TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil Comes To San Diego!

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TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil

TOTEM, by Cirque du Soleil comes to San Diego’s Del Mar Fairgrounds in it’s only Southern California stop in 2012! We received two complimentary tickets from Cirque du Soleil to see the opening night of this incredible production, which is in town for a limited engagement. This was the first Cirque du Soleil show we had ever seen, and we were blown away!

From the moment you walk into the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) you enter another world. You are taken away, for a few hours of magical entertainment. The show captivates your senses with music, amazing visuals, and of course, incredible acrobatics. Our seven year old daughter and I attended together, and we were both enthralled throughout the entire production. There were many young children, including babies seated near us, all of whom were entirely entertained.

TOTEM, which premiered in 2010, has enchanted over a million people, and visited more than 10 cities in North America & Europe. The show is “inspired by many founding myths between science and legend, and explores the ties that bind Man to other species and his dreams.” The production is based on the principal that we each carry the potential to fly like a thunderbird to the top of the totem pole.

There were so many incredible parts of the show, including the use of Russian bars, a rings trio, roller skates, perches, a hoops dancer, fixed trapeze duo, unicycles, and so much more! Of course, the costumes are incredible, and the set design and choreography are top notch. I can’t say that there was a certain part of the show that was my favorite, because the entire production was astounding. It even received a standing ovation!

The production is running in San Diego through May 27, 2012. TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil would be an incredible gift to a mom for Mother’s Day, and Cirque du Soleil is offering certain tickets for select performances discounted 25%. Click HERE for more a sneak preview of the show, as well as info about the discount available. Now that I’ve been to the show, I know I’d love the gift of TOTEM myself!

Photos courtesy of TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil.

Professional Level Hockey Entertainment At An Affordable Price!

sdicelogoThe 4th Annual Gulls Alumni vs Military Hockey Game is happening at the San Diego Ice Arena at 7pm on Saturday, January 28th. Admission is just $10 per ticket, and proceeds benefit Injured Veteran Support Group, The Warrior Foundation, & San Diego Youth Hockey.

The parking lot to the San Diego Ice Arena will open @ 4:30pm the day of the event. They will have tailgating, a BBQ, and an area set up for street hockey. Doors open at 6pm. This game is professional level hockey entertainment, and is sure to be a good time for anyone that enjoys ice hockey. Full details HERE. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Disney On Ice Presents ‘Toy Story 3′ in San Diego 1/25-1/29!

disneyoniceWe’re super excited that Disney On Ice Toy Story 3 is coming to San Diego! The show will be in town for 5 days, January 25-29. We had the opportunity to see the show on a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, and it was incredible!

Toy Story 3, the Academy Award®-winning smash hit blockbuster, is so hot it’s cool as everyone’s favorite toys take to the ice in Disney On Ice presents Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3! An accomplished creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl; and the rest of the Toy Story gang to fans and families around the country in this all-new, high-energy ice spectacular.

Inspired by the #1 animated movie of all time, Toy Story 3, and memorable moments from Toy Story and Toy Story 2, everyone’s favorite characters are hitting the ice in this sensational live production! Catch all the heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever. Plus a few new faces join the fun, including Barbie’s groovy bachelor Ken and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. It’s the biggest Toy Story experience ever on ice, jam-packed with fast-paced adventure such as Buzz’s galactic battle with Emperor Zurg and a hoe-down on the set of “Woody’s Roundup.” Relive the humor, friendship and charm of Toy Story when Disney On Ice presents Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 takes family fun to infinity and beyond!

There will be a total of 10 performances at the Valley View Casino Center, formerly called the San Diego Sports Arena. Opening Night tickets are available for just $10 for certain seats, limit 6 per order. Other shows range in price, check Ticketmaster online, at 1-800-745-3000, or the Valley View Casino Center Box Office for availability. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Images courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Disney On Ice Debuts ‘Treasure Trove’ in San Diego 10/5-10/9!

doitreasuretroveDisney On Ice is debuting the world premier tour of their new show Treasure Trove, in San Diego! The show will be coming to the Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) for 9 shows, October 5th–9th. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at the arena Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Families can expect to get “tangled up” in the Walt Disney Studio’s 50th animated feature with Tangled stars Rapunzel and Flynn, and enter the worlds of other favorite Disney princesses Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan, and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White!

Youngsters of all ages will enjoy setting sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell, and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land and trekking the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ And no one wants to be late to a very important date with Alice & the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. With Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove, Feld Entertainment has created a show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Tickets range in price from $17-$55. Select seats for Opening Night are just $10! The opening night discount is not valid for premium seating, and all reserved seats may be subject to service charges and handling fees. Show times are as follows:

doitreasuretrove• Wednesday, October 5th ~ 7pm (WORLD PREMIERE!)
• Thursday, October 6th ~ 7pm
• Friday, October 7th ~ 11am & 7pm
• Saturday, October 8th ~ 11am, 3pm & 7pm
• Sunday, October 9th ~ 1:30pm & 5:30pm

Treasure Trove is sure to be lots of fun for the family! Please click HERE for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.


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***Disclaimer: We are receiving tickets to see Disney On Ice through Feld Entertainment. Although we are receiving tickets to see the show, we are not being compensated in any other way or form. We would still share the info provided, and do believe it will be a great performance, as we’ve been attending Disney On Ice shows for years, and have enjoyed each of them. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Concert For Kids! Banana Slug String Band at Birch on 9/15!

bananaslugstringbandThe Banana Slug String Band, the country’s premiere eco-band for children, will get San Diego kids dancing, singing and learning about the earth at a special Sept. 15 concert at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

The Slugs, a foursome of lovable musicians and educators from Santa Cruz, California, have entertained and educated youngsters for 25 years. The band uses music, theater, puppetry and audience participation to inspire youngsters and their families to learn about – and take better care of our precious planet. Slug songs feature vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harmonica and percussion and range from folk to rap, bluegrass to rock.

The band has performed at hundreds of venues across the United States, including the Museum of Natural History in New York City and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Numerous awards include AFIM’s (Association for Independent Music) Indie Award for Best Children’s Recording, a NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) Gold Award and three Parent’s Choice Awards, including one in 2011 for the band’s new album, “Only One Ocean.”

The concert, presented in part by Plum District, will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the aquarium’s Tide-Pool Plaza. The concert venue is standing-room only, but attendees are welcome to bring blankets. Splash Cafe will remain open or guests to purchase food and beverages.

Tickets are $20 each and include aquarium admission and parking. Children under age 3 are free. All exhibits will be open for viewing. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Click HERE to purchase tickets, call 858-534-4109. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

About Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate,
earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 415,000, including 45,000 school children.

Location:
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Phone:
858-534-FISH
Website:
aquarium.ucsd.edu
Directions:
From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive.
West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.

About Plum District:
The busiest people in the community—moms—are often the most plugged-in. And for them, the Internet is often the best tool to (re)discover what’s in their own backyard. Plum District was created just for them. Plum District connects moms with daily deals and inspirations from businesses in their community, and helps them get the most out of their day—for their families and for themselves. Sign up for daily offers from your local favorites at plumdistrict.com

Images courtesy of the Banana Slug String Band.

Hullabaloo Show on 3/25/11.

Kid-friendly band, Hullabaloo, will be playing a show at the Bernardo Winery on Friday, 3/25, at 10:30am. Hullabaloo is super fun to see in person! We’ve seen them play everywhere from private birthday parties, to the Del Mar Firehouse, to UTC, and beyond!

The cost for the Friday show is $5 per family, and I hear the venue is a really great one. According to an e-mail I received from the band today, Joann Wooley, of Sign 4 Baby will be a special guest, signing along with the songs. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. Here’s a parking tip from the e-mail I received today:
“As you approach the Bernardo Winery on Paseo Del Verano Norte it will look like the parking is full but don’t worry. Go to the second driveway (there’s a sign for the farmer’s market) and you’ll find a big parking lot with lots of spaces.”

More info about Hullabaloo and Sign 4 Baby.

Disney On Ice ~ Let’s Celebrate!

Disney On Ice is coming to San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center (formerly San Diego Sports Arena) from Wednesday, January 26th through Sunday, January 30th, 2011. The current performance is “Let’s Celebrate!”, and my daughter and I are SUPER excited to go see it! Disney On Ice has become a mother-daughter tradition for us since she was a toddler.

Many people don’t know, but the opening night performance is discounted to about 1/2 off, plus convenience and facility fees. Buying discounted tickets for opening night has been a great way for us to get better seats than those I would usually purchase. It also leaves us with some left over “fun money” to spend at the event.

I checked Ticketmaster, and as of 10:30am on opening night, which is tonight (1/26/11), there are STILL tickets available! You can get tickets for as low as $8 each plus the extra fees. If you were to buy the least expensive seats for two family members to attend, it would only cost you $29, plus parking. This is about what you’d pay going to the movies.

If you cannot make the opening night of the event, you may be able to buy tickets for a discount buy buying in bulk at a group rate, or with an on-line discount code. I’ve seen some codes here and there, but I bought my tickets far in advance, so I didn’t have a need to check into any codes. I saw the code Minnie in a discount mailer we received (Sorry, I don’t recall which home mailer.). You might want to try it, or the code Disney, and see if either work. Check the Valley View Casino Center website for info about group rates.

Here are a few things that you might like to know prior to attending:
• You start paying for children once they reach age 2, even if they still sit on your lap.
• There are tons of Disney products for sale at the event. Just an FYI that you might want to bring some of that “fun money” I stated above. : )
• Be sure to dress warm, as it can be chilly in the arena with the ice.
• They do not allow food, drinks, video cameras, etc.. See more HERE:

Tickets are available at the Valley View Casino Center box office, or through Ticketmaster. Just to give you a head’s up, you’re still charged convenience fees if you go to the box office and purchase the tickets there. I think this is a new thing, because I don’t recall paying them when purchasing them face to face in the past. Have fun!

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