Whew, back from the dead and wandering Indiana. Thanks to blogger buddy, Nap Warden and the good folks at Sesame Street Live, we were able to attend When Elmo Grows Up at the Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, IN last night.
Nap Warden's giveaway said it was for tickets on May 8th at the Rosemont Theater, so I was delighted when the vouchers came and I had a choice between that performance and the one on May 1st at the Star Plaza. I did a quick Mapquest and learned that Merrillville was only 10 miles further away from J-town than the Rosemont Theater. Road trip, let's smuggle that child past state lines and break all sorts of laws if we can! Yahooo!
My surprises didn't end there. Let me say the wonderful folks in Indiana are on to something that the Chicago area has not figured out yet. FREE PARKING!!! Reasonably priced concessions!!! Now wait for it......leaving the theater and parking lot in a timely and orderly manner!!! We were not trampled by a stampede of unrulies trying to get outside, I did not hear one car blow their horn in frustration, traffic flowed smoothly towards the main road and we were on our way home less than 10 minutes after the show ended. TEN MINUTES PEOPLE!!! If you've ever attended any event in Chicago you know I'd still be sitting in that damn parking lot right now!!!
Elmo and his buddies put on a spectacular performance. Our seats were about 9 rows from the stage and TOF bopped along to the music, waving happily to all the familiar friends. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend that you pack up the kiddos in the mommy van or SUV and head over to see When Elmo Grows Up. I promise it will not disappoint.
Now grab some popcorn and enjoy the show, we sure did!
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