Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Have you ever been to Sesame Street Live? I’ve been three times over the years, and as much as my girls adore the whole Sesame gang, I’d been thinking we’d gotten this particular show out of our system. But in lots of cities, the creators have found a fun way to freshen up the experience: the new Play Zone. This weekend I checked it out with my 3-year-old, Lila, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where shows are running through this Sunday, February 26.
Play Zone is free with your ticket, and it works like this: One hour before show time, kids can run wild through a version of the actual Sesame Street, staged in the lobby. For us parents, it amounts to a massive photo op–you can get a shot of your child in Big Bird’s nest, in Zoe’s dance studio, in Elmo’s World, in a trash can next to Oscar (the photo on top is of Lila doing just that, looking quite skeptical, as she often does). Your kid can pose on the famous steps of Sesame Street (now that put a smile on my girl’s face!), or with cutouts of Grover or Count or Abby Cadabby, among others. And then you’re treated to an “impromptu” performance from any number of the actual characters–some of the ones we saw were Murray, Bert & Ernie, and Zoe. They sang, danced, and hugged the kids in the crowd (unless your child, like mine, backed away in fear).
And then it was time for the actual 90-minute show, “1-2-3 Imagine! With Elmo & Friends,” which was all about the places we can go using our imaginations. It was very sweet, of course, and every kid I saw was mesmerized.
So if you’re considering checking out Sesame Street Live, see if your city is one of the many offering the Play Zone. Even if it isn’t, your child is nearly guaranteed to have a blast.
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