International Children's Festival

There's plenty of entertainment at the Annenberg Center, including Montreal's Circo Comedia, with Patrick Côté (left) and Jean Saucier.
There's plenty of entertainment at the Annenberg Center, including Montreal's Circo Comedia, with Patrick Côté (left) and Jean Saucier.

Two days of music, theater, dance.

Posted: May 04, 2012

It's all about music, theater, and dance on Friday and Saturday during the 2012 Philadelphia International Children's Festival at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

Programming begins at 10 a.m. both days with activities in the Children's Fun Zone and special performances throughout the day. The audience can take a trip to the moon as actor Andrew Dawson recreates the Apollo 11 landing using his hands, arms, and upper torso during his one-man Space Panorama show. Former circus entertainer John Hadfield and his imaginary friends will provide comedy in the House show. Sing along with Tang, Bubbles, and Dorsal during the undersea glow-in-the-dark musical puppet adventure, ImaginOcean. Other shows include bad-boy clown and stunt duo Circo Comedia and the stage production of PASTA! - A Pop Ups Puppet Musical. Families can also meet musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music.

In the Fun Zone in the Outdoor Plaza, kids can have their faces painted and participate in art and craft activities. Enjoy a physical theater performance by Brian Sanders & JUNK, Middle Eastern drumming with Joe Tayoun & Friends, entertainment from the Give & Take Jugglers, and more. At noon on Saturday, the Phillie Phanatic will make an appearance.

'Robin Hood' at Arden Theatre

Enter Sherwood Forest during the Arden Theatre's Children Series production of Robin Hood through June 24.

You can help Robin Hood on his adventure during the interactive show that puts a comedic and athletic twist on the classic fable. A playground-like atmosphere, with props made from recycled materials, and an ensemble cast of five takes the audience on a magical journey. The play is written by Greg Banks and directed by Matthew Decker.


"Robin Hood" at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. on Sunday at Arden Theatre on the Arcadia Stage, 40 N. Second St. The show is appropriate for ages 5 and older. Tickets are $16 to $32 and can be purchased online at www.ardentheatre.org. For Information: 215-922-1122.

Strawberry Festival at Peddlers Village

The Strawberry Festival blooms at Peddler's Village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, marking the annual event's 50th anniversary.

Festivities include musical performances by the Blue Roots Bluegrass Band, the Got Strings? Youth Orchestra, and the Banjo Man, who will be strolling throughout the village. You can also cheer on contestants in strawberry pie-eating contests and see stilt-walkers.

Strawberry treats of all kinds will be offered. You can watch strawberry pastries be cooked in an old-fashioned iron kettle. There is a craft area to allow children to use their creative talents.


The 50th annual Strawberry Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Peddler's Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. The festival goes on rain or shine. Admission: free. Information: 215-794-4000 or www.peddlersvillage.com.

Contact Monica Peters at mpeters@phillynews.com .

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