For Canada Day this year, my boys and I headed to Wascana Park in Regina, SK to enjoy the festivities, including a performance by the fabulous Splash ‘N Boots! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, they indulged us with a photo opp too!
Stunning. That’s really the only word that was in my mind after witnessing the Cirque du Soleil Quidam performance at the Brandt Centre in Regina, SK last night. The show was a beautiful marriage of imaginative set design, humour, gorgeous costumes and stunning physical feats that had me on the edge of my seat from the opening moment.
Beloved children’s musicians and winners of the 2012 Indie Awards Canadian Children’s Group of the Year, Splash ‘N Boots are once again on their way to Saskatchewan and my boys and I can’t wait to sing, dance and laugh with the fun-loving pair once more. This Canada Day, July 1, 2012, Splash ‘N Boots will be performing live at 5:00 on the Children’s Stage at the Regina Canada Day celebration! And best of all, the show and all the other fun Canada Day events taking place are absolutely free!
If you’re in southern Saskatchewan and you haven’t decided how to spend your day, why not come out to Regina Canada Day with your family and enjoy the show? And if you’re not in the area, don’t despair! You can still enjoy some fun with Splash ‘N Boots with the help of a special Canada Day giveaway! One lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader is going to win a Splash ‘N Boots prize pack containing a The Splash ‘N Boots Show: Act 2 DVD and a Back in Yellow CD! To enter to win, just leave a comment about how you’re going to be spending your Canada Day this year. [Read more…]
Two weeks ago, my family and I got the chance to watch Seussical, The Musical at the Connexus Arts Centre in Regina as performed by the Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre. This was the first show I had seen the DIWC perform and to say I was blown away would be an understatement. The show was the ideal family-friendly experience. It took the classic story of Horton Hears a Who and combined it with other Dr. Seuss classics from Yertle the Turtle to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to McElligot’s Pool to create a unique and inspiring musical performance. But as much as I loved the plot, it was the incredibly talented cast that really brought it to life.
The skill of the Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre is amazing. The theatre group is comprised of youth performers between ten and nineteen years old from all over Southern Saskatchewan. As Saskatchewan’s only troupe consisting solely of youth performers, Do It With Class gives talented children and teenagers a chance to develop their skills, perform across the province and make connections that will last a lifetime.
Seeing the way these students lit up the stage was absolutely fantastic. Braeden Woods carried the action as the mischievous and energetic Cat in the Hat, while Ben Korol and Mayson Sonntag added depth and emotion in their roles as the dreamers of the show, Ben as Horton the Elephant and Mayson as the misunderstood little Who Jojo. And while most people might forget poor Gertrude McFuzz, I’m sure that nobody at Wednesday’s evening performance did! Chelsea Woodard’s half comical and half heart-wrenching portrayal of the plain little bird with a one-feather tail was frankly unforgettable.
One of the other things I especially loved about the show was the way that the animal characters were represented with fun and clever accessories and choreography instead of with large, cumbersome costumes. The “birds” wore cute feather headdresses, feather boas and pinned-on tails. The bothersome Wickersham Brother monkeys were played by six teenage boys (giggle!) and while their shorts and white t-shirts were quite simple costumes, the frolicking choreography was just brilliant and really conveyed the sense of mischief that fit with the story.
Seussical, The Musical was the final show of the 2011/2012 season for DIWC. The past season was sponsored by Saskatchewan Credit Unions and other amazing local businesses helped fund the last performance of the year. Sponsorships and volunteers are a big part what make the Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre possible but the show demonstrated the phenomenal results of that sponsorship. The singing was top-notch, the choreography was engaging and my entire family was captivated by the show. In fact, the boys were singing some of the songs and talking about their favourite parts for days afterwards!
To learn more about the DIWC Young People’s Theatre, why not head over to the Do It With Class Facebook page or follow @DIWC on Twitter? And if you’re in Southern Saskatchewan and you have the chance to support these amazing performers by seeing one of the upcoming DIWC performances, don’t miss out! The next season will feature The Little Prince, Twelfth Night and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. From what I saw, I’m sure that it will be another fabulous season for DIWC!
On Tuesday April 3 and Wednesday April 4, the must-see show to catch is Seussical, the Musical performed by the Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre Inc. at the Conexus Arts Centre. Do It With Class is Regina’s only production company made up entirely of youth. The organization lets talented young performers between the ages of 10 and 19 develop their skills in a range of performing arts and their shows are said to be phenomenal. My family will be getting the chance to review the performance on Tuesday and needless to say, I am very excited to check out the show!
If you’re in Regina or the surrounding area and are looking for a fun, family-friendly activity, why not support this great organization and check out the show? There is a matinee and an evening performance each day so even families with younger children can enjoy the experience. Tickets are available on the Conexus Arts Centre website, so get your tickets now! You won’t want to miss this great youth performance celebrating the work of the immortal Dr. Seuss!
Recently I got the chance to attend the fabulous Roll Play Live Animal Party show featuring children’s musicians Splash ‘N Boots. My boys and I were so excited to be a part of the fun and let me just say, it was absolutely amazing!
Roll Play Live Animal Party was definitely not your ordinary live kids’ show! It started with special face painting so that when the black lights were used during the show, the kids would look like animals! And when we got to our seats, the first request Splash ‘N Boots had was for us to jump over the seats in front of us and move up even closer. Far be it for us to argue with the stars of the show!
Compared to other children’s shows, all I can say is Splash ‘N Boots had more! More interaction, more laughter, more improv, more dancing…for some of the younger audience members all the excitement was a little too overwhelming but both of my boys had a great time! And I enjoyed the show just as much as they did. Whether we were laughing at Splash’s attempts to make the sound of an octopus or trying to catch the ribbons and bubbles that flew out over the audience periodically, the fun never stopped with Splash ‘N Boots and their Roll Play friends!
Splash ‘N Boots met with their fans and signed autographs after the show and I was hoping to get the chance to meet them, but all the singing, dancing and playing completely exhausted my two sons and I knew there was no way they could stay on their feet much longer. How awesome is it that I could take my boys to a fun children’s show for both entertainment and exercise?
When we got home, Benjamin immediately wanted to “watch Treehouse,” his way of saying that he wanted to see the show again. He got so upset when I told him that the show wasn’t on Treehouse, but fortunately I remembered that we had a copy of the brand new Splash ‘N Boots DVD, Act 2! He was immediately pacified and sat down with his older brother to enjoy even more Splash ‘N Boots.
The DVD is a fun mix of skits, songs and stories that my boys absolutely loved. With funny costumes, silly acting and, of course, music, Act 2 kept my boys entertained from beginning to end and fully satisfied Benjamin’s desire to see “Pash Boots” again. If you have Splash ‘N Boots fans in the house, this DVD is a great purchase.
I highly recommend checking out Splash ‘N Boots Roll Play Animal Party, though if you have a child that is sensitive about loud music and flashing lights you may want to sit back from the stage a little. And as if all the fun of the show wasn’t reason enough to check it out, select shows will even be recorded for a future show on Treehouse TV! So check the website for a show near you and get ready for fun and games with Splash ‘N Boots!
On Thursday, my entire family was given the chance to review The Backyardigans: Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens live show in Regina courtesy of Koba Entertainment. I was so excited to see how my boys would react to seeing their Backyardigans friends in real life! Here’s a brief synopsis of the show:
The Backyardigans gang – Pablo the penguin, Tyrone the moose, Uniqua the purple-spotted creature, Tasha the hippo and Austin the kangaroo – are five high-spirited preschool friends whose zany imaginations are whisking them on yet another epic adventure!
Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens takes the audience on a non-stop musical expedition as The Backyardigans become Daring Detectives, Cookie Security Guards and Space Ace Reporters who travel in hot pursuit of a mysterious space ship and its missing passengers – the cookie-crumbing Aliens! Tag along with the gang and their extraordinary host as they travel to shivering Frozen Toes Mountain, the blistering Hot Footsy Desert and the volcanic Lost Pirate Island – singing and dancing the whole way!
I expected Zackary to enjoy the show since he’s old enough now to sit through a movie and since he enjoys The Backyardigans television show so much. What I hadn’t expected was that Benjamin would love the show even more! He’s almost two now and I knew he would be excited about seeing the characters but I was completely surprised and thrilled by how the show held his attention!
We were seated in the front row of the balcony at the show so we had a perfect view, though Curtis and I did have some stressful moments as our kids danced around! Zackary was very involved in the show and had a great time yelling answers at Marsha the alien and the Backyardigans when they asked questions. And when the Backyardigans sang a few of his very favourite songs from the television show, he was absolutely ecstatic!
Benjamin was so cute and funny. When we first arrived, he reacted as he usually does to any scary and noisy situation: he locked his arms around my neck, cuddled his head into me and closed my eyes. When the show started, he had no interest in turning around so I had to pry his arms off my neck and turn him around so that he could see. He hugged me with one hand and pressed his cheek against mine as he watched.
As the show continued, he relaxed more and more until by the end he was positively leaping and dancing! My favourite moments were when the cute alien pet that the Backyardigans were following would pop out and dance around. Benjamin was great at spotting him and at one point, when I asked him if he had seen the little fellow, Benjamin replied in an amazed tone, “Yeah! Ee wave me!”
“He waved at you?” I replied. “That’s so nice!” Benjamin nodded with wide eyes and continued to stare at the stage with complete attention.
I really liked the way that the show combined live actors, stage props and projection screens to create such a wide range of sets and special effects. The Backyardigans visit islands, deserts and mountains and face dangers ranging from a volcano to an Egyptian labyrinth. With the help of the scenery on the screens, the sound effects and the clever props, the different settings were totally engaging for both kids and adults.
Overall, we had an incredible time at The Backyardigans: Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens and now that I see how much Benjamin enjoyed it we will definitely be going to other shows in the future. If you have a toddler or preschooler that loves The Backyardigans, why not take them to a show that will have them singing and dancing in delight? They’re sure to love every music-filled minute of the show!
Buy It: To check the tour schedule and purchase tickets to a show near you, visit the official Backyardigans On Tour website today
It has been years since I have had a proper family vacation. It’s one of those things that we seem to plan for every year, but never actually get around to doing. So I felt incredibly spoiled this year when I got to enjoy not just one, but two family getaways! The first was a camping trip organized by my sister and her husband and I loved spending time with my extended family in the great outdoors. But the second vacation was the true treat for me: a three-day getaway at the gorgeous Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, SK courtesy of Delta Hotels.
When Delta Hotels contacted me about the possibility of reviewing the hotel, I was elated. The Delta Bessborough is no ordinary hotel. Built in 1931, it is truly a piece of history and setting foot in the “castle on the river” is like stepping back in time. The hotel is stunning; there really is no other word to describe it.
The Delta Bessborough has a number of promotions and one of the best is that visitors coming to Saskatoon can enjoy one of the many fabulous events that the city hosts and then provide their event receipt to the Delta Bessborough to receive a special discounted room rate! I was given the chance to choose tickets to one of Saskatoon’s many special events as part of my review and there were tons of tempting options to choose from.
I knew my husband and oldest son would enjoy the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event more than almost anything else, but I wasn’t too confident about Benjamin being able to last through the race. Personally, the great music festivals like The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and Folkfest were the events that attracted me the most, but I knew my kids wouldn’t be quite as thrilled about attending the festivals as me. Eventually I decided to choose an event that is always a hit with parents and kids alike: The Saskatoon Exhibition.
The rooms were booked and Delta handled all the details, right down to arranging to have the tickets to the Saskatoon Exhibition waiting for us when we arrived at the hotel. For weeks after the plans were made, I thought of little else. Finally, the big day arrived and we set out to make the two-hour drive to Saskatoon, SK.
When we arrived at the hotel, my husband and sons were just as excited as I was. Zackary can be a little hard to handle when he’s overstimulated but the staff at the Delta Bessborough were completely accommodating. The website had mentioned that the hotel welcomed children, but every mother knows that that’s a much easier thing to say than it is to do. The Delta Bessborough really followed through on their statement every step of the way. The staff was so considerate of my boys and were equally adept at successfully managing Zackary’s zealousness and Benjamin’s shyness. I really felt like they enjoyed and cared about my kids, rather than just tolerating them. The boys even got fun age-appropriate goodie bags when we checked in!
While we spent the next two days enjoying the shows and rides at the Saskatoon Exhibition, we also spent quite a bit of time in the hotel. Our room happened to be in one of the sections of the hotel that featured a turret so we had an extra little hideaway space in the room and an extra window. The furniture fit right in with the style of the hotel and I felt positively princess-like working at the ornate desk in the room!
But for all its historic charm, the Delta Bessborough features all the comforts of the modern age as well. From free Wi-Fi and high speed Internet in every room to the beautiful pool and fitness room to flat-screen televisions with on-demand movies and video games, the old-world rooms had all the conveniences I could have asked for.
While the room itself was provided by Delta Hotels, we dipped into our own funds to test out the hotel’s unique Samurai restaurant. The restaurant features Teppanyaki style dining, where a chef prepares and cooks food for everyone right at the table. It was my first time dining in this manner and my husband and I had such a fun time! Zackary and Benjamin were a little rambunctious but the waitress was incredibly patient and even brought them little samples of all the things that we ate so they could try the food out too. And best of all, at a Delta Hotel, kids six and under eat for free!
Overall, our stay at the Delta Bessborough was so luxurious and yet still so family-friendly. Travelling with kids is always challenging, but Delta Hotels really helped to make our trip as pleasant and stress-free as possible. And the stunning atmosphere of the hotel is something I’ll look back on fondly for months to come!