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How could you know that when you are 2 ½ years old and on a K-Mart pair of double-runner ice skates on your grandma’s frozen Chicago driveway, this would be the beginning of the biggest and most satisfying learning adventure of your life? 


You see, my instant attraction to this engaging and, at the time, simple pleasure would lead me, after years of fundamental and intense training, to embark on the life of a professional ice skater.  And, through this, at times, hard-fought mastery of the sport of ice skating, I came to also understand the utmost importance of early learning and training as a valuable and fundamental key to success in any of life’s endeavors. 


And so, in 1986 at the age of 18, my dream came true and I was cast in the chorus and given my first character part in the Disney on Ice production of Sport Goofy.  Eventually through my proficiency with the numerous and iconic Disney characters,  I was chosen to portray an even larger character involving almost an entire show; I introduced various new Disney characters and movie lead, like Roger Rabbit and Goofy’s son Max, to a new generation of Disney on Ice show fans. 


And during this nearly 15 year career, I began see first hand and to recognize the amazing influence for the good that a cartoon character, can have on their 

adoring public, and of course, on their most essential fans, the children. 


Additionally, The Make-A-Wish Foundation and weekly hospital visits, especially when I portrayed Disney’s most recognizable and celebrated character… (the Big Cheese), were always part of my weekly schedule and were a central factor in my desire to influence childhood learning and healthy and growing development through the media of art and entertainment.  


And it was at this time, with the benefits and work success that I had achieved through my own talent development and especially with my growing interest and passion for childhood learning, I began to conceive and develop the characters and adventures and mission of the…always

“ Peeking into Learning”

Peek-A-Boo Crew from Planet Peek-A-Boo.  

Gina R. Barker - Why Planet Peek-A-Boo?

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