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The Kids Corner Garden 
Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29
11:30am-5pm
The Camden Children's Garden
Camden Waterfront, NJ 

 Join Kids Corner host Kathy O'Connell, librarian Joe Hilton, our Kitchen Chemist Dr. Lisa Chirlian and other special guests as we plant ourselves inside the beautiful oasis that is the Camden Children's Garden - Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29 - as part of the XPoNential Music Festival! Your Festival wristband will get you FREE access to the Camden Children's Garden all day Saturday and Sunday.

The Camden Children's Garden is a special place to explore and discover the natural world, no matter your age! The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play  as well as dozens of shade trees and benches, creating comfortable resting spots from the warm sun of Wiggins Park. 

Plan to make a splash when you enter - as the Garden's Water Spray Ground comes alive creating a fun spot to cool down on a hot summer day. Guests are encouraged to bring bathing suits, water shoes, and towels.

The Garden also includes three indoor attractions, the popular Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House, the tropical exhibit, Plaza de Aibonito and Ben Franklin’s Secret Workshop. Other exhibits include a Dinosaur Garden, Maze, Tree House, Picnic Garden, CityScapes Garden, Storybook Gardens and the Fitness Garden. Visitors can round out their visit by riding the historic Carousel, or the mini-train. 

All kids must have adult supervision throughout the Garden. NO RUNNING in the Spray Ground area as surfaces may be slippery.

WXPN/Kids Corner will also offer FREE face painting and glitter tattoos in the Garden Treehouse, thanks to the creative hands of our friend Jane from Fabulous Faces! She'll be on site both days Noon-4pm

Get in line early as the line usually closes by 3:30pm

Fabulous Faces Entertainment was formed in 2003 by Jane Lashner a working mom as a way to stay home with her two young sons. Over the past 14 years, the company has blossomed into some what of a dream come true. Not only does Jane get to make people smile - she gets to express herself and use her creativity at a fun occasion like the Kids Corner Garden - and loves being in the Garden Treehouse each year during the XPoNential Music Festival weekend!

Really Rosie - LIVE! 

As a very special treat in the Kids Corner Garden on Saturday July 28 at 2pm - join us in the Garden Amphitheater as local singer/songwriter Ginger Coyle and her daughter Georgia perform songs from Really Rosie. The musical is based on Maurice Sendak's books Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around, and The Sign on Rosie's Door. Sendak based the story on a demonstrative little girl who used to sing and dance on the stoop of her building, whom he observed while he was a little boy growing up in Brooklyn. The musical, written by Carole King, will come to live as Ginger and Georgia go through several costume changes to perform all the roles in this production for the entire family!

The performance will happen Saturday at 2pm (rain date Sunday at 2pm) and is free with your Festival wristband ... just follow the winding trail inside the Garden to get to the amphitheater.   

 

Kindie Music LIVE!

We love Kindie music (that's independent music for kids - Kindie!) and there's only one thing better than listening to the latest songs from your favorite Kindie artists, and that is seeing them LIVE on stage! Below is a list of just some of the wonderful live music for families happening in our region in the coming months.

  • July 17: Gustafer Yellowgold /Colonial Theater, Phoenixville PA
  • July 20: Kidchella: Shine & The Moonbeams and The Alphabet Rockers, Smith Playground Philly
  • July 24: Alex & The Kaleidoscope / Colonial Theater, Phoenixville PA  
  • July 31: The Cat's Pajamas / Colonial Theater, Phoenixville PA
  • August 3: Key Wilde & Mr Clarke / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 4: Suzi Shelton / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 5: Ernie & Neal / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 6: Lolly Hopwood / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 7: Vered & Rob / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 8: Dave Fry / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 9: Mil's Trills / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 10: Kira Willey & Friends / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 11: Brady Rymer / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 12: Joanie Leeds / TeleBear Summer Jam, Bethlehem, PA
  • August 14: The Not-Its! / Colonial Theater, Phoenixville PA
  • August 17: Kidchella: Red Yarn and Vered & The Babes, Smith Playground Philly
  • August 19: Trout Fishing in America / Philadelphia Folk Festival, Upper Salford Township PA

Really Rosie with Ginger Coyle
various dates in July 
Burlington County Library System
Burlington County, NJ 

Really Rosie is a musical with songs by Carol King, based on the work of Maurice Sendak. Singer Ginger Coyle and her daughter Georgia will be traveling to different branches to perform a stripped down and rather creative interpretation of this classic children’s musical together for their Reading Rocks summer series. If you have kids or know little humans who would enjoy an afternoon of songs and silliness, bring them out! For more info, bcls.lib.nj.us

VOLTA
Cirque Du Soleil 
now through August 19
Greater Phila Expo Center

Oaks, PA

VOLTA is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. For more info, cirquedusoleil.com

Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary Screening
August 2, 4 and 11
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Bryn Mawr, PA 

Journey beneath the waves with the Beatles on the 50th anniversary of this animated pop-art epic, featuring songs like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “All You Need is Love.” Singing is encouraged at the special interactive screening on Saturday, August 11, hosted by Kathy O’Connell of Kids Corner. This show will not have subtitles, so brush up on the lyrics ahead of time! For more info, brynmawrfilm.org

TeleBear's Summer Jam
August 3-12
PBS39 Studios 
Bethlehem, PA

PBS39 presents a FREE, family-friendly concert series, featuring music from many of our Kids Corner friends, including Kira Willey, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, Suzi Shelton, Ernie & Neal, Brady Rymer and more (see Kindie Music Live post above for specific dates/performances). ​For more info and to RSVP, visit, wlvt.org