Downtown Raleigh Fam Jam

IMG_8091If your kids love music and love dancing, they would have truly enjoyed this special event put on by Macaroni Kid of North Raleigh. If you’ve never heard of Macaroni Kid, it’s a pretty brilliant organization for families. Just sign up to receive their weekly newsletter an you will learn about unique events happenings around town. They’ve created wonderful partnerships with libraries, schools and other organizations to bring you the coolest events.

Macaroni Kid and Imurj in downtown Raleigh put on a pretty awesome concert for kids. That’s right, it was a concert for kids at a warehouse type location in Raleigh. I don’t know about you, but this is the kind of experience that I want my own children to enjoy. Nathan Ryan was the headliner and had the kids dancing, singing and partying all night long.

Attendees ranged from infants to pre-teens. Of course, parents and grandparents were all in attendance hootin’ and hollerin’ along with the music. The songs were kid friendly and simply encouraged movement. It was such a wonderful evening that celebrated the arts.

And speaking of the arts, I was pumped to receive an invitation to join this event as a vendor. I met a lot of excited parents and kiddos. A handful of older kids were peppering me with questions about writing and publishing and the younger kids had complete wonder in their eyes when they heard I was the author. For me, it’s so much more than selling copies of my books, it’s about the kids. It’s about the arts. It’s about the love for writing!!


I had my trusty bookmark table and it was filled all night long. It’s amazing what cardstock, markers and stickers can do for the soul. So, for two hours, these kids had music, books and arts & crafts! No one was bored.

Imurj is an arts and entertainment venue that caters to adults and children. On Wednesday nights they will have open mic night for kids, I imagine we will see some future grammy winners on that stage. You can also book the venue for shows and events.

And without further ado, please enjoy this clip from Nathann Ryan!

42Monkeys from NathanRyan on Vimeo.

Published by Jacqueline Leigh Boeheim

Jacqueline Leigh is a children's author based in Georgia. She spent many years working alongside advertising executives, producing inspirational and ground break print, web and television ads. Jacqueline later put her focus on journalism, doing what she loves, writing stories for the general public. She has been published in multiple print and digital publications. She’s interviewed big-name bands and small-town businesses, both contributing to her understanding and joy of writing. Jacqueline has now taken her experiences and focused on becoming a children’s author, a lifetime dream.

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