The Biscuit Brothers are Coming!
Chungaboo is very excited to have the Biscuit Brothers performing for us. Headed by Buford and Dusty, “the Biscuit Brothers” is the name of a musical duo and entertainment troupe with an Austin-original, Emmy-award winning television program that has been airing since 2004, featuring both puppets and people in the style of Sesame Street. Unlike the famous street, however, the Biscuit Brothers are based around a farmer theme and practice what they call “agri-tainment” with a musical focus. Their show features singing, musical instruments, animated farm animals, and silly educational shorts with an upbeat and playful tone, introducing funny versions of classical scores, teaching about musical notes and instruments, and encouraging kids’ creativity. Expect some jolly men in overalls doing an interactive number asking the kids to dance and join in.
Lots of Fun Songs
In addition to the Biscuit Brothers, you’ll also be able to see outstanding children’s singers Joe McDermott and Staci Gray. A self-professed “big ham”, Staci Gray began her foray into children’s entertainment by hosting the weekly storytimes at BookPeople. Later she started singing backup for Joe McDermott, eventually moving on to do her own performances, and her career blossomed from there.
A UT graduate and founder of the The Phoenix School, Joe McDermott has twice received the Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award for his albums of children’s music, and he has collaborated with Stan and Jan Berenstain, authors of the Berenstain Bears, to adapt some of their books into song. “Joe McDermott is not only a magnificent songwriter,” Stan Berenstain remarked, “he’s also an absolute wizard at communicating with children through music”. Which is to say, he’s quite goofy!
Lots to See
Between the main acts, you might visit the booths of some of our affiliates, such as the Mariposas Spanish School, which offers extracurricular classes and summer camps for teaching Spanish to kids. Custom-tailored to each child’s needs, they’ve built their programs on a time-tested curriculum drawn from methods like Total Physical Response, the Natural Approach, the Montessori Method, Sign Language, and the Seven Intelligences.
You’ll also be able to visit booths for One World Soccer, a club which provides soccer coaching and camps for kids, teaching playing skills as well as life skills, and All Things Kids, a toy store located in Georgetown, Texas. In addition to unique toys like robotics kits and marble runs, All Things Kids also carries books (print copies of Chungaboo books will be available there soon!) and a candy corner stocked with old favorites like rock candy and jelly beans. They too offer summer camps, as well as a “play zone” area for childcare. Like Chungaboo’s, their goals emphasize educating children and growing their creativity.
Plus, Austin Bat Cave has recently agreed to host a booth as well, where they'll be selling anthologies and allowing sign-ups for new volunteers. Supplementing the learning done in school, ABC is a nonprofit organization supporting education and the arts by hosting writing and tutoring programs for Austin youth, free of charge. Gathering volunteers from the community, they help students hone their reading and writing skills to facilitate further learning.
Between the main acts, you can also catch a short show by the Violet Crown Collective aerial performers, a flexible group of entertainers who take incredible poses as they suspend themselves in the air.
Lots to Do
In the morning, Little Turtle Yoga will be hosting a short yoga session that’s appropriate for the little ones. Run by a mother of two, Little Turtle Yoga teaches physical skills like flexibility and coordination as well as the mental benefits of concentration and confidence.
With everything that’ll be going on, don’t forget to go see Jasper and Costello. Jasper’s a quick-fingered balloon artist who goes beyond basic rabbits and dogs to make lots of fun and complicated shapes (check 'em out here!), and Sparkles the clown will be doing face painting, too, so your kids can be all dressed up for the occasion.
This event doesn't cost a dime. If you like, it’s suggested that you bring a children’s book to donate, as we’ll be taking up a collection for the Half Pint Library of Dell Children's Hospital, but the official admission is free. Bring all your young ones along and come see us at Central Market on July 13th, 9:15am—1:00pm.