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Final Kidchella Concert of the Summer at Smith Friday

The "kindie" concert series wraps up August 18 with Alex and the Kaleidoscope and Pears 4 Bears.

Get ready to rock: the third and final Kidchella concert of the summer is happening Friday, August 18, at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse.


The kid-friendly summer music festival is back for its fourth year. Friday’s edition will feature the local band Alex and the Kaleidoscope and Pears 4 Bears, which weaves puppetry into the musical performance.


In addition to the main stage in the playground, there will be a Youth Arts Zone beginning at 4 pm on Smith’s front lawn, featuring art stations led by ceramics and photography students from the Village of Arts and Humanities. Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner will emcee musical performances by The Village of Arts and Humanities and Settlement Music School. The concerts begin at 6 pm.


Food trucks will be on site, or families can bring a picnic dinner. The event is rain or shine.


Meg Wise, Smith’s executive director, said in a statement that Kidchella started as a small performance, but has since grown to welcome 2,000 children and adults from all over the area. (The name is a play on the Coachella Festival.)


“This year, we are excited to expand the festival even more to include a Youth Arts Zone that will highlight the talents of Philadelphia youth in our neighboring communities,” Wise said in a statement.


Tickets are $5 for Smith members and $10 for non-members. (Click here to buy now.) Philadelphia Family is proud to be a media partner for Kidchella, and our Supporting Members get 50 percent off tickets (as do Main Line Parent Supporting Members)! Want to join? Start here.


Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse is at 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia.


Photograph courtesy of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. 




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