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Kidsplosure Performances

Martin Street

Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:15 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

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Kidsplosure Stage

Martin Street

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Sponsored by: John William Pope Foundation
Media Sponsor: Raleigh TV Network

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Read With Me Storytime

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Read With Me is a children’s bookstore, workshop, and local art gallery in downtown Raleigh. They have a thoughtful and engaging selection of contemporary, diverse, and high-quality children’s books for readers aged 0-17. In their Creativity Corner, you or your child can develop writing and illustration skills and make book-themed crafts. From book clubs to author and illustrator events, Read With Me looks forward to helping your child grow to be a reader!

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Theatre Raleigh

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Beehive is the ultimate celebration of 1960’s female empowerment, all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era.

Featuring such timeless classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Be My Baby”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and “Me and Bobby McGee”, Beehive nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six women who came of ages in this enigmatic decade, these ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to challenges we faced as a nation.

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Tarin Pipkins

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Tarin is the son of renowned puppeter Tarish Pimpkins AKA Jeghetto. Alreadky making a name for himself, Tarin’s Puppets will delight and amaze.

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North Carolina Associate of Black Storytellers

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

The North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., NCABS, promotes and perpetuates the art of Black Storytelling, an art form that embodies the history and cultures of Africans and African Americans, especially those in North Carolina.

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Enloe Jazz Ambassadors

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Jazz is America’s musical contribution to the world! At Enloe the Jazz Ambassadors offer students the opportunity to study jazz during the school day. Their study is focused on the elements that make jazz special: communication and improvisation. While reading music is absolutely essential to their endeavors, the primary focus is on eye-to-eye and ear-to-ear communication within a small group, or combo. Students enrolled in the “Jazz Ensemble” course are divided into small combos, which rehearse independently. Students learn many jazz tunes, but more importantly, they learn to communicate non-verbally in meaningful and musical ways within their combo. In order to excel at improvisation students must learn basic music theory. Students learn to read chord symbols (Dmi 7, G7, Cmaj7) and learn how to improvise melodies based on these symbols. This requires intense individual study. Once a certain level of study has been accomplished students are able to tryout their discoveries within their combo. When each member of the group is prepared they are able to experience synergetic rehearsals. This is what keeps them interested in jazz!

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One Tribe Drumming

4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

One Tribe… One Heartbeat… One Sound

One Tribe is a gathering of sounds and rhythms, energy and togetherness.

Started off as a side project from local Raleigh gatherings, One Tribe has now taken shape into a journey of musical exploration.

Creating not only traditional rhythms, but extending out into multi-cultural landscapes.

Multiple people, multiple personalities, multiple instruments… One Purpose…Unity.

Kidsplosure Stage

Martin Street

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Sponsored by: John William Pope Foundation
Media Sponsor: CW-22

Kids Yoga with Cirque de Vol

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Cirque de Vol is a creative movement and aerial arts community offering inspiring classes that go beyond nurturing just your physical fitness -they also create opportunities for growth, empowerment and mental clarity.

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Ku Talent Agency Singers

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

These are the stars of tomorrow and their talent will amaze and delight!

Sanderson High School Step Team - Alpha Omega

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

This exciting group is comprised completely of students from Sanderson High School. It is one of the few teams in North Carolina which is an entirely school-based team. Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Come enjoy and feel the rhythm.

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Eugene Taylor AKA The Drum Prophet

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Eugene Taylor a.k.a. the Drum Prophet has been entertaining audiences with his musical talents for over 20 years. Born in Memphis, TN, he now lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina and he’s increasingly becoming one of North Carolina’s most sought after local performers.

Eugene Taylor’s soulful vocals, combined with an eclectic mix of whistling, finger snapping, drumming, and tapping out rhythms with tap shoes on metal plates and shaker wristbands, all come together in a mind-blowing entertainment experience. Taylor has recently joined his talents with fellow artist songwriter, Diogenes Ruiz. They’ve collaborated on Taylor’s ground-breaking debut album, The Rhythm of Life. The Rhythm of Life album has sold out several times in various venues, and the gift shop at UNC Rex hospital, where Eugene Taylor works as a patient transporter. As a solo-artist and group performer, Taylor continues to win loyal fans, climbing to #1 on the Reverb Nation World Music chart for the Raleigh, Durham, and Wake Forest Areas.

Step Over Mars performing outdoors

Step Over Mars

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Step Over Mars: formed in 2018 at Notasium, these 10 to12-year-old kids mainly like to rock with songs by ACDC, Joan Jett, Nirvana and The Beatles. Kaylee on vocals, Ceci on keys and vocals, Clara on drums, Mack on guitar and Bravery on bass guitar.

3 Day Weekend performing outdoors

3 Day Weekend

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

3 Day Weekend: These 9 to14-year-olds rock classics like “Crazy Train” but also like the keyboard-driven music of Elton John, Maroon 5, plus their original jazz-infused compositions. Becca on vocals and keys, Cash on guitar and bass guitar, KJ on drums and Zak on guitar and keys.

Kidsplosure Activities

Exchange & Market Plazas on Fayetteville Street

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Flower Power

Craft a variety of flower festival wear!

Feathers of all different colors

Feathered Friends Puppets

Create a bird puppet to celebrate spring!

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Flying Frog Launchers

Make a fun lily pad launcher to send your frog flying!

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Peace & Love Beads

Design your own beads for a one of a kind necklace!

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Community Watercolor Art

Paint a watercolor flag to add to a community Kidsplosure garland!

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Spring Art Canvas Pins

Create a wearable work of art on a button pin!

Seedlings in starter pots in a tray

Seed Starter Greenhouses

Make a mini greenhouse and plant some wildflower seeds for spring!

Detailed, ornate drawings on the rocks. Pebble painting. Colored stones.

Art Rocks

Design art, words, and more on rocks to keep or give away!

Four Beaded Bubble Wands on a table

Beaded Bubble Wands

Make a bubble wand and experiment with different ways to create bubbles!

Handmade dreamcatchers and beads

Dreamcatchers Textile Art

Weave a brightly colored dreamcatcher for sweet spring dreams.

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