This summer, a hit parade of kids' entertainment passes through Long Island. From the tiny Wiggles fans to the teenage Jonas Brothers devotees, there's a concert for everyone. Here are some of the highlights onstage in July and August.
7:30 p.m. July 7, (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 516-221-1000, livenation.com or 800-745-3000
Cost: $70.50, $50.50
The top 10 finalists of season 9 - Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox (this season's runner-up), Didi Benami, Katie Stevens, Lee DeWyze (this season's winner), Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus and Tim Urban - take the stage in the show's annual "American Idol Live!" tour.
Cost: $33.50 (Bamboozle); $40 (Vans) 800-745-3000 or the Coliseum box office
Viewers stand throughout these festival concerts, which have multiple stages and last until at least 8 p.m. Bamboozle will have two stages and about 15 bands performing; Vans will have close to 10 stages and at least 75 bands. These events are geared to high school-age students; the music is alternative, punk and rock, says Adam Ellis, marketing director for the Coliseum.
Cost: $25, $35 online at Tillescenter.org, charge-by-phone at 516-299-3100 or in person at the Tilles Center Box Office.
Babies under age 1 seated on laps get in free. The band will play old and new songs, including titles from its 2008 CD "Rocketship Run." Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite party hat, to download the picture of a birthday cake from Berkner's website, color it and bring it (she'll ask kids to hold them up during the show). Children also can bring a stuffed animal to put on their heads when Berkner sings her song "Pig on Her Head." Geared for children up to age 6. The band is teaming up with Kids Care Clubs' "Parties With a Purpose," promoting giving donations in lieu of gifts at birthday parties. To participate, bring a new book to the lobby of the theater on concert day. Donations go to needy children on Long Island; kidscare.org.
Cost: $78.50, $45.50, $33.50, $25.50 and $18.50. All children older than 1 need a ticket. Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
The newest Wiggles show features the four performers from Australia along with Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and Wags the Dog. Come dressed as your favorite Wiggles character, and bring a Wiggles sign. Join in yelling "Wake up, Jeff!" whenever the Purple Wiggle falls asleep onstage. Geared to preschoolers.
The 2009 Grammy nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could get children and families up and dancing. Bring your own blankets and chairs; come early with a picnic for this outdoor performance on the Chapin Rainbow Stage, part of the 45th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival Tuesday evening family series. In case of rain, call 631-271-8423, ext. 4, for information on alternate indoor location.
Cost: $97.50, $67.50, $47.50
The Jonas Brothers 2010 World Tour will bring the brothers back to Long Island (Kevin Jonas married Danielle Deleasa at Huntington's Oheka Castle in December). The tour is named for the upcoming movie "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam," scheduled to air on The Disney Channel Sept. 3. After touring North America, the crew will tour Latin America and Europe.