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 NMF18.
// 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.
Signs of the Times All Ages Community Project
Participate in our all-ages sign making project to tell us what you love and care about. Collaborate with other festival friends to brainstorm and to create messages to share with the world. Draw or paint yours on a sign that can be posted in the Kids Area, carried in the parades, and then taken home to post in your yard.
Cosmic Dragon Puppet and Parade
The Federal Hocking Art Club Alumni dragon head will become the Cosmic Dragon Leader of Saturday’s and Sunday’s parades. Little ones will paint the tail and everyone is invited to add some wisdom for the future on one of the dragon scales. Alumni will decorate the head, construct, and manipulate the beast onsite for all to behold. We will parade in the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday. All creatures of all ages and creeds are invited to participate. Keep your eyes and ears peeled!
Instrument Petting Zoo
The Arts West Musical Lending Library seeks to make musical instruments accessible, playable, and fun for people from all backgrounds at every stage of life. Offering classic rock band instruments, brass and woodwinds, and traditional Appalachian String band instruments we give people the opportunity to try something new without the commitment of making a purchase. Partners include: Stewart-MacDonald, Blue Eagle, Stuart’s Opera House: AMP. Stop by our booth in the Kids Area to try some of our instruments.
Arts Activities Day and Night Hosted by Federal Hocking Secondary School
There are 5 stations in the kid’s area where you will find arts related activities available for you to experience starting at 11:00 am each morning into the night time hours. Active play includes yard games, water games, parachute activities, fortune telling, kids yoga, dance workshops, hula hooping, jump roping, bubble play, and the parade. Art making activities include costume making; instrument making; origami folding; clothespin doll making; sketching activities; open art studio; face, body, and sidewalk painting. Healthy snacks are provided each afternoon. Check out the daily schedule for specific times and locations.
Federal Hocking Secondary School
Federal Hocking’s staff, art, and drama clubs are thrilled to be part of NMF for the 11th year. Students from these clubs have been busy constructing hearts, signs, 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, crafts, and body painting. When the sun goes down, our fire-twirler will be followed by popcorn and storytelling. For more information about our district’s unique programs and opportunities for youth, please visit us at fedhock.com.
The Federal Hocking staff and students also partner with The Creative Abundance Group and Passion Works Studio on Kids Area activities.
ARTS EDUCATION AND THE NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Nelsonville Music Festival is produced by and is a fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House. The Opera House is the cornerstone of the historic Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio. It is dedicated to its role as a regional leader in the arts, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner for Southeastern Ohio. Through our art programming and educational outreach, we continue to be profoundly intertwined with the population of Nelsonville and surrounding communities by providing free opportunities to participate in the arts.
Our Arts Education Program furthers our mission by providing much needed art education and inspiration to our region. We offer an affordable, broad-based program focused on performing arts. The special events, afterschool activities, day-time classes, and summer programs allow for arts education that reaches Southeast Ohio residents of all ages and backgrounds. The overarching outcome of our program is diverse participation where community identity can be freely and openly expressed. Our program is designed to be flexible and responsive to community needs.
Under the umbrella of Stuart’s Art Education Programs, we offer; theater performances for primary students, the Afterschool Music Program (AMP), a visiting artist and artist-in-residence program, a drama club and production for Nelsonville-York High School, a creative writing program for adults, regional coordination for the national Poetry Out Loud competition, private music lessons for children ages 6-18, an Appalachian Music Program in partnership with Athens County Public Libraries, and free admission to all children under 12 to the Nelsonville Music Festival.
Artists in Residence: Stuart’s Opera House hires teaching artists to conduct workshops in Athens County Schools. In partnership with local school districts, teachers, artists, and funders, these residencies are provided for free for participating schools. Artists and hosts collaboratively plan art-making experiences that engage participants within a mutually supportive and creative learning environment. The artist also shares their artistic work with residency participants and the larger community. Check out our Kids Area to see the culmination of this year’s residencies at Federal Hocking High School!
Our education programs receive funding from Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Ohio Arts Council, The Johnny B Fund, Benefest, The Athens Community Music Festival, The McClelland Fund, Athens Sunrise Rotary, ETC, Kleinpenny Education Fund, Peoples Bank, and several individuals and local businesses.