This year Capital Ex started a blogger outreach program, in addition to their traditional media relations. And we were tickled pink to be asked to participate. We were invited to have a Parent Experience where we could take our children, ride, eat and see various live shows. In exchange for some blog-love. You know that I adore being out-and-about, so I thought, why not. Let’s go have fun and share our experience with you!
On Friday, I slipped out of work early (shhhh!) and picked up my daughter for our mommy-daughter date.
We travelled to the site on the LRT. Which was thrilling, in and of itself, for my daughter. I loved not dealing with parking and the Coliseum station is close to the kids midway too.
We arrived in time to catch the Dorothy the Dinosaur and Friends show on the Telus Stage. Which was a nice way to start the afternoon. Familiar songs and faces.
Then we decided to try some kid rides. After lining up and having a change of heart, right before it was our turn, I was reminded to just take it slow. There are a lot of new sights and sounds. For her, the rides looked a bit scary and it was overwhelming at first.
I told her, “today is your day and you can decide what you want to do at Capital Ex. If you want to ride, or watch, or have a little snack, or see a performance or a little of eveything. It's up to you.” Her little face lit up and it was just what she needed to feel comfortable.
So, my apprehensive little one decided that she wanted to go on the kids rollercoaster. After watching it three times.
We did it. And she loved it. And she was hooked.
After some 'not too scary rides', we went and saw Fred Penner perform. Do you remember him from Fred Penner’s Place? It was on CBC television for 13 years.
I was more excited about seeing Fred Penner than my daughter, but she enjoyed the show too. I grew up with “The Cat Came Back” and “The Sandwich Song”. Surprisingly, I could still sing all the words. Funny how songs from our childhood stick with us.
Then she bounced around on the Bixby’s Inflatable Rainforest in Hall C. Huge hit! Love that this was a free activity too. We spent a lot of time there. A+
Followed by the requisite mini-donuts and more rides. And more rides. Carousel. Big slide. Funny house. Roller coaster. Motorbikes. Her most favourite was the swings. We went on it three times. Together. I felt like a kid again too. Swinging high in the air. Both of us yelling “wooooo” at the top of our lungs.
By the end of our adventure, I had a very tired but very happy girl on my hands. Who cried when we had to leave. She had so much fun. And so did I.
I told her, “don’t be sad. We can have a mommy-daughter date again at the Capital Ex”.
I honestly can’t wait.