Scientists agree that the only reason adults have children is so they have a socially acceptable reason to visit amusement parks, eat at novelty pizza arcades, and see movies with Shreks in them. Put some fun in the oven with today's kid-friendly GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get two general-admission tickets to the all-ages Cure Kids Jam and Festival featuring American Idol finalists Blake Lewis and Kimberley Locke at the Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday, August 6, at 2 p.m. (a $24 value before fees, or up to a $31 value including all TicketWeb fees).
The family-friendly Cure Kids Jam and Festival teams American Idol finalists with up-and-coming West Coast musicians to raise money for children's charities such as the Cure JM Foundation, United Way, and Ronald McDonald House. American Idol's Blake Lewis and Kimberley Locke headline this year's event, sharing songs from their newest albums and slides of their oldest, most embarrassing baby photos. Instead of sending puppies to potential fans, Lewis has beatboxed his way into their hearts after wowing the season six Idol judges with his rhythmic renditions of Seal's "Crazy" and Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity." Locke has topped the dance charts four times since appearing on season three of the show, landing on Billboard's Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade list with a rousing rendition of Freda Payne's "Band of Gold."
Fest-goers can also get to know rising stars from the West Coast such as San Diego singer-songwriter Jessica Lerner, Pasadena indie rockers The Graves, and Portland pop chanteuse Shelby Marie, whereas tykes can frolic with balloon animals and marvel at the moves of the Portland Trail Blazers' dance squad. Snack booths will sate stomachs of all ages as face painters adorn kids' mugs with informative road maps.