I recently purchased the livingsocial’s daily deal for admission for 4 to a Chicago Steel’s hockey game which included 4 sodas, 4 hot dogs, 4 game pucks, and a tour of the locker room all for the bargain price of $35.00 – total! We had never taken the girls to a hockey game before, I wasn’t even sure if they would like it, but I figured what the heck for that price might as well give it a try.
We get there just in time to find a seat and hear the National Anthem. I had forgotten how much fun going to a hockey game is…the lights, music, etc. The girls spotted the team’s mascot right away and were instantly intrigued :-) Tom decides to go get us all something to eat, so I stay with the girls. It is probably 5 minutes into the 1st period and a fight breaks out. The helmets and gloves come off and the two players are punching and swinging at each other for a good 20 seconds or so until the refs are able to pull them apart. The crowd is going crazy and I look over and Vivianne and Lilah are both crying!!!! I mean bawling! Oh. My. God. So I’m trying to explain that in hockey, sometimes players do fight and that it’s part of the game and they are staring at me like I am crazy. “But, why, Mom???” Ummm….well…then I tell them something about how the players do get in trouble for fighting….see they have to go sit all by themselves in that box for a while, kind of like time out. Knowing that there was a repercussion seemed to help a bit and they kind of went with it. At this point, I wasn’t sure how the rest of the evening was going to go. BUT then “Rusty” the team mascot came out and started dancing and throwing hot dogs to the fans in the stands and all was forgiven ;-) The girls wanted to get down by the glass and run around and dance themselves. We let them, it was that kind of place. Kids running around everywhere having the best time! We ended up moving to the opposite side of arena (it was general admission, so there were no assigned seats) because we saw a few little girls about V’s age that we thought she’d have fun playing with. They hit it off and the rest was history. After each period break, Vivianne would as if we had to go because she would see the players leave the ice! After she found out we didn’t, she was like, “Yes, Another game!” Ha! She thought she saw three separate games that night. So funny! We ended up skipping the locker room tour, which was suppose to take place during part of the third period, because the girls were having so much fun. They had such a great time as did we:-)
PS: Yes, Vivianne dressed herself…that costume has gotten quite a bit of use…I think it is more Lilah’s size now, but she still likes to rock it out! Thanks, Grandma Kersten ;-)