Monday, April 14, 2014

The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure is Great Family Entertainment

Koba Entertainment The Backyardigans Sea DeepWe don’t have cable, but that’s not a problem because The Kids love watching movies. They’re four so the more engagement the better and if there’s singing well, don’t even try to talk to them because they’ve hooked. I knew that it was only a matter of time before they’d want to move to the next step in kids entertainment; live theatre.

In case you forgot, in February, we told you about how The Backyardigans were coming to Ottawa and we were giving away tickets! The Kids were given the opportunity to attend and they were so excited. Except, we changed our plans and ended up staying in Mexico longer. But all was not lost because Tia Rene and Sidney got a chance to go instead. I’ve assured The Kids that the next time a Koba Entertainment show comes to Ottawa, they’ll be in the seats.

Before you hear all about the show, if you’re interested in attending a performance yourself, there is still time! They are touring in Ontario until April 27 and tickets are still available and sell for around $30 each.

Koba Entertainment Backyardigans Tickets

I used to go to concerts and live theater quite a lot – before I had kids. I had been worried that kid-focused productions would be torture to sit through (for the adults at least). That is, until we went to see Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure.

Dive into the action as these five friends explore clues, discover underwater magic, and match wits with an all-too-tidy octopus and a pair of playful (but messy!) dolphins. With a splashy range of song-and dance styles to wade along to – including psychedelic soul, Bollywood, bossa nova, and more – our heroes save the day.

The Excitement in the Theatre was Palpable!

Most of the kids in attendance appeared to be 18m-4 years old and they waited with anticipation for the show to start. The kids took advantage of the booster seats provided by the theatre, which was a good choice as it allowed a better view of the stage. And what a lot there was to see!

Koba Entertainment The Backyardigans Show

Of course there were the Backyardigans themselves: Austin, Tyrone, Tasha, Pablo and Uniqua heading out on an undersea adventure. But what really piqued my interest were the non-suited performers that played the other roles – from the egocentric octopus and the disgruntled kelp guy, to the very graceful head beautician. I was impressed and entertained by the caliber of singing, dancing and acting on display and the two 3.5 year old girls were captivated.

I loved that the production incorporated many different music and dance styles, in keeping with Backyardigans tradition. I noted Bollywood, Bossanova, Hip Hop and Ballet among the entertaining numbers. By far my favourite musical piece was a jive-style song and dance number all about being grumpy (the kids clapped frantically for it too).

Koba Entertainment The Backyardigans Show

The length of the show was well suited to the audience, with a two 30-minute acts broken up with a 20-minute intermission. There was lots of talking throughout the show, which is expected with a room full of kids but the volume of the production was loud enough to still hear easily, without being deafening for small sensitive ears. And, the message of adventure, working together, using your imagination and having fun was evident with or without sound.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised and quite entertained by the Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure. The kids are still talking about it nonstop to anyone who will listen – the experience certainly was one to remember. Being a parent is no longer an excuse to avoid the theatre!

The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure
is Great Family Entertainment!

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Disclosure: A Contributor to Journeys of The Zoo received tickets to this show in exchange for writing an honest review.

24 thoughts on “The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure is Great Family Entertainment

  1. Christy Maurer

    Though it’s too bad your kids didn’t get to go, at least someone got to go and have fun 🙂 My niece used to love The Backyardigans when she was little. I babysat her, so kids shows were a staple even when mine were too old for them. She was scared of the Halloween episode though. Now she’s 11 so she’s not scared anymore 🙂 Looks like a great time was had by all!
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  2. Debbie W

    My daughter is older and doesn’t want to go to these, but I do. This looks so cool. Maybe I should find a volunteer to go with me.

  3. Elaine Buonsante

    My granddaughter loved the Backyardigans when she was younger. She even had a Backyardigans Toddlers bed.

  4. md Kennedy

    I’ve never heard of the Backyardigans, but the again I don’t have kids of my own. My step-grandson would love this, I think. I’ll have to track down some Backyardigan toys.


    Although my grandchildren are slowly outgrowing the backyardigans I still enjoy watching it with them on tv


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