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Monday, November 3, 2008

Win a REALLY cute video for your Special Girl!


The moms that were the brains behind "Prima Princessa" have allowed me to view their DVD for children entitled, Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake and now they want one of my lucky readers to have their very own copy!

Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake is a 40-minute DVD for children 3-7, with an animated fairy ballerina who magically transports a group of little girls to see the world famous Paris Opera Ballet perform Swan Lake. The show is cleverly abbreviated for kids and narrated beautifully by an adorable cartoon ballerina. Between acts, the children return home to learn simple ballet steps, which are playfully shown mixed into colorful montages of toys, animals, children and young dancers from the School of American Ballet, the official academy of the New York City Ballet.

While I was viewing it I have to say as a teacher, I love the "Sesame Streetish" way that they introduce French words (ballet vocabulary) to children. This video would be great for all the little dancers in your family. If you have a little girl who takes dance or loves fairies and princesses this would be VERY entertaining - and educational!

As a teacher I feel it is important to give your children as many experiences as you can. I can tell you that you can really tell a difference in children who have had "life experiences" and those who do not. There vocabulary is so much richer. Life experiences don't have to cost money. You can go to museums for free with a pass (usaually your library has one), cooking with your children is also awesome, as well as just taking a nature walk and talking about it. There are tons of things you can do to give your children experiences. My fist thought about this video as I was watching it was, "How awesome that you are showing your children the REAL live performance of Swan Lake!" But, let's face it... little girls can't quite grasp the plot on their own. I can vouch for this... my second grade class went to a ballet of the Nutcracker and over half of them fell asleep! However, with the way that Prima Princessa narrates the ballet and brings it down to their level, any child can understand and enjoy Swan Lake!

At $19.99, this DVD would make a great addition to any Holiday Gift List you may be working on. You can purchase one HERE

Another cool fact: Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller (the creators and producers of Prima Princessa) are both stay-at-home moms who despite no prior movie-making experience teamed up to produce this show. They were both inspired by their children's love of dance and live in Montclair, NJ.

Wanna win it? Here's how:
You must live in the US or Canada.

Leave a comment. Your comment needs to be about one cool experience you have done with your children (free or cheap - even better!).

You have until Saturday , November 8 at midnight. I will pick a random winner Sunday, Novermber 9 and post it on this blog. Keep your fingers crossed and check back to see if you're the winner!

**Wanna enter ANOTHER contest for Prima Princessa? Go HERE to enter to win the video AND a ballerina dress up set at the creator's own blog!

48 Comments:

Jess said...

This DVD looks awesome!!

My kiddos get their richest experiences when we visit their grandmas and grandpas. One set works at a Christian camp, and the other lives on a former farm with LOTS of land...there is no end to the adventures when they visit their grandparents!

bjborchardt1(at)netzero(dot)net

Huse Yo Mama said...

On Wednesdays we go to the library for Toddler Time. It's a free 20 minutes of fun. I never thought Lorelai would get anything out of it, but she loves it.

This video sounds awesome!

Rachel said...

That looks like an awesome video! I love doing tea parties here at the house with my 6 yog. We both have a blast!

-Rachel @ Surviving The Stores
survivingthestores AT gmail DOT coom

Donna Shenk said...

We drive up to CT. often and make the 5 hour trips a good time to sing with and teach our 2 year old daughter new things. She really enjoys the "chaos" and it makes the time go by a bit faster!

She would love the video!!

bridgetroll said...

My oldest daughter (3.5 years old) and I often host tea parties for the family. We bake cupcakes and she sets the table, we always have to have a table cloth and we chose a special tea pot to use from my collection (it has to be a different one every time!). She loves to host her tea parties and if we have all the ingredients for the cupcakes on hand, pretty much free!

Frugal Mommy said...

Here is my cheap experience -

My daughter is homeschooled and every couple weeks we have movie day. We do not have our "normal school day" We go the the library and check out a ton of education dvd's pop popcorn and lay out blankets and just have fun chilling out :)watching educational science dvd's. She loves it.

Karen(email in blog)

FromThe Creek said...

My daughter just started taking ballet lessons (I bartered my soap and soy candles for lessons) and a couple of weeks ago was dance with Mommy day. While I was about the clumsiest person in the room, we had great fun and I took lots of pictures so that we can remember it always. She would love this video because it will help her to remember the French vocabulary better.

jbubolz-miller said...

The home depot saturday projects work great for us right now as I work 3rd shift on friday so gives the kids something to look forward to when mom is heading back to bed as they get up!

Denise said...

My little girls would LOVE this. It would be great to win it!

Denise said...

Our city has free admission to local art museums & the zoo at the beginning of every month.

Crazy_in_MD said...

My daisy troop would LOVE to watch it. What a great giveaway! Thanks.

Laura.m.hutchcroft AT uscg.mil

Lynned said...

On Halloween, we went to ToysRUS for free trick or treating with Jeffory the giraffe! That was so much fun. Not only did we get 2 free goodie bags full of fun and free things for the kids plus all of the tasty candy, but we got to see the giraffe too! =)

Zegi said...

I think zoo membership is an awesome deal. Just two trips to the zoo and it has paid for itself. We live close to a small city zoo that is perfect for an hour or so of hanging out with the animals, and fairly close to a large zoo with everything you could ask for. They both love it! My daughter started dance classes last month and is totally digging it. She would love a video like this: princess + dancing = joy!

Anonymous said...

I think the best thing we have done with our kids recently is go to the airport. I know it sounds funny, but we were taking my brother in law there because he was flying back to Afghanastain, he is in the army. We were able to get passes to go to the gate with him. Just seeing the kids faces when we went thru security, around the atrium, up and down escalators, on the train and seeing the planes close and the pilots, well you get the pitcure because the list of things goes on and on for that day. It was an awesome experince for the kids and best of all it only cost us the parking fee. That kind of experince at the airport usually cost you a ticket.

Sarah B
allenandsally(at)hotmail(dot)com

QuickMom said...

This would make a great christmas gift for my niece!

marci lambert said...

what a cute video!

Melody said...

Somethings We do that is fun, and Free are going to the library they have wii night, story times, mad science night. We also go the the beach a lot in the summer. On hikes in the fall. Sometimes we go camping in the back yard. Some things we do cheap are going to the museums and zoo. As a family of 5 we buy a pass. Just going one time is about how much our pass is for a year!

Maria said...

My daughter is 2 and at that age she is easily entertained. She loves to go the park and play. We took her to the zoo for the 1st time this summer and she absolutely loved it.

The video would be great for her. She got her first tutu last week and is already dancing around the house every day.

xofyls@dejazzd.com said...

I am a full-time working mother of one 6-year old girl and we love to travel during the summers (I'm a special education teacher). When Rowan was 4, we traveled to Belgium and back-packed from there through Germany and Austria. We took a night train, stayed with long-time friends, and rented rooms out of people's homes ("zimmer frei"). It was a lovely experience for our daughter and she had a great time. She still talks about her experiences traipsing all over Europe. I think she will become a life-long traveler!
Carol Ann

Melissa said...

Awesome DVD!! My daughter is definitely in that princess/fairy stage, so this would be great for her!
Last summer we took my daughter (she was 2 at the time) to Hershey, PA. We toured the chocolate factory. She talks about it to this day. She keeps asking when we are going to Hershey again.

AJ said...

We have cupcake play dates. The mommy who hosts makes the cupcakes and the other mommies bring a "new" candy or sprinkle for the kids to decorate with. The dollar aisle at Target is a great place to find creative toppers! We only do this every other month so the kids are always very excited. Sometimes we do cookies but mostly cupcakes! With 12 moms in our group, there's always something new & fun to decorate with!

Jessica said...

I took my children with me to vote this morning. A good field trip to see part of the democratic process, and it was free!

We love doing free things with our children, whether it is a hike at the nature preserve or trips to the library.

Anonymous said...

The DVD looks great! I love to sew and have been teaching my 3 daughters how to sew this fall, so they can make handmade Christmas gifts for teachers and family. They love it!

MrsAdams06 said...

My daughter would really enjoy this in the years to come!

We took our daughter to an Old Farm Day festival a month ago. They had all sorts of animals that she enjoyed. Especially the alpacas!

Linda B said...

My 3 year old granddaughter got a Princess dress up trunk for her birthday. We play Princess dress up almost everyday. She would love this giveaway! Thanks!

itsme10151(at)yahoo(dot)com

keywestbiscuit said...

I won employee of the month December many years ago and the reward was 2 tickets to the Nutcracker in the corporations private box. My daughter was 4 at the time and watched the nutcracker on VHS all the time. We were both elated but when we arrived the upper echelon were not very enthused to have a child in their midst. My daughter was riveted to the performance and disturbed no one. At the end of the show on of the ladies that had expressed her displeasure bought my daughter a nutcracker puppet to apologize. My daughter now has a 1 year old daughter and I think this tape will be a nice present.

Esscie said...

We have a few traditions: Syrup Saturday, Sundae Sunday, and a monthly movie night.

Anonymous said...

My 4 year old would enjoy this!

One fun thing we did recently was create a "road" with chalk in the driveway and pretended we were cars stopping at the "stop sign" Good fun!

Melissa P. said...

this looks like a great dvd! thanks for the contest! my daughter loves ot go to storytime at our local library they have a weekly puppet show and she has started trying to recreate it at home. so fun!

melissaplatt (at) gmail (dot) com

Rita T. said...

My daughter and I are spending tons of time in the kitchen. She's only 7, but she's learning to cook like a pro (with my supervision of course!

{lacey} said...

I have three kids ages 3, 2, and 1 (plus one on the way!), and I love teaching them to be little helpers at home. My oldest helps with setting the table, clearing the dishes after dinner, putting clean dishes away from the dishwasher, folding washcloths, matching socks, etc. A couple of months ago, we were doing laundry together, and I said to her, "You know what will be fun?" She said, "What?" And I said, "When Ava [her 1-year-old sister] gets a little bigger, you can teach her to fold the washcloths, and you can fold the big towels!" And my daughter exclaimed, "YEAH! That WILL be fun!" Ah, music to my ears! : - ) By the way, thanks for the giveaway!

Dan and Janet Brungardt said...

Okay, I tried this once and there was a glitch so if this is on twice, sorry.

We just moved out to the country on 8 acres and my husband mowed windy paths in the big field and the kids (4, 3, 3, and 17 mo) love to walk through for another "adventure."

The DVD looks great!
Janet

Gail said...

My 3 year old daughter and I went to a free Teddy Bear Tea sponsored by one of the local libraries. The kids dressed up in their best tea time attire and brought in their teddy bears - we dressed up my daughter's bear as well. The librarian read two toddler stories about bears, then the kids watched a short Scholastic video story about teddy bears. Afterwards they did a little craft - a teddy bear puppet! Finally we sat down to tea which included cookies wrapped up in a pretty bow, and juice in clear plastic goblets. It was very cute and fun for my daughter. The local libraries rock!

Tara said...

My husband and I decided to spontaneously take our daughter to SeaWorld. We splurged and went on the tour where you get to actually go in the habitat. It was amazing and we learned a lot! We were inspired to go by a a local, free SeaWorld exhibit that was in town.

Cam's Place said...

The best thing we do for free is take advantage of the programs at the library. Two weeks ago, the girls painted pumpkins. There was a Halloween Party with a Wizard of Oz theme but we couldn't take advantage of that.

They have seen a presentation with Hawaiian dancers, Reptiles, Scary Creatures, Magic shows, etc. The summer reading program is always fun.

Another thing is watching for free craft events at Michaels & Joanns. Plus Home Depot & Lowes do those workshops.

kindredspirit said...

I am all about doing cheap and free things from going to the library and to the park or to the nature center. One thing I plan on doing for the holidays is an idea I found on momadvice.com. It is a Christmas jar. I will put in 25 things to do and for each day in December my girls will pull out one thing and we will do it - things like make a paper snowflake or make cookies or drink hot chocolate under the Christmas tree.
Mandy

Melissa said...

In the fall we love to go and collect leaves that have fallen and then come home and make a picture using them. It is fun to see the creations they come up with.

This would be great for my little girl for Christmas!

Bleisath's said...

My "princess" of a daughter would love this! She, we, go to Barnes and Noble for story hour, and then to free kids meals at chick filet! Cant beat it!

Shelly said...

Feeding the ducks at local parks and lakes is always great entertainment

Bettina said...

We enjoy the Summer Reading Program at our library. Not only do the kids read a lot, but we also get to go to free progams like Reptile Man, magic shows and story time!

bettinawellmaker@gmail.com

Kristin ZW said...

My 3 year old daughter loves animals, so we take trips to the local Humane Society and animal shelters so she can visit with them and we can help give them the love they need and want so badly!! It warms our hearts to watch her love on these animals and she enjoys it as well!
Thanks for this chance!
kzwestberg@hotmail.com

aud1inok said...

We took a trip to various banks that had museum like displys in their entry area.

amy said...

enter me please

lilhottemomma @yahoo.com

one thing me and my kids do that is cool in our eyes and is free is we go on nature walks and collect pretty things...or go and see what they see and come back and play memory games to see what they remember from the walk...

Sue Ann Peters said...

What a great DVD! We love to camp and hike and talk to our kids about God's creation in nature.

Kristi said...

We live close to a nature trail and the things my 3 and 5 year old have pointed out to me have been amazing. Adults forget to slow down and be amazed at watching ants work. We even found a hummingbird nest this summer and took every neighbor and friend to see it. Hours and hours of exercise, fresh air, and God given entertainment!

MJ said...

My fist baby is due next month- but I've already taken her to her first Bob Dylan concert! She kicked right along with the faster- paced songs, too! And it was free for us both, because my awesome brother took us for my birthday. It doesn't get any cooler than that!

butterflyrouge(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

We go hiking a lot as a family. Our daughter talks about it all the time, and when Daddy asks her, "What did you and Mommy do today?" she always says, "Go hiking!" even if we didn't. It's one of her favorite things to do (besides dance, of course....which is why she'd love this DVD!)

weedm74@gmail.com

Nanci said...

We went to Cabella's. It's a hunting store, but with the hundreds of taxidermist displays, it also works as a still life zoo! Thanks for the giveaway.