One Way to Channel the Drama

now i'm reading plays boxed sets!

Some of the more gut-wrenching, heartfelt performances you’ve witnessed have been by a 5-year-old. Yours.

So if a skinned knee usually ends with shouts of “Bravo!” think about focusing those melodramatic tendencies in the direction of Innovative Kids’s Now I’m Reading Plays.

Perfect for new readers ages 5 and up, box sets of The Three Little Pigs or Cinderella include character masks, a storybook, and five personalized scripts. Individual lines are highlighted and bolded to make it easier for mini method actors to follow along.

We read the book first to familiarize our cast with the setting, characters, and plot. Next, we let them get to work creating costumes and practicing their lines. Our performances took place sitting in a circle on the playroom rug. But that didn’t stop them from taking a bow.

Available online at spoonsisters.com.

this week in seattle!

Bird Lovers’ Weekend

What: Make crafts, learn birdcalls, and watch glassblowing demos.
Why: Visits from live feathered friends, too.
When: Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma (253-284-4750). Adults, $12; children 6-12, $5; under 6, free.

Movies at the Museum

What: Grab a snack and watch the silly fave Monsters, Inc.
Why: Suit him up in pj’s, so he’ll fall right into bed afterward.
When: Wed., 6 p.m.
Where: KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4091 Factoria Mall SE (425-637-8100). Reservations (recommended) online at kidsquestmuseum.org. Adults and children 1 and up, $7; under 1, free.

Fall City Farms

What: Get lost in the maze, hear music, and go for a spin on the hayride.
Why: Ditch the traditional — pumpkins of all shapes and colors abound.
When: Thru Oct. 31. Mon., noon-6 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 3636 Neal Rd., Fall City (425-222-4553). Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of The Spoon Sisters

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Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402
4091 Factoria Mall
Bellevue, WA 98006
3636 Neal Rd SE
Fall City, WA 98024