Sunday, June 26, 2011

First Theatre Experience

I don't know why I spell "theatre" the French way, I just do. It's fancier. We've noticed lately that Cars 2 commercials are everywhere. Mater and Lightning are on our cereal boxes. A new section of our Target is devoted to new Cars 2 toys. So we thought that maybe this would be a good opportunity to take Topher to his very first movie-theatre movie. I bought the tickets early in the day yesterday, and I'm glad I did. Apparently you don't mess around with a newly-released Pixar production. We had to wait in an obnoxiously long line to be seated while trying to explain to Topher exactly what was going on. I think the gist of it was that we were going to see our Cars friends on a very big TV in a dark room. Topher wanted to know if there would be a table in there for his nummies. Maybe next time we'll take him to a dinner theatre. Luckily we ran into some good friends right before the movie who gave us this little treasure of advice: take the carseat in with you. It's genius really. The child is more comfortable, sits a little higher, and anything he drops (ie his new Cars toy) stays nearby and doesn't make a ruckus hitting the floor. When we got in there, Topher even asked us to buckle him in. Maybe he thought the experience would be more interactive. (TJ found the flash to be a little much in the dark environment.) Everything would have been okay, we like to theorize, if the movie had started on time and not 10 minutes late as they tried to get everyone seated. Then if we could have skipped through the 15 minutes of previews, we just might have made it to the end. As it was, we only made it about an hour and a half before Topher got out of his seat and started wandering. He finally told us he wanted to go and so we left Lightning in there, still mad at Mater and the championship still hanging in the balance. But it was a good first try. And in another two years when we try it again, Cars 3 will surely be the new must-see. --KC

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Member's Night

Being a zoo member has its perks, and at the end of last month we were able to preview the new dinosaur exhibit before it opened to the public. Topher was talking about it all week. Note to moms: don't mention something exciting to a toddler until the day you are going to do it.

Topher has been into dinosaurs ever since daddy showed him some clips from Jurassic Park. (I was not there for that decision.) Later, when I heard about it I thought Topher would be scared but instead he was grinning from ear to ear and telling me that the dinosaur says "Rawr!" And so a love of dinosaurs was born.

We also got a voucher for some free popcorn, so we took an intermission from the fun to snack and feed some eager blackbirds.

Then we saw some animals. It's a tiny zoo but it's the perfect size for toddlers. Then, as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, we told Topher he could ride the train. He's never been on a train before but he's talked about it many, many times.

It was a really fun night. Topher keeps asking if we can go back and see the dinosaurs and ride the choo-choo again.

If it means seeing that grin on his face again, you already know what my answer is to that.