April 28, 1998
BAT ATTACKIf hanging upside down or flying in the dark sounds like your sort of thing, check out Bats Bats Everywhere, the battiest site on the Internet.Follow the screech to http://members.aol.com/bats4kids/. You'll enter a virtual cave of these critters, find out what they eat, what kind of homes they have and why bats aren't birds. Did you know that bats are helpful to humans in many ways, or that bats are not blind? Enter the Bat Page Game Room, featuring crosswords, puzzles and more.
August 22, 1997
It looked like pandemonium when more than 200 children and parents attended the Savage library's "Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor" program last week -- and several weeks of planning and work by volunteers and staff paid off.Balloon octopuses hung from the ceiling, converting the meeting room into a facsimile of the ocean.The walls were covered with paper cut-outs of reefs and algae, and special activity stations were installed around the room.Because the program took its theme from the popular children's science series, "The Magic School Bus," the first activity station included a two-foot plastic bus for children to play on.To the accompaniment of music from "The Little Mermaid," the children sampled foods found under and around the sea and played on a beach area (a blue tarp)
May 8, 1997
Magic School BusChildren won't want to miss the bus on Saturday when the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America presents Scholastic's the Magic School Bus LIVE! "Arnold's Favorite Field Trip." The 65-minute show is based on the book series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen published by Scholastic Inc. and the PBS television show. The Magic School Bus comes alive in this stage show filled with music, learning and fun -- complete with audience participation.In "Arnold's Favorite Field Trip," an ordinary field trip to a bridge dedication ceremony turns into an adventure in Arnold's pantry for the teacher, Ms. Frizzle, her reptilian sidekick, Liz, reluctant 11 Arnold, corny Carlos, bookish Dorothy Ann, curious Keesha and energetic Wanda.
December 15, 1995
You never know where Ms. Frizzle, that delightfully wacky science teacher known to millions of school children, will go next. One day, she's navigating the Magic School Bus through Ralphie's body, the next, she's zipping her fictional class to the -- solar system. Yesterday, the Frizz and her bus landed at the Enoch Pratt Free Library downtown, to the glee of elementary-age groupies throughout Baltimore."Have we all brought our imaginations today?" asked Ms. Frizzle (played by Canton children's librarian Sara Moran in a poofy red wig and a dress bedecked with squids)
December 14, 1995
Magic aboard the busThe Magic School Bus will be in Baltimore today at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the public is invited to take a tour.Known to scores of children who have read the books and watched the PBS television series, the celebrated bus is on a cross-country tour from New York to Seattle, Wash. Along the way the bus will make about 20 stops at libraries, museums, book stores and festivals.Mayor Kurt Schmoke is expected to be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning before the bus opens to the public and students from area elementary schools.
December 25, 1994
Non-Bus Policy Penalizes SomeI was truly infuriated by the Dec. 19 editorial entitled, "The Magic School Bus." I believe that all elementary school students should receive bus service. In the 1990s, no young child or even group of young children is safe walking to school. This means that parents whose children are not allowed to ride the bus are unfairly penalized by having to drive their children every day.I believe that this is an unfair burden to place on our families, whether the parents work inside the home or outside of it. Is it fair to separate elementary students and parents into haves and have-nots based on whether they live on the bus route?