Big Apple Circus! Review from the Ring.

Big Apple Circus presents METAMORPHOSIS in its annual Boston engagement at City Hall Plaza from Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, May 10, 2015.

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Yesterday, the fam and I went to the Big Apple Circus at City Hall Plaza in Boston.

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Both my husband and my son were pulled into the ring for some of the fun. My husband was an especially good sport as Francesco the Clown brought him in, dressed him as a bride, and made him jingle bells on the skirt by shaking his hips. Oh my, my, my, it was funny!

Yep, it was so much fun even my lap go into the act. Wait, what? Yes, confetti exploded right over my head. All over me. I may still have some in my hair right now.

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We were in the front row in case that’s not obvious to you at this point. But there is not a single seat is more than 50 feet away from the action. So if you have the money and want to spend it go ahead and get up front, but all the seats are great!

You can get tickets here! And use the code APPLE to get 20% off.

 

For 37 years Big Apple Circus, New York’s original one-ring circus, has been delighting audiences of all ages under its Big Top by presenting the finest in live family entertainment featuring world-class circus artistry. Experience the instant connection between audience and artist as your family sits less than 50 feet from the ring. Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating the communities we serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus. Tax-deductible contributions made by corporations, foundations and individuals enable Big Apple Circus to bring its special magic to diverse audiences through its outreach programs — Clown Care[SM], Vaudeville Caravan[SM], Circus After School[SM], Circus For All!® and Circus of the Senses® — as well as its critically acclaimed performances.

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This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by The Big Apple Circus. I have been given a free tickets to the circus for this post. All opinions are my own.

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The Boston Red Sox are Calling All Kids!

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In 2015, the Red Sox are “Calling All Kids” to join Red Sox Kid Nation!

The first 25,000 kids registered for Red Sox Kid Nation will receive a free ticket to a 2015 game. You read that right, the team has committed 25,000 free tickets to kids in 2015. Free tickets can be redeemed by signing up for Kid Nation: redsox.com/kidnation. This is also the first time that entry level membership to Kid Nation if free. Free membership and a free ticket!

The free tickets are not the only element of “Calling All Kids” as the team is also making Fenway Park an even more kid-friendly atmosphere with the addition of:

Gate K & Kid Nation Concourse – A special new entrance at Fenway dedicated to children and families located adjacent to Gate B near the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets. The gate will lead fans into the new Kid Nation Concourse featuring new attractions for young fans, including: A seven-foot giant Wally bobblehead, Interactive video wall, Life-size images & footprints Red Sox players, Balloon artist, stilt walker, and face painter, Kid-themed concessions including a $5 kids meal (mini hot dog, cotton candy, and a small juice)

Wally’s Clubhouse – Red Sox Kid Nation Clubhouse is being transformed into the new “Wally’s Clubhouse,” open from the 3rd to the 7th inning season-long, providing families with a respite from inclement weather, a place to play and walk around, and a welcoming venue for children to meet Wally the Green Monster.

Red Sox Kids Crew – A new group of Fenway Park staff, Red Sox Kids Crew, will greet kids as they enter Gate K, lead children in games, and provide families with assistance and information about kid-friendly Fenway Park activities.

Student Tickets – All high school and college students 15 and over with a student ID can purchase tickets for only $9 for every regular season home game. The tickets guarantee at least an entry into standing room, but the club will also upgrade to seats when they are available.

Good things are happening at Fenway this year for kids!

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I get to know about all of this good stuff and tell you all about across social media because I am a part of the #RedSoxMoms program. I get do some fun stuff like go to games in return for my participation.

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Red Sox Moms – 2015

Wooooohooo! Just got an email from The Red Sox Moms team and they asked me to come back.

My family and I had so much fun bringing you all the Red Sox awesomeness last year.

Can’t wait to bring it in 2015! #RedSoxMoms

 

RedSoxMom

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Another puppy in the snow video! Woof woof.

Another day, another snowstorm, another puppy in the snow video.

I do believe this is what you skiers call freshies! First tracks in the powder. I thought I was going to lose him for sure.

Jojo the goldendoodle.

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Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – A review

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Yesterday I posted to my Facebook page that we were headed “Off to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- The Musical! “She thinks I’m cute. She thinks I’m cute!” The TV show on stage.”

To which someone replied “How do you all do this on weeknights? I won tickets but had to turn them down because I fear my kids would be dysfunctionally tired the next day.”

Perhaps my kids ARE dysfunctionally tired the next day. But they’re at school. I have no idea :-) I keed, I keed!

My oldest frequently stays up MUCH later than we were out last night. My middle is a trooper, like all the time. She is a classic no drama middle child. My youngest rests on me during the whole show and promptly falls asleep as soon as he gets home.

Are they tired the next day? Yes. Dysfunctionally? No. They all got up and did everything they were supposed to do and off they went to school. Will it effect their school day? Perhaps. But I think it’s worth it. I do ticket giveaways and reviews specifically so my kids have the opportunity to go to these events. And they LOVE it. I love that I’m am instilling in them an appreciation of theater and cultural events. They’re learning to be entertained by live performances and not just over the top special effects 3D ninja movies (although we love those too).

I will admit I did not have high hopes for this production. I don’t know why, call me a cynic, a pessimist. Whatever. I just did not think it was going to be good. I grew up watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It’s a classic! I had no idea how that would translate to the stage as a musical. I was….skeptical.

It was SO cute and SO much fun! My kids loved loved it and I thought it did the original TV show much justice. They didn’t try to change it, which I think was my biggest fear. That the producers would try to re- interpret the show. It’s stayed true to the much loved 50 year old classic TV Christmas special. The story, sets, characters, and songs were all familiar. Even the voices were spot on! The crowd of parents delighted when Rudolph squealed “I’m cuuuuuute!” and broke out in applause when the Prospector first bounded on stage! Because it was familiar. We were connecting to it on a memory level. And it ended with a bouncing snow flake sing a long!

After it was over and we got in the car and noticed we’d be home before 9:00 I was even more pleased. Then I thought of Julia, the woman that commented on my status. I was sad that she didn’t get to go. They would have been home much earlier than she imagined!

To that point I think that it’s a great starter musical theater show. For kids who have never been to the theater or for moms afraid of keeping littles out too late – it’s perfect. The show starts at 7 and is over at 8:30. The theater is full of kids being kids. It’s a great place to teach your littles about how to behave in the theater without the fear that they will ruin the experience for others. Try taking a 4 year old to the Nutcracker and you’ll know what I mean :-)

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
Tuesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm; morning matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am; and afternoon matinees at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are priced at $28.00 – $68.00 at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738. For more information, visit www.citicenter.org.

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Disclosure – I was provided with complimentary tickets to the performance. All opinions are my own.

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Swan Lake at the Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet is not just The Nutcracker. Although it is a time honored holiday tradition and we LOVE it, there is so much more going on at the Boston Ballet!

I was invited to go to a performance of Swan Lake and I was beyond excited. Because this…

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“Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake follows the Swan Queen Odette and Prince Siegfried in a tale of romance, sorcery, and deceit. The second act, created by Lev Ivanov, is historically considered the finest piece of classical choreography for the corps de ballet. The production is set to a luscious score by P.I. Tchaikovsky, and will be performed by The Boston Ballet Orchestra.”

Swan Lake is back at the Ballet after a six year hiatus. The sets and choreography were redesigned and reimagined. But the story remains the same. A true classic ballet.

It was beautiful and wonderful and everything I hoped it would be.

As an aside, it also left me feeling like I wasn’t as kind to my body as I could be. These dancers are truly amazing. What their bodies look like is simply stunning, but what they’re bodies can DO is mind blowing. The twists and turns and jumps. Sometimes I can’ get up off the floor!

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I invited my mom to come with me because I didn’t think any of my kids would like it. And my husband was all bah humbuggy about it. So wouldn’t you know it, after getting comfy in our seats we see a man my husbands age with a boy my sons age sit down a few rows ahead of us. I was impressed and also a little jealous that I didn’t forced of my male brethren to come with me. The ballet is NOT just for girls I repeat the BALLET IS NOT JUST FOR GIRLS.

But we made a GNO of it anyway. And we had FUN!

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All that being said, truth be told, we’re off to opening night of The Nutcracker tonight!! Woooooooohooooooo and dancing bears!

Want to see what else is going on at the Ballet?

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by the Boston Ballet. I was given complimentary tickets to the performance. All opinions are my own Image used with permission.

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