Today we packed up some sports candy (bananas, apples) and hit the road to meet Sportacus from “LazyTown!”
My son, Nico, 4, is a huge fan of the TV series “LazyTown.” So his mommy (that would be me) is always looking up stuff online about the show for him, and we scored today with a face-to-face meeting. We met the “American” Sportacus (the real Sportacus, Magnus Scheving, is busy filming season three of the show in Iceland right now! More about that later in this post!) at a Meijer store. The campaign Produce for Kids (with Sprout network and “LazyTown”) had an event with fruit wraps, coloring books, and of course, Sportacus!
Sportacus was great with the kids and had some awesome moves. His grand entrance had him walking on his hands down a grocery aisle, which was very cool to see in-person. He took photos with the kids (I was armed with my camera, of course!) and signed autographs. He also performed his signature moves with jumps, swooshes, and “muscles!”
My husband, son, and I had a great time. We left the store with some great photos, memories, and fruit (sports candy) wraps to go.
We have had quite a bit of “LazyTown” activity around our house the past few months. My son loves to watch the show on Sprout network, which is actually re-runs from when the show aired on U.S. TV in 2004-2007. My nephew used to watch it and now my son has carried on the family tradition. My nephew and my son are both very active, play soccer, and they eat very healthy. I would say “LazyTown” is/was a great influence on both of them.
(In case you missed it: Sportacus … A true superhero)
So recently, I “Tweeted” with Magnus Scheving, who plays Sportacus on the show and is the creator and CEO of “LazyTown.” He hooked me up with contact information for Suzanne at “LazyTown” PR, and she has been awesome! She had Magnus sign a personalized autograph for my son and sent it to us in the mail (postmarked from Iceland, way cool!) And we also went to Sesame Place in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago to see “LazyTown” live at one of the theme park’s theaters. The “American” Sportacus, Stephanie, and Robbie Rotten were there (and Ziggy, too, which was probably his puppet double lol) and did a great job. We sang along to the songs and had a fun day (if you’ve never been to Sesame Place, you must check it out) at the park.
My son just had his 4th birthday party, too, which was of course “LazyTown”-themed. We had sports candy, Sportacus balloons, soccer ball cupcakes, and held the party at a kids indoor play center, so everyone was on the move.
I also have been in the loop (thanks to Suzanne in PR) about upcoming “LazyTown” projects. The new season is filming in Iceland right now, with a new Stephanie (Chloe Lang), since the previous one (Juliana Rose Maurielo) grew up. The episodes are scheduled to air this summer on NBC, but I will keep everyone updated as I get more details.
The new season means new “stuff,” so Americans will once again be able to find “LazyTown” products on U.S. store shelves (I have been shopping online). The products will include some healthy food/snacks, which will be great for our family. We are looking forward to more “LazyTown” in the near future!
“Welcome to LazyTown, a place where you’ll want to stay” … sings the warm and inviting children’s show to its viewers in the “LazyTown” theme song.
When my son first started watching the show, I was not sure what to make of the puppets and the girl with the pink hair. But now, I find “LazyTown” a great place to be … and for my child to watch.
The premise is that “slightly-more-than-average” hero Sportacus motivates the kids of “LazyTown” to be active and eat healthy. He refers to fruit and veggies as “sports candy,” and shows the kids how much energy they will have when they eat an apple, carrot, etc. And on the flip-side, he shows kids how sugar and candy bring energy levels down.
My husband and I thought it was a great message for kids. Our son, Nico, who is almost 4, is very active, plays soccer and tennis, and eats healthy; however, having a TV show with a superhero reinforcing the importance of healthy foods and exercise is a major bonus. We now have a fridge full of red apples, and they have to be completely, super red, “Just like Sportacus,” as Nico would say.
We’ll even hear Nico yell out as he runs to the kitchen, “I need an apple. I need energy.”
And the excellence doesn’t stop there. The whole “LazyTown” crew behind the show, which is filmed in Iceland by the way, is as warm and inviting as the show itself. I sent several messages to Magnus Scheving, the man who plays Sportacus and is the creator behind the show, via Twitter. He answered every single message, and even offered me great tips for my son’s upcoming “LazyTown”-themed birthday party. When I asked if he could send my son an autograph, he happily obliged and sent me the e-mail address for public relations. Suzanne at “LazyTown,” answered my e-mail instantly. She took my address and information to give to Magnus, and wrote me back a few times thanking me for the support of the show. I was the one who had to do the thanking, though, as the whole “LazyTown” enterprise has been great to my son and family.
We even planned a mini family vacation this past weekend to “Sesame Place” in Langhorne, PA. A “LazyTown” show was playing over the weekend, so we made our reservations and packed up the family to drive 10 hours to the theme park for a fun day of rides and of course, “LazyTown.” The U.S. actors were not the main actors from the TV show, but they did an incredible job and got the whole audience up on their feet dancing. I happily sang along to every motivational song, all of which have been imbedded in my head since we watch “LazyTown” every day. We even found the soundtrack online (right now, the only source for me to order merchandise), which we listen to in our mini-van.
The weekend was topped off nicely with a surprise waiting for us in the mail when we returned home. There was a letter from Iceland addressed to my son. He eagerly opened it up to find an autographed photo of Sportacus, signed by Magnus Scheving. It was so great to know that even with his busy schedule creating a new season of the show, he still takes time out for his fans. He made my son’s day, and it was a great early birthday present.
“Bing, bang, diggiriggidong” … thank you, Sportacus!
I’ve also heard from Magnus (via Twitter) and public relations (e-mail and Facebook) that the show is now filming a third season, with new episodes expected in 2013. The show has been off the air for several years (it aired in the U.S. in 2004-2007 with new episodes, and has since been airing re-runs, most currently on the Sprout cable network.) Sportacus and his nemesis, the lazy Robbie Rotten, will be back, along with the puppet residents of “LazyTown.” The only big change I am aware of is that main character Stephanie, the girl with the pink hair, will now be played by actress Chloe Lang. Julianna Rose Mauriello, who previously played Stephanie on the TV show, has grown up, so the new actress will have to fill in her bright, pink wig and perky attitude.
So now we are looking forward to celebrating our son’s 4th birthday with a “LazyTown” theme at an indoor playplace (with mini rock wall, zipline, slides), in which we’ll have plenty of sports candy on-hand, as well as a few treats, and even some “LazyTown” balloons (I love the Internet). I’ll be sure to write about that and post pictures of the event. Hopefully I can convince my son to wear his Sportacus costume for at least a few minutes!
(I did manage to get him to wear it for some photos and videos a few weeks ago. I’ve included them in this post so everyone can see just how much of an impact Sportacus has on my son.)
We are so excited to share the “LazyTown” fun and message with all of my son’s friends and cousins at his birthday party. As well, as looking forward to the new episodes, which are currently in production.
As Stephanie would say, “Having fun is what it’s all about.”