Five Reasons For Grownups to Watch the 'Kids Choice Awards'

There will be no "stay out!" sign on the television when your kids watch the 23rd Annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards this Saturday. But you may be tempted anyway to find your own "happy place" -- perhaps washing the dishes or doing your taxes in another room. However, there are some things even grownups can find interesting... if you look hard enough, and show a fair amount of patience.

Don't believe me? Here are five reasons for parents to tune in (none of which include finding out who won):

Date Night?

I'm not sure how many kids will be lining up to see the movie Date Night, (or adults, for that matter) but stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell will be on hand as KCA presenters. Can their humor translate to the younger crowd? Do kids know The Office and 30 Rock? Will Fey channel Palin? We'll see.

Can-Stand Celebrities

Here's a list of KCA performers and other celebrities I personally won't mind seeing: Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Jonah Hill, Rihanna, Robert Downey Jr., and Queen Latifah. Also, Michelle Obama will share a taped message about her movement to reduce the rates of childhood obesity (unless there's a filibuster in the works...)

Ohno's Olympic Shot


As part of the show, Winter Olympics superstar, Dancing with The Stars champion and facial hair trendsetter Apolo Anton Ohno will attempt to set a new "world record" for "being catapulted into slime via a slingshot." I think Ohno already set the record for "Most Off-Season Exposure for a Winter Olympian" (Edging out Tonya Harding).

Buzz-Making Behavior

At last year's Teen Choice Awards, Miley Cyrus swung on a stripper pole while her father nodded approvingly. Will more young starlets "go Lambert" and push the envelope at this year's KCA? If it becomes Monday’s water-cooler topic, you can say you saw it LIVE.

A Pop-Culture Primer


The Kids Choice Awards is a one-night, crash course in kid culture. If you hang in there and take copious notes, you'll definitely learn what stars, shows, games and pop icons your kids will be talking about for the next seven to ten days. They won’t mind answering silly questions like "What’s a Justin Bieber?" because kids love to know things you don't. At the very least, you'll definitely learn what "auto-tune" is.

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