Kidstock is happening for the first time Saturday at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Executive director Joseph McIalwain said this free day of entertainment has been a dream of the staff since the arts center opened in 2006.
"This is a great kick-start for what I know will become an extensive mix of truly innovative and impactful programs in the years ahead," McIalwain said.
This all-ages event includes mainstage entertainment provided by some of the best of kindie rock bands playing today.
The favorites include Recess Monkey, Harmonica Pocket and The Not-Its.
Also on the mainstage is Alex Zerbe, who entertains with dynamic and skillful juggling antics.
There will also be a performance by the Zambini Brothers Puppets, who create a cast of creative and whimsical puppets, some made from common household items and all original.
In another area of the center, the Seattle Shakespeare Company and Book-It Repertory Theater will hold workshops in "combat scenes," comedy skits and other theater techniques that are open to older kids, along with a Shakespeare photo booth.
For the younger crowd, the center's gym will be a warm-up area for kids to get their wiggles out with bouncy houses, hula hoops and juggling toys.
In the lobby, kids can enjoy some interactive entertainment with giant roving puppets such as Fat Kitty and Weiner Dog as well as have their faces painted or have a snack.
Besides participating in Kidstock, families can also learn about ECA's Educational Outreach programs, student matinee performances and ECA's summer youth camps.
"It's going to be a blast," Kris McRea, ECA interim marketing manager, said.
"It's a great thing to really open our doors for families and have a chance to expand our reach to show people this place is not just for adults."
McRea said it was possible to offer Kidstock free of charge because of additional funding that came from the Edmonds Arts Commission, Rotary of Edmonds, King's Schools and Barclay-Shelton Dance Centre.
"We finally have the partnerships established and resources in place to make this kind of event happen, and we're jumping in with both feet," McIalwain said.
Kidstock runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds.
Registration is encouraged to help ensure ECA has enough supplies; call 425-275-9595 or go to www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.
10:15 to 11 a.m.: Recess Monkey
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Zambini Brothers Puppets
12:45 to 1:30 p.m.: Harmonica Pocket
2 to 2:45 p.m.: Alex Zerbe Juggler
3:15 to 4 p.m.: The Not-Its
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Bouncy Houses,
Lobby and hallway
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Roving puppets, concessions, face painting
11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Seattle Shakespeare Comedy, 15 minute demonstrations and photo booth
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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