This past weekend, we took the kids to see The Wiggles live in concert. We have been fans of The Wiggles for some years now; their upbeat, original, catchy songs are great whether you listen to them or watch their videos. Aiden was never a fan of “kids music” as a young child, but for Damien, The Wiggles are his everything when it comes to video content.
We didn’t quite make it to age 2 before we started pulling out videos as a way to cope with the stupidly early mornings that toddlers of this age often go through. As with Aiden, we first cycled through short videos on YouTube, and music of course is a favourite. He went through some classic Elmo videos and a few others before getting hooked on The Wiggles. There’s been no turning back. It’s only recently, after 8-12 months now, that Damien has been ok sometimes watching something other than The Wiggles.
Since Damien is obsessed with The Wiggles, Aiden has had a lot of exposure to them as well. Sometimes he hides his like of The Wiggles though, since I think he’s a little embarrassed of how much he likes them. When the kids pick songs to listen to, he’ll say something like “Damien, do you want to listen to Shimmie Shimmie?,” so that it’s not really him asking for it.
As with that, Aiden pretended that he wasn’t excited to go see The Wiggles, but he was. He passed up a birthday party offer to see them and all week he talked about it and how much “Damien” loves The Wiggles. At the concert, Aiden was beside himself excited and could even be seen doing some of the motions and songs. You know, as long as he thought we weren’t watching ;)
Damien was excited too. “We join’ a Wiggles!!” was heard all day. He napped for about 10 minutes on the way to The Wiggles concert in Surrey, and I was just about to transfer him to the Ergo when he woke up and yelled “We join’ a Wiggles now!!” the second his eyes were open. Quite hilarious.
Damien was mesmerized for most of the show, completely zoned into their every move. He didn’t participate as much as I expected, but then again he was on my lap instead of on the floor with a guitar in his hand ;)
He clearly saw everything though, as he re-enacted their “Ralph Lauren” horse skit with his own giraffe and was singing some songs throughout the following days.
I was so incredibly happy to be able to provide this opportunity to my kids. How often do you get to see your idols in person? It completely melted me to be able to do that. After passing on Raffi tickets when Damien was in his Raffi-obsessed stage (because they seemed so incredibly expensive), this was an extra special experience to be a part of.
As for the adults? Well, I have to say the current members of The Wiggles are incredibly talented. The show was done live with a lot of improv and there was enough comedy in the show, enough personality, to make the show that much more special. A very talented group of performers.