Disney classics, the boardwalk and Rehoboth beach

Hand Drawn by Hannah Bellistri

One of the things that amazed me when we moved to Delmarva was just how vibrant the arts community is. People on Delmarva really love art. Who knew there was so much culture at the beach?

In Dover, the Biggs Museum is a must-see stop. They recently had an Ansel Adams exhibit. It has more furniture than paintings, but it is still an unexpected gem in the middle of Delmarva. Sadly, the Schwartz Center closed in downtown Dover. I was fortunate enough to tour the building before it did. It is magnificent. Hopefully, someone with an entrepreneurial mind and spirit will reopen the Schwartz and turn it into an enterprise that matches the grand building.

Pinocchio and Snow White at Clear Space Theatre at Rehoboth Beach

Further South, Sussex County has art galleries, a film society, craftsman who make furniture and jewelry, photographers who take some of the most amazing wildlife still photographs I have ever seen and live theatre. Sussex County has a lot to offer in the dramatic arts department. In the western part of the county, there is Possum Point Players in Georgetown. Then, there is the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre. Last, but far from least, there is Clear Space Theatre. Full disclosure, I am partial to Clear Space. I have ties there. The work they do is well-regarded and the people involved in the theatre are nothing short of amazing. The theatre also is located on the same block as the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth Beach. That is not too shabby.

So what’s my point? Well, this blog is about discovering fun things to do for families either living on Delmarva or for families who are just visiting.

If you have kids and you happen to live or visit Sussex County, Clear Space Theatre has a neat program on Saturdays throughout the summer. They are offering kids’ shows for $5. Children are encouraged to come sit on stage while they watch the show.

hand drawn coloring page by local artist Hannah Bellistri

  • Every Saturday at 11 a.m., the theatre will perform either Pinocchio or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The company will alternate shows. Admission is $5. 

I have three kids. That is a steal. I cannot get out of a movie theater for less than $100. I am very excited about the prospect of taking my kids to these shows. Here is what I plan: Pack up the car, or maybe give DART a try, go see the show, afterward get a little lunch on the boardwalk, then play at the beach.  If we take the bus, I do not have to worry about driving or parking in Rehoboth Beach. Win, Win, Win. Here is a link to the bus schedule. If you have driven in beach traffic, the bus may just save your sanity.

Clear Space also has children’s summer camps. The kids in the camps also will perform free shows on Friday throughout the summer. My daughter is signed up for 101 Dalmatians. Those performances also are at 11 a.m. on Fridays. My sons watched my daughter at rehearsal this week. They wanted to stay and watch the show. I was impressed. They wanted to stay and watch the show.

Here is the lineup of  the free shows:

July 14:  101 Dalmatians  11:00 am and Noon
July 21:  The Lion King Experience  11:00 am and Noon
July 28:  Witches Britches Rings & Things 11:00 am and Noon
August 4:  High School Musical 11:00 am and 12:30 pm
August 11: Hairspray 11:00 am and 12:30 pm

The Little Mermaid Musical is performed at Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach

The Little Mermaid also just opened at Clear Space. We missed opening night, but we saw the second performance on July 6th. It was amazing. My three kids sat quietly through the entire show and that is saying a lot. They were thoroughly entertained. The show is visually stunning. The eels light up and Ursula is spot on. If you are visiting and have kids or grandkids, I would recommend taking them to this show. They also will have a chance to meet Ariel after the show, where she will hand out coloring pages for The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, and Snow White. The coloring sheets were hand drawn by a local artist, Hannah Bellistri.

Hannah Bellistri, Sussex County artist.

If you are looking for something to do with the little ones while visiting the beach, this is worth checking out.

 

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