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Kids' Live Shows

Touring Shows That Bring Your Kids' Favorite Characters to Life

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Kids' live shows tour the world to bring everyone from Big Bird to Buzz Lightyear to a city near you. Browse the list of kids' live shows to find out more about each one's story line, ticket prices and touring dates.

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Sesame Street Live

A picture of the Sesame Street cast
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Several versions of Sesame Street Live run throughout the world. Story lines for the kids' live shows have covered everything from helping children learn about healthy eating habits to teaching them about the ecosystem. Kids' favorite characters can always be seen in the shows, no matter which stage production comes to your city.

Each musical show lasts an hour and a half with a 15-minute intermission built in. Ticket prices usually start around $15 but vary city to city and by seat preference. "Sunny Seats" is a VIP package that lets you meet two characters and have your picture taken. Sesame Street Live's website has complete details on the current shows running and how to get tickets.

Have you seen Sesame Street Live? Review the show.

Disney on Ice

A picture of Mickey and Minnie Mouse ice skating for Disney on Ice
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Generations of kids have watched their favorite Disney characters on ice. Formerly known as Walt Disney's World on Ice, the productions have been traveling the world since 1981. Several shows of different names run at once, and they usually travel all year long. Shows continually change to bring in fresh entertainment for the kids.

Shows last about 2 hours, plus there's a 15-minute intermission. Ticket prices range from $20 to more than $75 per person, depending on the city and your preferred seats. Visit Disney on Ice's website to find out more about the productions coming to your city and to buy tickets.

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Day Out With Thomas

A picture of Thomas the Tank Engine from a Day Out With Thomas
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Kids who love Thomas the Tank Engine can climb aboard a life-size Thomas to go on a train ride. They can also meet Sir Topham Hatt. Activities vary from city to city, but crafts, face painting, magic shows, games, a petting zoo and miniature golf are just some of the fun you'll find at various locations.

Typically, the train ride alone lasts about 30 minutes. A Day Out With Thomas was started in 1995 and tours the U.S. annually. Ticket prices vary at each location. Most are between $15 and $25 per person. Visit the Day Out With Thomas website for tour dates and ticket information.

Have you spent a Day Out With Thomas? Review the event for other parents.

Marvel Universe Live

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More than 25 super heroes and villains are flying into a city near you for the ultimate stunt show. The show features an original storyline and Marvel states its live performance is for kids of all ages. Do be aware, though, that each performance includes blackout periods, loud noises and pyrotechnics.

Marvel Universe Live lasts about two hours with a 15-minute intermission. Ticket price varies by city and the seats you choose. Visit the Marvel Universe Live website for more information on the show and tour dates.

Scooby-Doo Live

A picture of Scooby-Doo
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Scooby-Dooby Doo, where are you? He's coming to a city near you in 2013 and he's bringing your other favorite crime-fighting characters with him to solve a musical mystery.

Scooby-Doo Live lasts about an hour and 20 minutes, which includes a brief intermission. Ticket price varies by city and the seats you choose. Visit the Scooby-Doo Live website for more information on the show and tour dates.

Have you seen Scooby-Doo Live? Review the show.

Kidz Bop

A picture of the Kidz Bop crew
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Take in a concert of your favorite chart-topping songs with a twist. Kids sing the hot songs on the Kidz Bop tour. Just like the CDs you see advertised on TV, the Kidz Bop crew takes today's songs and turns them into family-friendly fun with its child singers.

Kidz Bop continually tours around the country. Some ticket prices are for the concert only. Other venues, such as at certain fairs, include admission to the fair and the concert. Visit the Kidz Bop tour website for more information on the show and tour dates.

Closed Shows

A picture of the Yo Gabba Gabba cast
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The following kids' live shows closed recently. Since many shows are revamped and brought back, you may want to keep an eye out for these characters if you missed them the first time around:

The following kids' live shows closed recently. Since many shows are revamped and brought back, you may want to keep an eye out for these characters if you missed them the first time around:

The Fresh Beat Band - Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout from Nickelodeon's "The Fresh Beat Band" show have been touring for several years now. The show's most recent tour ended in February 2014.

The Wiggles - This musical production from the popular Aussie children's group also features Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and Wags the Dog. This show closed at the end of 2013 but The Wiggles usually tour annually. Review it!

Yo Gabba Gabba Live - DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Plex, Muno and Toodee usually hit the road once a year with a special celebrity guest appearing on stage in each city. The most recent tour ended in March 2013. Review it!

Toy Story 3 on Ice - Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Rex and Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear hit the ice to reenact scenes from all three Toy Story movies. Show closed in spring 2012. Review it!

The Backyardigans - Pablo the penguin, Tyrone the moose, Uniqua the purple-spotted creature, Tasha the hippo and Austin the kangaroo are setting off on a musical quest for aliens. Show closed in December 2011. Review it!

Max & Ruby: Bunny Party - Brother and sister bunnies Max and Ruby are hopping out of their cartoon and into real life in a "Bunny Party" musical. Show closed in early 2012. Review it!

Barney Live in Concert - Barney and friends are on a national birthday bash tour with an interactive stage tour that features singing and dancing. Show closed in December 2011. Review it!

Curious George Live! - Everyone's favorite monkey wants to win the Golden Meatball Contest. Show closed in January 2011. Review it!
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