The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has some family-friendly events happening soon that you don’t want to miss. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the performing arts of theatre, music & so much more.

Origami Paper Crane Folding for Japan

segerstrom center for the artsPersonally, I just love this first event – it just makes my heart go pitter-pater… Tuesday, April 19th from 5-9pm The Segerstrom Center for the Arts & the Philharmonic Society of Orange County are hosting an origami paper folding event in the lobby of the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. You are invited to come learn how to fold & make paper cranes. They will definitely need ALL the help they can get to accomplish their goal of folding 1,000 paper cranes. In the Japanese culture, the crane is a symbol of hope, luck & prosperity & folklore say the act of folding 1,000 grants a wish. The completed cranes, & a “wish of health & recovery for the Japanese people, will be sent to cultural arts organizations in the affected areas of Japan. Later that same evening the Tokyo String Quartet will be playing a conert at the Samueli Theater & members of the quartet & Japanese Consul General Junichi Ihara are expected to be on hand to participate in the crane making. & While it is definitely not required, donations for Japanese relief efforts will also be accepted.

Pero

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Saturday, April 23rd (at 1 & 3pm) The Segerstrom Center for the Arts will be presenting Pero (or Mysteries of the Night). Adapted from a popular French children’s book, Perô tells the story of Perô, a baker in a tiny Italian village with a broken heart. Perô loses the girl he has loved since childhood after she runs off with a flashy house painter. He stops baking and closes his bakery. Using puppets, actors, singers and live musicians, this charming tale of love comes to life. Each Perô performance will include free pre-show creative play activities and a reading area with an assortment of children’s books. These activities are designed to give families the opportunity to spend quality time together at Segerstrom Center while engaging in fun, imaginative art-making. They begin one hour before each performance. Tickets are $20 & can be purchased HERE.

The Performance in which Hopefully Nothing Happens

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Then on Saturday & Sunday May 21st & 22nd (at 1pm) The Performance in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens will be taking it’s turn on center stage…. or rather, an empty stage. See, the play is about a security guard who has been hired to ensure that nothing happens on their empty stage. He locks the door and sets the alarm…what could go wrong? An empty stage has never been so entertaining in this absurdly humorous look at what makes a performance. Each performance will include free pre-show creative play activities and a reading area with an assortment of children’s books. Performance in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens is recommended for children ages 7 and above. Tickets are $20 & can be purchase HERE.

& If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for Mary Poppins (coming July 14th – August 7th) & Shrek (on stage October 4th – October 16th).

xoxo, K

p.s. Interested in even more local, family-friendly theater productions? Check out the Imagination Celebration.