FAB: Family Arts Blast



FAB: Family Arts Blast

Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 14, 2018

At FAB, you can make or try an instrument, learn new dance moves, or try your hand at costume and sound design. And every 20 minutes, a new show or concert will start inside the two performance spaces. This free event is emceed by the vibrant Liz Lassiter.

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, plus free coffee for adults.

Greeters with American Sign Language (ASL), English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and Karen language abilities will be at the main entrance to the building to welcome you, answer questions, and direct you to various activities or locations.

Read on for a full schedule of activities and performances!


9:00am – 12:00pm

Please see an usher at the event to request ASL assistance during activities.

Sights and Sounds on Stage with Tech Tools of the Trade
Securian Sky Lobby

Presented by Minnesota Opera

How do they do that? Explore the creative process a costume designer or sound designer goes through to make theater come alive.

  • 9:30-9:45am: Costume Exploration
  • 10:00-10:15am: Sound Exploration
  • 10:30-10:45am: Costume Exploration
  • 11:00-11:15am: Sound Exploration

Just Dance
Target Atrium

Presented by the Ordway

Join instructors from contemporary dance company TU Dance in a child and parent/caregiver creative movement experience that engages the senses of curiosity and play. Or learn some fun and foundational hip hop dance moves with House of Dance Twin Cities in an interactive session.

  • 9:45-10:05am: Dancing Together with TU Dance
  • 10:15-10:35am: Dancing Together with TU Dance
  • 10:45-11:05am: Hip Hop with House of Dance
  • 11:15-11:35am: Hip Hop with House of Dance

KidsJam with Andale Juana!
Main Floor Alcove

Presented by Schubert Club

Join Andale Juana!, a trio performing Mexican Folk music on traditional instruments. Create your own Mexican folk instrument and play along!

  • 9:00-9:20am
  • 9:30-9:50am
  • 10:00-10:20am
  • 11:00-11:20am
  • 11:30-11:50am

Please Touch! Instrument Trials
Drake Room

Presented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club

Come buzz your lips into a trombone, shake maracas, or play a violin. This is a room full of instruments for you to try!

Open 9:00am-12:00pm.

Time for a Break? Quiet Room
US Bank Room

Books, coloring, and fidgets available. If you need a break from the action, this is the place for you.

Open 9:00am-12:00pm.


9:30am – 12:30pm

Performed with ASL interpretation.

Music Theater

Mermaid Theatre brings to life a beloved children’s story through their unique style of puppetry and black light. Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic children’s book, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals that features animal puppets and stunning scenic effects based on Clement Hurd’s illustrations, and evocative musical accompaniment.

  • 9:30-9:50am: Goodnight Moon by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
  • 11:00-11:20am: Goodnight Moon by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Concert Hall

With Xpressive Xplorchestra, come along on the journey as acclaimed storyteller and actor T. Mychael Rambo tells a unique story, accompanied by a woodwind quintet of SPCO musicians performing the music of trailblazing African American composer William Grant Still.

As talented high school musicians perform On the Town by Leonard Bernstein, from the Broadway musical of the same name, audience members will go on a scavenger hunt to discover things in the concert hall “city” — and get an up-close view of the instruments of the orchestra!  

Project Opera is opera by kids, for kids. Hear excerpts from Odyssey, based on Homer’s epic poem, by one of the only full youth opera programs in the country. Perfect for the youngest opera goers!

  • 10:00-10:20am: Xpressive Xplorchestra by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • 10:30-10:50am: On the Town by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
  • 11:30-11:50am: Project Opera by Minnesota Opera
  • 12:00-12:20pm: On the Town by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

Presented by

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