Chicago has a new, family-friendly summer festival to look forward to: the BOING! Festival (Big Outdoor Indoor Neighborhood Gathering), Sunday, June 10, at Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
Spring into summer with more than 500 of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s closest friends. BOING! starts at noon and runs until 4 p.m., with a full day of fun and wildly unique experiences on tap both outside in CCT’s spacious on-site parking lot, and inside on both floors of the former Chicago police station, now a beautiful, mixed-use performing arts, education and community engagement facility that welcomes all Chicago families.
Kids will have a blast at BOING! morphing into heroes by creating adventure costumes, rolling oversized dice, and setting out on an epic quest inside and outside The Station complete with mysterious clues, delightful discoveries, and a surprise finale.
Aerial circus arts, a black light dance party, airbrush tattoos and more all promise to add bounce to BOING!
Plus, enjoy live performances throughout today by Yuri “The Human Beatbox” Lane, The Happiness Club, Old Town School of Folk Music and more.
Finally, what would a summer festival be without tasty summertime food and refreshments? BOING! will have plenty of offerings include cool beverages for children - and adults (21 and over).
Tickets to BOING! are $10 and can be purchased in advance atchicagochildrenstheatre.org or by calling (312) 374-8835.
About Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station
Proceeds from BOING! will support Chicago Children’s Theatre, the city’s largest professional theater company devoted exclusively to children and young families. The company, launched in 2005, evolved out of Chicago’s need for high-quality, professional children’s programming to match the quality and significance of powerhouses such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools, the company offers free tickets to more than 5,000 Chicago-area low-income students each season. CCT also honors a strong commitment to low-income families and children with special needs.
In January 2017, Chicago Children’s Theatre celebrated the grand opening of its first permanent home, The Station, after transforming the former 12th District Police Station into a new community hub that welcomes all families. In addition to live performances in its new Pritzker Family Studio, The Station is a centrally located destination with the most diverse roster of year-round performing arts classes and camps for children 0 to 13 anywhere in Chicago.
In fact, registration is now open for a unique series of 2018 Summer Camps at The Station, ranging from week-long Adventure Camps born from legends, myths, folktales and fairytales. Look for half-day Play Time camps for little ones 3-1/2 to 5, special two-day workshops like Acting for the Camera and Acting with Green Screen, GRRL Power camp in August for girls only that brings the Viola Project’s signature girl-powered Shakespeare program to Chicago Children's Theatre and Camp Red Kite, a three-week summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum.
Visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org/summercamp, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (312) 374-8835 to register your child for one camp or many.
For more information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org.