“The Big Wow Family Variety Show” at Minnesota History Center

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Minnesota History Center has a charming kids’ program underway this January, February and March — just the thing if cabin fever’s been getting to your little ones. Once a month, the Big Wow Family Variety Show (formerly Global Hotdish) offers 90 minutes of multicultural performance — comedy, acrobatics and dance, music, art and storytelling from around the world — hosted by “Minnesota’s homegrown Hmong comedian” Tou Ger Xiong. He’s joined by the Café Accordion Orchestra and actor Beth Gilleland, as ethnologist Dr. Pangea Thunderblust, who will quiz the audience on questions of global trivia.

The Big Wow Family Variety Show: “All About Toys” on February 22 and “All About Animals” on March 29. Photo courtesy of Minnesota History Center

Each show follows a theme: the next installment in the performance series is “All About Toys.” In addition to the usual songs and slapstick comedy bits, highlights for this Saturday’s show include mechanical sculptures, hula hoop acrobatics, yo yo comedy, Hawaiian ukulele songs and elf stories.

If you can’t make the February 22 performance, there’s another coming up March 29, “All About Animals,” hosted by Tou Ger Xiong with music by Daddy Squeeze (Dan Newton), which will feature Chinese lion dancers, dog tricks, duck calling and coyote stories.

The next Big Wow Family Variety Show, “All About Toys,” is February 22 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Pre-show program demonstrating mechanical sculptures begins at 1:15 p.m. For ticket information and more information, visit the Minnesota History Center website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/events-programs/big-wow-family-variety-show.