We were given the opportunity to go see the Bubble Guppies Live: Ready to Rock in February. A family member had the tickets and, unfortunately, were able to use them. So, they were offered to us. Hunter is often watching Bubble guppies, and Blayne was from work, so I jumped at the chance.
For those of you that don’t know; Bubble Guppies is a preschooler show, where the main characters are mermaids who attend a school where they learn about things through song. In this particular show, they lose their pet dog and have to find them before their concert starts. Based on the description, I was confident that even Levi would love this show.
The show itself was in Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. This is an incredible building where they hold all sorts of shows, from concerts to ballets, to operas. The building is located near the university, so public transit is readily available and there is a large amount o public parking. However, the parkade height restriction is not posted and we nearly ended up in a predicament because of this. We made it in and out but had to find parking elsewhere due to the minimal outside parking being occupied by small vehicles.
When we made it into the building we quickly and easily found our seats on the second level. Even though the show had already started (whoops) everything was well organised and lit enough that there were no issues. One of the things I like most about the jubilee is that regardless of where you sit – in my experience – you can hear and see everything clearly. Somebody did a good job when designing this building.
From the moment we sat down we had two entranced little boys. Levi, from the get-go, was singing and dancing in his seat, and Hunter, while he took a bit to warm up to it, was soon following suit. The show was full of dancing and singing, and jokes. It kept the kids involved and far from bored. Even the adults in the audience were singing along. From start to finish the show was about 90 minutes, including the intermission, which gave the younger audience members a chance to get out of their chairs, and probably take a much-needed potty break. In my opinion, it was the perfect length to keep the target audience happy, and not bored. You can only expect young kids to watch something for so long.
The kids had a wonderful time, and I would consider taking them to a similar show in the future. Maybe one geared for kids who are a bit older. Even though Levi was “too old” he still had a great time.