When you and your kids are stuck inside during the frigid Wisconsin winters, you all can get a little stir-crazy. The Overture Center has you covered. Its Kids in the Rotunda family-friendly program provides entertainment acts the whole family can enjoy.
A different performance will be held every Saturday between January 13 and April 27. All programs are FREE and open to the public. However, seating is limited, so get there early to ensure you get a seat. Most shows usually have three performances at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. The shows will also be livestreamed.
The Overture Center also invites you to stick around after some Kids in the Rotunda shows to check out Art After Overture at the Madison Public Library and free creative yoga from little om BIG OM.
Here’s the Kids in the Rotunda lineup for 2024:
Jan. 13 – The Jerry Ensemble will present Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS, a story about friendship and adventure based on characters made popular from the classic books from A.A. Milne and Disney movies.
Jan. 20 – Local band Yid Vicious brings their Yiddish dance tunes to the stage.
Jan. 27 – Feel the different rhythms of the Brazilian samba, reggae, and maracatu with The Handphibians.
Feb. 3 – Panchromatic Steel brightens the stage with musical sunshine. The band’s steel drum tunes will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island.
Feb. 10 – Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats. Doherty sings breezy folk-pop tunes accompanied by a few of her puppet friends.
Feb. 17 – Hip-hop artist L.E.X. performs child-friendly songs with positive themes.
Feb. 24 – The LunART Chamber Music Collective will perform the classic “Peter and the Wolf,” which introduces children to the instruments in a woodwind quintet.
March 2 – Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, dancers with the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance will perform in the Overture Hall Lobby.
March 9 – Madison-based Kalaanjali School of Indian Dance will perform the beautiful Bharatanatyam-style dancing of southern India.
March 16 – Jolie Canoli and her cast of puppets share folk tales and heartwarming stories sure to make your little ones giggle.
March 23 – Popular performer Tom Pease delights the audience with humor and imaginative songs.
March 30 – Performers with the Madison Ballet will share what it’s like to be a dancer.
April 6 – Limanya Drum and Dance performs traditional music and dance from Guinea, West Africa.
April 13 – Kids can sing along with Angela Puerta’s Latin beats, Colombian folkloric music, and Afro-Latino songs in both English and Spanish.
April 20 – Madison’s Beni Daiko group performs traditional Japanese Taiko drumming.
April 27 – Listen to songs and lullabies created by artists for the Overture’s Lullaby Project.