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November 29, 2018

Family Activity: Boing!


In the show Boing!, brothers Joêl and Wilkie are trying to get to sleep, but they're too excited—Santa is coming! In this activity, invent a fun bedtime routine by playing some mini games, help Joêl and Wilkie's teddy bear get to the theater and plan the best fort fun day ever!

At Home
Do your kids ever have trouble going to sleep like Joêl and Wilkie? We have a some ideas for new ways to get to bed!

Step One: As a family, choose two to three of these activities to create a brand new bedtime routine.

Step Two: Choose which order to do your new bedtime routine. When the clock strikes bedtime, start the first activity.

Step Three: You can try out different activities each night until you find the perfect bedtime routine for your family. Which activities put your whole family straight to sleep?

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On Your Way
Joêl and Wilkie have two bears by their side during their restless adventure, named Dr. Evil Bear and Panda Bear. Joêl and Wilkie's bear friends need to be ready for the show, but they're having fun playing hide-and-seek on their own. Help us spot them below!

Hide and Seek
They've run into a blanket fort, but it looks like there's more than one bear in there! Help us match Dr. Evil Bear and Panda Bear to their shadows. 

Hide and Seek

Panda Bear in Disguise
Panda Bear has escaped into the snow, and now he's hiding between his snowman friends. Can you spot him?

Panda Bear in Disguise

Seeing Double
Oh look its Dr. Evil Be… wait a second! That's not Dr. Evil Bear! He's met up with his look-alike Dr. Friendly Bear. There are three things that make them different. Can you find all of them and discover who is the real Dr. Evil Bear? 

Seeing Double

You Found Them!
The bears are in Times Square, do you see them? Point them out and tell them to head to The Duke on 42nd Street—they have a show to perform!

You Found Them!

After the Show
Now that you've seen the show, get inspired by their whimsical and wacky behavior with the best fort fun day ever.

Materials: One bed sheet, four chairs, clothespins or binder clips

Step One: Find a bed sheet and four chairs and place the sheet over the chairs to create a tent. Then, use clothespins or binder clips to make the sheet stay in place.

Fort

Step Two: Grab some pillows, extra blankets, string lights and a furry friend to make the fort cozier. Does your family have favorite yummy snacks, books or board games? Bring them into the fort too!

Step Three: Turn off the lights and turn on a flashlight. Together, use your hands to create animals and shapes. Can you make a bird? A square? An eagle? A bat? 

And Beyond
Create your own personalized furry friend at Build a Bear Workshop.
Test out your dance moves and wiggle it out until you can't anymore at the Let’s Dance! exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Illustrations: Siobhan Santini Pellot
Posted by Beth Henderson

When brothers Bibi and Bichu were growing up in Ethiopia, they dreamt of a land where circus is celebrated and all are welcome to participate. In Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, their goals become a reality. This holiday season, the two brothers, alongside a talented company, share epic body contortions, jaw dropping juggling routines and truly daring stunts.

In this Family Activity, make shapes with your body, compete in a balancing challenge and create a dreamboard to help you envision your ambitions!
 

At Home
The contortionists of Circus Abyssinia create unbelievable shapes with the simplest circus prop—their bodies. In this activity, see how many different poses you can make with your own!

Materials: Your body
 
Step One: See if you can make your body into the following shapes.

Shapes

Think:
  • Can you make this shape as big as possible? As small as possible?
  • Can you make this shape with just your arms? Just your legs? Just your face?
Step Two: Now that you and your family members have practiced twisting your bodies into different shapes, it's time to pass the pose!
  • Strike any pose you'd like and see how quickly your family members can mimic you.
  • Then, it's their turn to strike a pose.
Try any of these challenges for extra fun:
  • Keep passing the pose back and forth until someone runs out of ideas.
  • See how quickly you can pass the poses back and forth.
  • Try to hold each pose for as long as possible.
On Your Way
Ever wonder how circus performers are able to balance, toss, catch and throw things all at once? Through practice, of course! In this activity, challenge yourself and your family members to a balancing act.

Materials: One small item of your choice for each family member, like a coin, bottle cap or a ball of paper

Step One: Choose your item and see if you can balance it. To get started, try balancing it on the back of your hand (not in your palm). Then, try it on your thumb. Mastered that? Now try it on the top of your pointer finger.

Some balancing tips:
  • Keep your eye on a fixed point—usually at the center or top of the item you are balancing.
  • Keep your body as still as possible.
  • Breathe and concentrate.
  • Most importantly, don’t give up!
Step Two: Try to balance your item on different parts of your body. Can you try:
  • Your knee?
  • Your forehead?
  • Your foot?
  • Your shoulder?
Step Three: It's time to have a Balance Battle! With your travel buddy (or buddies) start balancing your item at the same time. See who can last the longest!



After the Show
Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam first fell in love with the circus when they saw their teacher juggling. They would run home to practice with household items, like oranges! Ethiopia did not have a professional circus at the time, but they would perform everywhere and anywhere—at festivals, school, on street corners or in marketplaces. 

One day, a circus was travelling through their town and saw the brothers juggling—the circus immediately recognized their talent and hired them. Now, Bibi and Bichu helm their own circus and sponsor a circus school in Ethiopia called Circus Wingate, where they train many young performers. Read more of their story here!

Bibi and Bichu
Photo: Rod Penn

Now that you have seen the show and learned their story, think about the following questions:
  • How did the show make you feel? Happy? Dreamy? Sad? Silly?
  • Which was your favorite circus act? What did you like about it?
  • Did you recognize Bibi and Bichu's journey to the circus in the show? Which parts helped tell that story?
In Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, you saw that they turned their dream into a reality. What dreams do you hope to achieve in the future? In this activity, create a visual representation of your goals and aspirations—in other words, a dreamboard! 

Here is an example for inspiration: 

Dreamboard

Materials: Scissors, magazines or newspapers, glue or tape, cardstock or poster board, markers, stickers, trinkets and keepsakes

Step One: Everyone has hopes or wishes for the future—think about one of your own. Do you want to be a computer programmer, an author or work with rescued dogs? Is there somewhere you want to travel, like Ethiopia, France or Costa Rica?

Choose one goal as a theme for your dreamboard. If you have more dreams you'd like to bring to life, make separate boards for each of them.

Step Two: Look through the magazines and newspapers while thinking about your dream. Notice words and images that inspire you. Cut out all the words, photographs and drawings that relate to your dream—the more colorful and positive, the better! 

Step Three: Arrange these clippings on your poster board. Once the collage design looks great, glue everything in place, step back and admire your work. 
 

BONUS: Do you have any small trinkets or keepsakes that make you think of your goal, like meaningful ribbons, stamps, shells or buttons? Pin them to your dreamboard to make your 2D work 3D!

Step Four: Hang up the dream board somewhere you'll see it often. Keep adding to it as your dreams grow and don't stop until they come true!

And Beyond
Posted by Beth Henderson
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