A Puppet Show – Making it Look like it Sounds!

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Sea lion puppet by FolkmanisA mark of a good stage show is that it makes the performance “look like it sounds.” This is especially important when entertaining the youngest audience members, where everybody wins when you provide many different ways to appeal to the senses.

 

Penguin puppetIn that spirit, I’ve received several new puppets who will make their debut this Saturday at Glenfield Park in Montclair! These fuzzy friends will play characters right out of our songs “Five Sea Lions,” “Peek-a-boo Moon,” “Glass Bottom Boat” and “The People Exhibit at the Zoo!” Who knows…”Mimi the Ladybug” might make her big debut this weekend too!

Many thanks to the good folks at the PuppetU Store for their great selection, easy-to-use web site and quick shipping! I highly recommend them for your puppetry needs!


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Imagine That!!! We have a last-minute appearance Saturday April 12!

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Imagine That!!! Children's Museum

Sometimes in life a cancellation opens up a new opportunity to make things happen. This is how it worked out that tomorrow, Saturday 4/12, we will give a special acoustic mini-concert with the full band at Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum in Florham Park!

"Dynamic David" RosenblumThis is your first chance to see us with our new bass guitarist “Dynamic David” Rosenblum. Early tomorrow we’ll take some band photos of the new lineup using the very inspiring and visually pleasing backdrops this museum possesses. Then, around 11:30 we’ll play an all-acoustic full-band mini-concert, probably in the museum’s café.

There’s no charge for the music; your regular admission price to the museum covers the music too.

Museum admission (good all day):

$9.95 adult
$10.95 child


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“Everyone’s Invited!” Album is Parents’ Choice® Approved!

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Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam holding his CD Everyone's Invited!I’m delighted to announce that “Everyone’s Invited!” my debut album with the Jungle Gym Jam is Parents’ Choice® Approved!  Parents’ Choice® commendations of any kind are only awarded to about 20% of all applicants, each who has to really believe in their product to submit an application of this kind.

Check out the upbeat review by music historian and dad Lahri Bond for the Parents’ Choice® Foundation.

Here’s Lahri’s favorite track, “Peek-a-boo Moon!”

If you agree with Parents’ Choice® and want this album in your family’s collection, you can listen/buy at your favorite online music retailer below.

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Many thanks to the contributors to this album who made this moment a reality:

Amy Didner, lyricist; Ross Kantor, drummer; Casey McCleary, harmony vocalist; Judy Helbig, bassist; Meg Beattie, harmony vocalist; Bob Cannon, mandolinist; John Ginty, organist, Dave Cushing, producer; Scott Anthony, mastering engineer; Melissa Bailey, illustrator.

Thanks to the Parents’ Choice® Foundation for their important work of identifying those products intended for children that have what it takes to delight and enrich children and their families.

Thanks to Children’s Music Network and Katherine Dines, Leslie Zak, Dave Kinnoin and Monty Harper for their very helpful critiques of the songwriting.

Deep gratitude to my parents, daughter, brother, in-laws, nephews and nieces for encouraging the development of these songs and the band by being among the first to groove to them!

Thank you, the families who make the extra effort to seek enriching, age-appropriate entertainment to engage your children. You make the decision to share our passion project with the world an easy one!


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CANCELLED: Family Fun Festival and Brunch Buffet

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I’m sorry to announce that our Family Fun Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at The Office in Ridgewood is cancelled due to an uncontrollable circumstance within the restaurant.  The restaurant will remain open and serve its excellent food as always, but will not be able to accommodate this special event at this time as they had hoped. Fewer things in my line of work are harder than having to disappoint a child; I’m actively working to make up for this…


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We Have a Winner! Family Pass to Sunday’s Family Fun Day

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Immaculate Conception Spring Family Fun Day GiveawayThanks for entering for your chance to win a free family pass (This is a $30 value) to Spring Family Fun Day at Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair this Sunday 3/30!

Your kids will dance and high-five with Elmo, thrill to a magicians dazzling tricks, get wonderful face paintings and of course, rock out to the sounds of the Jungle Gym Jam! Plus, I’ll perform a song from the smash-hit movie “Frozen.”

Jason

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Good luck! How about a little music while you’re entering…

If you didn’t win this giveaway, don’t worry; I do frequent giveaways. Sign up for the free eGoodie Bag to get more giveaways along with exclusive videos and music that’s just for you.

You’ll also get a great discount for tomorrow’s Family Fun Day delivered to your inbox!

 

 


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Win a Child-Sized Ukulele at Spring Family Fun Day This Sunday!

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This Sunday for our Family Fun Day event, please remember to bring a nonperishable food item (please check the expiration date) or cash donation for Mary’s Pantry. We will thank you with a chance to win a First Act Discovery “Cars-Lightning McQueen” ukulele, appropriate for ages 3 and up!

See me playing this cute instrument below…

Family Fun Day takes place this Sunday March 30 at 2:30 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair, NJ. My band will play spirited rock-n-roll for kids and their grown-ups. There will be a magician, face painter, and a costumed character the kids all know and love will make a special appearance! Refreshments will be available.

Save on admission by buying tickets right here!

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Win a Child-Sized Ukulele by Donating at Family Fun Day 3/30 Immaculate Conception Church Montclair, NJ


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This Sunday – Family Fun Day at Immaculate Conception Montclair

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Immaculate Conception Spring Flyer 4x3I’m excited to offer your family a fun and festive experience to welcome the spring after a long, cold winter. The full band will get the kids up and dancing (and I suspect you’ll be tapping your toes too…) to lively songs that celebrate kindness and big imagination. Of course, we aim to offer you a festival of diverse experiences, so we’re bringing a face painter, a magician and Elmo!

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We also believe in making it fun to give back to the community so we invite you to bring a nonperishable food item for Mary’s Pantry. With your food or cash donation, you’ll get a chance to win a child-sized ukulele and other fun prizes.

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You’ll save on admission when you buy your tickets in advance. You’ll save even more by signing up for eGoodie Bag, where you get the best discounts anywhere on our tickets and merchandise and you get exclusive  sounds and videos delivered right to your inbox! Your e-mail messages from the eGoodie Bag club include a special code that gives you that great discount.

 

Then head on over to our ticket page and save on admission for your family!

Giveaway: Free Family Pass to Touch-a-Truck Day in Warren, NJ on Sat 5/4

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Touch a Truck 2014

Here’s your opportunity for a FREE family pass to the Touch-a-Truck event for Mountain Top School (valued at $5 per person) in Warren< NJ on Saturday May 4. The Jungle Gym Jam will provide entertainment while your kids get up close and personal with fire trucks, construction trucks and more! The more you share this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter, the more chances you get to win!

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Animated Music Video “Five Sea Lions” is now Public

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Here it is, the “Five Sea Lions” music video, our first animated music video:

Thanks to the fine team who put this together!

Animated by Glen Biltz, GBTV
Lyrics by Amy and Jason Didner
Music by Jason Didner
Produced by Dave Cushing at Snowdome Studios, Montclair, NJ
Mastered by Scott Anthony at The Viewing Room, Springfield, NJ
Harmony vocals by Meg Beattie
The Jungle Gym Jam is:
Jason Didner-lead vocal, guitar
Casey McCleary-harmony vocal, guitar
Judy Helbig-bass guitar, harmony vocal
Ross Kantor-drums, harmony vocal

Thanks to Rebecca Alison at KidsCanGroove.com for the world premiere of this video.

Our “Videos” page has our two live action videos as well.


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