BabyFest Comes to Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center This Saturday

BabyFest Northwest

This Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue welcomes BabyFest Northwest, an event designed especially for expectant and new parents. Billed as the biggest baby shower in the Northwest, this unique event will connect parents and parents-to-be to approximately 80 different exhibitors showcasing distinctive baby products and services and will introduce them to numerous luxury and eco-friendly baby brands.

BabyFest Details

BabyFest Northwest

Aside from hosting some of the most forward-thinking baby brands in the industry, the event will feature educational workshops, celebrity guest appearances, Baby Bingo and other games, baby swag, prizes and more. Guest speakers will cover topics of interest to new parents like babywearing, the benefits of homemade baby food, choosing a pediatrician and more.

The most anticipated portion of the event is The Big Shower, which takes place at 3:45 p.m. and will include more than $10,000 worth of prize giveaways from leading baby companies like Ergobaby, Britax, Boppy and many others. Those who play Baby Bingo could win the most coveted prizes including a $940 Orbit Stroller and a $360 Diono Convertible+Booster Car Seat.

Tickets

BabyFest tickets are available online through EventBrite. Advanced general admission is $20 per person or $30 per couple; children 12 and under are granted free entrance. Super Passes to the event are $50 per person and $70 per couple and come with added perks like early entry, VIP seating at The Big Shower and a premium gift bag with more than $250 worth of products and services inside. You can learn more about what’s included with each ticket here.

For more information about this event, please call 503-310-5677 or 360-514-0767, or email info@babyfestnw.com.

(Photos from top to bottom by Serge Bertasius Photography and David Castillo Dominici via FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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Theatre at Meydenbauer Welcomes Huayin Performing Arts Group for Two Evenings of Chinese Dance

Huayin Performing Arts Group

2013 Huayin 10th Anniversary Performance / Photo via Huayin.org

This week, Bellevue’s Theatre at Meydenbauer will feature the Huayin Performing Arts Group, a local and national Chinese culture nonprofit organization, for two evenings of one-of-a-kind performances on Sept. 17-18. Both the Wednesday and Thursday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last just under two hours, featuring some of China’s best national dancers as well as local traditional Chinese dancers.

Recognized among the top Chinese cultural shows, these are the only shows of their kind that will be performed in the U.S. Each evening will bring a unique program to the stage, ranging from singing, drum and dance, instrument solos, stage magic and more. The Sept. 18 performance will even feature a few programs from the local Chinese community, according to Event Production Coordinator Jim Lu.

East Meets West in Upcoming Performances

Huayin Performing Arts Group

Huayin Performing Arts Group

The HPAG has invited China’s top performing artists from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, to present a top qualified program to celebrate 2014 Moon Festival and China National Day. Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, serving as a major cultural hub in Southern China. What makes the event special is how these top performers from Southern China have worked closely with local Chinese cultural organizations to organize the show.

Participating will be Drum and Dance of Lingnan, part of the annual Enchanting China series presented by China Guangzhou Oversea Association, as well as Guangzhou Art Troupe to North America, Lu said. This year, the delegation troop from Guangzhou will bring a more traditional cultural show from Southern China, Lu explained.

Also participating will be local groups like the Huayin Dance Academy, Huaxing Children’s Center for the Performing Arts, and Huayin Choral.

About Huayin Performing Arts Group

The Huayin Performing Arts Group is a 501C (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, teaching and developing of Chinese traditional and modern performing arts. Their goals include promoting the enjoyment of traditional Chinese culture and helping contribute to a solid U.S.-China relationship. The group has performed and made appearances at many local events, including the Chinatown Seafair Parade, UW Chinese New Year, and Susan G. Komen for a Cure. Huayin celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and looks forward to serving the local community through cultural programs for many years to come.

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Meydenbauer Center Welcomes Bellevue Youth Theatre’s Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking Meydenbauer Theatre

Children practicing for this weekend’s performances of Pippi Longstocking at The Theatre at Meydenbauer

Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Bellevue Youth Theatre summer production of Pippi Longstocking and the Wayward Pirates this weekend. This family-friendly play features the adventures of the playful, red-headed character originally featured in the beloved children’s book series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

The play will take place at The Theatre at Meydenbauer on the following dates:

  • Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m.

The Pippi Longstocking production is approximately two hours long, or an hour and 40 minutes with an intermission. Tickets for the play are $5 for all ages.

Pippi Longstocking Meydenbauer Theatre

Children soon to take the stage in the upcoming performances of Pippi Longstocking.

Bellevue Youth Theatre is an inclusive theatre arts program that brings together children of all skill levels and abilities to create dynamic productions and foundational learning experiences.  The program makes every effort to accommodate all children and encourage a passion for theatre arts, not allowing disability, experience, or age to be limiting factors.

“The Theatre is a level playing ground…It’s given a lot of kids that wouldn’t normally get a chance to shine on stage that opportunity,” said James McClain, principal director of the play and administrator of the Bellevue Youth Theatre program. “To see them perform and grab onto this love of theatre is very exciting to me.”

Pippi Longstocking will feature approximately 132 kids from the surrounding community including 12 children with disabilities with cast members ranging in age from the youngest being 3 years old to the oldest adult in the play at 58. For more information on the Bellevue Youth Theatre and their production of Pippi Longstocking, visit www.bytfoundation.org.

Upcoming Productions

In addition to this weekend’s performance of Piipi Longstocking, Bellevue Youth Theatre is also planning a number of productions for this Fall:

  • The Phantom Tollbooth, at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, Oct. 24-Nov. 2.
  • Peter Rabbit & Friends: The Tales of Beatrix Potter, at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, Nov. 7-16
  • Babes in Toyland, at The Theatre at Meydenbauer, Nov. 28-30
  • The Snow Queen, at Bellevue Youth Theatre, Dec. 12-14 & Dec. 19-21.

About Bellevue Youth Theatre

Bellevue Youth Theatre (BYT) started in 1990 as an outreach program and became a city-wide recreation program in 1995. Since then, this inclusive theatre arts program for children and teens has only grown in popularity and involvement within the community. Children who grew up performing in BYT plays have gone on to graduate college, only to return to work with BYT and inspire the next generation of kids learning the stage.

BYT staff are eagerly awaiting the completion of their new $8.8 million theatre building at Crossroads Park at the end of this year. The innovative new theatre will feature a green roof as a natural insulator, will be LEED certified and its unique features will make it the first of its kind in the nation.

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