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Harlem Globetrotters Dribbles Into Our Hearts At The Hershey Centre

“The atmosphere at the Hershey Centre was electrifying as fans wait for the arrival of the prestigious Harlem Globetrotters. You can’t help but feel pumped even if you have never seen them before.” – Momma Braga

This was the case for me and my family as we have never watched the Harlem Globetrotters before so I was intrigued on what they were going to offer us. We have been doing our Harlem Globetrotters research for the last month and we have heard how great they are. So now it was the true test…the Momma Braga test!

Our future Harlem Globetrotters

We arrived early to the event and found parking at the Hershey Centre parking lot (it’s FREE parking by the way for EVERYONE). We made our way inside to where all the excitement was brewing and with good reason too. We found our great seats and anticipated with delight the start of the event. Not too long before we settled down, the entertainment began with the Globetrotters mascot, Globie. Now I need to mention that you don’t just see him at the beginning but also in the middle where he is inflatable and does some hilarious tactics. Once Globie gets the crowd going, it is time for the main event!

The first team introduced is the Washington Generals and of course they are the “visiting” team so everyone in the audience booed and the team Captain, Cager, did not help with the mention of our beloved Toronto Raptors losing the night before. The boo’s got louder. But no fear as the Harlem Globetrotters were here! They entered with high-energy style that it was contagious not to be energized. They did a few tricks with their introductions and it was superb!

They played the first quarter with some antics here and there which made it much more entertaining for everyone in the audience. I know that it definitely kept our three year old entertained as she was following along the action on and off the court. OH! Did I not mention their interaction with audience members?! I think this is the most interactive group in sports entertainment that I have ever seen as they really get the fans involved which is so great! Seeing a child’s eyes light up with pure joy when they are picked to interact with the Globetrotters was priceless!

The next three quarters was full of mad skills and family fun entertainment. I don’t think I have been so impressed and at the same time, laugh so hard in my life. So bravo Globetrotters! There was never a dull moment and that includes intermission as we were entertained by young dancers from Vibe Dance & Fitness Studio (really talented dancers!). It was high-energy entertainment for the whole family.

By the end of the game, I am thrilled to say that the Harlem Globetrotters won the game and won our hearts! They provided us with a great family night out with laughter, fun and showcased amazing skills. At the end of it all you have a chance to meet them in person and get autographs. It does get a little crowded as many people want to meet these amazing athletes and my advice is to be patient as everyone will get their turn. We managed to get three autographs which made Nikki’s day! We then called it a night and a memorable event for us all.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give the Harlem Globetrotters 5+++ SHOTS out of 5! You can say that the Harlem Globetrotters slam dunked this Momma Braga test! They offer great family sports entertainment with their larger than life personality and skills. We highly recommend checking out the Harlem Globetrotters if they visit your city as they do go global!

We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to the Hershey Centre for providing us with this great opportunity to share this epic event called the Harlem Globetrotters with our readers.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

Sesame Street Live Brings Back Fond Childhood Memories

Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get?
How to get to Sesame Street

The theme song to one of my favorite shows growing up warms up my heart as I attend Sesame Street Live with my three year old daughter. Never thought that we would be able to enjoy a classic together but here we are at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga for Sesame Street.

We first attended the pre-show (this is in addition to the event tickets) and we were very excited as this was a surprise by my sister-in-law who got us tickets to go. There were activities to do like dress-up, crafts, tour of the stage (this was done group at a time) and meet and greet with Big Bird.

We had a blast at the pre-show and my favorite part was meeting my childhood favorite, Big Bird! Nikki’s favorite was touring the neighbourhood and seeing Abby. She was so excited to see Abby and was screaming really loud to get noticed. It was too cute!

After we did all the activities, it was time to find our seat for the main event; Sesame Street Live.

The lights dimmed and it was show time! We saw many of our classic favorites like Grover, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Cookie Monster. There was also some of the next generation classics (ones that I didn’t grow up with) such as Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita. It was full of learning, fun and dancing. After all it was a dance party. 😉

It was a very entertaining show and we loved every minute of it. We didn’t expect anything less since this is Sesame Street and it has been a classic for generations. They didn’t miss a beat with their positive messages and making learning fun. For this #MelandNikkiReview we give Sesame Street Live 5+++ Elmo tickles out of 5! It truly is a great show to watch for the whole family as it is one that many generations can enjoy together.

While there was a party on stage, there was one happening in my heart as I reminisce my childhood and embrace my present; parenthood.

Momma Braga, Nikki and Auntie Amanda

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

Experiencing WWE NXT Through The Eyes Of A Child

We love watching and following the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and we have been fans for many years. You might have remembered a few articles that I have written on WWE and we can’t forget the very entertaining videos that my daughter has done in imitating the wrestlers entrances. So it is no surprise that when we heard that the WWE was returning with their ever so popular NXT live tour, we had to purchase tickets especially since it was being held at the Hershey Centre. It was so much closer to home!

For those of you who may not know or follow, let me give a quick definition of WWE NXT. This is a branch of the WWE brand. This is where you get your start in the WWE. It is almost like the place that you need to prove yourself before going to the main roster of Raw and Smackdown (the main shows of the WWE). That is if you have that superstar quality for the main stage from what I have heard people say.

We have watched wrestlers from NXT in Toronto before and it was such an amazing show as each wrestler outperformed the next. I think it was the most entertaining wrestling that I had seen live in years so it was refreshing.

Now it was time to see it again but without the cameras for television broadcasting which makes it a more intimate event for fans as we are solely focused on the performances.

I do need to mention that watching a WWE live event comes with many restrictions and I do recommend that if you are taking young children to please read what the rules are before going. The Hershey Centre did a great job in making sure that the attendees were aware of the restrictions and were great at answering any inquiries from fans (like myself who messaged them a whole lot!).

For this event we made it into a daughter and mom night as my husband had to work. We also went with a family friend and his son; they are our wrestling friends for life. 🙂

Momma Braga and Nikki.
Our family friends Mike and his son Austin. Photo Credit: Mike Clarke.

WWE NXT Event

We arrived early to avoid waiting in a big line-up in the cold and it helped us find our seats with lots of time to enjoy the venue (this is when it is the perfect time to take a selfie to capture the moment). We had great seats as our view of the wrestling ring and the entrance for the wrestlers was perfect for us.

Before we knew it, the lights started to dim and the ring lights were on…it was time for the show! One performance after another, it was amazing! Each larger than life character came into the ring and really put their heart into their performance. We got to see some fan favorites and were even introduced to some new wrestlers who are going to be making their televised debut soon (one became my favorite very quick, Ricochet!).

But what made this event even more spectacular for me as a mom was seeing my daughter light up with excitement. I know that my heart was glowing to see how happy she was. Isn’t that what we want for our children to be?!

It amazed me to see her interact and engage with other fans. For the first time, I took the back seat from being a fan and watched her be one. I got to experience the event through her and that made me love this event even more. So what did my three year old do?

Well, when the audience clapped, chanted or screamed so did my little one. It was so awesome to see her chant, “NXT, NXT, NXT!” And anytime the audience cheered for one of the wrestlers, she would try to chant their name too (as best as she could as some of the names are a little difficult to say). But one that she had no trouble chanting was for Nikki Cross (by the way, no connection as to how we named our daughter, lol).

From Left to Right: Our family friend Mike, Nikki and Momma Braga. Photo Credit: Mike Clarke.

It made the event that more exciting to watch and that is why many fans go see a live show. Seeing a WWE event is a social experience that you can’t get from watching it on your television. It is an opportunity to engage with other fans on the drama of WWE wrestling and I believe that this is where the wrestlers get their performance rush from. That energy and vibe at a live event is what makes WWE great and successful! We all had an amazing time and it will be a memorable mother and daughter day that we will not forget. We got to spend time together and engage with the most loyal and craziest fans ever! We just loved it! WWE NXT gave us a very entertaining night full of heart, athleticism and a forever family moment.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga