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Sebastian isn't much into cartoons yet. I don't mean that in a, my kid doesn't watch t.v., *nose in the air* kind-of-way. I'd welcome the chance to make a cup of coffee by myself in the morning, he's just busy doing more creative things like hiding my keys and ripping the "G" off my keyboard. But there are two programs that are guaranteed to capture his attention, if only for a few minutes at a time-- Barney and Yo Gabba Gabba.

While Barney makes me want to take a knife to my ear, I actually look forward to Yo Gabba Gabba with its special guests, original music, and dancey dances.

When it came time to pick a theme for Sebastian's second birthday party last month at City Treehouse, I gave him a choice between the two, and (thank you Baby Jesus) he chose Yo Gabba:

As part of his birthday present, we got tickets to see the cast live at The Beacon Theatre and to attend a meet and greet after the show.

He was shell-shocked for much the performance but definitely jumped, shook, and shimmied around. I did too, especially when Biz Markie made a surprise appearance and belted out "Just a Friend."

Don't let the serious face fool you, Sebastian was his typical hugging monster self at the meet and greet and patiently waited in each character's individual line for the opportunity to give high fives and hugs:

Yo Gabba Gabba Beacon Theatre

He also had story time with DJ Lance Rock and got to say hello:

Between DJ Lance and Arianna Huffington, Leo and I are going to have to step up our bedtime story game!

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}