Sunday, December 4, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba!

We tried about a year ago to go see "Curious George Live", and Carter didn't make it all the way through. So we decided to wait a while before trying again, and "Yo Gabba Gabba Live" today was out next attempt. It was cold and rainy here today, a good day to be doing something inside.

We decided to splurge and get good seats and the "Party Package", which meant we got to go to a special character meet & greet after the show. The seats were fantastic and the after-party was fun, though it was more fun when about half the people left. Here are some pictures from today.

Here we're waiting for the show to start.


In that picture you can see he's holding a spinning light toy. That thing cost $20! In comparison, we got him a Buzz Lightyear spinner at Epcot that is a lot bigger and we only paid $15 for it!


Carter really seemed to enjoy it, though I think he was a little overwhelmed with the lights and sounds for a while. He spent the entire show in my lap, and most of it alternately burying his face in my chest and then peeping shyly at the stage. At the intermission I asked him if he liked it, and he said he wasn't sure, that it was really loud and bright. But by the end he was standing in the aisle and dancing, and later said that he really loved it!

Having close-in seats was really cool, mostly because we were in the confetti zone. Confetti and streamers spewed forth at least four times during the show, and it's always cool to be in the middle of it rather than watching it from the sidelines. The show itself was great, and they did all of their "greatest hits" songs. It was staged more like a concert than like an episode of the show, which worked really well with the format. It was great for the attention spans of the kids in the audience as well! Everything was really upbeat, and there were lots of opportunities for the audience to get up and dance along.

After the show we headed over to the party. At first the crowds were daunting and we started to wonder if the extra cost was even worth it. Everyone was waiting in line for a photo op with the characters. The first line was loooong. Here Carter is entertaining himself with a balloon.


Then we finally made out way up to where the characters were. Carter enjoyed the hugs and high fives!






We were the LAST people to go through the line! We'd stopped to go to the bathroom before hitting the party, and so we arrived when the line was at its absolute worst. But then sometime while we were finishing up our pictures, half the people left, apparently thinking that nothing else was going to happen. They definitely missed out!

We had some snacks and settled on the floor for storytime. And guess who turned out to lead storytime? DJ Lance Rock and Leslie!


Carter got high-fives from both of them.



And then after that, Biz Markie came out! Carter got a bunch of high-fives and a hug from him.



In the end, the party turned out to be a lot of fun! Carter said he really enjoyed it, and when we asked him what part he liked best he said, "the show and taking pictures with everyone". So basically, he liked the whole thing! I think we'd now feel confident taking him to other shows like this.

On another topic entirely, Carter's favorite Christmas song is "Jingle Bells" and he sings it all the time. Here is a video I took yesterday of him singing it. The noise you hear in the background is his train set.

So he doesn't really know all the words yet, but close! ;-)

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