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Ridge Romp back to entertain children (and their parents)

The Ridge Romp children’s entertainment series is back at the Phinney Neighborhood Center for almost-monthly children’s concerts, puppet shows and more.

Cost is $3 per person at the door (babies in arms are free.) Doors open at 10 a.m., show starts at 10:30 and lasts about 45 minutes.

The first show of the season was Juggletunes on Oct. 2. The season continues on Nov. 27 with “Yo Ho Ho The Pirate Show” from Thistle Theater.

(A) pirate ship adventure and search for treasure with Crazy Captain Jenny! Learn how to walk, talk, and sing like a pirate and how to live by the all-important Pirate Code of Conduct. Meet Clarence the Baby Crocodile who warns of a giant sea monster lurking in the deep. An interactive adventure complete with treasure map and a message in a bottle!

The wildly popular Caspar Babypants is back on Jan. 8.

Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, lends his wacky chops to Caspar Babypants, purveyor of simple, good time sing-along music for kids and parents to enjoy together. “It’s not much of a stretch from The Presidents,” says Ballew. “I’m still singing songs about bugs and animals. I’m still drawing upon the same influences — old folk music and blues.” Your babes will dance their pants off!

Caspar Babypants, with Chris Ballew on the left, perform at last year’s Ridge Romp.

On Feb. 5 it’s a rockin’ concert by The Not-Its!

Meet The Not-Its!, Seattle’s most rockin’ kid-focused band. With the success of their debut album, We Are The Not-Its! released June 2009, it’s clear they are on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families will love. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within “fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates.”

The Not-Its! rock pink tutus and skinny ties.

The Reptileman performs on March 5.

Leapin’ lizards! The Reptileman is back with his menacing menagerie of cold-blooded creatures. Be prepared to be amazed by slithering snakes and chomping crocs, while learning about these incredible animals in the process.

Ridge Romp shows for April 2 and May 7 have not yet been announced.

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