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…]
Summer is here and that means more time spent playing outdoors, visiting local attractions and heading off on vacations. But all that time spent away from the home also means that extra safety precautions need to be taken to keep your family possessions safe both at home and on the road. Fortunately, keeping things secure is Master Lock’s specialty.
I’ve reviewed a few of the fabulous products from Master Lock on Mommy Kat and Kids before and they quickly became essentials in our household, so I was thrilled when I was chosen as a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad. For the rest of the year I’ll be bringing you all kinds of fantastic information to help keep your family and your possessions safe in every season. And in addition to all kinds of helpful tips and reviews of new products, there will be some exclusive giveaways for my readers too!
Baltimore is a city known mainly for being home to one of America’s oldest seaports, but this thriving city in Maryland is more than just a historical landmark; it’s a fun-filled destination for the whole family! If you’re planning a trip to the Baltimore area, here are five of the best family-friendly activities and attractions to check out:
- National Aquarium – The National Aquarium in Baltimore features interactive exhibits, more than 16,000 animals and incredible 4D Immersion Films that incorporate special effects such as mist, wind, snow, bubbles, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced lighting, and seat vibrations! The Aquarium doesn’t allow strollers but when you check your child’s stroller at the door, they will lend you a back or front carrier to use instead.
- Port Discovery – Baltimore’s children’s museum isn’t just for children! With over thirteen interactive exhibits, special travelling exhibits and exclusive special events, there’s something for everyone at Port Discovery! And the KidsWorks three-level climbing structure is sure help your little ones burn off their extra energy!
- Maryland Science Center – One of the premier features of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Maryland Science Center houses a range of fun exhibits designed to entertain and educate. From a look inside the human body to dinosaur dig pits, there’s tons of family adventure in store. Top it off with a visit to the Planetarium and a movie in the IMAX theatre for a fun-filled day of learning.
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards – This old-fashioned ballpark that opened in April of 1992 is touted as “the ballpark that forever changed baseball.” Its unique construction is both state-of-the-art and quaintly vintage and has become the gold standard of ballparks. Why not check out an Orioles game with the family?
- Baltimore Cruises – If you’re looking for a hassle-free, all-inclusive vacation, check out some of the incredible cruises from Baltimore that let you experience the ocean firsthand! From cruises that tour Canada and New England to exotic Caribbean cruises, there’s sure to be a cruise that suits you and your family.
Whether you have half a day to spend in Baltimore or a few weeks, there’s plenty of culture and entertainment for you and your children to enjoy. Check out some of the attractions for yourself and see how many fun, family-friendly activities Baltimore, MD has to offer!
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!