My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop Premiere Party in New York City

Hub, the children’s television channel from Discovery Communications and Hasbro, invited Adventures by Daddy to help celebrate the new season of My Little Pony and the premiere of Littlest Pet Shop.  Hub hosted a “Playdate Premiere Party” at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.  The theater lobby had been redecorated with the characters of both shows and we were welcomed into the theater itself by a cut-out of Blythe, the star of the new Littlest Pet Shop show.

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The front half of the theater floor (which would have been the orchestra seats) had been converted into a play area, with folding chairs in the back half and snack booths on either side.  The snack booths served Sunil’s Bag-o-Jelly Beans (Sunil is the mongoose from Littlest Pet Shop), Fluttershy’s Pony-rific Popcorn (Fluttershy is from My Little Pony), various breakfast pastries, juice boxes and bottles of water.  We picked seats at the back, next to the snack booth, then headed forward to play.

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The playdate activities included face painting, Blythe’s Bean Bag Toss, a balloon animal creator and a fun photo op, which turned the children into the cover models for Time Out Kids.  The face painting was a fun, but took way too long for the number of kids there and the one-hour limit on the party.  The artists were painting characters from the shows, but could have gotten to more kids by painting just a Cutie Mark (symbols on the flanks of the My Little Pony characters) instead of a full pony profile (though the ponies were very well done, especially considering that the artists had only received the designs the day before).  Every child who played the bean bag toss won a prize and a Rainbow Dash temporary tattoo.

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The centerpiece of the playdate was the Official Attempt at the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Coloring Book.  The children were encourage to color the book, becoming part of the records.  I’m not a child, but I am a child at heart, so I entered my name and the names of my nieces and nephews, so we’re all part of the official record, too.  The coloring book was raised to the stage and more chairs were set out, along with bean bags for the kids, filling in the front area of the main floor.

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The star of the show was Melissa Joan Hart, whose Sabrina the Teenage Witch is now part of the Hub’s schedule.  She came out for a brief interview session, but I could have listened to her for the full hour.  Her best mommy tip is brilliant:  before using a wipe, tuck it into your shirt to warm it up, so you experience the cold sting, not your baby.  For those of you who are wondering, Melissa Joan’s favorite pony is Twilight Sparkle (voiced by her friend, Tara Strong).

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And now, on with the show.  Melissa Joan began with an introduction to the premieres and was presented with the Guinness World Record plaque.

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The first show to air was Littlest Pet Shop.  The show seems to be geared towards older children, tweens, rather than teens or early elementary school age.  The lead character, Blythe Baxter, seems to be in junior high school.  In what seems to be the trend for tween and teen programming, her father (the only parent shown in the episode) is a clueless, bumbling sort, who thinks he’s cooler than he is, shown by his preference for dated music and phrases that “no-one says anymore.”  I find this trend curious and disturbing.  While not a parent myself, it seems odd that parents are being undermined this way.

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My favorite line from this show is “pull your imagination into the station.”  It was meant to suggest that Blythe should keep her imagination in check, but the train pulling into the station can also signify the beginning of a journey, so it could also mean keep your imagination alive and be ready to fly off into it at any moment.  I also like how it tied into the name of the broadcaster (Hub . . . station . . . get it?)

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The second show was My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  This seemed more geared towards younger children.  My favorite line from this show is “Challenge is not knowing if you can succeed” which is a very good thought for all of us.  Another theme was to look to the past to find a solution for the present (save the present and future by remembering history).

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As we left the party, we were handed very generous goodie bags, which included a trio of My Little Pony figures, a Littlest Pet Shop toy, a My Little Pony dangler (key chain or coin keeper) a Hub pencil, a Littlest Pet Shop lip gloss, and a My Little Pony storybook.

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Everyone had to bring at least one child to get into the party (to prevent being overrun by Bronies?), so I brought my friend, Andrea, and her daughter, Charlotte.  Charlotte’s favorite event at the party was the face painting and preferred the My Little Pony show.  Her favorite snack was the popcorn.  She liked writing her name in the coloring book and was excited to be part of a Guinness World Record.    Her favorite item in the gift bag was the Littlest Pet Shop toy “because it moves.”

Disclosure: Adventures by Daddy was invited by HUB as media to attend this premiere party.  However all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family entertainment news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.