Calling all fans of music and theatre, there are several opportunities to introduce the fine arts to your little ones this week. Check it out below, and visit our calendar for even more fun activities.
Jan. 9 features Music, Motion and Stories with Joel the Singing Librarian at the Durr Branch Library (1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence) at 10:30 a.m. It’s FREE! Visit kentonlibrary.org.
Jan. 12 marks Martin’s Dream with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (4015 Red Bank Road). Created, directed and performed by Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show explores the real person behind the pictures: a funny, intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history. Watch the story of his life unfold — from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Best for grades 2 – 12. Performances are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show and are held at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit thechildrenstheatre.com.
Jan. 13 and 14 is the date for Madcap Puppets’ performance of Jules & Verne’s Excellent Adventure at the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Dr.). Two young scientists challenge each other to a race around the world in this wacky production. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. each day, and are free for CAM members, $8 for nonmembers. Visit cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Jan. 13 brings the Linton Musicians to Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church (6474 Beechmont Ave.) for a Peanut Butter ‘n Jam Session that’s all about the percussion family of instruments. Performances held at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and cost just $5. Visit lintonmusic.org.
Jan. 14 welcomes families to the Fairfield Community Arts Center (411 Wessel Dr.) for Mario The Maker Magician, an original magic and DIY robotics show that will inspire audiences of all ages. Performance takes place at 2 p.m. and costs $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and ages 12 and younger. Visit fairfield-city.org.
Jan. 14 will also feature the Second Sunday Family Showtime at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Ave.). Presented by ROKCincy, this original work titled Trip Jones and The Case of the Missing Backpack is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure opera for grades K – 6. The free performance begins at 2 p.m. Visit cliftonculturalarts.org.