A few weeks ago we were invited to a complimentary showing of Dot & Ziggy, a production of the Chicago Children’s Theatre in conjunction with the Seattle Children’s Theatre. I was told that the play was for toddlers. Needless to say, I was skeptical. Miles isn’t one to sit still for very long, and I didn’t know if this would be able to hold his attention.
The only kinds of plays I had ever been to were the ones where you sit in the audience and look onto the stage. Luckily, this wasn’t like that. Instead, Dot & Ziggy takes place in an open room where Dot and Ziggy (the characters in the play – who knew) can actually move around and interact with the kids. This made for a much more engaging experience.
However, this didn’t stop Miles from wanting to get up and move around with Dot and Ziggy. It drove him crazy that we wouldn’t let him chase down the various puppets and stage props that were featured. Eventually he settled though, and we all had a good time watching, singing the songs, and doing the dances. The audience participation was great.
As you can see from the photo above, Miles was very happy once we finally let him walk around and touch the puppets (which they wisely let the kids do after the show is over). In fact, you can see how she had to hold him back from attacking the spider. The spider was definitely his favorite.
If you’re in Chicago and have a toddler, I’d definitely recommend checking Dot & Ziggy out. We’re always in need of fun things to do with our little guy to get him out of the house, and this was definitely a fun, unique experience. Dot & Ziggy goes through June 26, so I’d get a move on.
[Disclosure: We were given free tickets to the play as part of a MomImpact event, but that in no way influenced my opinion of it. It was a good time overall.]