Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lunch Theater, For the Kids . . .

What do you do when your parents - who really enjoy going to the theater and spending time with their grandaughter are in town? Simple. You try to incorporate some dinner theater in to the mix, silly.

One problem. The dinner part. Too late. Too stuffy. Too formal. Too late (smile). I have a solution only a fairy god mother could offer. LUNCH theater.

We have a place right around the corner that caters to the Toddler Theater Set with kid-friendly productions of their Disney favorites proceeded by an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. That only a kid . . . and comfort food lover . . . could love.

So. We lunched with Cinderella and her ugly step sisters today. We (and by "we" I mean everyone at the table but me) enjoyed boiled hot dogs with steamer-table hardened buns. Soggy french fries. Bland macaroni and cheese and some sort of apple/mystery fruit sauce (it was pink(ish)) and I-don't-think-they-were-100-percent-all-natural-white-meat chicken "nuggets". And a sugar cookie.

I'm not complaining. I'm really not. The whole thing was not for me. This is part of parenting. You do what makes your kids happy (and Ava, who got a chance to wear her Easter Dress a day early, was in HEAVEN). She nibbled at the food. She laughed and sang along with the cast of the show. She wanted to wait in line to get Cinderella's autograph. The production itself was great. The cast was talented and funny and the atmosphere of the place is fun, fun, fun.

Anywho - Lunch Theater. Try new things. Be a well rounded perosn. The lunch part might not exactly fit your post GB lifestyle but the rest of it (time with you daughter, wife, parents and Cinderella) will fit you like a glass slipper. And you can enjoy some egg whites in a whole-wheat wrap when you get home.

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