The best children's shows place a high premium on audience interaction, unlike the opera or traffic court. Rustle up some kid-friendly fun with this GrouponLive deal to WGBH FunFest on Saturday, July 14, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get two tickets to the festival (up to a $20 value)
- For $19, you get four tickets to the festival (up to a $40 value)
- For $48, you get a family membership package (up to a $100 total value), which includes:
- A family four-pack of tickets to the festival, valid for two adults and two children (a $25 value)
- A one-year Kids & Family Club membership (a $75 value)
Tickets for children aged 10 and younger are regularly $5.
Rising temperatures mean two things in Boston: fried-egg vendors on every street corner and the return of WGBH's ice-cream- and music-filled FunFest. Strumming whimsical, dance-inducing tunes, some of the biggest local children's entertainment celebrities join beloved characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, WordGirl, and Wally the Green Monster. Meanwhile, smiling faces slurp ice cream and milkshakes from the likes of Emack and Bolio's, Richardson's Ice Cream, and Spadafora Slush Company.
The Toe Jam Puppet Band kicks off at noon, inciting do-si-dos and donning costumes to tell the tale of Ham, the first space ape. Flooky and the Beans take the stage later with the robot frontman's endlessly surprising sonic experiments, followed by Ben Rudnick and Friends, who preserve Grateful Dead–style jams in child-friendly bottles. SteveSongs, Rick Goldin, and the Boston Children’s Theatre Show Choir Band will also be performing. Wandering acts including Jubilee Puppet Theatre and the rope-jumping Brewster Bayside Skippers roam across the frosty funscape until the Irish step dancers of the Harney Academy close with a fleet-footed performance.
The annual, ice-cold extravaganza unfolds at WGBH's Brighton studios, PBS's single largest producer of web and TV content, including Nova, Antiques Roadshow, and Frontline. The winner of dozens of honors, including multiple Emmys, Peabodys, and BAFTA Awards, the station funds its eternally enriching programming through viewer donations and membership. Besides benefits such as exclusive invitations and a subscription to the magazine Explore!, Kids & Family Club members receive a welcome kit full of child-friendly loot, invitations to family events, and envious birthday greetings from ageless PBS Kids characters such as Arthur or Ruff Ruffman.