Looking for a place to enlighten children of all ages to the fine arts? Kraft Great Kids Concerts are the perfect venue for sharing a love of music — adapted to the toddler set. With acts like: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, Ralph’s World, Tom Chapin & Friends, the Highland Park Strings, and Momix modern dance company, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Most shows last about 1 hour, which proves to be just long enough for my youngest child. Lawn tickets are $5.00 per person and pavilion tickets are $10 each.
We love seeing the show in the pavilion, so we’ve been known to purchase 2 pavilion seats for our family of five.That way, my husband can shuttle the kids in and out as their interest wanes, while I manage the picnic site. Punch passes are also available for any 10 admissions to the Kraft Great Kids Concerts series. Regularly $50 for 10 Kids Concert lawn admissions, the punch pass is available online and at select Whole Foods Markets at the discounted rate of $24. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch, blanket, and chairs along with any required sippy cups and hand wipes. Throwing games are not allowed, but there’s plenty of space to run, roll and dance.
If you have ever been intimidated about taking children to a fine arts performance, the kids concert series is a perfect opportunity to give it a try ‘toddler style.’ Among the shade trees and flowers of Ravinia, the Kraft Great Kids Concert Series brings posh to peanut butter and jelly, and the kids concerts are about the only place where a child can melt down in time to the music. For more information on the 2011 series, check the Ravinia website.
Other local concert series taking place in and around Lake County this summer:
Cuneo Museum and Gardens, Libertyville, IL – admission information available online at
Chicago Botanic Gardens – FREE with admission to the Garden
Have you enjoyed any live music this summer?