Disney on Ice Dare to Dream: A Must-See Show!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream London

The Disney on Ice franchise sure knows how to put on a good show and this year’s Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show was just as magical as ever and an amazing way to kick off the start to the March Break!

This year’s show was referred to as the “ultimate princess event” and it certainly did deliver a princess-packed adventure for myself, my friend and our 3-year-old daughters (who of course dressed the part in their own princess dresses and crowns, along with most other little girls in the audience)!

We all got tangled up in fun with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana. Our little girls sat and watched in awe as the Disney princesses came to life on ice!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Cinderella

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Sleeping Beauty

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Snow White

Mickey and the gang made some cameo appearances along the way and the classic Disney princess stories of Princess and the Frog, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were featured.  The more modern story of Tangled is also featured and includes some unforgettable, hair-raising moments.


I had heard that there was a spectacular finale where all the favourite princesses take to the ice and create the Ultimate Disney Princess moment of a lifetime and this definitely did not disappoint!  Each Disney Princess gracefully appears in coordinating costumes of white and gold…even Belle and Ariel make an appearance!  Our little girls could not contain their excitement.

I highly recommend going to see this show!  It is completely worth the money; the looks on our daughters’ faces were absolutely priceless!  They loved the experience and we did too, especially getting to watch their faces light up in excitement and be completely mesmerized by the magic that is Disney.

Kids tickets start at only $15 for the Friday and Saturday 7:00 PM performances! *Restrictions and fees may apply. Promo Code: KIDS


There are still seven more performance times available at Budweiser Gardens in London:

 March 11, 2016  10:30 a.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 12, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 13, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.

Get your tickets HERE.

Visit DisneyOnIce.ca to learn of other great shows taking place throughout Canada.

Enjoy the show!

Village Mom

Summer Day Trip: African Lion Safari

A few weekends ago our family ventured worlds away and set foot on an African safari. Well, it wasn’t actually worlds away, in fact it was just over a one hour drive (from London) but it felt like a whole different world.

The African Lion Safari, in Cambridge, Ontario, is the perfect spot for a fun, summer day-trip.  In the past, Little S has not been a fan of “theme parks” with large animals, but since she is approaching six years old, we thought it was the perfect time to try again, and we’re so glad we did!


Safari Bus Tour

The highlight of our adventure was most definitely the Safari Tour Bus that travels through the big game reserve. I love the fact that you can choose to drive your own car through the seven wild animal reserves, or if you’re like my husband, you can save your car and take the organized bus tour.

There is also a third option, which allows you to drive your own car, but bypass the baboons section to prevent scratches to your car. And speaking of baboons, this was definitely Little S’ favourite part. We had a number of good belly laughs watching the four-legged animals helping themselves to the roofs and side mirrors of guest’s vehicles.

In the game reserves we got to see (close up) all sorts of animals from Zebras and lions to rhinos and ostriches. Little S has studied these animals in great detail at school but she has never seen them in real life. It was so much fun to watch her awe at seeing them close up. It was a truly fun and educational experience for all of us.



After our safari we headed over to the “Nature Boy” scenic railway, and while this attraction isn’t designed to see a lot of wildlife, we did get a rare look at many reindeer. This was another highlight of our trip as we imaged that is what Santa’s reindeer must look like too.

We visited the African Lion Safari on a very hot day, so it was such a relief to cool off at Misumu Bay Wet Play area. There are water slides, water guns and splash pads for all ages. It was very busy but we had plenty of room to enjoy. There are also dry areas within this attraction so that those who do not want to get wet can enjoy too.

Little S also really enjoyed the Jungle Playground and I was pleasantly surprised that there were a variety of activities to participate in other than animal viewing. Some of the lines for the more popular attractions were pretty long, so it was nice to be able to just “play”.


Elephant Round-Up

We chose to watch the Elephant Round-Up show which was really cute and entertaining and a favourite for the kids and adult alike. There are also other shows offered including Parrot Paradise, Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration and Elephant Swim.


It’s not just the animals that get treated to delicious meals, we too enjoyed lunch at the Mombasa Market Restaurant which is nicely air-conditioned and serves a variety of foods. We had pizza and salads but you can also choose from hotdogs, hamburgers and fresh-made wraps…and guess what? This restaurant is even licensed so if you’re in the mood to grab a “cold one” you can!

There are nine other food stops that you can make for refreshments from ice cream to coffee and everything in between!


African Lion Safari

Of course, all good things must come to an end but not without a stop at the souvenir shop. There are so many great items to choose from for your memorabilia needs and very well priced too.

The African Lion Safari is well suited for the entire family. Depending on your child’s interests my recommendation is that it is best suited for children from the ages of four to ten. But of course there is so much to do for all ages.


African Lion Safari Promotions

Right now, until August 1, 2013, you can enter to win a family VIP pass to the African Lion Safari. Check out lionsafari.com/promotions for more details and contest rules. Note that you must have a Pinterest account to enter.

Disclosure: we received complimentary admission in exchange for sharing our experience on City Mom. All opinions are my own.

Have a wild time!

City Mom

Fun for Ontario Moms: The High Tea Soiree

The High Tea Soiree 2013

Ladies, grab your best girlfriends, your tea length dresses and your fascinators for a unique event all about you!


You are invited to attend The High Tea Soiree…an elite & tres chic experience for mamas:

  • To: The High Tea Soiree
  • When: Sunday May 26, 2013
  • Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Intercontinental Yorkville Toronto Hotel
  • What:  A curated boutique event for mommies showcasing the top purveyors in the baby, toddler & mama industry. Enjoy shopping, delicious treats, live celebration vignettes, whimsically modern high tea seating, and a mama beauty bar.
  • Dress: Tea Party Upscale, Business Casual (no jeans or runners)


The High Tea Soiree


The High Tea Soiree is a lavish affair and the first boutique event in Ontario for mommies.

At this plush show, guests will be able to browse and shop for the finest essentials for a modern parenting lifestyle while being treated to formal high tea seating, pampering stations and curated shopping; a true personalized shopping experience.


While there are too many amazing and relevant vendors that will be in attendance at The High Tea Soiree to list here, you can have a sneak peek here:


The High Tea Soiree


  • Parking will be available on the street, lot or Valet Parking
  • Your little ones are more than welcome to attend with you, but as this is a mommy’s day out for shopping, pampering and mingling, it is suggested that you make this a day for you and truly experience the event fully with the beauty stations, high tea seating & more
  • If you are bringing a stroller, VIP Stroller Parking is available; complimentary to reduce traffic jams on the event floors & ensure everyone has a wonderful boutique experience
  • You are encouraged to make an appointment for the Mama Beauty Bar treatments to ensure you are not ‘standing in line’ and waiting for your turn; this way you can walk around, enjoy the event and come back at your scheduled time to be pampered!
  • Children aged 12 to 16 must purchase and Adult Ticket (for food & beverage purposes)
  • Children 4 and under are free
  • A special prize will be awarded to five ladies who will have the most stunning outfit – party dress, fascinator and gloves


Tickets for The High Tea Soiree are only available online, before the event. You can visit highteasoiree2013.eventbrite.ca to reserve your spot.

Cost: $26.00, Children 5-11 $13.00, children 4 and under are free.

What your ticket includes:

* Tea Lounge with assorted teas and buttermilk scones with Devonshire cream
* Entrance to the Mama Beauty Bar and all treatments (value $250)
* Mini Consultations with industry experts
* Access to over 50 hand-picked baby, toddler and celebration professionals
* Live Inspiration Board
* A copy of Help We’ve Got Kids + Swag Bag
* Automatic entry to win fabulous prizes

Note:  Everyone who buys a ticket will be automatically entered into a draw to win an UPPAbaby 2013 G-LUXE; Denny (red) stroller.


Check out The High Tea Soiree on Facebook and follow @CocoLilyMag on Twitter and Facebook for more information on this fun and exciting event.

Gather up your ladies and get gussied up and enjoy this one-of-a-kind mommy-focused event!

City Mom

I Love Bugs! Bobs & LoLo Ticket Giveaway


Listen up London (literally) because on Saturday November 6th Treehouse TV’s Bobs & LoLo are coming to London and you’ll have a chance to win 2 tickets to their morning performance.  Contest information will be displayed at the bottom of this post. 

If you have a young child then you likely know Bobs & LoLo.  With catchy, toe-tapping songs like “I Love Bugs”, this singing duo quickly becomes a family favourite. 

In our home we all stop what we’re doing when one of Bobs & LoLo’s videos come on TV.  Little S loves to sing and dance along.  When I heard the news of their planned performances I was excited and I wanted to know more about them so I decided to ask. Bobs and Lolo shared the story of how they met, their inspirations and some of their future plans.

City Mom: Tell me a bit about yourselves.
Bobs & Lolo: We first connected at a Girl Guide camp on Vancouver Island when we were kids. After a fun-filled weekend of campfire sing-along’s, silliness and laughter, our friendship was sealed!  We went to different elementary schools but ended up filtering into the same high school (Dover Bay Secondary). Our friendship continued to grow from there and we began singing together in the school choir.  We also studied piano with the same music teacher and hit the courts together as power forward (Bobs) and shooting guard (Lolo) on the Dover Bay girls’ basketball team. Go Dolphins Go!

CM: How did Bobs & LoLo come to be?
B&L: We didn’t start our B&L adventures with a real plan; it really just evolved from our friendship and a mutual interest in working with children. “Bobs & LoLo” were actually our nicknames in high school, so we were B&L long before songwriting and children’s entertainment was introduced to our lives.  

Before we started our musical adventures, Robyn (Bobs) was teaching elementary school prior to which she had completed a degree in linguistics at the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education at UBC. Lorraine (Lolo) previously worked in the fields of environmental education and non-profit fund development.  Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Exercise Science) from UBC.

Songwriting and performing really started out as a side project for us. It was a fun way to create some content for our jobs working with children.  We never dreamed it would lead to running our own small business much less national television!

Our very first show was in the spring of 2003 at an event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium for patients from the BC Children’s Hospital. We had only written 5 songs at that point and we volunteered to basically sing them over and over throughout the event. That first performance opportunity led to us doing lots of local birthday parties which eventually led to our first CD.  That led to bigger shows and so on. 

Our biggest “break” to date has definitely been the broadcast of our music videos on Treehouse TV. We feel so fortunate to have been able to get our On Your Feet DVD in front of the right folks in Toronto.  The opportunity to connect with families across the country through Canada’s national preschool network has been amazing.

While the partnership with Treehouse is still relatively new, the TV exposure has already opened up new performance opportunities for us, and we’ve been able to build our CD and DVD distribution beyond Western Canada. We’re hoping this is just the start, and we’ll be able to keep things go, go, growing in the upcoming years.

CM: What is it about your songs and performances that you think children like so much?
B&L: We put a lot of energy into making our music educational, family focused and listener friendly for all ages. We want our music to engage and inspire children to learn more about the topic at hand, to care about the world around them and above all to get up and dance!

We think the kids really respond to the music first and the storyline of the songs  second. We also think the kids really enjoy connecting with us as ‘real’ people given that they often live in a world filled with animated or make-believe characters.

CM: What message are you hoping to share with children?
B&L: Our main goal is to really just inspire kids to care about the world around them. We try to use the tools of music, movement and make-believe to connect children with positive messaging about the natural world.  At the same time we want to show them that their actions can make a difference for themselves, the people around them and the planet. It’s conservation messaging at a level that’s appropriate for preschoolers.

CM: What do you like most about being Bobs & LoLo?
B&L: Performing for young audiences is by far the best part!  The things kids say, the way they move and the endless energy our audiences bring to our shows is rewarding, inspiring and motivating. We can both honestly say that we would not be performing or putting in the long hours behind-the-scenes without the kids cheering us on (parents too)!

CM: What is your favourite Bobs & LoLo song?
B&L: It’s hard for us to pick a favourite. The choice for us really comes down to the children`s top picks. Our current favourite songs to perform are Raindrop Pop (they really seem to love this one!), I Love Bugs (interpretive bug dancing by preschoolers is awesome!) and Cindy Seahorse (the best cuddle song ever!).

CM: Do you write your own songs?   Where do you get your inspiration for writing them?
B&L: We do write all of our own songs. We write about things we love like nature, friendship and family.  We usually just try to tell a story with the songs and the lyrics and music come together naturally.  It’s a really organic process for us. We don’t follow a formula or have a real system for songwriting. Writing the lyrics is a fun, creative process that we like to do together. Sometimes the final version of a song is completely different from what we started with and other times we come up with something that works right away. Songwriting is a nice break from the regular office work and occasionally it’s a good excuse to enjoy a bottle of red wine.

CM: What does the future hold for Bobs and Lolo?
B&L: We’re putting together some ideas for a fourth album that we hope to release in the early New Year. We also have many upcoming performances including our shows in London and Brampton this week.  We have a heap of holiday events on the west coast. We are also looking to continue building our relationship with Treehouse TV, and we hope to produce some new content with them down the road. On a personal note, we’re both keen to start families.

Bobs & LoLo Ticket Giveaway
Enter to win a set of Bobs & LoLo tickets.  Tickets are for the 11am performance on Saturday, November 6th at Aeolian Hall in London.  Note:  Performances do not have assigned seating.

How to Enter
Leave a comment and include your name and you or your child’s favourite Bobs & LoLo song. Check out song titles and sample tracks at bobsandlolo.com.

Contest Details
The contest will be open until Thursday November 4th at 6pm ET.  A winner will be selected at random using random.org.  The winner will be notified at the email address used when entering the contest.  The winner will have until 9am on Friday November 5th to accept the prize by responding to the notification email.  If the winner is unable to accept the prize another random winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Find Bobs & LoLo:
Web:  www.bobsandlolo.com
Twitter:  @BobsAndLoLo
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/BobsandLoLo

Ticket Information: Tickets are only $15

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