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Barney – the cuddly purple dinosaur of public-TV fame – leads his sidekicks Baby Bop and BJ in an audience sing-along of toddler classics, including "If You're Happy and You Know It," "If All The Raindrops," and "I Love You, You Love Me," the toddler set's "Freebird." A short preshow featuring a live actor playing “Mr. Peek-a-boo” gets the kids lathered up before they enter Barney’s Park (the theater). The characters are supplemented with props during some of the songs, including cartoon cows, pigs, ducks and skunks. Interesting theatrical effects include wind, falling leaves, clouds and stars in the simulated sky, and faux snow. The show is held indoors on a raised, Y-shaped stage placed in the middle of the theater. This clever arrangement allows most of the audience to be seated within a few rows of Barney no matter when they arrive, and affords a good view for anyone in the theater.
The show is held indoors on a raised, Y-shaped stage placed in the middle of the theater. This clever arrangement allows most of the audience to be seated within a few rows of Barney no matter when they arrive, and affords a good view for anyone in the theater.
To accommodate the attention spans of small children, one song follows another almost immediately during the show — we counted no more than 20 to 30 seconds of talk between numbers. As far as fright potential goes, there's one brief segment where most of the theater goes almost completely dark (to introduce a song about imagination), and there are a couple of seconds of thunder and lightning at the beginning of "If All The Raindrops." We didn't see any child or parent concerned about any of these, and most kids should be absolutely fine.
After some shows, Barney hangs out for a brief post-show “dance party” where you can snap a selfie with the whole dino herd. On other days, Barney and a pal can be found posing for photos with parents and children in the indoor playground at the theater exit.
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