Ella recently had one of the most exciting opportunities of her young life – she was able to interview the Wiggles backstage at a recent concert! Today, we’re sharing both the interview and Ella’s review of The Wiggles Party Time Concert.
Wiggles Party Time Tour Review
The Wiggles have had a tour stop in our city for as long as Ella has been a fan – at least 6 years now – and she has not missed a single concert!
We even staged a fake concert one year for her birthday party, hiring a local princess performer to show up dressed as Emma and having memorized several of Ella’s Wiggles favourites.
The Wiggles recently embarked on their biggest US-Canada tour with the current line-up, featuring appearances from Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword, and for the first time in North America, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn.
My love for the Wiggles music in early childhood is well documented. Everything from the subtle education concepts in their songs to how positively they speak to children throughout their shows and performances is in line with everything I believe about developmentally appropriate play and healthy childhood development.
I love how they have strived to be increasingly inclusive and conscious in their messaging, which in turn encourages children to be inclusive and conscientious in their own interactions because they are seeing that behaviour modelled in a powerful way.
My advocacy for their music and messaging opened up an opportunity for Ella to meet and interview the Wiggles – which was an amazing opportunity and one that will stay with her for years to come! She tried her best to ask questions that you and your children will find interesting, and then she also provided her own review of the concert (below).
We asked on social media for your questions for the Wiggles and got some great responses! Check out the interview video below to hear the Wiggle’s answer our readers’ and Ella’s questions!
Ella’s Review of the Wiggles’ Party Time Concert
I think the dances are very extraordinary. They dedicated the show to boys who want to dance and showed some amazing dance moves, like one boy bending his back and another boy did a handstand with the splits. I thought that was awesome to encourage boys to dance!
All of the music was very very nice and all the characters were very energetic. Emma had the most energy!
They played one hour of songs, so they didn’t play all of my favourite songs but it was a good number of songs. It was just the right amount of time. My favourite song that they played was “Rock-a-Bye Bear” and my mom’s favourite song was “Do the Propeller.” She did all the dance moves to it, too…
They had Wiggles stuff for sale before and after the concert, which was nice. It would make a good Christmas gift to remember the concert.
I think this concert is perfect for kids 4-9, but older could go definitely, but those are the ages I think would definitely like it.
What do I Need to Know Before Bringing My Kids to a Wiggles Concert?
The show is one hour in length and jam packed with their favourite songs and dances from The Wiggles.
When you enter the venue, there will be a merchandise table with various items for sale, including toys, instruments, and shirts. I tend to purchase a shirt as a fun way to remember the concert – just a couple sizes too big – and it doubles as an outfit for the next year!
Each venue will differ in terms of restrooms and food rules, but with just an hour for the concert that shouldn’t be an issue.
The volume is very reasonable – again, different venues may have issues but if you have a sensory sensitive child, bring some headphones or ear muffs to help soften the noise.
Generally, there is no opportunity to meet or interact with the Wiggles and children need to stay out of the aisles during the concert for safety reasons. If this will be a struggle for your child, they may not be ready to attend yet.
You are allowed to take pictures and small video clips for personal use unless otherwise stated at the show (if there is filming occurring they may disallow personal recording devices).
Is a Wiggles Concert Worth the Money?
This is a very personal question, because we all assign different values to our money.
I’m the kind of mom who sees value in taking my daughter to 15 countries by the time she was 8. I see value in spending money on enriching and enjoyable experiences for her, and on bonding experiences with her cousins. I don’t see value in having a room full of toys, an expensive cable bill, or name brand clothing.
For our family, this was a special experience that the 2, 5 and 8 year olds all enjoyed equally, although they were all pretty stunned the entire show! I thought they’d be dancing and on their feets the whole time but they were just enamoured. I think it’s super important when deciding on tickets like these to not have set expectations on how your child(ren) will react, because kids are often thrown off by new experiences and may act completely wild or appear shy, even when that’s not their normal personality type.
What to Pack for Your Child’s First Wiggles Concert
Honestly, the concert is an hour and so it doesn’t need to be treated like baby’s first Coachella trip, however, a few items you may find helpful include:
- Wiggles shirt or colour-themed outfit
- Wet wipes
- Change of clothes – if still potty training or close enough to it that an “excitement accident” is possible
- Ear protection – usually not an issue but we did have one year of really loud, crackly speakers. No need for expensive noise-cancelling headphones, winter ear muffs should do the trick
- Reusable water bottle – kids will likely be dancing and singing along, so keep them hydrated!
- Small snack – something for just before or after the concert, I always find getting out of the parking lot takes forever
Also, many kids bring homemade bow art for Emma, paper bones for Wags the Dog, rose pictures for Dorothy the Dinosaur, or other Wiggles artwork to give to the band. These are collected at a few points in the concert, so it’s a great way to let your kids prepare for the concert and get in on the fun – but it’s not make or break.
Set List for Wiggle’s Party Time Tour
- Rock-a-Bye Your Bear
- I Love It When It Rains
- Say the Dance, Do the Dance
- Apples and Bananas
- Hello Henry!
- Baby Shark
- Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?)
- Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes
- Hokey Pokey
- Let’s Go Riding with Ponso the Pony
- Michael Finnegan
- Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep on His Pirate Ship (Quack Quack)
- Jelly on a Plate
- Little Sir Echo
- The Music of the Ballet Orchestra
- The Beautiful Ballet Parade
- Round and Round the Garden
- Joannie Works With One Hammer
- Emma’s Theme
- Emma’s Yellow Bow
- Five Fingered Family
- Shake Your Sillies Out
- The Wiggly Collection Song
- Happy Birthday
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
- The Giraffe
- Lachy! Live Skit
- The Road To The Isles (Do The Highland Fling)
- Di Dicki Do Dum
- The Monkey Dance
- Hot Potato
- Fruit Salad
- Simon Says
- Five Little Monkeys
- Hey, Wags!
- Shirley Shawn the Unicorn
- Romp Bomp A Stomp
- Emma’s Révérence
- Do the Propeller!
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