Disclosure: I received KIDZ BOP tour tickets. All opinions are my own.
My daughter is a huge KIDZ BOP fan. She imagines herself as one of the KIDZ BOP kids when watching their music videos.
This past weekend I surprised my daughter with tickets to the KIDZ BOP “Best Time Ever” tour, courtesy of tour sponsor Juicy Juice Splashers. When I announced the news to my daughter, she squealed in delight. We received VIP tickets and made the trek to Coney Island, New York. My daughter didn’t know what VIP stood for until I explained it. Then she became even more excited in anticipation of the experience to come.
We wanted to make sure we didn’t miss the VIP pre-party, so we arrived in Coney Island hours before the show started. The check-in for the VIP pre-party started at 1:30 pm with the show starting at 3 pm. Since we had some time to kill, we walked along the famous Coney Island boardwalk on the shores of Brooklyn. Between the beach, Luna Park amusement park, and classic restaurants like Nathan’s Hot Dogs, the place was hopping.
The concert took place in the Ford Amphitheater. The stately building was connected to an outdoor covered area featuring the stage and seats. We checked in through the VIP Entrance and received our VIP badges as well as goodie bags. The bags contained a KIDZ BOP inflatable beach ball and a large photo of the performers with their signatures.
The concert staff brought the VIPs to the VIP lounge on the roof terrace of the Ford Amphitheater. It boasted a stunning view of the beach nestled against the Atlantic Ocean. The spacious area featured cushy red couches, plenty of tables and chairs, photo area, bar, and food. The kid-friendly food included cheese puffs, chicken tenders, mini-pizzas, kettle popcorn, chips, and cotton candy. Kids could wash it all down with an unlimited supply of Juicy Juice Splashers.
The concert staff took pictures of the guests and immediately texted them to each participant. After enjoying the refreshments and taking in the view, it was time to leave the VIP Lounge for the concert.
Like the other VIPS, we sat in the first section closest to the stage. Our seats provided a spectacular view of the performers. Four of the six KIDZ BOP Kids performed in the show that day. I was amazed by the talent. These 10 to 13 year old boys and girls sang and dance at levels beyond their years. The dancing was non-stop, and they sang one song after another. Unlike some adult pop stars who can’t sing and dance at the same time, these kids did so without losing stamina. They weren’t lip synching – these kids were the real thing.
The kids opened to Bruno Mars’ cover song “24K Magic” wearing gold jackets and riding on bikes. It was fun, energetic, and kid-appropriate. Like all KIDZ BOP songs, the lyrics are sanitized for its young audience. The performers masterfully utilized the colorful set, including the slide on stage right.
The performers sang many popular hits, including “Cheap Thrills,” “Treat You Better,” “This Is What You Came For,” “Can’t Stop This Feeling,” “Uptown Funk,” and more. And of course they sang the kid anthem favorite, “Shake It Off,” which got my daughter up and dancing.
Check Out the Official KIDZ BOP “Best Time Ever” Tour Video
The show lasted for approximately 1.5 hours which included a 15 minute “recess” (intermission). After the show, the staff whisked the VIPS back to the VIP Lounge for the Meet and Greet with the performers. The KIDZ BOP kids graciously met each guest with smiles on their faces. They interacted with their young guests, asking children their names and ages. It was all very sweet. The staff did not allow guests to take pictures at the Meet and Greet. Rather, they took the pictures and will be posting them online in a couple of weeks.
My daughter was starstruck meeting all the KIDZ BOP Kids, especially Julianna. My daughter liked that Julianna was Asian just like her. Given my daughter proclaims she will be a pop star when she grows up, Juilianna was like a role model to her. We had a fabulous time, and thank Juicy Juice for providing us with this awesome experience!