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Cirque du Soleil: Ovo

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Disclaimer: I received two tickets to Cirque du Soleil Ovo in exchange for a review on my blog.

Cirque du Soleil never fails to entertain! Ovo is a story about the life of bugs and the performances and entertainment revolve around this theme! The costumes are bright and fun and the music is lively with Brazilian influences.

Jaden and I had the opportunity to visit behind the scenes at The Schottenstein Center as several of the acts rehearsed the day of the opening show in Columbus.

We saw the Butterflies on the duo straps and the Male Spider on the slack wire rehearsing their acts:

Cirque du Soleil is based in Montreal and 100 people work on the tour representing 20 countries! Performers are former circus performers, Olympic gymnasts, world champion athletes and the like! When you see the feats performed at the show, you will be amazed at what people can do with their bodies. If you’re like me, you might also have thoughts like, “Wow, I really need to start lifting weights!”

The costumes are amazing and each performer’s costume is handmade. We learned that each performer has 2-3 costumes and each costume takes 40 hours to make! To top it off, there are 50 performers! I haven’t done the math on that, but that is a LOT of hours of work!

Here are the Butterflies in the live performance:

And the Male Spider on the slack wire:

The show is 2 hours long with a 20 minute intermission in the middle. The music is all performed live, which is just amazing. The leader of the band travels with his family, which includes his wife and 1.5 yr old! They travel from city to city, baby-proofing each hotel room as they go! And I thought my life with littles was challenging! 🙂

There are 10 acts with colorful characters who perform in between: bugs who entertain, fall in love and engage the audience in the process!

Let’s talk about Foot Jugglers. First of all, that’s a thing. Second of all, it was my husband’s favorite act of the show! It was amazing that they could juggle these round “kiwis” with their feet, perfectly in sync with each other. Just amazing. (I’m going to say amazing a lot, be forewarned.) Also, you can buy your very own “kiwi” at the souvenir counter. . . I’m thinking Father’s Day gift for hubby?!

The crickets on the Trampo Wall were probably my favorite act, which came towards the very end. The performers scaled the wall with the help of a trampoline! It looked like so much fun!

         

My husband and I saw the show as a date night, but the show is kid-friendly. There were plenty of kids there on opening night! My personal thought is that I would take my 5 year old, but my 2 year old would have trouble sitting there for 2 hours. The show is non-stop action and it is really captivating, so I think my 5 year old would have been riveted. This is just my own opinion for my own children – I definitely saw children younger than 5 there at the show!

I do feel like I should add that there are a few sexual innuendos between the bugs (I know, that sounds weird! 😉 ) . It’s probably something my 5 year old wouldn’t notice and not something your 10 year old hasn’t seen on a TV commercial. But I didn’t want anyone coming back and saying, “You told me it was kid friendly and now my child is scarred for life.” So there. You have that.

The Details: Ovo: Cirque du Soleil

Show runs May 17-21, 2017

Times:
Thursday: 7:30 PM
Friday: 7:30 PM
Saturday:  4:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday: 1:30 PM, 5:00 PM

Adult tickets start at $53 and Child tickets start at $25 Family 4 packs are also available.

Thanks so much to Cirque du Soleil and The Schottenstein Center for a fun night out!

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ICYMI: What Should We Do This Weekend? May 19-21, 2017


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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 7-9, 2017: Easter Edition Part 1

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Lots of Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Events this weekend! This is Part 1, the rest will come next weekend with Part 2!

1. First Friday: Mascot Madness in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 20 E Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

First Friday in downtown Delaware will include some of your favorite Delaware and Central Ohio mascots (including the Easter Bunny) walking around downtown, available for pictures and meet and greet! At 6:30 there will be a “Mascot Madness” dance-off!

2. Spring Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Shop this huge children’s consignment sale to find deals on infant and children’s clothing, accessories, toys, furniture and more! Half Price Sale is from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM!

3. Brunch with Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Arts and crafts, entertainment and the Easter Bunny are highlights of this special brunch! Reservations are only accepted in person at Guest Reception at Polaris Fashion Place! Kids 12 months and under are free.

4. Sprout Swap at Charity Newsies Headquarters

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

Great opportunity to buy or sell gently used cloth diapers, baby carriers, nursing gear, and accessories!

5. Old Hilliard Bunny Hop in Old Hilliard

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5274 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Main Street Old Hiliard hosts a spring festival that includes arts and crafts, activities and prizes! There will be real bunnies, coloring contests, a candy hop, golden egg hunt and more!

6. Girls Day at OSU Airport

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Location: Hangar 5, 2160 W Case Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone/Email: vilcheck.1@osu.edu

Girls in grades 5-8 can join in a day of aviation activities designed to inspire them to pursue a career in aviation! Send an email to register!

7. Eggstravaganza at Northwest United Methodist Church

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5200 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone/Email: DorisI@nwumc.com

Breakfast, games, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny begin at 9:00 AM.  and the Easter egg hunt starts at 10:30 AM.  Also, NWUMC is collecting new and gently used children’s books for neighborhood children.

8. Jungle Book: Kids Edition at Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM (SOLD OUT), Sunday: 3:00 PM
Location: 5425 Center St., Hilliard, OH, 43026

Watch this kid-friendly rendition of The Jungle Book presented by Hilliard Arts Council!

9. Cheryl’s Easter Egg Hunt Event at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville, OH 43082

This fun event includes photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, a visit from Columbus Zoo, cookie frosting, prizes and more!

10. Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at Kingsdale Shopping Center

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3061 Kingsdale Ctr., Columbus, OH 43221

Meet and greet with the Easter Bunny on the Green at Kingsdale! Free pictures! Bring a basket to hunt for eggs!

11. Free Cone Day at Ye Olde Mill

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 11324 Mount Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

Everyone gets a free single dip cone only on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Read about our visit here!

12. Jack and the Beanstalk at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Columbus Children’s Theater presents Jack and the Beanstalk! Free with admission!

13. Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Worthington Pools

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

This event includes an underwater egg hunt and an open swim!

14. Golden Hobby 18″ Doll Party at Golden Hobby Gift Shop

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 630 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-645-8329

This event includes crafts, games, face painting, refreshments, a style show and an American Girl Doll raffle! Call to make a reservation!

15. Egg Blast at Dublin Baptist Church

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: 7195 Coffman Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-889-2307

This event includes a free hot dog dinner and thousands of eggs being blasted into the air! There will be give aways and prizes! Register online.

*Plan ahead for Easter Egg hunts with my latest post for Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Feb 26-28, 2016

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Do you have a toddler in the Daniel Tiger phase?  Oh my.  I have a distinct memory of getting up in the middle of the night to feed my newborn and the ditty “it’s ok to feel sad sometimes . . . little by little, you’ll feel better, again,” running through my head.  My oldest son was 3 at the time and in a major Daniel Tiger phase.  I’m not going to read into why that song was running through my head . . . ANYWAY, I digress . . . If you have a little one in that phase, you (I mean your little one) has the chance to see him live . . . There are some other fun things going on this weekend.  I learned a few new things putting together this post and I’m looking forward to trying them out!  ALSO – there’s a link for free movie tickets!

1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

The cartoon spin off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is a musical with lots of singing and dancing and all of your favorite characters from the show.

2.  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! at your local Barnes and Noble Store

When:  Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:  all Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making your own Cat in the Hat hat, pinning the tail on Horton and enjoying a special story.

3.  The Bubble Lady at the Franklin Park Conservatory

When:  Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time:  11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

The Bubble Lady entertains with unbelievable bubble creations!  Free with admission.

4.  The Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center

When:  Saturday February 20 – Sunday, February 28, 2016
Location: 717 E 17th Avenue Columbus, OH

The Home and Garden show is going on and there are two events on Saturday tailored to children that you might want to check out:

12:00 PM See Animals from The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium – “Get up close and personal with a selection of animals from the zoo. Learn more about their habitats, what they eat and how they act.”

3:00 PM Dr. Insecta’s Bug Lab Experience “Ready to get bugged? Children and grownups will get to meet the stars of the bug lab stage show, including Rhonda The Roach, Morticia The Tarantula and Darth Vader The Scorpion. Get ready for a close encounter of an insect kind.”

5.  Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Center, Polaris 

When:  Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time:  11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location:  2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240

Children ages 3 and up can create a “Fantastically Funny Fish” for free!  No registration required.

6.  Kids Dream Winter Film Series featuring Pan

When:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 26, 27 and 28, 2016
Time:  10:00 AM
Location: Marcus Theaters, two locations:

Crosswoods Cinema
200 Hutchinson Ave.
Columbus, OH 43235

Pickerington Cinema
1776 Hill Road North
Pickerington, OH 43147

Admission is only $3.00 to see favorite family movies.  There are also concession specials.  You can get free tickets to the show by visiting an American Family Insurance agency – OR there is a link on the website above  (or here) to print FREE passes – no catch!

7.  Ohio’s Birthday Party at the Ohio State House

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 1 Capital Square, Columbus, OH 43215

Free, family-friendly event celebrates Columbus’ 213th birthday!  Includes crafts, tours, a scavenger hunt and a birthday surprise at 2:00 PM!

 

*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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