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Barney's Big Surprise is a live show that originally toured in North America from 1996 until 1998. The filmed performance of the show was released on home video on May 19, 1998. It was toured in Mexico and the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Asia, Argentina, and Brazil. It marked being Barney's third stage show and his first national stage show tour.


It is BJ's seventh birthday and everybody is getting ready for his birthday party. BJ really wants a red scooter with bells and a horn. The day leads to pretending to fly in an airplane, showing off the treehouse and even flying kites. When Barney gets a phone call from Professor Tinkerputt, he takes BJ and Baby Bop to see his new toy factory. Professor Tinkerputt shows off his new inventions and plans to take the Barney mobile to carry his large surprise. Barney and the other dinos, on the other hand, are told they will fly back in a hot air balloon that Tinkerputt helps them design. Flying through the clouds, they meet four ducks soaring through the skies. As soon as the three dinosaurs return to the treehouse, the party begins. Mother Goose stops by for the party and to catch her goose Clarence the Goose, who has ran off. She also introduces herself and shares some rhymes with everyone, while they're acted out by puppets and by the other friends. She then welcomes Old King Cole, who enters through the aisle and really makes it a party. After the king leaves, Professor Tinkerputt comes back and brings his surprise, which isn't a red scooter to BJ's surprise because he's not giving it to him. Instead, It turns out that Barney and Baby Bop got him the scooter actually and Professor Tinkerputt reveals his inflatable cake surprise (also known as the "Spectacular Spontanious Perfect Party Pastry Provider"). With the help of the audience, the candles are blown out and BJ is thankful for his party.


(The cast below is the cast featured in the video release)


Act 1

  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. If You're Happy and You Know It
  3. Welcome to Our Treehouse
  4. The Baby Bop Hop
  5. Happy Birthday to Me
  6. The Airplane Song*
  7. My Kite
  8. Driving Medley: In the Car and Having Fun/Itsy Bitsy Spider/Mister Sun
  9. Mr. Knickerbocker
  10. Tinkerputt's Song
  11. We Are Little Robots
  12. Listen to the Night Time **
  13. The Rainbow Song

Act 2

  1. Hey, Look at Me! I Can Fly!
  2. Four Little Ducks
  3. Happy Birthday to Me (Reprise)
  4. If All the Raindrops
  5. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  6. I'm Mother Goose
  7. Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Medley: Humpty Dumpty/Hey Diddle Diddle/Little Miss Muffet/Little Boy Blue/One Two Buckle My Shoe/Sing a Song of Sixpence
  8. Old King Cole
  9. Happy Birthday to You
  10. I Love You

* Not on the North American soundtrack

** Cut from show before video was filmed

Music and Soundtrack

CD of the live show

Main Article: Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage

Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage was an album that featured songs from the stage show of the same name. The album was originally sold on November 6, 1996 during the tour. A retail version of the album was released on May 6, 1997 (the same day as Barney's Musical Scrapbook).

Main Article: La Gran Sorpresa de Barney

La Gran Sorpressa de Barney is a soundtrack that was released in 1998 based on Barney's Big Surprise but in Spanish It was later re-released in 2005 when toured in Argentina.



Scenes from the Show

Behind the Scenes

Tour Dates


The original North American tour of the tour ran from September 1996 through May 1998 in four legs, separated by Winter and Summer holidays.

Leg 1- Fall 1996

City Venue Dates
FT. WORTH, TX Will Rogers Memorial Center Sept. 10-15
ST LOUIS, MO Kiel Center Sept. 18-22
HOUSTON, TX Astroarena Sept. 24-29
MOBILE, AL Mobile Civic Center Oct. 4-6
MEMPHIS, TN Memphis Cook Convention Center Oct. 8-13
AUSTIN, TX Frank Erwin Center Oct.16-19
MIDLAND, TX Chaparral Center Oct. 21-22
PHOENIX, AZ American West Arena Oct. 24-26
TUSCON, AZ Tucson Convention Center Oct. 29-30
EL PASO, TX County Coliseum Nov. 1-3
LOS ANGELES, CA Universal Amptitheater Nov. 6-10
ANAHEIM, CA Anaheim Convention Center Nov. 12-17
OREM, UT McKay Events Center Nov. 20-25
SAN JOSE, CA San Jose Events Center Dec. 3-8
RENO, NV Lawlor Events Center Dec. 10-11
SACRAMENTO, CA Arco Arena Dec. 13-15
TACOMA, WA Tacoma Dome Dec. 18-22
ST. PAUL, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium Dec. 27-29

Leg 2- Spring 1997

City Venue Dates
MILWAUKE, WI Wisconsin Center Auditorium Jan. 1-5
PITTSBURGH, PA Benedum Center Jan. 8-12
NEW YORK, NY Radio City Music Hall Jan. 15-26
ROCHESTER, NY Rochester War Memorial Jan. 28-29
WALLINGFORD, CT Oakdale Theatre Jan. 31-Feb. 2
PHILADELPHIA, PA CoreStates Spectrum Feb. 5-9
INDIANAPOLIS, IN Indianapolis Convention Center Feb.12-16
CLEVELAND, OH C.S.U. Convention Center Feb. 26-Mar. 2
NASHVILLE, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium Mar. 5-9
LOUISVILLE, KY Louisville Gardens Mar. 11-12
ROSEMONT, IL Rosemont Theater Mar. 13-23
DES MOINES, IA Veterans Memorial Auditorium Mar. 25-27
KANSAS CITY, MO Municipal Auditorium Arena Apr. 2-6
PEORIA, IL Peoria Civic Center Apr. 8-9
LINCOLN, NE Pershing Auditorium Apr. 11-13
DETROIT, MI Cobo Arena Apr. 15-20
HUNTINGTON, WV Huntington Civic Center Apr. 22-23
CINCINNATI, OH Cincinnati Gardens Apr. 25-27
FAIRFAX, VA Patriot Center Apr. 29-May 4

Leg 3- Fall 1997

City Venue Dates
BIRMINGHAM, AL BJCC Coliseum Sept. 19-21
CHARLOTTE, NC Charlotte Coliseum Sept. 24-28
TALLAHASSE, FL Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Sept. 30-Oct. 1
JACKSONVILLE, FL Jacksonville Coliseum Oct. 3-5
ALBANY, NY Pepsi Arena Oct. 9-12
UNIONDALE, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Oct.15-19
COLOMBUS, OH Battelle Hall Oct. 21-22
TOLEDO, OH Savage Hall Oct. 24-26
TORONTO, ONT Skydome Oct. 29-Nov.1
WORCESTER, MA Worcester Centrum Center Nov. 8-9
LANSING, MI Breslin Center Nov. 15-16
DENVER, CO Denver Coliseum Nov. 19-23
AUGUSTA, GA Augusta/ Richmond County Civic Center Dec. 2-3
N. CHARLESTON, SC North Charleston Coliseum Dec. 5-7
WINSTON SALEM, NC Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Dec. 10-14
BALTIMORE, MD Baltimore Arena Dec. 17-21
RICHMOND, VA Richmond Coliseum Dec. 29-31

Leg 4- Spring 1998

City Venue Dates
HAMPTON, VA Hampton Coliseum Jan. 2-4
KNOXVILLE, TN Knoxville Civic Center Jan. 7-11
JACKSON, MS Mississippi Coliseum Jan. 13-14
NEW ORLEANS, LA Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena Jan. 16-18
LITTLE ROCK, AR Barton Coliseum Jan. 20-21
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Oklahoma State Fair Arena Jan. 23-25
ATLANTA, GA Atlanta Civic Center Jan. 28-Feb. 1
MACON, GA Macon Coliseum Feb. 3-4
BATON ROUGE, LA Riverside Centroplex Feb. 6-8
TAMPA, FL Ice Palace Feb. 11-15
MIAMI, FL Miami Arena Feb. 18-22
SAN ANTONIO, TX Alamodome Mar. 1-2
ALBUQUERQUE, NM Tingley Coliseum Mar. 5-8
LAS VEGAS, NV Thomas & Mack Center Mar. 12-15
SAN DIEGO, CA San Diego Sports Arena Mar. 18-22
PORTLAND, OR Memorial Coliseum Arena Mar. 25-29
OAKLAND, CA Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Apr. 1-5
CALGARY, AB Calgary Corral Apr. 9-12
SASKATOON, SK Saskatchewan Place Apr. 14-15
EDMONTON, AB Agricom Apr. 17-19
VANCOUVER, B.C. PNE Coliseum Apr. 22-26
Aberdeen, SCT Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre Nov. 6-8
Manchester, EN Manchester Arena Nov. 12-15
Glasgow, SCT Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Nov. 18-22
Cardiff, WAL Cardiff International Arena Nov. 24-26
Wembley, EN Wembley Coliseum Nov. 29-30
Newcastle, EN Metro Radio Arena Dec. 9-13
Birmingham, EN National Indoor Arena Dec. 15-17
Sheffield, EN Sheffield Arena Dec. 19-21




Stage Shows
Barney in Concert (1991) • Barney Live! In New York City (1994) • Barney's Big Surprise (1996-1998)
Barney's Musical Castle (1999-2001) • Barney's Colorful World! (2003-2004) • Barney Live! - The Let's Go Tour (2006-2007)
Barney Live in Concert - Birthday Bash! (2010-2011)
Outside North America
Barney's Musical Park (2004;2007) • Barney's Let's Imagine (2007-2010)
Barney's Dino-Mite Birthday! - Live On Stage (2008) • Barney's Space Adventures (2008;2010)
Barney Rocks! El Concierto en Vivo! (2010) • Barney Live! World Tour - A Celebration! (2015; 2017-2018)
Barney's Greatest Hits - Live On Stage (2016-2017)
Theme Park Shows
A Day in the Park with Barney (1995-2021) • Barney (2000-2002)
Notable Personal Appearances
Barney's Open House (2000-Present) • Barney's Zoo Tour (2001;2015) • Barney's Beach Party (2002-Present) • Barney's Purple Park Tour (2002) • Christmas Fun with Barney & Friends (2004) • Barney's Christmas Star (2006) • Learn and Play with Barney (2007) • Barney's Big Fun Time (2007) • Barney's Big Purple Bus Tour (2007-2008) • Christmas with Barney & Friends (2007) • Barney's Sing Along Show (2008) •
Barney's 20th Anniversary Concert (2008) • A Very Barney Christmas (2008) • Barney's World of Imagination (2009;2014) • Christmas Surprise! (2010) • Sing and Dance with Barney (2011) • Barney's Jukebox Party (2015-2016) • Barney's We're All Friends Show (2015) •
Barney & Friends Favourite Hits (2016) • Barney's Birthday Surprise (2017) • Barney & Friends: Party Time (2017) • Barney's Magical Christmas (2018)

Barney Home Video
Barney & the Backyard Gang

The Backyard Show (1988) • Three Wishes (1989) • A Day At The Beach (1989) • Waiting for Santa (1990) • Campfire Sing-Along (1990)
Barney Goes To School (1990) • Barney in Concert (1991) • Rock with Barney (1991)


Barney's Magical Musical AdventureBarney's Birthday


Barney's Best MannersBarney Rhymes with Mother GooseBarney's Home Sweet HomesLove To Read, With Barney

1994 Let's Pretend with BarneyBarney's Alphabet ZooBarney Live! In New York CityImagination Island

Barney's Families are SpecialBarney SafetyMaking New FriendsBarney's Birthday / Home Sweet HomesRiding In Barney's CarBarney Songs


Barney's All Aboard For SharingBarney's Talent ShowBarney's Fun & GamesBarney's Exercise Circus / Barney's Parade of NumbersBarney's 1-2-3-4 SeasonsA Day in the Park with BarneyOnce Upon A Time


Barney's Sense-Sational DayBarney's Colors & ShapesBarney's Musical ScrapbookCamp Wannarunnaround
Barney's Adventure BusBarney's Stu-u-upendous Puzzle Fun!Barney's Good Day, Good Night


It's Time For CountingDown on Barney's FarmBarney In Outer SpaceMy Party with BarneyBarney's Big Surprise
Barney's Halloween PartyBarney's First AdventuresBarney's Good, Clean Fun! / Barney's Oh, Brother...She's My Sister


Sing And Dance With BarneyWhat A World We ShareWalk Around The Block With BarneyLet's Play School
Barney's Night Before ChristmasMore Barney Songs


Barney's Rhyme Time RhythmBarney's Super Singing CircusCome on Over to Barney's HouseBe My Valentine Love, Barney


Barney's Musical CastleA to Z with BarneyBarney's Dino Dancin' TunesLet's Go to the ZooBarney's Pajama Party


You Can Be AnythingBarney's Beach PartyRound and Round We GoBarney's Christmas Star


Barney Songs from the ParkRead With Me, Dance With MeBarney's It's A Happy DayIt's Nice To Meet You
Barney's Red, Yellow and Blue!Barney's Numbers! Numbers!Barney's Best Manners: Your Invitation to Fun!Happy Mad Silly Sad


Movin' and Groovin'Let's Pretend with BarneyNow I Know My ABCsBarney's Colorful World!Ready, Set, Play!


Let's Go to the FarmJust ImagineEveryone Is SpecialThe Land of Make-BelieveCan You Sing That Song?


Let's Make Music


Let's Go To The FirehouseShake Your Dino Tail!Dino-Mite Birthday


Celebrating Around The WorldBarney's Animal ABC'sHi! I'm Riff!Barney Live! - The Let's Go TourThe Best of Barney


Once Upon a Dino-TaleTop 20 CountdownLet's Go on VacationSharing is Caring!Barney's Jungle FriendsWe Love Our Family


Please & Thank YouEgg-Cellent AdventuresLet's Play OutsideFurry FriendsA-Counting We Will GoBest Fairy Tales


Musical ZooShapes and Colors All AroundI Can Do It!1-2-3 LearnBarney Live in Concert - Birthday Bash!Big World AdventureA Very Merry Christmas


I Love My FriendsClean Up, Clean Up!Planes, Trains & CarsAll About OppositesMost Loveable MomentsLet's Go to the Doctor


Let's Go to the MoonPlay with BarneyDance with BarneyImagine with BarneyMost Huggable MomentsPerfectly Purple


Story Time with BarneyHappy Birthday, Barney!A Super-Dee-Duper DayThis Is How I Feel


Tee-rific Bugs & AnimalsIt's Showtime with BarneyBarney's Worldwide Adventure!


Dinos in the Park


Playground Fun

Other Releases
Feature Film

Barney's Great Adventure


Play and Learn with BarneyBarney's Favorite SongsBarney's Big Top FunBarney's Time For SchoolBarney's Rockin' Rhyme Time
Barney's Valentine AdventureMoving and Grooving with BarneyBarney's Night-Light StoriesBarney's Island SafariBarney's Learning Round-Up
Going Places with BarneyOn The Move with BarneyBarney's Summertime FunBarney: Sing Along Fun


Barney's ABC's and 123'sBarney's Outdoor Fun!Let's Go to the Beach!]]Barney's Book FairFun on WheelsMother Goose Collection