Summer fun and kids go hand in hand and I continue to find more fun activities for kids.  I had the chance to see an amazing family musical last weekend in New York City called Wanda’s Monster.  The name may sound familiar to you, becuase the musical is actually based on the children’s book Wanda’s Monster by Eileen Spinelli.  This family musical first had a run in the Spring and now it’s back by popular demand until September 8th, 2013.  I have to admit I walked out of the theater singing those catchy tunes and making noises like a monster.  I’m a big kid at heart and I was allowed to let the kid out during that musical.  It was interactive, funny and at the same time it taught an important lesson about fear, friendship and differences.

This family musical is perfect for children of all ages, but especially younger children.  The interaction and music throughout the show keeps the little ones engaged and fully aware of what’s going on.  There are opportunities for them to get up out of their seats, roar like a monster and sing.  The music by children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner was so perfect.  It kept me singing and dancing in my seat.  Oh and I even got up and joined in some of the interactive dancing.  I just can’t resist dancing.  I’m a Special Education Preschool Teacher, so I really appreciated the entire show and the lessons taught.  I had a chance to interview Laurie Berkner about her inspiration behind the music and a representative from Making Books Sing, the company behind this musical.  Watch the video below.



If you live in the New York City area or will be visiting this Summer make sure you put this on your to do list for the kids.  So family readers can get a special discount on tickets for a limited time.  Save with code MSSAVE for 25% off ticket prices.  That’s an awesome deal!  Does your family enjoy musicals?  Have you or your children read the book Wanda’s Monster?  For more information on Wanda’s Monster the family musical visit the website,

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: The views expressed are that of Monica J. I was not compensated to write this review.  I was given a ticket to see the show for review purposes.

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