Take a Trip to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

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By: Thomasina Guidry

Does your family love Daniel Tiger as much as mine does? Let me tell you, if we were stuck on an island and there was one television and we could only pick one children’s show to watch, we all would agree on watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

If you aren’t familiar with Daniel Tiger, I’m going to assume that you may not have children or grandchildren. It’s a cartoon based on “Mr. Rogers,” which I didn’t know when I first watched it with my daughter. I kept feeling like the show was so familiar and I couldn’t put my finger on it. I’m ashamed to admit it took me a minute to figure it out, but I blame it on my mom memory. It’s really sad how little I remember these days.

Anyway, my youngest daughter was introduced to Daniel Tiger when she was about six years old. I’m not exactly sure how, but she talked about it all the time. I remember driving once and she was telling me all about how Daniel’s mommy was expecting a new baby. She was so excited to see that new episode. It was like how adults get when they’re waiting for the new season of “The Walking Dead.”

It’s because of her my son is now obsessed with Daniel Tiger. I can honestly say he has watched every episode on Netflix more than three times each. As well as myself and the rest of the family. And probably our babysitters. The storylines are great for kids. They always have a message on how to handle situations in a way that they can understand.

And the songs are so catchy, it’s really hard not to get invested (and not to memorize). One of our favorites is “Honk, Beep, Beep.” My son loves to dance to that one.

So, when we heard Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! was coming to Miller Auditorium, Sunday, March 13, it was a no brainer when deciding to see the show. When I learned of it, I couldn’t wait to tell my husband about it. We weren’t going to miss taking the kids to see this show.

I can’t say we didn’t have our reservations. Our son just turned two and we thought he may be a bit young yet. However, he sits pretty well at the movies. And he loves Daniel Tiger! We think he’s going to enjoy every minute of it. And then probably throw a tantrum because it’s over. Or because he can’t get on stage to hang out with Daniel Tiger. Or because he ate all of his M&Ms. *sigh, toddlers*

But seriously, we are looking forward to seeing Daniel Tiger’s Neigborhood Live! Who doesn’t love seeing the kids’ faces light up when they see their favorite character come to life right before their little eyes?  It’s such a special moment for them and especially for us parents. It’s a great opportunity to introduce them to theatre and have them experience those feelings that they don’t have from watching a screen.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you should. It’s going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

More information and tickets: http://www.millerauditorium.com/daniel-tigers-neighborhood-live

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