She held my hand


“Go upstairs and pick out a dress you want to wear and change into it” I said.

“A dress? Where are we going? Why do I need a dress?” She asked with even more questions coming.

She tried on 4 different dresses before deciding on one I pulled out of the clean laundry. “This one is my favorite. It’s perfect.”

I still hadn’t divulged where we were going. But, she knew something fun was coming. I asked her to grab a dress for her sister, too. “I got it mommy. I think she’ll like this one.”

The oldest sister was picked up, and the plans were leaked, “We are going to see The Little Mermaid!” Squeals in duplicate (and two little clueless sisters). The oldest thought I won tickets on the radio because she kept hearing commercials, but no, we were invited to a media night. They were so excited.

“I packed you lunches, girls, because we won’t have time to go home and eat dinner.” “Thank you, mommy!” 

The car ride was riddled with eating and silence. Excitement meets trepidation. We parked the car and make the walk over to The Fox Theatre.

“This is so fancy and big.” “Wow, this is amazing!” said in the voice of Anna from Frozen, I’m sure!

We were directed to our seats on the wrong aisle, so we found ourselves walking all the way to the front and got to peak at the orchestra pit. “That’s where all of the music for the show is made.” It really clicked that this was all “real” and live.

The Little Mermaid

“Look at that blue water. It’s moving and bubbling.” 

We had to take a moment to get a picture of our night out.

Girls night out

The music started with a medley of the songs and the curtain opened. They were stunned into silence. Then, my sweet little almost-Kindergartener reached over and grabbed my hand. I thought it was a fluke, but after every applause for the amazing singing, she reached back over and found it. And, I melted into a puddle on the floor.

“My favorite part is when Ariel got legs. The first time, not the second time.”

“Mine, too.”

The Little Mermaid

We walked back to the car hand-in-hand and I marked the day on the calendar as one of the best days with my big girls.


If you get a chance, you must go see The Little Mermaid. The singing and music is phenomenal. The cast is perfect. Sebastian has just the right action and movements, and is the character from the movie to a T. Ursula isn’t scary at all like the movie. I would say she stole the show. Or maybe it is the tap-dancing Scuttle.

The story line has some variations from the movie, but I won’t spoil those for you. Overall, it’s the same story of Ariel, Flounder, Scuttle, Sebastian and Prince Eric.

Atlantans, there are still some tickets left through July 13, 2014, but keep an eye on the other Broadway in Atlanta productions like Mamma Mia in September, Phantom of the Opera in October, Dirty Dancing in November, and Newsies in late January 2015. There is always something great to see with Broadway in Atlanta and the Fabulous Fox Theatre!

We received tickets to the show. All thoughts are our own.

Similar Posts


  1. What a perfect girls’ night!! So special, and I would have melted at the hand holding. I know it’s only a matter of time before Red doesn’t want to snuggle me anymore… I’m going with my BF on Friday to see the show. We bought tickets months ago because it’s my favorite Disney movie!

  2. What an awesome memory to create with your girls. I love musicals from my time living in New York and I’m sure my youngest will love them too. I just think I need a few more years for his attention to kick in..

  3. Yeah, we didn’t have lunches. We let her scarf down junk food! Very fun night. It’s important to separate the kiddos for special times. Great show!

  4. pat chance says:

    you melted my heart too – It’s fun to do big girl things once and a while

  5. What an amazing experience – for them AND you! (I love your dress & shoes combo!)

    I’ll have to see if The Little Mermaid is coming to San Antonio! It’d make for a great date night! 😉

    1. Awww..thanks! My N requested I wear something that matched those shoes! (They are Crocs, too…crazy, right?)

      And, yes, definitely see if it’s there! If I didn’t have two littler kids that needed to get to bed, it would have been a date night with daddy, too!

  6. I know it melts my heart when B grabs my hand… I get so nervous that he will wake up and decide he is to old to do that anymore…
    I know that must have made your day just as much as taking them to The Little Mermaid made theirs…

  7. That sounds like a great play to see! If we were in the area, I would check it out for sure!
    Don’t you love when they do something loving and unexpected like that!

  8. AWWWWWW!!!! How precious is that? I night, I’m sure, they (and you) will never forget. How awesome!

  9. That is one of the sweetest mommy and daughters night I have ever read. I love how you waited till last minute to surprise them. And, I love it even more how appreciative they are of that gesture. 🙂

    1. We have to be on a very need to know basis with the girls….or else they drive us crazy!!

  10. I had no idea what the Little Mermaid was about until I saw snippets at WDW and heard the music in Mickey’s Philharmagic! I fell in love and then had to see the movie. I am so glad you all liked the show, and what beautiful ladies you are raising!

  11. I would love to see this. I saw Beauty & the Beast on stage and it was amazing, so I have no doubt that The Little Mermaid is just as awesome.

  12. Your girls are beautiful. Just beautiful. Looks like you all enjoyed yourself. What a great girls night out. My 11yr old is begging to see a BROADWAY SHOW 🙂 Soon….I hope

  13. Oh my gosh – how fun! What a beautiful theater and a great experience for all of you!

  14. How much fun is this! We love the Little Mermaid. It has always been one of my favorite Disney movies as well as my daughter’s. I wish they had this show in my area.

  15. What a fun mommy daughter event! Things like this make me miss not having girl.. but I have plenty fo mommy son things with my boys I guess.

  16. Being able to surprise the kids with really fun things is one of my favorite things about my job. I don’t get to do it near as much down here in the armpit of Florida as I did up in New Jersey, but it still makes my heart melt when I do. I bet that was one memory they will cherish for a very long time!

  17. What a great girls’ night! I would love to see this show (I’m a huge fan of the Little Mermaid.) So glad they enjoyed it!

  18. that sounds so perfect. A great bonding time – mommy and daughter. Those moments are meant to be treasured for sure

  19. We saw The Little Mermaid live at Disney each time we would visit. Hands down.. it is a great great show. I bet w the live orchestra it’s even more amazing.

  20. How fun! I love a good surprise. I can’t wait to see this!

  21. What a fun surprise night for the girls. You are the BEST Mom ever!!

  22. Awwww what a special time! I would absolutely love to go see this, it was always one of my absolute favorites and I watched the movie so many times consecutively!

  23. Aww, I love the pictures. They do look in wonder and awe, it’s sweet. I’m glad you had a good time.

  24. What a magical night for you girls! Definitely a memory to treasure

  25. I would love to see The Little Mermaid live…even if I had to go alone! 😉 Looks like a perfect day!

  26. It sounds like a fantastic show. I’d love to take my grandkids.

  27. What a memorable experience for you and your girls. I am sure that they will remember this for ever.

  28. That’s so cool! It’s so much fun to surprise them and know that it’s something they’ll love!

  29. There is something really awesome about taking a child to see a big production show. The joy on their faces is priceless and precious.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *