Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pgh. to Host 25th Children's Festival

The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary this May, bringing in acts from England, Ireland, Canada and Mali to entertain local kids.

Pam Lieberman, the Festival’s Executive Director, says the performances are meant to be educational as well as entertaining, and many teach children lessons about science, literature, geography and more.

Lieberman says to celebrate the Festival’s 25th anniversary, Alan Parkinson’s giant, colorful sculpture “Amococo” will return for the first time since 2003. Parents and kids will have the chance to walk through the inflatable structure, which is the size of a building.

“Knuffle Bunny” is a musical theater act that will also perform at the Children’s Festival. The performance is based on the kids’ book of the same name by Mo Willem.

Lieberman says in addition to six ticketed performances, there will be a number of local musical acts on the open stage, and a reading corner will feature live readings of various children’s books.

The Festival will run from May 11 through May 15 at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.

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