The 2nd Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards were held on April 18, 1988 at the Conan Sword and Sorcery Spectacular Arena at Universal Studios Hollywood. This was the first event held under this title, and first to feature a live audience, as well as celebrity hosts and attendees, while the first KCA occurred the previous year in 1987 as The Big Ballot, and only featured taped segments linked together by its studio hosts.

While the show recycled the same stage used by the Conan show, there was an added touch: the two tunnels were marked as Tunnels A and B. According to Les Lye, "A is alright, B is bad!" That was to say that exiting the stage through Tunnel A was alright, but bad things would happen when exiting through Tunnel B, which is something the hosts would learn the hard way, as exiting through Tunnel B led them on a whirlwind journey outside the studio.

Presenters, performers, and format


Musical performances

  • The Fat Boys ("Wipe Out")
  • Debbie Gibson ("Shake Your Love" and "Out of the Blue")


While the previous year's inaugural Nickelodeon award show only featured in-studio segments and pre-taped celebrity pieces, the 1988 Kids' Choice Awards was a full blown event, featuring a live audience, celebrity presenters, and the first "KCA trophy", which was created by original logo designers Tom Corey and Scott Nash.



  • Mackenzie Astin taking the Blindfold Ice Cream Challenge...on his face.
  • Wil Wheaton taking the Head-To-Head Giant Beach Ball Challenge.

Slimed Celebrities

  • Les Lye: The only celebrity to be slimed during the show, Les Lye was slimed during the initial 90 seconds of the show when he was asked about what bad things would happen by going into Tunnel B. His response? "I don't know!"


Category Winner
Favorite Movie Beverly Hills Cop II
Favorite Movie Actor Eddie Murphy
Favorite Movie Actress Whoopi Goldberg
Favorite TV Show ALF
Favorite TV Actor Michael J. Fox
Favorite TV Actress Alyssa Milano
Favorite Male Vocalist Bon Jovi
Favorite Female Vocalist Madonna
Favorite Song "La Bamba" – Los Lobos
Favorite Male Athlete Hulk Hogan
Favorite Female Athlete Debi Thomas
Favorite Sports Team Chicago Bears