10th Annual Arts & Literacy Festival Coming to Virginia Avenue Park

Themed “The Robots Are Here,” This Year’s Event Will Feature over 30 Community Organizations

Santa Monica, in partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, invites families to the free 10th annual Arts & Literacy Festival on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park.

Themed “The robots are here,” this year’s event will feature over 30 community organizations offering games and activities aligned with the Santa Monica Cradle to Career Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign. The initiative aims to ensure all Santa Monica children are prepared for kindergarten, both academically and socially.

Activities include the reDiscover Center’s Robot Dance Party, robotic demonstrations by the SaMo Tech Robotics Team, and a Storytime Stage by the Santa Monica Public Library featuring robot-themed books read by local librarians and Santa Monica Fire Chief Matthew Hallock.

Other highlights include an obstacle course organized by the Santa Monica Fire Department, delivery robot Coco making special deliveries, and interactive performances by Bollypop and WeBreak dance companies. Attendees can also collect stamps from activity booths for a chance to redeem a free book at the Santa Monica Public Library booth.

The Main Stage will feature various performances, including demonstrations by the SaMo Tech Robotics Team, hip hop dance by WeBreak, and interactive dances by Bollypop, among others. Emceed by Sean Hill, the festival promises a day of educational and entertaining experiences for the whole family.

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