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A Bug’s Life and A Kid’s Life: The Common Thread

Summers bring new possibilities for kids: both exhilarating and nerve-wracking…

Summer may have just begun, but new opportunities for our kids abound. Whether going to sleep-away camp for the first time, facing a new childcare situation, or traveling to an unfamiliar place, there’s so much potential for thrilling, but possibly anxiety-inducing, experiences the next few months. Fun-filled activities that may also inspire questions like “will I like this?”, “do I measure up?”, or “will I make friends?”

In DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY, we see critters dealing with parallel fears and life stressors. Vacuum cleaners (bullies), feelings of self-worth (Worm has no legs), and molting (spiders). Thinking about all the new experiences my children will encounter this summer, I asked them what they do to help relieve their own worries in new or stressful situations. My four-year-old immediately chimed in with “take big breaths.” My seven-year-old said that he imagines everyone in a new situation is someone who loves and cares for him. And, my ten-year-old emphasized the importance of positive self-talk: “I compliment myself and say I can do this!” Worm, Spider and Fly can totally relate!

Your kids will know they are not alone when they see these critters working their way through the challenges life hands them. In DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY, the bugs enter a new school year, work hard to overcome their own jitters, and help each other out along the way. The critters also learn that, like our precious little people, that they are all capable of doing big things. If you’re looking for a great way to build your child’s self-confidence through exploration and new experiences, this play is just the ticket. DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY runs through July 7. For tickets, go to dct.org.

Only a few shows left…
Sat., June 29, 1:30PM
Sun., June 30, 1:30PM
Sun., June 30, 4:30PM (ASL)
Sat., July 6, 1:30PM
Sun., July 7, 1:30PM



Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.



Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

© 2011 Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. By special arrangement with Pippin Properties, Inc. and Gurman Agency LLC.

Now – July 7
Ages 3 and up

The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp through a bug’s world commands center stage in this hip-hoppin’ musical that promotes eco-consciousness, earth science, and tolerance of others. The popular characters from the bestselling books are not so unusual: Worm eats his homework and has no legs. Fly has 327 siblings and wants to be a superhero. And Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. When Fly’s Aunt Rita needs help getting out of a tight spot, the squad must combine their talents and work as a team on the rescue mission of a lifetime. While there’s no pop quiz, you might just learn that a bug’s life isn’t that different from your own.

DCT’s National Touring Sponsor is Neiman Marcus.


Photo Credits: storyblocks[dot]com, unsplash[dot]com, and Karen Almond

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