Theater for Young Children coming to Ballard parks

Next month, the free Theater for Young Children will do their summer show at Ballard Commons and Salmon Bay Parks.

The shows will be in Ballard Commons on Friday, July 14th at 6pm and Saturday, July 15th at noon, and at Salmon Bay Park on Friday July 21st at 6pm and Saturday, July 22nd at noon.

Sponsored by Arts in the Parks grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation, the show is called  Tales from the African Continent, which, according to the organizers, “features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures. We perform the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Our interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join us on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden.”

The organizers say families are encouraged to bring blankets, a picnic lunch or dinner, for the 45-minute shows. All shows are free, with a suggested $5/person donation.

Theater for Young Children is an outreach division of Sweet Pea Cottage Enterprises and part of the North Seattle Arts Initiative. For more information about their programming or initiatives please visit or contact Cara Anderson-Ahrens at


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