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.

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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?

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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.

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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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This Week’s Buzz: May 8th – May 14th

Circus Act

It’s fitting that I just bought myself tickets Hetty Feather at the Delaware Theatre Company for the 2 pm performance on Mother’s Day. It’s a show about a little kid with a big imagination that runs away with the circus on her journey to find her birth mom. Fun for the whole family!

A show about moms and kids and a circus? Yep, that sounds about right. After all, this *is* my circus and these *are* my monkeys. And I’m pretty sure I’m the ringmaster, adding events to the calendar with the push of a button and magically making meals appear on the regular while juggling work, health, family, sports calendars, drama club, endless laundry, and the mountains of paperwork coming out of the backpacks as the end of the year approaches.

This time of year is
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Buzz This Week
Monday, May 8th

  • 10am – Registration opens for May 15th Mommy Mondays at Glen Eagle Square.
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Tuesday, May 9th

  • 9:30am – Green by Nature Preschool: Farm Babies at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10am & 10:45am Family Storytime at Longwood Gardens
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Wednesday, May 10th

  • 10am – Wee Have Fun Club: Flowers for Mom at Bellevue State Park
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  • 10:30am & 11:15am – Wilmington Montessori Play & Learn at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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Thursday, May 11th

  • 10:15am – Book Babies at the Kirkwood Library
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  • Wilmington Flower Market at Rockford Park
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Friday, May 12th

  • Wilmington Flower Market at Rockford Park
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  • 10am-4pm National Public Gardens Day at Mt. Cuba Center
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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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  • 5:30-7:30pm Dinosaur Night at the Museum at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 6:30-8:30pm Parent’s Night Out: Nature Photography at the DEEC
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, May 13th

  • Wilmington Flower Market at Rockford Park
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  • Cars 3 “Road To The Races” Tour, at the Cherry Hill Mall
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  • 9am-1pm Mother/Daughter Namaste Yoga w/ Lynne Filion and Brunch with Stella & Dot at Athleta in Glen Eagle Square
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: DRAG RACING at Hagley Museum
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  • 1:30-3:30pm MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND FAIRY TEA at the Delaware Art Museum, Reservations
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  • 2pm The Aristocats at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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Sunday, May 14th

  • 9:30am-1:30pm Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 12:30pm Mother’s Day Tea at Mt. Cuba Center, Reservations
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  • 12-3pm Kids’ Corner Creativity Hours and Sunday Studio at the Delaware Art Museum
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Save the Date
  • May 19-21 – 2017 Wilmington Grand Prix Cycling Event
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  • May 20th – National Kids to Parks Day at Bellevue State Park
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  • May 20th – Riverwalk Mini Golf Opens for the Season!
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  • May 20th – Touch a Truck at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • May 27th – Main Fountain Garden Returns at Longwood Gardens
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This Week’s Buzz: April 30th – May 7th

Baby Giraffe

Tween daughter was tottering around the Florida rental on spring break in my wedge espadrilles, looking like a cross between a runway model and that baby giraffe. All long legs and knees and adorable. I could hardly take it. I blinked and she went from learning to walk to trying on my shoes as a pre-schooler, pretending to be the mom. Now when she tries on my shoes, she means business. Ditto for “borrowing” my mascara. I blinked, and she’s not a little girl anymore.

Same for the twins – who are each sporting floods as I really can’t bring myself to buy pants when it feels like spring and summer weather is here to stay. Sorry boys, anymore cold days and you can either wear shorts with your socks pulled all the way up (kidding! they do that every day!) or you can wear the too-short pants from fall. Sorry about your toes scrunching up in your sneakers, too, but I was sort of hoping the sneakers I bought in MARCH would fit you for at least another month or so.

They grow…
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Buzz This Week
Monday, May 1st

  • Tickets go on sale for the Longwood Fireworks & Fountains
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  • 11am – Stroller Rollers at Bellevue State Park
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  • 6:30pm Youth League Monday at the Blue Rocks Game
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Tuesday, May 2nd

  • 10am & 10:45am Family Storytime at Longwood Gardens
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Wednesday, May 3rd

  • 10am – Preschooler Storytime at Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike
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  • 10:30am – Jitterbugs at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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Thursday, May 4th

  • 10:30am – Story Time in Enchanted Woods at Winterthur
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  • 6-8pm Healthy Together: Teaching Nutrition and Healthy Living to Preschool Children at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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Friday, May 5th

  • 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, May 6th

  • 9am-3pm Tyler’s Annual Plant Sale at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • 10am – Mayor’s Fun Ride in Newark, DE
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  • 10am-8pm Free Comic Book Day Weekend 2017 & COMICS SALE! at The Comic Book Shop
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  • 11am – 3pm Fairville Fun Fair!
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  • 12pm CATHEDRAL CHOIR AND RAINBOW CHORALE OF DELAWAREin celebration of World Labyrinth Day at the Delaware Art Musuem
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  • 1-3pm RECLAIMING YOUR BIRTH NARRATIVE: A BIRTH STORY WORKSHOP SERIES at The Mothers’ Space
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  • 2pm The Aristocats at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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Sunday, May 7th

  • 9am-3pm Tyler’s Annual Plant Sale at the Tyler Arboretum
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  • 39th Annual Point-to-Point at Winterthur
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  • 9th Annual Hear We Go 5K Run/Walk & Family Fun Day
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  • 11am-2pm PNC ARTS ALIVE FIRST SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 11am-4pm May Day Festival of the Arts in West Chester
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  • 12:30-3:30pm TRAIN DAY at Auburn Heights
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  • 12-5pm Free Comic Book Day Weekend 2017 & COMICS SALE! at The Comic Book Shop
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  • 2pm The Aristocats at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
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Save the Date
  • May 11th-13th Wilmington Flower Market at Rockford Park
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  • May 12th – National Public Gardens Day at Mt. Cuba Center
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  • May 12th-14th Cars 3 “Road To The Races” Tour, at the Cherry Hill Mall
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  • May 13th – MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND FAIRY TEA at the Delaware Art Museum, Reservations
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  • May 14th – Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • May 19-21 – 2017 Wilmington Grand Prix Cycling Event
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  • May 20th – National Kids to Parks Day
  • May 20th – Riverwalk Mini Golf Opens for the Season!
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  • May 20th – Touch a Truck at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • May 27th – Main Fountain Garden Returns at Longwood Gardens
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This Week’s Buzz: April 10th – April 16th

Small Victories

So I’m volunteering at Book Fair this week – fully absorbed in my forever fantasy of owning a small book shop, where I spend my days chatting with customers and reading – and a mom there volunteering is apologizing for being in sweats, she hadn’t planned to stay, just getting her daughter to school on time felt like a huge accomplishment that day. Wingmom says “it’s the small victories.”

YES. It is the small victories. In some jobs, the victories are nearly globally celebrated: a ball player hits a home run and a stadium literally cheers for him doing his job. A big case closes or a big deal is signed and the champagne corks pop. In our jobs – whether we are SAHMs (ha!) or FTWMs or PTWMs or whatever – in our mom jobs, the small victories come and go so quickly that we really need to pause to give them the kudos they deserve.

Here are few:

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Buzz This Week
Monday, April 10th

  • Spring Break Camp Week 1 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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Tuesday, April 11th

  • 9:30am – Green By Nature: Spring Sunshine at DEEC in Wilmington
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  • 9:30am & 12pm – Pete the Cat by TheatreWorks USA at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington
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  • 10:30am – WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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Wednesday, April 12th

  • 10am – Preschool Storytime at Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike
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  • 10:30am & 11:15am Wilmington Montessori Play & Learn at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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Thursday, April 13th

  • 10am – Book Babies at the Kirkwood Library
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  • 5-7pm – FAMILY OPENING FOR 12×12 STUDENT EXHIBITION at the Delaware Art Museum
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Friday, April 14th

  • The New Castle County Public Libraries will be CLOSED  today for the Good Friday holiday.
  • 10:30am- Glories of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • Easter Fun at Milburn Orchards
    9-11am Breakfast with Bunny
    11am-3pm Easter Egg Hunt
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  • 12:30pm & 2:30pm Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 5-8pm $5 After 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 5:30-7:30pm Dinosaur Night at the Museum at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 6:30-8:30pm Parent’s Night Out: Earth Day at the DEEC in Wilmington, registration
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, April 15th

  • Easter Fun at Milburn Orchards
    9-11am Breakfast with Bunny
    11am-3pm Easter Egg Hunt
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  • 9am & 11am – Storybook Breakfast at the DE Children’s Theatre
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  • 12pm & 2pm – Easter Bunny Express on the West Chester Railrod
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  • 12:30pm & 2:30pm Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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Sunday, April 16th

  • Delaware Children’s Museum Closed Today
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  • The New Castle County Public Libraries will be CLOSED  today for the Easter Sunday holiday.
Save the Date
  • April 17 – 21 Spring Break Camp Week 2 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • April 18-20 Spring Break Day Camp with the DE Nature Society
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  • April 17-21 Spring Zoo Camp at the Brandywine Zoo, registration
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  • April 22nd – Earth Day Celebration at the Ashland Nature Center
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  • April 22nd – SPRING MIX- AN EARTH DAY MUSIC EVENT in Kennett Square
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  • April 23rd – Free Family Fun Sunday at the DCCA in Wilmington
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  • April 29th – Maker Fest at Hagley
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This Week’s Buzz: April 3rd – April 9th

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

True confession: baseball bores the living HECK out of me. I’ve been to about 4 MLB games in my life and once I run through the beer line a few times, I’m ready to call it a day and head on home. I have less than zero interest in any of the things that the sportsy types tell me is what makes baseball fun. To me, if it’s less interesting than whatever I’m currently bingeing on Netflix, then no. Even the monkeys riding on sheepdogs don’t hold my attention. Again, a cold beer or two and I’m all “let’s go kids, let’s beat the traffic out of here.” 

My husband can take or leave baseball and he’s not the family signer-upper, so it was always up to me to enroll the kids in tee-ball, baseball, softball. And so our family has been blissfully baseball free. Until now.

Twin A decided he really wanted to try baseball this spring. After weeks of unsuccessful attempts to dissuade him, I asked around, pulled a string, got him on a team with some people I trust and enjoy, and we’re off to the races. First practice cancelled due to ice blizzard. Most subsequent practices cancelled due to endless spring rain. Not so bad so far. But the games start next week and I hear that they can last a very.long.time.

On the plus side…

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Green Fest

Saturday April 8th

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Buzz This Week
Monday, April 3rd

  • 10:30am – Book Babies at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5-7pm Open House at The Music School of Delaware – Wilmington Branch
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Tuesday, April 4th

  • 9:30am – Green By Nature Preschool: It’s Toad Time at Ashland Nature Cntr
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  • 10:30am – WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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Wednesday, April 5th

  • 10am – Preschool Storytime at Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike
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  • 10:30am – Squeakly Wheels for parents and children in strollers at Winterthur
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Thursday, April 6th

  • 10am – Book Babies at the Kirkwood Library
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  • 10:30am CHILDREN’S READ-ALOUD TOUR at the Brandywine River Museum
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Friday, April 7th

  • 10:30am- Glories 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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  • 5:30-10pm Parents’ Night Out: Foolish Science Theme at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, April 8th

  • 8-11am Spring Community Clean Up in Newark, DE
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  • 9:30am – Pedal Through the Parks, The ride will start and end at the Blue Ball Barn. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet and lunch. Pre-registration by April 6 is required.
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  • Easter Fun at Milburn Orchards
    9-11am Breakfast with Bunny
    11am-3pm Easter Egg Hunt
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  • 10am-1pm Riverfront Adventure for the whole family at the DEEC
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  • 10am – Egg Hunt in Newark DE
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  • 10am – WC PARKS & RECREATION ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
    12pm – Lunch with the Easter Bunny
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  • 12:30pm & 2:30pm Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 1pm – Bellevue Bunny Egg Hunt at Bellevue State Park, Bring a basket and meet on the patio behind the Arts Center. Ages 2-8. Register by April 5 by calling (302) 761-6963.
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  • 1-3pm Stone Soup Program at Ashland Nature Center
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: SOARING SATELLITES at Hagley
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  • 6-10pm A Taste for Art – Fundraiser for Children & Families First
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Sunday, April 9th

  • Easter Fun at Milburn Orchards
    9-11am Breakfast with Bunny
    11am-3pm Easter Egg Hunt
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  • 11am – Easter Egg Hunt at Frawley Stadium
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  • 12-3pm Sunday Studio and KIDS’ CORNER CREATIVITY HOURS at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 12:30pm & 2:30pm Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 2pm THE SNOW QUEEN: A PERFORMANCE BY THE DELAWARE ARTS CONSERVATORY at the Delaware Art Museum
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Save the Date
  • April 10 – 14 Spring Break Camp Week 1 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • April 14th – Parent’s Night Out: Earth Day at the DEEC in Wilmington, registration
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  • April 14 & 15 Auburn Heights Egg Hunt
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  • April 15th – Storybook Breakfast at the DE Children’s Theatre
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  • April 17 – 21 Spring Break Camp Week 2 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • April 18-20 Spring Break Day Camp with the DE Nature Society
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  • April 17-21 Spring Zoo Camp at the Brandywine Zoo, registration
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  • April 23rd – Free Family Fun Sunday at the DCCA in Wilmington
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  • April 29th – Maker Fest at Hagley
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This Week’s Buzz: March 20th – March 26th

Is Spring Ahead?

They say hope springs eternal but I can’t see any reason to leave the seasons up to the seasons any more. I mean, if climate change was a real thing, would we have an ice storm in March? NOPE. So it’s time to crank up the heat and the electronics and stop recycling and buy things with ridiculous amounts of packaging and leave our cars running at all times. Yes?

Ugh, no. Obviously no. Spring IS coming. It has…

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Buzz This Week
Monday, March 20th

  • CHESTER COUNTY WALK WORKS KICK OFF EVENT – Take the first step and register by March 27th
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  • 10am-2pm March Spring Break in Nature Monday 
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  • 1-2pm SPRING EQUINOX LABYRINTH WALK at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 5-7pm Spring Equinox Evening Hike & Campfire at Ashland Nature Center
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Tuesday, March 21st

  • March 21-31 – Brandywine Zoo will be closed for Construction
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  • 9:30am – Green By Nature Preschool: The Best Nest at at the DEEC
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  • 10:30am – WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
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Wednesday, March 22nd

  • 10am-2pm March Spring Break in Nature  
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  • 10am – Student Production of Winne the Pooh at Albert Eistien Academy
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  • 5:30-7pm Summer Camp Open House at the Ashland Nature Center
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Thursday, March 23rd

  • 10:30am CHILDREN’S READ-ALOUD TOUR at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 7pm – Student Production of Winne the Pooh at Albert Eistien Academy
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Friday, March 24

  • 10am-2pm March Spring Break in Nature  
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  • 10:30am- Glories 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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  • 6:30-7:30pm Family Tech Night at the Brandywine Hundred Library,
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, March 25th

  • 8am – HUGE ESTATE & GARAGE SALE at Archmere Academy
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  • 10am-4pm – Children’s Art Workshops during the 68th Annual Chadds Ford Art Show and Sale at Chadds Ford Elementry School
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  • 10am – 4pm Family Game Day at the Kirkwood Library,
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  • 12-5pm – Wine and Dine Downtown Newark
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Sunday, March 26th

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Save the Date
  • April 1st – Eggstravaganza – Breakfast & Egg Hunt at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • April 7th – Parents’ Night Out: Foolish Science Theme at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • April 8th – First day of Easter Fun at Milburn Orchards
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  • April 8th – Egg Hunt in Newark DE
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  • April 10 – 14 Spring Break Camp Week 1 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • April 14th – Parent’s Night Out: Earth Day at the DEEC in Wilmington, registration
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  • April 14 & 15 Auburn Heights Egg Hunt
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  • April 17 – 21 Spring Break Camp Week 2 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, registration
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  • April 17-21 Spring Zoo Camp at the Brandywine Zoo, registration
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