CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, and Chicago Children’s Museum have teamed up to bring spunky-fresh rhythm and tunes to young children via Stroller Grooves, an eight-week, free live music series offered every Tuesday in February and March from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens. The inaugural series will showcase premier local talent who specialize in music arrangements for younger audiences, ideal for toddlers and young children.
“Creating diverse and engaging experiences for guests of all ages is a cornerstone of Navy Pier’s free arts and culture programming,” said Navy Pier Chief Programming and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “We, along with our partners at Chicago Children’s Museum, look forward to welcoming young guests and their families and inspiring discovery and wonder through this interactive mini concert series.”
“Early exposure to live music and dance performances are developmentally beneficial for children and memorable fun at any age,” added Chicago Children’s Museum President and CEO Jennifer Farrington. “We are thrilled to partner with Navy Pier to offer families a weekly music series featuring Chicago’s most beloved children’s performers.”
Stroller Grooves is set to debut an exceptional lineup of programs and performances designed with young guests in mind. These eclectic sets will showcase a variety of music stylings and genres that all participants will be able to enjoy. Stroller Grooves performers include Little Miss Ann—mom, former Chicago Public School teacher and award-winning kids’ musician; Q Brothers, famous for their “add-rap-tions” or remixes of original music spun by a live deejay; among other noteworthy talented acts.
Please see below for the full series schedule.
February 6 | Little Miss Ann
February 13 | The Lucky Trikes
February 20 | Q Brothers
February 27 | Animal Farm
March 6 | Future Hits
March 13 | Q Brothers
March 20 | Little Miss Ann
March 27 | Muntu Dance Theatre
This dynamic series is part of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information on more free programs at Navy Pier, please visit www.navypier.org.
The mission of Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. CCM is dedicated to young children and the important adults in their lives. Play-filled experiences, including more than 15 interactive exhibits and daily programming, tap into how kids learn and engage from ages 0-10 to develop the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. CCM aims to deliver at least one-third of its total annual attendance to low-income or underserved community members. In its last fiscal year, CCM hosted more than 400,000 visitors. For more information, please visit www.ChicagoChildrensMuseum.org.
Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.
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Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than nine million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. In 2017, Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the Centennial Vision. Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, maintains and manages the 50-acre pier that is being redeveloped as a contemporary, environmentally responsible urban space. More information is available at navypier.org.