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The 2010 Philadelphia International Children’s Festival is Coming April 27th Through May 1st.

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The 26th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival will be April 27 – May 1. Enjoy family-friendly music, theatre and dance performances as well as a host of fun and interactive activities in the FUN ZONE on the Outdoor Plaza including crafts, face painting, jugglers and more!
2010 Children’s Festival Fun Pass

Join the fun with the Children’s Festival Fun Pass and make a whole day of it! Enjoy three shows, access to the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE on the Outdoor Plaza, and a free lunch for only $25.* It’s the best way to enjoy the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival!

The following events will be a part of this festival –

The Little Engine That Could

Your favorite childhood story comes to life! Watty Piper’s beloved tale of the power of positive thinking is now a live action interactive musical. Several trains refuse to pull a heavy load of toys over the mountain. Only the Little Engine is willing to try. To do it, he will need your help to overcome seemingly impossible odds! Colorful trains and life-sized toys come alive on stage in this inspirational and all-around entertaining production by one of the largest professional children’s theater companies in the nation! Presented by the Omaha Theater Company.
Tue, Apr 27 @ 10 AM
Wed, Apr 28 @ 12 PM
Thu, Apr 29 @ 10 AM
Fri, Apr 30 @ 12 PM
Sat, May 1 @ 11 AM
Sat, May 1 @ 1 PM
Venue
Zellerbach Theatre
The Little Engine That Could

Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir

Join Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir and embark on an illuminating journey of African American history, perfect for the whole family. Sing along to spirituals, work songs, and field shouts as this energetic group traces the music inspired by the difficult journey from slavery to freedom. Learn to dance the Ranky Tanky and try your hand at authentic African percussion instruments in this interactive foot-stomping, hand-clapping performance!
Tue, Apr 27 @ 12 PM
Wed, Apr 28 @ 10 AM
Thu, Apr 29 @ 12 PM
Fri, Apr 30 @ 10 AM
Sat, May 1 @ 4:30 PM
Venue
Harold Prince Theatre
Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir

STREET BEAT

It’s STOMP meets Blue Man Group when this L.A. based ensemble of drummers, musicians and dancers combine urban rhythms, hip-hop moves and break-dance acrobatics into an explosive high energy performance!
Tue, Apr 27 @ 12 PM
Wed, Apr 28 @ 10 AM
Thu, Apr 29 @ 12 PM
Fri, Apr 30 @ 10 AM
Sat, May 1 @ 3 PM
Sat, May 1 @ 5 PM
Venue
Zellerbach Theatre
Street Beat

The Man Who Planted Trees

This magical, comical and multi-sensory puppetry adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental fable tells the inspiring story of a French shepherd who sets out with his dog to plant a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren landscape into a thriving oasis. Both a touching tale and a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees reminds us that it only takes the determination of one person to make a positive change in the world. From the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland.
Tue, Apr 27 @ 10 AM
Wed, Apr 28 @ 12 PM
Thu, Apr 29 @ 10 AM
Fri, Apr 30 @ 12 PM
Sat, May 1 @ 12:30 PM
Sat, May 1 @ 2:30 PM
Venue
Harold Prince Theatre
The Man Who Planted Trees

Children’s Festival FUN ZONE

Visit the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE on the Outdoor Plaza and enjoy a host of engaging and hands-on activities for the whole family! Highlights include performances by the Give and Take Jugglers, HOOP-LA, and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as well as crafts, dancers, musicians and more! The FUN ZONE is free for all ticket holders and also includes free film screenings in the Bruce Montgomery Theatre.

To learn more about this years Children’s Festival, and purchase tickets for events, check out the events Website.