Saturday, October 1, 2022

Jack's Day Out at Sesame Street Live

As a parent, I try my best to plan activities for both kids that they'll like.  Scarlett and Jack both love the playground, the local children's museum, the nature center, etc.  I do like to make sure they have separate one-on-one outings with me though to ensure we remain close and have a strong bond.  Scarlett chooses things that may be older for Jack like pottery painting.  I want to make sure my children always have fond memories and fun outings with their mom as they grow older.  When I discovered that Sesame Street Live had a tour stop near us I knew Jack would love it.

Sesame Street is one of those classic shows that everyone grows up on.  The show has changed slightly over time to keep up with the current times and bring on new characters, but the education aspect remains prominent.  I grew up enjoying the show and so did Scarlett. Both of my children really loved Elmo and I love that they are able to learn through an enjoyable show.  Scarlett actually went to Sesame Street Live when she was 18 months old and had the time of her life.  She wore an Elmo shirt and danced and smiled so much.  I knew that I wanted Jack to have the same experience too.

The show was at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, CT.  I had been to the arena previously, but any time I have the opportunity to attend a live show it's always fun.  Plus, I am making special memories with Jack, so what can be better? The arena is conveniently located right off of i95 making it easy for anyone coming from any direction.  The parking fee is cash only so make sure you're prepared ahead of time!  We parked in the parking garage directly across the street and walked over to the arena.  Jack was so ready to see Elmo and all the Sesame Street friends! He was even wearing an Elmo shirt to commemorate the day. 

Once we walked in, there were vendors selling all sorts of Sesame related goodies.  You could have popcorn or a snowcone out of a commemorative Sesame themed cup, or even take a picture with an Elmo and Abby background for a fee. If you came hungry, there are definitely some arena favorites ready to fill your belly.  I saw pretzels, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and many other typical event snacks and drinks.  Jack and I didn't partake in anything to eat, but he was very interested in the ice cream for sale!  The arena is very clean and everything there is organized and run efficiently.

We did have passes for the meet and greet before the show but unfortunately couldn't go because of Jack's nap.  I was sad for Jack but it's so hard with toddler naps!

The staff at Total Mortgage Arena were friendly and helpful when I needed help finding my seats.  Jack and I were lucky (and very grateful) to have third row floor seats which was fantastic.  Everything is better when it's close to the stage.  Since I came with a stroller, one of the workers showed me where I could park it and pick it up at the end of the show.  I was grateful for this since I didn't have to worry about it being in the way of anyone coming through.  If you have a higher up seat, I am not sure what the people up there do with their strollers.  Maybe there's a separate area in that section for stroller parking.

Since Jack had never been to a live show before he didn't really understand what to do at first and I had to talk him through it.  He wanted to sit in a different section and also just walk around a bit before the show started.  I told him we had to sit where we were assigned! He was okay quickly after and I distracted him with my phone until the show started. Once the show started he was in total awe.  His favorites were alive right in front of his face! It was a magical time for sure.  The show premise was very cute and was centered around finding magic that is possible anytime you believe in yourself.  The message is uplifting and inspirational for young children.

There was so much dancing and singing from the characters on stage! It was adorable to see all of the children around Jack dancing, clapping, and just absolutely loving the show.  Jack also was having a blast and was able to dance in the aisles along with the other children.  I've never seen him so happy! He really was loving life. 

I have to give a shout out to the security employee who was sitting in front of the stage at this show.  He let Jack and a few other children get a few feet away from the stage and didn't stop them.  Can you imagine being a young child and having the opportunity to have Elmo and Big Bird that close to you? It's certainly an experience not every child gets! He was so nice and accommodating when not everyone else would have been and could have instructed the children to sit back down.

The interactive elements in the aisles really helped Jack.  I think if he was required to sit the entire time that he wouldn't have done that well.  Jack needs to move and walk so this was perfect for him.

All of the costumes were eye-catching and the props were fun and brought an element of surprise to the show too.  There were some Sesame classic songs from the show and also some new ones performed just for this show.  I felt the sound from microphones was perfect and we were able to hear everything very clearly.  

There's a 15 minute intermission which allows you to get up and stretch your legs and take a break.  Jack walked around the arena which helped him to burn a little energy and get ready for the final part of the show.

The final part of the show was fantastic.  It ended with some surprise confetti and bubbles and all of the kids went wild.  I felt the whole show ran smoothly and flawlessly.  From start to finish Jack was entertained every step of the way.  It definitely was an exciting day and I was so happy to have shared such a special experience with my favorite boy.

Taking Jack to his first live show will always be a happy memory I treasure.  Children are only small for so young and it's important to me to pack as much in with my children as I can. 

If you're looking for something fun to do with your young child, why not buy some Sesame Street Live tickets for you both today?

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Total Mortgage Arena and Sesame Street Live for providing tickets in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

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