Archive for February, 2010

The ladies of Cinderella

Ella, her stepmother, Calvina and stepsisters, Clio and Claudette

Team Cute Potato braved the wind and rain yesterday to preview Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre in Portland, and we’re so glad we did. This quirky production is far from the Disney version, but that’s what makes it so special. Elaine (Ella) is a tomboy who enjoys spending time with her beloved father and tending to the family garden. When her father remarries, his new wife and two stepdaughters are unkind to Ella (although one sister shows a refreshing, softer side). Soon dad is called away on business, and Ella becomes a servant in her own home.

Like the original, a royal ball is announced, and Ella’s fairy godmother makes it possible for her to go. The prince is a shy one, however, and it takes time (three royal balls!) for him to approach Ella and express his feelings. Will Ella be able to win his affection? Will her father return? And what will become of Ella’s selfish stepmother?

CP #1 and #2, who are two and three-years old, were glued to their seats for the 45 minute production, anxiously awaiting the outcome. As any parent knows, that’s quite a feat. We credit the endearing cast of young actors, who treated us to magic, music and dancing.

The Thursday afternoon performance was sold out, so be sure get your tickets for the next performance early. We can’t wait to go again! In fact, The Emperor’s New Clothes is coming to the theatre in March.

Cinderella dates & times:

Saturday, February 27 at 1pm & 4pm

Sunday, February 28 at 1 pm & 4 pm

Friday, March 12 at 4pm

Saturday, March 13 at 1pm & 4pm

Sunday, March 14 at 1pm & 4pm

For more information, visit http://www.kitetails.org. Tickets are just $8 each.

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A sweet Valentine to make with little ones.

A sweet Valentine to make with little ones.

For Cute Potato #1’s class Valentine’s Day party, we decided to make our own lollipop valentines. Sure, a card is fun, but candy and a card… even better! We traced our hearts using a heart-shaped cookie cutter on Martha Stewart scrapbooking paper, although any heavy cardstock will do. Next, we cut out the paper hearts and taped them to the flat-side of our lollipops (we found traditional, red lollipops at our local grocery store). Then CP #1 added sparkly letter stickers with her classmates’ initials to the paper hearts, and Momma Potato tied a grosgrain ribbon bow to each for a finishing touch. So easy! We can’t wait to give them to the kids at school tomorrow.

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Note: We were disappointed to learn Kids Travel Happy closed their storefront in January 2012. To find Mudpuppy products, like the maps we listed below, visit here.

While visiting Bethel for the winter festival, we discovered Kids Travel Happy—a small shop that specializes in unplugged toys (a.k.a. toys that won’t make you want to pull your hair out). And with school vacation just around the corner, we decided to pick up one or two items to ensure a somewhat peaceful trip.

Map of the U.S.A. Play Scene

For Cute Potato #1, we purchased Mudpuppy’s Play Scene of the United States ($12.95). She’s becoming curious about where friends and family live, and this reusable sticker set makes learning about the 50 states fun.

Pirate Play Scene

Cute Potato #2 is wild about pirates, so we found a similar Mudpuppy Mini Play Scene ($7.95) featuring a pirate ship. It’s the perfect size for him to place in his lap, and with over 40 stickers to choose from, we’re confident this set will keep him busy for at least an hour. Fingers-crossed, matey.

The shop also offers wooden play sets from Plan Toys, Alex craft kits, magnetic puzzles and more creative toys for fun on the road. Can’t get to Bethel? Check out the Kids Travel Happy web site, which gives parents great ideas for most any trip.

Kids Travel Happy, 196 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel
Open Wed.-Sat.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (W, Th)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (F, Sat)

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