The Nelsonville Music Festival is fun for all ages and has a lot of great activities planned for kids at NMF! We work with the Federal Hocking Schools Art and Drama Clubs, Sycamore Run Early Childhood Center, and more to create an incredible area. Past activities have included parades, making postcards, games, workshops, face painting, photo booth, making costumes/flags/puppets, youth Yoga, and more! Check back as we get closer for specific activities for NMF17.
// FREE ADMISSION to the Nelsonville Music Festival for all children 12 and under
// Discounted Weekend Passes available for Teens (ages 13-17)
// No more than 4 children in the festival or any campsite per one supervising adult, UNDER 18.
SAMPLE OF OUR 2016 KIDS AREA ACTIVITIES, CHECK BACK FOR NEW ACTIVITIES FOR 2017 AS WE GET CLOSER!
ALL AGES + COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AT NMF16:
Mask and Costume Sharing Project
Borrow masks and costumes to wear as you enjoy the festival. Masks were made collaboratively by Federal Hocking art students and artists from Collaborative Art International. Create a persona that works for you. Come to the costume area, try on items, take pictures in our photo booth, enjoy the festival in costume, and return props when you are finished.
Postcards from NMF
Participate in our all-ages postcard mail art project. Write to performers; thanking and welcoming them to NMF, send art to your friends, strangers, family members, or even politicians. Your creation is considered mail art the moment it leaves your hand. Artist Robert Rauschenberg once encouraged artists to create in “the gap between art and life”. Original mail artist, Ray Johnson, envisioned life as one continuous “work of art”. Anyone that touches your postcard or even glances at it becomes part of the experience. Postcards are the original social media.
Pop-up Drama Performances
Federal Hocking HIgh School Drama Club thoroughly enjoyed working with Dayton Willison, FH alumni and theatre professional, to create a full-length performance of the play Peter\Wendy, which was performed at the high school earlier this year. We now are happy to share excerpts from the show “flash mob” style throughout the course of this year’s festival!
Parade Dream Dragon
The FH Art Club Alumni Dragon Head will become the Dream Dragon for Saturday’s Parade. Everyone is invited to cut out a scale and write a dream on it, then attach it to the dragon tail. Alumni decorate the head, construct, and manipulate the beast onsite for all to behold. Let your dream travel with the rest!
KIDS + TEEN ACTIVITIES AT NMF16:
Flags, Costumes, Parade Puppets, and Masks
Flags, wands, tutus, masks and crowns will be created with reused materials to suit up kids who come to the festival. Artist and Sycamore Run teacher, Stephanie Salyers, worked hard to prepare these costumes with the cicada theme with her students and friends. Preschool teachers from Sycamore Run ECC and Federal Hocking art and drama club volunteers will assist children to transform themselves for Saturday’s big parade and for Sunday’s festivities. On Friday, we will focus on a prepping a large dragon tail for the parade on Saturday. Kid costume making for the parade will be open on Saturday and Sunday kids can make masks or get their faces painted.
Visit the journaling, listening, reviewing, planning, imagining, zoning, feeling, breathing, reading, drawing, writing, creating, texting, sharing, telling, and enjoying the space, space. Practice mindfulness.
Water Play Arena
Come cool off with friends in our new water play area for kids and adults 8 and up! Structured times, teams, and a referee will create a competitive, fun, and safe atmosphere for active bodies to battle with scribblers and sponges in the sun.
Youth and Adult Yoga with Renee Ripple
Kids Yoga – This playful yoga uses stories, games and songs. Teens/Adult Yoga – Come work out the kinks in your bodies and stretch. This beginner yoga class will work on connecting the breath with movement. We will do some flow, balances, power poses and restore. We will also do some partner yoga poses.
Recycled Music Workshop with Aaron Butler
Recycled Music is a small project put on by Aaron Butler of Stuart’s Opera House, and the Federal Hocking Music Department. The instruments were partially assembled at school. Now, we must assemble and decorate the instruments to be used in the parade at NMF!
Clothespin Doll Making Workshop with Federal Hocking Art Club
Once the sun goes down… look for our fire twirler, Miranda, to gather you for our evening activities. After her fabulous spectacle, find a spot and a bit of popcorn and settle in front of our mini theater to screen the day’s footage from the kid’s area. Then, Federal Hocking’s Drama Troupe will lead us into storytelling activities including local legends from the Hocking Hills and story swapping. Come with your flashlights for games in the grass, too.
PARTICIPANTS AT NMF16:
Federal Hocking Secondary School
Federal Hocking Art and Drama Clubs are thrilled to be part of NMF for the 9th time. Students from these clubs have been busy painting masks and dragon parts, organizing kits and rehearsing skits. At the festival, these kids, ages 14 to 18, power the kid’s area, leading fun activities including games, face painting, and the photo booth. When the sun goes down, our fire-twirler will be followed by a screening of each day’s mixed media collections and storytelling. For more information about our district’s unique programs and opportunities for youth, please visit us at www.fedhock.com.
Sycamore Run Early Childhood Center
The staff of Sycamore Run Early Childhood Center, www.sycamorerunecc.com, has enjoyed providing creative activities for children at the Nelsonville Music Festival for the last eight years! We offer costume and mask making, parade flag decorating, healthy snacks and all day water and sand play!
Aaron Butler is a percussionist based in Athens Ohio. He has earned degrees from Ohio University and Centenary College of Louisiana and is currently adjunct professor of music in the Ohio University system.
Dayton Willison has been working professional in the theatre for the past 5 years all around the state of Ohio. He has been Involved with such Companies as CATCO, Actors Theatre of Columbus, The Tecumseh Theater in Shawnee OH, Columbus Childrens Theatre, and Ohio Valley Summer Theatre working in various areas in Theatre. He is the artistic director of The Hocking Family Theatre and has been in Residency Teaching theatre at Southern Local Schools as well as his own Ma mater Federal Hocking High School.
Stephanie Salyers has been teaching Preschool at Sycamore Run for over 5 years now. “My main goal, as a teacher is to provide my class with the tools, environment and creative freedom they need to express themselves. Art has always been my favorite form of therapy and I’m happy to share this with my class on a daily basis. Observing their unique styles and development has been one of my greatest joys”. Aside from working with the littles of the world, much of her time is spent sketching/ painting, making mosaic glass art, and seeing music.
Special thanks to Third Sun Solar and Doug Brooks for providing transportation services!