Art Splash

What is Art Splash?

Art Splash is a kids creative outlet space, and museum. Located in the Perelman Building adjacent to the Philadelphia Art Museum. It’s where kids can come in and create and make their own art. I took my kids this past weekend and they had a blast.

There’s something for everyone. Art Splash has themed art projects that they roll out here is the schedule:

So now that you know the art schedule now what? You come and let the kids use their creativity. Tuesday-Sunday Art Splash is available and open for your child’s imagination to begin. Starting with the theme there are stations and space for your child to sit either assisted or unassisted and create!

My kids had fun at tables using as many supplies as they saw fit. My husband and I loved watching them put together their masterpieces! Art Splash is going on now until September 2nd and with their rotation of projects and programs, you could come in and enjoy something new every-time.

Oh and one of the best parts is during the rotation of projects you can meet the actual artist that the projects are about ok Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1-4pm! We were able to meet Brian “Bcasso” Bazemore. He uses materials in his environment to make his art work. Thus the kids during the recycle and remake project did the same.

This is what my kids came up with:

This was my first time in Art Splash and I was blown away with how open, spacious, and creative it was! Here are a few more deets you may need to know in order to plan an amazing time with your kids:

Hours:

Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and every Wednesday until 7pm!

Price:

Free for kids 12-under with the admission of the Arts Museum.

Cafe:

They do have a cafeteria within the building so you can enjoy snacks and food and make it a day!

Art explorer tours:

Daily at 11am and 3pm recommended for ages 3-5 and 6-10! It’s a great way to learn about the artist!

Community Communication:

Wednesday July 24th from 530-7pm! Using the Souls Grown Deep; Shesheena Bray talks to kids about ways we can live in the world and get along!

Pay what you wish days:

First Sundays from 10-5pm!

August 4th-artist Lauren West with illustrations. Dance with Lela Aisha Jones, Alex Shaw, Kwasi Burgee, Anssumane Silla, and Papa Ed Stokes through a rhythmic African Diaspora!

September 1st: last chance to Splash

Wednesday evenings! July will also have food demos by chef in residence Nia Minard!

August 14 and 21st will feature dolls of the American South from the Philadelphia Doll Museum!

Now what if you have little babies and they want in on the action too?!

Museum Babies

Stroller tours take place in the main building August 14th at 11am!

Baby Bird play dates Tuesdays and Fridays in July and August 10:15-11am!!

Sensory Friendly Mornings

July 24th

July 27th

August 21st

August 24th

All from 9-10am! The lights, crowds and volumes are low but not low on the fun! This is great for children who are on the autism spectrum and their parents!!

Thank you to the Art Splash for having us! Also for families in the Philadelphia area who also attend the Free Libraries you can earn a free pass like my family did which gave us free access to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for free. Each pass whether free or paid will give you 2 days to explore. We enjoyed our time at both!

Never forget the Rocky steps!!

Mr. Softie is always a treat especially for the amount of heat!

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Behind Closed Doors: Dominique Morisseau’s Mud Row Review

Sometimes you never absolutely know what’s happens behind closed doors. What people present is only their representative. We all have things that we hold on that we are fighting. Things that are or have been said, unforgiveness, pain, generational challenges, etc. that has helped to shape and mold us one way or another.

From Mud Row in East End of West Chester is a story of sisters fighting for their place. Elsie is consumed with stature and being in the elite class. It’s in the elite class that she will have redemption and make a way for her future daughter. Her sister Frances is willing to join those on the front line to freedom for Blacks. Her strong will to carve a better way by any means is her saving grace. These sisters bump heads on how they plan on serving the future of their family.

Fast forward and you have Regine who is well educated and some might even say through her education she has followed her Mother’s script to the T on becoming an elitist however don’t call her an elitist because she has worked hard to get where she is today! Enter Toshi who takes after her aunt Frances, she’s a fighter in a sense. She believes in taking things by force-even if that strong motivation has gotten her into a world of personal chaos and turmoil. She appears to be problematic because no one wants to acknowledge she may have areas to work out but instead of seeing past what her actions show she’s ignore and passed over.

Without spoiling what actually happens I will speak on what “Mud Row” spoke to me. In every family especially with siblings is this fight to be the chosen one. The one whom everyone calls on to be a success story. It can make for great sibling rivalry but then there’s also the sibling who doesn’t go down the “correct” path. The looking down on why aren’t you more “like” the other while never dealing with internal issues that may have placed them on the path they are on. No accountability into the pain that is almost birthed down to a child. The quiet fights within a person that they have no way of escaping.

I think about my own childhood home. The stories good and bad are within those walls. Every failure I have ever made is there. Every success is there. All the conversations and fights that built me up and tore me down are there. What happened when I moved? It may have stayed there but like most of us those issues travel to our next home along with us. Homes tell stories not of just how they were built but of the folks that lived within them. Why a person acts or reacts has a lot to do with their upbringing and what took place within the walls they called home. A house is but a home is a recurring theme and it will be challenged!

We are sometimes walking traumas. Even if the home you once knew is no longer there trust me in one way or another they are well alive in your life. How about the fact that at one time blacks couldn’t even own a home. The blood, sweat, and tears that many before us to keep their homes are then passed down to generations. Some think that selling those homes are a great idea. What about our great great grandparents and beyond who knew the value of what they owned due to the work it took to get it? How do we sell or keep these memories alive?

My own grandmother literally has been in her home my entire life. She worked her butt off to make sure my mother and aunt wound have a place of their own so they would never have to have someone control their living arrangements. “Mud Row” is a place of freedom where blacks weren’t able to own before. It’s one of the first developments of home ownership for African Americans. It’s important to have this play as genetrification is becoming more and more prevalent today!

Mud Row is an important story that highlights one family in their home that tells more than just ownership but redemption through turmoil. Both sets of sisters needing one another to be who they are and to heal. Is healing possible when you have been apart for so long? What about hearing and listening! Sometimes we hear or see what we want to believe without really ever hearing or seeing.

I highly recommend this play to be on the top of your go see. It is best suited for teenagers and up. There are briefly scenes of violence, cursing, and some scenes may be triggering for individuals who have any issues of familiar turmoil. I would say even if you are in a family turmoil it may be a great thing to watch to aid towards healing. There are scenes that will make some uncomfortable to watch as scenes of police brutality is touched as well. I watched the gasp from the audience. I felt tears in my eyes during many scenes. I felt the realness of pain when you’re trying you’re best but can’t get family members to see past the you they experienced of you. I felt the fear security of trying to be in a stable environment.

My best friends family is from West Chester. I’ve been several times there and didn’t know the history of East End or Mud Run! I enjoyed seeing this piece and you will too! Thank you People’s Light and Carrie Gorn for the invite. I walked away doing some soul searching of my own in how I can “build” better relationships with family. I walked away so profound I found myself speaking with a group of older women who spoke to me in a way I had only experienced with my great grandparents as a kid. That good conversation where you talk about the “good times” and the elders speak wisdom over you! When an elder speaks and it “stops” you in your tracks because you hear wisdom giving you the only answers that an elder can give!

You can see Mud Row until August 4th by purchasing tickets here! Peoples Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern PA 19355!

Week 4: Storr Summer Adventures

So I can’t believe we have made it through the first month of Summer! 4 weeks down and over! I’m grateful for the opportunity to work, do what I love and be with my kids! I’ve been calling it work boss, mom boss and camp mommy all in one! So how much did I spend? Drum roll please, $77.70! We almost got close to $80 but we made it! Let’s break this down!

Monday

We decided to stick to old faithful! I started my morning with a 5am run and if I’m super honest in order to not burn out from being super active these days I have to make a list of work items and household movement to keep my eyes open and body going! So we went to Legoland! It’s a great place for me to move around with them as well as keeping the kids to moving as well! I love that we were able to watch 4D movies. It’s one is my favorite parts of Legoland. You get water splashed on you, fog, etc. They spent hours there that since I didn’t have an event we also spent an hour at the park allowing me more workout time and then play time!

We packed a snack for the kids but of course I didn’t grab anything to drink so I had to stop and get all of us something to drink and that set us back 11.83 at Auntie Annie’s Pretzel!

Tuesday

We took our mini Spider-Man fan to see Spider-Man Far from Home! You know that meant $5 AMC with our $5.00 snacks! We loved the movie and can’t wait to see the next one! We didn’t get pics since we were running late and by the time we were done it was hot we made our way back to the car and got home in the air conditioning! It was way too hot for the park today! We did have lunch and I had an event at The Deck! today’s today was $40.87!

Wednesday

We elected to have a late evening activity instead of an earlier day! I’m seeing a pattern these last few weeks of doing more work on Wednesdays and my kids have been adjusting really well. At our church they had an ice-cream social that honored Father Corley who recently passed. He always loved this event and always organized it! In addition to the fact that Father Corley loved this social he also was the Darby Police Departments’ Pastor so many officers attended! They interacted with the kids and even allowed them to play with the lights and sirens! The ice-cream social was a dollar per person. I gave a flat $10 total spent for the day!

By the time the social was over, the kids definitely were wired up with all of the ice-cream toppings that it took them quite some time to settle down! We allowed them to stay up a little longer!

Thursday

It was time to go to our weekly library trip! The kids completed their weekly reading in addition to their book reports for school! They were rewarded a toy and a new book from the Free Library of Philadelphia weekly reading adventure! My kids have been knocking out the park by getting a mix of books to learn about their culture as well as books that spark their individual interest! So far they are averaging about 5-6 books a week! Naila the oldest decided to slow it down with bigger chapter books and we are challenged to read together! It also allowed me to start and complete all laundry!

It rained so hard on Thursday that once we got back from the library they wanted to relax and start reading! I also attended the Sofitel Philadelphia happy hour and showcasing of Janice Telestar: “French Kiss.” No money was spent today!

Friday

Since it was coming to the close of the week we elected to go to McDonald’s for their food and we swam for 2 hours! Swimming is just one of those activities that is always a great idea! McDonald’s cost a flat $15 with my coupons and ended up being the only money spent as we packed snacks and drinks from home for the ride home!

So between Legoland, library, movies, lunch, ice-cream social, the park and swimming each day we were on the go!! The kids are also utilizing my work time to get their reading time completed and they are surpassing my personal reading goals for them. With events I was able to have me time, impromptu date nights, and even though it doesn’t seem clear some personal rest time! It takes a lot to keep it moving and I’m always checking in with myself to find ways to create balance so we can keep moving!

Let’s see what week 5 brings!

Monday Motivation: Open Heart

So happy Monday! First let’s be grateful for waking up! If you can read this you are on the right path. We forget that life is but a vapor. We spend more time upset over small things. Shift the mind! I am grateful for waking up! I am grateful for another opportunity to make an amazing path!

With that being said what if you woke up with a closed heart. A closed heart that doesn’t see good in anyone. An open heart that isn’t open to love and living a full life! That has to be a hard place to live in. I used to live like that. Everyday argumentative and angry. It’s a draining way to live! When your heart is open to the right things you can overcome all kinds of obstacles. You can push through difficult moments even when you feel like no answers are near.

When your heart is open to the right things even in dark times you can hold onto light! I’ve had many times where someone has said something to me that alerted me to what was inside of me all along. My heart was able to receive someone speaking hope into my hopeless situation. It’s a blessing to keeping your heart open! When you have closed off your heart it seems like everything and everyone is against you. You find fault in everything all the time and often times you’re not able to take accountability! Today during your Monday shuffle; find ways to open your heart. It could in how you shift from a complaining spirit to a grateful one. One time I had mere dollars if you could call it that. My want or needs list was higher than the money to take care of them. I wanted to be mad as if it was the moneys fault. I took a deep breath and wrote what I could do to proceed in my day in the right mindset and in a matter of hours, money didn’t appear but provision did. This meant what I needed came in ways I wouldn’t have had room to mentally conceive until I shifted my heart to be open!

I hope that if you feel hopeless that you would understand that it’s a dark moment not a dark life. Your moment isn’t a permanent life choice. Things do and always turn. The worse thing you have gotten into you have always managed to come out on the other side so whatever has your heart closed, release it! Replace it with hope of the future and that doesn’t mean months and years-we talking about your today and now! Take charge to let go and open your heart!

Happy Bastille Day: Ardmore Bastille Block Party

One thing that I enjoyed this past spring was my trip to Paris. Seeing up close how the culture and the people mesh is nothing but a once in a lifetime adventure. With first hand knowledge of how the French love and treat others I was more than happy to attend Ardmore Bastille Block Party! It was a mix of everything France with music, food, drinks, entertainment, and even things for the kids to go as well! Also it’s the first in Ardmore and I hope they continue this worthy celebration for years to come! Let me break it down for you! Special thanks to Delice Et Chocolate and The Bercy for joining forces to bring the Best of the Best of France to the Mainline!

Wine Garden

The Bercy made sure those who wanted to rosé all day definitely was able to. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot drink selections included rosé, champagnes, and sparkling wines. Tickets were $20 in advance and $25 on location. Anytime drink offerings are available my high suggestion is to take it! If you plan on having at least 2-3 drinks they become well worth it and it was drink as you like which meant for each ticket you could continue drinking until last call. Its definitely cost effective to drink!

For non alcoholic drinkers The Bercy had a cucumber limeade that was amazing good and refreshing!!

Thank you Cory you were an amazing server with amazing personality!!

The Bercy also had a brunch that was available from 10-3pm! This was an all you care to eat buffet style brunch and definitely worth it. We elected to eat inside of the Bercy and let me tell you it was well worth it! They have a great selection of food and their kids menus is more than I bargained for-it’s super great! I took my 3 kids and my niece and all of them got different options. From a cheeseburger, chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese to the butter noodles each meal came with fresh fruit, fresh veggies, fries and a chocolate chip cookie. No child left hungry! Special shout out to the staff who went and above taking care of their needs as well as the adults!

I decided to have the Quiche Du Jour which was amazing! My husband had “The Bercy Burger.” He had nothing but raves over this burger. He asked for it to be well done however at some places well down means non juicy and over cooked-not at The Bercy! It was the best he’s ever had!!!! My quiche was outstanding I have zero regrets!

Delice Et Chocolat

If you ever been to Paris you know they are known for some of the most amazing treats! From croissants to macaroon and chocolate-it’s amazing! I took my oldest kids and we had a blast enjoying these French treats! From the first bite to the last I wasn’t disappointed. It took me back to my Paris trip and on Bastille this couldn’t have been any better! I had some amazing croissants when I attended the Ardmore Preview a few weeks ago and I knew if ever I was missing Paris that Delice Et Chocolat is and will always be my go to!

The Parlour

The icecream supplied by Parlour ice cream shop is always a great treat. Mom hack-they have a mini cone that is only $1 that in my opinion is more than enough for little and big hands. Today’s feature was mint chocolate chip and caramel pretzel!

Entertainment

We didn’t just walk around eating and drinking. Even if we had it would have been more than amazing! Shout out to the can can dancers From Philadelphia Academy of Ballet! They were more than amazing-check out my Instagram for their performance! These beautiful ladies were in sync and everyone loved them!

French Cooking

This blues band was so amazing! I loved them. They had the crowds swinging! My kids surprised me when they just stopped what they were doing to start dancing! Trust me as soon as I heard them I came out of the Delice Et Chocolat to hear them. They are from New York and have such a southern sound that I enjoyed!

Face painting!

Who doesn’t love face painting? I do! My kids and I were able to have our face painted by Mudroom! You can stop at Mudroom to do some amazing crafts any time their open!

Between crafts, drinks, food, music, can can dancers, and all around Sunday Funday-Bastille Day was an amazing celebration of love and freedom and I’m glad I was able to join in all the fun! Thank you Aversa PR, Admore Initiatives, The Bercy, The Parlour, Mudroom and Delice Et Chocolat!

So now I know you’re thinking how much you missed. Well don’t be! This is all a great prelude to Ardmore Restaurant week where you can definitely stop in to The Bercy and Delice Et Chocolat or others by clicking on the link and stopping in!

Summer Love with Joi

ToiTime is in the midst of a Summer take over! I took my adventures to Atlantic City to the Showboat Casino to hear Joilet Harris! Joilet Harris is an amazing singer who serenaded the audience with all of the love.

I grew up around real singing. My family still sings to this day! So to hear someone who could “sang” filled my whole heart with joy! Joi engages with her crowd and makes you feel like you’re the only one there! I absolutely loved her range and ability. Her band “Jays Crew” was odd the chain. Sitting back and listening to their arraignments was pure magic! There timing and ability is clear. They go with the punches and make it easy to come through to the audience!

She even serenaded my husband and I so loved it. So what can you expect when you attend? Engagement. Good sanging-yes it’s spelled correctly. Good music with an amazing live band. Attentiveness. You will experience an all around experience! One thing about cabaret music is the artist can be themselves and you get the pure essence of Joi! This show makes an amazing date night or you can grab your friends who loves good music trust me they will love it! Make it a night there are plenty of things to do on the Boardwalk before or even after the show!

What to expect once there:

  • If you want to order a drink-bring cash
  • You will be served and the servers are amazing so please tip
  • Parking is self parking or valet-valet is about 30 dollars you can pay cash or with your card as well
  • Get there on time-Joi will be ready to start

Joi will be there on Friday on July on the 19th and the 26th with two shows at 730 or 930!

To get tickets click on the link!

Thank you to Juniper Productions for the invite! You can also donate to help them. One thing about productions is that they always attract the most amazing artist but they need to be supported. Let’s not only support artists by attending their shows but let’s also donate so that others who can’t can!

Ask Toi: How can you deal with a stolen best friend?

There is no such thing as a stolen best friend. Your friend could have another relationship that is making you feel like you’re missing out but no one can steal what’s already solid.

This principle applies to romantic relationships as well. Your friend could be growing in ways you aren’t. Whomever she is hanging out with appeals to the new growth. Her going out with other people is called life. No one can be so bound to one person that they can’t branch out and have other interests. You need to deal with your feelings and how it makes you feel. Drake says “no new friends” but the truth is although the new relationship may not ever get to the same status as you and her, the truth of the matter she can and will have other people she will gravitate towards that isn’t you!

Once you deal with your feeling surrounding how you feel you can make the time with your best friend more meaningful. You don’t have to compete with the new friend. You have an established bond like a sisterhood. You are still besties. Your friend has a new friend and it’s okay unless the new friend is a bad influence. If you can’t see a reason outside of she just shouldn’t be, deal with you so you can keep your friendship in tact and not come off as jealous! Nothing is worse than dealing with a friend that is jealous. It turns them into a mean spirited friend and that’s not something you want to be!