Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Taste of Chicago Fun Time Stage

This weekend kicks off the start of the Taste of Chicago which runs from Friday, June 26th to Sunday, July 5th. The kids entertainment stage is located in the Family Village on the corner of Columbus and Jackson. My band, the Little Miss Ann Band will be playing (Shameless Self-Promotion). I'm excited because a great kids hip hop band from North Carolina called Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will be playing after us. They are actually playing 3 shows on Saturday and Sunday.

Taste of Chicago Fun Time Stage Schedule:
Friday, June 26, 2009
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am, 3:30pm - Kidbucks Game Show (win prizes)
• 12:30pm - Histories for Kids, Inc. presents Pirate Tales
• 1:30pm - The Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show
• 2:30pm - Dave Herzog's Marionettes presents Captain Cranky and His Crew
• 4:30pm - ComedySportz
• 5:30pm - The Happiness Club

Saturday, June 27, 2009
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am - The Little Miss Ann Band
• 12:30, 2:45pm - Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
• 1:45pm - Just Us Kids of the All-City Elementary Youth Chorus
• 4:05pm - CircEsteem & The Chicago Youth Circus
• 5:05pm - Kidz Clog & Cloggin' Craze
• 6:10pm - 2nd Thought

Sunday, June 28, 2009
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am - Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
• 12:45pm - Northside College Prep Cheerleaders & M.I.T. Step Team
• 1:10pm - M.A.D.D. Rhythms
• 2:15pm - Paul Green School of Rock - Chicago
• 4-7pm - Battle of the Bands (finalists ages 13-18 compete for prizes)

Monday, June 29, 2009
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am - Misericordia Heartbreakers & Heartzingers
• 12:30pm - Ella Jenkins
• 1:30pm - Leonardo
• 2:30, 6pm - Kidbucks Game Show (win prizes)
• 3:30, 4:40pm - ComedySportz
• 4:10pm - The Poetic Storyteller
• 5:20pm - Wheeling High School's Crucial Step Clique

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"International Day"
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am - The Sunrise Chorus from The Chinese Fine Arts Society
• Noon, 4:30pm - Halau 'O Manulani
• 12:30, 5:30pm - Matsiko Children's Choir from Uganda
• 1pm - McNulty Irish Dancers
• 1:30, 2:30pm - Polonia Polish Folk Dance and Song Ensemble
• 2, 3:30pm - The Japanese Culture Center presents Aikido & Capoeira Demonstrations
• 3pm - Indonesian Performing Arts Chicago
• 4pm - Wavel Polish Dance Group
• 5pm - Perifaneia Dance Group
• 6pm - AfriCaribe

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am - Magic That Quacks You Up with Steve Belliveau
• 12:45pm - Nelson Gill Duo
• 1:45pm - Getting Excited About Science with Steve Belliveau
• 3, 4:10pm - ComedySportz US vs ComedySportz UK
• 3:40pm - The Poetic Storyteller
• 4:50pm - Wheeling High School's Crucial Step Clique
• 5:45pm - Emerald City Theatre Company's Jolly Rogers

Thursday, July 2, 2009
"Healthy Kids Day" presented by United Healthcare
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am - Come Out and Play with Chicago Park District for a kids fitness demo
• 12:15pm - Healthy cooking with Chef Gloria D. Hafer, Vicky Solczak, & After School Matters
• 1:00pm - Stretch-n-Grow, Fabulously Fun Fitness for Kids!
• 2:15pm - Healthy snacks with Belle & Liv Gerasole, The Spatulatta Girls
• 3:15pm - Hip-Hop Yoga with Mindful Practices
• 4:45pm - Healthy cooking with Michelle O'Malley, Executive Chef/Owner, A Kid's Kitchen
• 6pm - PKay's Health & Fitness Hula Hoop Aerobics

Friday, July 3, 2009
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am, 2:15pm - Six Flags Great America presents The Wiggles
• 12:10, 1:40, 2:55pm - It's Hip Hop, Baby!
• 12:45pm - Super Stolie and The Rockstars
• 3:30pm - On Broadway Dancers from Coal City, IL

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Emcees: Young Chicago Authors Word Play Performers
• 11:30am - Eric Galvan (2007 Taste of Talent All-Star)
• 11:45am - On Broadway Dancers from Coal City, IL
• 12:35pm - The Trouble With Boys (2008 Taste of Talent All-Star)
• 1:35pm - Tri-Town Raiderette Dance Team
• 1:55pm - Maya Tatum-Lattimore (2005 Taste of Talent All-Star)
• 2:20pm - Ashika Sachdev (2008 Taste of Talent All-Star)
• 2:50, 3:45pm - Chi-Town Cheerleaders (2002 Taste of Talent All-Star)
• 3:15pm - Faith Bardney (2008 Taste of Talent All-Star)
• 4:10pm - Asha Kamali's Kids J.A.M. (Just Aim and Move!) (celebrity choreographer)
• 5:30pm - Radio Disney Road Crew 4th of July Dance Party (games, music, prizes)

Sunday, July 5, 2009
• 11:30am - Taste of Talent Contest for Kids, hosted by NBC5 Brant Miller (finalists ages 4-14 compete for prizes)
• 3pm - Be A Karaoke Star (ages 18 & under)
• 5:15pm - Jesse White Tumbling Team

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Andersonville Midsomer Fest

Andersonville Midsomer Fest Family Stage

This weekend is one of my favorate festivals in Chicago in the heavily Swedish influenced neighborhood of Andersonville. The family tent offers 5 hours of family entertainment on both Sat. and Sun.

12 pm - Pet Parade
1 pm - Trowbridge Guitar Studio
2 pm - Raisin Rhyme
3 pm - Scribble Monster
4 pm - Emerald City
5 pm - Little Nashville

12 pm - Merry Music Makers
12:30 pm - Dream Big Performing Arts
1 pm - Andersonville Suzuki Academy
2 pm - Happiness Club
3 pm - Trinity Irish Dancers
4 pm - Radio Disney
5 pm - School of Rock

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Boogers

I received an e-mail from Crusty B of the Boogers. Don't judge a guy by his name though. This guy, Paul Crowe, is an overachiever to say the least. He is a developmental psychologist, a punk-rocker, and a dad of three boys! His band, the Boogers, from Berwyn, Il. have created a kids cd "Road to Rock" that offers kids a more hard-edged selection of nursery rhymes as well as original songs. The heavy Ramones influence is apparent in this 20 song kids cd. The Boogers music will surely get any kid moving with their chord-driven bouncy tunes. Hey, your kid might even want to start a mini moshpit. I don't recommend stagediving off your bed, though. So when you're taking a road trip this summer with your kids to Wisconsin Dells, grab "Road to Rock" by the power-punk trio, the Boogers! Your kids won't even ask you 100 times "Are we there yet?"

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Justin Roberts June 6 and 7

Saturday, June 6th, 2009 10:15 AM
Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players
Printers Row Lit Fest - Kids Corner Stage
W. Polk St. between Clark & Federal
Chicago, IL 60605
Price: FREE
TWO 45-MINUTE SETS: 10:15 AM & 2:30 PM!

Sunday, June 7th, 2009 11:45 AM
Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players
Printers Row Lit Fest - Kids Corner Stage
W. Polk St. between Clark & Federal
Chicago, IL 60605
Price: FREE
TWO SETS: 11:45 AM (1 hour) & 2:30 PM (30 minutes)!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Free Wiggleworms at Millenium Park All Summer

Only 9 more days. Mark your calendar. It's really the best deal in town. Everyday from June 10 to September 4th in the Family Fun tent at Millenium Park, there's a free Wiggleworms performance at 10 a.m. everyday. Everyday for like 80 days straight. Pack a lunch, take the train, bring your kids' suits to play in the fountain. That's not all that's free for kids too. In the past, there's been a bunch of other free things going on for kids in the same tent - storytime, art/science projects, full kids band later in the day, things to play with like hula hoops, building blocks, or beach balls, etc.

Here's the line-up!!
June 10th - Julie Helenius
June 11th - Maryanne Johnson
June 12th - Mr. Singer
June 13th - Linda Robertson
June 14th - Laura Doherty
June 15th - Karen Banks-Lubicz
June 16th - Anne-Marie Akin
June 17th - Lindsay Weinberg
June 18th - Maryanne Johnson
June 19th - Mr. Singer
June 20th - Karen Banks-Lubicz
June 21st - Linda Robertson
June 22nd - Tim Knuth
June 23rd - Anne-Marie Akin
June 24th - Lindsay Weinberg
June 25th - Lisa DeRosia
June 26th - Mr. Singer
June 27th - Shana Harvey
June 28th - Lindsay Weinberg
June 29th - Tisa Plays
June 30th - Anne-Marie Akin
July 1st - Rose Nadolsky
July 2nd - Shana Harvey
July 3rd - Mr. Singer
July 4th - Laura Doherty
July 5th - Shana Harvey
July 6th - Tisa Plays
July 7th - Laura Doherty
July 8th - Little Miss Ann
July 9th - Tim Knuth
July 10th - Mr. Singer
July 11th - Carol Weston
July 12th - Julie Helenius
July 13th - Linda Robertson
July 14th - Anne-Marie Akin
July 15th - Little Miss Ann
July 16th - Lindsay Weinberg
July 17th - Mr. Singer
July 18th - Julie Helenius
July 19th - Shana Harvey
July 20th - Lisa DeRosia
July 21st - Diana Laffey
July 22nd - Little Miss Ann
July 23rd - Lisa DeRosia
July 24th - Mr. Singer
July 25th - Shana Harvey
July 26th - Julie Helenius
July 27th - Tisa Plays
July 28th - Rose Nadolsky
July 29th - Carol Weston
July 30th - Angela Watkins
July 31st - Little Miss Ann
August 1st - Linda Robertson
August 2nd - Julie Helenius
August 3rd - Diana Laffey
August 4th - Anne-Marie Akin
August 5th - Little Miss Ann
August 6th - Lisa DeRosia
August 7th - Linda Robertson
August 8th - Shana Harvey
August 9th - Julie Helenius
August 10th - Maryanne Johnson
August 11th - Karen Banks-Lubicz
August 12th - Little Miss Ann
August 13th - Tim Knuth
August 14th - Karen Banks-Lubicz
August 15th - Julie Helenius
August 16th - Laura Doherty
August 17th - Maryanne Johnson
August 18th - Laura Doherty
August 19th - Little Miss Ann
August 20th - Lindsay Weinberg
August 21st - Shana Harvey
August 22nd - Lindsay Weinberg
August 23rd - Lisa DeRosia
August 24th - Maryanne Johnson
August 25th - Angela Watkins
August 26th - Linda Robertson
August 27th - Maryanne Johnson
August 28th - Angela Watkins
August 29th - Linda Robertson
August 30th - Laura Doherty
August 31st - Maryanne Johnson
September 1st - Angela Watkins
September 2nd - Lindsay Weinberg
September 3rd - Lisa DeRosia
September 4th - Angela Watkins