Philly Children’s Festival Has Music, Dance, and More
This kid-focused festival is at Penn's Anneberg Center from May 18-20.
The Philadelphia Children’s Festival returns May 18 — 20 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center. The weekend will feature a variety of music, theater, dance and other artistic events.
The festival is centered on eight major performances. Tickets cost $5-$14, with a three-show $30 Festival Pass available for Saturday, May 20. That ticket also gets you into PlazaMania, featuring a variety of interactive art activities, plus face painting and other entertainment. The outdoor area is open from 10:30 am — 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am — 3 pm on Saturday.
Here are some of the festival’s highlights (click here to see the full schedule):
The Enchantment Theatre Company’s Peter Rabbit Tales, a stage adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories. (May 19, 10 am and 12:30 pm; May 20, 10 am, Harold Prince Theater; this show is sold out.)
The Philadanco Apprentice Company’s D/2, which showcases African-American dance traditions. At the festival, this show will feature dancers ages 15 to 23. (May 19, 10 am and 2:30 pm; May 20, 11:30 am, Zellerbach Theatre.)
The circus duo known as Boom!, Peter Sweet and David Poznanter. They combine masked theater with the circus tradition. (May 18, 10 am and 2:30 pm; May 20, 2 pm, Harold Prince Theatre; this show is also sold out.)
Music from Mr. G, a Latin Grammy winner (real name Ben Gundersheimer) who will perform multicultural music. (May 20, 10 am and 1 pm, Bruce Montgomery Theater.)
A Frozen sing-along: a showing of the popular 2013 Disney film, with singing encouraged, and a costume contest too. (May 20, 2:30 pm, Zellerbach Theatre.)
Mexico Beyond Mariachi, featuring music and dance from South of the border (May 18 at 10 am and 12:30 pm, Annenberg Center.)
Jawanza Kobie’s Bird Stories is a musical performance in which Kobie and his band perform original music, complete with poetic narration about “animal characters that learn acceptance and tolerance.” (May 18 and 19, both at 10 am, Bruce Montgomery Theatre.)
A concert by Teen Voices of the City Ensemble, a group of young singers from all around the region (May 18, 12:30 pm, Zellerbach Theatre.)
Photograph by Mark Garvin, courtesy of the Philadelphia Children’s Festival.