It’s nearly time to wop, bop, boom, and boogie again at this year’s 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.
Back for its eighth consecutive year, the festival will kick-off on September 27, helping kids move and groove their way to healthier lives, this time, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
“We knew that Wiggle Out Loud could not go away this year,” said Sara Jacobson, director of The Children’s Hospital Volunteers. “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 one day of fun will now take place from September 27 to November 22, when Wiggle Out Loud will host several virtual concerts as well as a series of educational videos.
Learn to make art with local artist Ginna Dowling or allow homemade slime to ooze through your fingers while learning about germs and the importance of hand washing before breaking out into a dance party. 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. “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.
“For years, Wiggle Out Loud has been has been offered at no cost to families in our community,” said Jacobson. “Sponsorships and donations to the event keep it that way, and bring similar music and art experiences to kids and families in the hospital.”
So whether it’s dancing in pajamas or dressing up to create a masterpiece worthy of being hung on the fridge, everyone is invited to join in celebrating health, wellness and community through feel-good music and activities.
For more information about Wiggle Out Loud, please visit www.wiggleoutloud.org or www.facebook.com/wiggleoutloud