Sunday, January 27, 2013

Great Family Fun @CincinnatiCyclones Ice Hockey Game

Cincinnati Cyclones
My family is pretty active.  Seems like we are always on the go for some fun outing or event.  One place that I had never thought to take the kids was to an ice hockey game.  When the opportunity arose for us to go to see the Cincinnati Cyclones, I thought about it.  I have young girls, after all, would they like it?  I had been promised it would be a great time for the entire family, so I said yes.  Surprisingly, it didn't take much to convince my kids that they would have fun.

So, last night we headed out to our first hockey at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati.  I was pleased at how easy it was to get there and get parked.  There was plenty of parking in the garage very close to the arena.  This was good since it was cold out and everyone knows how much I hate the cold.  Getting into the arena and to our seats was easy.  All the employees were friendly and cheerful.

There was definitely excitement in the air, and I noticed right away that the girls picked up on the the vibes.  Their faces looked eager.  Since it was Kids Jersey T-shirt Night, they each got a free t-shirt on the way in.
Cincinnati Cyclones

As the game was about to start, most all the lights went off, creating a fun, dark atmosphere for a minute before they came back on with upbeat music.  Throughout the game, fun music played on and off; songs from back in mom and dad's day to songs kids love today.  I heard Journey Don't Stop Believing as well as Gangnam Style.  And when Gangnam Style played, I think every kid in the arena was out of their seats dancing.

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Cincinnati Cyclones

Between periods and stoppage of play, there were fun things going on;  music, giveaways and Twister, the mascot, tossing out t-shirts.  There was even a marriage proposal!  (The girls were tickled about this!)  We also loved "musical tubes" where selected children went on the ice to play a game of musical chairs--only they had blow-up tube chairs.  As the music stopped, they slid all over to try to get into a tube chair.  It was fun to watch!  Chuck-a-puck was also fun to watch.  Fans purchased pucks and tossed into the arena.  The fan whose puck landed closest to the center won a prize.

Cincinnati Cyclones

Cincinnati Cyclones

Cincinnati Cyclones

And of course, what would an ice hockey game be without a fight and someone sitting in the penalty box?  That being said, there was just one fight, nothing over the top.  Overall, the quality of play was good.

I can't begin to tell you how much fun we had and how much the kids loved the game!  My husband was great at explaining the game to them and they followed along, enjoying all the action.  There were tons of kids and families there.  The game was fast paced and doesn't compare to seeing it on TV.  Live is so much better!  Even the Cyclones losing in overtime, didn't put a damper on the evening.  My kids are now definitely hockey fans and can't wait to catch the next game!
Cincinnati Cyclones
Daddy explaining the game.

Cincinnati Cyclones Twister
The kids enjoyed a surprise visit from the mascot, Twister.
I also had the opportunity to meet a couple other local bloggers.  Nedra over at Adventure Mom and I are in a blogging group together, but hadn't met yet.  And I was already a follower of Amy's blog over at Family Friendly Cincinnati.  (Hope over and visit these lovely ladies!)

Cincinnati Cyclones Twister
Me with fellow bloggers
So, if you are looking for a different fun, clean event for the entire family to enjoy, by all means, check out the Cincinnati Cyclones.

For tickets or to follow all the exciting fun and action, please visit their website at You can also find them on Facebook at and Twitter at

Disclosure:  I was provided tickets to this game in hopes that I would share my thoughts with my readers.  As always, this post contains my honest opinions.


NSB Mom said...

I always wanted to see a live hockey game, I think it is pretty exciting on TV so live must be great. Looks like you all had a great time!

Becky Lyons Borgia said...

That looks like so much fun. We have never been to a hockey game before but this makes me think it would be a great time for the whole family.

Dawn said...

This looks like a ton of fun! I have never even considered taking my boys to live sporting events, I thought they would be bored.. But now I am going to reconsider! So glad you guys had a great time!

Hobbies on a Budget said...

What a fun family night! I've never even thought about going to a hockey game. I guess I would have thought it would be a little slow. Now I see that I'm all wrong! We're going to have to check out hockey! and since Cincy is the closest place, guess we'll be taking a road trip!

Sharon Martin said...

What an absolutely fantastic night it looked like you had. We used to go the the ice hockey matches in the UK all the time before the kids came along and spent our money. Our ice hockey is nothing compared to your amazing type, the kids would love to fly over and watch a real game !!

Maureen Timerman said...

I have been to these in both Rochester and Syracuse NY. The kids love much action. They also have mascots and tee shirt throwing. Looks like you had a great family night!

Beth said...

We have a hockey team here, but I've always thought it would be slow for the kids, but I might have to change my mind now. Hope our team is as fun as this one seems!

Anonymous said...

This really sounds like fun. I talked to my hubs and we decided we will take the boys to a game. Thanks for letting me know about it!

Amy said...

My kids would certainly love to go to a live hockey game. And it sure looks alot more fun than the baseball game we went to last year. It was a little SLOW.... :-)

StuffSmart said...

I've never been to a hockey game. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! After reading your post I want to go!

V. said...

This looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Ann, I never thought about going, but I bet my boys would love it! We should go together sometime!

Adventure Mom said...

So glad I got to meet you in person! It was such a great time. Hockey games are so much fun.

Adventure Mom said...

I'm so glad I got to meet you in person! It was such a fun night!

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