I’ve never met an adult who regretted learning to play an instrument. Instead, time after time I hear from adults who wish they had been given the gift of early musicianship- children soak up new skills like this in a way that adults only dream of! So what is the best time to start our children on a musical journey? In fact, beginning musical learning and music literacy development right at babyhood prepares our child for the most success as they grow.
I remember my Mom picking me up from school and on the way home she would sing her heart out to Whitney Houston, Bonnie Rait, or Etta James.
I remember listening to her practicing for gigs in the basement, her voice would fill the house. I remember watching her play shows and perform in musicals, she was and is captivating.
I was simultaneously drawn to singing and annoyed by it. I was in absolute awe of her but a part of me wanted to rebel which I imagine a lot of people can relate to. You look up to your parents but you want to find your own path in the world.
My Mom gave me a guitar when I was a teenager. She started playing when she was 12 years old – it was everything to her and she wanted the same for me. I opened the gift and was disappointed. That was not what I wanted so I ended up selling it to my little cousin. Most likely I spent the money on clothes at the mall. Ugh. I cringe at this memory.
SkirtsAfire Festival in Edmonton is self-described as “diverse and daring”. When you visit the festival be prepared to be immersed in powerful, beautiful, engaging performances, exhibits and workshops in Theatre, Poetry, Spoken Word, Design, Art, Dance, Cabaret, Music, Comedy, Yoga, and more.
We have taken in their 2017 & 2018 MainStage Productions. In 2018, The Romeo Initiative, written by Trina Davies was half romantic comedy, half spy thriller, and all entertainment.
I love pretty much everything about Christmas. Nothing makes me happier than cranking the tunes, drinking hot chocolate and watching pretty lights dance their lovely dance.
Classics are my fave and my kids have actually latched on to those as well. The new songs from Sia are super fun too though so I asked my kids their favourites and voila we’ve got a dancy, fun way to get in the holiday spirit. Pop on this playlist while baking, decorating or even making supper and groove along with your kiddos!
26 Kid-Friendly Kitchen Dance Party Songs
I’m a big fan of a good old kitchen dance party. Maybe dinner’s popped into the oven or I’m working on unloading the dishes, music makes everything more fun. The kids always join in and we have a blast. There’s lots of great music for kids but I prefer to introduce mine to the classics and the mainstream, which aren’t always “kid friendly”. No judgment here on what you get your groove on to but we thought it would be fun to create a truly, kid-friendly, eclectic playlist for you.
Is there anything more majestic than walking through a magical wonderland of crystal clear art, created out of ice, the lights dancing through?
Old Strathcona hosts The Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival Jan 25-28 & Feb 1-4!
And we’ve got 4 tickets you can enter to win!
Founded in 2003 by the Old Strathcona Business Association in partnership with local artists, the Ice on Whyte Festival brings the unique art form of ice carving to Edmonton. The festival showcases internationally acclaimed, professional ice carvings, and is one of only 3 Professional Ice Carving Competitions in Canada.
Bring out your inner ice carver!
The festival offers L’il and Big Chipper Ice Carving Lessons on Saturdays and Sundays.
There is all kinds of fun for the whole family!
NEW for 2018!
The International Ice Carving Competition takes place in a giant tent that will keep the carvings in pristine condition for visitors to enjoy through to the end of the Festival on February 4.
Just in time for DATE NIGHT!
The Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival also features an Ice Bar that serves up locally brewed and distilled beverages. Not to mention there’s a Painting Party, Whiskey Stew Off, and live music at Blues on Whyte!
Visit www.iceonwhyte.ca/festival for details on all the details and the calendar of events!
Enter to win 4 tickets to Ice on Whyte for your family!
This post was sponsored by the Ice on Whyte Festival Society. As always, all opinions stated are our own.