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June 03, 2008

The Kung Fu Panda That Almost Wasn't

Mypandas I was excited about the Dreamworks/HP Kung Fu Panda event as soon as I received the Evite. I'm not ashamed to say that whenever there's food involved (free food, people!!), I'm psyched! I told my husband about it and he thought it'd be fun too. Shared the news with my 2.5-year-old son Dutch and he...well, he really didn't know what the heck I was talking about. So Saturday we were pretty stoked to see what the whole thing was all about and then it happened. The sky darkened, quarter-sized raindrops hit the sidewalk as we stood outside chit-chatting with neighbors and the thunder began to its thunder-y thing and roared like a mean ol' lion.

It wasn't looking good.

Anybody that knows me knows that I don't do the whole driving in lots of rain thing. I just don't. I can't see the lines on the road, can barely see the cars in front of me and well, that makes me a wee bit nervous. But I told my husband that we should get ready for the event anyway and just hope that the rain would pass by the time we were all ready to leave. By this time Dutch had gotten a little spooked by all of the thunder and homeboy wasn't trying to go anywhere. In fact, his exact words were, "Mommy, I don't wanna gooooooooooo. I wanna stay hooooooooooooome."


It didn't help that there was a severe thunderstorm watch in our area and oh, a tornado watch too. Did you see that? I said, TOR-NA-DO. Oh well, we'd have to catch the Panda at some other time because there was no way I was about to get twirled up in a tornado just to see some ol' Panda. Nah-uh, no way.

Then a miracle happened, the storm and tornado watches were canceled. So we pressed on and got ourselves all dressed and ready to jam with the Panda. By the time me, my husband Edell, Dutch and my 13-year-old stepson J-Rock were jumping in the car the rain had slowed down to a drizzle. By the time we got downtown (which was maybe like 20 minutes later) there was not a drop of rain in sight and the sun was shining brightly.

Hooooooooooooooray!!! Right?

Well, not exactly.

See, we got to the front door of Zola's and the freakin' door was locked! I'm talking door locked and gate pulled down, the whole nine. I checked my Blackberry to see if anyone had sent a message saying that the event was canceled, but I didn't see anything. Not one to give up quickly (since I did just drag my whole family out of the house), I went over to the Spy Museum to see if they knew anything about a Kung Fu Panda event. They did. Thank goodness.

Right after we slapped on our name tags, grabbed our Panda character masks, and walked through the doorway it was picture taking time. They had just called all mom bloggers to the steps for a group photo. We took the photo, I said hello to a few folks and then it was time to check it all out.

The place was buzzing with toddlers and kids over 12 who looked like they didn't want to be in the same room with toddlers. There was Chinese food container coloring going on, and kids playing the Kung Fu Panda game, and a group of people teaching some new line dance--uhhhhhh, the Kung Fu Panda dance that I'm sure will be the new craze at a club near you really soon.

Dutch snacked on the available Froot Loops and gummi bears and entertained some of the restaurant staff with his fly dance moves, my stepson J-Rock just about killed the beef tenderloin (he said that he had at least nine pieces, I told him good because with my lack of cooking skills he'd never get any at our house), my husband showed off his Play-Doh skills and had everyone waiting in anticipation as he pulled out the scissors as if he were about to create a masterpiece and I took pictures. Okay, so not the whole time, I did grab a plate. Or two. Okay, maybe three if you count the itty bitty plate filled with little pastry things. We also printed out a few pictures on the HP Photosmart Compact Photo Printers hat Hewlett Packard made available to all the guests. Can I just say that's one snazzy little printer?

Oh, and in case you haven't heard yet: "Everybody was Kung Fu fighting!!!!!!!!!!!"

An original DC Metro Moms post.
You can find niki d. trying to remember the steps to the Kung Fu Panda dance at mama's got moxie.


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