Over the weekend Tom and I took Donnie to explore the CNE here in Toronto. The weather wasn't that great but there was plenty for us to see inside. We could have done an insane amount of shopping but since Tom hates lugging around my shopping bags I was generous and spared him – we just picked up a few of our favorite things; like local jams and preserves from Hawberry Farms – can't resist getting something from them every year that we go to the CNE.
We also came across this monstrosity of awesomeness…
This big guy was part of the “Pop Culture: Let Your Fandom Flag Fly!” exhibit. I was completely awe struck and it was difficult for me to hold back my inner child from climbing all over this thing – thankfully I was able to control myself.
Primitive Designs here in Ontario are responsible for creating this impressive 23′ high, 2 tonne sculpture. I'm curious how many cookies I would have to bake in exchange for this giant toy? Probably more than a couple…
They also created this smaller but still totally impressive Transformers robot below:
Yup, that's our current mayor Rob Ford. The likeness is un-CAN-ny wouldn't you say? Sorry I know puns are considered one of the lowest forms of humor but I couldn't resist. 🙂When we were visiting family in New Brunswick in the last few weeks, Donnie and I finally got to watch The Lego Movie for the first time and it's become an instant favorite. He was so happy to see these characters put together with real Lego in the Fandom exhibit!
That movie made me quite a bit nostalgic as I'm sure it did for a lot of other children of the 80's. I vividly remember playing with that exact same set with the little blue astronaut and space ship. He eventually even ended up with a broken helmet in pretty much the same spot as the character in the movie.
We spied this strange thing by the sports games area. I guess it's for a people too cool off but there just something unsettling about a bunch of water spraying out of giant people's mouths onto others.
Donnie loved mooing to the cows and having a chat with the turkeys as well…
One of the other really great things about the CNE is how baby and toddler friendly they make it. We took Donnie with us last year when he was much smaller and I wish I had known about this before as it made the visit much less stressful. There's a special quiet indoor area for diaper changes and for nursing. Very close by there's also a little play area for toddlers who are too young for the rides. Donnie really had a great time in there and enjoyed playing with the blocks and interacting with the other kids.
We ate a bit too much during our visit and were very tired by the end of the day but it was worth it. I'm definitely looking forward to next year!