By Vianca Gamboa
On the fourth day of 2020 and you’re still on the lookout for the best way to start off the year right, right? You can go to the mall and watch a family-friendly slapstick comedy, or even stumble upon live painting workshops at the activity center, but that’s just your typical weekend bonding.
We need more than fireworks to spark stronger connections. Opt for a family adventure that will teach them a thing or two about life in the most interactive, endearing way, like catching the last Disney on Ice show at SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Disney brings back the magic with Disney on Ice: Live Your Dreams featuring the misadventures of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and the Disney princesses’ quests for true love through the many different forms: Soul mate, friendships, and family.
We all know that the kids listen to these stories—guide them and lay concrete and practical ideas, so they can create their own New Year’s resolutions from our favorite moments from the show.
New Year’s Resolution: “I will help others more.”
Disney on Ice is very special this year as it kick-starts the show with a charity gala for the different beneficiaries such as Child Haus, Santiima Trinidad Orphanage, SOS Children’s Village, Aeta Community, street kids from Tondo and Payatas, as well as other communities supported by SM and its partners so other kids who are not as privileged can also get the chance to watch the spectacle with your family!
Tip: Encouraging contentment by telling children that others have it worse can result to ignorance. Teach them about charity and being kind instead.
New Year’s Resolution: “I will start working on my dreams.”
Watch how Rapunzel and Flynn go to great lengths (and heights, literally) to achieve their dreams together through an aerobic skating performance suspended above the rink.
Also, watch out for the flash mob-like performance of “I’ve Got a Dream,” which celebrates differences but sharing the same dreams.
Tip: The Tangled performance is a testament to what Disney on Ice is all about—letting go of fear so you can discover all good things that lie ahead. Kids could be battling mild anxiety and lack of self-confidence early on, so keep both eyes and ears open.
Make sure to give them pep talks each day and enroll them in workshops and classes they are most interested about.
New Year’s Resolution: “Less fights with the bros.”
The best part of the night, and something your kids wouldn’t want to forget for the rest of their lives, is the enchanting and wintry performance of Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff. The Frozen number transforms the MOA arena into a winter wonderland with snow falling all throughout the performance and the compelling dramatic scenes amid all that drifting, gliding, spinning, singing “Let it Go,” “Love is an Open Door,” and “For the First Time in Forever.”
Tip: Siblings clash more as they get older because of varying factors, so our job as parents is to not let their differences get in the way of their relationship. Teach them how to respect personal space, and never pit them against each other.
New Year’s Resolution: “Live by lola’s words of wisdom.”
If the idea of death and all the creepy stuff associated with “the afterlife” is something your kids are afraid of, the colorful and magical Land of the Dead can somehow mitigate the phobia. Coco’s little hero Miguel also joins the pack with a sing-along performance of “Un Poco Loco” that highlights family, tradition, and the festivities of Dia de los Muertos.
Tip: The new year means starting with a clean slate, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to brush off traditions that can help counter confusion and detachment among the family.
Strengthening family ties and tradition is very important, especially to the elder family members who reinforce and pass on treasured values.
New Year’s Resolution: “Listen to your good heart.”
Wouldn’t it be cool to enter summer and sail the high seas on the surface of ice?
Welcome the warm ending and see how far Moana will go to save her island and discover her true identity through empowering renditions of “I am Moana” and “How Far I’ll Go.” The cheeky demigod Maui joins the action-packed adventure, and even busts some moves through his performance of “You’re Welcome.”
Tip: You can’t unleash your child’s greatest potential if they’re trapped inside the bubble you made for them. Letting them open their eyes to new perspectives, along with your guidance, will help them realize what’s good for them.
Catch the last Disney On Ice: Live Your Dreams show at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Jan. 5.
Tickets are available at smtickets.com and SM ticket outlets nationwide.