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06 Jan, 2012

Ottawa Giveaway Alert: this one is for a fun family outing

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Regular readers already know how important I believe the arts and culture is in the development of our young citizens. I believe that exposing children to great music, film, and theatre is essential to young brains and helps create more intelligent, sensitive, compassionate, and creative individuals. The more you expose your kids to the arts, the broader their worlds will be.

The Arts! They are good for the soul! And we are lucky to live in the kind of city where it’s an accessible activity… especially when it comes to families with young children.

Fishbowl patron OSSD (Ottawa School of Speech & Drama) is hosting this giveaway. They’re giving away a family pass to a Young Audiences production of  “Jelly Belly makes Garbage Delight of Alligator Pie” a play that has been adapted from the poems of Dennis Lee and features second year students from the Ottawa Theatre School. There will be three days of performances: February 18, February 20 (Family Day!), and February 25.

Want to win? All you need to do is leave a comment below telling us what your favourite poem or story was when you were a child.

And now for the fine print:

  • This giveaway is for one family pass (maximum four people) for one showing. Show times are as follows:
    Saturday February 18, 4pm and 6pm
    Monday February 20, 11am and 2pm
    Saturday February 25, 4pm and 6pm

  • This giveaway is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area but is void in Quebec.
  • The winner will have to pick up their pass at the OSSD. They’re located in Westboro at 294 Picton Avenue.
  • One entry per family please! We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • If you can’t post your comment because you’re behind a firewall at work or whatever, you can email it to me for posting: andrea at quietfish dot com, but please be aware that I cannot be responsible if your entry is lost in a vortex of Spam
  • I will do a random draw of all qualifying entries using Random.org at noon EST on Friday January 13, 2012.

Sound good?

Before I end this post I wanted to add a very important reminder for Ottawa parents: registration for OSSD winter programs and March Break camps is now open. Summer camp registration is coming up very soon too. The Ottawa Theatre school will also be starting the audition process for next year as well.  There’s a lot going on! It’s worth checking the website and having a look around.

Over to you. Good luck!

24 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway Alert: this one is for a fun family outing"

1 | karen

January 6th, 2012 at 1:08 pm


My kids have a bunch of Dennis books – I had no idea he had written so much – Alligator Pie was definately my favourite as a kid.

2 | Christa

January 6th, 2012 at 1:25 pm


i must have borrowed Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends a hundred times from the school library as a child.

3 | Joyce

January 6th, 2012 at 1:35 pm


Love to enjoy the great show with our kids!!!

I can’t agree with you more.****”I believe that exposing children to great music, film, and theatre is essential to young brains and helps create more intelligent, sensitive, compassionate, and creative individuals. The more you expose your kids to the arts, the broader their worlds will be.”****

4 | Brenda A.

January 6th, 2012 at 2:43 pm


I had so many favorites! One I could never get enough of was “There is a Monster at the End of This Book”. I want to say the author is Grover, but I know it’s not!

5 | Rebecca

January 6th, 2012 at 3:20 pm


I loved alligator pie as a kid, and the free to e you and me stories an poems. We had Where the Sidewalk Ends recently from the library and my son loved it!

6 | Amanda

January 6th, 2012 at 3:22 pm


The velveteen rabbit! That was my favourite. My kids and I would love to go to the show.

7 | Carolyn

January 6th, 2012 at 3:39 pm


I loved the book “The Root Cellar” about a girl who can transport through time through her root celar and goes back to the American Civil War. It still is seared into my memory all the visuals and how it impacted my young imagination!

9 | Carla

January 6th, 2012 at 7:17 pm


I loved the Velveteen Rabbit. We would love love to go to the show, we are big on the arts as well – today we spent the day at the National Gallery! it was fun to see the contemporary art with the kids and get their impressions of what a particular piece looks like.

10 | Krista Swanson

January 7th, 2012 at 9:00 am


My favourite story was Where the red fern grows. I totally agree with you about the arts, my little guy is 5yo and I love watching his imagination and overall look of the world change with every story he hears/sees.

11 | Irene

January 7th, 2012 at 1:54 pm


So fun! We love Alligator Pie and Garbage Delight around this house :) Had no idea this was happening…. thanks for posting about it! My favourites growing up were alway the Dr. Seuss books (to my parents’ dismay!)

12 | Hilary

January 7th, 2012 at 2:23 pm


Fun! Reminds me of the time Dennis Lee came to Churchill and I was chosen to write a poem in Lee-style and perform it for him. My poem was terrible. I rhymed ‘piece of paper’ with ‘grain elevator’ ;)

(Not entering, btw, just commenting)

13 | Tiana

January 7th, 2012 at 3:46 pm


My husband way way into garbage delight. I’d never heard if any of these until he bought the books for our son, which I still haven’t read!

14 | Wendy

January 7th, 2012 at 4:43 pm


I loved Alligator Pie when I was a child but my very favourite was a book called Bruce’s Loose Tooth. “There once was a moose whose name was Bruce, Bruce’s tooth was very loose…”

15 | Redheadedmama

January 7th, 2012 at 7:31 pm


We love Dennis Lee at our house! My daughter loves the one that goes “in Kamloops I’ll eat your boots…” almost as much as I did when I was little.

16 | Heather

January 7th, 2012 at 8:27 pm


Oooo thanks for sharing this is happening.
We Enjoy Alligator Pie … Not sure who loves it more my daughter or I ! The stories are silly and ridiculous !

17 | Alarm systems

January 8th, 2012 at 1:06 am


when I was a really young kid I loved the picture books of Madeleine, curious George and one about a dog. The dog was given a sweater that he hated and a bird unraveled it and made it into a nest or something. As grew into a bigger kid, I loved the story of Heidi.

18 | Wendyh

January 8th, 2012 at 12:53 pm


Our family loves to read!!!

Too many faves to list, a lot of the same already mentioned!!!

This will give away my age, I can still feel the excitement as I would lay in my bed at night under the covers reading Nancy drew. I had to use a flashlight as it was past my bedtime. If my mom saw the light under the door she would of course know I was still awake!!
I would love to take my grandaughter to this performance!
Thanks for the chance, Andrea.

19 | conchita

January 8th, 2012 at 10:33 pm


i used to read the babysitter club series under my bed covers with a flashlight…

20 | Jan

January 9th, 2012 at 3:03 pm


Sounds like an awesome show! The poem I most remember is The Cremation of Sam McGee. I loved the rhythm of it!

21 | Lisa

January 10th, 2012 at 11:13 am


What a great show! My favourite poems were from “Down By Jim Long’s Stage”.

22 | Angie

January 10th, 2012 at 11:15 am


My favourite story to read as a kid was “The Night Before Christmas”. I would read it to my little brother throughout the year, in all seasons! Now, at 41 years of age, my favourite kids story is “The Princess and the Frozen Pack of Peas”.

23 | andrea

January 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm


Comments are officially closed to new entries. Draw coming up next!

24 | andrea

January 13th, 2012 at 12:13 pm


The winner is commenter #16 – Heather – who writes:

“Oooo thanks for sharing this is happening.
We Enjoy Alligator Pie … Not sure who loves it more my daughter or I ! The stories are silly and ridiculous !”

Congrats Heather, have a great time! And thank you OSSD for this giveaway!

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