Out of the Box is a Disney Channel TV series that takes place in a playhouse made entirely of cardboard boxes, where two hosts, Tony James and Vivian McLaughlin Bayubay, made crafts, sang songs, and acted out plays. The series ran from October 1998 to June 2005 (December 2006 in the UK).

Two special episodes were released on VHS by Walt Disney Home Video: Out of the Box: Trick or Treat and Out of the Box: Happy Holidays. Trick or Treat is also available on the DVD entitled: Rolie Polie Olie: A Spookie Ookie Halloween.

The series was created and executive produced by Douglas Love and was based on his series of books from HarperCollins. Three seasons were filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City. The series earned three Parents' Choice Awards for excellence in television and an Emmy nomination.

Several of the program's original songs were included on the albums Playhouse Disney and Playhouse Disney 2.

Although the majority of the series was long absent from either home video release or streaming, the complete series was made available in 2019 on Disney+.


Every day, a small group of neighborhood children come and play in "The Box". Tony James and Vivian McLaughlin Bayubay play games, do crafts, sing songs, and act out stories in the box. The singing is usually in the beginning of the episode, while the crafts are in the middle, and the stories are at the end. The episode finishes off with either Tony or Vivian walking the kids home, then coming back to sing the "Goodbye Song".

Episode list

The series comprises 82 episodes in total. One production number in Season 1 was skipped, as the 24-episode season starts with 101 and ends with 125. Unless otherwise stated, the source of production codes and airdates is the United States Copyright Office.

Season 1 (1998-2000)

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Title Airdate Production code
1 1 Feet First December 3, 1998 101
2 2 Playhouse Mouse October 7, 1998 102
3 3 Doctor Octor November 23, 1998 103
4 4 The Fuzzy Worm March 9, 2000 105
5 5 Hats Off November 17, 1998 106
6 6 Let's Eat Out Unknown 107
7 7 Sticky Icky December 1, 1998 108
8 8 Really Wheely November 27, 1998 109
9 9 Yes and Nose March 23, 2000 110
10 10 Pick-a-Pet March 29, 2000 111
11 11 Ships Ahoy March 30, 2000 112
12 12 Animal Antics October 27, 1998 113
13 13 Tube Town October 23, 1998 114
14 14 High Fliers July 17, 2000 115
15 15 Campout Kids November 9, 1998 116
16 16 Tall and Small November 13, 1998 117
17 17 Day at the Beach October 14, 1998 118
18 18 A Place Called Space November 3, 1998 119
19 19 Box Full of Boxes October 30, 1998 120
20 20 Hands On November 18, 1998 121
21 21 The Gift October 10, 1999 122
22 22 Treasures October 16, 1999 123
23 23 Circle Circus October 20, 1998 124
24 24 Seeds of Imagination July 27, 2000 125

Season 2 (1999-2000)

# Title Original airdate Production code Short summary
1 Rules Rule! July 20, 1999 201 The kids learn the importance of rules as they play different games with balls in the clubhouse. They also act out a version of Rapunzel.
2 We're Cooking! July 21, 1999 202 The kids pretend to cook their favorite foods. They also act out a version of the story Stone Soup.
3 Zip, Button, Snap July 18, 1999 203 Tony and Vivian help teach the kids how to button, snap, buckle and zipper using songs and play-acting. Nick also visits the Little Red Hen.
4 Scrub-a-Dub July 22, 1999 204 Tony and Vivian teach the importance of bathing as the kids make pretend bathtubs and bath toys, and act out a version of Rub a Dub, Dub, Three Men in a Tub.
5 Disguise Surprise July 23, 1999 205 The kids dress up in disguises and act out a version of The Little Red Riding Hood.
6 Good Clean-Up Fun July 26, 1999 206 The kids learn about sorting and organizing items while cleaning up the clubhouse. They also act out a story called "Neat Nick".
7 Mirror, Mirror July 27, 1999 207 The kids play with different kinds of mirrors, including a hand mirror, a hubcap, and a metal tray. They also act out a version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
8 the Wind & the Sun July 28, 1999 208 The kids celebrate the wind by playing wind instruments, listening to wind chimes, making pinwheels and playing out a version of The Three Little Pigs.
9 Rocky-Bye Baby July 29, 1999 209 The kids take care of pretend babies by diapering them, making their cribs and singing to them. They also act out a version of There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Sheep.
10 Feathered Friends July 30, 1999 210 The kids craft paper birds and make bird sounds after Vivian brings in a bird feeder to hang outside the playhouse. They also act out a version of the Emperor and the Nightingale.
11 Eye Spy August 16, 1999 211 The kids explore how their eyes work by playing an "Eye Detective" game, looking at a picture with hidden objects and helping Vivian complete a jigsaw puzzle.
12 We Got the Beat August 23, 1999 212 The kids learn about beats and rhythms by playing and making different instruments. They also act out a version of Hansel and Gretel.
13 Shadow Play August 30, 1999 213 The kids make a shadow puppet theater and put on a play featuring a bird, a worm, and a spider.
14 Goin' Buggy September 6, 1999 214 The kids learn about bugs by making a grasshopper, a spider, and an ant out of pipe cleaners and egg cartons.
15 Make 'Em Laugh! September 13, 1999 215 The kids have a "Make 'em Laugh" day by telling jokes, walking funny and doing other silly things. They also talk with a court jester and turn Vivian into a backwards person.
16 Mon-stir It Up! September 20, 1999 216 The kids sing a song about not being afraid and make a "Super Monster" puppet.
17 Whose Home? September 27, 1999 217 Vivian brings a hermit crab to the clubhouse and teaches the kids about different animal homes.
18 Unicornucopia October 6, 1999 218 The kids create their own magical kingdom, complete with a unicorn. They also act out a version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
19 Tooth or Consequences October 11, 1999 219 The kids learn about the dentist and caring for teeth. They also act out a version of Little Red Riding Hood.
20 Happy Holidays! September 6, 1999 220 Tony and Vivian host a winter holiday party and learn about the kids' different holiday traditions. They also make a holiday gift book containing photographs and drawings and perform a skit about the gift of love.
21 Down on the Farm November 12, 1999 221 The kids pretend to live on a farm.
22 Pajama Party November 15, 1999 222 The kids throw a pretend pajama party.
23 Treasure Hunt October 26, 1999 223 The kids make treasure chests and go on a treasure hunt. They also act out a version of King Midas to learn about nonmaterial kinds of treasure.
24 Out to Lunch November 1, 1999 224 The kids pretend to go out to lunch and practice their restaurant behavior.
25 Whodunit? September 27, 1999 225 The kids use their problem-solving skills to solve a mystery.
26 Goin' to the Grocery December 8, 1999 226
27 Sing a Song December 13, 1999 227
28 Rainbow Colors December 16, 1999 228
29 Trick or Treat October 21, 1999 229
30 Family Fare December 29, 1999 230
31 Happy Birthday to Us! January 7, 2000 231 The kids pretend that it's everyone's birthday by putting on dress-up clothes, playing musical chairs and making party decorations.
32 Revealing Feelings January 11, 2000 232 The kids talk about feelings after they express to Vivian that they feel "bad, sad, and a little mad" because Tony isn't at the clubhouse because he's sick.

Season 3 (2001-2004)

# Title Original airdate Production code Short summary
1 Pattern Pattern December 2, 2003 301
2 Leap Frog Leap! November 25, 2002 302
3 Join the Parade December 2, 2002 303
4 Winning the Gold December 9, 2002 304 The kids hold their own Olympics.
5 Brick by Brick December 4, 2003 305 The kids build a town as pretend construction workers.
6 Dinosaur Romp May 3, 2004 306 Tony, Vivian, and the kids explore dinosaurs.
7 Topsy Tempo December 30, 2002 307
8 Weather or Not! May 6, 2004 308 Different kinds of weather.
9 It's Mother's Day! May 5, 2003 309 The kids rehearse their performance and make personalized invitations to their mothers.
10 Listen Up! March 3, 2003 310 The differences between loud and soft sounds.
11 Thinkin' Lincoln December 16, 2002 311
12 Horsing Around March 10, 2003 312 Pretending to be horses.
13 Making Mistakes March 17, 2003 313 The group makes up mistakes.
14 Tickets Please! March 24, 2003 314 Playing carnival games. They also act out a story about the Three Billy Goats Gruff getting stopped by a competitive troll on the way to a carnival.
15 Pop to It! March 10, 2004 315 A make believe trip to the movies.
16 Read the Signs March 14, 2004 316 The kids learn how to read signs and follow directions.
17 First Things First May 17, 2004 317 The importance of order.
18 A One and a Two May 21, 2004 318 The kids learn how to have fun playing alone.
19 Bendy Stretchy August 2, 2004 319 The importance of bending and stretching.
20 Alike and Different December 23, 2002 320
21 (or 23?) Happy New Year! January 1, 2003 321
22 It's Father's Day June 9, 2003 322 The kids play games with their dads and pretend to be fathers themselves.
23 (or 21?) Surprise, Surprise September 20, 2004 323 The kids learn the importance of friends and sharing.
24 Wonderful Words! (*) August 4, 2004 324 The kids act out a rhyming story.
25 Kids Are Kids September 27, 2004 325 The kids learn about accepting differences.
26 Nutcracker Sweet August 10, 2004 326 The kids act out the Nutcracker Story.

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