I still haven’t told the kids that they are going to see Chris and Martin LIVE this weekend and I am just bursting. I know they are going to be thrilled to see the Kratt Brothers live and in action. I have also been holding off on buying Halloween Costumes because I have a feeling that after this Saturdays performance they may change their minds and we may go full blown Wild Kratts this year (stay tuned).
Remember when I shared about The Wild Kratts Live coming to Portland this September? Well a 2nd show has been added by popular demand! The Wild Kratts Live! 2.0 Activate Creature Power is coming to the Keller Auditorium for TWO shows! Saturday, September 29th at 1:00pm AND 4:30pm. Get your tickets today –> Wild Kratts Live PDX.
We recently took our first camping trip of the season to L.L. Stub Stewart State Park and our first camping trip as a family of five. After a year off from camping and regular nature exploring it feels so good to be back at it again. With it being early May we decided to snatch up the one cabin that we could find instead of tenting which just seemed a bit intimidating to do with three kids for our first trip of the year.
The cabins at L.L. Stub are all situated together up on top of the mountain which you can see from cabins 9-13. We booked our cabin too late so we ended up over in number 7 which had no view and honestly was one of my least favorite cabins for location, privacy and set up (the picnic table is across the path from the cabin). Basically the mountain view cabins are ideal but if you want a bit more privacy cabin 8 is off in the corner and has a ton of privacy as well as cabin 15. That being said if you don’t mind a lack of privacy and want to have a bedroom and living room set up cabins 4-6 offer you two rooms.
Cabins aside there is a ton of camping including full hook-up sites, walk-in tent sites and primitive camp sites.
In addition to great spots for camping L.L. Stubb offers a variety of activities including hiking paths, mountain biking paths, a disc golf course and a welcome center where you can find items that you may have forgotten like water bottles and helmets, maps and much more.
We arrived late to camp and were only able to get a cabin for one night so we didn’t get to enjoy the amenities to the full extent but we did get out for a short hike. I will say this although this was our second visit to L.L. Stub as a family and third for Neil and the bigger kids we that we knew what to expect but hiking these days is totally different than two years ago. Neil and I both had expected hiking to be a breeze with all three kids but as soon as we started to hit some steeper hills Alder just wasn’t having it and wanted to head back to camp.
So note to all you parents out there hiking with two kids in carriers two years ago is not the same as hiking with two kids not in carriers and a baby. If you have small children you may want to seek out alternative hiking opportunities in the area because the trails near the cabins are fairly steep. That being said there is a great path over to the day use area that leads you to some nice open spots perfect for running, playing and tossing a frisbee.
While things didn’t go seamlessly on this first trip it was still a fun trip and we have learned so much about ourselves and ways that we can better prepare for our next trip.
Where are your favorite places to camp? What are you camping tips?
Wild Kratts is a fairly new obsession for my kids but since they started watching the Kratt Brothers on a regular basis they have been a wealth of information when it comes to all things animals. They spend their days pretending to be Christ and Martin Kratt (or Zoobomafoo – a throw back to the early days with the Kratt Brothers) and they go on adventures right in our own home. They have been Thompson gazelles on an African savanna, Lemurs in Madagascar, and currently Alder’s favorite the Siberian Tiger.
We will be riding in the car or walking down the street and between Edith and Alder I will have a full lesson on the red kangaroo and how the boys are red and the girls are grey. I learn more from these kids and what they learn on Wild Kratts it’s just amazing to me. We then head to our local library and stock up on books about all the different creatures from Wild Kratts to read during our tea time.
So as Wild Kratts slowly takes over our home and playtime it only seemed natural to make plans to see The Wild Kratts LIVE this September here in Portland. Also Tickets Are On Sale Now! The Wild Kratts LIVE will be at Keller Auditorium with an all new show on Saturday, September 29th! Get Your Tickets here today!
So tell me – are your little ones also loving Wild Kratts? Who is planning to see The Wild Kratts LIVE whether here in Portland or in your city?
The sun comes out and suddenly Portland just bursts to life and the list of things to do seems to be never ending. We are already making our Spring, Summer and even Fall bucket lists and I’m not sure how we are going to fit everything in! There are a few noteworthy events coming up that I thought I would share.
The first of which is Wild Kratts Live! I can’t even fully express how excited I am to take my two oldest to to see Chris and Martin live and in person at Keller Auditorium. Currently if my kids aren’t watching Wild Kratts they are pretending to be Chris or Martin or Zoboo (from the Kratts late 90’s/00’s show zoboomafoo); it is Wild Kratts all day every day around here. The show isn’t until September 29, 2018but tickets go on sale Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10am. I can’t wait to get our tickets and to surprise Edith and Alder!
Another event that I might be more exited about than my kids is A Year With Frog and Toad at the Oregon Children’s Theatre. I spent much of my childhood reading about Frog and Toad and so they hold a very dear spot in my heart and memories. I am thankful that Edith and Alder are both finding their love for Frog and Toad as well. we just purchased our tickets and can’t wait to see it!
This one I am excited to share but so sad that we won’t be able to attend [insert crying face]. Red Yarn has come out with another incredible album and will be having a big release party/performance at the Aladdin Theater this Saturday, April 28, 2018. We are wishing Andy, Ms. Jesse and The Critters all the best and can’t wait to see the album preformed live. If you can’t wait to see the songs preform you don’t have to check out Red Yarn’s newest music video Barn Dance from his newest album Old Barn.
What events are coming up that are on your bucket list?
Full disclosure we were provided tickets to KURIOS in exchange for a review of the show – spoiler- we LOVED it!
After a few long weeks of busy days and sleepless nights we decided that a family date was in order. So Friday afternoon we gathered ourselves up and headed to the big top to see Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS.
KURIOS – Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down.
We arrived and the first thing you see are these big blue and yellow circus tents and the kids were instantly excited to go in them but not before getting the popcorn we had promised. After we purchased our popcorn and waters we headed inside to our seats where we found the fun had already started. They had all kinds of characters out on the center stage and in the audience just playing around while everyone settled into their seats. Then it was finally time for the show to start.
The show starts with a “train” traveling around the crowd and eventually into the center ring. From there you have acrobats, contortionist, dare devils who climb mountains of chairs and balance on top of a stack of cylinders and planks. There is also my favorite act that involves all the well known circus acts from lions jumping through rings of fire, someone diving into small barrels of water and a man riding a unicycle on a tight rope ….the twist? They are all invisible. This show is one of laughs, white knuckles and amazement. We all left with huge smiles on our faces.
We ended up only making it about 2 acts into the second half but for us that was a success (and a slight disappointment because I would have loved to stay for the entire show). Prior to the show I made it a goal for us to make it through to intermission. The show is 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 25 minute intermission so if a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and almost 3 month old could make it through the first part I would call it a success.
One little disclaimer this show is dark at time and very loud. Alder declared it was too loud. I have to agree with him it was on the loud side for little ears, especially those who are more sensitive than others ie. our sweet Alder. So he took the baby ear protection until Ingrid woke up (she slept through most of the show) which was perfect timing because that was when Alder declared he didn’t need them anymore.
Since we saw the show on Friday Alder has asked to return at least twice per day and we have been listening to the soundtrack daily. I would say we enjoyed ourselves! Neil and I are hoping that one day it will come back through Portland again so we can see it without any littles in tow.
While Neil and I wish we were heading back to KURIOS before their last show on October 8th we aren’t but that doesn’t mean you can’t! Lucky for you I am giving away family 4-pack – enter below – winner must be able to attend KURIOS in Portland between now and the last show on October 8th.
If you asked Edith who her favorite musician is she would probably look at you blankly and then say something random. However if you asked her if she likes Red Yarn then she would likely say “Red Yarn my favorite” she would also probably go on to tell you that we listen to Red Yarn in the car (on repeat- yes I now know 90% of the words) and she would also tell you how she saw him at the Playdate show (she stared and pointed in awe). Needless to say Red Yarn is popular in our home and we listen to Red Yarn daily (sometimes all day).
So all that being said I have exciting news regarding Red Yarn (AKA Andy Furgeson) and the release of his grant funded musical puppet film called The Deep Woods. Just like at Red Yarn’s live shows The Deep Woods transports audiences to a magical forest where all the animals of American folksongs live together. The pilot shows how Red Yarn chased a rabbit named Bob (Edith’s favorite character) into the Deep Woods, befriended more critters and started a traveling band with them. The Deep Woods won’t survive unless children remember these old characters and songs, so Red takes the critters back to the “real world” where they live in his basement and travel to shows in a suitcase. The pilot features four music videos of songs from the album, plus a live performance scene and narrative thread.
I can tell you as an adult I have really come to love listening to Red Yarn as well. Red Yarn really has a great way of being appealing to both kids and adults. While I might be as excited as Edith I have to say I am excited for the pilot premiere and I can’t wait to see Edith’s face when we take her.
Here is a sneak peak from the pilot (aka the most played YouTube video at our house):
So who is going to join us? We bought our tickets and can’t wait to watch the pilot and of course enjoy the live music, puppetry and Q&A with the film’s creators and puppet cast. So mark your calendars and buy your tickets! Details below.
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed of seeing Cirque du Soleil. Every time we made a trip to Disney World I would beg my parents to take me and as I got older I would then hope that we would get tickets for a show when they passed through Montreal, but alas neither ever happened. When I heard that Cirque du Soleil TOURK was coming to Portland I again was hopeful for tickets and so when I was asked to share this event with you and host a giveaway (see below) and that I would also receive tickets for myself I couldn’t pass it up!
TOURK inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movieAVATAR. I’ll be honest I have never seen Avatar and it’s not for my lack of interest it just has yet to be crossed off my ‘to watch’ list. So to say I’m excited is an under statement.
Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora. Through cutting edge visuals, puppetry and outstanding performances, this family-friendly show transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting.
When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.
Take a look for yourself- doesn’t it look magical?
One thing that I have come to learn this summer is that some nights you need to skip bedtime, grab ice cream cones and head to the park. We grabbed some cones for sorbet from Cool Moon Ice Cream and headed to Jamison Square. We ate, we climbed, we played and we left sticky, tired and happy as can be.
This is your reminder to have fun, break the “rules” and enjoy life.
Run don’t walk to your computer and go purchase your tickets to The Lion King at Keller Auditorium because you’re not going to want to miss this amazing performance. Lucky for you this is one broadway performance that will be spending three weeks in Portland so you have ample time to go and enjoy an evening at the theater.
I have always dreamed of seeing The Lion King on broadway because The Lion King was easily my favorite movie for a short period of my life and I had the bedroom comforter set to prove it. I was lucky enough have this dream fulfilled and to attend Thursday nights performance and I was blown away in just the first five minutes of the show. The theater came to life as animals pranced through the theater and the powerful music sang to my soul. If you have ever seen photos or press videos of The Lion King on broadway then you already know that the costume work is incredible but nothing can compare to seeing costumes and the performers all dressed up; especially those performers who are up on the high stilts dressed as giraffes (my favorite animal of the night).
When it comes to performers Mark Campbell who played the roll of “Scar” was absolutely amazing and completely embodied the roll. I have to say my favorite character of the night was the uptight and incredibly comical bird Zazu played by the amazing Drew Hirshfield. Of course we can’tforget about Rafiki probably one of the most beloved characters from The Lion King and Buyi Zama did a wonderful job as Rafiki.
I know I have shared a number of Broadway In Portland performances on this blog and I feel so incredibly lucky to do so. There is just something magical about the theater and while my littles are still a bit young for the theater I can’t wait to share it with them as well and I hope that those of you who are reading this also consider giving yourself and your children the theater experience. The Lion King I think is the perfect place to start. It is something for both children and adults alike and is such a special performance to bond over and start a life long love of the theater.
TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Disney’s THE LION KING will be at Portland’s Keller Auditorium for a four-week engagement. The schedule for the Portland engagement is:
Saturdays 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sundays 1:00pm and 6:30pm
*There will be a special 1:00pm matinee performance on Thursday, August 11. For information on ADA seating, please call the Portland Opera Box Office at 503-241-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org