“Paw Patrol, Paw! Paw! Paw! Paw”, I suddenly heard Liam watch one evening 2 weeks back. How did he know about Paw Patrol? And since when was he into it? – I wondered.
I figured it must have been thanks to YouTube and their recommended videos based on his watching habits. Ever since we decided to do away with Cable Subscription, YouTube has become the main source of entertainment whenever he’s given “screen time”. So back to Paw Patrol… after making myself watch through half an episode, I realized I rather him watch this when he learns about team work and skills vs. toy demos videos.
So when I received news that City Square Mall was hosting PAW PATROL’s first ‘live’ show in Asia from 3 Sep to 11 Sep, I knew it would be perfect to surprise the boys with it!
We were advised to arrive an hour earlier the 1pm ‘Live’ show on Saturday, and what d’ya know…this was the situation at 12pm
I wonder what time those folks seated right in front of the stage came at, 11am?
When we finally found a spot to plant ourselves by the side of the stage, Liam was so excited that he refused to sit down despite telling him that there was 25 minutes to go before the show starts. He got especially impatient during the last 15 minutes of wait time, and kept turning around to ask how many minutes more (to Paw Patrol appearing on stage). “12 minutes”, I would say, only to have to repeat myself another 5 times that it was still a 12 minutes wait. Thankfully, the good thing about ‘Live’ shows is that it appeals to a similar age group of kids. Soon, me and another mom were throwing glances of understanding at each other when both our boys started to count down in unison.
Screams from the floor ensued when Ryder came onto the stage to greet everyone, and the screams doubled in noise level when the star pups of the show – Marshall and Chase – appeared. Liam was so excited he kept turning around to get my attention: “mummy! Look! mummy, look! it’s Chase! It sure has been a while since I last saw Liam contain that sort of excitement.
We sang and danced along to the ‘Pup, Pup Boogie’ with the trio as they went about their mission to save the Adventure Bay Talent Show. It was absolutely hilarious for me and Ollie (and apparently some other mums who were seated around us) to watch Liam break into dance after dance so sportingly without qualms of being judged <see video below>.
Whose this little boy, swaying to the pawsome pawty of #PawPatrol crew Marshall and Chase? Oh it’s my son 🙄. Nevermind that it’s packed and we could only get a side view glimpse despite being an hour early. Paw Patrol at #citysquaremall was so entertaining that the boys had so much fun! It’s been a while since we did Mall shows, and while I don’t miss it, some shows such as this one are quite worth the watch especially when you see that glee plastered on your sons’ face. #pawsome #pawpatrolfirstshowinAsia #citysquaremall #septemberschoolholidays #mallshowssg
Never mind that we didn’t get to sit facing the stage front, the PAW PATROL characters took the effort to come to the side of the stage from time to time to pay the us side-stage-audience some attention too.
And when it came to choosing 2 kids from the audience to boogie with them, they chose from the side stage too (good point to note if you know your kids will be excited to be up on stage!). I coaxed Liam to raise up and wave his hand frantically, but alas, he was too shy to do so. Meanwhile, little Ollie had no idea what was really happening apart from saying “dog, dog? Dog! Dog!”, he was happy to bounce along to the beat and mimic his older brother’s dance movements.
Liam sulked big time when the 20-minutes ‘Live’ show came to an end. “Where did they go, mummy?” he whined. Clearly he had so much fun watching the performance that he didn’t expect it to end so soon. What he didn’t realize was that his mama had a Meet & Greet pass with the PAW PATROL crew. I told him that we were going to Basement 2 to meet Chase, Marshall & Ryder again, provided he didn’t go into a meltdown and was patient enough to queue.
After waiting some 20 minutes post the ‘Live’ Show, PAW PATROL appeared to the hurrahs from the crowd and it was Meet and Greet time! It was a rather long queue, but thankfully also one that moved along rather efficiently.
Liam was so overwhelmed with excitement to be in such close proximity with his current favourite cartoon characters that all 18 burst shots on my phone showed photos of his bashful self while Ollie, being the inquisitive almost-2yr-old that he is, had his eyes on the Pups the entire time.
Since it was only about 2pm when we were done with photo-op session with PAW PATROL, we decided to hang around at City Square Mall for a bit longer to check out the Furry Fun Carnival that was taking place at the Outdoor Park while I took the chance to quickly grab some acrylic paint (which were on 1 for 1 offer!) for the boys. And before we knew it, there we were, grabbing frozen yogurt & ‘direct-view-of-stage’ seats at Milk & Honey (on level 2) which was facing the stage front directly an hour ahead of the 4pm ‘Live’ Show – just so our boys could watch PAW PATROL in action again.
Liam enjoyed the Paw Patrol show earlier so much that we stayed for another 3 hours to catch the 2nd show! Thankfully this time round we have better view of the stage and proper seats! #pawsome #pawpatrol #citysquaremall #septemberschoolholidays #mallshows
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The PAW PATROL ‘Live’ show and Meet & Greet ends on 11 September 2016 (Sun), and I must say, they are quite PAWSOME to watch! Take it from someone who stayed for 2 consecutive ‘Live’ shows. There’s always the newly opened Decathlon to check out in between!
Other details to take note:
PAW PATROL ‘Live’ Shows are held at at Level 1 Atrium
Showtimes: 2pm & 7pm (Tue – Fri); 1pm, 4pm & 7pm (Sat & Sun)
Meet, Greet and get your Photo Opp moment with PAW PATROL with a minimum spend of $50*, and redeem your exclusive Meet & Greet pass at level 2 Customer Service Counter, an hour before each live show, limited to 50 passes per Meet & Greet session (I overheard a mum expressing her disappointment to her husband that despite being at the counter 1.5 hours early, the Meet & Greet passes were fully redeemed, so no harm in being a little kiasu to redeem these passes!)
Also, with a minimum spend of $150* (or $250 if it includes NTUC FairPrice receipts), you can redeem a PAW PATROL Dog Bone Mini Cuision and a PAW PATROL Snap a Pic Pass (which is essentially another photo-op moment with life-size PAW PATROL’s vehicles), which Liam made so much noise about not being able to go in because his papa & mama just ready to spend $150 that day.
And for those who drive and intend to go down City Square Mall on weekdays, enjoy complimentary parking worth $3 with a minimum spend of $60. Terms and conditions apply. For us, we ended parking at the hotel across the road because the queue to the carpark an hour before the ‘Live’ show was just too painful to wait.