Sunday, December 21, 2014

12/21/14: Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy Fun

I love Disney and anytime I can experience a little Disney magic close to home it is a good day.  We were lucky enough to go to Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy at the Agganis Arena in Boston.  We also got to meet some special guests before the show!
Worlds of Fantasy is playing from December 19th - 29th so you still have time to see it.
I love this show.  It has a lot of great characters including Cars, The Little Mermaid, Tinker Bell, and Toy Story.  Plus of course Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald are in it.
The show starts with car problems.
Luckily the friendly Mater is ready to help.
My favorite part of the show is the Cars portion.  We love the movie Cars in our house and it is so much fun to see them on ice.
Kachow!
 Love Sally!
 Evan and Lauren loved this part too.
Next up was a dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom.
 Ariel and all her friends perform some fancy moves on the ice.
Sebastian joins in the fun. 
 They did a wonderful job with this undersea fun.
 Absolutely beautiful.
Next we got to travel to the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! 
 Tinker Bell did some awesome tricks on skates too and even spread some pixie dust.
 It was fun being transported to Pixie Hollow.
 Vidia made an appearance.
 What a lovely part to the show.
Tinker Bell even flew.
I even have an online code to save for some select shows.  Original ticket price is $25.00 plus Ticketmaster and facility fee. 
Save on the following shows: Dec. 19th at 7pm - $18.85 with fees 
Dec. 20th and Dec. 21st at 11am and 3pm - $24.45 with fees 
Dec. 20th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm - $22.20 with fees 

How to purchase: 
1. Log on to www.ticketmaster.com 
2. In search, type Agganis Arena and choose the venue in Boston, MA 
3. Choose a show date from the above listed and click on SEE TICKETS 
4. In box that says OFFER CODE, type in BLOGFUN. This code allows you discount access! 
5. Hover over interactive map to choose your seats in the select discounted sections. 
6. Enjoy the show!  
Last but not least in the show was Toy Story! The toys are back in town at Sunnyside Daycare!  Andy has all of his toys together.
 The gang is back together and skating all around.
 We really like Lotso.
Slinky is really cool too. 
 This was also another favorite part to the show.
What a fun show.  
The whole family will love to see all of their favorite Disney characters on ice. 
Disclosure:  I was provided 4 tickets for my family and 4 tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12/18/14: Fun Toys from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has some awesome holiday gifts with your favorite Nickelodeon characters.  We received three sets and they are next up in my holiday gift guide.  First up is the Krusty Krab Attack by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants.  We love SpongeBob, in fact my husband was watching SpongeBob before we even had kids.  
The Evil Plankton is at it again and trying to steal the Krabby Patty recipe yet again in the Krusty Krab Attack by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants.  Kids get to build the Krusty Krab.  Here is Evan with all 407 pieces.
 
He had no problem following the directions to build.
I love that it is interactive.  Once you build it there are manual patty launchers and robot minions.
Kids can build an adventure in Bikini Bottom with all of their favorites including Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Plankton and of course SpongeBob.
The kids loved building it and playing with it afterwards.
This set features: Buildable Krusy Krab that opens up for interior play Dish launcher, manual patty launcher and collapsing sign SpongeBob, Plankton, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward micro action figures Two buildable evil robot minions.  Plus you can combine with other Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants playsets to build your own wacky world of fun in Bikini Bottom.
They loved it.
This set retails for $29.99.
We also received some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys including the Lego Turtle Sub which includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: Donatello Leonardo, 2 Kraang, plus a Leatherhead figure.  The Turtle Sub features a detachable top shell, opening cockpit, control panels, shooter, flapping fins, periscope, weapons, armory storage, exercise bike and an opening hatch to remove the mini sub.  Mini Kraang sub features a flick missile shooter, computer dashboard, power cell and translucent elements Weapons include 2 swords, 2 harpoons and a staff.  It retails for $59.99.
Last but not least is the Carrera Go Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles X-Loop Race Set.  This set has scale 1:43 racers, a track, 2 speed controller, lap counter, and lots of fun!  My son loves racing so this is so much fun for him.
Nickelodeon has some awesome toys this holiday season!
Disclosure:  I received these toys for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

12/18/14: Irving Berlin's White Christmas The Musical Holiday Fun

Watching a great holiday show is such a wonderful way to get in to a festive mood for the holiday season.  Last night we were lucky enough to go to Irving Berlins White Christmas The Musical at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre and is there until December 28th!  Not only did we see the show but we also got to attend a Red Carpet Opening Night star studded arrival of the cast!
The kids were so excited to see the beautiful car pull up with the cast.  What a gorgeous car they arrived in.
 The cast was all smiles as they arrived.
 The kids were so excited talking to the cast.  They were so personable and asking the kids if they tap danced as there would be a lot of dancing in the show.  Of course Lauren taps and is on a competition tap dance team so she spoke right up.
Plus they signed their books.  Here is Jeremy Benton who is "Phil Davis" and Kaitlyn Davidson who plays "Judy Haynes.” 
 Here is James Clow who plays "Bob Wallace," and Trista Moldovan who plays "Betty Haynes". 
 
 Evan was chatting it up too.
 
I love their costumes.
Here is a little clip where you can see the kids on NECN.

 If that was not enough excitement then of course we had the show to go to.  I also have a discount code for you:
Save 20% per ticket for select performances, and buy tickets now:
Type in Code:  IBWC60
 The show was really well done.  The singing and dancing were amazing.  We especially liked the tap dancing.  There were some full numbers that had tap dancing in them.  Everyone had a beautiful voice and could dance which is a difficult combination.

Another highlight was the train scene.  I love the Snow song.  I want to wash my hair in snow!

 I have to admit during the whole show I was comparing to the movie.  I think they did an excellent job keeping the spirit of the film but also adding some aspects.  There were some funny moments that were unexpected also which my son is still talking about.  In the movie General Waverly's granddaughter is played by an older girl than is in the musical.  In the Musical it was a younger girl and she had a much bigger part.  She had her own song and dance number that was wonderful.

If you don't recognize him, John Schuck who played "General Waverly” has been in many TV shows and movies.  Most notable is The Munsters.  He did a great job in his role as the General.  The highlight for our family was the ending when they sang White Christmas.  I have to be honest I wished this section of the show went on longer.  The backdrop was wonderful and it snowed in the theatre!



The whole show was fantastic and a wonderful show for the whole family.  I highly recommend going!  My kids loved it and so did I!
More info about the show:
Irving Berlins White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song,  
Irving Berlins White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! The creative team includes direction and choreography by Randy Skinner (42nd Street) who was nominated for a Tony Award® for this production; book by David Ives (Finnian's Rainbow, On the Town) and Paul Blake (Beautiful-The Carole King Musical); set design by Anna Louizos (Avenue Q, In The Heights); set adaptation by Kenneth Foy; costumes by Carrie Robbins (A Class Act); lighting design by Ken Billington (The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie); sound design by Keith Caggiano; orchestrations by Larry Blank, also nominated for a Tony Award® for this production; vocal and additional arrangements by Bruce Pomahac; music direction by Michael Horsley; casting by Jay Binder C.S.A/Jason Styres.  
Irving Berlins White Christmas features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. 
Irving Berlin's White Christmas plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 28, 2014, for 16 performances: Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; matinees on Wednesday, December 23 and Friday, December 26 at 2:00 pm and Saturdays at 2:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $35.00 - $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket. Tickets are on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster.
Disclosure: I received 4 tickets for my family and I to attend the show and 4 tickets for giveaway for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.