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Family Fest 2008/2009 Closes out its Season
May 5, 2009, 2:06 am
Filed under: Family Fun

After entertaining more than 6,000 attendees during the Family Fest 2008/2009 season, the free festival for all families presented its final installment of the season this past Saturday, May 2 on the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. This free and engaging series has made the performing arts attractive and accessible to South Florida families throughout the year by featuring family- friendly performances, hands-on demonstrations and mini-workshops that provide active and educational opportunities for children and their families.  

The outdoor activities this month included a performance by aerial performers Animate Objects. Their Journey to Atlantis show featured professional aerial artists and young people from the community performing beautiful high-flying feats of strength and skill portraying creatures from the depths of the oceans. The musical guests were Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band, whose American folk song sing-along had the audience dancing and making music when they handed out hand-held percussion instruments for kids to play along with the band.  In addition to the performances, kids enjoyed dance workshops, face painting, meeting costumed character, and creating their own Jungle Fantasy animal masks in the Craft Corner.  The Acrobatics Lab, a popular feature of this month’s Family Fest, allowed participants to try out swinging on aerial hammocks, dancing with silk gymnastics ribbons, and hula-hooping around the room. Special guests from City Theater’s Summer Shorts for Kids presented acting workshops and launched their “Create-A-Short” contest, where kids could decorate a pair of paper shorts to win prizes.  

This fully interactive and entertaining Family Fest series will continue next season with the 2009-2010 kick-off on November 7 with a performance by the Miami Music Project, featuring conductor James Judd.  Each Family Fest day will start on the Center’s outdoor Plaza with family-friendly fun and then moves the action indoors for a free performance in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House or John S. or James L. Knight Concert Hall.

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Photo Credit: Emily Harris

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