Music makes everything better, especially when you have little ones who love to wiggle and giggle. Let your kids get their groove on and their energy out at one of Portland’s spring concerts. If your little music aficionados like getting down to classical, pop or contemporary rock— or have memorized and sign along with all of the Disney classics, then we’ve the perfect shows for you and your crew. Read on to get the scoop on the best concerts for kids this season.

photo: courtesy of Gustafer Yellowgold

Gustafer Yellowgold
Described at a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss, the Gustafer Yellowgold concert offers young audiences a chance to enjoy engaging and addictive original songs that are showcased in a multi-media performance that includes live music, colored pencil animations and storytelling.

Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly fellow who came from the sun and landed in the Minnesota woods.  Illustrator/songwriter/performer Morgan Taylor developed the Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and animated picture book. This live performance will feature material from the Grammy® Nominated DVD/CD set “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns” along with plenty of fan favorites from the six previous Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD sets.

When: Apr. 30, 11 a.m.
Cost: $10/adults, $6/child (Advance);$12/adult, $8/child (Day of show)
Where: Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St., Portland, Or.
Online: gustaferyellowgold.com

photo: courtesy of Portland Youth Philharmonic

Portland Youth Philharmonic’s (PYP) Free Spring Concert
If your little musicians are just starting to explore classical music and you want to give them a first experience designed for children their age — that also spotlights young artists they can relate to—this is the concert for you. This free preview of the PYP Spring Concert features the winner of PYP’s 2016 Concerto Competition, a symphony by Antonin Dvorak and the commissioned work by Debra Kaye (just like the official spring concert), but it takes place in Pacific University’s Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center and is part of a lineup of outreach programs designed to capture the imaginations of, and inspire young music lovers.

When
: May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Where: Pacific Universitiey’s Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
2043 College Way, Forest Grove, Or.
Online: portlandyouthphil.org


photo courtesy of Portland Youth Philharmonic

Portland Youth Philharmonic’s (PYP) Spring Concert
Your little maestros will be mesmerized while watching the young PYP musicians perform. And if they have any interest in playing an instrament themselves, they might be downright inspired. PYP’s Spring concerts closes out the Season 93 Schnitzer Series with a show designed for all ages. It takes place in the breathtaking, historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, so you your kids will get that rare chance to dress to the nines for the night and experience high-entertainment created just for them.

This special performance features the winner of PYP’s 2016 Concerto Competition, a symphony by Antonin Dvorak and commissioned work by Debra Kaye—an experience that is sure to offer a little something special for everyone  in the family.

Prior to the performance, your littlest music lovers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with real musical instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo. In fact, they might even have a chance to play them under the guidance of PYP musicians and staff from Kennedy Violins. And young musicians who try all of the instruments win a prize so get prepared for a night full of fun and sound!

When: May 7, 4 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $26/person
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall,
1037 SW Broadway, Portland, Or.
Online: portlandyouthphil.org

photo: Chris Alcoran via flickr 

Disney in Concert: A Dream Is A Wish
Get your little Disney fanatics ready for the best musical experience of their entire lives! Their dreams will come true at this concert. Disney magic does not disappoint as audience members young and old are transported once again to the fantastical world of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin, Pocahontas and more with original film footage, singers and enchanting scores performed by the Oregon Symphony orchestra. You and the kids will surely find yourselves singing and dancing from the moment the first not floats until the very end.

When: May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $23/person & up
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall,
1037 SW Broadway, Portland, Or.
Online: portland5.com

What is your family’s favorite local concert venue? Share it with us in the comments section below and tell us what makes it perfect for your youngest music lovers.

—Annette Benedetti