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The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.

It's summertime, and here at The New Victory we're busy getting ready for our upcoming season. All summer long, we're offering fun Summer Field Guides for you to celebrate being a kid in New York. Get inspired by the activities below and start getting in the mood for the shows to come!

In this issue, we celebrate Moon Day on July 20th.

July 20th – Moon Day

It can be tricky to see the stars in the nighttime New York sky, but even the glow of our vibrant city can't blot out the Moon. We celebrate Moon Day in honor of the crew of Apollo 11, who were the first astronauts to set foot on Earth's nearest neighbor, 46 years ago, on July 20, 1969. Astronauts are some of the bravest explorers the world has ever known, but every one of them started out as a curious kid, staring at the sky like the rest of us, making wishes on the brightest stars and tracing constellations with inquisitive fingers. Let's turn our gazes upward and join them, shall we?

Design a Constellation

If you stargaze on a clear night, you might recognize some famous constellations: The Big Dipper, Orion, Leo. The identities of these shapes in the sky have been passed down for centuries. Let's find some new ones!

What shapes do you see in the starfield below? Perhaps the hard-to-spot Banana Minor, or the elusive Crabman…

Click to download a printable version of the starfield and connect the dots—er... stars!

Make a Star and Share It

In Théâtre de l'Œil's THE STAR KEEPER, coming to The New Victory next April, a star falls from the sky, and it's up to a chivalrous worm named Pretzel to return it to its rightful place in the firmament for all to enjoy. 

Follow the instructions below to make your own star out of paper. Decorate it however you like. Then, place it somewhere outside so your NYC neighbors can make a wish when they spot it!
 

As you explore the city this summer, keep an eye out for stars like yours. And if one should fall at your feet, return it to a high place for your fellow stargazers to observe.
 


Explore the Cosmos 

Did you know you can see the stars even when the sun is out? Just visit a planetarium! The New York metro area has several great planetariums and science museums where you can learn more about astronomy.

Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side – www.amnh.org
New York Hall of Science, Corona, Queens – www.nysci.org
Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City – www.cradleofaviation.org
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers – www.hrm.org
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City – www.lsc.org
Newark Museum, Newark – www.newarkmuseum.org



Share your Findings

Share your constellations and star designs with us on Instagram @newvictorytheater or on Twitter @newvictory, or take to Facebook and tell us what you learned from a recent museum or planetarium visit. Pretzel would be proud!
 
  Speaking of Pretzel, that cute little guy returns to The New Victory next April, when Théâtre de l'Œil brings THE STAR KEEPER back to New York. They were last here in 1999—let's welcome them back!
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It's summertime, and here at The New Victory we're busy getting ready for our upcoming season. All summer long, we're offering fun Summer Field Guides for you to celebrate being a kid in New York. Get inspired by the activities below and start getting in the mood for the shows to come!

Puck silhouetted against the MoonIn this issue, we celebrate Pandemonium Day on July 14th.


July 14th – Pandemonium Day

Who is Puck? Why, he's the knavish sprite and friend of fairies who makes mischief in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. July 14th is a holiday after Puck's own heart: Pandemonium Day! Here are some cheeky games to amuse you and befuddle those you love.


Silly Love Poem Mad Lib

Puck's silhouette peeking out from behind a treeIn A Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck plays tricks on people in love. Foil Cupid as Puck might—fill out this silly Mad Lib love poem and recite it to your dearest of dears.

(1) Your favorite food
(2) Adjective used to describe your favorite food
(3) Adverb, ending in -ly
(4) Your favorite animal
(5) Action verb, ending in -ing
(6) Your favorite song title
(7) Your favorite vacation spot
(8) Superlative adjective, ending in -est
(9) A building material
(10) Superlative adjective, ending in -est
(11) A dessert, different from (1)

Click to show the Mad Lib.

 
Peculiar Pairings
Odd combination of clothes
Surprise your family with a strange snack. Draw a line between the foods you think would make the most intriguing combination, and then convince others of your culinary genius. Pickles and popcorn? Delicious!
 
Jellybeans Pears
Toast Popcorn
Pickles Cream cheese
Bananas Peanut butter
Cereal Craisins

Once you’ve proven your epicurean expertise, try promoting your pairing to passersby! Lemonade stands are so passé.


Wacky Wardrobe

When you get dressed in the morning, mix and un-match! Wear stripes with polka dots, plaids with prints and unmatched socks, or shake up the seasons with mittens and a bathing suit. This is New York—avant-garde is always en vogue!

Once you're dressed to impress, get out there and turn some heads. And be sure to share your eccentric ensemble with us on Instagram @NewVictoryTheater, or on Twitter @NewVictory. #Pandemonium


Save the date! Later this year, in October and November, Cape Town's Isango Ensemble presents its South Africa-inspired rendition of Benjamin Britten's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the New Vic. Join us!
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