We here at Go Ask Mom are excited to be a part of next month's CoolKidz Expo, which just announced additions to its entertainment line-up.
Over two days from April 17 to April 18, you'll see presentations from Busch Gardens, Kidsville Kids, comedy and magic shows, local authors and some great kids music.
Tri-Force Jump Rope of Morrisville, a performance jump rope team with two members who appeared on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew: Season 5.”
Big Bang Boom, a power pop trio that writes and performs parent-friendly children’s music. Professional rockers Chuck Folds (younger brother of piano rocker Ben Folds), Steve Williard, and Eddie Walker will have your young rockers singing and dancing.
Magician Michael Creech and his breathtaking stage magic.
Comedian Ron Johnson, who blends comedy, magic and songs and involves the audience in his show.
Kidsville News! Showcase Central has everything from team exhibitions such as jump roping and basketball handling to Truman Dragon from Kidsville News.
Micah Lancaster will show off his skills with the Hoops City U Ball Handling Demo. Lancaster is executive director of basketball training at Hoops City U (Raleigh-Durham) and the lead trainer for Nike sponsored Ganon Baker Basketball Services, a basketball organization responsible for training over 15,000 players every year and working with the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Laughing Pizza is a real family band that makes original music for kids, parents and loved ones alike.
Busch Gardens will bring animals and lessons of the rainforest. Learn about conservation efforts and what can be done to protect the valuable creatures. Two shows each day.
Lunch Money brings its indie-rock music with songs all about roller coasters, giant cookies and getting dizzy. It's a high-energy music from a band with a growing following around the country.
G.W. Pierce and The Rusty Bucket Band will offer family-friendly music. Pierce is a Raleigh-based singer and songwriter who co-wrote and performed three songs on the soundtrack to The Rusty Bucket Kids.
And Donna Washington, the local award-winning author and storyteller, will entertain with stories.
And here's the full schedule:
Saturday, April 17
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Learn about Life in a Rainforest with Busch Gardens on Main Stage
10:30-11 a.m.: Kidsville Kids in Showcase Central
11 a.m. to noon: Lunch Money on Main Stage
Noon to 1 p.m.: The Rusty Bucket Kids Premiere in Peak City International Film Festival Theatre
12:30 to 1 p.m.: Donna Washington in Showcase Central
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Kidsville Kids in Showcase Central
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Laughing Pizza on Main Stage
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Learn about Life in a Rainforest with Busch Gardens on Main Stage
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Tri-Force Jump Rope in Showcase Central
5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Kidsville Kids in Showcase Central
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: Magical World of Michael Creech on Main Stage
6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. G.W. Pierce and The Rusty Bucket Band on Main Stage
Sunday, April 18
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Learn about Life in a Rainforest with Busch Gardens on Main Stage
11 a.m. to noon: Truman Dragon from Kidsville News! in Showcase Central
Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Comedy of Ron Johnson on Main Stage
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Micah Lancaster Hoops City U in Showcase Central
2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Learn about Life in a Rainforest with Busch Gardens on Main Stage
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Big Bang Boom on Main Stage
Throughout the event, you'll also find the Crayola Play Zone and Crayola Arts & Crafts Center. There will be an ice cream parlor and coffee lounge. And there will be lots of other fun activities for kids.
The Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 17 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18. Admission is $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors (age 65+), $4 for CoolKidz (ages 3-15) and free under age 3. Discount coupons are available online.