Preschooler concert series starts Sept. 11

8/24/2021 12AM

Monthly Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam sessions
make great weekend outing for families with young kids


CARMEL, Ind. – Families can introduce young children to the joy of live performance through the Center for the Performing Arts’ Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam series, which begins a new season Sept. 11.


With fun and informal sessions designed specifically for ages 1-7, Faegre Drinker PB&J takes place one Saturday each month from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., in the Palladium’s Robert Adam Room or across Carter Green in the Studio Theater. Tickets are only $10 per child, which includes the option of two free adult admissions, creating an affordable weekend outing for families.


A wooden bear puppet catches a wooden fish amid colorfully painted totem poles

Stevens Puppets: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”

Sept. 11, 2021

Robert Adam Room

Founded in 1933, the award-winning Stevens Puppets proudly presents an old tale with some new twists. In an enchanted Alaskan forest, a family of bears encounters characters with different perspectives and values, learning lessons about respect, kindness, apologizing and forgiveness. Hand-carved wooden marionettes and hand-painted scenery bring the story to life.


Music with Mrs. Kate

Oct. 2, 2021

Robert Adam Room

“Mrs. Kate” Carpenter travels the world making families smile with her homespun folk music. A newcomer to Indiana, she performs catchy interactive tunes that build character and spread joy. Folks of all ages are delighted with her puppets, storytelling and unusual instruments. A prolific songwriter, Carpenter has recorded 12 original CDs and several children’s music videos in the past 25 years.


Six members of the Shake Ups dressed as Scooby Doo characters

The Shake Ups

Nov. 13, 2021

Robert Adam Room

The Shake Ups are an award-winning power-pop group that writes and performs songs inspired by a variety of cartoon favorites. The combination of co-ed vocals, danceable hooks and singable melodies makes for a unique concert experience that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. The Shake Ups are professional crowd pleasers – and the Midwest's most animated band!


Melchior Marionettes: Holiday Cabaret on Strings

Dec. 11, 2021

The Studio Theater

Back by popular demand! Join us for a fast-paced, entertaining cabaret of handcrafted marionettes. Children and adults alike can sing along with holiday favorites as they delight in the hilarious antics of the marionettes and the skill of the puppeteers.


Man holds guitar case, woman holds concertina

Traveler’s Dream

Jan. 15, 2022

Robert Adam Room

With rich voices, engaging personalities and a wide variety of folk instruments, Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson – aka Traveler’s Dream – captivate listeners with lively Celtic, French-Canadian and American folk songs. Take a musical journey through American history with folk songs that kids have loved for ages. Children will be encouraged to interact and sing along!


Silly Safaris: Animal Athletes

Feb. 26, 2022

The Studio Theater

What is the fastest animal on earth? Who can jump the farthest? Who can squeeze the strongest? Join us for Animal Athletes and compete for the gold medal with your favorite Silly Safaris stars. Let's get moving with reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians and bugs. We will celebrate everyone’s abilities together – and then get to pet the stars, too!


Two men, two women, and a unicorn costume head

The Rainbows

March 12, 2022

Robert Adam Room

Come join family jam supergroup the Rainbows for interactive musical fun. Mr. Daniel and Ms. Michelle of ShooBeeLoo Music are joined by Daniel's son Roland, Ms. Sheila of Itty Bitty Book Mobile and Mr. Phil. They will have you dancing, singing and playing along to original songs and children's favorites – and maybe even a visit from a dancing unicorn.


Phoenix Rising Dance Company: Imagination Station

April 16, 2022

Robert Adam Room

Join Phoenix Rising Dance Company dancers on an interactive trip to a magical world created by dancing children. Unfortunately, all the children have grown up and forgotten how to dance! Since the magical world needs dancing to remain magical, we’ll use our imaginations to create the sun, wind, rain, flowers, trees and animals.


Man in white shirt juggle four bowling pins

Juggler Jack Denger

May 14, 2022

Robert Adam Room

Carmel native Jack Denger began juggling at age 7 and has been hooked ever since, winning international awards and competitions with skill matched by few. Join Jack for an exciting display of juggling to music with balls, clubs and rings – and even explore the objects he uses to do it!


About the Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. Its campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes the 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall, the 500-seat Tarkington proscenium theater and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. Educational and experiential programming for all ages includes children’s concerts and camps, book clubs, lectures, and classes in music and dance. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident arts companies. More information is available at