Kids Fare is a delightful series of hour-long concerts, most of which take place at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston, IL, ideal for children ages three to eight and their families. The 2012-2013 series is already half over but the remaining concerts should be a lot of fun and very affordable at $6 for the general public and $4 for children. Parking is free and the experience is enjoyable. My kids favorite part is being able to go up on stage at the end of the concert for the "instrument petting zoo" as they get to touch and hear the instruments first hand.
Saturday, February 16 - "Air Raid": Experience the exciting and sometimes unexpected possibilities of adding air to a blade of grass, kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone, garden hose, flute, seashell, oboe reed, bassoon, horn, pan pipe, puckered lips, clarinet, tuba, and more. Join us for a magical musical tour of virtuosic wind-generated sounds and thrilling music.
Saturday, April 20 - "Jump to Conclusions": The indefatigable Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, led by Billy Sigenfeld, seamlessly combines motion, dance, gesture, and nifty choreography with great music to create an experience that will illuminate many different sounds, sights, and rhythms. You'll be jumping for joy!
Saturday, May 11 - "My Kingdom for an Orchestra": Help is on the way as our celebrated Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, led by Robert Hasty, ends our Kids Fare season in grand fashion. Brass, woodwinds, percussion, and stringed instruments of all sizes join forces to present a beautiful and fun palette of musical styles.
They also have a great package deal at the beginning of the season in the Fall for a great annual family experience.