Little Sprouts will be Rockin’ at 2012 Garden Show PlayGarden

Little Sprouts will be Rockin’ at 2012 Garden Show PlayGarden

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show’s musical theme, “A Floral Symphony,” will be showcased throughout the show, in the display gardens, and a musical stage in the South Lobby. Even the youngest budding gardeners can enjoy musical tunes just right for them, as we present an outstanding lineup of children’s entertainers that are sure to get the little ones hopping and laughing to their silly songs. Musicians will appear on the PlayGarden Sprout Stage every day of the show, at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. They have selected tunes just right for the “Rockin’ Robin” PlayGarden theme and will spark children’s imaginations about the outdoor world around them.


The garden show is great family entertainment! Children under the age of 12 are FREE when accompanied by an adult, and the PlayGarden area is free and open to all.


Caspar Babypants – Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Chris Ballew
Caspar Babypants is better known as Chris Ballew. Chris is the twice Grammy-nominated songwriter and lead singer for the four times platinum rock and roll band The Presidents of the United States of America. As his alter ego, Caspar Babypants, he makes high quality, thoughtful, simple, acoustic sing along songs for parents and kids of all ages to enjoy together. Caspar began writing songs for kids in 2008 and put out his debut record “HERE I AM!” in February of 2009. The second album “MORE PLEASE!” came out on November 17th 2009, the third album “THIS IS FUN!” came out on November 2nd 2010 and the fourth album “SING ALONG!” is out August 16th 2011. Caspar says: “Having young children is a joyous and unforgettable experience. However, the home of new parents can also be a stressful sleepless nervous environment. So I make music that’s a positive helping component in the home and car. I want to help new parents sing to and with their child and provide real organic musical relief. I specifically want to make music for the very young because I admire their associative inventive imaginations and as an adult I nurture that same creativity in myself. I am also involved with many non profits that focus on parent education and outreach to abused, homeless and neglected kids.”

Sing Along & Grow a Song!
Chris Ballew is Caspar Babypants
All Show Days
Wed, Feb 8 – Sun, Feb 12 at 10:30 am
Parents, you will wish you were 5 years old again when you discover the magical music of Caspar Babypants! Children will laugh, dance and sing along to the silly and simple lyrics about nature, and plants, and being kind to the Earth. CD’s available in the PlayGarden. These are tunes you will want to take home because your kids will be saying “More Please!”


Nancy Stewart – Award-winning musician & children’s singer-songwriter
Nancy Stewart is a national award-winning musician who has been writing and performing for young children and their families for twenty years. This followed a successful fifteen year-long career as lead guitarist and vocalist with a nationally known show band. Featuring original and traditional songs, Nancy’s nine CD’s for children can be heard in schools, homes, and libraries across the country. Her music workshops for teachers, parents, and librarians have been highly praised for their relevant, useful, and easy to use songs and ideas. Nancy has also shared the stage with Burl Ives, Shirley Jones, Bill Cosby, and Lily Tomlin at concerts and nightclubs across the United States and Canada. As lead guitarist and vocalist she performed with Randy Sparks and the Back Porch Majority beginning in 1971, and recorded several albums in Nashville and Los Angeles, the Disney movie theme “The Apple Dumpling Gang”, and numerous radio and TV commercials.

Plant a Little Seed
Singable Songs for the Kid in Everyone
All Show Days
Wed, Feb 8 – Sun, Feb 12 at 2:30 pm
Play and laugh and dance and sing-along to the wonderful and memorable melodies of Nancy Stewart. Young children and the young-at-heart all love Nancy’s delightful songs and simple lyrics. Don’t miss these performances in the PlayGarden – they are the perfect way to get your children involved in nature and gardening, with plenty of hands-on activities too. Nancy’s CD’s will be available, as these are songs you’ll want to sing again!


Your Imaginary Friend – Musicians & composers Jana Vitols & Greg Ruby
Jana Vitols’ days as an early childhood music teacher brings together babies and banjos, kids and kitchen instruments. For a dozen years Seattle’s youngest have been singing, dancing and learning the fundamentals of music in Jana’s Music for Everyone classes. As a performer and teacher, Jana plays banjo, ukulele, guitar and banjo-uke. Greg Ruby brings his compositional ear and guitar skills to the stage. Greg plays strings and keys, writes and records for listeners of all ages. He leads an all girls’ middle school rock-n-roll class and is has recently released an album of original music, Look Both Ways, tipping his hat to the great guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Your Imaginary Friend
Flummy Wisters Yodel Their Yisters
Fri, Feb 10, Sat, Feb 11 & Sun, Feb 12 at 12:30 pm
Let your kids jump up and join in dancing and singing like the birds!  The band, Your Imaginary Friend will delight the kiddos with imaginative musical scores and sing & dance-a-longs.


Creepin’ Critters with Lisa Taylor & Seattle Tilth Children’s Garden
Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals, lives in Shoreline, Washington with her partner, son and 4 chickens on their city farm. She is Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth and spends most days growing and eating plants with children. She is passionate about teaching children and their parents where their food comes from and how to care for living things. For Lisa, eating is the main reason for growing plants. Organic, local food never tasted better.

Don’t Squish That Bug!
Exploring the Incredible Insect World
Wed, Feb 8 at 12:30 pm
The Critters explore the insect world. Learn about the bugs and spiders in your garden through song, stories and friendly, giant puppets. Meet an isopod!

Wiggle, Squiggle, Giggle!
An Awesome Adventure in Slime
Thurs, Feb 9 at 12:30 pm
Join the Critters for an awesome adventure of the slimy kind. Learn all about the slimy slugs and wiggly worms that live in your garden through stories, songs and huge garden puppets. Charm a snail from its shell!


University Book Store will also be operating a book table that will carry our musicians’ CD’s as well as a wonderful array of book titles just right for the littlest show attendees. These are the most popular books on gardening and nature, recommended by the good people at the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden. ~ Janet

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