My boys are huge fans of the PBS show Wild Kratts. They love watching the Kratt brothers go on creature adventures and (we all!) have learned a ton from the show. We even had a Wild Kratts-themed birthday party last year for B’s 5th birthday. So when we heard the Wild Kratts were doing a LIVE show, we didn’t hesitate to purchase tickets. The show was in College Station, TX, about an hour and a half drive from Houston, but we wouldn’t let a little road trip get between the Thomas brothers and the Kratt brothers.
I had no idea what to expect — we’ve been to several live shows before, but never one that is essentially a cartoon. If you read the reviews on ticketmaster, they are pretty accurate, if a bit critical. True – there are no live animals, the production is low budget, the costumes look homemade at best, and guess what? The kids LOVE it! Here’s what to enjoy: It’s basically an episode of the show on stage, minus the real animals. Martin and Chris are full of energy and so so so silly. My boys cracked up as they rustled through their backpacks looking for their creature power disks, pulling out everything from kickballs to flippers to Chris’s pants! The humor is geared right for the kids, and it doesn’t miss a beat. The Kratt brothers each “transform” into two different animals, interact with Koki, Aviva and Jimmy on screen, and even save the day from Zach and his evil Zach-bots. There is tons of audience participation and the kids feel as if they are part of the show. There’s a quick intermission and a simple souvenir table (which we were able to bypass). Catching a glimpse of my son’s grinning profile in the darkened theater made the trip and the ticket cost well worth it.
The entire event is pretty low-key and manageable. Could they invest in a double back curtain (their backstage “quick exits” are obvious when the stream of light pours through) and some higher quality costumes? Sure, but I think those nuances are lost on the young children. I would have liked to see live animals on stage – maybe a caracol? – and a meet & greet, but overall we left with two VERY happy little boys who had the time of their lives. We’ll happily see the show if it comes through town again and definitely recommend it if you have little Wild Kratt fans at home. Check out their tour schedule to see if they are coming to a town near you.
Keep on creature adventuring!
Author: Candace Thomas