Today we are joined by guest contributor Natalie Morgan, who is super creative and a fantastic mom.
Let me start by saying that I may or may not love Yo Gabba Gabba more than my kids, we even have the episode with Jack Black on dvd. So when I heard about the live show I was pumped (and my kids were too).
When we arrived at the Aronoff Center there were cardboard cut outs of all the characters for picture taking, so of course we had to take part in that.
Once our tickets were scanned, we entered the main lobby and found lots of fun things for the kids to do. First up was a bean bag toss where the kids would “feed” the characters bean bags.
Each bean bag represented a different fruit or vegetable.
Next, was a music area where they could bang on drums and shake rain makers.
Beside that was a little house where the kids could put the characters in rooms and they had to decide whether to turn a light on or off.
Most of the activities were promoting healthy habits like eating right and saving energy, they had posters at each station giving tips on how to keep talking about these subjects.
After a child did an activity they got to pick out a hand-stamp of one of the characters, I think that was my littlest one’s favorite part.
I really appreciated that they had something for the kids to do while we waited for the show to start. We have been to shows before where there is nothing for the kids to do except stare at all the fun things they are selling and beg for all of it, so I was thankful for an alternative. Although, if you are in the market for some Yo Gabba Gabba gear, they have an awesome selection of shirts, toys, posters and more. They also had a great kids concession with juice boxes and fun snacks that you could purchase (that also may differ at the venues depending on whether food is allowed).
We headed in to the theater and found that we had some great seats. It was fun to see all the kids (and parents) dressed up. Many were in Yo Gabba Gabba gear but since we didn’t have any we just wore our tutus and lots of other bright colors. My girls had some glowing hair pieces which were fun to have when the lights went off, they also sell a lot if fun glowing wands if you would want to purchase them.
The show began and let me just say it was awesome!
Lots of dancing, music, confetti, bubbles, lights, dancing vegetables, guest appearances and more! It really felt like we were part of the t.v. show.
They did a great job encouraging the kids to get up and move around and sing loud.
The show was divided into to two 30 minute halves with about a 20 minute intermission in between, which I think was perfect. There was a broad range of ages there, my girls are 7, 5 and 3.
They all really enjoyed it though, my 7 year old probably danced the most. It was a little loud for my 5 year old so if you have a little one with sensitive ears you may want to bring some little ear plugs or head phones. But over all I didn’t think the volume was too bad.
Needless to say we had a blast and will definitely be going again next time they are in town. If you are fans of the show on t.v, then you will love the live show. The colors and energy level were awesome. We were pleasantly worn out after wards, but hey that’s what happens when you get your sillies out!
Natalie is relaunching a blog that highlights photography, crafting, fashion, homeschooling, traveling and life in general. She has a husband who is a full time musician, 3 girls and one on the way. You can check out her adventures at The extraordinarys.