The best children's shows place a high premium on audience interaction, unlike the opera or traffic court. Rustle up some kid-friendly fun with this GrouponLive deal to see Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! at the Bayou Music Center. For $24, you get one ticket for reserved orchestra seating on Friday, January 25, at 7 p.m. (up to a $47.99 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
For most animal lovers, “Jungle Jack” Hanna is a household name with his trademark khaki safari outfit, inviting Tennessee twang, and enormous collection of furry, feathered, and reptilian friends. The famed director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has kept audiences enamored and talk-show hosts bewildered since 1981. Taking a reprieve from hosting Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, letting snakes loose on Good Morning America, and pestering David Letterman with lemurs, Jack brings his adventure program, Into the Wild, to the stage for an awe-inspiring and educational safari for all ages.
With his easygoing manner and diehard passion for his craft, Jack escorts enchanted audiences through a multimedia, multispecies travelogue of his wildlife escapades. A gifted raconteur, Jack paints pictures with words as he shows video clips of his encounters with nature’s most adorable and dangerous critters, promoting his efforts to protect the world’s endangered species. The highlight of every one of Jack’s appearances is always the amazing creatures he brings to the stage, and this show promises an ark of awe, gasps, and creepy-crawlies. The roster of animals at Jack’s program is subject to change, but recent appearances have included a bald eagle, a python, a sloth, and a snickering Australian kookaburra bird. Audiences at this year’s tour have also encountered a hovering owl searching for leftover moles and a glimpse down the throat of a 10-foot alligator.