Family Fun Tuesdays

Every Tuesday June 3 - August 26 at 10 to 11 a.m.
Event Location: In the sculpture garden
(unless noted)
Admission is free with $4 per person suggested donation to support the program

Family Fun Tuesdays is a weekly performance and education series that takes place every Tuesday June through August. The series provides opportunities for children, and their parents, grandparents and caregivers to experience and learn about a variety of art forms and cultures and experience new ideas together.

The program is offered free of charge in keeping with Caponi Art Park's mission to make art accessible for all members of the community. A donation of $4 per person is suggested for each event to make the series possible. There is a small fee for organized groups that attend a Family Fun Tuesdays event.

The 2014 Family Fun Tuesdays series explores the connection between our planet and its people through various art forms, such as dance, theater, music, storytelling, or puppetry. These interactive and amusing performances showcase the talent of teaching performers, artists, and organizations.

An educational learning guide will be available for download to supplement your experience at Caponi Art Park. It can be used as a guide to prepare for your weekly Family Fun Tuesday visit, to summarize each event, or to continue your exploration after a morning at the Art Park.

All groups, including childcare centers, schools, scout troops, and service groups, must call ahead for space availability, fees, and parking information.

Parking: Caponi Art Park's main parking lot is located at 1220 Diffley Road. Signs will be posted. Please call ahead for handicap parking information.

Weather: Programs will only be canceled in the event of severe weather or if the artist is unable to perform. In case of rain, events will be held under a canopy. Weather-related announcements will be posted on this page one hour before the performance. Announcements will also be made via our enewsletter, Facebook and Twitter pages.

2014 Family Fun Tuesdays Schedule
See the Event Calendar for our full calendar of events.


MacPhail Center for Music: Discovering the Natural World Through Music
June 3, 2014

Birds tweet and bees buzz. Nature sounds are musical! Join MacPhail Center for Music's early childhood music specialists in exploring some of nature's sounds through hands-on musical adventures and activities. Children will experience nature through songs, rhymes, movement, literature, instrument exploration, and visual art. We will swim like a fish, jump like a frog, sing like a bird, mimic nature sounds through instrument exploration, and create!

Dodge Nature Center: Raptors
June 10, 2014

Meet one of nature's most amazing groups of animals. See a live raptor and spend the hour with Dodge Nature Center Naturalists getting to know these creatures up close. Through interactive dialogue, props, and activities, we'll see first-hand what makes these creatures so unique.

Marysue Moses: "Shakespearience: Tales from a Trunk"
June 17, 2014

Marysue Moses returns to Family Fun Tuesdays. Her talent lies in making Shakespeare kid-friendly with her engaging scene snippets that involve music, sensory stimulation, and audience participation.

Women's Drum Center

Women's Drum Center: Music and Styles Around the World
June 24, 2014

Feel the rhythm and groove to the beat as you explore the many different styles of drumming and percussion from around the world by this all women's drum and percussion group.


Open Eye Figure Theatre: 'Tucker's Robot' Puppet Show
July 1, 2014

Returning to Caponi Art Park is Open Eye Figure Theatre presenting a colorful and lively hand puppet show accompanied by live accordion music that tells the story about a boy who builds a time traveling robot and learns to face bullies.

Jack Pearson

Jack Pearson: Forever Green and Blue
July 8, 2014

Some of Jack's best ingredients go into this popular show guaranteed to help kids become good caretakers of our fragile and amazing planet. This is whole-grain informational goodness with a big dollop of song/story delight! The kids will go away humming the "Earth Day Jig."

Nothando Zulu: African Storytelling
July 15, 2014

Audiences are drawn to and find relevance in the images Nothando Zulu projects as she weaves history, folklore, and personal experience into stories found in African and African-American folktales. As a powerful storyteller, children connect to Zulu as she pulls from an extensive resource of colorful, funny characters whose antics and follies leave audiences pondering their own life's lessons.

Jawaahir Dance Company: Middle Eastern Dancing
July 23, 2014

Jawaahir Dance Company brings the rich folkloric heritage of the Arabic-speaking Middle East to the theatrical stage. The dance company presents artistically exceptional performances of Middle Eastern dance, music, and sumptuous costumes in both traditional and contemporary forms.

Get a sneak peak as Jawaahir Dance Company appears at the park on Sunday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. for our Summer Performance Series.

Flying Foot Forum: Humorous Storytelling through Percussive Dance
July 29, 2014

Flying Foot Forum's family show includes 3 full pieces of humorous, engaging, theatrical and percussive dance driven storytelling; Diminuendo and Ritardando, La Cuisine and I Saw Esau. It includes a tap history lecture demonstration and audience participation in rhythm-making improvisations. It's loads of fun and irresistible for kids of all ages.

This vibrant and bold theater company fuses percussive dance and music to tell unusual tales, create a wild variety of characters and explore universal ideas in inventive and exciting ways.

Flying Foot Forum returns to the park on Sunday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. for our Summer Performance Series.


Science Museum of Minnesota: Explore Water
August 5, 2014

Water is an essential resource for life on Earth and is in fixed supply. Humans use freshwater for many purposes, but pollution can render it unavailable and unsuitable for use. Students will become stewards of water by learning ways to preserve this key element in our lives. This presentation will examine the water cycle. Race against the 'sun' to evaporate water from puddles, hold clouds in your hands, and condense water to make it rain!

Zeitgeist: Creating New Sounds with Chamber Music
August 12, 2014

Lauded for providing "a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers," Zeitgeist is one of the longest established new music chamber ensemble. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.

Zeitgeist returns to the park on Sunday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. for our Summer Performance Series.

"The Choo Choo Bob Show:" Train Songs with Engineers Paul and Emily
August 19, 2014

Engineers Paul and Emily from 'The Choo Choo Bob Show' teach about trains and exciting train travel through new and classical American songs. Catch 'The Choo Choo Bob Show' Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. on KSTP's Channel 45.

Teatro Del Pueblo: 'The Adventures of Juan' Puppet Show
August 26, 2014

This puppet show tells the story of a young boy who is ashamed of his Chicano heritage. One day, while watching over his grandmother's corn, he embarks on a journey to save the garden with mythical figures from North and Central America, like Paul Bunyan and Quetzalcoatl. With the help of these figures, he learns a greater appreciation for his culture.

This progrom is funded, in part, by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council's 2014 Arts Learning grant.

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