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To the Monkey Bars
Airdate Monday, April 28, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 (DVD)
Friday, February 19, 2010 (Nick Jr.)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) 10:00 am
Season 2
Episode 20 (aired)
18 (produced)
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Edwin Alcala
Enrico Vilbar Santana
Directed by Sherie Pollack
Previous Egg Hunt (airing order)
A Letter for Swiper (production order)
Next Hide and Go Seek (airing order)
Dora, La Música (production order)
Go, Diego, Go!: Journey to Jaguar Mountain (chronologically)

To the Monkey Bars (also known as Yes, We Can!) is the 20th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 2.

In production order, it's the 18th episode of Season 2.



Dora has tried and tried, but never conquered the monkey bars. If she wants to retry it, she'll have to prove it by going to Play Park by going over the Troll Bridge, and going up Windy Hill. Can the viewer help Dora climb all the away across the monkey bars?


Dora and Boots are looking at a photo album about past trips they took together. The first picture was the time Dora & Boots found the buried treasure chest with the Pirate Pigs and Pirate Parrot. The 2nd picture was the time they helped Little Star get home to the Moon. The 3rd picture was the time they saved Prince Ramon from the High Tower and locked the mean witch in his magic ball and then the witch eventually turned nice. As they turned another page, Boots saw a picture of Dora at Play Park. She was trying out the monkey bars. Boots thought Dora made it all the way across, but the truth is she didn't make it all the way across. She tried and tried and tried, but so far, Dora just couldn't get all the way across the monkey bars. It was hard for her. Boots decides to help Dora get all the way across the monkey bars. So, they asked Map to find the best way to Play Park. Map says that they had to cross the Troll Bridge and climb over Windy Hill to get to Play Park. Dora and Boots made it to the Troll Bridge. And this time, instead of solving riddles, The Grumpy Old Troll wanted to see if Dora & Boots can touch their nose, touch their toes, reach up high and tickle the sky. Dora and Boots touched their noses, and their toes. They also reached up high, and tickled the sky. Mr. Troll was impressed, and lets them go over his bridge. Now Dora & Boots had to go over the Windy Hill. Suddenly, they saw Tico the squirrel. Tico had a camera. Dora walks on the path, while Boots swings his way across using the vines, and then he lands back on the path. Dora & Boots had a look at Tico's camera, and they thought it was nice. Suddenly, they heard Swiper. They guessed that he will try to swipe Tico's camera. Sure enough, Swiper appears inside the tree hole, swipes Tico's camera, and hides it. But Tico climbs up the tree, where Swiper hid the camera. Tico's camera was hanging on a branch up high. Tico climbs up some ladders, and when he got the 3rd ladder, he got his camera back. Tico climbs back down the ladders, and runs down the tree with the camera in his hand. Dora & Boots continued on their way to Play Park, but first they had to go over the Windy Hill and they saw a wind cloud, who blew really coldly. A wind cloud blows, and Dora & Boots knew they had to get clothes to keep them warm. They check Backpack, who had warm clothes for Dora & Boots. The blue cursor clicks on the purple jacket for Dora, and the red jacket for Boots. Next, it clicked on Dora's 2 purple mittens, and her purple hat. Now the blue cursor clicks on Boots' 2 red mittens, and his red hat. Dora & Boots now had their jackets, mittens, and hats on. Now they had to zip up their zippers. Then, Wind Cloud was so funny and troublesome, he had a dirty trick up his sleeves. He decided to blow the biggest and strongest wind yet and stop them from getting over the Windy Hill and, “Ha ha,” he says. And he blew as hard as he could. Dora & Boots stomped their way up the Windy Hill, and when they got to the top, the wind cloud was impressed and a little intrigued. They made it through his strongest wind. The wind cloud gave them a ride down by blowing Dora & Boots' tushes, and they floated down and landed gently on the path. The Fiesta Trio fly a hang glider as they played their fanfare. Dora & Boots take off their warm clothes, and put them all back inside Backpack. So far, Dora & Boots crossed the Troll Bridge, and went over Windy Hill. They were so close to getting to Play Park. It was on a giant grassy hill. Dora & Boots saw Pinto the Pony, who is now out of the Wild West. They call out to Pinto and asked if they can have a ride up to Play Park. Pinto whinnies "yes" to them. Dora & Boots climb onto Pinto's back, and started riding him up to Play Park. Dora & Boots hoped their friends see Dora cross the monkey bars. They find Tico on the swing set, Benny in the sandbox, Isa riding her scooter on the path, Big Red Chicken pushing Tico on the swing, and Baby Blue Bird sliding down the slide. Once Pinto got Dora & Boots up to Play Park, Boots made the big announcement. He said that Dora is going to try to climb all the way across the monkey bars. Their friends cheered for her. Tico is going to take Dora's picture on the monkey bars for her photo album. Dora was ready. First, she had to count how many bars there are on the monkey bars. As Dora and her friends count each bar, it glows. There were 10 bars. Dora was all set to try to climb all the way across the monkey bars. She reached her arms up high. Dora grabs the 1st bar with her left hand, and counted to herself. Dora grabs the 1st bar with both hands, next she grabs the 2nd bar with both hands, she repeats the sequence on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th bar. And after grabbing the 9th bar with both hands, she lets go of the 9th bar with her right hand, and pauses for a moment. But, she grabs the 10th and final bar with both hands, and jumps back down to solid ground. Dora successfully crossed the monkey bars, and all her friends cheer and celebrate! Tico takes the picture. Dora was so glad that she showed her confidence, and conquered her way across the monkey bars!

Episodes used in Dora’s photo album[]


Yes, We Can!

Places in this episode[]

  1. Troll Bridge
  2. Windy Hill
  3. Play Park


  • The trees where Swiper threw Tico's camera

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)[]

  • Purple hat (one of the correct items)
  • Green pair of mittens
  • Purple pair of mittens (one of the correct items)
  • Red jacket (one of the correct items)
  • Red hat (one of the correct items)
  • Yellow pair of mittens
  • Red pair of mittens (one of the correct items)
  • Purple jacket (one of the correct items)


This episode can be found on the Dora's Halloween DVD.


  • This episode has Dora and Boots sing "Yes, We Can!", in which they sing the first two stanzas of the Travel Song's lyrics, they don't say "where are we going" because it's followed by them stomping their feet real hard and clapping their hands real loud. The last two stanzas of it are also featured in "Travel Song Medley".
    • The Travel Song was technically heard three times, once on the way to the Troll Bridge, once on the way to the Windy Hill, and once going up the Windy Hill. However, when they sing it going up the Windy Hill, they skip the places to go and just start at the last stanza where the stomp their feet real hard and clap their hands real loud. This is the first time since Bouncing Ball for the song being sung three times
  • This is Dora and Boots' 6th instance (and the only Season 2 episode) going over the troll bridge and the 7th appearance for the Grumpy Old Troll.
  • This episode could be Dora’s version of Journey to Jaguar Mountain.
  • However, Go, Diego, Go! was not aired on Nick Jr. until 2005.
  • This is the only episode where items fly out both before and after Backpack swallows the remaining items. Dora and Boots' jackets and mittens flew out of Backpack before she swallowed the green and yellow mittens, and then their hats flew out afterwards.
  • This is the first episode where the Grumpy Old Troll does not tell Dora and Boots to solve his riddles, he instead gives them an instruction. In this episode, he makes them do exercises due to the "yes we can" theme of the episode.
  • Mr. Troll becomes more impressed with Dora and Boots from now on, unless one counts Surprise!.
  • The picture of Dora attempting the monkey bars in the photo album is seen later in the episode when she grabs on to climb across.
  • This episode is very similar to the Go, Diego, Go! episode "Journey to Jaguar Mountain" (although this premiered way before Go, Diego, Go!).
  • Dora makes her way across the monkey bars a little faster while singing the last verses of the "We Did It" song and makes it all the way through when the song ended.
  • There is a lot of instructions and challenges due to the "yes we can" nature of the episode.
    • Dora says she never made it across the monkey bars; Boots is sure she can do it this time, and she succeeds in the end with the help from Boots and the viewers.
    • Dora and Boots don't exchange "Where are we going?" during the travel song; instead they demonstrate talents they can do.
    • Mr. Troll gives Dora and Boots physical challenges to test them if they can do what he tells them.
    • Dora and Boots brave a chilly wind up Windy Hill.
  • This is the last episode until "León, the Circus Lion" in which Dora lists the places after all 3 pictures pop up.
  • This is the only appearance of Dora's purple jacket and Boots' red jacket used for windy weather. The mittens of the same color from the previous episodes A Present For Santa and A Letter for Swiper, as well as a later Season 4 episode The Mixed-Up Seasons, and the hats will appear in that episode.
  • When Dora says "You have to say Map!", the audio is taken from Wizzle Wishes.
  • This is the 46th episode of the show.
  • Dora and Boots sing Yes We Can! the second time, but they don't sing it after finding their second place and the Blue Cursor clicking on it.
  • This is the second episode where Play Park is the final destination, first being The Happy Old Troll.
  • This is Pinto's first time away from the wild west and his second appearance to date.
    • This is also his last appearance for Season 2.
    • Pinto will later appear in the episode "Dora's World Adventure!" at the Friendship Day party.
  • The photos in the photo album are from the previous episodes of the last season (although no one was seen taking them in the episodes themselves):
  • In some scenes of this episode, Dora and Boots have their Season 1 and Season 3 looks.
  • This episode premiered the same day as the release of the iTunes Store.
  • At the end of the episode, the blue cursor does not click on Dora; instead it clicks on the picture of her that Tico took.
  • Although this episode premiered in 2003, it was produced in 2001 according to the end credits.


  • It is unknown how the pictures from Treasure Island, Little Star, and Dora Saves the Prince appeared if no one actually took the pictures onscreen.
  • After looking through the photo album book, Dora put the book in her backpack, so it is unknown how the book was not one of the items in Backpack during her segment.
  • It is unknown how Dora and Boots needed jackets, hats, and mittens just because of the wind. In real life, winds can only make warm temperatures slightly colder, but not colder that one would need to put winter clothes over his/her summer clothes. (North winds blow cold air)


  • Dora and Boots saying "Yes, We Can!" may be a reference to Bob the Builder, in which whenever he asks "Can we fix/build it?", he and the cast yell out "Yes, We Can!".

Character Find[]

Grumpy Old Troll

Dora the Explorer Season 2
Lost Squeaky | The Missing Piece | The Big Storm | The Magic Stick | Rojo the Fire Truck | El Día De Las Madres | The Golden Explorers | Doctor Dora | Pinto, the Pony Express | The Big Piñata | The Happy Old Troll | A Letter for Swiper | Click! | ¡Rápido, Tico! | A Present For Santa | Super Map! | Lost Map | Dora, La Música | The Lost City* | Egg Hunt | To the Monkey Bars | Hide and Go Seek | School Pet | Quack! Quack! | León, the Circus Lion | Whose Birthday is It? | Super Spies
* - Denotes held-up episode