A Fantastic, Artsy Spring Festival

The Children’s Festival has it all: music, magicians, hip-hop, circus arts, and — of course — face-painting Read more

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I think we can all agree: One of the best parts of spring in this city is the abundance of festivals that pop up everywhere, no? And one of the best of the best — especially for families — is the annual Children’s Festival at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which focuses on connecting kids to the arts through three days’ worth of amazing shows.

This year’s 33rd annual fest, May 17 to 19, will feature all sorts of good stuff: You can see “My Father’s Dragon”, a play based on the beloved Newbery Honor book; you can see a magic show with a famous illusionist; you can see a dance demo that examines the history of hip-hop; you can see — and participate in — an interactive dance/gymnastics workshop wherein attendees build a human alphabet (what a fun photo op!); you can see a cool vaudeville/circus show (complete with trapeze and tight wire!); you can see the famed Latin children’s musician Sonia De Los Santos … and much more.  

Also! In addition to the lineup of shows (check out the full list here), the festival includes PlazaMania, a FREE party (from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday) complete with pop-up performances, art activities, balloon animals, face-painting, food trucks and more. It all makes for a really memorable weekend for little ones. 

Ticket prices vary by show, though most hover around $10 a ticket, with a few exceptions. You can read all about the shows and buy your tickets here.

Photo credit, from top left, clockwise: Sonia De Los Santos; Mark Garvin; and Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo