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Summer Wonder Children’s Programs: Music, Dancing & More, On Wednesday Mornings
July 13, 2010, Volume 57, No. 01

This year’s Summer Wonder series at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will have children and their families hula dancing, listening to music spanning Brazil to the Middle East, joining a Roman gladiator’s journey, and traveling along the ancient Spice Route.

 Summer Wonder 2010 programs run Wednesday mornings through August 11, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The programs are free with Museum admission donation. Pre-registration is required for groups of 10 or more.  For more information or to pre-register groups (no pre-registration necessary for individuals and families), contact the Education Department at (215) 746-6774 or education@museum.upenn.edu

The 2010 schedule follows:

July 14: Tom Lee—Storyteller Tom Lee enchants audiences with his carefully researched and highly engaging folktales from Thailand and Southeast Asia.

July 21: Spice Route Ensemble—The Spice Route Ensemble takes visitors on a journey into the diverse and complex music of the Middle East through the songs and dances of Egypt, Greece, Israel, and Lebanon.

Spice Route
The Spice Route Ensemble performs a mix of Middle Eastern music at this year’s Summer Wonder program on Wednesday morning, July 21, at the Penn Museum.

July 28: Roman Army Military and Gladitorial Demonstration—Audience members witness gladiatorial bouts from Ludus Magnus Gladitorium, “the great school of the gladiator,” and have the opportunity to try on helmets and shields, re-enact battle formations, and engage in a testudo (“turtle”) formation with Legion XXIV Media Atlanta Roman legionnaire re-enactors.

August 4: Rainbow Child International—Rainbow Child International presents a fun-filled hour of surprising and fantastic stories from around the world about flight, water and water creatures, and the source of Earth’s energy—the sun. The performance is sprinkled with catchy songs, and the audience takes part in simple Tai Chi movements.

August 11: Mock Turtle Marionette Theater Presents “The Dancing Granny: Tales of African Origin”—Attendees of all ages behold marionettes, shadow puppets, masked puppets, and the great Bird of Mali tumbling out onto the stage alongside live music and dance. Guests enjoy tales from familiar characters like Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit, Boss Lion, and others. (Please note: Performance is limited to 250 guests.) Please call the Education Department at (215) 746-6774 to ensure seating availability.

Following each Summer Wonder presentation, children and their families are invited to explore the Penn Museum’s three floors of galleries featuring artifacts from Egypt, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Near East, North and South America, and Africa.

Both Museum Shops are participating in the Summer Wonder 2010 program. In addition to the Museum Shop’s regular hours, the Pyramid Shop for children opens on Summer Wonder Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring games, toys, books, crafts, and jewelry geared to young visitors.

Related: Silk Road Summer Nights Music, On Wednesday Evenings


Almanac - July 13, 2010, Volume 57, No. 01