Carmel Clay Parks to present kids concert series

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The Island Breeze Duo plays the steel drum at West Park on June 13. (Submitted photo)

The Island Breeze Duo plays the steel drum at West Park on June 13. (Submitted photo)

By Desiree Williams

If you’re looking for a new way to entertain the kids on a Monday morning, Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation hosts the Summer Kids Concerts series, which runs until Aug. 1. The hour-long concerts, either at West Park or River Heritage Park, start at 10 a.m. every Monday.

“I think moms and kids are always looking for new things to get involved in. It’s a great way to expose young children to the arts,” said Traci Broman, events supervisor.

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation pairs with Anderson & Beck, a booking company, to schedule the talent. There is a different act each week, which can range from a solo performer to a group of four. This summer includes Ruditoonz, Island Breeze Duo, Tides Duo, Kid Kazooey and Jump & Hop.

Along with their songs, performers bring a variety of instruments and even a few dance moves. Broman said the entertainers often interact with the audience to get them on their feet.

“(The performers) have a dance they teach the kids to go along with the songs or hand motions or they do the limbo,” Broman said.

And the best part: it’s free. Kona Ice is present at each concert selling shaved ice and a portion of their profits benefit the parks and recreation department so it can continue to offer low cost events.

Those interested are free to show up at the event or register in advance online. Broman said the concerts are rather popular so it is best to show up early for parking purposes.

For more, visit carmelclayparks.com.


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