It was discovering that 34-letter word that had my kids asking to see Mary Poppins. We opted to see the musical production at Young People’s Theatre (on until January 6, 2019) instead of waiting to see the latest Hollywood rendition, which opens at the movie theatres over the holidays. And we’ve had an ear worm ever since.

The singing, dancing, acting, costumes and all the feel-good life lessons from the nanny-of-any-parent’s dreams are exactly what we have come to expect from a YPT performance.

The show is geared for kids 5-and-up, but there were lots of little littles in the sold-out performance we attended. The dancing statues, friendly chimney sweeps, the ‘kids’ Jane (Jessie Cox) and Michael (Hailey Lewis) and the practically-perfect nanny (Vanessa Sears) had the crowd swept up in the classic story about the Banks family who learns how to be a family again thanks to Mary.

Mary Poppins has already broken all ticket sales records in the YPT’s 50-year history – extra shows have been added over the holiday break starting December 26. If you ask us, it’s a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Gift of Experience for your family in TOw this winter break.


Getting there: Young People’s Theatre is at 165 Front Street East (just west of Sherbourne.) Street Parking is $2.25/hr. (Sundays before 1 p.m. is free.) On TTC, take the 504 King St. streetcar or Sherbourne bus.

Low-down: Mary Poppins is a one-act 90-minute show, plus a Q+A at the end of most performances. Tickets start at $28 and available online, the box office or by phone: 416-862-2222.

Potty time: Family washroom and baby chance table located on second floor near theatre’s entrance.

Snacks: No food, drink, candy or gum in theatre.

In the hood: Just down the street from the new Museum of Illusions and walking distance to David Crombie Park, St. Lawrence Market, Sugar Beach and Sherbourne Common and Distillery District – home to the Toronto Christmas Market (on until December 23, 2018.)