pm Great Books = Great Movies: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Rated PG-13) at The Woodlawn Library
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, June 27th

  • 9:30am Green By Nature Preschool: Call Of The Bullfrog at the Ashland Nature Center
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  • 1pm Children’s Story Time at Woodside Creamery
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  • Big Bug exhibit now at the Tyler Arboretum, and open late until 8pm on Summer Tuesdays.
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Wednesday, June 28th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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Thursday, June 29th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 4-5pm Kids’ Club at The Comic Book Shop
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi on Wilmington Riverfront
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Friday, June 30th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 2pm Friday Family Films For Fun at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, July 1st

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10:30-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS at Hagley
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  • 11am-3pm Chadds Ford Historic Houses Open Saturdays in Summer
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  • 1:15pm Living History Tour at Delaware State Park
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  • 4-7pm – I Pledge for Ice Cream Event at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6-11pm Freedom Fest – Concert & Fireworks in Nottingham County Park
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Sunday, July 2nd

  • 9:30am-12pm Heritage Concrete’s Free Sunday Morning at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 11am-2pm PNC ARTS ALIVE FIRST SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 12pm 40th Anniversart Party at Bellevue State Park, Free Admission & Family Fun!
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  • 12:30-4:30pm Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • July 4th Hockessin 4th of July Festival and Fireworks
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  • July 4th – Fireworks Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • July 4th 4TH OF JULY BBQ CRUISE on the Riverboat Queen in Wilmington, Reservations
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  • July 4th – Fireworks in Newark
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  • July 4th – 4th Of July “All American” Celebration at the Ashland Nature Center
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  • July 6th – MUSEUM EXPLORERS FAMILY WORKSHOP at the Brandywine River Musuem
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  • July 11th Afternoon Adventure: “Ice Cream Dreamin'” at the Newlin Grist Mill
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  • July 12th – Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • July 16th – TURK’S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK in West Chester
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This Week’s Buzz: June 19th- June 25th

We Are All Summer Mom

It’s summertime, and moms need a break too. No homework and far fewer organized activities help. Encouraging kids to do just a bit more for themselves, now that the stress of the school year is at bay for a few months, also helps. Call it fostering their independence or protecting your own sanity, but if you follow along with this script, you can have the summer you’ve always dreamed of. My wingmom, who turns into SummerMom in June, swears by this regiment. 

1. When the kids begin to approach at the summer BBQ or the pool, SummerMom’s immediate response is “Go ask Dad.” If Dad is not available, next response is “I think this is something you can figure out yourself.”

2. Munchkins are a perfectly acceptable breakfast.

3. And lunch. If you are still hungry, please see if we have any single serving fruit you can eat like a banana or an apple. If we don’t, check for applesauce.

4. There is always …

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Buzz This Week
Monday, June 19h

  • 9am-4pm Recreation Camp: Ooey Gooey in Bellevue State Park, reservations
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, June 20th

  • 9:30am Green By Nature Preschool: Call Of The Bullfrog at the Ashland Nature Center
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  • 10:15am Family Fun Times – The Build It Better Workshop at the Hockessin Public Library
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  • 1pm Children’s Story Time at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6-8pm Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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Wednesday, June 21st

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6-7pm SUMMER SOLSTICE LABYRINTH WALK at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 6:30-8pm Summer Concert Series at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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Thursday, June 22nd

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 4pm Summer Kids Club at The Comic Book Shop!
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  • 5:30pm Spring Concert Series and Youth’s Got Talent in Newark
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  • 7:30pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Friday, June 23rd

  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 2-4pm Friday Family Films for Fun at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 7:30pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, June 24th

  • 9am-1pm Centerville Farmer’s Market in Canby Park
  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 8:45-10am Breakfast with the Beasts at the Brandywine Zoo, Reservations
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 9:30am-2pm Family Fun Day at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-7pm New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Mseum
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: TWIST AND GO RUBBER BAND CARS at Hagley
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  • 7:30pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Sunday, June 25th

  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 9-11am Family Farmers for a Day at the Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 11am-5pm New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Mseum
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  • 1pm & 2pm & 3pm CANNON FIRING DEMONSTRATION at Hagley
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  • 2pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • July 1st – Freedom Fest – Concert & Fireworks in Nottingham County Park
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  • July 1st – I Pledge for Ice Cream Event at Woodside Creamery
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  • July 2nd Heritage Concrete’s Free Sunday Morning at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • July 4th Hockessin 4th of July Festival and Fireworks
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  • July 4th – Fireworks Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • July 4th – Fireworks in Newark
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This Week’s Buzz: June 5th- June 11th

Start Strong, Stay Strong

Summer is starting, and moms all over the 1980whatever are all “I printed out a weekly activity chart” and “my kids have to do at least 6 chores to earn a trip to the snack bar” and “workbooks AND the library summer reading program, totally.”

I’m here to tell you, if you can start this strong and stay this strong you are a much stronger woman than I. I’ve also started the summer this way. Creative centers in the playroom, art time in the driveway, nature walks. I’ve printed out the summer schedule of $1 movies and circled activities at the library, the other library, and even that other library. We’d do day trips and try new foods and the babysitter would always help clean up the kitchen and keep the laundry moving along so mommy could enjoy some of the good old fashioned fun of summer.

HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN.

Here are the rules for this summer:…
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ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL
OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, June 10th
10am – 2pm

700 N. Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

St. Michael’s School is now enrolling newborn through pre-school ages
at our 5-Star Level Delaware Stars early care and education center.
Come for a tour, meet our teachers and learn more!  

We offer year-round open enrollment and are conveniently located near all downtown Wilmington employers. Our nurturing and innovative center offers 12 classrooms, a dining room, daily nutritious meals and snacks, a large library, and spacious, age-appropriate indoor and outdoor play areas and exploration spaces. 
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Buzz This Week
Monday, June 5th

  • Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge at a New Castle Public Library? Pick up a BrandywineBuzz Book mark to support your efforts.
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Tuesday, June 6th

  • 9:30am – Green By Nature: Fast and Slow at Ashland Nature Center
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  • 10am Storytime & Craft at Linvilla Orchards
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  • 11am-11pm Greek Festival in Wilmington
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Wednesday, June 7th

  • 10am – First Day of Summer Kids Camp at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront
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  • 10:30am Squeaky Wheels at Winterthur
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 11am-11pm Greek Festival in Wilmington
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  • 5-8pm First Bike and Hike Night at Hagley Museum
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Thursday, June 8th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 5:30pm Spring Concert Series and Youth’s Got Talent in Newark
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  • 11am-11pm Greek Festival in Wilmington
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Friday, June 9th

  • 10:30am- Glories of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 11am-11pm Greek Festival in Wilmington
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  • 4-8pm Summer Nights at the Mt. Cuba Center
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays After 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 5:30-10pm Parents’ Night Out: Outdoors Theme at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 6-10pm Summer Music Festival at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 6:30-8:30pm Parent’s Night Out: Geocaching at the DEEC in Wilmington
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, June 10th

  • 11am-11pm Greek Festival in Wilmington
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: TROPHY TRIATHLON at Hagley
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  • 3-9pm A New Night Downtown Newark Street Festival
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Sunday, June 11th

  • 12-3pm Kids’ Creativity Hours and Sunday Studio at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 1:30pm Willy Wonka Day at the Blue Rocks Game
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  • 2-10:30pm Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • June 12th-18th Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • June 14th – Early Childhood Family Music Play Date at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington
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  • June 15th Tyler at Twilight at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • June 15th-27th Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • June 16th Annual Summer Kick Off! at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • June 17th Enchanted Summer Day at Winterthur
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  • June 17th – 24th Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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  • June 18th – Father Fest at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • June 20th – Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • July 7th – Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could at Longwood Gardens
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This Week’s Buzz: May 29th – June 4th

Climbing A Mountain

At any given time, on top of work deadlines and homework supervision and keeping the mental calendar of who is where and when, I also need to keep mental track of where each piece of laundry that belongs to each person is at any given time.

Wednesday evening I scrambled around looking for the baseball uniform for Thursday’s game. I folded 1282 pieces of clothing, matched 42 dozen socks and emptied basket after basket. Husband thinks it’s in the washer or dryer, but I *knew* I hadn’t seen it. An hour later, I’m pulling sheets out of the closet to change the linens and I see it: jammed in a small cardboard box under the desk.

WHY? For the love of all things holy, why why why would a 9 year old put several pieces of dirty laundry in a BOX under his DESK? WHYYYYY?

On the plus side,…
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Christ Church Episcopal Preschool 
Summer Camp for 2 to 5 year olds
both half-day and full-day sessions

Eight weeks of camp begins on June 12th. Explore and play on our 22-acre campus with 2 playgrounds, outdoor classroom, nature trail, labyrinth, woods and fields, as well as wonderful indoor facilities. Small groups enjoy water play, sports, music, and exploration of nature in all its forms. In-house field trips include the Traveling Zoo, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Ashland Nature Center, and more. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided; lunch is available for purchase.

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Buzz This Week
Monday, May 29th

  • All New Castle County Public Libraries will be CLOSED  today for the Memorial Day holiday.
  • 10am-12pm 2017 Memorial Day Parade in Kennett Square,PA
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  • 10am-3pm Delaware Children’s Museum Open
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  • 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm CANNON FIRING DEMONSTRATION at Hagley Museum
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Tuesday, May 30th

  • 9:30am – Green By Nature: Roots, Shoots, And Leaves at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Storytime at Longwood Gardens
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Wednesday, May 31st

  • 10am- Preschooler Storytime at Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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Thursday, June 1st

  • Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival  
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 10:30am – Story Time in Enchanted Woods at Winterthur
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  • 5:30pm Spring Concert Series and Youth’s Got Talent in Newark
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  • 6:30pm Swingin’ Summer Thursdays in downtown West Chester
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Friday, June 2nd

  • Milburn Orchard Grand Re-opening for the 2017 season today!
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  • Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival 
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  • 10am-12pm Preschool Game Day at the Hockessin Public Library
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  • 10:30am- Glories of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays After 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, June 3rd

  • 8am-7pm Strawberry Festival and pick your own at Linvilla Orchards
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  • 9am-2pm 7th Annual Greenvile Auto Show 
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  • 11am-12pm The Juggling Hoffmans Performance at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival 
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  • Picnic Train to Mt. Cuba on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 12-7pm – Annual Fire Company Appreciation Day at Woodside Creamery
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  • 12-3pm – End of the School Year Party with WJBR at the Brandywine Zoo
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Sunday, June 4th

  • 11am-2pm PNC ARTS ALIVE FIRST SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 11am-5pm Yorklyn Day near Hockessin
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  • 11am-5pm Super Sunday Family Street Festival in downtown West Chester
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  • Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival 
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  • 12:30-4:30pm Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
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  • 1-4pm 3rd Annual Friends of the Arts Festival and Berry Festival at Wilmington Friends Meeting in Wilmington
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  • 4-8pm Community & Trails Celebration Day in Exton County Park, FREE
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • June 6th-10th 2017 Greek Festival in Wilmington
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  • June 7th – First Bike and Hike Night at Hagley Museum
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  • June 9th Parents’ Night Out: Outdoors Theme at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • June 9th Summer Music Festival at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • June 10th – A New Night Downtown Newark Street Festival
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  • June 11th-18th Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • June 14th – Early Childhood Family Music Play Date at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington
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  • June 15th-27th Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • June 16th Annual Summer Kick Off! at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • June 17th Enchanted Summer Day at Winterthur
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This Week’s Buzz: May 22nd – May 28th

Toccam’s Razor

If you didn’t study philosophy, you might not be familiar with the principle of Occam’s Razor, which boils down to “the simplest solution is usually the right one.” There are other platitudes that say essentially the same thing: when you hear hoofbeats, think horses – not zebras.

I couldn’t help but think of this when I saw a post in a local mommy Facebook group this week. The mom asked the group how to help with eye rolling from an ornery 8 year old. This too-kind mom was getting the eyeroll treatment when she helped her son do his hair. There were scores of helpful responses – ask the pediatrician! Read this book and implement the concepts! Try taking away screen time! Try adding chores!

My response: ignore it. Also, let him do his own hair.

Why?…
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Buzz This Week
Monday, May 22nd

  • 11am Stroller Rollers at Bellevue State Park
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Tuesday, May 23rd

  • 9:30am – Green By Nature Preschool: Hop Hop Croak at the DEEC
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Storytime at Longwood Gardens
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  • 10:30am WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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Wednesday, May 24th

  • Toddler Tales, Book Babies, and Rhythm, Rhyme, Story time all at the Hockessin Public Library
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  • 10:30am Beach Towel Giveaway at the Blue Rocks Home Game
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 12-8pm Eat ice cream to save the Hockessin July 4th Parade at Woodside Creamery
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Thursday, May 25th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 6:30pm Bandana Giveaway and Cowboy Monkey Rodeo at the Blue Rocks Game
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Friday, May 26th

  • Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, PA
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  • 10:30am Lego Storytime at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 10:30am- Glories of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-7pm Kick-Off to Summer Dance Party at First State Kids, reservations
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays After 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, May 27th

  • Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, PA
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  • Main Fountain Garden Premiere Weekend  at Longwood Gardens
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  • 9:30am-5pm 46TH ANNUAL ANTIQUES SHOW at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • Mini Golf and River Taxi now open on Wilmington’s Riverfront
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: CHAIN REACTION at Hagley Museum
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Sunday, May 28th

  • Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, PA
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  • 9:30am-5pm 46TH ANNUAL ANTIQUES SHOW at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 12pm & 2pm Memorial Day Special on the West Chester Railroad
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  • 12-3pm KIDS’ CORNER CREATIVITY HOURS at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 6pm Special Fireworks and Family Funday at the Blue Rocks Game
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Save the Date
  • May 29th – 2017 Memorial Day Parade in Kennett Square,PA
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  • June 3rd – 7th Annual Greenvile Auto Show 
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  • June 3rd – Annual Fire Company Appreciation Day at Woodside Creamery
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  • June 3rd – End of the School Year Party with WJBR at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • June 6th-10th 2017 Greek Festival in Wilmington
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  • June 7th – First Bike and Hike Night at Hagley Museum
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  • June 9th Parents’ Night Out: Outdoors Theme at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • June 11th-18th Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • June 15th-27th Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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