If you are like most parents, you cherish every opportunity that you have to share a piece of the things that you loved as a child with your own children. For me, no other show can invoke such comforting and refreshing memories of childhood than Sesame Street. It is one of the only television shows that I was allowed to watch as a child, and it is one of the only shows that I comfortably allow my almost-3-year-old daughter to watch now. It is educational and fun and as a mom and a educator, I value every occasion that I have to create lasting learning experiences with my daughter. So, when I took my daughter and my niece to the show on Sunday, February 15 at Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theater, I knew it was going to be a great one.
Elmo Makes Music is the story of how one neighborhood bands (no pun intended) together to help the new music teacher, Jenny, make music despite a missing truckload of instruments. Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster (my favorite), Oscar, Bert and Ernie, Rosita, and Telly Monster teach children how almost anything can be turned into an instrument. From Cookie Monster's innovative use of a cookie jar to Grover's "happy feet," this show is jam-packed with exercise, music, and learning. I found myself singing along to the Sesame Street theme song and my daughter and niece were clapping and singing along to all of the songs even when they did not know the words. I loved listening to all of children calling out the names of their favorite Sesame Street character. "Elmooooo," and "Oscaaaaar" rang out in the theater so often it was like sitting in The Beetles concert for children. My daughter, when asked if she liked the show, replied as she took a moment to stop dancing with her cousin, "YaYa looved Elmo Show." That alone made it all worthwhile.
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