Friday, November 24, 2017

Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker A Family Tradition

We love to kick off the holiday season every year by heading to dress rehearsal for the Boston Ballet's presentation of Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House. Lauren is dancing in a different Nutcracker performance this year and was very excited to see the show. The show runs until December 31st so make sure to get your tickets now.
Lauren brought a good friend of hers that also dances.
They were both very excited.
The show is amazing with gorgeous sets and music.  I could not take pictures during the show however The Boston Ballet did share some press images with me.
Show Photos Taken by Liza Voll and Provided by the Boston Ballet
We even got to meet some of the lovely dancers at intermission.  The grace and beauty that these dancers show on stage is breathtaking.  
This is the 6th year of Mikko Nissinen’s re-envisioned The Nutcracker.  It is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”  Some of our favorites are the Snow Scene.
This is such a fun scene with the mice and Nutcracker.
 The costumes some of the characters need to dance in must be such a challenge.  The bear leaps so high which is so impressive!
These guys are unbelievable!  The jumps they did and turns were so awesome.  The whole audience was awe struck and erupted in applause after they danced. 
 The show has a full company of 56 dancers, 10 Boston Ballet II dancers along with more than 250 Boston Ballet School students.  This is always one of my favorites as I danced many times to "Waltz of the Flowers" and my daughter danced to it last year in her recital.
The show is about 2 hours long and does have an intermission.  The time flies though as you are so engrossed in the show.
There are 44 performances of The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111)!
Tickets start at $35.
Visit http://www.bostonballet.org/nutcracker/
I highly suggest taking the family to see it and starting a family tradition or continuing one if you already have been.
Follow Boston Ballet on Twitter:  @BostonBallet  #BBNutcracker
Like them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bostonballet
Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets for dress rehearsal for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Win 4 Tickets to Elf the Musical

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I love holiday shows for the whole family! One of my favorites is coming back to the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston and I can't wait to go! Elf the Broadway Musical is coming November 28th to December 10th.  As one of my readers I am giving you an awesome chance to win 4 tickets to the show on November 28th!  Read on to enter!
Photo Credit for all show photos:  Jeremy Daniel
Here is the link to buy tickets:  http://www.bochcenter.org/buy/show-listing/elf-2017
We have seen the show before and it is wonderful!
Some more information about the show:
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember their inner ELF.
George Wendt will play the role of Santa. You may remember him as Norm in Cheers!
The musical will feature Erik Gratton (Buddy), Bernard Dotson (Store Manager), Cynthia Ferrer (Emily), Veronica J. Kuehn (Jovie), Trey Middleton (Michael), Ruth Pferdehirt (Deb), Christopher M. Russo (Walter), Danny Rutigliano (Mr. Greenway) and Ken Clement (Santa Standby). The cast also includes Darren Biggart, Allyson Carr, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Paul Ianniello, Eric Anthony Johnson, Chandon Jones, Drew King, Andrew Kruep, Emily Larger, Eric Jon Mahlum, Frankie Paparone, Emily Jeanne Phillips, Shaun Repetto, Wyatt Rogers, Morgan Rose and Emily Grace Tucker. Performances of ELF THE MUSICAL are Tuesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 10: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm, Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm, with matinees on Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. 
Enter below to win 4 tickets to the 7:00 pm performance on Wednesday, November 29th!
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Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets to giveaway and four tickets for my family and I to attend the show for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Jr. Celtics Clinic Great Skills for Kids

My son loves all sports! He loves to play them and loves to watch our Boston teams play. When we were given the opportunity to take Evan to check out the new Jr. Celtics program at the TD Garden in Boston I knew he would be excited. As the kids get older it is harder to come up with birthday and Christmas gifts for them, giving them experiences is the way to go.  I think this would be a great holiday surprise for any kid.
The Boston Celtics recently launched an official youth basketball platform where kids will have the chance to learn the values of Celtics basketball by participating in on-court training via exclusive events. Evan participated in the one this past Sunday at the TD Garden with a friend and they loved it.
There will be more than 20 clinics throughout inaugural season. The clinics will promote the values of Celtics basketball through on-court training and exclusive events in a safe and fun environment directed towards youth development. The clinics provide feature coaches, special guest VIP appearances and exclusive Jr. Celtics apparel. Clinics held at the Celtics’ Practice Facility in Waltham, or at TD Garden, will also feature exclusive access to team facilities. 
Kids were put in to groups and then split up with their coaches to go to four stations.  Shooting, finishing (lay ups), conditioning and dribbling skills drills.  Then at the end they had to compliment their teammates.
They also got to meet Lucky who got them all psyched up.
Fun shooting!
We watched the Celtics game that night and Evan kept saying I was shooting right there!
There are additional sessions coming up you can register for here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/jrceltics/
Dates/Locations:
Saturday, November 25 Celtics practice facility Waltham Ages 5-9 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., and then ages 10-14 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 2nd TD Garden 7:30 am
December 27th Celtics practice facility Waltham Ages 5-9 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., and then ages 10-14 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
They are also launching the Jr. Celtics Kids Club this season, a membership program offering multiple opportunities for young fans to stay connected to the team. Members will receive benefits such as gift items, monthly prize drawings and discounts to Jr. Celtics events. For more information on the program visit www.Celtics.com/jrceltics
Plus they have Family Packs to go to see the Celtics play! 
You can learn more here in my blog post where we experienced the Celtics Family Pack:  http://evan-and-lauren-a.blogspot.com/2017/03/32317-boston-celtics-family-packs.html
What an awesome experience!  Make sure to register your child and of course cheer for the Boston Celtics!
Disclosure:  I was provided with complimentary admission to the Jr. Celtics Clinic for my son and a friend for promotional purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Fun

This past weekend we went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular with the theme of traveling through time.  I absolutely love this event, the intricately carved pumpkins are fantastic.
I love their new process of timed entry with tickets.  In the past you would wait in a long line to enter the trail.  Now you purchase tickets in hourly blocks.  This is a great way to control the crowds.  Here is just a sampling of some of the Jack-O-Lanterns.
This was one of my favorites!  Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
It is amazing how intricate they are!
More details:  
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank runs through November 5th, delighting audiences of all ages. This year the theme is traveling through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome.  
Wander the Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail and delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer.

 Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era. Imagine our planet's history reflected on more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins.

I love the Jack-O-Lanterns floating on the water. 

The Laughing Tree at the end is my absolute favorite!
The shear volume of carved pumpkins is amazing as they snake all the way up the trees!
Beautiful!

It is a must see this Halloween Season!
Here are some more details:
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open 6pm - 10:30 pm, with the last admission ticket being sold at 10:00 pm.
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday admission with last admission ticket sold at 10:30 pm, and the trail closing at 11 pm.
Pricing: 
Monday - Thursday are $15 adults, and $12 for children ages 2 – 12, with children under two admitted for free.
Admission prices on Friday - Sunday are $18 adults, $15 children ages 2 – 12; children two and under are admitted for free.
New this year is the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride to see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth.  Riders will see out over Providence and into Narragansett Bay in comfortable side-by-side seats.  The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride is open every night during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular weather permitting. Tickets for the Soaring Eagle are only available at the admissions gate. $15 per rider on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here is some video of the Laughing Tree:
 
This is an absolute must see!
It continues till November 5th!
 Check them out on Facebook: 
Disclosure: I was provided tickets to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular for my family and I in exchange for promotional review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Super League Gaming City Champs in Boston

Minecraft is all the rage in my house with my son.  He loves it.  Not only does he play it but he watches others play it.  Taking this game to the next level is Super League Gaming with the ability to play Minecraft in a movie theater at the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Revere, MA.
This event is an awesome way to be part of a team of other Minecraft players and play in the Minecraft City Championship!  Go here to buy tickets.
October 14th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Team Formation and Practice
October 21st and three following Saturdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm there will be Divisional Play
November 11th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm The Grand Finals for the Top 4 Cities
The Grand Prize is for one skilled player to win a trip for four to go to Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards in LA including round trip airfare, 2 nights hotel and a $500 spending allowance.  There will also be other giveaways for all players, including an official Boston Revolt team jersey! 
The event is at the Showcase Cinema de Lux, Revere 56 Squire Road, Revere, MA

More about the event:

Starting this Saturday morning, instead of just playing Minecraft at home, kids can enjoy the game while meeting new friends as part of a local team representing Boston, thanks to Super League Gaming and their Minecraft City Champs tournament, run in partnership with Nickelodeon.  It’s like little league for Minecraft players!  Fun, positive and a great opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age. Past players clearly have had a GREAT time! 

 While you may find it challenging to pull your little ones away from their iPad or Xbox, the truth is that playing Minecraft (and video games in general) can be beneficial for your kids on many levels, including problem solving, building self-confidence, enhancing creativity, understanding teamwork and improving academic performance.

Super League’s Minecraft City Champs tournament is in its 3rd season, so the company knows how to provide a well-organized experience for your Minecrafter.  It’s ideal for kids 6-14, who will play alongside their peers and have the chance to compete against teams in cities across the country.  The tournament takes place in a movie theater, which means they also get to see their favorite game on the big screen! Day One is this Saturday, Oct 14th, when players will meet their teammates and get a chance to practice the custom game modes designed by Super League.  The tournament then begins on Sat. the 21st and continues on the following three Saturdays.  To learn more and get tickets visit Super League’s Minecraft City Champs Boston Event Details Page. Parents attend for free, although Super League provides full coverage if you need to drop off.  Of course if you’re there, you can cheer on your Minecrafter to victory! 

Here is some more information on what is Minecraft City Champs?


  
And here is more on what to expect on Day 1 of the competition. 
I am sure your kids will have a blast!


Disclosure: I was provided with compensation for this post for promotional purposes. All opinions are always my own.