Ballet in Balboa Park is just for kids

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will present its third annual “Fairy Tales in the Park,” 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in Balboa Park.

The event will feature face painting, opportunity drawings, a meet and greet with dancers, and more. For $10, guests can attend a fairy tale-themed performance at the Casa del Prado Theater at 1, 3, or 5 p.m. Each 40-minute performance will include excerpts from “Sleeping Beauty,” “Peter and the Wolf,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Swan Lake.” Prior to each, guests can participate in festivities around the theater, such as fishing for magical prizes in the wishing well and interacting with storybook characters.

“ ‘Fairy Tales in the Park’ was created with the intention of educating children about the history and artistry of classical ballet,” said Danika Pramik-Holdaway, SDCYB’s artistic director. “Many of the full-length classical ballets that still exist are based on fairy tales. Using these recognizable stories is a great educational tool to teach about the beauty of ballet, as well as the incredible musical scores that have been created to accompany such charming stories.”

Money raised will go toward the dance scholarship fund. SDCYB has been providing classical ballet training and performances for more than 65 years. (619) 233-3060.