ECA Education Matinees

ECA invites educators to inspire students’ creativity and enhance their teaching tools by attending an Education Matinee at Edmonds Center for the Arts! We bring to the stage a diverse selection of theatre, music and science performances for students from Pre-K through 12th grade, and provide curricular materials to connect what your students see on the stage to Washington State EALRs and Common Core State Standards. Tickets to Education Matinees are $8 per student. ECA offers one complimentary teacher/chaperone ticket for every 10 student tickets sold. (Additional adult tickets are $8 each.)

Over 2,700 students attended an Education Matinee last season through the Arts for Everyone program. Arts for Everyone offers $2 tickets to performances in ECA’s Education Matinee series to schools with an overall rate of 30% or higher of students on Free and Reduced-Price Meal programs. With the objective to increase accessibility to the performing arts for young people, ECA has committed to provide a minimum of 30% of seats at each Education Matinee at this reduced rate. For more information, please see our Arts for Everyone page, or contact Gillian Jones, Director of Programming, at or 425.275.9483.

Red Kite, Brown Box 
Friday, October 13, 2017 | 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 4:00 pm 
All Ages
Chicago Children's Theatre's Red Kite, Brown Box is a nationally-unique theatre experience that leads children with autism on an imaginative journey. Each performance is tailored to just 12 children at a time, and centers around Papa Nick's attempts to get his children (the audience) to sleep in a new home. A series of sensory events follows, including a pillow fight, a dance party, playing with flashlights in a tent, and a car wash. 

Prepare your student for Red Kite, Brown Box with Chicago Children's Theatre's Social Story! This social learning tool helps young audiences know what to expect, and introduces the performers in advance of the show. 


ArcAttack: Engineering
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm
Best for 1st-5th grades

In an electrifying show featuring giant Tesla coils, ArcAttack takes students on an interactive journey of discovery. The show covers Common Core standards relating to engineering and design. Audience members will have the opportunity to help ArcAttack solve problems, learn about the scientific method, and apply critical thinking skills.

Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm
Best for K-5th grades

Jazzy Ash invites children on a jazzy music adventure with her band the Leaping Lizards. Her latest album, Bon Voyage, features gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland to encourage kids and families to celebrate the music of New Orleans as part of the American folk music heritage.

Lil Buck & Jon Boogz
Thursday, January 11, 2017 | 10:00 am
Best for 9th grade and up
In a new collaboration between internationally-renowned choreographers and dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, Love Heals All Wounds addresses current social issues in America, while also seeking to promote diversity, inclusion and empathy as a uniting force. The piece features spoken word artists and will include Q&A.

Lil Buck is an avid arts education advocate, and recipient of the WSJ Innovator Award. Jon Boogz has choreographed for icons including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell and Gloria Estefan.


Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
Best for 3rd-6th grades
Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning.


Doktor Kaboom's "LIVE WIRE: The Electricity Tour
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm
Best for 3rd-8th Grade

Co-commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, "LIVE WIRE" sees Doktor Kaboom explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity's adventures into its potential. With Tesla Coils, Van de Graaf Generators, and a ping-pong shooting robot, Doktor Kaboom explains everything from voltage and current, to charges, conservation of energy, and plasma.


Petra and the Wolf
Friday, March 23, 2018 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm
Best for 1st-7th grades
This new work for young audiences is inspired by the classic Peter and the Wolf. Students will experience large-scale puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre, along with an instrumental score written and performed live by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as "the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible."


Arch8's Tetris
Friday, April 20, 2018 | 10:00 am
All Ages

Arch8 isn't an everyday dance company. Inspired by the game Tetris, this extremely physical quartet, based in the Netherlands, explores how we connect with one another. Tetris is for the kids who can't sit still, for the ones who like to climb the walls, and for those who can imagine further than they can see!


Mystical Arts of Tibet
Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 10:00 am
All Ages

During a 5-day residency in Edmonds, Drepung Loseling monks will perform Sacred Music, Sacred Dance, selections of ancient temple music and dance using traditional Tibetan instruments. Students will also witness the monks' creation of a mandala sand painting in the ECA Lobby.


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