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Sesame Street Live and Beauty and the Beast Make for Kid-Friendly Weekend Spectacles

Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28

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Kids' lives, like those of their parents, are organized in little packages—adults have meetings, appointments and business hours; kids have play dates, practices and school—but weekends are the biggest block of time when parents and their kids have a chance to bond. The weekend of Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28, promises to be an opportunity par excellence, with two oversized kid-themed stage performances: Beauty and the Beast and Sesame Street Live.

As far as movies go, Beauty and the Beast is one of the most iconic and recognizable of Disney's timeless animated creations, but what's lesser known is that the love story inspired Disney's initial venture into Broadway. Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Morrison Center Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, as part of the Broadway in Boise series.

Kids will experience the classic tale of Belle, whose reluctant conscription into the service of a beast reveals her compassion and her master's sensitivity as their relationship blossoms into love. Tickets are still available and cost $58-$78.

For the slightly younger crowd, there's Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing, which centers on Elmo getting his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand, at which point, Sesame Street becomes a singing, dancing whirlwind.

Boiseans have four chances to visit Sesame Street between Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, with matinee and evening performances. Tickets cost $15-$50, and VIP seats include a meet-and-greet with Elmo and other Sesame Street Live characters before the show, as well as early access to the play zone, where children can sit in Big Bird's nest, dance in Zoe's studio and sit on the steps of 123 Sesame Street.

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