By guest blogger, Randi Kobielnik, from SAHM’s Crazy Life who recently visited the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival on behalf of Jersey Family Fun.
A few weeks back we had the awesome opportunity to experience the 29th Annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival at the Annenburg Center. This was a new, fun, and exciting experience for all of us.
We were able to attend two performances the first of which was Space Panarama.
A sparkling re-creation of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Space Panorama features British actor Andrew Dawson defying theatre norms in a one-man journey from Houston to the moon and back. Armed with nothing more than a black-clothed table and music from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, Dawson explores this momentous event using only his hands, arms and upper torso to create an entrancing documentary of the entire mission. “Rocket science has never been so lyrical!” (Time Out London. )
We weren’t sure how the kids would react to the performance since it was recommended for ages 7+ and my kids are 5 and 6 but we were pleasantly surprised how much they truly enjoyed it. They might not of understood exactly what was going on but it did keep them intrigued enough to watch intently. The adults enjoyed it too! It really is amazing how Andrew Dawson made you feel like you were part of the moon landing :)
The second performance we attended was Tomorrow’s Music Stars…Today! Students from the Curtis Institute of Music, the country’s premiere institution for training gifted, young musicians, give an up close and personal glimpse into the thrilling world of classical music! The program features Curtis’ emerging stars demonstrating and interacting with the audience’s youngest members in an intimate and exploratory setting. We learned how each instrument makes its signature sound, how the musicians approach their technique and how all of the musicians work together to create remarkable music.
This performance was the kids favorite of the two. The kids loved not only hearing all of the instruments and learning how they work. They also loved hearing the instruments altogether making a song.
Afterwards we joined the FUN ZONE in the outdoor plaza. We didn’t hit every section which was mostly because The Give & Take Jugglers and a student from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts put on an interactive show and the kids watched for over an hour.
Here are some pictures of the kids enjoying the jugglers…
|See I wasn’t kidding :)|