Yesterday, The Hubs and I took both kidlets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out!, at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. My five-year old son is a “Yo Gabba” pro, having seen them at Radio City Music Hall in NYC a few years back, but this was the first time that his three-year old sister would see a live action show like this. Now, my daughter loves “Yo Gabba Gabba.” She sings along to all the songs and dances when she’s watching it on television from the comfort and security of her own living room. I wasn’t quite sure how she would react to seeing DJ Lance, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee in person plush, but I had nothing to fear – we all had a blast.
Have the winter doldrums set in at your house? If you said “yes,” then it is definitely time for your family to get the sillies** out!
DJ Lance Rock and his crazy and colorful pals Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex are back at it again, dancing and singing on stage in the new live-action show “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get the Sillies Out!”
For all my NJ and NY area friends, the Gabba Gang is coming to The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ for two performances on Sunday, February 10th.
As I’ve unfortunately watched, most children’s TV sucks for parents. Either I find the characters too annoying or there’s way too much going on for me to follow along as a casual viewer.
One kid series I don’t mind watching is “Yo Gabba Gabba!” The series does a fab job mixing live action, puppets, music and celebrities along with on-screen visuals that are reminiscent of retro video games and TV shows to create entertainment that’s fun for both kids and parents.
Next week my little girl turns three! Though she started ballet and she’s going to be Cinderella this Halloween, she isn’t really a girly-girl. She loves to be rough-and-tumble like her big brother, has no fear of climbing rock walls either on our swing set out in the yard or over at the playground and for weeks now, she’s been doing her own version of Tae Kwon Do (I definitely see a Black Belt in her future!).
I’m thankful that she’s not a child who is captivated by TV. Yeah, she likes “Yo Gabba Gabba” as much as any other pre-schooler, but after watching a few minutes she usually gets antsy and moves on to do something else. One of her all-time favorite things to do is to sit down, snuggle with mommy, daddy, her nana, her aunts, her uncles, her brother, her nursery school teachers or the nanny and read books. LOTS of them!
My kidlets love animals, all different kinds and the more exotic, the better. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! So it’s a good thing that we live near the world’s largest metropolitan zoo, the Bronx Zoo, which is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The Hubs and I take the kids there several times a year. It’s a great way to spend the day, see animals and learn about animal conservation efforts both in our country and around the world.
Starting this Saturday, April 21, the Bronx Zoo kicks off its third annual Animal Tales Extravaganza that will run every weekend through Sunday, June 30. This special spring program is packed with elephant-sized fun featuring a full schedule of live family entertainment including interactive attractions, music, performances, character meet and greets, arts & crafts, author readings and even a Rainforest Creature Parade!
Our rainy weekend concluded with a lazy Sunday afternoon of watching cartoons with the kidlets. Bored with the antics of Woody Woodpecker, my two-year old daughter got up and broke out her various tea sets for an impromptu tea party. Who am I to argue when lovely little cups and an attractive array of plastic petit fours are laid out before me? I immediately accepted my invitation and was glad to see that The Hubs and my son were also on the RSVP list. Our dog Bailey was not officially invited but, like any time there is food involved (even pretend food, it seems) she invited herself anyway.