Monday, November 28, 2005

Fun holiday tradition

I wanted to share a fun holiday tradition with all of you. Every year at Tower City Center in Downtown Cleveland they have fun shows and activities for the whole family! We have gone almost every year since Merci was a baby. The main attraction, for us anyway, is the Toy Soldier. This guy is amazing. He is seriously like 7 feet tall. He has the traditional toy soldier costume on and has a wind up knob sticking out of his back. When the show starts they push him out and wind him up. Then off he goes waving and picking up little children. He walks like a real wind up toy, real stiff and robotic. It is really cool. They play Christmas music and have lots of dressed up characters from princesses to Frosty the Snowman. The fountain plays to music as the Fairy Godmother waves her wand. It is always a magical evening for us! They always play a song called Babies First Christmas and the Toy Soldier picks up the tiny babies and it is a great picture opportunity. Some people dress casual, but most dress their kids up in their holiday outfits and take pictures with the soldier.

There were many years Merci was scared to death of him and other years we got Great pictures. We missed going last year for Ethan's first Christmas, and I bummed to not have those pictures for his scrapbook.

We usually make it a whole long evening. We meet our family at the rapid station and head to Tower City for some dinner in the he food court, we watch the show, get pictures, they have twigbee shop (you know where only kids are allowed, they pick fun gifts for their parents..we have never done this but this year Merci will be old enough to enjoy it), and then we head out to Public Square to look at the tree and lights, sometime my brothers go ice skating. It is always so much fun. If you have kids maybe you would like to make it a fun tradition?? I don't have any pictures, they are all old fashioned hard copies and our scanner isn't working. (wow I can say old fashioned to something, I must be getting old) =)=)

No Show, just meet with characters:
December 4th & 11th @ 1 & 3 PM December 3rd, 10th,17th @ 2 PM December 18th @ 2 Pm
Show (about 30 min) and meet and greet:
December 3rd, 10th, 17th @ 1 & 4 PM December 18th @ 4 PM Dec 19,20,21,22,23 5:30 PM


Kimber said...

Donna - what a fun tradition....James and I use to go down to Tower City when we lived in Cleveland - but we haven't gone now that we are way out here in Brunstucky :)

The toy soldier is amazing and so are all the pretty lights..we have done the ice skating thing too - loads of fun!

Makes me want to take a trip down their again - maybe we will have to renew that tradition with our kids :)

Glad you guys had a good time!

Jason said...

I had no idea you went downtown for that. I'm so out of the loop as to what people do with their kids... (I thought they liked to hang out at bars, I mean, that's what I was doing until I was about 5 years old).

Bek said...

jason, you are funny. that is a cool tradition, though donna. i never knew about it. thanks for filling us all in on whats "happennning" in our city!

Jaime said...

Awwwwwww... this sounds like so much fun! I wish they did something like this here in Maine. That makes for such great memories for the kids!