Before I became a parent, I dreaded THE WIGGLES... and it wasn't because of anything that The Wiggles did. It was because of some parents I'd run across that made The Wiggles sound like a terrible plague that had infected their children. In fact, I think it was a trendy thing to do - to knock The Wiggles - much like some of the hangers-on that bash Caillou just to be a part of the in-crowd. Truth be told, there's good reason why The Wiggles are such a Global phenomenon: They've written some great pop songs... and if you don't believe me, check out ReWiggled - A Tribute to The Wiggles. There's some gems that transcend genres, and if The Living End covering "Hot Potato" doesn't snag you, check out Oh Mercy doing "Toot, Toot, Chugga, Chugga Big Red Car." Now, in 2013 - I have a Wiggle-loving little one (and a baby who will probably rock some Wiggles), and the Australian supergroup has been re-energized with a new lineup for a new generation. From August-October, North American Audiences will get their first taste of the new show first-hand when THE WIGGLES - TAKING OFF! Tour arrives.
On Friday night, I took the girls on a special adventure... an adventure that was really for Addie since Finn is only 10 months old. We hopped in the car late that afternoon and went to meet up with my wife at her office. While it was exciting to surprise her as she spotted us in the parking lot, the real surprise was waiting in Elmhurst, Illinois... a Chicago suburb that should be about an hour from Rock Father HQ, but thanks to Friday "rush-hour" took about two to reach. I kept the little one guessing the whole way there... "Where are we going for our special adventure, Daddy?" And then we arrived at the Elmhurst YMCA.
It was just about a month ago when I posted a blog in support of CAILLOU. The little guy is a longtime fixture here at Rock Father HQ, and like most parents of small children, I've seen the available episodes of CAILLOU more times than I can count. I say "available" because all of the episodes haven't been aired in the U.S., nor are they readily-available on DVD or on-demand in any kind of complete form. Now, PBS KIDS has started airing some "new" episodes of the popular show.
The folks over at Ty's Toy Box have just hit The Rock Father with the rundown on what's hot for March. Check out the details below on the "Ty's Top Five" as determined by customer popularity. Additionally, you can save 15% Off Sitewide over at Ty's Toy Box (through March 4) with coupon code TTB1531. As many of you already know, we're big fans of the assortment offered by Ty's Toy Box, as they handle a lot of the hard-to-find brands from PBS Kids and Sprout, like CAILLOU, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, SUPER WHY!, and more.
Sprout is getting musical. Beginning Monday, March 25, SING IT, LAURIE! - a new animated musical preschool series - will make it's debut on the 24-hour preschool network. Co-created by family recording artist LAURIE BERKNER and JOSH SELIG of Emmy-winning Little Airplane Productions, the series will showcase Berkner's voice and music, along with Grammy-nominated rocker LISA LOEB (voicing twin sisters).
Posted 2/23/2013, updated 6/29/2016
If you've followed The Rock Father from the beginning, you already know that Caillou is a big fixture here at Rock Father HQ (see Addie's 3rd Birthday). Truth be told, I wasn't familiar with the little bald Canadian before 2009 when my first daughter was born. I'd imagine that's also the case for many parents, as what childless adult is actually watching PBS Kids or Sprout (unless they also own a plain white van)? Yes, this little boy - eternally four years old - is much like another little baldy from when I was a kid, Charlie Brown. But that Caillou? In addition to being Addie's first love, he's a really divisive little s.o.b., and for that he demands respect.