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We hope you enjoy our blog - we try to provide helpful updates about our music, what we are up to and cool things we find to do with music, activities for kids & families, and every day stuff! Stay Silly, Silly Bus

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Silly Bus | Kids Music Back-to-School Sale | 50% off Educational Kid Music

We are so excited to do our Back-to-School. Listening to music is a great way to get kids back into learning and getting excited about things like science, and math. Get 50% OFF full digital albums in August only! Use the code school at check out to get 50% off the digital album downloads during our Back-to-School Sale!

Get kids back in to math with "It's All Just Numbers" and learn about science with one of our fan favorites, "Icky, Icky Insects". Shop with coupon code: school at check out! The sale runs the entire month of August on the full digital downloads of our albums: Silly Bus, Alphabet Volumes 1 and 2. Learn and have fun with our music any time, any where! Songs like "History Hip Hop" and the "Alphabet Eyes" are great to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Silly Bus develops music with the input of educators, kids and customers - to bring to life music that you can listen to anytime and get your kids ready to get back to school too!

It is interesting to observe how fast children learn when they are young! Research supports our observations that learning experiences must begin in the early years from birth to age five. This is a critical time in a child's musical and cognitive development. The benefits of music and movement in the preschool years have been well documented. Research studies show that music enhances brain development and academic learning. Music affects many areas of brain function and neurological development. Many levels of neurological readiness exist in children, and music is a powerful enhancer at each stage of neurological development. The earlier a child is exposed to music and movement, the better. Research findings include:

-Children who receive early music training score higher on standardized tests.

-The use of music during learning can increase a child's IQ.

-Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training.

-There is a link between spatial reasoning and participation in music and movement activities.

Preschool children are at the beginning of the learning spectrum. Parents and teachers set learning patterns and attitudes and introduce children to learning by providing the first exposures. These exposures should encourage the joy of participating in music and making music. Joyful experimentation will result in the growth of musical skills and lay the foundation for future music learning as well as for future academic success.

Get your kids ready for school, sing along to our music in the car, at home, cooking dinner - where ever you are!

Take care,
Silly Bus

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Silly Bus | Where is Coach Billy? | Kid Music Winners

We have lots of great, fun summer news! We did our "Silly Summer" contest where fans had to guess where Coach Billy was on his summer travels. It turns out Coach Billy went to some very cool places.

Coach Billy went to:

Santorini, the Parthenon and - places below with some fun facts as hints for the challenge:

the Forum: This place was established in the 7th century BC and served as a key meeting place through the reign of the Roman Empire.

the Coliseum: This place held 50,000 people and was completed in 80 AD. "Wow! Almost 2000 years old."

the Trevi Fountain in Rome: This famous fountain was originally fed by an ancient aquaduc. Part of this fountain was duplicated in Walt Disney World's Epcot in the Italy section. "Now that's a fun fountain!"

Congrats to the winners - who received our kid music downloads free! Whoo Hoo! We love giving back to fans and having some fun at the same time.

Also, Silly Bus and Club Mom team up for a morning of music and fashion! Check out the Back-to School Fashion show and listen to Silly Bus during the FREE Club Mom event from 9-11am on August 3rd.

Visit our site and sign up for the newsletter too: http://www.sillybus.net

Stay tuned for more silly fun this summer,
Coach Billy and Silly Bus

Friday, July 2, 2010

Silly Bus | Donates Portion of Proceeds from New Song | Kids Music Group Sings to Cure and Conquer Childhood Cancer |

Silly Bus is partnering with the Connor's Heroes Foundation to help conquer childhood cancer. Listen to and Purchase "Heroes and Angels" in July, just type "connor" as your code and Silly Bus will donate 50% of the profits of online downloads. The fundraiser starts today, July 1st, and goes through July 31st.

"Heroes and Angels" is the song used in the recent Public Service Announcement as well. Check out the Connor's Heroes PSA on YouTube featuring our song, "Heroes and Angels", along with Connor from Connor's Heroes, Tommy Hilfiger, and Alex Garfield. The PSA is also on the Silly Bus site too.

Thanks so much for your support! Visit our site to learn more about this program and all the great things we have for you and your family to enjoy this summer!

Have a great summer!
Silly Bus

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Silly Bus | Silly Bus' Coach Billy at the Parthenon

Coach Billy is traveling a bit this summer and is visiting the Parthenon in Greece. The Parthenon is temple in the Athenian Acropolis in Greece. The temple is dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, who is recognized as their protector.

Coach Billy was very impressed, "wow that is a lot of stone"! No kidding! The Parthenon was built between 447BC and 438 BC. The stone was actually transported 16 kilometers from Athens to the temple! That must have been a long and expensive journey.

Well Coach Billy, thanks for writing us and keep sending pictures and stories for us to share. Safe travels!

Join our newsletter to keep in touch with Coach Billy and other summer news! Have a great week!

Stay silly,
Silly Bus

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Silly Bus | Free Concert at Goddard Was Lots of Fun!

Wow, it was a hot time in this old Richmond town over the weekend! We had a great time playing at The Goddard School in Glen Allen this past Saturday. Not only was the show cooking, but the sun was cooking as well. The Goddard School had plenty of fun events for kids, including the always fun balloon bounce, free popsicles, and a misting station to help keep everyone cool. I went into the misting station for a bit, and it was incredibly refreshing.

The rescue and fire station also had an ambulance and fire engine at the event. They received a call during the event and had to hurriedly rush off to help out whomever was in need. That was quite an exciting but tense moment to see them pack and rush off so quickly. It also brought to mind how fortunate we all are to have such dedicated emergency services to help those in need.

We played a couple of new songs, Red Popsicle and Humpty Dumpty. They were a lot of fun to play. The songs have a great lively feel, and it is always exciting to play new songs out live.

We also got to see several of our friends at the event from partner organizations such as the Annabelle's Angels. And The Goddard School was incredibly hospitable towards us, as always.

If you missed the Goddard show, come check us out at our next event at the Dominion School for Autism from 11 - 2pm. Have a good week!
Silly Bus

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Silly Bus | Silly Bus on the Air in St. Louis | Thanks Musical Merry-Go-Round

We were so excited to meet Grandfather Stark at KindieFest 2010. Since meeting him, and hearing about his awesome radio station that blends classics with kids music, which helps parents enjoy music and also help their kids experience the classics in a fun way, we had to send him a song to play. His show is called the Musical Merry-Go-Round – you can check out his site, and join him on Facebook too. The actual station in St. Louis is: 88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round.

Grandfather Stark played Red Popsicle yesterday! We are so excited and in the next few days you can stream the June 5th show or if you go to his site right now, stream earlier shows and hear his music.

The idea of being able to listen to songs like Ace of Base The Sign, Sam Cooke “What a Wonderful World”, and then kids music is fantastic.

Well, we hope you like today’s blog and find this station fun to listen to – we have a free kids music concert coming up, speaking of listening to kids music. We play at The Dominion School for Autism this coming Sunday, June 13th from 11-2. Come and Rock Along with Us at 4205 Ravenswood Road Richmond, VA 23222.

Request a show at our site
, and sign up our newsletter too. We also have a Facebook page where you can listen to our music! See you soon :)

Also, we are competing in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, learn more about our project and vote here.

Have a great rest of the weekend, stay silly!

Silly Bus

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Silly Bus | Vote for Silly Bus in the $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Challenge

Silly Bus is so very lucky to have great fans – we need your help more than ever. Silly Bus has made it through the selection process and has been selected for the final round of voting for the Pepsi Refresh Grant. And now we need your help to make it through the final step to win.

Last month Silly Bus entered the Pepsi Refresh Project, which gives way $1.3 million per month to ideas that do good. Our project is about getting kids fit and educating them at the same time through our music. The project is a yearlong, nation wide effort to bring our educational kids music and videos to life in schools to help our kids be healthy inside and out.

Silly Bus is working hard to get one of two awards of $250,000. That would go a long way to making a difference for children all across the country. The awards are made based strictly on the number of votes each plan receives. This project is something we have dreamed about bringing to life – but could not do this without the grant funding.

How to Vote:

1. Check us out at: http://www.refresheverything.com/getkidsfit

2. Click “Vote for This Idea.”

3. Go through the quick, free signup (to prevent internet robots from voting a million times). If you’re signed into Facebook, you can just click the “Connect with Facebook” button.

4. Spread the word! The more people who help us out, the better our chances. Please consider posting on your website, sending to your email list, posting on facebook/twitter/myspace, etc.

5. Come back and vote every day this month. Maybe even make it a habit when you start at your computer each morning. At the end of June, votes will be tallied and we hope to be in the top two!

Thanks so much for your support! Visit our site to learn more about us too: http://www.sillybus.net

Additional background about Silly Bus

Established in 2005, Silly Bus is an educational media company focused on developing music and videos that teach and entertain preschool and elementary aged children. Silly Bus is a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner. The Silly Bus team members are experienced professionals who have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including MTV and Discovery Kids.