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Big Apple Circus is coming to Boston – Ticket Giveaway

image001The Big Apple Circus is about to return to town, with their 38th all-new show, THE GRAND TOUR, playing under the Big Top at on City Hall Plaza March 24 – May 8.

We went last year and had SO MUCH FUN! I’ll have to dig up the video of my husband skipping around the big top dressed as a bride. For realz. That was so fun, for me anyway ;-)  Here’s the hubs, before he was asked to put on a dress. LOLOLOL!

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This year, playing under the Big Top at City Hall Plaza, Boston, the show runs from March 24-May 8, 2016. The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance.

GIVEAWAY!
Want to win a 4 pack of tickets to the show on Sunday, March 27 at 4:30 pm??

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Tickets for The Grand Tour start at $25 and are available at www.bigapplecircus.org or by calling (888) 541-3750.

The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top, opens Monday, March 21, there is no service charge for tickets purchased at the box office. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday through Monday from 10am to 6pm. The Big Top is heated in cold weather, and air-conditioned when it’s warm, for all–season comfort! The show runs for 2 hours, including a 20 minute intermission. For more ticket information, group sales, inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code BIGAPPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/  and at the box office.

*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

The Grand Tour is a first-class jaunt.”The New York Times 

“A class act … Sophisticated and beautiful.”The Village Voice

“Language can’t do justice to the visual and kinetic thrills of the Big Apple Circus. Just go!”

Time Out New York

“Polished and fun.”Daily News

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.”Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children.”Parents Magazine

 

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The non-sporty boy. He likes to dance!

The other day I read an article on HuffPost Parents about raising a boy that doesn’t play sports. I shared it on my Facebook page.

My husband is having a hard time with this. The non-sporty son.Me? Notsomuch. He might not ever make that layup, but…

Posted by ViolaCay on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

 

It resonated with many more people than I expected. It would appear that there are many non-sporty boys out there.

I guess I was sharing it as my own explanation for having a boy that doesn’t like sports. People normally ask what sports he’s doing instead of a general “what is he doing?”. I always launch into an explanation about how he tried all these different sports but never found his thing. Trying to explain. I see him struggle to answer it sometimes too. Although he is playing basketball right now, so at least he has that to offer. But let’s just say the college scouts are not making a bee line for the local YMCA’s courts. Um, no.

But I don’t want us to do that anymore. Why am I listing the things he has tried and doesn’t like? Why don’t I tell people that he draws, builds, and creates? He is loving his clarinet lessons. He’s going to take more acting classes. Fencing is something he’d like to try. They can ask him questions about all those things!

So in that spirit what he really loves, what he does, is dance.

I frequently tell people that there is nothing my boy works harder at or likes to do more than dance. Hip Hop dance to be precise. He is not a prodigy, but he’s really really good. And he loves it. So there you go.

The day I posted that FB status update we also went to his dance class and I took a little snippet of video…

 

Miss Twyla worked them really hard that day. He only learned those moves 15 minutes before I tried to stealthily record them through the glass door. In the car on the way home he said, “OMG that’s not a dance studio, that’s a murder room! I think I’m dying!!”.

He might have felt that way, but he’ll go back to that murder room. Week after week he will go. And love every minute of it. Because it’s what he does.

 

 

 

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Big Air at Fenway

Big Air at Fenway! Slopestyle skiers and snowboarders are coming to Boston on February 11 & 12th.

Now I’m not much of a skier, like, at all really. But my husband is a hike up the mountain, ski the woods kind of skier. And my kids have been taking lessons since just after they could walk. So they are super excited about this event. We’re also pretty big Red Sox and Fenway Park fans! The kids can’t wait to see how the park will be transformed to accommodate this…

Slopestyle qualifications 2015 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, UT Photo © Melanie Harding

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2015 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, UT
Photo © Melanie Harding

 

Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event on February 11-12, 2016. “Polartec Big Air at Fenway” will feature a 140-foot high snow ramp, taller than the light towers at the ballpark, and bring in athletes from around the world including Olympic and World Champions.

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The Nutcracker 2015 – Boston Ballet

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Boston Ballet in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker; photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

One of my very favorite traditions of the holiday season is going to the Nutcracker with my daughter.

We get all dolled up, have a nice dinner out and go to the Ballet. I never want it to end. The evening, or the tradition. I know it will some day soon, she is getting so big. Already seven and becoming smarter and stronger every day. So I soak it all in.

The way she looks at the city, the theater, the dancers, the sets, the costumes, and me. The way her eyes light up when she sees the tree grow, how she giggles at the black sheep and the bear, the sound of her gasp as the men jump SO high, seeing her sit at the edge of her seat as the prima ballerina skillfully stays on pointe.

Again the dancing was flawless, sets and costumes gorgeous, so much loveliness in one place.

The Nutcracker is a story of Christmas but also of childhood. The wonder and magic of both. I love that I get to be a part of it with my little girl every year.

The Nutcracker is being performed by the Boston Ballet through December 31st. You can purchase your tickets here.

 

At The Nutcracker! @bostonballet never disappoints. #ballet #boston #christmas

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We found a friend at the @bostonballet! He’s cracking us up! #sorrynotsorry #ballet #christmas #boston

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Here are some reasons to go :-) (from 2012, but still hold true)

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – a FLASH Giveaway!

Last year my littles and I went to the see the opening of the brand new musical Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

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!
I just quoted myself ;-)

It’s really the perfect starter show for kids. It’s not in any way pretentious and you’re out of there in an hour and a half. The performers keep them entertained the whole time!

Wanna go? Tomorrow night? I have a flash giveaway for a Family 4 Pack. Just leave me a comment below.

No widgets or hoops to jump through. Just comment on your memories of the show you watched every year as a kid, or tell me your secret holiday wish?

Winner will be announced at NOON tomorrow. So you gotta be ready to GO!

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

Returns by Popular Demand to Boston’s Citi Shubert Theatre
This Holiday Season!

Family-Friendly Stage Adaptation of CBS’ Highest Rated Christmas Special of All Time Returns to Stage
In Three North American Tours and Soars into Boston

One Week Only, Dec. 1 – 6, 2015
— Tickets Now On Sale —

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston, Tuesday, December 1 – Sunday, December 6, 2015, for 13 performances: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm; Thursday at 7:30 pm; morning matinees on Wednesday, 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 $38.00 – $68.00; all prices include a $4.00 facility fee per ticket and are on sale at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738. Groups of 10 or may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org For more information, visit www.citicenter.org .

For more information on the production, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com.

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by the fact that the woman who runs the promotions has been good to my family in the past. I am not getting tickets for this post :-) Thanks Kathy!

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