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Disney Junior (and LEGO® DUPLO®) Magic of Play Tour - Is it coming to your town? 

When Disney Junior (Canada) and Lego ask you to come out and play at some of Canada’s coolest malls, I don’t care who you are, you just go. And that’s what got me out of bed at 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, just hours after the clocks moved forward (cursed Daylight Saving time). Well, actually it was my wife, who hates to be late for anything, and my daughter, who was excited to go and play with her best friend, that actually got me out of bed, but you know what I mean. I was up. It was early. And we were off to the mall.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve been to Disney events before-last spring my daughter and I were invited to an exclusive screening of The Little Mermaid for her DVD re-release-but I’d never been to a Lego event? Heck, I’ve never even been to LEGOLAND. So I was interested to see what this whole Disney Junior and LEGO® DUPLO® “Magic of Play Tour” was all about. And, man, it was awesome!

First you walk in and there was this table set up with Tim Horton’s coffee and Timbits….Oh, sorry. I guess I should be telling it from my daughter’s perspective, not my own. First we walked in to the mall and all we could here was kids having fun. It was infectious. Then we followed that sound to a kind of kiosk that had different activity centres filled with Lego and Duplo tiles and blocks (bricks) and people. Then my kid had to fight it out to the death with some other strange kid over who got to play with the Cinderella set (kidding…not really…it was her friend).

From our friend, mommygearest(.com)It was really a great set up: kids, running around in a confined area, playing with Lego, and other kids, while watching their favorite Disney Junior kid’s shows. (Is it wrong that my wife watched the kids while I watched my favorite episode of Sofia the First?) It was great for the kids. It was great for the parents sitting off to the side sipping coffee. It was great for the parents who got in there and played with the toys themselves (my wife wouldn’t let me). It was just a neat idea. And, it’s FREE, and it might be coming to a mall near you!

Check out the schedule: The Magic of Play Tour (courtesy of Disney Junior Canada)

Not coming to your town? Well, I guess you you'll just have to be jealous then while you look at these pictures...of other people's children being tired out. You know they slept like babies.

Thanks Disney Junior and LEGO® DUPLO®. We had a great time. I almost even forgot about the time change; almost.

From the Disney Junior website:

"It’s the Magic of Play tour!

Disney Junior and LEGO® DUPLO® are hitting the road together with fun filled, FREE indoor events in 5 cities! Build and discover the many ways to play with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks while you watch and enjoy your favourite Disney Junior shows! Plus take home a special Magic of Play activity booklet! It’s all totally free, but get there early so you don’t miss out on the fun."

Trust me, if this is coming your way, take you kid to check it out. It was fun.


I'm a Dad Who Likes Disney. You? 

My 3-year-old daughter at Disney on Ice, Heroes and PrincessesThe other day, a dad I greatly admire (Chris Read, a.k.a. Canadian Dad) made a comment I can't help but agree with. He said, and I paraphrase here, "I can sit and listen to my daughter sing songs from Frozen all day." Now, if you aren't a daddy of a little girl and you have yet to see Frozen (this year`s blockbuster hit from Disney Studios), you probably don`t understand. But it you do have a daughter and you get why this movie resonated with so many little girls and adults alike, you know what Chris is saying.

Disney just has a way of selling you on a fantasy. Sure, it`s a huge marketing machine, and they were selling Frozen toys long before this movie was even released. But they knew they had something - a movie about sisterly love that empowered little girls everywhere to just be themselves. At least that`s what I took away from it. It was a great story with a great soundtrack that rivals another fantasy written about sisters coming-of-age (and one of my wife`s favorite`s), Wicked. And I`ll go on the record here and say, as a dude, I loved it... and I missed the ending when I went to see it the first time because I had to take my crying one-year-old son out of the theater.

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From Back to the Future (1985)The other day I asked a pretty straight-forward question on our Facebook page: “If you could go back in time and tell your Father one thing before he had kids, what would it be?” To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I was hoping people would be honest and say what was truly in their hearts, but I didn’t expect the rawness of the responses we received. But I’m thankful to our fans for opening up and sharing their stories with us, as maybe, just maybe, by reading some of the comments we got, we might get a few men to think long and hard before they even think about having kids, and put them on to a better path, for themselves and their unborn children- before it’s too late.

Our fans held nothing back. And they said exactly what was on their minds and in their hearts. And if this doesn’t give a few men a reason to pause and change their ways, nothing will. What do people wish they could go back in time to say to their dads? Lots!  Here are the top ten responses (in no particular order):

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When It Comes To TV, Parental Discretion IS Required!

If there's one thing I hate, its parents (or parenting "experts") who vilify Television - or video games, or Rap music, or The Wiggles for that matter. Sure there's a lot of bad TV shows out there, but there are also a lot of bad parents. You think they're the ones who let their kids watch "too many" hours of the "Boob Tube"; I think it's the ones who need to programme every minute of their child's day with "culture." No, I don't care what your studies have to say on the topic. I'm sure they've all been skewed to give some researcher the answer he wanted. What I want is your open-mindedness to the idea that maybe TV isn't so bad, and too many parents are blaming it for the ills of our society erroneously.

I don't like to read, never did. As a kid I liked one book, The Once and Future King; a collection of stories about King Arthur. As teenager, I liked two: The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill A Mocking Bird. Other than that any book I've ever read has bored me to tears after the first few pages and my mind wandered off, creating my own, more fanciful stories. That's why I liked TV shows - they were visual, eye catching and designed to keep my attention from beginning to end. Sitcoms, cartoons, Daytime Dramas, Talk shows, and made-for-TV movies, I loved them all. But my favorite shows were the ones that taught me something, like Davy and Goliath, which taught me about religion (not my own, but *A* religion). Or Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kindom, which taught me about animals. Or those scrambled channels that taught me about... nature. I learned about as much from all of those shows as I ever did in grade school. But, no one ever talks about that. They just want to blame TV for all the other crap they put out like Honey Boo Boo, or Manimal (which I loved as a kid). But we have to take the good WITH the bad.

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Subject to Interpretation: Why You Can Understand What the Heck Your Kid is Saying but Nobody Else Can

It's something you just don't get until you have kids of your own. How in the hell do parents understand what their kids are saying, because it all sounds like mumbled, garbled gibberish to you? You try to talk to your two-year-old niece and she speaks so softly, and quickly, that you need a degree in toddler-ese to keep up. She talks and you nod your head as if you understand, but you haven't a clue as to what the heck she's talking about, only to find out that you promised to come to her tea party a week from Thursday. She talks, you listen, but there is an apparent language barrier that you can't overcome.

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