Sunday, May 29, 2016

5/29/16: New England Revolution Family Fun

Evan has been celebrating his 11th birthday for several weeks and as part of the celebration we were lucky enough to take him to a New England Revolution game.  They played the Seattle Sounders and won 2 to 1!  The roar of the crowd when they score is so much fun to experience.
Evan has been playing soccer since he was 3 so he loves to watch soccer games.  He loves all sports but has a special place in his heart for watching soccer games as it is his favorite game to play.
 
If you are not aware there are some new rules at Gillette Stadium.  You are only allowed to carry a gallon sized clear freezer bag measuring 12" x 12" x 6", a women's clutches not to exceed 8" x 5" x 2" (approximately the size of a hand), or clear plastic bags carrying only purchases made at the stadium ProShop.  For more information read here.  Still cameras are allowed however video cameras are prohibited.
 In the past the kids got to meet Slyde the Fox who is the Mascot for the New England Revolution.
Slyde was wearing shorts last night as it was a very warm day.  Luckily they were selling Friendly's ice cream.
Soccer is a fast paced sport and fun to watch.  It is amazing what some of the players do with the ball and the control they have.  It is a great learning experience to have kids watch a professional soccer game.
We showed up a little early to watch them practicing before the game.  Often times they have soccer teams as ball boys or on the field during practice.  To learn more about the VIP experience you can read this post.
The game is really family friendly.  Outside the stadium there was a fan zone where kids could kick soccer balls and hang out and relax.
At half time there was a fun game with fans in bubbles.  The kids were getting quite a kick out of it.
The game is lots of fun to watch with action for the whole 90 minutes of play.
It was a beautiful night at Gillette Stadium.
 You should definitely go with the family to Gillette Stadium for a New England Revolution Game.  It is affordable, a lot of fun and a great way to go to Gillette Stadium.
Follow the New England Revolution online:
Twitter:  @NErevolution #NERevsGame 
Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets to the game for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, May 27, 2016

5/27/16: Cirque du Soleil Kurios Absolutely Amazing

We have been celebrating Evan's birthday for a few weeks now but yesterday was his actual 11th birthday and we were lucky enough to go to Cirque du Soleil Kurios in Boston at Suffolk Downs.  In one word this show was AMAZING!  We absolutely loved it!
From the second we arrived there was excitement in the area.  Several of the performers were up on the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) playing music and acting.  This will happen before all shows (weather permitting).
We started with a reception for the premiere.  There was champagne, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks available for us.  Plus there was Percy Fortini-Wright painting.  It was amazing to see the progression of his painting throughout the show.
Here you can see what the painting looked like during the opening reception.
This was the final!
The show had such amazing talent.  I have seen a lot of shows and this show had performances that I had never seen before.  I have seen many people balance on cans and a stand but never before seen them flying high up in the air.  Here is the character from the show he was painting.  It is a quirky robot made from scraps and recycled parts by the seeker.  
My tweets were focused on their display screen.
Enter a world of fantasy!
All Show Pictures Credit:  Martin Girard shootstudio.ca  
Lauren picked her favorite character in the show.  It was Klara.
From the second the show started and a 1900 locomotive arrived with the group of performers I knew we were in for a treat.  The juggler at the start was awesome.  There were two trapeze artists that had such strength and were 13 feet above the ground.  
I had also never seen an aerial bicycle and it was really cool.
There were several funny parts for kids including an invisible circus and a funny part with a clown playing a cat.  The contortionists were fantastic.  
The acro net act was really impressive.  This was a trampoline act in an ocean scene.  At times I thought they were going to hit the top of the big top.
My favorite act was the upside down world.  This chair-balancing act was nothing I have ever scene before.
Rola bola was another thing I had never seen.  An Aviator uses cylinders and planks and balances but also is lifted up and swings back and forth while balancing!
There was a very impressive aerial straps "Siamese twins" act.  The strength and synchronization these performers had was unbelievable
There was a cool Yo-Yo act.  Plus a group of acrobats that went extremely high in to the air.
 
Another funny scene was the theater of hands.  Artists used only fingers to tell the story while it was projected on to a hot-air balloon.
This show is absolutely amazing and you should definitely take the family!
 
Here is a short video to give you an idea of what the show is like:
Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets to Cirque du Soleil Kurios for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

5/24/16: BrickFair Family Affordable Fun

Evan loves building with LEGOs.  He always has.  Now that it is Evan's 11th birthday week we went to the BrickFair Myths and Legends LEGO Expo at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough with a few friends.
One of the highlights for Evan is always building a vehicle and racing it against his friends.  I knew this would be the first thing he would go to.  Even my husband got in to the action and won one of the races.
Making sure to get all the perfect pieces.
There were lots of cool displays of LEGO creations to see.  The kids particularly liked this one with a moving train.  Allow yourself enough time to really take it all in.  We were there about 2 hours.  Plus there are lots of vendors selling LEGOs.  Each boy bought a little LEGO person as a memento.
It is amazing what people can create with LEGOs.  I personally take forever to put something together.  I was amazed over the holidays when Evan got a Space Shuttle and he put it together within a day!  I can just imagine how long it would take to make these creations.
I love the Mickey Mouse!
It is so fun looking at all the details.  The kids kept pointing things out that they saw.
Wow, how amazing is this?
A little geography/history lesson.
So cool!
There were also bounce houses with Wipe Out style balls in side.  The kids had a blast on these.  It was a nice addition to give the kids something to bounce around in and get some energy out.
BrickFair was so much fun and at a price of $15 per person it makes it a family affordable fun activity.
Check out the full schedule online:  http://www.brickfair.com/

Disclosure:  I received tickets for my family and I to attend BrickFair.  No other compensation was received in exchange for review.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5/25/16: Win Tickets to Northeast Comic Con

Did you know Comic Con is coming to the Northeast and will be at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA on June 18th and 19th?  As one of my lucky readers I am giving you a chance to win one of 2 sets of 4 tickets to go on either the 18th or 19th.
There will be lots of family fun, celebrity meet and greets, and lots of cool collectibles.  I personally am most excited about meeting Mickey Dolenz who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of "The Monkees"!!!  I loved The Monkees when I was a kid.  I always listened to their song where they said they were coming to my town but they never did.  I watched the show all the time and loved all of them so this is a childhood dream to be able to meet Mickey.
Gamers new and “vintage” will enjoy free-play videogame arcade and tournaments, and little ones will enjoy children’s activities and watching all the intricate costumes.  Since it is Father’s Day, surprise dad with an on-the-spot gift from the 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion and popular cultural artifacts.  In between shopping, everyone is welcome to free live music and entertainment in the Fez Room – a great place for parents to relax and showcase your pop culture knowledge.  James Tolkan from the “Back To The Future” trilogy will be there.
Some additional celebrity guests will be there including Chase Masterson from “General Hospital,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Doctor Who’s audio adventures, and CW’s “The Flash”, Jon Walmsley, best known for his nine seasons on “The Waltons” and as the voice of lovable Christopher Robin on Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” TV series.  Guests will also be able to meet actress Kathy Garver, fondly remembered for her starring role as teenage niece Catherine “Cissy” Davis to series character Uncle Bill Davis in “Family Affair” on CBS in the 1960s. Barry Bostwick  from “Rocky Horry Picture Show” and “Spin City” will also be there.
In addition to the inimitable pop culture expert Gary Sohmers, the show’s producer, other celebrity guests include Jeff Kline ("Transformers - Robots In Disguise," Darby Pop Publisher), Mike Lopez (Kids Comic Con), Rob Bruce ("AMC's Comic Book Men"), Reb Brown ("Captain America"), Somerville maskmaker Eric Bornstein and special FX artisan Tyler Green (Syfy "Face Off") along with puppeteers Bill Diamond ("Fraggle Rock,” “Little Shop of Horrors”) and Noel MacNeal (“The Muppets,” “Bear in the Big Blue House”). Kids will also enjoy meeting Disney artist Philo Barnhart (“Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”) and Alex Simmons (“Archie” “Blackjack”) and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” artist Steve LaVign. 
Northeast Comic Con will have lots of attractions for young fans.  With free parking Northeast Comic Con ticket prices are among the lowest in the industry.  Saturday adult advance online tickets are $18 and Sunday adult advance tickets are only $10.  Adult weekend passes are $25 in advance online; children’s weekend passes (ages 7-13) are $12 and children six and under are always free with a paid adult. Visit the website (necomiccon.net) for advance VIP Experience tickets. On June 18th and 19th, the box office opens at 8:30 a.m. and VIPs/Early Bird tickets will be allowed in at 9:30 a.m.  
Enter below to win four tickets!  
I am giving away 2 sets of 4 tickets for you to attend either Saturday or Sunday!
Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets for review purposes in addition to two sets of four tickets for giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. a Rafflecopter giveaway