Curtis Elam dances with Zamya Elam, 4, during the Wiggle Out Loud family music festival presented by The Children’s Hospital at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Great Lawn in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman Archives]
Wiggle Out Loud – Oklahoma City’s free family music festival presented by The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and benefiting The Children’s Hospital Volunteers – is going online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Back for its eighth year, the festival will kick off Sunday, continuing its mission of helping kids move and groove their way to healthier lives, but from the comfort and safety of their own homes this year.
“We knew that Wiggle Out Loud could not go away this year,” said Sara Jacobson, director of The Children’s Hospital Volunteers, in a statement. “It’s a time when we need creative outlets and new ideas for mindful activities with our kids.”
Due to COVID-19, what used to be a one-day event will now take place from Sunday through Nov. 22, when Wiggle Out Loud will host several virtual concerts as well as a series of educational videos.
Families will have the chance to learn to make art with local artist Ginna Dowling or let homemade slime to ooze through their fingers while learning about germs and the importance of hand washing before breaking out into a dance party, according to a news release.
Featured bands this year include festival favorites Spaghetti Eddie, Michael Todd, Chasing James, Adam and Kizzi, Sugar Free Allstars, Jabee and Allegria Real.
“We hope the tools we offer this year will help families remember to infuse their lives with movement, art, music, and time together,” said Jacobson in a statement. “And we are so grateful to all the amazing artists who are helping us.”
Proceeds from the festival will support the continuation of this community event as well as The Children’s Hospital Volunteers who create and grow programs designed to provide children at The Children’s Hospital access to creative arts, music therapy, and animal-assisted therapy, among many other opportunities that help kids feel like kids when they need it most.