Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The rush to the finish (and a review of Princesses on Ice)

This is going to be a quick and dirty (read: not well-written) post because it's December 23 and a rush to the finish. I realized last night that I've forgotten to sew the Christmas stockings. Oops! Guess what I'm doing this morning? And I still have a few things to bake and then tomorrow I'm going to be cooking to get ready for tomorrow night and Friday. And of course, there's still a bit of wrapping left.

But I couldn't go another day without talking about our weekend, most specifically about our afternoon/evening in Toronto. Both John and I were a bit leery about how it would all go with Emily and Hope walking around the city and then up late watching Princesses on Ice.

When we arrived in Toronto, we went straight to the Rogers Centre (aka the Skydome) and I picked up the tickets (courtesy of Mom Central). No hitches there but the wind was whipping and I was already preparing myself for the whining. I suggested we walk over to the nearby CBC building so the girls could see the museum (assuming Mr Dressup would play a prominent role) and some of the recording equipment in the lobby.

As I expected, they loved it. And I love the Toronto CBC building so we all won. It has to be one of my favourite buildings in Canada - you just can't help but feel a part of it all. Oh, I just realized that I should explain, for you non-Canadians, that CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, our public broadcaster. They broadcast radio (which I have on most of the day) and of course TV such as the famous Hockey Night in Canada, The National and Coronation St (I miss it so much this year!) among other great shows. Most Canadians my age grew up on favourites such as Mr. Dressup and The Friendly Giant. I've been lucky enough to get my kids hooked on Mr. Dressup through a DVD series that CBC released. For the Friendly Giant, the CBC has missed the boat and released nothing of that series (I would definitely buy it if the CBC is reading this... get on it!) but you can view snippets on Youtube. My girls ask for it often.

We headed to the museum and guess what? It was pretty much ALL Mr. Dressup and Friendly Giant. The girls were in HEAVEN.

After that we headed down the street to the Lone Star for supper. It gave us a taste of Texas and Ottawa all at once (since this chain was started in Ottawa by an Ottawa Roughrider football player who was Texan).

After that it was a stop for a coffee/tea and off to the show.

We made our way to our (awesome) seats and waited. My blog winner was sitting right beside us. I just wish I could have sat beside Jenny to talk a bit more but instead I was between the girls to keep any arguing to a mininum. I didn't really have to worry though. Once the show started, that was all they cared about.

The show tells each story of each princess (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Mulan, Ariel, and Belle) before the break and then after that it is ALL CINDERELLA. Which we wondered about since the show seemed to be ending and we hadn't heard mention of the most famous princess of all. The entire second half, almost equal in length to the first, was Cinderella.

I have to admit, I was looking forward to the show for the girls only but not for me. I'm not much of a figure-skating fan. But I found that I really enjoyed it. First, there are no bad seats set up for this show. You can easily get the cheapest tickets and still see everything perfectly. Second, it wasn't too loud but you could hear fine. Third, the show is a spectacle - entertaining for everyone. I was wowed by the costumes, lights and how they did things like change Sleeping Beauty's dress, have Ursula the witch grow huge, have the Fairy Godmother fly etc.

All this to say that if you have a bit of money to spend on entertainment over the holidays and some kids who even remotely like the Disney Princesses and you live near Toronto, you should think about this show. It runs until December 27 and I have a discount code for you to save some money. Here are the discount code instructions from my previous post about this:

The tickets are really reasonably priced for the Monday to Friday (excluding Friday evening) shows if you use the Mom Central coupon code: a family of four can go for $44! (If you want to go outside of those days, tickets are $4 off each using the code.) In order to purchase tickets at that price, you need enter the coupon code MCC. You can buy tickets through Ticketmaster and enter the code in the "MC promotion" box when buying tickets.

And now, it is on with the day and Christmas stocking assembly. Thank the Lord for my amazing sewing machine. I should give it a Christmas present this year!

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