I took a day off from work last week so the Little Gal and I could have some quality time together and attend a couple events for Baby Meets City. SUCH FUN, as you might suspect. First, we headed to a "Little Mommy" party celebrating the latest baby doll dreamed up by Mattel. Hosted by the very pregnant Rosie Pope at the always delicious Dylan's Candy Bar, the event was awash in pink and everything girl-y. If only I could paint the scene for you... try picturing a small army of 2 and 3 year old girls contained in one room (did I mention high on sugar?) ... yes, that's a good place to start. The party was lots of fun, however, and the Little Gal enjoyed rocking her new doll to sleep in one of the bassinet accessories provided and taking her for a ride in a Little Mommy baby stroller. Meanwhile, Mommy enjoyed having a brief exchange with Tiffani Amber Thiessen, who attended with her daughter, but resisted asking her about what it's like to kiss Zach Morris. Journalistic standards, people!
While it's quite possible the Little Gal may have actually enjoyed "reading" books and bouncing on the seats at Dylan's (again, thesugar high!) more than anything else, I can attest that the new baby doll has happily joined the ranks of her other doll "friends" at home.
Next up, we hailed a taxi and headed across town to Times Square for a performance of Plop! at the New Victory Theater. I must mention that I am not a fan of putting my 2 year old in a taxi without a car seat, but there you have living in New York City with kids. While I yelled at the taxi driver to drive slow and watch his swerving, Little Gal had the time of her life. And yes, we sang "The Taxi Song" about five times during the trip.
Plop!, based on the book The Terrible Plop, is playing at The New Victory Theater until May 13th. If you have a preschooler at home, I encourage you to check out this show! It's a wonderful way to introduce your child to live theater, and Little Gal just loved every minute of it. I could explain the plot of Plop! (sorry, couldn't resist), but all you really need to know is that your child will find it entertaining -- there are lots of funny sounds, an opportunity to dance and two very cute bunny puppets. Need I say more? Your child can engage in arts and crafts before the show begins, and children are encouraged to sit on the floor for the best seats in the house. With a running time of 35 minutes, your child will be engaged and excited, and it will be over before they have a chance to get fidgety. After the show ends, audience members are invited to come on stage, experiment with the music used in the show, pet the bunny puppets and put their fingers in a giant tank of water (again, don't want to give anything away!) Watching Plop! together was such a treat, and it just makes me more excited about taking advantage of New York City's theater scene with her as she grows.
On stage after a performance of Plop!
All in all? A pretty perfect day with my Little Gal.
Disclaimer: Little Gal was given a "Little Mommy" doll and gift bag by Mattel. I was provided with free tickets by The New Victory Theater for the purposes of this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.