Arts & Entertainment

Mickey Mouse will be bringing all of his friends to Tri-Cities

What do Mickey Mouse, Handy Manny and the group from Hundred Acre Wood have in common?

They're all coming to the Tri-Cities for Playhouse Disney Live! On Feb. 14 kids will be able to see their favorite characters from Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Playhouse Disney Live! was created in 2007 by Kenneth Feld and his daughter, Alana Feld. The live-action show brings the characters together through song and dance.

"I think the kids love coming to the show just because they're familiar with the character from the TV show and get to experience it first-hand and learn about music and dancing along with the characters," said Jennifer Bacon, who plays Annie from Little Einsteins.

The show centers around a party at Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse. Playhouse Disney characters come together to teach the audience and kids about music.

Unlike the Playhouse Disney show at Walt Disney World at Hollywood Studios, this show uses live characters instead of puppets.

The show is interactive and children are encouraged to sing and dance with the characters to their favorite songs, such as Mickey Mouse's Hot Dog song, or the Little Einsteins theme song.

Bacon, who grew up in Yakima, said she studied her character by watching "pre-schoolers and found my own inner child. It's definitely a lot of fun. There's tons of excitement, and it's really positive."

Children can help Handy Manny find the perfect instruments to create a song to bring to Mickey Mouse's party, or take off in a rocket ship alongside the Little Einsteins as they travel the world looking for different types of music.

Bacon's family is coming from Yakima to see her perform and she's excited to bring other families together as well. "I love it just because it's great teaching them and also just making them happy," she said.

Showtime is 1:30 p.m. Admission is $19.50 to $41.50. Tickets are available at the box office, at or by calling 735-0500.

Tickets are also available at Fred Meyer outlets and Joe's sports stores.

*Bethany Lee: 582-1465;