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Weekend Event Picks: Caspar Babypants Downtown, Children's Summer Stock, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"


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Noon Tunes for Kids

Children's music superstar Caspar Babypants puts on a rockin' lunchtime concert at Freeway Park with local old-time duo Squirrel Butter on Sunday. Caspar Babypants -- who we all know by now is Chris Ballew in his other life -- plays sweet, interactive and often twisty-funny music for little kids. He really gives each show his, as the kids used to say, all.

You may have come across Squirrel Butter playing the Ballard Farmers Market or the Pike Place Market.  They also put on quite the show -- Charmaine Slaven is a virtuoso buckdancer, and she's joined by Charlie Beck on banjo. They're not a kids' band, but they have a nice way of engaging young audiences.

Bring blankets and a picnic. If it rains, the show moves to nearby Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle.

Sunday, July 24, noon // Free // Freeway Park, located between Sixth and Seventh avenues on Seneca Street // All ages// Info

Children's summer stock performances

The regular season may be over, but, during July and August, kids from area summer stock programs show their stuff in often astonishingly well-acted performances.  This weekend, get in on performances at Seattle Children's TheatreVillage Theatre in Issaquah, Youth Theatre Northwest on Mercer Island, and SecondStory Repertory in Redmond.

  • Over at SCT, students in grades 4-12 perform "The Hobbit" and students in grades 8-12 perform Shakespeare's "As You Like It."  The shows are a real bargain -- just $10 for both.  Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m. //  201 Thomas St. , Seattle //  Ages 11 and older // Tickets
  • At Village Theatre, whose KIDSTAGE program has nurtured successful actors, students from Summer Independent program perform jazz-era musical "Chicago."   Friday, Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m  // $14-$16 // 303 Front St. N. , Issaquah // Tickets
  • SecondStory Repertory presents "Dear Edwina Jr.," the girl-power musical comedy about Edwina Spoonapple's unstoppable desire to be in the spotlight. Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. // $15 // All ages // 16587 N.E. 74th St. , Redmond // Tickets
  • The talented kids from Youth Theatre Northwest perform rock opera "The Who's Tommy," the story of a young boy who loses touch with the world after witnessing a murder -- and finds his way back again through the power of pinball. Friday, Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. //  $13-$17 // Ages 10 and older // 8805 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island // Tickets
  • Renton River Days

    There's so much going on in Renton this weekend that we barely know where to begin. Let's see...watch the Rubber Ducky Derby, catch a performance by the Wenatchee Youth Circus (who are all kinds of awesome), hang out in the free kids' play area, watch a chalk art contest, check out family entertainment, and bring your noisemakers to the parade on Saturday. Oh, and eat lots and lots of fair food.

    Friday, July 22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. // Most events free // Most events at Liberty Park, Renton // Schedule

    "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

    Watch a great kids' movie, hang out in Ballard's beautiful little Majestic Bay Theater, and support a good cause. Gilda's Club Seattle, the non-profit that supports families touched by cancer, is sponsoring the screening to raise money for its programs. Your ticket gets you admission and a Gilda  Bar, created by Seattle Chocolates to celebrate the org's 10th anniversary. Five Golden Ticket winners will receive a tour of Seattle Chocolates, and one winner will get (gasp!) free admission for a year to the Majestic Bay.

    Saturday, July 23, doors 9 a.m., show 9:30 a.m. // $20 // 2044 N.W. Market St., Seattle // Ages 5 and up // Info

    Go, Dog, Go! Canine Festival

    Dog lovers, this one's for you. Leash up your fave Fido and head to Juanita Park this weekend for a dog-o-rama -- check out the latest and greatest in doggy goods and gear, watch amazingly skilled dogs show off their mad agility skillz, and join other dog-human groups for a walk around the park at 9:30 a.m.

    Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. // Admission free, dog walk $20 // 9703 N.E. Juanita Drive, Kirkland // Info

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