Indiana Jones: The Exhibition

Indiana Jones: The Exhibition has been at the Telus World of Science for a few months now. I have always been a fan of Indiana Jones (barring the last movie) and I have been wanting to go see the exhibit for quite some time. This past weekend I finally had the time to check it out, and I thought I’d give my opinion on the whole exhibit.

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The Good:

The displays in this exhibit were very well done. It was really interesting to see the treasures and costumes in real life. They also had rough sketches of the well known scenes like the rolling bolder. Seeing the thought and planning that goes into making these scenes was just incredible.

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The Bad:

Though the display was interesting, I think they tried too hard to make this exhibit interactive. They give you tablets at the beginning to go on an archaeological quest and get information from the displays, but it just ended up being a large room with people staring at the tablets instead of the exhibit. If I wanted to do that I could have stayed at home. It seemed like they were trying to make this exhibit like the Star Wars exhibit, but failed. The exhibit is just too big and has too much digital information for it to be functional. I think they would have been better off organizing it more like the Harry Potter exhibit, where you have the option to use the interactive elements, but it isn’t forced upon you. A lot of the information could have been written on the plaques of the exhibit, but instead you were forced to watch/listen to a 1-4 minute clip on your tablet. There was too much focus on the electronic portion of the exhibit, and not enough of a focus on the actual physical displays.

 

The Verdict:

This exhibit was okay, but it does have it’s negatives. In the end, I would suggest checking out the exhibit if you are a major Indiana Jones fan, but I wouldn’t focus on listening to every piece on the tablet. I also suggest to avoid going during the peak times (weekend afternoons) since you’ll just be trying to force your way through a crowd of people staring at their tablets.

Broadway Beauty and the Beast

I hope everyone had an amazing Valentine’s Day (and a happy family day to all my Canadian readers). Last week I decided to surprise my husband with an early Valentine’s gift. We went on Thursday night to see the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast at the Jubilee.

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The show was simply magical. The live music and the dance numbers were incredibly well done, and the costumes and sets were so detailed and accurate. It was an incredible thing to see. The way they did the transformation of the beast at the end was simply astounding. The whole show reminded me a lot of the live Aladdin show in Disneyland. It was extremely entertaining and had a lot of extra humour injected into the performance. I couldn’t take any pictures because it was a live performance, but it was incredible. I highly suggest checking out the show if it comes to your city. If you love Disney, it’s a performance you simply won’t want to miss.

Skiing In My Own Backyard

I made a vow this year that I would work on being more active in my daily life. This, for me, doesn’t mean having a 3-times a week fitness regime or going to the gym. I wanted to do fun activities with my husband that just happened to also be good for my overall well-being. This weekend I had the chance to go skiing with my husband and my two best friends at Rabbit Hill Snow Resort.

rbt. hill 2015The last time I had gone skiing was probably 6 years ago. Though I was a little shaky at first, I really got back into the swing of things. It was really nice to spend the day outside in the fresh air. The ski hill also happens to be less than a 20 minute drive from our new place, so we’ll definitely be making more trips to the hill in the future.

It was an awesome experience and I’m looking forward to more ski trips with the group. Maybe I’ll even give snowboarding another try…

Edmonton Corn Maze

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Edmonton Corn Maze with a group of friends. This has become a little tradition in our group. It’s just a nice and relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

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The Edmonton Corn Maze is located just outside of Edmonton on a lovely little farm. The corn maze changes every year so you can go year-after year and never have the same experience twice. There are little problem sheets that you can pick up at the beginning of the maze to give you clues to which way you should go at the checkpoints. This year the corn maze was a giant santa, with $1 of the admission price going towards the Santa’s Anonymous charity. There is also a corn train, petting zoo, potato cannon, and air pillow to entertain the younger ones, and a haunted barn that opens around halloween for older kids and adults. If you have a chance, I would definitely suggest checking out the Edmonton Corn Maze this year.

 

*And a quick thanks to my sister who took the lovely picture for this week’s post.