PBS Kids open house features Mr. Steve visit

PBS Kids open house features Mr. Steve visit

URBANA — Steve Roslonek, who is PBS Kids host Mr. Steve, will give three brief performances Saturday at Illinois Public Media's Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave.

The performances will be at 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. as part of a free PBS Kids open house. Seating is limited for the performances.

Friends of WILL may reserve up to four spots for one of the two later performances at Campbell Hall by calling 800-898-1065 during business hours.

By calling the same phone number, nonmembers may obtain a family membership in the Friends of WILL for $5 a month and be able to reserve up to four seats.

During the open house, children may explore the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure traveling exhibit outside Campbell Hall.

The exhibit has touch-screen kiosks with interactive learning activities, a staffed craft area, a giveaway table with activity books and learning kits, and a What I Want to Be When I Grow Up photo station at which children dress up as different professionals such as an astronauts, firefighters, ballet dancers, scientists or doctors.

Children can then have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background and receive a souvenir photo.

At the Campbell Hall event, community storytellers and volunteers from WILL's Book Mentor Project also will entertain young children, kids can do a math activity related to the new PBS Kids show "Peg + Cat" and families can get a sneak preview of new PBS Kids programming.

Parking will be available in University of Illinois Lot B-22 on Clark Street just east of Goodwin Avenue and across the street from Campbell Hall.

Roslonek also will perform at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium in a SteveSongs concert at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. The mobile exhibit also will be outside Sangamon Auditorium from 4 to 7 p.m. The mobile exhibit is free and open to the public.

To purchase tickets to the show in Springfield, visit http://www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium or call 206-6160.