Family Festival Spotlight: The New Captain Kangaroo

Pat Cashin is the New Captain KangarooWhile performing at a Breakfast with Santa event at The Outlets at Bergen Town Center last month I met Pat Cashin, The New Captain Kangaroo, who put on a dazzling juggling show while carrying on warm and funny banter with the little kids in the audience, easily mixing a little iPad-delivered multimedia into his schtick. My 2-1/2 year old daughter was certainly amazed. As Amy and I were thinking about ways to transform our album release event into more than the average concert, we thought of having Pat act as MC for our show, bringing his physical and verbal humor skills to bear, adding to the festival atmosphere at a time of year when families need it most.

When we met, Pat told me he was working on a new Captain Kangaroo series imagined for today’s families with strong ties back to original Captain Kangaroo Bob Keeshan’s visions for the show. Pat’s New Captain Kangaroo Facebook page is where he shares uplifting messages for parents and their families as well as updates on the show’s progress.

The Family Fun Festival and Album Release Party is on Sunday Jan. 26 at 11:30 AM at Just Jake’s Bar and Restaurant in Montclair, NJ. Tickets are available at a discount in advance ($7 for adults, $5 for children age 2+) and full price at the door ($10 for adults, $7 for children 2+).

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