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Kick off your weekend with the artistic endeavors of area youngsters from 7 to 14 who participated in the Creative Arts Program at Metairie Park Country Day School. The school is hosting a Creative Arts Festival at the school (300 Park Road, Metairie) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 17. The event is free and open to the public.

Young artists from all over the New Orleans area and the Northshore will display what they created during a five-week program, including art exhibits, artistic food (for sale) and performances of live music, theater and dance. The creative arts program also includes instruction in sports, writing and technology.

Festival goers can enjoy hands-on art activities for all ages, a play involving giant pirate puppets and stilt wakers in sea-creature costumes, a demonstration in which children improvise music and paint at the same time, a display of art bikes you can ride, a real “flea” circus and a performance of several of William Shakespeare’s plays mixed together. There also will be a performance of The Red Tennies, featuring songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, in which 60 children will act, sing and dance. In addition, you can watch experimental videos, listen to a radio show, ukulele ensemble, jug band or beat-boxing, see a marching band, hand-puppet shows and exhibits of a range of arts including soft sculpture, mosaic bird baths, photography, art books and more.

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