Get a break from our summer heat with Disney On Ice presents Frozen, coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena from Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017! You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!
Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.
Ticket prices start at $18!
Sep 29, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
11:00AM , 03:00PM , 07:00PM
Oct 01, 2017
11:00AM , 03:00PM
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To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, and they will tangibly experience the storm inside Elsa. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating.
Producers Nicole Feld and Kenneth Feld have selected the brightest and most creative minds in the industry to put together this spectacular show.
The Artist - Nathan Sawaya
When you arrive at The Art of the Brick Tampa, you are welcomed into a small area to watch a 3 minute video about the artist behind the exhibit, Nathan Sawaya. It was fascinating to learn all about his passion for LEGOs and the journey that led to creating the exhibit after being a corporate lawyer in NYC.
After the video, you have a self-directed walking tour of the gallery that houses the exhibit. Each area has a theme, such as the first room with famous art recreated by LEGOs. I loved checking out the title of each piece and the number of bricks that it took to assemble it. The Mona Lisa and Starry Night were my favorites in this gallery!
I will include some photos of the exhibit, but I don’t want to ruin it for you! My boys loved seeing how LEGOs can be assembled to create amazing things of all shapes and sizes. I was in awe of the artistic component. Sawaya truly found ways to take a novel medium to create pieces that were able to evoke emotion and feeling.
At the end of the tour, there is an interactive area with LEGO bricks for everyone to assemble their own creations. There is even a spot for the littlest ones to have fun with the Duplo larger blocks! Everyone will have the chance to be inspired and explore their creativity.
Know if you go - And you should go!
Designated parking is available, but it is a bit of a walk from the museum. There are plenty of lots downtown, just follow signage and pay as posted.
The exhibit is FREE to view, courtesy of the Vinik Foundation, through September 4 at 802 East Whiting Street in Downtown Tampa (District 3 Arts and Event Center). The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.
We can all thank Facebook memories for this post. It popped up at the top of my newsfeed on Sunday, and while I knew it was coming soon, I was surprised to see it. It has been exactly a year since we left Virginia to move to Tampa. It has been quite a year, and I’m grateful for a place to reflect.
Creating our Virginia Home
I grew up in the St. Pete/ Clearwater area, so this area is truly home, but Northern Virginia earned its place as home in our hearts. I moved to Woodbridge, Virginia as a college graduate, and I thought it would only be temporary. The short version is that I got a permanent job teaching elementary school, met my husband, and the rest was really history. The longer version is that my husband and I truly created a home together there. We got engaged overlooking the same bay where we would get married a year later. We had our first grown up jobs as teachers. We watched our careers grow. Most importantly, we started our family there. All three of our boys were born in the same hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. We made life-long friends there. We had routines, and overall, the comforts of a “home.”
Over the 11 years that both my husband and I lived in Virginia, we knew that we did not want to stay there permanently. We didn’t see Tampa as our next home until a couple of years ago when we had our routine Christmas time visit here in Tampa. We saw how people were able to spend so much time outdoors, how our boys loved it, how there was a bit of a slower pace, and how great it would be to live near family. We spent time at the beach, saw the joy in each other’s eyes, and decided that if we could make it all work, we would move to Florida.
It sounded so simple but daunting. Somehow everything fell into place, and we found ourselves packing up while I was at the end of my pregnancy. We pulled off the move from VA to FL and lived to tell the tale!
We arrived in Tampa with a set of goals and hopes for our future here. In a year’s time, we have met many of those goals, but not in the ways we expected to. My husband found a new job and starts next week. I never thought I’d be running a blog and organizing events, but here I am! But through it all, we still haven’t made enough memories here yet for it to feel like home.
What is Home?
I’ve lived in many places in my life. My dad is retired Air Force, and we also moved around when I was a kid because he was in the restaurant business. I’ve learned that it takes time to make a place feel like home, but above all, it takes people. When I visited Virginia, of course I had a few destinations that I needed to visit (Wegmans, I MISS YOU!), but I had a list of so many people who I needed to see. I spent time reconnecting, chatting, and just feeling like myself.
I consider myself lucky that I have found a few people here in Tampa who I know will remain life-long friends. It will continue to take time to make it feel like home though.
A Year From Now
I am excited to see what this next year brings. We have goals for our family, for our careers/businesses, and for our kids. They may not happen exactly how we plan, but we know that we will continue embracing Tampa as our home!
For Little Ones to Love
The hoodies are highly functional. The sleeveless jumper we have is a great balance of cool for summer and still great for being in the air conditioning in a museum or mall.
While baby boy is probably too young to have a preference on his appearance, his big brothers LOVE the spikes on the hoodie. They can’t agree on whether he looks like a dino or alligator, but they love the design!
For Adults to Love
The Purl Lamb Hoodie Company produces clothing that is organic and ethically made by Fair trade artisans with organic dyes and processes. They are thick, durable, and true to size. My guy is about 20 pounds and close to a year old, and he fits perfectly in the 6 - 12 months size. I love the variety of unique designs! Check out the donuts or French fries!
I happily dressed my little guy in the jumper, and I think these styles would be a wonderful gift to someone with children for any occasion.
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While all thoughts are my own, I received a complimentary Purl Lamb jumper for my review.
Now that we have a one year old, my husband and I knew this trip would be a little different. Rather than try to entertain him, we decided it would be best to drive overnight so he would sleep in the car. I’m not going to lie here, it was rough. Baby boy didn’t love sleeping in the car, so he woke up often, my husband was exhausted from taking the overnight shift (thank you!!), and my older boys were ready to see their cousins in New York. My oldest asked if we were in Pennsylvania yet before we even made it to Jacksonville.
“Wow, you have THREE boys?? You must never sleep!”
“How do you get it all done??”
“Three boys must keep you very busy!”
Any time it comes up that I have three sons, I usually hear a variation on one of these phrases. I politely smile or make a dumb joke about how I don’t know how it all gets done, but the truth is, I have a (not-so) secret weapon. I have an amazing husband who is an incredible father and husband, and on this Father’s Day, I want to recognize him.
Watching my husband grow from the young man I met when we were both teachers in Virginia to the man I know today who is the father to three sons has been nothing short of incredible. I count myself lucky to have a husband who my sons are excitedly waiting to see every day when he comes home from work, a husband who gladly plays with the boys and takes them on adventures, and who above all, shows our sons how to be a supportive, loving husband.
Something Dan knows about me is that I’m “not so good with the words,” which is particularly funny since I’m now writing a blog, so I will wrap this up with some of my favorite pictures showing my husband shine as a loving father. Happy Father's Day, Dan!
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!