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Enter to Win 4 Tickets to See Beauty and the Beast at Huron Country Playhouse

Beauty and the Beast Giveaway

Today on City Mom, one lucky reader will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Drayton Entertainment’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Read on to learn more.

5 REASONS WHY DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IS A MUST-SEE!

I am still coming down from the high of our experience at the Huron Country Playhouse seeing Beauty and the Beast; it was hands-down the best musical production that I have ever seen! There are SO many reasons why you and your family should go to see this production, but I’ve narrowed it down to the top five!

1. The humour:

Tony Edgerton, Keith Savage, Patrick R Brown and Danielle Wade in Beauty and the Beast, 2017

As a young girl, I was a huge fan of Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast when it was released in 1991, so I thought I knew what to expect from this story before we attended the show at the Huron Country Playhouse.

I was so pleasantly surprised with the amount of timely, witty humour that was implemented into Drayton Entertainments’ version of this Disney classic. Some of the humour was appreciated by all, young and old and some was reserved for the adults which made it unique and appealed to the entire family.

Highlight: Lumiere and Cogsworth’s hilarious and playful banter.

2. The talent:

Danielle Wade as Belle and Tony Edgerton as the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Drayton Entertainment, 2017

When Belle, played by Danielle Wade, appeared on stage and belted out her first few notes, my daughter excitedly and urgently asked if she was “really singing, or was it a recording from the movie?” And it wasn’t only Little S that thought Danielle and Belle from Disney’s film sounded extremely similar – we all thought the same.

The talent doesn’t stop there…every single cast member nailed their characters and captured our attention as we were glued to the stage. The writing, directing, music and acting all came together to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.

Highlight: Tony Edgerton, who plays the beast, was excellent at drawing us in to both fear him in the beginning and then to come to understand his story as he softens and learns the meaning of love and kindness.

3. Gaston:

Brent Thiessen as Gaston and ensemble in Beauty and the Beast

Gaston, played by Brent Thiessen, gets his own heading because as the character is written, we shouldn’t like him. Cast as the quintessential villain, Gaston is traditionally a self-absorbed, macho jerk but the combo of the writing and Brent’s talent causes us to actually crave seeing him on stage – we just couldn’t get enough. Some might even find themselves having a bad boy crush (wink, wink Mom)!

Highlight: Gaston, Lefou and the rest of the ensemble in the “The Mob Song” number and the antlers dance. And sorry ladies, but Gaston is “taken” and his wife, Jennifer Thiessen, is sharing the stage with her hubby in this production. How sweet?!

4. The Silly Girls:

Ashley Arnet, Jessica Horn, Jade Repeta

I really cannot say enough about how amazing this show was. That’s why it is hard to pick just five reasons why you should go…alas, I must narrow it down and The Silly Girls are three reasons in one.

Performed by Ashley Arnett, Jessica Horn and Jade Repeta, the Silly Girls almost steal the show! As Gaston’s fandom, they add a lot of humour, a little sass and a touch of naughtiness (don’t worry, only the adults will pick up on this) to the production. Endlessly talented, these three actors really add the icing on the cake.

Highlight: When the girls learn that Gaston is going to ask Belle to marry him – their reaction. Enough said…lmao!!

5. The costumes:

Victor A. Young, Zoe Brown, Valerie Boyle and Patrick R. Brown in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Drayton Entertainment

The costumes are perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring aspects of this production. Costume Designer, Rachel Berchtold, has added her own unique take on the costumes, especially in comparison to other Beauty and the Beast adaptations.

I imagine that it must be pretty difficult to transform inanimate objects like a candelabra, clock, dinner plate, napkin and dresser into living things. Rachel has done an amazing job with this task and the choreography created by Robin Calvert has complimented her creations perfectly.

You’ll know what I mean when Mrs. Potts, played by Valerie Boyle, offers to pour tea for Maurice and when the napkins dance like The Rockettes. And you’ll fall in love with little Chip played by London’s own Zoë Brown.

Highlight: Mrs. Potts’ and Chip’s costumes. Some very cute and clever takes on these two character’s costumes.

GET YOUR TICKETS

Drayton Entertainments Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is playing at Huron Country Playhouse from August 10 – September 3, 2017 at and at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge from November 22 – December 31, 2017.

WIN TICKETS ON CITY MOM

I am so appreciative and excited to offer a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Beauty and the Beast production at Huron Country Playhouse on Saturday, September 2, 2017 for the 7:30 p.m. performance to one City Mom community member. Please note that this date and time cannot be changed.

Please use the giveaway widget below and good luck! You definitely don’t want to miss this show. Good luck!

City Mom

Make Memories This Summer at the Mustang Drive-In {#Giveaway}

MUSTANG DRIVE-IN GIVEAWAY

If you’re like me, the term drive-in evokes a rush of fond memories; there was something magical about watching a movie in your car and getting to fall asleep under the stars while the adults watched the next feature.

As a Londoner, I have always been fortunate to be able to recreate this experience right in my own backyard. The Mustang Drive-In is one of London’s gems located at 2551 Wilton Grove Road which is about 10 minutes outside of the city.

Mustang Drive-In

MUSTANG DRIVE-IN IS DOG FRIENDLY

Dog Friendly London Ontario

I haven’t blogged about this yet but have shared lots on social media – in case you didn’t know, we welcomed a new member to our family this spring – we are proud parents of a Goldendoodle puppy named Jazz.

If you’ve ever raised a puppy, you know that they are a ton of work! It’s worth it but it’s still work none-the-less. I kind of thought that our movie days were over (for now) until I learned that the Mustang Drive-In is dog-friendly.

What a perfect evening it was to go on a “date night” with my husband with our puppy in tow. It worked out perfectly and opened up new possibilities for us in regards to entertainment.

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THE RETRO EXPERIENCE

Mustang Drive In Retro Vibes

Perhaps the best thing about the Mustang Drive-In is that they have maintained the old-school vibe which is synonymous with the drive-in experience. Not only does this provide nostalgia for us parents but it helps to make for a genuinely unique experience for the kiddos and provides a time machine-like adventure.

DRIVE-IN CONCESSION

Snack Bar

Just like the regular movie theatre experience, the Mustang Drive-In has you covered for all the must-have movie treats. From buttery popcorn to sweet treats to fountain pop, the menu is full of fun options for the entire family.

MORE THAN JUST MOVIES

Woof n Park

It is suggested that you arrive early to get the best spot, but don’t worry because the kids will not be bored while you’re waiting for the show to start. A playground featuring new equipment surrounded by a protective surface area of sand is available up until show time for the kids to play.
A large field for soccer, baseball etc. is also available for use and arcade games inside the snack bar for the older kids/teens. And of course, there is an area for the dog’s bathroom needs and refreshments (though there were no refreshments available at the time we visited).

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Mustang Drive In Sign

You can stay up-to-date on what features are playing as well as ticket prices, specials and more via the Mustang Drive-In website. You can also follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT PACKAGE

One City Mom reader will win a Family Movie Night Package that includes two adult admissions, two child admissions and concession vouchers to be used at Mustang Drive-In in London, ON.

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Have you been to the Mustang Drive-In before or a drive-in located near you? What’s your favourite thing about going to the drive-in?

Disclaimer: we received complimentary admission in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. City Mom

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.

THE GRAND PRINCESS FINALE

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

GET YOUR TICKETS

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

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.

OTHER FUN ATTRACTIONS

JunglePlayground

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”.

SHOWS

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.

TIME TO EAT

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!

TIME TO SAY GOOD BYE

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.

PIN IT TO WIN IT

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’RE CORDIALLY INVITED

You are invited to attend The High Tea Soiree…an elite & tres chic experience for mamas:
SHOPPING | DELICIOUS TREATS | LIVE CELEBRATION VIGNETTES | TEA LOUNGE| MAMA BEAUTY BAR

  • 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

ABOUT 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.

VENDORS

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

THINGS TO NOTE

  • 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

GET YOUR TICKETS

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

 CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBERT.  HE IS THE W INNER OF THE BOBS & LOLO TICKET GIVEAWAY.  ENJOY THE SHOW ROBERT!

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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