Turns out that Paw Patrol is a fairly new phenomenon here in San Cristobal de las Casas, the state of Chiapas and/or Mexico. So new that the first time I saw anything to do with them here was at Juan Pablos* birthday in early February. When we were at his party, I heard that the show was coming to town. Since it’s Artemis’ favourite characters right now** and Max loves them too, I thought that I’d try to get them tickets to a Paw Patrol show.
Knowing Mexico like I do, I thought that finding out where to buy the tickets would be the tough part. Assuming that tickets were still available and if they weren’t $3,000 dollars. Turns out that I was right, although, it wasn’t as painful as the time in January when we went to the bank to change our address and left 2.5 hours later. I still need to tell you about that.
In the end, we had to go to three different locations (that required us to take out the car), over a two day period and buy tickets without actually knowing the layout of the theatre or where we would be sitting. The good news was that they were only $25USD per person. That’s affordable right? What do I know?
When we bought the tickets, the agent told us that seating was on a first-come, first-served basis so, we should get there early. We figured that we’d arrive at 4pm, an hour early and we would surely beat most if not all of the other attendees. I mean, this is Mexico***.
Turns out that we weren’t the first ones! I couldn’t believe it. However, we were the third ones in line so I wasn’t that far off. And so we waited, and waited and waited some more just to be let into the building. When it was 15 minutes from start time and there were 20 people in line, we were finally let into the lobby, but not our seats. No, they made us wait, with young kids, that love things, especially those that make noise, flash lights and have to do with Paw Patrols in front of the concession stand. Smart.
This time, I was smarter because I told The Kids beforehand that I wasn’t going to buy any toys or things and to prove my point, I didn’t even bring any money. After five minutes the torture ended and we were allowed into the theatre. Since we were third in line, we got to have our pick of seats. We decided to sit in the middle of the fourth row. Absolutely perfect until another family came and sat down in front of us with the Adults getting the best seats in the middle. Nice. Fortunately, The Kids were hardly in their seats and didn’t mind sitting on their knees anyways.
And then we waited and waited and waited. I’m sure by now you’re thinking WHAT TIME IS IT!? Unfortunately, The Kids had worn their watches so they could tell that we were starting late. In fact, at around 5:15pm, everyone started pouring into the theatre. Once everyone found their seats, the guys selling the toys showed up. So everyone (except us) got up from their seats to buy expensive and cheap toys that flashed lights, had laser pointers, whirled around, made tons of noise and even some that blew bubbles and were guaranteed to break before the child got home. Perfect. Fortunately, we were surrounded on both sides (and in front) by adults so we weren’t bothered much.
And then, while people were still buying products on the front of the stage, the curtain rose and the show began. While people continued to buy things from the front of the stage!?
Within minutes, Ryder and his team had us up and dancing, clapping and yelling out answers. The Kids were mesmerized by all the activity and seeing their favourite characters. To say that they had so much fun would be an understatement. After 30 minutes, the curtain dropped for a quick intermission. At least that’s what they said.
What happened was the enter crew came out and everyone got in line again to pay to have their picture taken with the cast. I momentarily felt bad for not bringing any money but The Kids didn’t seem to mind much. Like a well oiled machine, they managed to pass at least 50 families through in a 20 minute period. And then the curtain went down and immediately back up again.
The second part of the show was another 30 minutes of singing, jokes, silliness, clear speaking (especially important when it’s in a foreign language) and a lot of dry ice. Make that a LOT. At times, you couldn’t even see the characters for all the ice. Fortunately, it dissipated before it hit us.
All in all, The Kids had an experience that they’ll remember for a long time. We will definitely go to more shows in the future, either here or in Canada****.
Have You Ever Been to a Paw Patrol or Other Kids Show?
— Journeys of The Zoo (@zoojourneys) March 4, 2016
Note: Next time, I’ll bring more food, a blanket (the theatre was really cold) and might even consider sitting in the front row because at one point, the characters came down from the stage and were shaking kids hands.
* Yes, he’s called Juan Pablo and not just Juan. If he was called Juan than he’d be mixed up with his Grandfather, Uncle and two cousins. And if we called him Pablo than he’d be confused with his dad.
** The Kids get to ask for one gift for their birthday and Artemis asked for the Paw Patrol characters. Since we knew what her theme was, everyone got her something Paw Patrol related.
*** Where we live, it’s customary to be 1, 2 or even more hours late for an engagement.
**** The Kids have seen several live kids shows in Canada.