Party In the Back

When I was a kid it was pretty simple. We had turtles and bears that possessed awesome skills like eating pizza while doing roundhouse kicks and shining light from their bellies. We didn't care about flimsy dialogue or plots. Their ability to blow our minds with little effort made them the perfect companions to Captain Crunch and lazy Saturday mornings. But this is 2008. Kids today eat organic, do yoga and can out-Google their parents. They have no time for unintelligent cartoons, which is one reason Nickelodeon's The Backyardigans has become such a hit. The Backyardigans are five friends--Pablo the penguin, Tasha the hippo, Tyrone the moose, Austin the kangaroo and Uniqua the polka-dotted something--who meet in the backyard behind their homes to imagine themselves into fantastic adventures that get preschoolers involved and on their feet. They sing songs inspired by all kinds of music from reggae to rockabilly and throw down sweet dance moves. Now they're taking the goods on tour, because one thing that will never change is kids' fascination with giant, costumed creatures. See them live at 11 a.m., 2 or 5 p.m. Saturday or 2 or 5 p.m. Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie. Tickets are $20 to $43. Call 214-373-8000 or visit
Nov. 15-16, 2 & 5 p.m., 2008