Day in the Park with Fred Penner


This past Sunday we took in one of our city’s Summer activities and spent a day in the park with Canadian Children’s music performer –Fred Penner!

Whoa! Flashback, right?

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I can still see my 80’s self with the record {yes!}, and watching Fred Penner’s Place with uninteruppted interest. Nostalgia, aplenty! 

The grass hill was packed, kids rushed the stage yet the smile on my face was about all the adults in the crowd. It was the hundreds of us, who grew up with Fred Penner, who swayed, sang and danced the most.

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 There was much hilarity between Fred and his assistant on bass and backup guitar, Paul O’Neil. Together they rocked songs like ‘Sandwiches’ and ‘The Cat Came Back’ like it was 1986. 

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Oh, and the kids had a blast too. They knew most of the songs from school, and I tried to tell them that THIS is where they came from. THIS IS IT. My girls didn’t entirely understand and most likely thought my uber-excitement over it all was a little crazy.

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Yet, I could see from the looks in all the other parents’ faces – we all were the same. Like a bunch of kids again! It was a great Sunday, spent! Thanks Mr. Penner!

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  1. That looked like great fun and smiles all around too heheh!

    Have a parktastic week πŸ˜‰

  2. What a flashback, indeed! I definitely grew up rocking out to Fred Penner – how cool that he STILL performs! πŸ™‚

    Looks like a great day.. hah who had more fun watching Fred though – the kids or you? πŸ˜‰

    1. I would have had no idea, maybe he does often?! We ALL had a great time, yet I think I’m the only one still humming ‘the cat came back’ for.days. Hanging onto the feeling of being a kid!

    1. He has the hearts of many Canadians, thats for sure. What a lovely man, may he always keep that spirit and energy alive for kids everywhere!

  3. What a great post. A lovely bit of memories and great shots to support it. I remember Fred Penner too. Loved his songs. So much fun and jocularity! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Shelly, now a bit of my past and the present with my own family is captured. Memories!

    1. Exactly! So happy we had the chance to see him on stage, love that he’s still doing shows!

  4. Looks like they had a great time! I’m going to have β€˜The Cat Came Back’ stuck in my head all day now πŸ˜‰

  5. It is fun to go somewhere that they whole family can enjoy!

    I’ve been wanting to go to They Might Be Giants. I started listening to them in high school. Now my kids love their albums.

      1. Actually it might have been in his father in-law now that I think about it. That still counts!

    1. NO WAY!!!
      The drummer from Whitesnake lives down the block from me and Jamie Sale lived next door when I was a kid … and that’s all I got!

      1. Actually … Jamie Sale’s Mom saved my Mom’s live when I was in Grade 6. I should tell that story one day…

  6. How fun! Is he the Canadian version of Raffi? I was a huge Raffi fan growing up, ha ha ha!

  7. Oh my gosh that is so awesome! I would love for my daughter to be able to see Fred Penner. I used to watch him all the time on TV when I was little! πŸ™‚

  8. Omigosh! When I was little I loved Fred Penner! Looks like so much fun. That would have been awesome to meet him. Lucky you:)

  9. Awww! That is SO cool!!! I LOVE Fred Penner! I grew up listening to his songs and watching his show on TV! Makes me nostalgic and reminds me of my granddad who passed away. My brothers and I used to go to my grandparents’ after school when we were kids and we’d watch the Fred Penner Show!

    Your girls are ADORABLE! I cannot believe how fast they’re growing! When I first started reading your blog, they were teeny tiny little tots!!!

    1. Thanks for sharing a dear memory Christine! So sweet!
      And thank you, it’s crazy to look back at my old posts and compare. So happy I have this record of their lives!

  10. What fun! I saw Fred Penner as a child; it would be great to take my own kids to see him!

  11. I’m trying to decide if I want to go see him today. The Harrison Festival of the Arts is always a crazy busy time but I loved Fred Penner’s show as a kid so I might brave the crowds and traffic and go. Not that my kids know who he is but…

    1. We ended up spending the day in the park with in walking distance of our house with Bobs and Lolo

  12. Lovely pictures of the girls (and parents) having such a fun time. Fred Penner is a wonderful role model for children and parents! It looks like the weather was perfect for this!

  13. That does look like a fun day out in the park. πŸ™‚

    I linked up the wrong link at #79 (because I’m a DINGO), the next entry #80, is the correct one. Sorry!!!

  14. How wonderful! This was my brothers favourite show, but I loved how he crawled through that log and got to that secret hideaway.

  15. Boy, this brings back memories. I took my kids to see Fred Penner at Massey Hall years ago. (My youngest is 31! yikes, where did the years go?) Listened to his records all day long on their little Fisher Price record player….

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