Six hours of stage, drums and rock ‘n’ roll.
Kidstock!, a free arts celebration for children and families, is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Edmonds Center for the Arts.
The event features Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey, kindie-rock quintet The Not-Its!, De Cajón Project and Morning Star Korean Cultural Center, as well as an intergenerational puppet workshop, ukulele workshop, bouncy houses and facepainting.
It’s all free.
Maybe that’s why there’s an exclamation mark at the end of Kidstock!
“It was established six years ago to make sure we’re reaching everybody in the community,” program director Gillian Jones said. “Especially those where the price of a ticket is prohibitive.”
Jones said many people come to the Edmonds arts center for the first time because of Kidstock!
Then they come back.
It’s a gateway to other programs at the center year-round. The center also has music, arts and theater camps.
More than 2,500 people attended Kidstock! last year.
Jones said events range from high-energy musicians to intimate workshops.
“It’s a full day of arts programming that’s really diverse,” she said.
Come for an hour or stay all day. Food is available for sale.
Book-It Repertory Theatre will perform “Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions.” It’s about the NASA engineer who invented many things, but the Super Soaker made the biggest splash in pop culture. The show is American Sign Language interpreted.
New this year is De Cajón Project, a Seattle-based musical performance group of African descent Peruvians.
“De cajón” is a Peruvian expression that means “for sure” or “rain or shine”or “without question.” A cajón is also a box-shaped drum, the driving percussive element at the heart of Afro-Peruvian music.
Kidstock! pre-registration is encouraged but not required to partake. Walk-ups are welcome.
Jones said those who preregister are entered in a drawing to win four tickets for the March 24 performance of “Petra and the Wolf.”
More at 425-275-9595 and www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.
Main Stage lineup
9:45-10:30 a.m.: Recess Monkey, a rock band for kids and families
11-11:45 a.m: Book-It Repertory Theatre’s “Whoosh!” (Show is ASL interpreted.)
12:15-1 p.m.: Morning Star Korean Cultural Center
1:30-2:15 p.m.: De Cajón Project
2:45-3:30 p.m.: The Not-Its!
Workshops for kids and families
(Workshops are first-come, first-served.)
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: “Let’s Make a Puppet!” Intergenerational Workshop, Silver Kite Community Arts, all ages
12:45-1:30 p.m.: “Themes in Motion” Book-It Repertory Theatre, grades K-2
1:45- 2:30 p.m.: Ukulele Workshop with Kalanikumupa’a led by musician Kalani Kaha’iali’i, ages 7 and up