Entertaining kids is not as easy as it used to be. I remember playing with blocks and spending whole afternoons making an elaborate game out of pulling pots and pans out of the kitchen cabinets and pairing them with life partners that truly suited their needs. Stockpot, this is your mate for life....colander. Weddings ensued. Bridal registries got complicated. But as I plow through parenting magazines in a quest to have some clue what to do when my kiddo arrives this summer, I see ads for toys, ads for TV shows, ads for theatrical productions that all look so very...extreme. And I think to myself that this new paradigm of children's entertainment will require a lot of Advil LiquiGels on my part. All senses, apparently, must be assaulted at once. I would be OK with that as long as, overall, there's some element of cleverness to it, and that's why Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company appeals to me. Inflatable props bounce amidst classical choreography in these productions. A ballerina's skirt fills with helium and lifts her across the stage. Bright colors undulate and dance under the direction of the acrobatic Garbo and classical ballerina Daielma Santos. So, it's an extreme visual experience that will not only keep your little one's attention without battering your senses, it might even amaze you a little. Garbo and company perform at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $20 and may be purchased at eisemanncenter.com.
Sun., March 21, 2:30 p.m., 2010