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Free Children's Concert Series Returns To Santa Monica Pier This Saturday

Wake Up With The Waves: A Children’s Concert Series features singing, dancing and movement at the Santa Monica Pier every Saturday morning.
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Wake Up With The Waves: A Children’s Concert Series features singing, dancing and movement at the Santa Monica Pier every Saturday morning.

Posted Sep. 6, 2012, 3:11 am

Mirror Staff

Starting this Saturday, Sept. 8, children aged 1-8 and their parents can enjoy free interactive concerts and activities at the Santa Monica Pier including singing, dancing and movement, puppets, talent shows, dress-up, face-painting, prizes, and bubbles.

This is the sixth year of the "Wake Up with the Waves, Children’s Concert Series" that will be held each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through November 3.

Series producer Michael Cladis is back again, and now partnering with local co-producer Green Brooms Music Academy to bring an amazing line-up of children’s entertainers.

“Either kids can hang out in front of the TV on Saturday morning, or they can kids get active, involved, and maybe even inspired,” says S. Jay Farrand, Pier Administrator. “It’s a great way to start the day with some fresh-air, and then you’ve got all the family fun of the Pier’s amusements, rides and restaurants afterwards.”

This year’s rebranding of the series was Inspired by the blocky children's work of Ray and Charles Eames.

This concept uses poppy sea-themed graphics in a duo-tone treatment that's easy for children to identify, coupled with action verbs that reinforce the interactive nature of the concert series.

For more information on these shows and all activities at the Santa Monica Pier, please call 310.458.8900 or visit

The schedule for Wake Up with the Waves is as follows:

Sept. 8: Willie Aaron / “The Bubble Factory”

Kick off the new season with Willie’s wonderful interactive journey filled with music, harmony, imagination, and bubbles!

Sept. 15: DidiPop

DidiPop is “a sound, a feeling and a way of looking at life.” Everything she does is fun and new – even the ABC’s!

Sept. 22: Music is Fun Electric Band / Karlie Kemper

Everybody plays! It’s share and share alike with the Music is Fun Electric Band and Karlie Kemper’s wild piano is the perfect morning treat.

Sept. 29: “Ride the Surf with Gidget and Friends”

Girl Power! The real Gidget shares stories about making dreams come true. Ariel joins for a glorious treasure hunt.

Oct. 6: String Project L.A. / Tara the Music Fairy

Every student is an artist with String Project L.A. Tara the Music Fairy shares enchanting songs about the wonders of nature and mythical creatures.

Oct. 13: World Beat Rhythms Interactive Performance

Feel the beat as dynamic drummers on a rhythmic journey jam through World Beat styles. Presented by the Drum Workshop.

Oct. 20: Fancy Feet

Such an exciting young group of dancers! This dazzling show will make everyone want to jump up and dance along!

Oct. 27: The Sixth Annual Halloween Beach Bash

It will feature The Santa Monika Goodtime String Band at this annual howling, happy Halloween costume party with music, dancing, prizes, and fun. Keep an eye out for Captain Jack bringing fun and games.

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