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Creative Critter Day Downtown – Tall Tales, Earth Day, and the Art of Disguise


RDT’s Ring Around the Rose, UMOCA, and KUED Kids to present family-friendly programming downtown this Saturday

Repertory Dance Theatre’s Ring Around the Rose is thrilled to be partnering with The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) and KUED PBS Kids to present this April’s Creative Critter Day, a full day of hands-on activities to keep your youngster entertained and engaged with the arts all day long. Creative Critter Day will take place on the second Saturday of each month inside each separate institution.

Start your day at 11 AM with RDT’s Ring Around the Rose at the Jeanne Wagner Theatre. This month’s “wiggle-friendly” program will star University of Utah Youth Theatre actors, aged 10 through 18, in an encore performance of their recent show, Great American Tall Tales. Written by Nicholas Dunn and Penny Caywood, this show brings the familiar legends of the 19th century to life, from Paul Bunyan to Johnny Appleseed. The production received rave reviews during its run at Kingsbury Hall and promises an action-filled, humorous performance that is entertaining for audience members of all ages.

After the performance, bask in the April sunshine and enjoy your lunch outside on the plaza at the Gallivan Center. Take the family on a walk throughout downtown Salt Lake and shop through City Creek Center, where out-of-town guests receive an incentive-filled “Passport to Shopping.” And check out the Downtown Garden Stroll — on display on Main Street!

Next, kick back in UMOCA’s Creer Auditorum and watch KUED PBS Kids programming, which will screen all day long at the museum. In celebration of Earth Month, KUED will provide episodes of Dinosaur Train’s “Get into Nature,” and children can join in on the dinosaur family’s charming adventures learning about stars, snakes, and the tyrannosaurus rex.

Then from 2-4 PM, join UMOCA for Family Art Saturday, when arts educators will lead families to participate in free, hands-on art-making activities. This month, UMOCA will explore alternative identities as inspired by the Panopticon exhibition and Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun’s work, Nonfacial Mirror. The small mirror features facial recognition software and quickly turns away when it recognizes viewers’ faces. Participants will have a chance to craft unique masks to hide their identities and can then test their creations by looking into the mirror.



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