Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Exploring A New Family Holiday Tradition - IPL Yuletide Celebration

Every year we like to explore the arts in Indy with the kids, especially during the holidays. We've done art museums, plays, musicals, ballets and concerts. This year we took the kiddos to the IPL Yuletide Celebration at the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. I was a little nervous with how the kiddos would do, but they were on the edge of their seats for the entire show! They absolutely loved it. To make it a whole evening of family holiday fun, we even went out for dinner prior to the show and they got all dressed up. They were calling themselves fancy "Little Man" and fancy "Baby Girl" all night along. It was cracking us up. Plus we capped off the evening with a stroll on Monument Circle and they were striking a pose all over the place. They were quite the pair for their holiday evening out and about.

Here's their top 5 favorites from the show:
  • Of course the tap dancing Santas!
  • A twist on Frozen's Let It Go - sung from a gentleman's perspective. Who would have thought?!
  • Guest artists David and Dania of Quick Change
  • Santa coming down the aisle in a sleigh for a Yuletide tradition - Twas the Night Before Christmas 
  • A beautiful rendition of Mary Did You Know, and a fun a medley of pop holiday tunes
Coach Man and I loved watching them take it all in with wide eyes. It made us remember the simple joys of the holidays. It also reminded us to slow down a bit and savor the moments. The holidays can get stressful and traditions like IPL's Yuletide Celebration are just the ticket to help us all slow down a bit and enjoy more of the beauty of the holidays and fun with our loved ones.

I think we might make this one an every year tradition, peeps! It was that fabulous! 

The amazing family-friendly show runs through December 23rd. Don't miss an Indianapolis tradition. Click here to explore ticket options. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

ISM Celebration Crossing Ticket Giveaway Contest

The Indiana State Museum (ISM) has it all when it comes to the holiday season! 

Wow, what amazing sensory experience with historical flare Celebration Crossing (the Annual ISM Holiday Festival) is each year. The museum comes alive with festive colors, music, decorations, smells and activities. The elves do a fabulous job of putting up Santa's ISM home for the season. His cottage is cozy and smells just like a country Christmas tree farm! The kiddos love to sit on his lap and whisper their hearts desires, but this mama could pull up a cozy chair alongside him, pour a cup of something delicious and stay awhile! Around every corner is something to delight in and enjoy as a whole family!

Read our full blog from 2014 on our top 5 reasons to love ISM's Celebration Crossing.

This year it gets even better with a pop-up arcade for a bit of retro fun! Definitely check it out while you're there and explore the extra fun.

Photo Credit: @IndywithKids photo 
Okay drum roll, peeps, now here's the very best part of all! I have four tickets to give away to ISM and Celebration Crossing! Woot! Woot! All you have to do to be entered is comment below, on the giveaway post on FB or Twitter with your favorite part of Celebration Crossing. On twitter make sure to tag #ismccx, #PLAYindy and @fortvillemama so we are sure to see your entry.

Good luck. Well draw a winner randomly at 9 p.m. Sunday 12/6/15.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Empowering Kids One ATA Class At A Time - Meet Tammy Parker

I had the pleasure to get to sit down and chat with Mrs. Tammy Parker recently about her new Fortville ATA Martial Arts location. It opens this Saturday December 5th during the annual Fortville Lights on Main Festival. She'll be demoing for both kiddos and adults from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gym inside the Java Junction building. We plan to check it out and hope you join us!

The first thing I loved about Tammy is that she's a Ball State grad! Chirp, chirp. Second, she's a 5th degree black belt. For this mama that equals bad a**! I love it. Nothing like a strong empowered mama that knows where she's been and where's she going. Plus she's a business owner. All around - I'm a Tammy fan, peeps!

She started teaching right out of college and has trained with the ATA for over 30 years. She knows her stuff, peeps. She's even worked within the schools and with special needs children. Plus she's fun to boot! 

Right now she will be offering beginning classes at the Fortville location and will be building out other class offerings based on interest. Children as young as 3, all the way up to adult can take Tammy's ATA classes. The very best part - everyone gets a free trial class! 

Her schedule will most likely be Thursday night, Tuesday day and Saturday afternoons.

What can your kiddo learn from classes with Tammy?

Focus - Eyes, Body & Mind. Discipline. Fitness. Confidence.

Empowered kids stand up for themselves and speak up. What could be better than that when your a mama and sending them out into the world?

See ya Saturday!


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