Snowflake Ticket Giveaway: Children’s Theatre Company

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I almost called it quits before we even arrived. My five-year old date wanted to stay home and play video games, we were running late, and the car sputtered down Lyndale Avenue barely making it into the gas station parking lot. Date night with my little man was not off to a great start. We made it, five minutes late, and settled into our seats with no expectations and absolutely zero clue what this show was about. We went in blind and – holy clown shoes – we were blown away! One of you can be blown away too simply by entering to win a four-pack of tickets to a showing of Snowflake. Giveaway details below…

Snowflake is running at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company through February 22, 2015 and if you have kids in the appropriate age range (Kindergarten through 4th grade), I couldn’t recommend a better way to tiptoe them into the wonderful world of on-stage performance art.

Not a word is spoken through the entire hour-long show, but I found it completely unnecessary. Of course, I’m an adult and my five-year old could’ve used a little narration to help understand the actual story, but story or no story, the performance was sheer magic through his little eyes. I whispered explanations into his ear when I sensed his confusion: “He lives outside. He doesn’t have a home. He’s playing pretend with the stuff people throw away. He is sad because he longs for a different life than the one he has. He is making his own joy.” Actually quite heart-wrenching when I type it, but so profoundly beautiful when witnessed in person. Snowflake, played by Gale LaJoye – a former Ringling Brothers performer – commands the stage with his subdued slapstick and intensive facial storytelling. While there may be stretches of the performance that exhaust your youngster’s attention span (intended to be reflective), the bounce-back is instantaneous through the magic of ski-dancing, aluminum can tennis, and skateboarding over sheets of bubble wrap (a moment that made my son stand up out of his seat and shout “That was awesome!”). Making use of items located in his junkyard home (with the help of a tranquil, contemplative score that nearly brought me to tears), Snowflake expresses a side of himself that is endearing, adorable and, well, sort of made me want to run onstage and squeeze the suspenders out of him.

My son would’ve probably requested more backwards spills or magic disappearing acts or boomerang tosses or bubble wrap (the kid loves him some bubble wrap), but it kept his attention and he sits at the lowest end of the recommended age spectrum. In fact, I’d say even older kids would enjoy the unsuspected jubilation of it all. If nothing else, it makes you think. It makes you laugh. It makes you thankful. It makes you happy you didn’t stay home and play video games.

The Children’s Theatre Company has some good stuff in their pipeline for their upcoming seasons so be sure to check them out online at www.childrenstheatre.org or connect with them on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

Disclaimer: I received two tickets to the Children’s Theatre Company Snowflake performance in exchange for my time sharing this post and hosting this giveaway. All thoughts are my own.

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  • Elizabeth
    01/31/2015 at 7:53 am

    Last weekend my daughter and i had a ‘snow date’ we packed a lunch for a winter picnic and the explored the ice castles in Eden Prairie (an idea we got from this blog). We would LOVE another’snow date’ that included this show!

  • Anna
    01/31/2015 at 8:10 am

    On my last date with one if the kids we went to the ice castles! It was so fun and I surprised my daughter with the special outing. She was thrilled!

    01/31/2015 at 8:18 am

    Wednesday evening we went to Lakewinds co-op for dinner from the deli and acoustic music, then a stop at Augsburg Park Library on the way home.

  • Kristina Mattson
    01/31/2015 at 8:33 am

    I’ve never tried going to the theater with my kids because my daughter is a little sensory sensitive. The no narration sounds perfect. My last date night with my daughter was sadly too long ago. We went to J&s for cookies and coffee.

  • Michelle johnson
    01/31/2015 at 9:10 am

    1:1 swimming on a Wisconsin Dells long weekend.

  • Mesa
    01/31/2015 at 9:20 am

    I actually took my 5 year old son out last night on a date when my daughter was with her friend at a school play! I took my son out for sushi- he is the only one in the family that enjoys it with me then I let him get a movie snack at the gas station and let him pick a dvd and we watched it together!

  • Cindy
    01/31/2015 at 9:32 am

    We went out for Thai food! My oldest is a very picky eater, so in order to encourage a little bit of culinary exploration we have date nights at restaurants that don’t have Mac n cheese on the menu.

  • Laura
    01/31/2015 at 10:10 am

    My five year old twins are over due for a date with mom. The last one we did was a trip to the works museum in early Oct before the arrival of their baby brother.

  • Heather
    01/31/2015 at 11:53 am

    Last date night w/ my kiddos?
    Brought my daughter to the barbie Dreamhouse when I found 2 for 1 tickets. (Back in November!) and I can’t recall the last time I brought my son on one:( it’s due time! And snowflake would be fun!!

  • Karen Kahl
    01/31/2015 at 12:21 pm

    The last date night I had with my kids was to see The Grinch who Stole Christmas at the Children’t Theater. It was our 1st time going to a theater and the kids loved it! We would love to go see another show there.

  • Allie
    01/31/2015 at 12:24 pm

    We went to Eagles Nest!

  • GretcheN
    01/31/2015 at 12:40 pm

    My last kid date was the library, followed by d’amico. They get a cookie … 😉

  • MeGan rEAms
    01/31/2015 at 1:53 pm

    I took both kids to the library and then out to dinner!

  • Karen Nelson
    01/31/2015 at 2:09 pm

    We went to the Penguins of Madagascar together.

  • Cheri Rice
    01/31/2015 at 2:13 pm

    I took our two granddaughters out to dinner and then to see “Oklahoma”. They are 4 & 6. I made them wear dress and act like ” little ladies”. I love taking them to musicals. We have seen: Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaids, Susical, Anne of Green Gables and others.

  • Brittany k
    01/31/2015 at 2:22 pm

    I took my 2 and a half year old out to the Highland Grill for a brownie sundae and a glass of wine for mama 🙂

  • Anne-marie dunbar
    01/31/2015 at 3:18 pm

    We last went ice skating at Centennial Lakes!

  • Amy r
    01/31/2015 at 4:06 pm

    The tmnt movie.

  • Diane
    01/31/2015 at 5:40 pm

    We went to Pizza Ranch…my grandson’s favorite restaurant.

  • martha
    01/31/2015 at 6:43 pm

    I don’t now if this is where you leave a comment for the ice castle giveaway but here is the famous quote my doughters love from the movie frozen LET IT SNOW…

  • Toshie Yokoyama
    01/31/2015 at 7:25 pm

    My daughters and I had our “Date Night” at the New Hope Cinema Grill. It is $2 on Tuesdays!

    We went to go see “Annie” on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. It was so good. We are thinking of going again next Tuesday!

  • Karla
    01/31/2015 at 9:11 pm

    We did a date “day” the last time school was closed. Breakfast at Ikea and playing with Legos at Mall of America was a blast. Not to mention a cheap date 🙂

  • Rb
    01/31/2015 at 10:19 pm

    Our last “date”was a bike ride on the beautiful winter saturdAy! We’d love to see this play!

  • amy
    01/31/2015 at 10:41 pm

    Stages Theater for Rudolph the red nosed reindeer!

  • Debbie Carlson
    02/01/2015 at 7:28 am

    We like to go to Michael’s together and pic out fun duct tape!

  • Ali
    02/01/2015 at 8:25 am

    I took my son to Chick Filet for a mini date night:) Chicken nuggets and chocolate shakes. Clearly we need an upgrade to our evening out:)

  • Christina
    02/01/2015 at 10:18 pm

    I haven’t done any “date nights” with my kids yet, but I think this would be a really fun “first date”. 🙂

  • Amy
    02/02/2015 at 9:29 am

    My 5 yr. old and I stayed home and played Shoots and Ladders, put together a puzzle, worked on rhyming words, then followed it all up with snuggles.

  • Jillia Kruger
    02/02/2015 at 9:33 am

    The Timberwolves game!

  • Stef
    02/02/2015 at 10:10 am

    I don’t get to have “date night” with just oen of my boys, I usually take them both out. Last time I went on a “date night” with my oldest was at a concert at the Minnesota Orchestra and we loved it.

  • Megan
    02/02/2015 at 11:30 am

    My son and I went to the Rodeo this past weekend. He enjoyed feeling special b/c we left my daughter at home.

  • Maureen Geraghty
    02/02/2015 at 11:35 am

    On our last “date” I took the kids swimming at the YMCA and then to see Paddington the movie.

  • Amy Larson
    02/02/2015 at 11:49 am

    I took my girls to the Williston Center’s treehouse. They love going to climb around and then have lunch.

  • Shanan
    02/02/2015 at 12:44 pm

    My last date with my son was a trip to the Children’s Museum (and a brown bag lunch). I think we need to spice things up a bit and attend a play at the Children’s Theater 🙂

  • Jonathan Mulinix
    02/02/2015 at 1:32 pm

    Went to the St. Paul Winter Carnival to see the tryouts at the Landmark Center for the St. Paul bouncing team, stopping at Candyland first for some popcorn and treats and then hanging out with the royal courtyard made out of ice in Rice Park.

  • Andrea
    02/02/2015 at 2:28 pm

    We went to a movie!

  • Jennifer Kelly
    02/02/2015 at 2:47 pm

    I took my 7 year old daughter for a pedicure!

  • kate
    02/02/2015 at 6:22 pm

    I took my oldest to get frozen yogurt on our date. So yummy.

  • Sarah
    02/02/2015 at 6:34 pm

    My last date with one of my children was to the movie Paddington.