A uniquely fun and interactive activity for parties, festivals and other events where participants can toss, juggle, spin, watch and fly handmade hula hoops (adult and child sized), juggling sticks, scarves, big bubbles, spinning plates and paper kites.  Sue and Debbie, "The Twirling Granny Sisters",  will help you get started.  

The environment joyfully energizes focus in a way that encourages full involvement. The activities are challenging, but achievable for everyone. Gathered wherever there is space for movement, at festivals, parties and other events, we learn to cooperate with the principle of rotational force and  'ease into' the successful twirl.  



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Sue Bertomeu Albert (aka Granny Sue) has presented choice-based learning and therapeutic play environments at countless school and community events since she began The Learning Arcade more than 20 years ago. She has devoted more than 25 years working as a Bibliographic Specialist at Princeton University Library and to 'life long learning' research and experimentation on delinquency prevention through play. 


Contact Sue by phone 609-577-7053 
or email twirlingarcade@gmail.com


Debbie Bertomeu (aka Aunt Debbie) isa talented artist/crafter who has lost more than 40 pounds since she learned to hula hoop in 2013.  She has been perfecting cool tricks with the flower sticks she has crafted for decades.  Debbie has always been Sue's biggest inspiration to experiment with activities that transform and how good she feels in every way as the result of her success with so many crafts and tricks helps  confirm  the validity of the theory. 


Contact Debbie by phone 910-622-0977


The idea for The Twirling Arcade was first inspired by teachers at  the elementary school that Sue and Debbie attended. When she was in first grade, the teachers asked Sue for help to  understand how to reach Debbie as a learner.  At the time, she was too young to know how to help, but the challenge motivated a life-long passion to create fun learning environments that engage creative, energetic children like Debbie once was, with challenging play and educational activities.  

From 2012 - 2016, our therapy beagle, Louie the Clown Healer Dog,  entertained with tricks and his friendly personality,  but he retired in 2017 at age 11.  

The choices we offer based, in part, on a theory of 'redirecting behavior through empowering play' (we are still in touch with the author of this interesting theory Sue learned about in 1995)  that help bring people of all ages and most abilities together through movement, music, crafts and  tricks.

 Most  of the Twirling Arcade activities evolved from what was most popular at The Learning Arcade program, which Sue began in in 1995, when information technology was just emerging as a new skill to be mastered.  Motivated by observation of her stepson (who went on to become a psychiatrist) and his friends solving problems and beating levels, collaboratively, while playing video games as teens; her program began as a collection of creative, cooperative and technology-assisted play/learning activities designed to promote peaceful interactions through empowering play.  

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