What's floating around in Big Bird's big yellow head?
"I imagine a place with lots of feathers and bright colors and pretty songs," says Bird, as channeled by a Sesame Street Live rep during an interview. "I imagine a parade!" What about Ernie? He dreams about being captain of the Good Ship Rubber Duckie. And the Cookie Monster? Guess.
Sesame Street Live's 1-2-3 Imagine! teaches kids about the power of imagination. In the play, Sam, the neighborhood mail carrier, tells how she can visit exotic lands using her mind, "easy as counting 1-2-3." After getting a postcard from her grandmother in Mexico, Rosita follows Sam's example and imagines singing, dancing and hitting Big Bird at a fiesta. Oops -- we meant hitting a piñata. 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, April 10, through Sunday, April 13. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For tickets, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.sesamestreetlive.com. $14 to $26. -- Eric A.T. Dieckman
Youngsters these days may not be familiar with wooden puppets, but they're sure to know about electronics -- which is why Stages Repertory Theatre has updated Pinocchio. In Pinocchio 3.5, Bill Gates builds himself a robot son that will be heir to his vast fortune. But like his fairy-tale predecessor, this version will need some major troubleshooting. 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays through May 3. 3201 Allen Parkway, suite 101. For information, call 713-527-0220 or visit www.stagestheatre. com. $6 to $8.-- Cathy Matusow
Bunny on the Balance Beam
Don't expect kids swinging around like little urban orangutans at this Easter egg hunt. It may be hosted by the Heights recreation center Discover Gymnastics, but this is a straightforward find-the-eggs thing. As always, the annual tradition is weirdly stripped of religion -- this one features your standard Easter Bunny appearance and (praise Jesus) the face-painting talents of the Anti-Gravity All-Star Cheerleading Squad. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Discover Gymnastics, 747 North Shepherd, suite 400. For information, call 713-334-8812. $5. -- Troy Schulze