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For Kids

What can kids do at the Folk Festival?

  • Back Again! Come early! Giant Puppets! Sunny Birkland and the Puppet Playhouse's giant puppets will be wandering the Festival grounds from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. So don't be late!
  • Back Again! Play all kinds of musical instruments at Planet Music.
  • Dance! There are two different kinds of dance to try every hour. Plus, at the Children's Tent, there's a hula class just for kids. And at 12:30, you can head over to Shade Tent B and dance to Polyphony Marimba.
  • Sing and dance throughout the day at the Children's Tent, with a full day of activities just for kids! This year, we even have a magical experience.

There's tons of stuff for kids at the Folk Festival. Kids are always welcome at the music and dance workshops, there's a special venue for storytelling, plus there's a tent just for kids. A big thank you to Erika Gerety for organizing the Children's Tent and Kris Litchman for managing it at the Festival.

Children's Tent Schedule

TimeSessionNameDescription
10:00 AMUke Workshop for KidsRoadrunner Strummers Ukulele Band

Join the Roadrunner Strummers in a youth session. Play percussion and join in on some great children's songs.

11:30 AMSong SpiralPatty Stephens

Patty Stephens of Song Spiral shares a collection of original songs for children. No kid is too young and no kid is too old to participate.Song Spiral is about community singing, dance and play dedicated to families with wee ones. No child too young and no body too old. Using songs, games and rounds as well as improvisation in the language of the new born, toddlers and all the rest of us, we have a super fun laid-back musical adventure.

Patty Stephens is a jazz singer, music educator, member of the band The Brazil Project. Above all, she's a singer of songs with a marvelous son and lots of lovely brothers and sisters who all sing too.

12:30 PMCreating Music with Ms. ChrissyChrissy Antonelli

Nurture your child's inner musician! Sing songs and play instruments "family style". This experience is for young children as well as the young at heart.

Early-childhood music teacher Chrissy Antonelli likes this quote from Pablo Picasso: "Every child is born an artist; the problem is how to remain one when we grow up."

Find out more about Chrissy's music program at: http://creatingsomething.com

1:30 PMKeiki (children's) HulaCindi Heffner with Ha`aheo O Hawai`i

Hula is Hawaiian storytelling through dance. Children will learn basic hula foot and hand motions and a simple Hawaiian hula.

2:30 PMFolk Magic From  Around the World with HowardiniHoward Higgins

Kids can experience, learn and enjoy participating in folk magic pieces from around the world. This hands-on workshop is an opportunity for children to play together in a magical themed way, while experiencing and learning about magic from various cultures. Howardini Magic Website: howardinimagic.com

3:30 PMSilly Songs and Singing GamesKris Litchman

We'll sing about frogs, fishermen, rabbits, and birds; we'll be singing elephants, rowboats, needle-threaders, and mice; we'll bunny-hop and hokey-pokey; we'll see what else comes along!

4:30 PMBand Scramble Practice

For kids of all ages. Must sign up by 4 pm at the Information Table. Get your assigned band and practice area at 4:15 pm.

5:30 PMLearn Irish DanceColeman Academy of Irish Dance

Irish Step Dance is noted for leaps, points, and other precise foot movements, done to complex rhythms such as jigs, reels, and hornpipes. Two varieties, soft shoe and hard shoe, can be done as solos, in couples, or in larger groups.

The Coleman Academy of Irish Dance does performances and offers classes on Saturdays to anyone ages 5 though adult at all levels.



Giant Puppets

Giant Puppets!

Sunny Birklund and the Puppet Playhouse bring fun family entertainment for kids of all ages to the Folk Festival this year. Be on the lookout as their giant puppets make their way around the festival. You and your family and friends are invited to chat with the giant puppets and ask questions, shake hands, share hugs and take photos with silly poses. Let children who aren't quite ready be introduced from the distance and approach when they are confident. The puppets will be strolling the festival grounds from 10 am to 12 pm. Don't miss them!

Explora!

Science and Music do mix! Folk fans of all ages are invited to engage and experiment with Explora’s impossible-to-put-down hands-on activities. Part science center, part grandpa's attic—and so much fun you almost won’t believe you’re learning—Explora will delight your senses and get that grey matter dancing! Explora also has summer day camps for kids ages 4-15 from May 28th to August 7th, Adult Night on July 18th, and plenty of fall programs, too! Visit www.explora.us or call 505-224-8300.