My husband, Mike, has been a concert-going fiend for decades, but a few months ago was the first time he bought a ticket for one of those VIP, behind-the-scenes experiences. It was for The Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary tour, and he loved it. He got to watch soundcheck, take a photo with the band, and enjoy the show from the second row. It sounded pretty cool when he told me about it, and I casually mentioned, “Too bad they don’t have those kind of behind-the-scenes experience for kids’ concerts. Annie would lose her mind.” Well, it turns out that they do have them for kids, and I am intrigued. There may be awesomeness in Annie’s future.
Last Thanksgiving weekend we took Annie to see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, and she dug it so much she basically impersonated a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber concert the whole time.
Mike and I had fun, too, especially when Biz Markie came out and threw the parents in the crowd a bone by leading us in a sing-a-long of, “You, you got what I neeeeeeeed! But you say he’s just a friend! And you say he’s just a friend! Oh, Baby, You…”
As cool as all that was, this year’s tour has a behind-the-scenes experience, the Gabba Party Pack, that sounds even cooler. You get a seat in the first 15 rows, admission to the “Get The Sillies Out” party (where there will be lots of dancing, music, and snacks), and a meet and greet/photo op with Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee. How cool is that?
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is far from the only kid’s concert that offers this sort of thing. The live shows of Barney, The Wiggles, and the Fresh Beat Band have similar packages, as does the tour for my nephew’s favorite movie, How To Be a Dragon.
“The How to Train a Dragon Live Spectacular” offers a few different VIP experiences where you and your kids can do stuff like meet and greet the stars of the show, take a professional photo wearing a costume of your choice, and watch the show from great seats. You can even go backstage for a chat about the technology behind what makes the dragons work. My nephew’s mind? Would be blown.
These behind-the-scenes experiences cost more than regular tickets, but they’re definitely worth it if your kid is really into one of these shows (you know, like how my big kid is really into The Beach Boys). I definitely want to take Annie to experience one of these, but I’ll probably wait until she is slightly older, and more likely to remember it. I want “cool mom” credit, you know?