Learning How to Say No: Why we turned down a chance at a National Broadway Tour

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It all started when I took my kids to see Miss Saigon at Segerstrom Center.  I know its an unconventional choice to take a 4 and 7 year old to see such a “mature” show, but I had good reasons for wanting my children to see this production.  In this day and age where Asians are largely unrepresented, I couldn’t pass up the change to show my daughters a stage full of talented Asian artists living their dreams.  Also, our friend Keila Halili @cupofkeila was in the cast and I COULD NOT miss that!

After the show, we met Keila at the stage door and she was able to take us on the Miss Saigon stage.  We also got to meet a lot of her cast mates, a couple of them who were casting people for the show.  They sort of eyed LittleSage since she matched the age and description of Tam, who is the child in the show.  I half joked that if they ever needed someone to go in as Tam, I have the perfect half-asian 4 to 6 year old child who loves the stage.  Not too much came after that, but I did submit my info to them on a whim.

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Fast forward to present day (months and months later), I got an email from Miss Saigon confirming my daughter’s name and if we are able to make it to the National Broadway Tour audition for Tam.  I stopped breathing for a good portion of a minute until I read that the audition was in New York.  In eight days.  I laughed it off and immediately texted a few of my close friends.  Surprisingly, EVERYONE was in support of us going to New York.  Even my best friend Jo, who is usually my voice of reason, said, “This could be her big break.  Of course you need to go.”  I texted all of my close friends with touring and musical theater experience and everyone encouraged us to at least audition.

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When I texted my husband, he calmly replied, “Let’s talk about this tonight.”  My brain shut off and I was unable to do anything the entire day.  I talked to Keila about it and she  let me know a little bit more about the role.  After talking to the casting people, I found out that they were looking for a quick replacement and that the contract would start within a month.  Since it is with the National Broadway Tour, we would be traveling with the company through the remainder of the tour.

We talked about the different options together as a family.  LittleSage was so excited about the idea of going on tour.  She said she wanted to be on stage and have her name in the program.  I asked her what she thought being on stage would be like, and she said “I run out on stage, and when the loud gun goes off, I fall down!” so she did have some loose recollection of the story.

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But then realistically, this was a logistical nightmare.  First off, we would have had to pay our own way to get to New York for the audition, and the role wasn’t even an guarantee (and last minute trips to New York are very expensive).  We thought of different options for big sister LittleGray.  Her initial reaction is that she would rather stay home with Dad then go on tour with LittleSage and me.  (I also want to add that there was not a silver of jealousy here.  She was excited for her sister and 100% understood that she was too old/tall for the role and it wasn’t even an issue).  After talking to our parents, my dad agreed that he could come and stay with her long term if this entire thing ended up happening.  But even so, it would be super difficult for my husband to basically be a single father while working a full time job and potentially flying out to see us every weekend.

We asked LittleSage if this is something she really wanted to do, and what she wanted to be when she grows up.  She was torn too, because while she really wanted to go on tour, she said she would miss her family, her dog, and her teachers and friends at school.  I asked her if she would want to do this forever, and she quickly said, “No, no, not forever.”  I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she said, “A doctor.”  Since this isn’t her passion in life, we ultimately decided not to go through with the audition. 

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This really got me thinking about passion and dreams.  Why do I work so hard to expose my children to the arts and live theater?  I am always drawn to Asian performers in particular because I know how hard it is to break away from the stereotypical mold.  While at Miss Saigon, we met Emily Bautista @em_bautista who is a powerhouse Kim at only 21 years old.  We met Jessica Fry @jesicafry_ who left Stanford University to tour with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  At Frozen, we met Marina Kondo @marinakondo who is helping break down sterotypes by playing Queen Iduna in a colorblind cast.  These stories are so fascinating to me.  I want my daughters to see Asian people in all walks of life so they can see that they are limitless.  

I have no idea why LittleSage wants to be a doctor.  LittleGray said she wants to be an Instagrammer like me, but that’s an entirely different story for a whole other post.  Maybe Asians are more drawn to fields like medicine?  Probably because both of my sisters are doctors?  I don’t know.  At any rate, I just know that I have to work extra hard to show them that they can be something outside of what is expected.

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Now let’s go back to why we had to say no to this once in a lifetime opportunity.  It wasn’t the right choice for our family at this time.  We should not pursue it unless 100% of the family was on board, and this was not the case.  While we were all supportive, deep down we knew it was not the right thing for our family.  Luckily, I found a local children’s theater within our budget (way less than what it would have cost to get us to New York) where both of the kids can perform together.  Have you ever had to say no to something that you really wanted to say yes to?

It’s an interesting thing having to say no to something you really wanted.  Even though I knew what the right decision was, I still had to grieve the opportunity that once was.  I was really sad for a couple of days.  It was the crippling type of sadness that made me want to crawl inside my skin, and for that I felt even worse because I knew that the alternative was the best choice for my family.  I felt bad for feeling sad.  But again, my best friend Jo talked me through my feelings and told me that my feelings were valid and that I’m allowed to grieve.  After about a day, I felt better and I was able to talk about this experience openly without breaking down. Now, I want to write about it so my daughters can look back at this and see what was going through my head and how we came to these decisions. 

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Meanwhile, I’ll continue to expose them to live theater and support Asian and minority performers.  By having them meet people who are living their dreams, we learn their stories and add to ours.  I hope that someday the kids will look back on their childhood and realize that their stories started at home.  No matter where the end up, I hope they end up living their passions, happy, full, and content.

My Asian Story: Why I Spoke Up about Lunar New Year

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Something happened earlier this week.  I spoke up.

Disneyland posted this picture on their Instagram account to advertise their upcoming Lunar New Year Spirit Jerseys.  I had actually just woken up when my friend Christine @dorkdujour messaged me about it.  My initial reaction was:  “White people modeling Asian merchandise.  Lazy PR.  Typical.”

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I was annoyed.  I couldn’t eyeroll hard enough.  This wasn’t the first time that Asian people have been overlooked for campaigns that are literally written for them.  My friend Shawny @shawnybobawny messaged me for clarification.  She didn’t understand how an oversight like this could happen:  surely there were Asian people in that office.

I told her, probably not.  Unlike Hawaii (where she is from), there are just not as many Asian people in this field.  Ultimately what ends up happening is that people gravitate towards people who are like them.  That is human nature.  But it takes a good person who is good at their job who is willing to work harder to make sure that they are representing all ethnicities.

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I wanted to say something, but I was scared.  Asian people are also raised to keep silent, keep your head down, eye roll, but dust it under the rug.  Ultimately, I was worried about offending Mickey and ruining any future opportunities that might come my way.  But the I remembered my conversation with Shawny and I realized that the vast majority of the population might not even pick up on this type of misrepresentation.

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So I said something.  I took a risk and posted a bunch of slides of my face on my stories telling my story.  I talked about how this wasn’t a personal attack on Asian people, but rather lazy PR.  I gave options of how Disneyland could have picked other Asian people to help promote a Lunar New Year Product.  And lastly, I made it known that I am unashamedly Chinese.

Asian voices are naturally quieter.  That means we have to band together to be heard.

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Then something interesting happened.  I started getting DMs from people in support of what I was saying.  People who wouldn’t usually speak up felt like they could in a safe space.  Conversations started happening and we began to feel less alone.

I learned something that day.  I learned that Filipino people don’t even celebrate Lunar New Year.  While I thought it was “good enough” just to have an Asian face represent “us”, I realized that this is further encouraging the mentality that “all Asians are the same”.  Lizzi @whatuplizzard brought it to my attention that Disneyland has been making tiny changes that waters down the Lunar New Year Celebration.  During the first year, the food booths clearly showed what cultures were being represented (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean).  Now, they are random “Asian Inspired” foods that come from any ol’ Asian (fruishi is an offshoot of sushi, which is Japanese, who do not even celebrate Lunar New Year).

 

On the other hand, baby steps.  I’m grateful that Disneyland/Disney California Adventure even has a Lunar New Year Celebration.  My children’s traditions largely have to do with celebrating at themeparks so I am extremely thankful for this.  This is a really great opportunity for Disney to tell Asian stories.

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Traditions are a funny thing, aren’t they? Keshia @keshiasih invited me to share my #AsianStory as a special Lunar New Year edition of #yourtruemagic (check out her blog if you haven’t already!)

I shared about how my mom (#GrandmaPopo) kept our Chinese New Year traditions alive by going to our school every year to share our stories. She taught about the legend of the zodiac animals (did you know that the cat was there too?) and cooked yummy snacks like teem gok and shrimp chips. She taught my friends the Chinese names for foods and explained why they were traditional for the new year (shrimp 🍤 is “Ha” and sounds like laughter).

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Now that I have my own kids, I’m realizing the importance of storytelling. It’s my job now to teach them our traditions in addition to making our own. I realized that their #AsianStories will probably be full of spending time at theme parks and adopting every Asian person as their auntie or uncle. We support Asians in entertainment because I know how much harder it is for them to go against the stereotype of being a doctor or accountant. We support Asian businesses because Asian voices are usually quieter because we’re taught not to speak up. I teach them what things are Chinese and how to differentiate between Asian cultures in attempts to #deBlanketAsian.
It will be interesting to see what traditions they remember as they get older. During this season of Lunar New Year (that will officially start on 1/25), I encourage you to share your #AsianStory. If we don’t tell our stories, they will never get heard and will be forgotten ❤️

Also, our amazing matching family outfits were designed by us and printed by @picturethisclothing. They are an amazing company that celebrates diversity. If you’d like to make your own unique creation, you can use code “LITTLEGRAY10” to save 10% .

Escape to Margaritaville Coming to Orange County February 4-9

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Where my Jimmy Buffett fans at?!  “Escape to Margaritaville” is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from February 4-9.  This North American tour is the inaugural tour for this show! 

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Jimmy Buffett was very involved in the creation of this tour.  “This talented cast has been hand-selected to share and celebrate the story, music and lifestyle of this show on its first national tour,” says Jimmy Buffett. “I am thrilled that this group of performers will transform theaters into Margaritaville each evening. Margaritaville started out as an idea, but now you can actually spend an evening there, and get your mind on island time.”

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“Escape to Margaritaville” features Jimmy Buffet classic songs like “Fins”, “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise”.  The tour will feature Shelly Lynn Walsh @shellylynnwalsh as Tammy, Peter Michael Jordan @latifahpeter as Brick, Chris Clark @chrisclark55 as Tully, Sarah Hinrichsen @sare_hin as Rachel.

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Ticket Information

February 4 – 9, 2020
Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.
The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, February 8 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.
Tickets – Start at $26
In Person – The Box Office
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Online – SCFTA.org
Phone – (714) 556-2787

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Group Sales – (714) 755-0236

Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Official show site: www.EscapeToMargaritavilleMusical.com
Facebook: BuffettMusical
Twitter: @BuffettMusical
Instagram: @BuffettMusical

All photos courtesy of Segerstrom Center of the Arts and used with permission.

Celebrating 100 Years at Knott’s Berry Farm

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I couldn’t have asked for a better 2019.  It was my first year as an official Knott’s Berry Farm Berry Blogger.  Knott’s Berry Farm has been an integral part of my children’s childhood and I was honored to be able to share in the storytelling of the fun an exciting things happening at the farm!  Looking forward to 2020, this will be a legendary year for Knott’s Berry Farm as we will be celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary!  Here is what you can expect for the Centennial Celebration:

Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair

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A new 4-D interactive dark ride that will take guests on an exciting journey through reimagined show scenes that are reminiscent of the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave, and Weird Woods,  culminating in a celebration at the County Fair. The story takes place 34 years after the original adventure and will follow Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear as they travel to the Country Fair to earn the blue ribbon prize for their famous boysenberry pies, but Crafty Coyote is back along with his mischievous pups intent on stealing all the pies for themselves. Guests will climb aboard ride vehicles equipped with jelly blasters to try and recover the stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing for the highest score.  “Knott’s Bear-Y Tales: Return to the Fair” will be taking the place of “Iron Reef”.  The last day to experience “Iron Reef” is January 5, 2020.

PEANUTS Celebration:  weekends January 25-March 1

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The fan favorites return starting with Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, a unique event dedicated to the beloved PEANUTS characters, taking place weekends from January 25 – March 1, 2020.  Here is a recap of PEANUTS Celebration from 2019.

Boysenberry Festival:  March 20-April 19

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In spring, the much-anticipated Knott’s Boysenberry Festival returns with an array of one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired food and drink items created by the Knott’s culinary team. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will offer a month of deliciousness from March 20 – April 19, 2020.  Here is a recap of Boysenberry Festival from 2019.

A Knott’s Family Reunion:  May 15-August 30

Knott’s will be celebrating its 100th milestone anniversary by immersing guests in new and nostalgic experiences throughout the park, delighting guests of all ages.  Ghost Town Alive! will return with a new interactive storyline for guests to explore and unravel alongside the characters of Calico. And the summer fun will continue long after the sun goes down when a special 100th Anniversary edition of the popular nighttime party, Knott’s Summer Nights returns with new live music, unique summer food offerings, Instagram-able photo opportunities, interactive experiences, and family-friendly games. Both Ghost Town Alive! and Knott’s Summer Nights will be offered on select days starting May 15 – August 30, 2020.  Here is a recap of Summer Nights at Knotts and how to experience Ghost Town Alive.

Knott’s Spooky Farm:  September 26-October 31

For fall, the spooktacular family-friendly daytime Halloween event, Knott’s Spooky Farm, will invite families with little ghouls ages 3-11 to celebrate the spooky season exclusively on weekends starting September 26 – October 31, 2020.  Here is a recap of Spooky Farm from 2019.

Knott’s Merry Farm:  November 20-January 3

As winter rolls in, the feeling of Christmas will be discovered at Knott’s Merry Farm, where joy will be in season from November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021.  Here are my favorite foods from Merry Farm from 2019.

2020 Season Pass Information

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The best way to enjoy all of the fun offered during the 100th-anniversary celebration at Knott’s along with all of the other exciting Seasons of Fun events is with a 2020 Season Pass. (I wrote an article breaking down the different season passes here.)

  • A Regular Season Pass (purple) includes unlimited admission in 2020 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates.
  • A Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2020 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates.
  • A Platinum Season Pass includes unlimted admission in 2020 to all Ceder Fair Parks across the country (there is Great America in Northern California) AND parking is INCLUDED.

Knott’s Season passes are now available at the lowest price of the year. Regular Passes are $99 or nine easy payments of $9.50 after an initial payment, and Gold Passes are $120 or nine easy payments of just $11.50 after an initial payment. These offers end on January 5, 2020. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

Giveaway! (closed)

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To celebrate the upcoming 100th celebration, I am giving away a Family Four (4) pack of 2020 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes ($99 value each)!  You’ll will also get a surprise box of Merry Farm goodies (I’ll be revealing these on my instastories at @littlegraythread on instagram).  Here’s how to enter:

  • Make sure you are following me on instagram @littlegraythread
  • Like! our facebook page Little Gray Thread
  • Leave a comment below telling me your favorite Knott’s Berry Farm memory or what season you’re looking forward to the most in 2020 (please leave instagram @ handle in the comments so I can notify the winner through instagram).
  • Check back on Instagram and Facebook for additional ways to enter

That’s it!  Giveaway will end on December 26, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.  Winner will be announced through instagram on December 27, 2019.

For more information about next year’s milestone celebration, the new Knott’s Bear-y Tales attraction and Knott’s Season Passes, please visit knotts.com. Join the conversation about the newly announced event at Knott’s this year by using #Knotts100 or #AKnottsFamilyReunion.

 

 

Easy No-Sew Cindy Lou Who DIY for Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

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The Snowflake has landed in Universal Studios Hollywood and has brought back our friends from Who-ville, new and old!  “Grinchmas” is included with park admission and runs daily from November 28 through Sunday December 29.  To prepare, I made this super easy Cindy Lou Who headband.

Supplies:

  • Headband
  • Red and White pom poms
  • pipe cleaner for ribbons
  • White fleece or felt cut into 4 ovals
  • stuffing like cotton balls or fiberfill
  • glue gun

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Measure a couple centimeters above the ear and mark with a pen.  Glue gun the circles together and stuff with stuffing.  Glue ovals to headband letting the bottom hang over the ears.  Glue the pom poms onto the headband.

Add as many ribbon details as you like!  I chose pipe cleaner so the bow will stand up.

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I pieced together the Cindy Lou Who costume with a red gingham dress and a red half circle cape.  You can even use a red tree skirt and attach ribbons to the collar!

 

The Martha May Santa costume was purchased from Target.  It’s super sparkly and over the top, just like Martha May Whovier!

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What’s New at Grinchmas Universal Studios Hollywood

New this year is the all-new, state-of-the-art, topsy-turvy “Grinchmas” tree that twists and turns over 55 feet in height. The custom-made tree is adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of sparkling LED lights and choreographed to music to brighten the merry “Grinchmas” Who-lebration.

Dazzling “Grinchmas” tree lighting ceremonies that take place every evening, accompanied by a snowfall flurry, bring this annual favorite to life, creating a festival of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos (Pro tip:  Line up at the main Whoville entry gate a half hour before the tree lighting to enter.  First tree lighting happens at 5:30 and occurs every half hour).  There are some new Whos visiting Hollywood for the first time!

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Tips on Meeting Characters

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Of course, meeting the Grinch himself is a must-do if you visit Whoville.  Lines can be extremely long, especially during peak season, but there are several things to do with minimal lines or no lines at all!

  • Meet Max the Dog–he’s a real animal actor!

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  • Many Whos roam around and do not have lines.  Be prepared to play!  We also met Cindy Lou Who who was roaming around and did not have a line.
  • Check out the cute Grinch decor like this Grinch snowman

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  • Write ways how your heart grew 3 sizes

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  • Eat all the Who Foods!  This Grinch Donut was available in the Whoville area and was a steal at only $7.99.  The Whoville Who Hash (tator tots, corned beef, cream of mushroom soup, onions and peppers) was found at the quick service restaurant “Hollwood and Dime” for around $10 and came with the take home can.

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will also transform for the Holiday season.

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  • Seasonal decor to each storefront and a light projection spectacular to bring the the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life.
  • As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.
  • Holiday themed songs from the a cappella Frog Choir
  • A wide selection of custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be available. Collectibles include a decorative Hogwarts castle snow globe, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the four houses, wizard card ornaments, unique tree topper and house pennant garland.
  • Holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer further complement the overall experience.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass makes the perfect holiday gift, providing guests with the opportunity to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

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More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.

Blue Man Group is Coming to Orange County Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Kids can go for FREE on Select Days

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BLUE MAN GROUP is making it’s way to Segerstrom Center of the Arts in Orange County January 7 – 12, 2020!  This would make an excellent Holiday gift especially for families who are focusing more on experience based gifts instead of physical gifts.

Kids Night on Broadway–Kids ticket for FREE!

A special Kids Night on Broadway discount will be offered for two performances January 7 and 8. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $26. Use code BLUEKID when purchasing. Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the Segerstrom Hall lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more!

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More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is BLUE MAN GROUP, and the world renowned bald and blue trio are back on the road in a new North American tour. Under the helm of visionary director Jenny Koons, in her first-time collaboration with BLUE MAN GROUP, the tour features everything audiences know and love about BLUE MAN GROUP—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue, but the rest is all new! Including pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, audiences join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.

Tickets to BLUE MAN GROUP start at $26 and can be purchased at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. To take advantage of the Kids Night opportunity, use promo code BLUEKID. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 11 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visit SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

Fans can keep up with the Blue Man Group Tour through:

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/bluemangroup
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/bluemangroup
Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/bluemangroup/
YouTube:     https://www.youtube.com/bluemangroup

What to do at Knott’s Berry Farm in the Rain during Christmastime Merry Farm

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Rain?  In California?!  Yes, it happens sometimes!  Although Knott’s Berry Farm sometimes closes in inclimate weather (check their social channel @KnottsBerryFarm the morning of to be sure), there are still plenty of things to do if it is raining off and on.  Here are some of our favorite inside activities to do in the rain during Merry Farm.

Santa’s Christmas Cabin (located behind the School House in the Wilderness Dance Hall)

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The elves have come to Knott’s Merry Farm!  You can also meet Santa and take photos with your own camera or purchase a photo package.  Warm cookies, milk and hot cocoa are available for purchase.  In the building next door, you can decorate cookies for an additional fee.

Birdcage Theater (located next to the School House)

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There are two rotating shows featuring the classic Scrooge Christmas Carol.  “Marley’s Wings” is new this year and is an upbeat musical show that is great for kids.  “A Christmas Carol” is a little darker and might be scary for young children.  “A Christmas Carol” plays at 11:30, 2:00, and 4:00 and “Marley’s Wings” plays at 12:30 and 3:00.  You might be able to meet the cast in the lobby after the show!

Saloon Show with Cameo Kate and Dakota Dan

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Our favorite saloon performers are back with a Christmas show!  Sit back with a sarsaparilla and some fresh popcorn and enjoy the show indoors.  Show times are at 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30, 4:30.

Merry Christmas Snoopy on Ice at the Charles M. Shultz Theater (located across the train tracks, turn left past the fountain)

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Check knotts.com for the most up to date entertainment schedule.  Merry Christmas Snoopy on Ice is usually closed on Wednesdays.

Christmas Craft Fair

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If Knott’s Berry Farm is open, so is the Craft Fair!  Visit local artisans to find the perfect Holiday gift.  Our favorite is Miss Doolittles and her slime factory!  For $8, you can create your own slime with add ins and scents of your choice.

Dining Tips

If the rain is bad, most outdoor quick service restaurants might be closed.  You can typically find all the seasonal Merry Farm foods at Sutters which is the main quick service restaurant located at the front of Ghost Town.  I was able to get the seasonal Fried Green Beans (usually at Calico Fry Co) and Mac n Cheese Lorraine (usually from Wagon Wheel Pizza) both at Sutters.

If you’re looking for a place with inside seating, head to Grizzly Creek Lodge in Camp Snoopy or Coaster Diner near Xcellerator.  Boardwalk BBQ has ample seating under cover, but it is not indoors.  Ghost Town Grill is also a sit down restaurant located in the heart of Calico.

Shows and Entertainment that is typically cancelled in the rain:

  • Peanuts Guide to Christmas (Camp Snoopy Theater)
  • Calico Carolers Bell Ringers (if it is not sprinkling, they might come out)
  • Home for the Holidays (Calico Stage)
  • Wagon Wheel Stunt Show

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There is still so much to do in the rain at Merry Farm!  As always, check back with Knotts for the latest update on closures.  For more of our adventures at Knotts, find us on Instagram @littlegraythread.